News for Sunday, December 23, 2012


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Ex-MLB player Freel found dead

Ryan Freel, a former big league outfielder, is found dead in his home of what appears to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

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Good to be Kings

With the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed clinched following late Saturday’s win against the lowly Lions, the Falcons are the envy of the rest of the NFL now that they’ve secured home-field advantage through the playoffs.

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A few ‘little’ blasts from the past

The Old Rocker column

It’s funny how a single word can weave its way through the early history of rock ‘n’ roll.

Christy Ann Haywood Sanders

Christy Ann Haywood Sanders died Thursday.

Bonnie Pope

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Sara Ann Chitty Neal

Sara Ann Chitty Neal died Thursday.

Coral Lou Varney Phillips

Coral Lou Varney Phillips died Friday.

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Lee teacher taught assistant principal as first-grader

Laurie Whatley now says "yes, sir" to former student Vince Grace.

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Albany murder rates plummet

The city has come a long way since being known as the murder capital of the U.S.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 24, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Life through a lens, lightly

In today’s world of social media, where everyone’s every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn’t ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired.

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It’s our system on the cliff

The United States faces a crisis in our political system because the Republican Party, particularly in the House of Representatives, is no longer a normal, governing party.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


Is there a Santa Claus? We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun....

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Dougherty County Jail Report - Dec. 13-20, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Dec. 13-20, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Auburn star freshman Price misses NCAA 3-point record in loss to Winthrop

Needing four straight 3-pointers to tie the NCAA's consecutive-made made of 14 --- and five in a row to break the 22-year old record --- Jordan Price misses his first two shots of the night and finished with just two points.

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Hawks bounce back, bully Bulls, 92-75

The Hawks rebound from their lopsided loss to Philadelphia and pound the Bulls, 92-75, on Saturday to snap a two-game skid.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #10: Albany Panthers repeat as arena league champs

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the first of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition. Look for No. 9 in Monday’s edition of The Herald.

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Bittersweet: Former Georgia Tech star Johnson breaks single-season receiving record in Lions' loss

One of the most coveted records in NFL history falls late Saturday night when former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record during the Lions' loss to the Falcons.

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Falcons flatten Lions, clinch NFC's No. 1 seed

Matt Ryan throws for four TDs and the Falcons' defense overcomes a record receiving night by Lions wideout Calvin Johnston late Saturday night in Detroit to lock up the NFC's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs.

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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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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech rips The Citadel, 73-41, to continue its fast start

Off to its best start in years, Georgia Tech continues to impress following Saturday’s 32-point win against The Citadel. (ADDS: roundup items on Georgia beating USC and Florida State edging Charlotte on Saturday.)

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Storm’s a brewing!

The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes officially prove they’re the force to be reckoned with in Southwest Georgia basketball this season after beating No. 2 Westover for the second time in eight days Saturday. (ADDS: roundup items on Albany High beating Manchester, and Statesboro turning back Dougherty in the consolation games of the U Save It Tournament).