News for Friday, December 7, 2012


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ASU men get first win of season

Behind former Worth County star Jerome Hamilton's 18 points and six rebounds, the Albany State men's basketball team beats Carver College for its first win of the season.

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Josh Smith, Hawks hold off Wizards, 104-95

Josh Smith scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 104-95 victory Friday against the lowly Wizards.

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Porter paces Herald No. 1 Monroe boys past Crisp, keeps Tornadoes unbeaten

Hakeem Porter comes off the bench and comes up big Friday to lead Monroe past Crisp in a nailbiter, 40-39, to keep The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes perfect.

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HEISMAN PREVIEW: Manziel could make history by winning Heisman

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the front runner to win the Heisman Trophy tonight, and he could become the first freshman to win the coveted award.

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PREVIEW: Pacquiao, Marquez enter fourth bout hungrier than ever

For an unprecedented fourth time, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will meet in the ring tonight to settle their rivalry once and for all.

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Tigers’ Malzahn moves quickly, fills out new staff at Auburn

Gus Malzahn brings aboard his mentor and his protege to run the offense and defense on The Plains.

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Posey gives back to Lee County baseball program

Arguably the brightest shining star in all of Major League Baseball right now, Lee County native and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey is spending part of his offseason in his hometown helping out the Trojans’ baseball program to the tune of $10,000 worth of supplies and equipment from Louisville Slugger.

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In GISA Class A state title rematch, Crisp Academy overpowers Westwood girls, 45-40

Madi Mitchell's 27 points and 9-for-9 from the free throw line is too much for Westwood's girls to overcome once again as the Class A two-time defending state champion Lady Wildcats prevail in their rivalry matchup.

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Bainbridge boys hang tough against state No. 2 Tift County in home loss; Lady Bearcats also fall, remain winless

Brannen Greene, Tift County’s superstar scorer who has already signed with Division I power Kansas, is too much for the Bearcats to handle as Bainbridge loses its first game of the season Friday.

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Mitchell girls, boys sweep early season duel vs. Calhoun

The Eagles swoop in and take down the Cougars on Friday evening in Camilla.

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Religion Bulletin - Dec. 8, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

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On the Job with Paul Payne

This week's On the Job features Paul Payne, a physician at Southwest Georgia OB/GYN in Albany.

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APD needs help finding armed wanted man

Albany police are seeking the third suspect in a recent armed robbery/assault.

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City man shot during robbery

A 22-year-old Albany man suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh running from an armed robber Friday.

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Navy JROTC draws 160 in Lee County

Speaking before a local civic club, the senior instructor for the Lee County schools’ NJROTC illuminates the program.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 8, 2012

APD responds to at least 39 incidents.

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Carjacker steals Chevy and cash

All 69-year-old William F. Gray wanted to do was take his friend to the hospital. An armed robber ruined that, an Albany Police Department report stated.

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Albany Tech finalist for Technical College of the Year

The Technical College System State Board names Albany Tech runner-up to Atlanta Technical College.

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Local man’s ‘hippie’ look gone to Locks of Love

An Albany businessman grew his hair for a cause and got shorn for love two years later.

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It’s all nothing but a power play

Let’s understand President Obama’s strategy in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. It has nothing to do with economics or real fiscal reform. This is entirely about politics. It’s Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign. The election returned him to office. The fiscal cliff negotiations are designed to break the Republican opposition and grant him political supremacy, something he thinks he earned with his landslide 2.8-point victory margin on Election Day.

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Who will blink first in the fiscal cliff negotiations?

How are the "fiscal cliff" negotiations going? Reportedly, Republican leaders and President Barack Obama are in a stare-down. However, many rank-and-file Republican members have blinked, apparently ready to fold a demonstrably losing hand.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 8, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 9, 2012

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Curtis Davis

Curtis Davis, Ashburn, died November 28, 2012

Wilvern Kenneth Craft

Wilvern Kenneth Craft, Sr., 85, died December 7, 2012

Lanier Cain

Lanier Cain, 83, died December 5, 2012

John Jackson Brannon

John Jackson Brannon, 83, Donalsonville, died December 7, 2012

Duey Senn

Duey Senn, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Susie Lee Allen

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Mae LaRose Brown Heidt

Mae LaRose Brown Heidt, 79 Albany, died December 4, 2012

Dixie Milissa Simon

Dixie Milissa Simon, 84, Albany, died December 7, 2012

Barry Gerard Lee

Barry Gerard lee, 43, Cobb County, GA died December 6, 2012

Bobby Lee Johnson

Bobby Lee Johnson, Cordele, died December 7, 2012

Sallie M. Waters

Sallie M. Waters, 69, Warwick, died December 6, 2012

Johnnie James Smith, Jr.

Johnnie James Smith, Jr., Riverdale, died December 7, 2012

Bill Givens

Bill Givens, 61, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Mira Nell McKinnon Stegall

Mira Nell McKinnon Stegall, 90, Lake Wales, FL, died December 5, 2012

Odessa McDaniel Guthrie

Odessa McDaniel Guthrie, 88, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Mildred Reynolds Goff

Mildred Reynolds Goff, 96, Sylvester, died December 6, 2012

Alva Power

Alva Power, 68, Albany, died December 7, 2012

Terlonzo W. Amos

Terlonzo W. Amos, 69, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Shirley A. Yeager

Shirley A. Yeager, 66, Norman Park, died December 5, 2012

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Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there has been no progress in negotiations to avert a "fiscal cliff" combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January and called on President Barack Obama to produce a new offer.

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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles welcomes son

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has a new member of the family.

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Video of school fight leads to investigation at Monroe

An assistant principal at an Albany school breaks up a fight between two female students, and the video surfaces on Youtube.

Shooter on loose since 4 a.m. today

Shooter on loose after shooting man in thigh during robbery

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Phillip Phillips at the national tree lighting

Leesburg native and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips lent his vocal talents to the president Thursday night at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington.

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Looking Back 9 Dec 2012

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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U.S. job gains defy Sandy and fears of fiscal cliff

The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.