News for Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Political process needs prayerful support

The Republicans have had their week in Tampa, Fla., and the Democrats will have theirs next week in Charlotte, N.C., a back-to-back prospect prompting all but the most hardened political junkies to pray that the deity might send hurricane winds to cancel both political pep rallies.

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Romney: 'Need jobs, lots of jobs'

The GOP convention ends on a high note as Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Clint Eastwood address the crowd.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for August 31, 2012

APD responds to at least 52 incidents.

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Future of GOP gets onto Tampa stage

This is the second of a series of reports from the Republican National Convention from one of Southwest Georgia’s delegates, state Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg.

Forum focuses on safety for community

A Stop the Violence forum points out the involvement that can lead to a better community.

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Entering auto thieves hit county and city again

At least 17 different entering auto crimes are reported in Dougherty County over the past two days.

Officials help make party a success

In a letter to the editor, Joyce Anderson of Albany says that officials helped make a block party a success.

Media a fifth column against the GOP

In a letter to the editor, Robert Brown of Leesburg says that the media is a fifth column against the GOP.

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Isaac no drought buster for Georgia

Tropical storms are two-edged swords. They bring high winds, heavy rains and damage, but in parched areas those rains can turn a drought around.

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Random acts of Kirkness help out

At 6:23 a.m., I heard the familiar splat of newspapers outside our bedroom window.

Dougherty Jail Report - Aug. 23-29,2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Aug. 23-29, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Tampa has big boy (and girl) night

The delayed opening of the Republican National Convention worked to the advantage of the GOP by both heightening anticipation and forcing the elimination of extraneous speakers, which there are always too many of at these things.

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Fairgrounds get upgrade for festival

Officials with the Georgia Throwdown music and arts festival plan more than $100,000 in improvements at the venue site.

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Bishop urges passage of farm bill

The farm bill has yet to come to the floor of the House for a vote, while sequestration would force 50 percent cuts to defense.

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Squawk of the Day - August 31, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Video of the Day: When 'canoodling' goes wrong

For one T.V. anchorman, things just got awkward, real quick.

W. M. Davis

W. M. Davis, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Richard Belk

Richard Belk, 93, Albany, died August 27, 2012

Ossie Brown Bradford

Ossie Brown Bradford, 72, Dawson, died August 26, 2012

Shirley Nelson Bell

Shirley Nelson Bell, 62, Dawson, died August 26, 2012

Charlie E. Freeman

Charlie E. Freeman, 84, Albany, died August 29, 2012

Dontavious S. Luke

Dontavious Santez Luke, 24, Albany, died August 26, 2012

Jason Lee Miller

Jason Lee Miller, 30, Albany, died August 30, 2012

Albert Grace

Albert Grace, 57, died August 26, 2012

Eugene Godfrey

Eugene Godfrey, 67, Albany, died August 24, 2012

Gloria Ann Moreland Henry

Gloria Ann Moreland Henry, 49, Albany, died August 28, 2012

Jamie B. Smith

Jamie B. Smith, 41, Leesburg, GA, died August 29, 2012

Robert L. Phillips

Robert L. Phillips, 64, died August 23, 2012

Theodore Davis

Theodore Davis, 55, Trenton, NJ, died August 24, 2012

Charles Edward Tuner

Charles Edward Turner, Sr., 62, died August 31, 2012

Julia May Megahee

Julia May Megahee, 89, died August 30, 2012

Hazel Corbin

Hazel Corbin, 74, Camilla, died August 28, 2012

Daniel Crawford, Jr.

Daniel Crawford, Jr., 58, Georgetown, died August 27, 2012

Prymus Robinson, Jr.

Prymus Robinson, Jr. 51, Albany, died August 25, 2012

Donald Edward Lathrup, Jr.

Donald Edward Lathrup, Jr., 84, Camilla, died August 29, 2012

Joe E. Shaw

Joe E. Shaw, 83, Pelham, died August 26, 2012

Johnny Key

Johnny Key, 64, died August 30, 2012

Ruby Mae Pollte White

Ruby Mae White, 79, died August 24, 2012

Georgia Lee Taylor

Georgia Lee Taylor, 69, Dawson

Addie B. Williams

Addie Blanche Williams, 82, Dallas, TX, died August 28, 2012

Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson, 65, Dawson, died August 19, 2012

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Deal's decision on Medicaid could put Ga. hospitals at risk

Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured and threaten the bottom lines of hospitals that were counting on new income from the changes.

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School system defends coach after prayer complaint

Officials at a northwest Georgia high school are defending its football team's practice of having student-led prayers and church-held meals before games.

Retailers report strong gains for August

Americans kept spending in August despite their escalating fears about the slow economic recovery and surging gas prices.

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US unemployment applications flat at 374,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 374,000, suggesting slow improvement in the job market.

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2012 ALBANY HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN

Check out The Herald’s highly anticipated annual Dynamite Dozen list of who — in our eyes — are the Top 12 players heading into the 2012 season.

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Monroe debuts at No. 1 in Herald’s first Fab 5 Poll

With loads of returning talent — including three Dynamite Dozen selections — Monroe begins the 2012 season as The Herald’s top team. (ADDS: note on Monroe, Seminole County and Early County all getting votes in latest AP Top 10 state poll)

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Ex-FSU star Reid’s comeback with Blazers cut short after tearing ACL in practice

Former D-I star at FSU, Greg Reid, won't play D-II ball with Valdosta State following an ACL tear he suffered in practice late last week.

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Chipper gets warm send-off in Petco Park finale; Braves routed, 8-2

The Braves, who are pushing hard for a playoff spot, end their series with the lowly Padres on Wednesday with an embarrassing 8-2 loss.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW: Auburn trying to rebound from disappointing 8-5 season

With most of its stars from the 2010 national title team either graduated, moved onto the NFL or kicked out of school, Auburn is ready to begin anew and get back in the championship picture following a subpar 8-5 season in 2011.

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Darton men win, women fall in home openers

The Darton men improve to 3-0 to begin the season, while the women suffer one of the most stunning losses in program history Wednesday.

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Oh, so close

Westover, which has had just four winning seasons in 40-plus years of its football program, feels like it’s as close as ever to finally turning the corner and becoming a force.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: Albany State starting center back in lineup for 2012 opener; White expresses concern over conference's decision to add new team --- from Ohio

ASU senior Hakeem Lassiter had surgery a little more than two weeks ago, but the Rams’ captain returned to the practice field Monday and will play in Saturday’s season opener.

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Transit System gets feedback from passengers

An informal forum offers Albany Transit System officials an opportunity to educate its regular riders.

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Richt mum on ex-Seminole County star's status for Saturday's season opener

With just three days left before UGA’s 2012 season opener, former Seminole County football star Bacarri Rambo’s status for the Bulldogs still remains unclear.

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Evacuee spirits lifted by USO

This week, more than 4,000 personnel from Naval Air Station Pensacola were evacuated to MCLB-Albany to escape Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Albany Stein Mart closing

An upscale Albany clothing store in northwest Albany closes after a ten-year run.

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Baker death penalty pardon observed

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the pardon of Lena Baker, who was executed in Georgia’s electric chair in 1945

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Power outage delays Herald

Power went out in downtown Albany at approximately 9:55 p.m. and was not restored until about 12:25 a.m.

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Ryan's night: Accepts 'calling of my generation'

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan addresses a packed house at the GOP convention Wednesday night in Tampa.

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