News for Thursday, February 16, 2012


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Elections bill corrects flaw

Last year during the municipal elections in Albany, one aspect of the controversial Ward II City Commission race was headed in a patently unfair direction before Albany City Manager James Taylor stepped in.

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Grant urges Darton students to become ‘history makers’

A former Albany State University dean speaks as part of Darton College’s Black History Month celebration.

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Goode named Darton dean

Tracy Goode has been named Darton College's dean of institutional advancement and public relations.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 17, 2012

APD responds to at least 10 incidents.

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Former Blue Angel commander speaks to students

A Pelham native was the first African-American to fly with and command the Navy's prestigious Blue Angels.

Robbery victims arrested

Gunmen steal a laptop and game from residents in possession of drugs, and the victims end up in jail.

Phoebe North blending with Phoebe Putney

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe North are expected to be operating under one license by Aug. 1.

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Whitney Houston was worth our time

You didn't have to like Whitney Houston's music to fall under the spell of her voice.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 17, 2012

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Early voting totals 'slow' in region

Voters can cast their ballot in person or by mail-out absentee ballot until March 2.

Sarah Jones

Mrs. Sarah Ann "Gail" Jones of Sylvester, GA, departed this life on Friday, February 10, 2012

Patricia Jefferson

Patricia King Jefferson died on February 14, 2012

Ruth McKinney

Ruth B. McKinney, 87, formerly of Albany, entered into rest on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Eddie Bullock, Jr.

Eddie (Bubba) Bullock, Jr., 35, of Albany, GA, died Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Arial Coonrod

Mrs. Arial Coonrod, 90, of Baconton died Wednesday February 15, 2012

Verdine Cushion

Mrs. Verdine Cushion of Ashburn , GA , departed this life on Friday, February 10, 2012

Nathaniel Edge

Nathaniel Edge, 68, of Albany died on February 13, 2012

Patricia McDaniel

Mrs. Patricia Heath Blackshear McDaniel, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012

Charles Gleaton, Sr.

Charles Peyton Gleaton, Sr., 72, of Cuthbert died February 15, 2012

Mary Schler

Mrs. Mary Shields Schler, 100, died Wednesday February 15, 2012

Brantley Chester

Mr. Brantley Chester, 84, of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, February 15

Edna Regan

Edna Ethell Regan, 66, of Albany, passed away, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jeanella Whatley

Jeanella Whatley, 92, died on February 14, 2012

Harry Thornton, Jr.

Mr. Harry Thornton Jr., 76, of Tifton,Ga departed this life Tuesday February 14, 2012

Luther Alexander, Jr.

Luther (L.A.) Alexander, Jr., 83, of Tifton,Ga. departed this life February 10, 2012

Willie Moore, Jr.

Willie (Zene) Moore, Jr., 84 of Tifton,Ga departed this life February 9, 2012

Felicia Williams

Ms. Felicia Chanta Williams, 32, of Spars, Ga. departed this life February 10, 2012

Rychod Daniels

Mr. Rychod Daniels, 28, of Albany died Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marvin Jackson, Sr.

Mr. Marvin Jackson, Sr., 69, of Albany died Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Contraceptive issue a complex one

The national health insurance plan has created another controversy with the Obama administration’s proposed rules mandating that charitable religious agencies (hospitals, colleges, etc.) provide preventative women’s health options (contraceptives, morning-after pills). Religious people with strong opinions are angry, indignant and inflexible. (Take the Quik Quiz by going to Creede Hinshaw's column.)

