News for Friday, August 31, 2012


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Remembering the historic Chehaw affair

The first Chehaw were a friendly tribe of native Americans who haven’t lived in this area for a long time.

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Labor Day salutes nation's backbone

The unofficial end of summer is here with a three-day hurrah that was designed to honor the working American -- Labor Day.

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PSA test overused, but helpful for at-risk men

In May, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of national experts that provides evidence-based recommendations to improve Americans' health, made an announcement that was widely debated by cancer communities and men everywhere.

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In lopsided matchup vs. Buffalo, UGA freshmen should get plenty of playing time; star WR/DB Mitchell out injured

When the Bulldogs open the season today against Buffalo, they will do it without cornerback Malcolm Mitchell, who will miss the game with a sprained left ankle.

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U.S. OPEN: Roddick wins second-round match, delays impending retirement

Andy Roddick routs Bernard Tomic on straight sets Friday night to reach the third round of the U.S. Open just one day after announcing he would retire at the end of the tournament. (ADDS: roundup of Friday's men's, women's action)

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Ga. Tech names Perkins starter for Monday’s season opener vs. Hokies

Sophomore Charles Perkins has wowed the Yellow Jackets’ coaches in practice, and the RB gets the starting nod for Monday night’s opener.

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D-II Top 25s meet as N. Greenville visits ASU tonight

The Rams were crushed in the playoffs last year by North Greenville, but today’s 2012 season opener against the Crusaders gives them a chance at redemption.

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SEASON PREVIEW: Pressure's on for UGA's Murray, defense

The Bulldogs are putting their hopes this season on the arm of star quarterback and UGA record-setter Aaron Murray, as well as their lights-out defense.

Cancer auction raises $50,000

Proceeds from the Aug. 25 event in Plains will help pay for cancer screenings for south Georgians.

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Bicycling contest set for Tarva Road

Motorists on Tarva Road in rural Dougherty and Baker counties are being asked to keep a sharp lookout today for a large number of bicyclists who will be sharing the road with them.

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Man wanted in shooting and robbery

Bobby Henry Drayton Jr. is wanted for the shooting of Arthur Lawrence Hill during a home invasion robbery Thursday, stated Sylvester Police Lt. Ronnie Graddy.

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 2, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 1, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Assange a prisoner of his own making

If they ever remake "The Man Who Came to Dinner," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might be a good choice for the lead, at least if it's being done by an Ecuadorian film crews.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Sept. 1, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 42 incidents.

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Forgey best-qualified planning director candidate

A former Southwest Georgia Regional Commission planner is set to take a position with the Albany government.

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Romney running with demanding GOP base

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright says that Romney is running with a demanding GOP base.

Repeat offenders danger to American society

In a letter to the editor, Bill Bates of Albany says that repeat offenders are a danger to American society.

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Awareness needed on childhood cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Who knew? Definitely not me until we were thrown into that world! And, I must admit, even in the most recent years, I have not pushed awareness like I should have -- but that I hope to change, starting now.

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Albany High students face hard choices daily

As an internal advocate for the Indians of Albany High, I must encourage my students with words, thoughts and actions to disprove the naysayers ... always tactfully articulating that we prove lies by merely living the truth and showing critics that we are not who they believe and portray us to be.

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Dougherty County Jail Report - Aug. 23-29

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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AFD assists Miller personnel with chemical incident

The wrong chemicals were accidentally mixed together at Albany's Miller Brewing plant, Albany Fire Department officials say.

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Thumbs Up! - Sept. 3, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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The 'deterrence works' fantasy silly

There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that "deterrence works." It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn't work over North Vietnam.

'Union' fitting update to singers' legacies

My wife and I had this discussion last week as we watched Cameron Crowe's brilliant documentary "The Union," which captured the making of Elton John and Leon Russell's magical 2010 album of that name.

