News for Sunday, August 5, 2012

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Phillips, Idols rock sell-out crowd at Gwinnett Arena

It was a special night for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips as he returned to his home state as part of the American Idol tour at the Gwinnett Arena.

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Gordon takes rain-shortened race at Pocono; fan dies after lightning strike

Jeff Gordon wins his first race of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway, taking advantage of rain that cancelled the final 62 laps.

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The Big 10 for July 28-Aug 3.

Here are the "Big 10" Albany Herald.com most read stories for July 28 through August 3.

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YOUTH BASEBALL: Lee County wins again in Dixie League World Series

Lee County defeats Louisiana, 13-6, Sunday to move to 2-0 in the double-elimination Dixie League World Series tournament.

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District sailing through stormy seas

Lucius Seneca said, "If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." I was thinking about Lucius this past year when I directed my cabinet to outline their departmental goals, strategies and action plans and keep me informed of our progress in meeting our goals.

Data support board closing libraries

I am an avid reader and an educator, so I was saddened to read about the closings of the Southside and Westtown libraries. However, I understand that the Dougherty County Public Library System is struggling with budget issues...

Election a wake-up call to school leaders

I predict that our once great school system will gradually be returned to that status now that the racist "gang of four" has lost their voting majority along with their "We'll do as we dang well please" attitude.

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Thumbs Up! - August 6, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Bradley wins at Bridgestone after stunning collapse from Furyk

After leading for 71 holes, Jim Furyk double bogeys No. 18 Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational and gives away the title to Keegan Bradley.

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Braves win rubber game vs. Astros, keep pace in NL East

The Braves finish their 10-game homestand at 8-2 and stay three games behind Washington in the NL East with Sunday’s win vs. Houston.

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Woman challenges others to help local medical clinic

An Albany woman who was assisted by a local clinic issues a challenge for others like her to "pay it forward."

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Consortium opens doors in Moultrie

Five area hospitals have contributed to the creation and expansion of medical residency programs in Georgia.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 9 ROUNDUP: Richards-Ross gives U.S. first gold on track

Four years after a late fade cost her gold in the 400 meters, American Sanya Richards-Ross wins Sunday’s race with a time of 49.55. (ADDS: U.S. women's basketball, U.S. volleyball and beach volleyball, Pistorius out of 400 final, Olympic roundup)

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A.’s Maroney stunned in vault, settles for silver

The United States’ McKayla Maroney performed a near perfect vault in the team finals earlier in the week, but the defending world champion fell on her second vault Sunday and got a disappointing silver medal.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Murray drubs Federer for gold

Andy Murray, who recently lost the Wimbledon title to Roger Federer, gets the biggest win of his career Sunday by beating Federer for a gold medal. (ADDS: Williams sisters win doubles gold)

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Usain Bolt joins Carl Lewis to become just the second man in history to win back-to-back gold medals in the 100 meters — and he did so Sunday by breaking his own Olympic record. (ADDS: Breakout on Albany native Angelo Taylor)

Squawk of the Day - August 6, 2012

Squawk of the Day - August 6, 2012

Eldon Mansfield

LTC (Ret.) Eldon Leroy "Lee" Mansfield of Columbus, GA passed away on August 2, 2012

Shirley Patterson

Shirley Ann Davis Patterson of Dawson died Friday, August 3, 2012

Annie Davis

Mrs. Annie L. Davis, 76, of Albany died on August 3, 2012

Claude Morton

Mr. Claude E. Morton, 57, of Albany died on August 5, 2012

Laura Powell Harris and Martin Douglas Coalson

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harris of Dawson proudly announce the engagement of their daughter,

Marlee Morgan Locke and Charles Eldridge "Clay" Oxford

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Locke of Dawson announce the engagement

Tiffany Latrese Mallard and Herbie Lee Solomon, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. David and Pamela Moreland of Albany,

Anne Liesel Engelmann and Carl David Phelps

Mr. and Mrs. John Alvin Engelmann of Fitzgerald, Georgia

Floria Britt

Mrs. Floria Acosta Britt, 93, of Gainesville, FL died on August 1, 2012

Bettye Wester

Bettye Batchelor Wester, 74, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Friday, August 3, 2012

Theresa Moore

Theresa Franck Moore, 56, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012

Geneva Barfield

Mrs. Geneva Paulk Barfield, 79, formerly of Sylvester died Saturday August 4, 2012

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OUTDOORS: Toxic flora are common area hazards

Herald Outdoors columnist Bob Kornegay makes Southwest Georgia residents aware that there are a number of poisonous plants many people may not recognize or might brush against or touch without realizing it.

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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Check out where the fish are biting --- or not biting --- around Southwest Georgia this week.

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