News for Thursday, December 27, 2012


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Carpe Diem

Savannah native Aaron Hughes is most certainly seizing the day and his opportunity at Albany State, where he is the first walk-on freshman to earn a spot in the starting lineup in coach Chris Cameron’s 11 years with the program.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Ryan on career-best hot streak at right time; Ex-Georgia Tech star MegaTron hones in on 2,000-yard receiving mark

Matt Ryan has thrown seven touchdown passes with no interceptions the past two weeks while completing 80 percent of his passes in two wins that locked up the NFC’s top playoff seed.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA has full-pads practice, preps for Huskers; USC star QB Barkley ruled out for bowl game vs. Georgia Tech

Georgia continues its preparations Thursday for its Jan. 1 meeting against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, while the Georgia Tech defense catches a big break when USC rules out star QB Matt Barkley for their Sun Bowl matchup. (ADDS: items on Auburn hiring DBs coach, signing star JUCO recruit)

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Police, fire and EMS reports for Dec. 27, 2012

APD responds to at least 23 incidents

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Albany leader facing financial issues

Creditors, including the city of Albany, are demanding money they say they are owed by a member of the city’s governing board.

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‘A Night that Glitters’ ready for second year

About 250 people attended the first “A Night that Glitters” event in 2011, coordinators say.

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Unemployment in Albany dips to 9.2 percent

Officials say they hope the trend continues as Albany attempts to pull out of the economic slowdown.

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Tift County murder suspect still at large

The Tift County Sheriff’s Office has issued another request for information that might lead to the apprehension of a suspect believed to be connected to an October murder in Tift County.

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Believing in Christ more difficult for some

Faith Column

A couple of weeks ago I watched Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit at an IMAX cinema with Dolby sound and 3-D glasses. It was a pretty powerful movie if you like non-stop action where good wins out. As you might know, The Hobbit was written by J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the trilogy Lord of the Rings, too.

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Streets a little safer for police officers in 2012


In a bit of good news here at the end of the year, an organization that keeps up with deaths of law enforcement officers across the nation reported Thursday that, after two years of increases, the number of officers killed on duty declined by 20 percent this year from 2011.

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Retired Gen. Schwarzkopf, 78, dies

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. U.

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Squawk of the Day 28 Dec 2012

To view more squawks, pic up a copy to today's Albany Herald.

Groover Key

Groover Key died Thursday December 27, 2012

Willie Lee Andrews

Willie L. Andrews, 82, Albany, died December 18, 2012

Sammy Clark

Sammy Clark, 70, Dawson, died December 26, 2012

Jack S. Neely

Jack S. Neely, 62, Quincy, FL, died December 25, 2012

Madie Moore Albritten

Madie Moore Albritten, 88, Palmetto, died December 29, 2012

Corine Evans

Corine Evans, 50, Dawson, died December 22, 2012

Charlie B. Maddox

Charlie B. Maddox, Americus, died December 26, 2012

Winfred Ross Billings

Winfred Ross Billings, 56, Leary, died December 24, 2012

Sidney James Clark

Sidney James Clark, Albany, died December 20, 2012

Christy Ann Haywood Sanders

Christy Ann Haywood Sanders, 54, Tallahassee, FL, died December 20, 2012

Hattie B. Williams

Hattie B. Williams, 77, Union, NJ, died December 21, 2012

Pearl E. Lewis

Pearl E. Lewis, 96, Albany, died December 27, 2012

Frank W. Arnold

Frank W. Arnold, 72, Leesburg, died December 26, 2012

M. J. Branch

M. J. Branch, Ashburn, died December 25, 2012

Orlene Freeman

Orlene Freeman, died December, 26, 2012

Verlie Mae Culbreath

Verlie Mae Culbreath, 90, died December 26, 2012

Johnnie Mae Davis

Johnnie Mae Davis, 77, died December 23, 2012

Charlie C Pace

Charlie C. Pace, 55, died December 22, 2012

Charles S. Smart

Charles S. Smart, 76, Fitzgerald, died December 26, 2012

Izie Jackson, Sr.

Izie Jackson, Sr., 70, died December 24, 2012

Beatrice Lockett

Beatrice Lockett, 71, Albany, died December 27, 2012

Brenda S. Jenkins

Brenda Sue Jenkins, 63, Albany, died December 24, 2012

Ephesian Walters

Ephesian Walters, 75, Albany, died December 25, 2012

Edgar Thomas Lewis

Edgar Thomas Lewis, 70, Leesburg, died December 26, 2012

Mary Frances Sears

Mary Frances Sears, 91, Tifton, died December 21, 2012

Lillie Mae Price

Lillie Mae Price, 83, Albany, died December 17, 2012

Billie Allan Murry

Billie Allan Murry, 79, Albany, died December 24, 2012

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Random thoughts as the year winds down

Opinion column

When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all.

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Good will in short supply in Washington

Opinion column

"Peace on earth, good will toward men." That sentiment, so noble and hopeful, rings particularly hollow in Washington this holiday season. Just look at the last few weeks.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Shark tank ruptures in Chinese mall

At a mall in urban China, a tank holding a species of shark collapses, injuring 16.

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Woman charged with scamming families of Newtown victims

A New York City woman has been arrested by federal authorities who say she tried to scam donors by posing as a relative of one of the children killed at a Connecticut elementary school.

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No deal in sight as deadline for fiscal deal nears

Lawmakers are engaged in a playground game of "who goes first," daring each political party to let the year end without resolving a Jan. 1 confluence of higher taxes and deep spending cuts that could rattle a recovering, but-still-fragile economy.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #5: Southwest Georgia loses four beloved sports figures

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the sixth 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. 4 in Saturday’s edition of The Herald.

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Motivational speaker tells of Vegas secret

Well, the holidays always bring a surprise or two but thankfully not nearly as large a surprise as Suzy Favor Hamilton revealed.

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NY newspaper's handgun permit map draws criticism

A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions — and a healthy dose of outrage.