Farris Tennyson

Mr. Farris Tennyson of Buena Vista died on February 16, 2012

Rudy Clay

Ms. Rudy D. Clay, 42, of Dawson died on February 12, 2012

Wallace Roberts

Mr. Wallace Roberts, 78, passed on February 9, 2012

Pearlie Henry

Mrs. Pearlie Henry, 83, died on February 13, 2012

Elouise Ruffin

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

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Looking Back 19 Feb

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

Darious Wallace

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

Kathleen Moya

Kathleen "Granny Kay" Moya, 91, of Fitzgerald died February 16, 2012

Rhiana Law

Little Rhiana Nijhona Law, 5, of Unadile died on February 15, 2012

Lula Porter

Mrs. Lula Mae Porter, 78, of Albany, died Monday, February 13, 2012

Ola Acree

Mrs. Ola Jenkins Acree, 93 of Albany, died Friday, February 10, 2012

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Pastor urges vision, prayers of mercy at mayor's prayer breakfast

Mel Blackaby is the senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro

The heads of the religious, business and government spheres all joined together Thursday morning to pray for the city, the community and the nation during the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast downtown.

Mary Willis

Mrs. Mary Mathis-Willis of Albany died on January 30, 2012

Cleophus Calhoun, Jr.

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

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AP Top Stories of the morning

Here are the top headlines from around the world for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Dorothy Means

Dorothy Jean Means, 40, of Damascus died on February 12, 2012

Edward Randall, Jr.

Deacon Edward Randall, Jr., 47, of Crete, IL, formerly of Lumpkin, died on February 9, 2012

Sylvia Martin

Sylvia Martin, 90, of Omaha died on February 10, 2012

Essie Bradley

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

Angela Ortega

Angela Michelle Ortega, 24, of Colquitt,GA passed away Feb 11, 2012

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Smith rallies Hawks past Nash, Suns 101-99

Josh Smith scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Hawks past the Suns.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia stinks it up in loss to lowly S.C.; Georgia Tech men continue to struggle, fall to Wake Forest

After seemingly turning the corner after two huge back-to-back victories, the Georgia men’s basketball team displays the same inconsistency which has plagued them all season Wednesday night as they’re unable to beat South Carolina — the SEC’s worst team — on the road in an embarrassing 57-56 loss.

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Georgia star Commings gets two-game ban

Georgia’s all-purpose football star Sanders Commings is issued a two-game suspension Wednesday by coach Mark Richt for his Jan. 21 arrest.

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Four-peat hopes alive: TAE girls romp in state opener

The Terrell Academy Lady Eagles roll in their GISA Class AA State Tournament opener Wednesday night in Dawson, keeping the quest for the school’s fourth straight championship in tact.

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GISA STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Deerfield, Westwood, Crisp Academy girls roll to next round

The No. 2-seeded Westwood girls basketball team crushes No. 3 seed Heritage and Crisp Academy's girls roll by Twiggs in the openers of the GISA Class A State Tournament on Wednesday, while No. 1 seed Deerfield wins the rubber match with Tattnall to move on in the Class AAA tourney.

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GSW set to open spring season as No. 1 team in D-II

The Hurricanes found out Wednesday that they were ranked No. 1 in Division II by, and they will carry that ranking into their season-opening tournament this weekend in Philadelphia, Miss.

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LOCAL COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Jordan perfect as Darton softball rolls in home opener; ASU softball swept by VSU by combined 31-0

Katy Jordan tosses a perfect game in the opener and then comes in to pick up the win in Game No. 2 to lead Darton to its sixth win in a row Wednesday during its 2012 home opener.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Albany Tech burns Andrew to snap 3-game skid; GSW men, women swept at home as Hurricanes officially eliminated from playoffs

The Lady Titans get a big win against a local rival Wednesday and now prepare for another Saturday when they host Darton.

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BOYS REGION 1-A TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Calhoun stops red-hot Seminole; R-C, Mitchell also advance

Seminole County, winners of five straight coming into the Region 1-A tournament, races out to a big lead Wednesday against No. 1 seed Calhoun County, but the high-powered Cougars’ offense brings them back to advance to the semifinals Friday in Pelham.

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End of an era

Terrell County’s Greenwave sees their five-year run as Region 1-A champs — and five straight trips to the Class A state tournament — end Wednesday in a tough 49-43 loss to Pelham, which puts the game away with free throws down the stretch.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 16, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 14 incidents.