News for Friday, February 17, 2012


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Ol’ man winter skipped January

If you’ve been under the impression that it’s been an unusually warm winter, you’re right.

19 Feb Births 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Feb. 6-12.

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A poetic soul

An Albany nurse finds inspiration in “love and loss” in his book of original poetry.

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Don’t resist benefits of resistance training

I often see many dedicated gym-goers, especially women, who run endlessly on the treadmill, sweat gruelingly through group exercise classes and do other modes of aerobic exercise, but refuse to do any strength training exercises.

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Ranting mom far from cute

‘Excuse me,” she said and I turned from my perusal of the wall of cute khaki and navy pants to a woman standing near me holding up a blue and tan striped tank top and a blue skirt. “Do you think these look good together? Cute?”

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Day care worker arrested in Tifton

Shelton R. Floyd, 60, of Tifton, was arrested and charged with child molestation Thursday by Tift County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Floyd, who was employed by Upon Eagles Wings Daycare, is in Tift County Jail with no bond set, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Tift Sheriff’s Office wins national awards

The Tift County Sheriff’s Office placed first recently at the International Associations of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge and finished second in the Georgia Governor’s Challenge.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 18, 2012

Albany police respond to at least six incidents.

Farmers’ market growing wild

A new farmers’ market is gathering momentum and getting ready for its grand opening.

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Bishop: Payroll tax cut avoids tax increase

Six Georgia congressmen, including two Republicans, support tax legislation that passed Friday.

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Python imports halted

A number of constrictor snake species, including Burmese pythons, have been blocked from import into the United States.

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Dougherty County Jail Report Feb. 9-16, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Feb. 9-16, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 20, 2012

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30 nonprofits have tax-exempt status removed

The Dougherty County Board of Tax Assessors is undertaking a review of nonprofit corporations in Dougherty County.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 19, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 18, 2012

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Overreach: Obamacare vs. Constitution

Give him points for cleverness. President Obama's birth control "accommodation" was as politically successful as it was morally meaningless.

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GISA REGION CLASS AAA STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Sherwood, boys reach AAA Elite 8; DWS stunned in opener

Led by Rashard Davis’ 32 points, Sherwood bounces back from its region title game loss to Deerfield with a big win against Stratford in the first round of state Thursday, while DWS is knocked out in a first-round shocker.

Bennie Nelson, Jr.

Mr. Bennie "Stag" Nelson, Jr. of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ella Wilkerson

Mrs. Wilkerson died Feb. 13

Connie Wallis

Connie Attaway Wallis, 56, of Albany, GA died Friday, February 17, 2012

Elizabeth Wilkerson

Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkerson of Americus died on February 16, 2012

Brechellia Sheppard

Ms. Brechellia L. Sheppard, 29 of Albany, died February 17, 2012

Ruby Williams

Ms. Ruby D. Williams, 42, of Dawson died on February 12, 2012

Rychod G. Daniels

Mr. Rychod G. Daniels, 29, of Albany, died Thursday, February 16, 2012

Juanita Mendez

Mrs. Juanita Spence Mendez, 57, of Camilla died on February 16, 2012

Edward Adams

Mr. Edward Adams, 61, of Smithville died on January 16, 2012

Barbara Ball

Ms. Barbara Ann Ball, 54, of Little Rock, AK passed away on Sat., Feb. 11, 2012

Jean Rodgers

Jean Leggett Rodgers, 72, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Friday, February 17, 2012

Curtis Ward

Curtis J. Ward, 85, of Attapulgus, GA, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012

Charlie Walker

Mr. Charlie Walker, 85, of, Pelham, Ga. passed on February 16, 2012

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Congress sends payroll tax cut extension to Obama

A proposed tax cut will impact 160 million workers and will finance Social Security spending for 10 months.

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Romney, Santorum and Paul back out of Georgia debate

CNN has canceled their GOP Debate in Georgia after three of the four remaining presidential candidates back out, they say.

Benny Russell

Benny H. Russell, 84, of Abbeville, formerly of Preston, died on Februrary 14, 2012

Retha Melton

Mrs. Retha Melton, died Thursday, February 16, 2012

Angela Ortega

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

Elizabeth Perrymond

Elizabeth G. Perrymond, 95, of Lumpkin, GA died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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REGION 1-AAA TOURNAMENT: Crisp County girls edge Monroe, boys wax Westover to advance to 1-AAA title games

Led by Kayla Green and Nasheema Oliver, the No. 3 seed Crisp County girls upset No. 2 Monroe on Thursday in the semifinals of the Region 1-AAA tournament, while — for the second year in a row — the Cougars deny Westover’s boys a shot at the title.

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REGION 1-AAA TOURNAMENT: Westover girls beat Dougherty for third time this season, reach title game

The Westover girls reach the 1-AAA title game Thursday by beating Dougherty, but awaiting them tonight is an always-dangerous Crisp County team, which seems to get hot toward the end of every season and will be looking for the upset at the Boston Garden.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Paine women top ASU; Rams get crucial win

Jaren Harris scored 26 points to lead the Rams past Paine, while the Lady Rams lost by three points despite having three players score in double figures. (ADDS: items on Darton and South Georgia Tech women's basketball)

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'The dunk heard 'round Albany'

Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee throws down a dunk as time expires Thursday night to stun Dougherty and send Monroe to the Region 1-AAA championship game against Crisp County.

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GISA CLASS A, AA STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: SGA boys’ dream season ends early

One of the greatest seasons in the history of Southwest Georgia Academy boys basketball is cut short Thursday in the first round of the GISA Class AA State Tournament after a brutal draw pits the Warriors against Frederica — the defending state champs, which cruise to a 40-33 victory. (ADDS: roundup items on Class A State Tournament with Westwood, Crisp Academy advancing)

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UGA baseball opens 2012 season today

The Georgia baseball team, which was ranked as high as No. 11 in one of the four major polls, opens its 2012 season at home today.

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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57

After being diagnosed with brain cancer last year, Mets hero and MLB Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies Thursday at the age of 57.

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REGION 1-AA TOURNAMENT: AHS boys stay hot, advance to 1-AA title game; Squaws fall short

Herald No. 1 Albany High gets another clutch performance from Tim Pierce and an inspiring game from Kenny Anderson to hold off Cook, 36-32, and advance to the Region 1-AA championship game tonight against Thomasville.

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REGION 1-AA TOURNAMENT: Early County boys dropped by T-ville in Region 1-AA tourney semifinals Thursday

Herald No. 2 Early County storms back against Thomasville, but falls short, 57-52, in the Region 1-AA semifinals Thursday at Brooks County, while the Albany girls also fall short of the region title game.

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REGION TOURNAMENT ROUNDUPS: Chukes' putback at buzzer lifts Bainbridge boys to 1-AAAA title game

Paul Chukes lifts Bainbridge to its 17th straight win Thursday night, but more importantly vaults the Bearcats back into the Region 1-AAAA championship game. (ADDS: roundup items on Bainbridge, Lee County girls in 1-AAAA tournament; Pelham, Seminole County, Randolph-Clay, Miller County, Terrell County and Calhoun County girls in 1-A tournament)