News for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Auburn hires OL coach, signs top JUCO RB; Gators land record-setting N.C. quarterback

J.B. Grimes will come from Arkansas State and join Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn.

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Ex-UGA star Stafford mired in worst slump of career

Matt Stafford left Athens early for the NFL in hopes of a shining pro career -- but there's no denying he's taken a step in the wrong direction after a dreadful 2012 season.

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Buckle up

All four city teams play today in the U Save It Pharmacy Basketball Tournament, which begins at 4 p.m. at Albany High and concludes Saturday at the Civic Center.

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Nebraska coach: Capital One Bowl vs. UGA could 'get ugly'

After getting embarrassed by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, Nebraska is hoping it doesn't play equally bad against Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.

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Ex-Crisp County LB Sanders commits to Texas A&M

Former Cougars football star Tommy Sanders picks Texas A&M to continue his college football career after two standout years at Butler Community College in Kansas.

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Thunder beat Hawks, win 12th straight game

Kevin Durant scores 41 points Wednesday to lead the streaking Thunder to a 100-92 win against the Hawks.

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'Violent encounters' spark license reviews

The Albany City Commission will decide in January whether to deny or suspend the alcohol licenses of five nightspots.

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Waffle House to build near Darton State

Construction should start in 60 to 90 days, officials say.

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Man wanted for questioning in aggravated assault

The Albany Police Department Investigations Bureau is soliciting the public's assistance with locating a person for questioning regarding an ongoing aggravated assault investigation.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Dec. 20, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

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Employees with disabilities are making an impact

Guest commentary

Albany ARC and South Georgia Easter Seals are widely known agencies working for the betterment of persons with disabilities. They have made their presence known in Southwest Georgia for more than 50 years, and have improved the quality of life for so many of their clients. Thus, it is heartening to see that these two agencies also have a sizeable percent of individuals in their employ who have disabilities.

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Elf is something I'd like to shelf

Features column

Elf On a Shelf. Elf on a Shelf. May the creator of this plague upon Christmas holiday tranquility be forced to celebrate Christmas with Rosanne Barr and Ellen Degenerate.

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Ringing of bells a remembrance of shooting victims

Church bells hold a particular meaning this time of year. Their peals aren't restricted to the Christmas season, but they always seem a little crisper in the colder air, a reminder of what the season is about. On Friday, there is a movement to have them make a much more somber statement.

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Law officers conduct 'Shop with a Sheriff'

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office took a group of underprivileged children out to lunch and then shopping on Wednesday.

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Grand Jury hands down indictments, presentments

Indictments involving dog fighting and a shooting, among others, were handed down by a Dougherty County grand jury on Wednesday.

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Albany soldier helps boy achieve dream

A deployed Albany Army major takes part of a plan to cheer a terminally ill 10-year-old biy in Baltimore.

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EDC considering move to Pine Avenue building

Economic development leaders say efforts of three newly formed committees are starting to pay off.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 20, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Mudslide derails train

A mudslide down a hill in Washington State derailed at least seven cars on a freight train, officials said. In this amateur footage, you can see the slide cascading down the hill before knocking the train off its tracks.

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No more Government Motors: US selling GM shares

The U.S. government's foray into the car business is slowly coming to an end.

Mary Mays Porter

Mary Mays Porter, 97, Albany, died December 13, 2012

Eva Faye Daniel

Eva Faye Daniel, 72, Albany, died December 18, 2012

Carolyn Allen

Carolyn Allen, 61, Conyers, GA died December 13, 2012

Charles Quitman Headrick

Charles Quitman Headrick, 84, Albany, died December 18, 2012

Gerald Williams

Gerald Williams, 61, Albany, died December 11, 2012

Anita Johnson

Anita Johnson, 52, Detroit, Michigan died December 17, 2012

Bob R. Young

Bob R. Young, 82, Rochelle, GA, died December 18, 2012

Pearlie Mae Paige

Pearlie Mae Paige, 64, died December 19, 2012

Nyoka Brooks Castleberry

Nyoka Brooks Castleberry, 64, Doles Community, GA died 12/19/12

Sharon Ross Robinson

Sharon Ross Robinson, 52, Camilla, died December 18, 2012

Betty Flowers Parmelee

Betty Flowers Parmelee, 90, Parrott, died December 18, 2012

Henry Young

Henry Young, 62, died December 13, 2012

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Suspect arrested in armed robbery

An arrest has been made in a Tuesday night robbery at an Albany fast-food restaurant.

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Dougherty County family displaced by morning fire

An electrical short is believed to be responsible for the house fire that started Wednesday morning.

Rosalind Steed Mann

Rosalind Steed Mann, 70, Ocilla, died December 17, 2012

Levi Francis Bohannon, Jr.

Levi Francis Bohannon, Jr., 85, Leesburg, died December 17, 2012

Joseph Myrick, Jr.

Joseph Myrick, Jr., Smithville, died December 16, 2012

Maxie Pate

Maxie Pate, 87, Camilla, died December 18, 2012

Joyce Kemph Walton

Joyce Kemph Walton, 83, Cuthbert, died December 17, 2012

Sara Minchew Oxford

Sara Minchew Oxford, died December 15, 2012

Sheria Jean Hall

Sheria Jean Hall, 51, Dawson, died December 17, 2012

Antoinette Otto Gray

Antoinette Otto Gray, 87, Albany, died December 16, 2012

Ernest Pace Whitehead, Jr.

Ernest Pace Whitehead, Jr., 74, died December 16, 2012

Homer Cline

Homer Cline, 82, Albany, died December 18, 2012

Melinda H. Solomon

Melinda H. Solomon, 58, Albany, died December 18, 2012

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Hawks outlast lowly Wizards in OT

Late Tuesday night, Atlanta goes into overtime with Washington, then prevails by five points.