News for Saturday, December 15, 2012


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2012 ALBANY HERALD SUPER 6: Boys and girls teams

Check out The Albany Herald's 2012 Super 6 boys and girls basketball teams.

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Smith has off night as Hawks crushed by Warriors

Josh Smith has one of the worst game of his NBA career Saturday night as the Hawks fall at home to the red-hot Warriors, 115-93.

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SATURDAY'S PREP HOOP ROUNDUP: Westover boys rebound, slip by Lee

Coming off a rough loss Friday against city rival Monroe, The Herald No. 2 Patriots bounce back to beat Lee County in Leesburg on Saturday. (ADDS: roundup items on Randolph-Clay, Westover-Lee County girls; Seminole County-Pelham; Randolph-Clay-Pelham; Westwood girls; Deerfield girls; Terrell Academy; Crisp Academy girls; Americus-Sumter boys; and Crisp County boys)

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‘We miss him so much’

You’d be hard pressed to find a single person in Donalsonville — or anyone, for that matter, who knew Jesse McLeod — who doesn’t feel this way about the longtime Seminole County Athletic Director and girls basketball coach, who lost a sudden battle with cancer shortly after last season, sending shockwaves through an entire community.

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DWS boys top SGA by 11 in Damascus

Deerfield holds SGA’s two star scorers in check Saturday night as the Knights hand the Warriors just their second loss this season.

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GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE TITLE ROUNDUP: Jefferson upsets Calhoun; Sandy Creek wins its third state title in four years; ECI crushes Dooly in the Class A public school state title game

Jefferson upsets Calhoun, 31-14, to win the Class AA state title while Class AAAA Sandy Creek wins its third state title in four years with a 45-10 rout against Ridgeland, and ECI rips Dooly, 47-7 to win the Class A public school state football title Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to rebound, host Super Bowl champ Giants today

The Atlanta Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs today with a win against the Giants and some help.

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Branch back in New England, wants to retire a Patriot

Albany’s Deion Branch returned to the team he loves most this week, and he’s hoping to be a Patriot when he ends his career — whenever that day might be.

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Blazers capture Division II crown

For the second time in five years, Valdosta State wins the Division II National Championship, this time in a rout of Winston-Salem, 35-7, on Saturday.

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Man wanted in Dec. 7 home invasion in custody

Gauffrey Alexander Hall turned himself in to Albany Police Department officers at the Law Enforcement Center at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, stated an Albany Police Department email.

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Looking Back - Dec. 16, 2012

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

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On the Job with Manswell Peterson

Manswell Peterson is an instructor and program coordinator of criminal justice at Darton State College. But that’s just his day job.

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Ailing boy waits for transplant donor

A Sylvester mother hopes to find a matching bone marrow donor for her nine-year-old son with sickle-cell anemia.

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A good dog won’t steer you wrong

Driving into work today I let my mind wander as I often do. How nice it would be, I thought, to be one of those fancy people who has a driver — you know the kind, the ones on television who say things like, “I’ll call my car to come pick me up,” or “Driver, take me to the such and such.”

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Planning can help you avoid the ‘holiday seven’

A frequent question posed to me, and I imagine to others in the fitness industry, is “How can I avoid gaining weight over the holidays?”

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Time to take a first look back at the best of 2012

Opinion Column

As the end of another year approaches — and, yes, it does seem that we were just “auld lang syning” 2012 in — it’s almost time for all the “best-of” lists commemorating the past 365 days.

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For some gifts, it’s not the thought that counts

Opinion Column

The items on this list are not recommended for kids. On the other hand, they’re not rated for mature recipients either, which means they should be perfect for that hard-to-buy-for guy or gal on your list.

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It’s the ‘write’ time to pause and reflect


On Wednesday at the front desk of our lobby, we received a hand-delivered letter to the editor, handwritten on yellow, lined paper, from Maris A. Giafaglione of Leesburg. Reading it, the words gave us reason to pause.

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Barlow to lead Realty Board

The Albany Board of Realtors aims to continue being active in the community as an advocate for area home buyers.

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ASU names interim Director of Development

Dick Donovan is tasked with building the university’s prospect base and working closely with volunteers and the ASU Foundation.

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Kitchen inspections for December 16, 2012

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

Wanda Roberts Mosley

Wanda Roberts Mosley died Wednesday.

Leear Johnson

Leear Johnson died Saturday.

Aretha Gudes

Aretha Gudes died December 7.

Laura Bittinger

Laura Elizabeth Ivey Bittinger died Friday.

Jimmie Mae (Clenney-Cox) Wall

Jimmie Mae (Clenny-Cox) Wall died Saturday.

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Community calendar for December 16, 2012

Here's a list of some of the events scheduled for Southwest Georgia.

Eula Faye Sinquefield

Eula Faye Sinquefield died Saturday.

Eloise S. Rushton

Eloise S. Rushton died Saturday.

Johnnie Ruth Lowe

Johnnie Ruth Lowe died Thursday.

Mary Frances Davis

Mary Frances Davis died Friday.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 16, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Youth group to hold 30-hour fast for hungry

A local youth ministry plans to create interest and donations for the hungry by going hungry themselves.

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Peppermint Pops rings in the Christmas season - VIDEO ADDED

Community members gather for a fun, festive way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

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Marines distribute Toys for Tots

Marines help give children a Merry Christmas.

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Miracle on Sweet Street opens Monday

A fundraiser at Albany's former Ordinary Coyote building will feature hundreds of pounds of candy.

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WG&L crew provides Sandy relief

Seven Water, Gas & Light Commission utilities workers help restore power to residents in New Jersey.

Births 16 Dec 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Nov. 20-Dec. 10.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Penalties, late gaffes cost Georgia Southern in FCS semis; Mount Union wins D-III title --- again

Georgia Southern tallies a season-high in penalty yards --- including two inexplicable personal fouls late in the game by senior defensive leader Brent Russell --- and it costs the Eagles in a 23-20 loss to No. 1 seed North Dakota State late Friday night in Fargo, N.D.