News for Saturday, February 11, 2012

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State to honor Hind

The long-time director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging has been advocating for area senior citizens for 44 years.

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Veterans honored at bridge farewell

The Broad Avenue Bridge decommissioning honors WWI veterans and through that honor all veterans Saturday.

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Pigford panel featured at conference

The 29th annual Georgia Farmers Conference is presented by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.

Births Feb. 12

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Jan. 30-Feb.4.

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Don’t ignore weak part of your ‘game’

I see it all the time ... the guy in the gym with the bulging biceps and the cleavage that would make Dolly Parton jealous, but he can’t run five minutes on the treadmill.

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Bill would ‘silence’ hunters

Perhaps because the General Assembly has been focused and working hard on the supplemental budget for the fiscal year ending 2012 and the “big budget” which will run from 2012 to 2013, it has not focused on many new laws or amendments to existing laws. However, some legislation which affects our region has started moving and has received a favorable vote in the Senate.

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Things may not be as bad as they seem

How many communities Albany’s size can make this claim? We have a MillerCoors brewery, a Procter & Gamble plant, M&M Mars and Coats & Clark manufacturing facilities, one of the nation’s premiere logistics defense bases, a nationally recognized hospital system, Equinox, one of the most lauded small businesses in the nation, and Thrush, an airplane maker that is one of two of its kind in the world.

Congress takes shot at honesty

So, what will an approval rating in the single digits — or, more accurately, a disapproval rating of more than 90 percent — make a lawmaker do, especially in an election year?

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On the Job with Joshua Murfree Jr.

Terry Lewis holds a Q&A with Joshua Murfree Jr., superintendent of schools in Dougherty County.

Commission to consider $14 million sales tax bond

City staff is essentially asking for a $14 million advance on the next six years of sales tax collections.

Kitchen inspections for Feb. 12, 2012

Here are the recent kitchen inspections for Dougherty and Lee counties.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 12, 2012

APD responds to at least 45 incidents.

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Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies

Whitney Houston's publicist says the pop music queen has died at the age of 48, but the cause and location of her death are still unknown.

CASA volunteers for children who are abused

A Court Appointed Special Advocate is trained to stand up for a child in cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

GPC gets agreement on Westover lights

Commissioners agree to pay $13,164 per year to Georgia Power for maintenance and upkeep of 44 street lights along Westover Boulevard.

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Boy dies from gunshot wound

A boy dies after being shot in his lower abdomen Saturday in East Albany.

Mary Perryman

Mrs. Mary "Terry" Perryman, 87, of Sylvester died Saturday February 11, 2012

Hattie Williams

Hattie Mae Williams, 103, of Albany died on February 8, 2012

Elouise Ruffin

Mrs. Elouise Ruffin, 84, died on February 10, 2012

Shelby Rowan

Shelby Jean Rowan, 68, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Friday, February 10, 2012

Lena Miller

Lena Catherine Miller, 99, of Albany, GA died Friday, February 10, 2012

Cleophus Calhoun

Cleophus Calhoun, 79, of Camilla, died Friday, February 10, 2012.

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Smith scores 23 as Hawks slip past Magic in OT

The Hawks knock off Orlando for the fourth straight time and win their second straight game since snapping a three-game losing streak.

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Panthers steal two defensive stars from rival Lions

Four-time defensive player of the year Damian Daniels and standout linebacker Ryan Babb defect from the Columbus Lions this week and sign with their biggest rival, the Albany Panthers, with a little more than a month before the 2012 indoor football season begins.

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Isner shocks Federer in Davis Cup

Georgia grad John Isner beats Roger Federer in his own country in four sets to give the Americans a 2-0 cushion against Switzerland in the first round of the Davis Cup.

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Westover girls edge Americus, end regular season 24-1

Just three days after losing its perfect season in a stunning loss to Monroe, Herald No. 1 Westover edges Americus-Sumter on Friday night to close the regular season at 24-1. (ADDS: roundup items on Lee County girls, boys; Calhoun County boys, girls; Pelham girls; Bainbridge boys, girls; Seminole County boys; and Crisp County girls)

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Ex-Lee star Aldrich shines in Darton win; ASU softball blown out

Leesburg native Matthew Aldrich pitches a gem to lift the Cavs past Chattahoochee Valley Community College, while the Lady Rams are outscored by 31 points by Rollins.

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GISA REGION TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: TAE girls claim AA crown; SGA boys fall short; DWS boys, girls reach 3-AAA championship games

The Terrell Academy girls basketball team routs Fullington on Friday night for its eighth region title in nine years, while the SGA fall short in its rubber match with Fullington.

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Champions crowned

The Wildcats avenge two previous regular-season losses to Crisp Academy on Friday, holding their nemesis to just five points in the second half to win, 31-17, and claim the GISA Region 3-A title — their first in more than a decade. (ADDS: breakout of Crisp Academy girls beating Westwood for Region 3-A title).

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Terrell Academy golf star Rogers takes talents to ABAC

Chris Rogers, a two-handicap golfer from Terrell Academy, signs a scholarship to play for nearby ABAC on Friday.

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Worth’s Weaver set to play baseball for one of top JUCO programs in country

Worth County's Brandon Weaver becomes the fourth Ram to sign with JUCO powerhouse Southern Union State Community College.

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CIVIC CENTER ROUNDUP: Pierce explodes for 30, leads AHS in rout of Monroe

Herald No. 1 Albany High routs Herald No. 2 Monroe, 65-43, behind a huge game from Tim Pierce, who drops in 30 on a night when Monroe loses 6-foot-8 Rantavious Gilbert to an ankle injury. (ADDS: Dougherty boys, girls sweeping Worth County; Monroe girls crushing Albany)

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Purple squirrel takes the bait

Some stories just grab your attention right away, even from the Big Stuff.

Sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem

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