News for Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Serendipity something to relish

Serendipity is when you get a surprise package at your front door that links you to your past. That happened a few days ago, when a box of pear relish showed up at our address — six mouth-watering jars of a side dish I learned to appreciate to the fullest, growing up on a farm where the highlight of the day was a filling meal.

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Civility is golden in modern society

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Ideological hypocrites causing problem

When we talk about hypocrisy in politics, we usually highlight personal behavior. The multiple-married politician who proclaims "family values" while also having affairs is now a rather dreary stock figure in our campaign narratives.

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Chehaw to offer new attractions, programs in 2012

The zoo at Chehaw Park plans to add exciting animals and exhibits that will attract children and teens.

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Health district 'centering' on moms-to-be

The Southwest Public Health District has provided prenatal care and counseling to many expectant mothers through Centering Pregnancy.

EDC plans industry awards

Winners of local industry awards will be announced during the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's Rise n Shine breakfast April 4.

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From New York to Asia, Lin is a hoops sensation

Jeremy Lin, who arrived in New York in December and slept on his brother’s couch because of his uncertain future, is now a household name around the world.

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UGA men fall to Vanderbilt, Lady Bulldogs upset by rival Florida

Playing in front of a sparse home crowd, the Bulldogs lose their second straight game, while the Lady Bulldogs go on the road to Florida but get upset when the Lady Gators go on an 8-3 run in the game’s final minutes.

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Haas holds off Mickelson, Bradley to win Northern Trust Open in playoff

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley make a pair of birdies on No. 18 to force a three-way playoff with Bill Haas, who birdied the second playoff hole to win the Northern Trust Open in dramatic fashion.

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Front runner

Carl Edwards lost last year’s NASCAR title to Tony Stewart in a tie-breaker, but Edwards is off to a fast start this season with a 194.738 mph pole-winning speed for Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500.

Stephen Daryl Cater, Sr.

Stephen Daryl Cater, Sr., 51, Lee County, died February 19, 2012

Monteel Brooks Willis

Monteel Brooks Willis, 86, Albany, died February 18, 2012

Jesse Cain Jackson

Jesse Cain Jackson, 88, Albany, died February 11, 2012

Mary Frances Green

Mary Frances Green, 88, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Lois Sellers Simmons

Lois Sellers Simmons, 78, Albany, died February 18, 2012

George L. Keene

George Leon King, 59, Springvale, died February 18, 2012

Gladys Dixon

Gladys Dixon, 94, Winter Garden, FL, died February 16, 2012

Ronald Scott Odom

Ronald Scott Odom, 45, Donalsonville, died February 18, 2012

Megan Ansley Wilson & Thomas Keith Chandler

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Wilson of Dawson proudly announce the engagement

Setoria Moore & Willie Hightower

Willie and Setoria are pleased to announce their engagement.

Kasey Ann Pearce & Mathre Jackson Durr

Mr. and Mrs. William Ray Pearce of Albany are pleased

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Pelham football team sends two players to Missouri Valley

Pelham football players Robert Dill and Elijah Haywood sign college scholarships this week.

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Klitschko wins heavyweight title fight vs. Chisora after wild brawl in Germany

Vitali Klitschko defends his heavyweight title Saturday night against Britain’s Dereck Chisora, who then gets into a brawl with another fighter in the post-fight news conference.

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NASCAR ROUNDUP: J.J., No. 48 team in hot water as NASCAR season kicks off; Ky. Busch wins Bud Shootout

Several illegal modifications by crew chief Chad Knaus were made to Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 car, leaving NASCAR officials to say there will be fines and suspensions coming — but not until after next week’s Daytona 500.

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REGION 1-A TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION GAMES: R-C boys, girls sweep consolation games as Lady Red Devils coach Acree gets 200th win

Lady Red Devils girls coach Jennifer Acree gets her 200th career win and Randolph-Clay’s boys and girls sweep the consolation games in the Region 1-A tournament to secure No. 3 seeds in next week’s state tournament.

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Lady Jets win finale, wrap first perfect region season in history

The South Georgia Tech women complete their first perfect region record Saturday — an accomplishment that means even more to the Lady Jets because of the way their 2011-12 campaign started.

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GISA STATE TOURNEY ROUNDUP: Sherwood, Westwood, Crisp Academy boys all fall in Elite 8

Southwest Georgia won't be represented in the GISA boys basketball Final Four tournament after Sherwood, Westwood and Crisp Academy lose on Saturday.

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Va. Tech drops Ga. Tech at buzzer in OT; FSU wins bizarre game vs. N.C. State as Wolfpack legends get tossed from stands

Dorenzo Hudson’s wild 3-pointer with less than a second left in overtime lifts Virginia Tech past slumping Georgia Tech on Saturday, 74-73.

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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Find out where the fish are biting around Southwest Georgia this week.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Somehow, it seems kids always make the best of it

Herald guest columnist Bob Kornegay Even on a bad day in the outdoors, kids can still find the positives during an adventure.

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Darton rolls as Lady Cavs, Lady Titans close out regular seasons

Darton cruises to a win big Saturday against Albany Tech and locks down the No. 2 seed for Tuesday’s Region XVII Tournament, which may just feature the Lady Cavs and the Lady Titans again in a first-round matchup.

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ASU men, women win home finale

In the final home games for the Albany State basketball teams, the Rams and Lady Rams sweep Claflin to build some momentum before the upcoming conference tournament, which starts Feb. 28.

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Mitchell girls upset Pelham in 1-A finals

Mitchell County, which had lost to Herald No. 4 Pelham by 18 and 20 points during the regular season, stuns the Lady Hornets, 54-48, on their home floor to win the Region 1-A championship late Saturday night.

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Fly like an Eagle

Mitchell County’s Eagles soar out of the locker room and blitz Herald No. 5 Calhoun County on Saturday, ripping the Cougars, 69-44, to win the Region 1-A championship in runaway fashion.

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