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Judge defers decision on venue, indictment in principal fraud case

Gloria Baker and her husband John are each charged with fraud in connection with allegedly filing false school lunch applications, court documents show.

Leila Brady Shiver

Leila Brady Shiver, 90, Sylvester, died August 31, 2012

Charles Edward Tuner

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

Edward Moore

Edward Moore, 46, Macon County, died August 30, 2012

Tiney J. Palmore

Tiney J. Palmore, 64, died August 30, 2012

Kenneth Martin Waldrop

Kenneth Martin Waldrop, 66, died August 30, 2012

Robert Cross

Robert Cross, 80, Newton, died August 31, 2012

Joye Aldene Olive

Joye Aldene Olive, 97, Bainbridge, died August 30, 2012

Johnny K. Dawson

Johnny K. Dawson, Lawrenceville, died August 28, 2012

Louise Jolley McDonald

Louise Jolley McDonald, 78, Sylvester, died August 30, 2012

Johnnie L. Cutliff

Johnny L. Cutliff, 84, Charlotte, NC, died August 26, 2012

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Video of the Day: Luckiest man you don't know.

See why 55-year-old English man should thank his lucky stars that he's pretty quick getting things out of the car.

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Tributes pop up to mark 15 years after Princess Diana's death

Admirers from around the world are paying tribute to Princess Diana at the Paris tunnel where she was killed in a car crash 15 years ago.

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Police set to protect residents from gangs

A Friday news conference to reassure the community includes calls for residents to help in the fight against gangs and violence.

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Savannah considers next phase of cruise ship study

Savannah's city council is considering the next phase of a study exploring what it would take to bring a cruise ship terminal to the city's riverfront.

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Gunman robs 2 men, makes off with 12 cents

Authorities say a gunman robbed two men for 12 cents in Augusta.

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Sock stars, other Americans shine on day Roddick retires at U.S. Open

On a busy day at the U.S, Open that saw Andy Roddick announce his retirement, American men have a big day, including wins by Mardy Fish and rising star, 19-year-old Jack Sock, while Roger Federer wins easily and No. 5 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga loses, and Serena Williams advances on the women's side.

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Falcons rest starters, fall to Jags, 24-14, in preseason finale

The Falcons rest their starters and lose their final preseason game, 24-14, at Jacksonville on Thursday to finish 1-3.

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Prime target

After finishing strong in 2011, Monroe brings back 15 starters, including reigning Region 1-AAA Player of the Year, QB Charles Stafford, and is planning on having one of the best teams in the school’s history.

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Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for the first week of the high school football season in the first edition of "Guessperts."

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SEASON PREVIEW: After disappointing 2011, Rams ready to start new

The Rams ended last season with their worst playoff loss in franchise history, but they have a chance to redeem themselves, starting with Saturday’s season opener against North Greenville.

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Georgia Southern poised to stay on top of FCS ranks

With returning star running back Dominique Swope ready to go for another 1,000-yard season and the experience of having made it back-to-back FCS semifinals, the Eagles are poised to get over that hill and win the national championship.

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PREP FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK: Dougherty, Lee ready to resume Trojan Bowl rivalry

Dougherty and Lee County haven’t played each other since 2007 but open the season tonight at Hugh Mills, renewing the Trojan Bowl.

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SEASON PREVIEW: ASU volleyball driven by tough losses, ready to rule conference once again

The ASU volleyball team has lost back-to-back titles to Kentucky State, which has motivated the team to regain its reign in the conference.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: You gotta believe in Westwood

Herald high school beat writer Mike Phillips kicks off the season with his first high school prediction column of 2012 with a closer look at Westwood’s 27-game unbeaten streak that will be put on the line tonight against a much bigger, faster Stratford Academy program --- last year’s AAA state runner-up.

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Tennis icon Roddick calls it a career at U.S. Open

Andy Roddick, the face of American men's tennis for the last decade, announces Thursday that after this year's U.S. Open, he will retire.