News for Tuesday, February 14, 2012


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TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Seminole County boys win fifth in a row, advance to face 1-A No. 1 Calhoun

Region 1-A, 1-AAA and 1-AAA basketball tournaments got under way Tuesday as Seminole's boys, Miller's girls and Terrell's girls advance in 1-A, while Crisp County's girls and Dougherty's boys and girls open with victories in 1-AAA and Bainbridge's boys roll to their 16th win in a row to kick off the 1-AAAA tournament. (ADDS: item on Westover-Bainbridge soccer).

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: The days of the teaching game might well be over

Herald Guest Cokumnist Furman Bisher writes this week that after watching Tiger Woods fail to win this past Sunday at Pebble Beach, it's never been more apparent how much he misses swing coach Butch Harmon.

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All eyes on a championhip

Nine area private-school basketball teams get set to make a run at a state title when the girls tournament begins today, followed by the boys tipping off Thursday. (ADDS: breakout with complete GISA state tournament schedule for Southwest Georgia teams)

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton golf goes low, wins Coastal Georgia Invitational; ASU men's, women's hoops swept by Benedict; Lady Rams' Thomas named Newcomer of Week again

The Cavs rally on Day 2 of their second spring tournament to capture the team title, while sophomore leader Joe Sakulpolphaisan wins his second straight low-medalist honor.

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Weekend events tackle cancer, M.S.

Come out Friday and Saturday to raise funds for cancer and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Astronomy series continues at Thronateeska

The possibility of life on other planets will be explored in a discussion session.

Run for fun with the Saints

Byne Christian School plans a “Son Run” for Saturday.

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'Purple Rain' forecast for friday

A classic Prince movie will be part of Friday’s dinner and a movie deal.

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Learn to dig organically

The Dougherty County Cooperative Extension office continues spring garden series.

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DCSC to host running clinic

On Saturday, the Dougherty Saddle Club is inviting the public to try their hand at running.

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Class gives tips on green cleaning

The Dougherty County Cooperative Extension office also has upcoming classes on baking.

Ray Charles Foundation wants $3 million gift back

The head of the Ray Charles Foundation is demanding the return of a $3 million gift given to Albany State University in south Georgia because the organization says the college has yet to use the funds to build a performing arts center in the artist’s name.

Administrators should see life in classroom

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Leesburg says that administrators should see life in the classroom.

Women move closer to combat trenches

In a letter to the editor, Edward Schweikert of Albany says that women are moving closer to combat trenches.

Urban forest creates beauty and benefits

In a letter to the editor, L. Katherine Kirkman of Albany says that an urban forest creates beauty and benefits.

Obama turning U.S. into socialist state

In a letter to the editor, James Balch of Albany says that Obama is turning the U.S. into a socialist state.

Students to compete in regional fair

Nearly 200 area middle and high school students will compete in the 40th Annual Darton College Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday at Darton College.

Agency to host employer seminar

The Albany Area Employer Committee will host a seminar for employers on Feb. 21.

Byne to host 5k, mile ‘Son Run’

Byne Christian School will host The Son Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Lee County honors STAR student

A Lee County High School scholar and a teacher who inspired her are honored at a Lee Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Lee discusses garbage fee alternatives

A Georgia Supreme Court ruling on a Lee County garbage fee ordinance is expected in the next 30 to 60 days.

Phoebe worse than average on bloodstream infections

A handful of hospitals performed worse than their peers in terms of potentially deadly bloodstream infections.

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New Albany Herald publisher named

John H. Hetzler today becomes the 10th publisher in the history of the 120-year-old daily newspaper.

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Marine band says goodbye

The Albany Marine Band will be deactivated on Feb. 24 after 22 years of service.

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Albany attorney Millsaps new Gingrich chief

A short time after joining an Albany law firm, a local attorney becomes chief of staff for a Republican presidential hopeful.

Littering stop lands three in Lee jail

A flick of a finger disposes of a cigarette butt and spells jail time for a trio in Lee County.

More Dougherty small businesses seek government contracts

The Dougherty County Small Business program was established to help local businesses land government contracts.

Debate brews over mortgage settlement funds

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Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 15, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 25 incidents.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 15, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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'Drill, baby, drill' will not meet U.S. oil needs

I have the day marked in my memory: It was Dec. 17, 2011. That was the day I stopped at a gas-'n-sip in east Alabama and paid $1.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. I don't expect to pay less than $2 again in my lifetime, so I've mentally preserved the moment.

Jean Owens

Jean Nowlin Owens, 83, of Albany, GA, died Monday, February 13, 2012

Mary Yielding

Mary Yielding died Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Darious Wallace

Darious Wallace, 13, of Albany died on February 11, 2012

Essie Bradley

Essie L.Bradley, 82, of Colquitt passed away Feb 11, 2012

Ruth McKinney

Mrs. Ruth McKinney of Deatsville, Alabama died on Feb. 14, 2012

Lee theater students honored

COLUMBUS — Up-and-coming stars from Lee County High School’s Theater Arts Program shone brightly among a constellation of more than 3,700 high school stars gathered in Columbus for the annual three-day Georgia Thespian Conference.

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City of Albany celebrates Arbor day

Charles Glover

Charles Edward Glover, 63, of Albany died Sunday February 12, 2012

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown of Donalsonville died on February 13, 2012

Henry Anthony, Jr.

Mr. Henry Lee Anthony, Jr. of Americus died on February 12, 2012

Glen Sanders

Glen Dale "Moody Boy" Sanders, 50, of Fitzgerald, died Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Darton wrestling team qualifies six for NJCAA nationals

Darton’s Trey Hicks, Cole Claar, Raheem Hill, Dametres Ellis, Terry Harris and Ryan DeVita all qualified this weekend for nationals.

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Darton golf team is in second place in Coastal Georgia Invitational

Joe Skulpolphaisan leads the field with five-under 67 an Darton is in second place after the first round of the Coastal Georgia Invitational.

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Region 1-AAAA girls Tournament: Lee County downs Houston County; Bainbridge rips Hardaway

Lee Couinty's Lady Trojans get a big night from Maggie O'Connor and Briana Scott and handle Houston County, 64-49, in the opening round of the girls Region 1-AAAA tournament, and Bainbridge also advances to Thursday's semifinals with a 73-59 win against Hardaway as five Lady Bearcats score in double figures.

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Darton baseball team falls short

Darton strands nine base runners and falls to Enterprise, 3-2 on Monday

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Moss plans NFL comeback

After a season away from football, Randy Moss un-retires Monday and says he will play in the NFL next year.

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SGT downs Darton in 1 vs. 2 duel

The Region XVII No. 1 South Georgia Tech women’s basketball team not only beats No. 2 Darton on Monday for the second time this season, but keeps alive the hope of its first perfect conference season in school history.

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Furman Bisher column: Doc never too far from home

Furman Bisher writes about Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

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Prep Peek: Incudes Fab 5, Quote of the week, By the numbers, schedule

Final poll: Monroe girls move up to NO. 2 after stunner against Westover, and includes Fab 5 poll, By the numbers, Quote of the week, and schedule of GISA state tournament games and GHSA region tournaments.

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Get well soon

The Eastern Division’s second-place Hawks have adjusted well without injured All-Star center Al Horford in the lineup, but they’re still holding out hope he can return before the end of the season.