News for Monday, December 31, 2012


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Sunny Delight

Georgia Tech celebrates its first bowl victory since 2004 with a 21-7 win against USC in the Sun Bowl — the same game the Yellow Jackets lost to Utah in overtime last season.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 — #1: Leesburg’s Posey named NL MVP, wins second World Series title

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

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UGA seeks redemption in Capital One Bowl

Georgia and Nebraska are both coming off conference championship losses and will look to erase some of that sting in today’s Capital One Bowl.

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Lee Commissioners say they will miss Williams' financial expertise

Bill Williams will be replaced by Greg Frich as the county commissioner from District 5.

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In the new year, embrace emotions

Features column

The start of a new year has often been a time that we look forward to in hopes of starting anew in various areas of our lives. We create lists of resolutions, some realistic, some not, and we are filled with a renewed resolve to make changes for the better.

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Happy new year, at least we hope


Despite the fact that calendar rollovers are manmade conventions, people often consider the dawning of a new year to be a blank slate of sorts, an opportunity to start fresh. The new year is viewed as something that has unlimited promise.

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New year opens with a great many promises

Opinion column

The new year, 2013, is heavily upon us. There is almost nothing more promising than a new year because of the opportunities it presents to the world.

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Americans’ gun rights won’t be curtailed

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that Americans’ gun rights won’t be curtailed.

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U.S. tax rates fueling expatriation

With so many foreigners wanting to become U.S. citizens, it’s still a shock to know someone who has relinquished his citizenship. It is another reason for simplifying the U.S. tax code.

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APD issues lookout for wanted individuals

There are are at least five people Albany police are looking for in connection to four separate incidents.

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Americus native Gailey among seven NFL coaches sacked in firing frenzy

Americus native Chan Gailey was one of seven NFL coaches fired Monday when the Bills released him after a third straight losing season. Other coaches fired were Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ deal emerging

Members of Congress attempt to compromise on federal budget matters before the deadline for a solution passes them by.

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Holidays make the difference in donations

A few non-profit organizations in Albany say they have seen an influx of some donated items over the last few weeks.

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Seminoles not overlooking unimposing NIU in Orange Bowl

The No. 13 Seminoles are heavy favorites against BCS buster Northern Illinois, which has never beaten an opponent ranked higher than 15th.

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Albany Carino’s closes its doors

Officials have confirmed that Johnny Carino’s Country Italian Restaurant on Kensington Court has closed its doors.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 1, 2013

Albany police respond to 11 incidents.

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Ryan Seacrest: ‘Rockin’ in another year on ABC

Seacrest is focused on this annual rite: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

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Senate report: State Department made a “grievous mistake” in Benghazi

U.S. Senate Report says intelligence agencies lacked focus on Libya extremists; State Department should not have waited for warnings.

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Blaze in Sumter kills one; injuries another

Officials say that someone smoking with an oxygen device in the home may have sparked a fire in Sumter County on Sunday.

Arthur Moses, Jr.

Arthur Moses, Jr., 24, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Leonie Dubiansky

Leonie Dubiansky, died December 29, 2012

Charlie Rewis

Charlie Rewis, 75, Sylvester, died December 28, 2012

Adele Ellen Cox

Adele Ellen Cox, 78, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Peggy Parker

Peggy Parker, Ashburn, died December 31, 2012

Madeline McDonald Calhoun Howard

Madeline McDonald Calhoun Howard, 87, Sylvester, died December 29, 2012

Albert Lee McDonald

Albert Lee McDonald, 63, Unadilla, died December 30, 2012

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Deal on 'fiscal cliff' will affect prices at the pump

Pump prices are likely to fall in early in the new year if Congress cannot reach a deal.

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Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 1, 2013

To view more squawks pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

Madge L. Moore

Madge L. Moore, 79, Leesburg, died December 29, 2012

William Elmer Hearn

William Elmer Hearn, 91, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Jessie W. Haire

Jessie W. Haire, 77, Doerun, died December 30, 2012

Linda Kail Counts Webb

Linda Kail Counts Webb, 97, Albany, died December 29, 2012

Wilburn Ivy

Wilburn Ivy, 83, Albany, died December 28, 2012

Sammie Lee Heights

Sammie Lee Heights, 99, died December 30, 2012

Sam Farkas

Sam Farkas, 91, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Leonard E. Smith

Leonard E. Smith, 81, Baker County, died December 30, 2012

Robert L. Hester

Robert L. Hester, 66, Attapulgus, died December 25, 2012

Leonard Evans Cato

Leonard Evans Cato, 80, Valdosta, died December 29, 2012

Nora Topshe Ernst

Nora Topshe Ernst, 89, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Willie Reid Fitzgerald

Willie Reid Fitzgerald, 76, Elmodel, died December 30, 2012

Cecil Henry Eaton

Cecil Henry Eaton, 95, Pelham, died December 30, 2012

Delmar Stanley McCoy

Delmar Stanley McCoy, 68, Moultrie, died December 30, 2012