News for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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TSO combines theater, rock, Beethoven

The famed Trans-Siberian Orchestra will present “Beethoven’s Last Night” in Florida’s capital city.

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You dry and I’ll wash

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me. I knew she needed more than a comfortable bed. She needed a hot meal.

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Twin Oaks bringing ‘oompa’ to stage

The elementary school is performing “Willy Wonka Jr.” on stage.

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Highlights of the new immigration law

Of all the new laws that went into effect last year, none have received more attention and scrutiny than House Bill (HB) 87, the new “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act.”

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Decision looms on Lee garbage ordinance

The time of reckoning is almost at hand on the Lee County garbage fee issue, and many are wondering if Lee County commissioners have not inadvertantly painted themselves into a corner from which there is no easy escape, at least none that won't mess up the paint job.

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God gap grows wider in politics

There have been many "gaps" in modern politics.

Extra day not one to waste

OK, so today isn't really an extra day.

Local leaders ignore value of 'eyesores'

There is too much destroying of private wealth by the city of Albany's so-called "eyesore policy."

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb 29, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 36 incidents

Drug dealers sentenced in federal court

U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia imposed sentences on the following convicts Monday, said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore.

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Revenue agency strives to improve

Georgia's revenue commissioner says his agency is working to improve customer service and tax collections.

V-State Experience coming to Albany

Alumni and prospective students of Valdosta State University who live in the Albany area will have a chance to connect Thursday with the institution.

APD searching for gunmen

Two armed robberies involve guns on Tuesday and a third involves an unspecified weapon.

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Transit center bid tabled

A decision to delay the awarding of a contract for archeological work for a multimodal center won't jeopardize federal funding, officials say.

District 2 GOP race begins

A Tuesday debate kicks off quests for three Republicans vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany.

Lee board OKs construction requests

An alcohol pouring license is granted to the Shop Rite establishment off U.S. Highway 19 South in Lee County.

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'Idol' party slated for Lee High

Phillip Phillips of Lee County is scheduled to perform on Thursday night on "American Idol."

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Mardi Gras set for kickoff

More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the Albany marathon.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 29, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Dow closes over 13,000 for first time since 2008

The Dow closed today above 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis.

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Crash on Liberty Expressway halts traffic

Traffic on Liberty Expressway was been backed up after a black Trailblazer SUV carrying a trailer full of roofing shingles crashed.

Jacquelyn Strickland

Jacquelyn Ruth Marbury Strickland passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lucille Murdock

Mrs. Lucille Cloer Murdock, 96 of Albany died February 27, 2012

Jack Swanson

Jack Amund Swanson, 83 of Albany died Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wiley Davis

Mr. Wiley Jerome Davis, 34, passed away on February 27, 2012

Roscoe Wilson

Baby Boy Roscoe Wilson, 3 months, of Schweinfurt, Germany died on February 27, 2012

Laurence Moody

Laurence Moody, 95, of Albany, GA died February 28, 2012

Arthur Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Authur Robinson, Jr., 63, of Albany died Monday, February 27, 2012

Russell Castleberry

Russell Manning Castleberry, 88, of Leesburg passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alishia Moore

Infant Alishia Moore died February 27, 2012

Georgia Kline

Georgia Bowen Kline, 89, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joseph Barber

Joseph Barber of Jacksonville, FL died on February 23, 2012

Freddy Fleming

Freddy Flemming of Atlanta died on February 27, 2012

Edwina Lee

Edwina Hamilton Lee, 90, of Ft. Gaines died on February 28, 2012

Leevaria Jefferson

Mrs. Leevaria Jefferson, 67, of Albany died on February 26, 2012

David Fletcher, Jr.

David Ray Fletcher, Jr., 33, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Monday, February 27, 2012

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Justice OKs redistricting plans

Newly-drawn districts will be used in the 2012 county and school board elections

The redrawn maps will be used for this year’s Dougherty County Commission and School Board races, officials say.

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Georgia open government bill gets early vote

Agencies that illegally withhold records from the public would face more expensive fines under a rewrite of Georgia’s open government law that won initial approval Monday from a House subcommittee.

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Three now dead in Ohio school shooting

The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

Ladonna Snider

Ladonna Jo Snider, age 61 of Jakin, GA passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Kenseth wins second Daytona 500 title early Tuesday morning

After taking the lead with less than 40 laps to go, Matt Kenseth brings home his second Daytona 500 title, surviving one of the most races in recent memory from start to finish.

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Cousins eager to put home-plate collision with Posey in past

Scott Cousins became the villain last year when he collided with Leesburg native and San Franciso catcher Buster Posey, ending his season, but Cousins is ready to start anew and put it all behind him.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT: Monroe, Dougherty headline Sweet 16

Several Southwest Georgia girls teams play in the Sweet 16 of the state tournament tonight, including all four Dougherty County high schools, as well as Pelham and Bainbridge.

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Ex-Bainbridge star Thomas leading Lady Rams into tournament

Albany State’s April Thomas, who leads the conference and is 21st in the nation in scoring this season, and the rest of the Lady Rams will take on Claflin in the opening round of the conference tournament today in Atlanta.

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Shock the world

Westover’s Lady Patriots meet defending state champ Washington County, which hasn’t lost a game in two years, on the road tonight in the Class AAA Sweet 16.