News for Saturday, December 1, 2012

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Georgia Southern cruises into third round of FCS playoffs; Oklahoma clinches share of Big 12 title

Georgia Southern cruises to a win in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday, beating Central Arkansas to advance. (UPDATED WITH SATURDAY'S LATE GAMES)

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ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: FSU holds off Georgia Tech, 21-15,

Georgia Tech stages a huge comeback in the second half of Saturday's ACC Championship game but falls just short, 21-15, against Florida State, which locks up a spot in the BCS Orange Bowl with the win.

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Opportunity lost

Georgia will not be playing for its first national title since 1980 after it squanders a late lead Saturday in the SEC Championship, then falls victim to curious play calling at the end of the game with a chance to win as the Bulldogs lose, 32-28, to Alabama, which will now play Notre Dame for the BCS title.

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Falcons: Third-down woes definitely a problem

The Falcons picked up just one first down in Thursday’s win against the Saints, and it’s an issue that’s concerning to both sides of the ball.

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Upton glad to be newest member of Braves

Justin Upton's signing with the Braves this week brings a sense of optimism to the franchise during the offseason.

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SATURDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Sherwood girls lose in tourney title game; R-C boys, girls sweep Mitchell County; AHS splits with Turner

Sherwood will now turn its attention to a Tuesday rivalry matchup against Deerfield.

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SUNDAY PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: DWS’ huge senior class goes out as champs; Seminole County coach Ingram rips refs after playoff loss

Deerfield’s senior class ends their amazing careers Friday with 48 wins and the coveted honor as GISA Class AAA state champs. (ADDS: items on Westwood and Seminole County)

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Tragedy at Arrowhead: Chiefs LB Belcher kills girlfriend, self

Police say that Kansas City starting LB Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend early Saturday morning, then drove to the Chiefs’ home field at Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the parking lot in front of head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli.

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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

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

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: We were all immortal at one time

Herald Outdoors Columnist Bob Kornegay explains why --- when you're young --- you feel invincible, yet that feeling fades completely once you get older.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Dec. 2, 2012

Albany police respond to at least seven incidents.

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Lee County launches Christmas parade

For the 24th time, the Lee County Chamber of Commerce rolls out its Spirit of Christmas Parade and Festival.

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State Champs!!!

In a wild game that comes down to the final play, Deerfield hangs on to win the GISA Class AAA State Championship against Heritage on Friday night at Webb Memorial Stadium in one for the ages, 27-19. (UPDATED: 1 a.m. with additional details, reaction, quotes)

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Christmas comes to town

The 12 vignettes of Christmas come to Theatre Albany in “The Little Town of Christmas.”

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On the Job With Michael McCoy

Almost from the start, Michael McCoy wanted to be in public administration. He prepared for himself for the role and waited for his opportunity. It was Divine providence, he said, when his second try for the assistant county administrator post yielded positive results. A Texas transplant, McCoy has come a long way from his days of mowing lawns in his early “parachute pants.”

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Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2012

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Smith’s lawsuit against ASU set to begin Monday

A former ASU vice president contends she was improperly terminated after alleging mismanagement of grant money.

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Sides must work for common good

My voting record as a member of the House, and now as a member of the Senate, confirms that I am not in favor of tax increases. I have never supported or voted for tax increases, and I don’t intend to start now.

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A little deception goes a long way

It was in Jasper, Ala., during the post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas semi-holiday period that I was given an eye-opening dose of reality, courtesy of 3-year-old Sam Fletcher.

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United States is losing its clout in Middle East affairs

What the Obama administration is saying about the volatile Gaza strip makes sense, but there’s one big problem. Nobody is listening.

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Business Portfolio - Dec. 2, 2012

This is a weekly column on professionals in Southwest Georgia.

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Black Friday draws interesting crowd

Features column

It was half past 10 the day after Thanksgiving that I ventured out into the real world. By that time, many of the diehard Black Friday shoppers were either asleep in their cars or home, and there were no fist fights or wig snatching brawls in sight.

