ALBANY — These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Dec. 21-28, 2012.
1. Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect
ATLANTA — Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve.
2. Albany leader facing financial issues
ALBANY — City officials aren’t eager to answer uncomfortable questions about one of their own, but as financial woes continue to swirl around Albany City Commissioner Christopher Pike, they may soon find themselves with little choice.
3. Lee teacher taught assistant principal as first-grader
LEESBURG — In 1982, Vince Grace was a first-grader at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Albany, and he was in love with his first-grade teacher, a rookie named Laurie Turner.
4. Wood-scrap lean-to home at Christmas
ALBANY — Byron Road is a one-way street for traffic. A man living there doesn’t believe in life’s one-way streets.
- Squawk of the day - Dec. 23, 2012
"Lee County has gotten as bad as Dougherty County with spending tax money foolishly. The bulldozer bought for the code enforcement will not do the job it was supposedly purchased to do. Anyone with any demolition experience knows if you try to push a house down with a bulldozer, when the blade rises about two feet, the house is subject to fall on the operator."
- Squawk of the Day - Dec. 21, 2012
"Most of us who believe in gun control do not want to ban all guns. We want to close the gun show loophole that allows people to purchase a gun without a background check and ban assault weapons. I don’t see how any reasonable person could object to that."
7. Man shoots at Ga. utility workers
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Police in Gainesville say shots were fired at two utility workers early Wednesday morning and a 62-year-old man has been arrested on two charges of aggravated assault.
8. Board interviews three interim superintendent candidates
ALBANY -- The Dougherty County School Board interviewed three interim superintendent candidates Thursday morning.
- Squawk of the Day - Dec. 27, 2012
"Mayor Hubbard, the dress code ordinance must be re-enforced. I still see baggy pants along with see-through yoga pants, spandex and leggings around town, not to mention the excess cleavage they purposely expose. It’s degrading to us decent human beings."
- Squawk of the Day - Dec. 25, 2012
"Do see truly exciting Christmas lights near Morgan. Drive up Gillionville Road and turn right onto Edison Street and there they are. Enjoy!"