ALBANY, Ga. — These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com from Jan. 1 through Dec. 28, 2012.
1. DCSS nonrenews 24 teachers and two principals
ALBANY (May 7, 2012) — The Dougherty County School Board at a special called meeting Monday night voted 4-2-1 to nonrenew the contracts of 24 teachers and two principals named in the governor's CRCT cheating report.
2. Gang-leader’s funeral draws hundreds
ALBANY (Sept. 1, 2012) — Friends and family turned out by the hundreds to mourn the death of reputed Southside Bloods gang leader 24-year-old Dontavious Santez Luke at church in East Albany.
3. There’s no place like home for Phillip Phillips
LEESBURG, Ga. (May 14, 2012) — If someone went looking for the heart of a community, that heart could be found moving to the beat at the Saturday afternoon welcome-home celebration for “American Idol” finalist Phillip Phillips.
4. Former NFL cheerleader pleads guilty in sex case
COVINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2012) — A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with a 17-year-old student while she was a high school teacher, a move that will allow her to avoid time in jail.
5. Phillips wins 'American Idol'
LEESBURG, Ga. (May 24, 2012) — Tension could be felt across Southwest Georgia, especially at the Lee County High School football field, as Ryan Seacrest paused, and then announced the winner. "Phil—"
6. Four indicted in farm loan scheme
ALBANY, Ga. (November 20, 2012) — An indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Macon and obtained this week by The Albany Herald names a family of businessmen and farmers and one local minister in what prosecutors contend is a conspiracy to defraud the Farm Credit Administration of more than $10 million.
7. Murfree lacks board support for contract renewal
ALBANY, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2012) — Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree lacks the support from the Dougherty County School Board to have his contract renewed, The Albany Herald has learned Thursday.
8. Library director dies of apparent heart attack
ALBANY, Ga. (Sept. 18, 2012) — Ashley Moore, the youthful face of the Dougherty County Library System, died unexpectedly overnight, county officials confirmed Tuesday morning. She was 36-years-old.
10. DCSS board releases Murfree from contract
ALBANY, Ga. (Nov. 15, 2012) — The Dougherty County School Board and Superintendent Joshua Murfree signed a general release and mutual employment termination agreement Wednesday, effectively ending Murfree's tumultuous three-year tenure with the troubled school system.