News for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Obama needs to address problem

‘Religious liberty in our country is in jeopardy.” Catholics in the Washington, D.C., area heard those ominous words from their archbishop read during Masses last Sunday. With similar statements echoing through churches around the country, the Republican candidates for president have taken up the cry.

Spinning event will benefit the Special Olympics

Nationally acclaimed Spinning instructor Barbara Hoots will lead an hour-long video “Ride for a Reason” to benefit Lee County Special Olympics at Tony’s Gym in Albany Feb. 17.

Shooting victim arrested for false report

A man who reported being shot in the hand during an armed robbery lied about the shooting location, an Albany Police Department official said.

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Equinox buys new company

Equinox Chemicals acquires Adco Cleaning Products LLC in its ongoing bid to build a global chemical powerhouse.

Hospital hikes spending limit

A resolution allows contracts on up to $50,000 without approval from the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.

In January, pit bulls attack teen; kill cats and a dog

In less than a month, pit bull dogs attack a 13-year-old girl, kill a dog and kill two cats on the streets of Albany.

APD needs help locating suspects

Police seek community help to locate three people involved in crimes.

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Trees figure into Lee school plan

"Specimen" live oak trees will be preserved during the construction of a new 112,000-square-foot school in Lee County.

Lee County ‘Eggs & Issues’ set to honor STAR recipients

Lee County High School’s STAR student and teacher will be announced Feb. 14 at the Lee County Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at the Grand Island Club.

Grand jury indicts bank bandit

The grand jury returns down indictments involving assault on a police officer with a firearm and other charges of violence.

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Decision on Iran is coming closer

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.

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Ghost show spooks princess

A few weeks ago, I wrote about watching “Finding Bigfoot” with the 7-year-old hurricane boy. He loves to watch anything involving monsters, dinosaurs or destruction.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 2, 2012

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Zachary Peak

Zachary Clay Peak, age 26, of DeSoto, Georgia passed away on January 31, 2012

Keith Lindsey

Roswell Keith Lindsey, 70, of Ft. Gaines died January 31, 2012

Lois Sandiford

Mrs. Lois Clark Sandiford,70, of Sylvester died January 31, 2012

Betty Sullivan

Betty Dean Sullivan, 73, of Albany, GA, died January 31, 2012

Marie Arnold

Marie Moseley Arnold, 67, of Robinhood Rd. in Albany died January 23, 2012

Royce Gay

Mr. Royce Gay, 81, of Sylvester died February 1, 2012

Artamisha Butler

Mrs. Artamisha Garrett-Butler, 75, of Newton died on February 1, 2012

Tommy Davis

Mr. Tommy Davis of Ashburn, Georgia, departed this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Roscoe Alday

Roscoe Alday, 97, of Donalsonville died on January 31, 2012

Arrie Howard

Arrie D. Howard, 82, died on January 31, 2012

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Chehaw returns to spring predictions

Chehaw is getting back in the business of predicting the start of spring weather on Groundhog Day.

AP: 'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dead from apparent suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show "Soul Train," shot himself to death Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 75.

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Beasley named permanent CVB manager

Rashelle Beasley, the person who had been tapped to take over operations at the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau following the dismissal of Lisa Riddle last October, accepted a permanent position as CVB manager Wednesday, Albany-Area Chamber of Commerce Officials said.

Chanteria Williams

Infant Chanteria Williams, 9 days old, died January 25, 2012

Pfizer recalls birth control packs

Pfizer Inc. is recalling 1 million packets of birth control pills because of a packaging error.

John Jackson

Mr. John Jackson, 66, of Albany died on January 30, 2012

Carolene Harrison

Carolene Harrison of Edison died on January 30, 2012

Harold Harris

Mr. Harold Thomas Harris, 63, of Albany died on January 29, 2012

Leonard Hines, Jr.

Mr. Leonard Calvin Hines, Jr., 69 of Albany died on January 29, 2012

Jeraldine Hicks

Jeraldine Hicks, 81, of Americus, died at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

Bob Darley

Bob C. "Bobby" Darley, 73, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012

An 11th victim has been found days after deadly crash on I-75

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the body of an eleventh person has been found in a pickup truck days after a deadly pileup on Interstate 75.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Darton women edge MGC; Noel lifts Titans at buzzer

Michelle Mitchell's double-double helps Darton get revenge in Middle Georgia College on Tuesday in Albany, while former Westover star and Herald Player of the Year Terrance Noel sinks a highlight reel half-courter 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Albany Tech men past Chattahoochee Tech, 57-55. (ADDS: items on South Georgia Tech women, Albany Tech women and Albany State men and women).

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TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Trio of Red Devils players have monster game during win vs. Abbeville

The members of the Randolph-Clay boys basketball team --- Shaq Nunnally, Gary McCrae and Ryan Wiggins --- all post triple doubles Tuesday in a win on the road against Abbeville (Ala.). (ADDS: items on Terrell Academy girls; Miller County boys and girls; Baker County boys and girls; SGA boys and girls; Sherwood boys and girls; Lee County boys and girls; Seminole County girls; Americus-Sumter girls; Deerfield boys and girls; and Terrell County boys and girls),

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Crisp Academy girls, boys sweep Westwood — again

For the second time this season, the girls and boys from Cordele take down the kids from Camilla in a battle for first place in GISA Region 3-A.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI: Pats TE Gronkowski sheds boot, hopes to play

The fuss over whether Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against New York hit an all-time high Tuesday after Gronkowski shed the walking boot he's been in and spoke to reporters for the first time since being injured against the Giants.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEWS: Darton, Andrew softball teams open seasons today vs. each other

Despite one of the best seasons in program history last year that culminated with a No. 5 finish at nationals, the Lady Cavs find themselves near the bottom of the preseason Top 20 Poll — something they are ready to prove is a mistake, starting with today’s season opener at Andrew. (ADDS: breakout of Andrew College's season preview)

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PGA honors Albany’s Skinner as the best once again

River Pointe head pro Sonny Skinner is presented his second straight Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year award recently at a ceremony in Orlando.

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Pelham girls sneak by Bainbridge; Bearcats win 11th straight

The Herald No. 2 Lady Hornets put together one of their strongest defensive performances of the year to run their record to 19-2, while the No. 4 Bainbridge boys win their 11th in a row to remain one of the hottest teams in Southwest Georgia.

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Several SW Ga. prep football stars ready for National Signing Day

A total of nine local high school football players will sign on the dotted line today during National Signing Day around the country.

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CIVIC CENTER ROUNDUP: Monroe boys, girls split with Dougherty; Albany sweeps Berrien

Monroe Super 6er Rantavious Gilbert has a monster game Tuesday — and The Herald No. 3 Tornadoes needed every bit of it as they narrowly hold on to defeat city rival Dougherty, 46-44, at the Albany Civic Center to remain unbeaten in Region 1-AAA play.

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Branch: I want wins and rings — not attention

Seven years removed from his MVP performance in the 2005 Super Bowl with New England, Albany native Deion Branch is no longer the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots, and that’s just fine by Branch if opposing teams want to overlook him — because that’s exactly when the savvy 10-year vet will make them sorry they ever did.