Births 2 Dec 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Nov. 18-25.

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Troop sponsoring special needs event at Chehaw

An upcoming event catered to special needs children is set to have a Western theme, coordinators say.

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Pantry feeds, clothes the needy

Officials with the Lord’s Pantry, now in its 37th year, say compassion is alive in Albany.

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Holidays are the perfect time to get physical

Health & Fitness column

Again this month, let me remind you about the great benefits of getting your annual flu shot. Not only will you be protected against the flu, but you will also protect those around you.

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Newton girl gives toys to needy

A Baker County 6 year old gives her brand new Christmas toys to charity.

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Celebration of Lights Parade wows crowd

The Albany Celebration of Lights Parade lives up to its reputation as the way to celebrate the holidays with lights, music and fun.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 2, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Kitchen Inspections for December 2, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections in Dougherty and Lee counties.

Dorothy J. Whatley

Dorothy J. Whatley died Friday.

Morton A. Stewart

Morton A. Stewart died Tuesday.

Annie Merle Wilson Ethridge

Annie Merle Wilson Ethridge died Friday.

Hazel Geraldine Willis

Hazel Geraldine Willis died Friday.

Vera E. Ross

Vera E. Ross died Thursday.

Brenda Marshall

Brenda Marshall died Saturday.

Vanderbill Robinson

Vanderbill Robinson died Saturday.

Christine Sutton Hurst

Christine Suttton Hurst died Friday.

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Woman pleads guilty to theft from retirement fund

Chiquita Rivers of Sylvester pleaded guilty to stealing more than $19,000 that was paid into her dead grandmother’s bank account from Teachers’ Retirement System of Georgia, stated a Georgia Department of Law report.

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Men wanted for Terrell County burglary arrested

Acting on a Terrell County burglary warrant, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents arrested two men on drug and other related charges about 3 p.m. Friday, a drug unit agent said.

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Chambliss defends tax stance in budget talks

Sen. Saxby Chambliss defended on Saturday his call for raising more tax money if it comes with spending cuts and gradually pays off debt, a stance that has become harder to hold among other Republicans.

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GHSA CLASS AA ELITE 8: Last-second FG sinks Early in AA Elite 8

Greater Atlanta Christian’s Brandon Holzgrefe's 29-yard FG with no time left Friday night sinks Early's season in the GHSA Class AA Elite 8. (UPDATED: 12:19 a.m. with additional details, quotes, reaction)

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GHSA CLASS A ELITE 8: Seminole upset at home by Dooly

Seminole County has a chance at a game-winning drive Friday night in the GHSA Class A state quarterfinals but comes up short in a 34-28 loss to Dooly County. (UPDATED: 12:45 a.m. with additional details, quotes, reaction)

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Valwood crushes Westwood in GISA Class AA state title game, ends Wildcats’ championship streak

For the second time this season, Valwood is too much for Westwood, which falls short of its third straight state title Friday night during a 48-13 loss to the Valiants in the GISA Class AA championship game. (UPDATED: 12:03 a.m. with additional, details, quotes, reaction)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: N. Illinois wins MAC title; Stanford tops UCLA for Pac 12 crown; Minnestota D-II football coach cleared of child porn charges

Northern Illinois beats Kent State in overtime of the Mid-American Conference title game Friday night, while Stanford tops UCLA for the second time in a week to win the Pac-12 crown.

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ACC CHAMPIONSHIP --- PREVIEW: FSU, Ga. Tech square off for ACC title, BCS bowl bid tonight

One of the nation’s best overall defenses will face off against one of the country’s top rushing attacks tonight when the Yellow Jackets and Seminoles square off in primetime for the ACC Championship.

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Judge rules famed tennis ref didn't kill husband

A famous pro tennis referee who was accused of killing her husband with a coffee mug has the charges dismissed Friday.

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