News for Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Data needed on downtown lofts

Letter to the editor

As I read the article on Thursday in The Albany Herald, ADICA has assumed the position that approval of the “TAD” (tax allocation district) by the electorate was a mandate to spend the money that was allocated for improvements in the TAD known as the Central Business District.

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Let’s attack things worth attacking

Faith column

In the shadow of the fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid and Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl are cooperating to introduce a law to expand online gambling and create an Office of Online Poker Oversight.

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Fears over gun control just shooting blanks

Opinion column

The looming “fiscal cliff” is getting most of the page one attention in newspapers across the land. Talking heads on television and radio can’t seem to stop discussing whether President Obama and Congress will soon make the plunge — or whether they’ll avert the economic death drop. On Main Street, however, there is another issue dominating the political talk — gun control.

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Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted for December 14, 2012

There are two most wanted fugitives this week.

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Lady Rams fall in OT to Shorter in home opener

Former Bainbridge star April Thomas hits a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Albany State’s Lady Rams fall to Shorter, 53-49, in their home opener.

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Antione Robert Smith wanted on assault warrant by APD

The 23-year-old is wanted for questioning about a Dec, 7 aggravated assault.

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New urgency to ‘Georgia Zero DUI Tolerance’

Georgia’s Zero DUI Tolerance during the holidays starts today.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 14, 2012

APD responds to at least 45 incidents,

Albany Tech to hold commencement exercises tonight

More than 130 graduates set to pick up associate degrees at the ceremony.

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Three Bulldogs named to All-American teams

Georgia's Jarvis Jones, Todd Gurley and John Theus are named to Sporting News All-American teams on Thursday.

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Hamilton agrees to $125M, 5-year deal with Angels

Josh Hamilton becomes the latest star to take his talents to Southern California when he signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels on Thursday.

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After embarrassing loss at Carolina, Falcons’ defense looking for focus

Carolina scored 30 points and rushed for 195 yards last week against the Falcons, who are working to correct their mistakes before Sunday’s crucial game vs. the Giants.

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Southern runnin’

Georgia Southern’s FCS-best 409 rushing yards per game will meet a tough North Dakota State defense in today’s national semifinal.

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Div. II title game an escape for VSU QB Cochran

Saturday’s Division II title game comes just six days after Valdosta State QB Cayden Cochran watched his house go up in flames — the second time his family’s home has been destroyed in the past two years.

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Bake sale to help young patient

Deerfield's sixth-grade boys will conduct a bake sale Saturday morning to benefit the family.

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Merck donates funding for new fire department facility

Plans for an Albany Fire Department maintenance-supply building is boosted by a $100,000 donation from Merck.

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DCSS School Board plans special meeting

Six of 19 recommended individuals say they are interested in being named interim superintendent.

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Man jailed in child porn case

An Albany man is jailed Thursday on a child pornography charge, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office officials say.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 14, 2012

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald so see what everyone's squawking about.

Bernice Ophelia Godwin Davis

Bernice Ophelia Godwin Davis, 90, Pelham, died December 12, 2012

Judith B. Theidel

Judith B. Theidel died December 12, 2012

Rita Renee Hall

Rita Renee Hall, 33, Vienna, died December 13, 2012

Henry Houser

Henry Houser, 66, Perry, GA died December 12, 2012

Sallie Mae Waters

Sallie Mae Waters, 69, Warwick, died December 6, 2012

Harry Tillis

Harry Tillis, 71, Ellijay, GA, died December 12, 2012

Illya Karosha Williams

Illya Karosha Williams, 42, Camilla, died December 7, 2012

Gwendolyn Jones Mosley

Gwendolyn Jones Mosley, died December 7, 2012

Annie J. Mango

Annie J. Mango, 70, Camilla, died December 11, 2012

Margery Swan Dolan

Margery Swan Dolan, 80, Fitzgerald, died December 13, 2012

Jessie J. Akins, Sr.

Jessie J. Akins Sr., 72, Donalsonville, GA died December 12, 2012

Vicki Irvin Knight

Vicki Irvin Knight, 55, of Bldomingdale, died December 11, 2012

Inez Rainey

Inez Rainey, Ashburn, died December 12, 2012

Nora Kate Burns

Nora Kate Burns, 77, Hampton, died December 6, 2012

John Edd Futch

John Edd Futch, died December 11, 2012

Dennis Lee Thomas

Dennis Lee Thomas, 82, Leesburg, died December 10, 2012

Michelle Yvette Wallace

Michelle Yvette Wallace, 47, Pelham, died December 9, 2012

Mary E. Johnson

Mary E. Johnson, 60, Columbus, died December 7, 2012

Mary Lou McCrae

Mary Lou McCrae, 57, Lumpkin, GA died December 7, 2012

T. W. Amos

T.W. Amos, died December 6, 2012

Willie Louis Coleman

Willie Louis Coleman, 50, Albany, died December, 9, 2012

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones, 27, Cuthbert, died December 10, 2012

Eddie Gene Collier

Eddie Gene Collier, Sylvester, died December 10, 2012

William C. Phelps

William C. Phelps, 82, Leesburg, died December 11, 2012

Betty J. Covin

Betty Jean Covin, 71, Albany, died December 6th, 2012

Jackson Cravey

Jackson Cravey, 59, Sumner, died December 12, 2012

Sheldon D. Johnson

Sheldon Donnell Johnson, 19, Albany, died December 10, 2012

Tiana L. Pope

Tiana Lazette Pope, 27, died December 5th, 2012

Carry James Molden Jr.

Carry James Molden Jr. , 35, Dawson, GA.

Cena Mathis

Cena Mosely Mathis died December 5, 2012

Anna M. Stubbs

Anna Mae Stubbs, 54, Albany, died December 9th, 2012

Bettye W. Lewis

Bettye Wright Lewis, 60, died December 10th, 2012

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Norman Park produce grower to pay $500k

Officials with Hamilton Growers contend they have done nothing wrong in managing their work force.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech's top men's hoops recruit finally joins team; Albany Tech men lose sixth straight Wednesday

Solomon Poole, a highly rated recruit from Florida, is set to join the team Saturday for his first practice.

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Coroner-elect sworn in

Coroner-elect Michael Fowler was sworn in Thursday before a crowd of friends and family downtown

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New law could end blaring TV commercials

TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect on Thursday.

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Georgia college funding will be tied to graduation

Georgia's public colleges and universities will have to earn the money they get from taxpayers by helping more students get a degree.