News for Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Rather than one starter, ASU talking about using two-QB system

There’s a good chance Albany State quarterbacks Keenan Grissett and David Kooi will both see time under center when the Rams open the season Sept. 1 against North Greenville.

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All grown up

Bainbridge football coaches have had their eyes on a group of young players coming up through the ranks for years, and now that they’re all seniors, it’s time for them to shine.

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KICKOFF 2012: Drummonds returns to sidelines, ready to start building Wildcats team

Veteran Georgia prep coach Ron Drummonds brings a wealth of experience to Crisp Academy, which sure could use some after going through five head coaches in as many seasons.

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KICKOFF 2012: ‘Angry’ Cougars out for vengeance

After going from second place in the region on the final day of the regular season to out of the playoff picture thanks to a tiebreaker, Crisp County’s football team is mad — and it plans on taking it out this year on the rest of the teams in 1-AAAA.

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Tribunal recommends upholding non-renewal

A former Turner Elementary teacher is accused of prompting students during 2009 CRCT testing.

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Town hall to focus on virus

An Albany commissioner’s monthly town hall meeting will focus on a mounting community health threat.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: D-II Minnesota State football coach facing child porn charges; Auburn looks to replacing dying Toomer's Corner oaks; Ga. Southern ranked No. 3 to start season

The 2009 National Small College Coach of the Year Todd Hoffner, 46, was charged with one count of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work, and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Complainers should get out to the polls

Will you take the time to vote this November? Or will your non-cast ballot aid the things and politicians you complain about?

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Akin supporters lacking in response

I am getting a much clearer understanding of the life, financial status, sexual disadvantage and political brain of women in America.

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Women at Augusta National?

I recently read the following headline from U.S. News & World Report concerning an article by Health Day reporter Alan Mozes. The headline read, “College Students Who Binge Drink Say They’re Happier.”

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Dear GOP: A penny for my thoughts

I can’t tell the Republican National Committee that my check is in the mail.

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Mosquito bites carry danger of West Nile Virus

Anyone who’s lived in the South for any length of time knows there are two flying pests that are difficult to avoid — mosquitoes and gnats.

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Flint River Habitat receives contribution

A donation from an Albany banking office and its corporate partner will be used in local homebuilding efforts.

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Meigs Mayor Wurst resigns

A tiny Thomas County community is now without a mayor and two City Council members.

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Armed robbers hit convenience store

According to Albany Police Department reports, two men armed with handguns and wearing bandannas as masks walked into the Bald Eagle Citgo convenience store at 2704 Ledo Road and demanded money.

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Police/Fire/EMS - August 23, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 55 incidents.

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Former AL Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for positive test

Former AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone Thursday. (UPDATED: 8:15 p.m.)

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Police looking for woman’s killer

Authorities release a little more information on a Tuesday murder in an East Albany trailer park.

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Squawk of the Day - August 23, 2012

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Election Board to review Heard candidacy Friday

The Dougherty County Elections Board will meet at 11 a.m. Friday to review the candidacy of Lorenzo Heard for the School Board at-large seat.

Sandra W. Drake

Sandra W. Drake, 72, Albany, died August 21, 2012

Ronald Jackson

Superintendent Ronald Jackson of Cordele, GA died August 21, 2012

Lillian Perry Lumpkin

Lillian Perry Lumpkin, 67, Camilla, died August 21, 2012

Marlin S. Brown

Marlin Samuel Brown, 90, Cuthbert, died August 21, 2012

Brenda J. McGee

Brenda J. McGee, 64, of Bklackshear, Georgia, died Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Loretta B. Stewart

Loretta B. Stewart, 64, Meigs, GA died August 21, 2012

Walter B. Foster

Walter B. Foster, 74, Cuthbert, died August 18, 2012

Ronnie Dewayne Hutto

Ronnie Dewayne Hutto, 49, Baconton, died August 17, 2012

Cora Jean McCray

Cora Jean McCray, 62, of Albany, GA 31705, died Tuesday August 21, 2012

Lewis Jeems Thomas, Jr.

Lewis Jeems Thomas, Jr., 70, Pelham, died August 22, 2012

Dorothy Louise DeMent Collins

Dorothy Louise DeMent Collins of Blakely, GA died Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jeanelle Dukes Bell Albritton

Jeanelle Dukes Bell Albritton, 78, Ashburn, died August 22, 2012

Gloria A. Crawford

Gloria A. Crawford, 56, Albany, died August 22, 2012

Jon Dewey Ayers

Jon Dewey Ayers, 55, died August 20, 2012

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CRCT fallout focus of BOE meeting

Dougherty school officials say fraudulent information may be an ongoing problem among school system employees.

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West Nile deaths reported in region

Twelve West Nile Virus cases have been reported in Southwest Georgia this year.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reality hits Ohio basketball phenom hard.

Facing prison time, an 18-year-old basketball prodigy collapses in the courtroom.

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Former Archbold CEO denied release

A federal court judge in Albany has denied a request by the attorneys for former Archbold CEO Ken Beverly to free him while he appeals fraud convictions.

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Homicide victim found in Mimosa Trailer Park

A body found in a trailer at East Albany’s Mimosa Trailer Park leads police to an active homicide investigation.

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Rapper-Actor LL Cool J nabs burglar at his home

LL Cool J plays a special agent on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles," and now he's caught an actual bad guy.

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Bibb County to offer Chinese to students

Teachers will provide Mandarin Chinese instruction three times a week, 20 minutes at a time, to students in pre-K through the third grade this year. The system plans to roll out Mandarin Chinese instruction to all Bibb students by the 2015-16 school year.

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Morning Minute: A roundup of the morning's top regional headlines from the AP

Here are the top morning headlines from around the state:

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Strasburg buries Braves as Nats increase NL East lead to 7 games

Stephen Strasburg baffles the Braves — again — on Tuesday to not only lead the Nats to a 4-1 win, but put more distance between Washington and Atlanta in the race for the NL East crown.

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KICKOFF 2012: Southland's Goodin excited about ‘talented’ team, expects to win region title

With six seniors and 16 juniors who all have varsity experience, Southland coach Tim Goodin says this year’s team could be the best he’s had since arriving four years ago.

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Banking on Benton

Panthers QB Bryce Benton had a breakout junior season that caught the attention of several D-I schools, but before he can even think about college he knows there’s unfinished business in Americus: winning a region title.