News for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Auburn women's basketball coach Fortner quits

Nell Fortner, who led the Lady Tigers to to the 2008-0 SEC title, says she's leaving at the end of the season.

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Darton baseball rallies, upsets No. 2 Chipola

The Cavs hand the No. 2 team in the NJCAA a stunning come-from-behind loss Tuesday as Darton rallies from a 3-0 hole in the eighth inning to beat Chipola, 4-3, for the biggest win of its young season.

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Mitchell Madness

After winning the 1-A titles, Mitchell County sends both its boys and girls teams into this week’s GHSA state tournaments as No. 1 seeds and this could be just a beginning for the soaring Eagles and Lady Eagles.

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REGION XVII TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Darton, South Georgia Tech women cruise in opener; Albany Tech eliminated

Michelle Mitchell has another huge game to lead Darton past Central Georgia Tech in its Region XVII tourney opener Tuesday to advance to the Final Four in Savannah later this week.

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Hudson feeling great in return from back surgery

At age 36, and coming off back surgery, Braves starter Tim Hudson says he feeling better than ever and even jokes that he's in his "prime.'' (INCLUDES: Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson suffering a concussion from a minor car accident).

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Panthers to name home turf ‘Phoebe Field’

After a history making season, there’s more interest than ever from Southwest Georgia businesses to get involved with the reigning champ Albany Panthers, who agree to a deal with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Tuesday to name their home turf “Phoebe Field” for the upcoming 2012 campaign, which kicks off March 17 at the Albany Civic Center.

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Smaller symphony hits the mark

On Feb. 11, the Albany Symphony took the stage to play its fourth program for the 2011-12 season.

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Chehaw hosts safari fundraiser

The park has a “wild” new location for its 3rd annual Sip & Safari fundraiser.

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Family fun swings into Lee County

Lee County Elementary will host its 10th annual spring fundraiser.

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Rodeo rides in at ABAC

The Gee Haw Whoa Back rodeo is part of the college’s alumni weekend.

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Cooking classes focus on healthy eating

The Cooperative Extension office and Dougherty County Health Department work to make diabetic meals appealing.

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Colleges join forces to fight violence

ASU and Darton College will host performances of “The Vagina Monologues.”

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Bible debate reaches end

It’s been almost 30 years since Debbie and I, as school girls, began the great debate. Over the ensuing years, we have each stood firmly on what we believed to be true.

It's (liberal) Black History Month

Black History Month honors the achievements of African Americans throughout history and that is a good thing.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 22, 2012

Police respond to at least 52 incidents.

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Rich males shouldn't decide abortion

This is not -- repeat, not -- an attempt to convince anyone that abortion is right or wrong.

Term limits for judiciary intriguing idea

One idea that emerged late last year from one of the Republican presidential nominee candidates who have fallen by the wayside has some intriguing possibilities.

Organization enlightens about mental illness

Through the combined efforts of N.A.M.I. Albany, The Bradley Center of Columbus and the N.A.M.I. Columbus affiliate, an enlightening educational program was presented on Feb. 14 at Phoebe Northwest.

Flags should be half-mast for slain military personnel

Governor Deal, in the past several days we have seen the governor of New Jersey order the flags in his state to be flown at half-mast to honor an entertainer who had died.

Red Cross sets blood drives

There will be 11 public blood drives held through April 11 in Dougherty County, with others scheduled to take place throughout the metro Albany area.

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ATC students place at DECA

Three advance to International Career Development Competition in Salt Lake City

Leaders signal dissatisfaction with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech currently holds a $100,000 contract to administer the city's small business program.

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Why does gas cost so much?

Some people like to blame oil executives or maybe even politicians for high gas prices, but sometimes it is just supply and demand.

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Hetzler: Herald produces daily miracle

The 10th publisher of The Albany Herald has carved out a successful 40-year-plus career that led to his dream job.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 22, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Multimodal center future uncertain

Albany City Commissioners fail to reach a four-vote consensus Tuesday to move forward with the $9 million project.

Albany City Commissioners fail to reach a four-vote consensus Tuesday to move forward with a $9 million transportation project.

Deer processor agrees to plea deal

The owner of a deer processing business in Lee County files a no-contest plea for operating without a business license.

