News for Saturday, February 18, 2012


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Women to the front on contraception

In reality, the answer to the question: “Where are the women?” — was: on the following panel. Those who asked the question loudest, in an act of political showmanship, didn’t stick around long enough to meet Dr. Laura Champion, who runs Calvin College’s medical services. And the more long-term answer is: They are the young leaders at Notre Dame, who have a lot to teach those who have been suppressing or denying reality for all too long about who we are and what we need and want.

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Empowerment through wrong is still wrong

Some seem to have trouble realizing that wrongs utilized to empower certain individuals or groups are still wrong, no matter how much we might personally enjoy their ill-gotten fruits. Twenty-first-century Americans, for the most part, seem to have forgotten the ideals that made their country great. That sacrifice for the greater good thing? Pshaw, not for them. And until we come to the realization that freedom does not give us the right to infringe upon someone else’s freedom, we’ll continue to flounder as a nation.

All politics are financial

Nothing like an election year to bring home a basic notion about politics.

GDOT plans guardrail maintenance

Construction crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation will be doing guardrail maintenance in the median of the U.S. Highway 82 business route near Piney Wood Creek in Dougherty County on Monday.

Farm Bureau fighting hunger

Dougherty County Farm Bureau is collecting donations today through March 2 to feed hungry residents of Dougherty County and to provide food assistance for Ronald McDonald House in Macon. Half of the money collected will be used to assist the hungry in Dougherty County. The other half will go to Ronald McDonald House in Macon.

Junior League part of ‘Support a Survivor’

The Junior League of Albany is supporting a national Junior League fundraiser during February called “Support a Survivor.”

APD: Two civilian classes offered

Residents can register for the popular Citizens Police Academy or a basic firearms course with the Albany Police Department.

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Darius Wallace laid to rest

His family and the community turn out to memorialize and lay to rest 13-year-old Darius Wallace at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Chehaw receiving more biker, hiker trails

Volunteers at Chehaw learn how to build challenging, sustainable and enjoyable trails for bicyclists and hikers.

Edwards waiting on CRCT case files

Dougherty County School System educators charged in the CRCT cheating scandal remain in limbo until documents arrive.

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Legend shares lessons, beliefs

Through a never-published interview, Ray Charles allows a peek into his world in 1999.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 19, 2012

APD responds to at least 35 incidents

Albany may really ‘dig’ bus station project

The federal and state governments will pay the lion’s share of the price tag on a planned local bus station project.

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Wynfield Park buys Albany Health Care

A well-known nursing home in Albany since 1984 has been purchased and will operate under a new name.

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Eye Center South, Wall Eye Care form partnership.899

Dr. Scot Wall will continue his practice under an agreement with an Alabama-based company.

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On the Job with Phyllis Banks-Whitley

Managing Editor Danny Carter holds a Q&A with Phyllis Banks-Whitley, public information officer with the Albany Police Department.

Kitchen inspections for Feb. 19, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections in Dougherty and Lee counties.

Mary H. Gilbert

Mrs. Mary H. Gilbert, 79, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Felton Hicks

Felton Hicks, 90, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Shirley Lucille Barfield

Shirley Lucille Barfield, 76, Dawson, died February 17, 2012

Rychod G. Daniels

Rychod G. Daniels, 29, Albany, died February 16, 2012

Connis Attaway Wallis

Connie Attaway Wallis, 56, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Jim Dave Wilson

Jim Dave Wilson, Livingston, NJ, died February 14, 2012

Josephine Merritt

Josephine Merritt, Americus, died February 17, 2012

Eudon Joseph Holley

Eudon Joseph Holley, Arlington, died February 18, 2012

Willie Mae Bland Culverson

Willie Mae Bland Culverson, 72, Whigham, GA, died February 18, 2012

Russell Connell

Russell Connell, 79, Ashburn, died February 17, 2012

Scott Odom

Scott Odom, 45, Shellman, died February 18, 2012

Scott Audley Sutton

Mr. Scott Audley Sutton, 59, Fortson, GA, died February 16, 2012

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Lee County wrestling makes something out of nothing

Lee County’s wrestling program — the biggest powerhouse in Southwest Georgia — found a new beginning with an old, run-down building and a summer program of dedication that has made the Trojans the king of the mat in this part of the state, and their 113-pound star Rashaud Anthony is one win away from a state championship.

