News for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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We pick up the tab for other people’s ‘fun’

I’m increasingly amused by the newest arguments over contraceptives. As everyone knows, the president has ordered insurance companies must provide contraceptive coverage for anyone being insured by an employer.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 23, 2012

Police respond to at least 36 incidents

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Man arrested in drug bust

Walter James Chatman Jr., 31, is expected to make his first court appearance today.

City may end automatic raises

Cost-of-living-adjustments for employees have been discretionary for several years, officials say.

Feds in cahoots with OPEC on gas prices

In a letter to the editor, Sterling Fallin of Baconton says that feds are in cahoots with OPEC on gas prices.

State needs to rethink charter school idea

In a letter to the editor, Dr. Art Brown of Albany says that Georgia needs to rethink the charter school idea.

House OKs state-created charter school measure

State officials would regain the power to create charter schools even in communities where local school boards don't want them, under a constitutional amendment that won support Wednesday from the Georgia House but faces a challenge from Democrats in the Senate.

Grand jury indictments on murder, child abuse

The Dougherty County grand jury hands down indictments on a variety of crimes including murder and incest.

Officer to discuss teens, drugs

Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry to discuss drug problems and teenagers at a Town Hall meeting Saturday.

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Despite moving ahead, the road is still long

Most everyone in the U.S. -- 21st century -- will say we have come a long way from where we were in the '40s, '50s and '60s in regards to race relations.

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School visits are an eye-opener

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Mrs. Dianne Daniels, assistant superintendent of Dougherty County schools; a group of local pastors and ministers, and I went on a bus ride to all four Dougherty County high schools. We spent the whole day visiting these schools.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 23, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Murfree obtains PSC certification through 2016

DCSS superintendent also gets a $7,000 raise.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree has completed all requirements of a professional development plan (PDP) and has been issued certification through 2016 by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Daisy Edwards

Daisy Edwards, died February 22, 2012

Mrs. Dolly Mae Langs

Dolly Mae Langs, Albany, died February 22, 2012

Henry Lee Hall

Mr. Henry Lee Hall, Albany, died February 20, 2012

Maxine Dykes

Maxine Dykes, 83, Albany, died February 22, 2012

John Moody

John Moody, 49, Albany, died February 20, 2012

Lawrence Lucree

Monsignor Lawrence A. Lucree, 77, died February 20, 2012

Hazel Smith Tinsley

Hazel Smith Tinsley, 87, Albany, died February 22, 2012

Jack A. Swanson

Jack A. Swanson, Albany, died February 21, 2012

James Leonard Collins

James Leonard Collins, 98, Bainbridge, died February 21, 2012

Winifredlene Rodriguez Mitchell

Winifredlene Rodriguez Mitchell, 77, Omega, died February 22, 2012

Joseph Benjamin Rowe

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

Fred Elton Rackley

Fred Elton Rackley, 76, Meigs, died February 21, 2012

Jennette Youngblood Swinford

Jennette Youngblood Swinford, 53, Heflin, AL, died February 21, 2012

George Wakefield

George Wakefield, Arlington, died February 19, 2012

James Gibbs Patrick, Sr.

James Gibbs Patrick, Sr., 89, Omega, died February 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Missing mom found and booked into jail

With her significant other in jail awaiting trial, 23-year-old Amy Mein has not been seen since Sunday, her family says.

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Cops: Spa killer shot sisters, their husbands

Police in Norcross spa shooting say gunman killed two sisters, their husbands before turning handgun on self.

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Nights@Dtown set for Friday night

Flannery, Travis Goodson and the G&S Band will all be featured at this week's Nights@Dtown celebration downtown.

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Dougherty prepping for first-ever statewide Saturday voting

Elections officials say 215 people have voted early in the Presidential Primary.

Dougherty County Elections officials are urging people who intend to vote in the presidential primary to take advantage of early voting opportunities, including the state's first-ever statewide Saturday voting.

Interstate 'Samaritan' takes off with two children (2 p.m. update)

Authorities in the Atlanta area say they are searching for two children who were reported kidnapped after a stranger offered to help the family when their car broke down on the side of an interstate highway.

Police search for motive after 5 killed in Norcross

Police were interviewing witnesses at a spa outside Atlanta where a gunman opened fire, killing five people.

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AP source: Obama seeks 28 percent corp. tax rate

President Barack Obama is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent.

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Hawks Johnson out for two games with injured knee

Atlanta Hawks star guard Joe Johnson to miss two games with an injured knee.

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