ASU to host Early Intervention Multicultural Career Fest

Event's goal is to bring to light false perceptions attached to Special Education.

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ASU Bookstore to host local authors today

Alice Coachman will headline the event celebrating Black History Month.

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Investment group demolishing inn

Indusa Investments is clearing the way for the new Olive Garden Restaurant.

Harry Thornton, Jr.

Harry Thornton, Jr., 76, Tifton, died February 14, 2012

Ann Elizabeth Thomas Wilkerson

Ann Elizabeth Thomas Wilkerson, Sumter County, died February 16, 2012

Louisa Williams

Louisa Williams, 72, Colquitt, died February 20, 2012

Charlie B. Gouch

Charlie B. Gouch, 94, Meigs, died February 14, 2012

James Wade Collier Sr.

James Wade Collier Sr., 66, Dayton, TN, February 18, 2012

Emily Beatie Holt

Emily Beatie Holt, Fort Wayne, IN, died February 19, 2012

J.C. Jackson

Rev. J.C. Jackson, Albany, died February 18, 2012

Otis Lee Carr

Otis Lee Carr, 91, Bainbridge, died February 18, 2012

Emma Lue Latimore Wheeler

Emma Lue Latimore Wheeler, 63, Miami, FL, died February 16, 2012

Marvin Scott Tison

Marvin Scott Tison, 63, Albany, died February 20, 2012

Doris Lee Williams

Doris Lee Williams, 64, Leesburg, died February 19, 2012

Joseph Benjamin Rowe

Joseph Benjamin Rowe, 86, Albany, died February 20, 2012

Stephen Daryl Cater, Sr.

Stephen Daryl Cater, Sr., 51, Lee County, died February 20, 2012

Donna Marlene King

Donna Marlene King, 40, Albany, died February 19, 2012

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Dow crosses 13,000 for the first time since 2008 (3 p.m. update)

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since before the 2008 financial crisis.

Albany Panthers to play on Phoebe Field

This morning, the Albany Panthers and Phoebe Health System reached an agreement giving the healthcare company naming rights to the Civic Center field for Panther home games. The field will be called Phoebe Field.

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Albany tentatively votes down Georgia Tech as small business program administrator

The Albany City Commission signaled a desire Tuesday to abandon its Small Business Program facilitator over concerns of costs and productivity.

TV swiped in restaurant break-in

A TV was stolen from a chicken restaurant in East Albany before dawn today, Albany police say.

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Changes to licensing proposed for half-million Georgians

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants a massive reform of the system that licenses and doles out discipline for Georgia professionals.

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Lee’s Anthony finishes 2nd at state

Lee County's Rashaud Anthony finishes second in the Class AAAA 113-pound state championship and ends his career as the all-time winningest wrestler in Lee County history.

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GSW finishes second in golf tournament, Griffin takes co-medalist honors

The Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes back up their No. 1 ranking in Division II with an impressive showing in the Frito Lay/Taco Bell Intercollegiate tournament, which featured a dozen Division I schools.

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Bulls hang on to beat Hawks

All Star guard Derrick Rose returned from a back injury and scored 23 points to lead the Bulls to a 90-79 victory against the Hawks on Monday.

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Albany’s J-Smooth wins fourth straight Hoop Shoot state title

Jordan “J-Smooth” Brown made 22-of-25 free throws Saturday to capture his fourth Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot state championship in a row.

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SGT, Darton, Albany Tech women open region tournament today

South Georgia Tech will be the No. 1 seed in the Region XVII tournament for the second time in the eight-year history of its program, while Darton will be the No. 2 seed and Albany Tech the No. 6 seed in today’s first-round matchups.

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Braves report for spring with mostly same team

The only major changes for the Braves, who squandered a chance at the playoffs last season with their historic collapse, will be rookie Tyler Pastornicky replacing Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and a new starting pitcher to replace Derek Lowe.

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Worried about another injury, Giants manager Bochy instructs Posey to stop blocking plate

When the Giants' pitchers and catchers reported Sunday, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that he has instructed Buster Posey to not block the plate, which would prevent the Leesburg native from another injury like the one that ended his sophomore season.

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