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REGION 1-AAA TOURNAMENT, BOYS FINAL: Cougars trounce Tornadoes, win first title in school history

One season after falling short of the Region 1-AAA championship against Monroe, Crisp gets revenge Friday night in Albany to bring the school's region title in school history back to Cordele.

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REGION 1-AAA TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION GAMES: Monroe girls slip by Dougherty, while Westover routs Dougherty boys in 1-AAA third-place games

Monroe's girls and Westover's boys get the No. 3 seeds in next week's Class AAA State Tournament by virtue of their wins Friday night against Dougherty in the Region 1-AAA consolation games.

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REGION 1-AA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Early edges Cook, 45-42, and AHS girls rebound from 1-AA semis loss

Herald No. 2 Early County has a furious start but loses the lead before coming back to beat Cook and grab the No. 3 seed in the Region 1-AA tournament Friday at Brooks County, while Albany High's girls basketball team nails down a No. 3 seed.

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Holloman on Thomas: Darton getting one of the ‘hardest working kids I’ve ever coached’

Early County star catcher Hill Thomas will join the Darton baseball team, thanks to a meeting with first-year coach Scot Hemmings.

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Leesburg’s Tosky sisters to continue running careers at Truett-McConnell

Sisters Lauren and Ashley Tosky both signed scholarships to run cross country next season for Truett-McConnell, a four-year NAIA program in Cleveland, Ga. Ashley is closing out her sophomore season at Darton, while Lauren is a senior at Lee County.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: ASU sweeps Selma in 2012 home opener

The Albany State baseball team improves to 3-6 on Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Selma on Saturday at home.

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REGION 1-A, 1-AAAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUPS: Pelham girls get revenge on Seminole, get back to title game; Bearcats lose 1-AAAA title in heartbreaker

After a controversial game last Saturday night in Donalsonville between Pelham’s and Seminole County’s girls teams, the Lady Hornets — who suffered their only Region 1-A defeat of the season in that contest — paid back the Lady Indians on Friday night in the tournament semis to advance to tonight’s title game against cross-county rival Mitchell. (ADDS: roundup items on 1-A tournament semifinals between Mitchell County-Randolph-Clay girls, Mitchell-Randolph-Clay boys and Calhoun-Pelham boys, plus Lee-County Bainbridge girls and Bainbridge-Northside, Warner Robins boys)

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GISA CLASS AAA, AA & A STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: DWS girls dropped in Elite 8; Westwood, Crisp Academy, Terrell Academy girls all march on

The Deerfield girls are upended Friday night in the GISA Class AAA State Tournament Elite 8 round, while Terrell Academy rolls to an easy win in Class AA and Westwood and Crisp Academy both reach the Final Four in Class A.

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Call ’em champs!: Indians capture 1-AA title

For the first time since 2006, the Albany High boys basketball team is king of Region 1-AA after toppling longtime nemesis Thomasville on Friday night in Quitman.

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Ex-Westover star OL Brown receives offer from UGA

Former Westover star lineman and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Trenton Brown receives his second major offer when one of his dream schools, the Georgia Bulldogs, come calling this week.

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Dancin’ in Cordele

The Lady Cougars hold Westover star DyTiesha Dunson to three points and 1-of-18 from the field to win their first Region 1-AAA title in nine years Friday night on the Lady Patriots’ home floor.

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Crime Stoppers - Feb. 17, 2012

All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous. Crime Stoppers has four fugitives on its Most Wanted list this week.