News for Wednesday, February 29, 2012


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Police/Fire/EMS - March 1, 2012

Police respond to at least 42 incidents

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Most Wanted fugitive caught

Joshua David Hill, 22, who was wanted for stealing jewelry, was arrested at Monday Blackbeard's B&B Bar-B-Que Restaurant.

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Accused child abuser dies in Tift County Jail

Shelton Ray Floyd, 60, dies in jail while awaiting trial on several child molestation charges.

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DWS's Michas 2012 STAR Student

Chris Michas names his mentor, Travis Campbell, as his STAR teacher.

Leesburg city officials hold strategic planning session

Leesburg City Council members make a list of projects they plan to work on during the next year.

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Forum points to dangers of meth use

Officials with the Georgia Meth Project estimate that methamphetamine use costs the state an average of $1.3 billion a year.

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A little wine goes a long way in France

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why French Parents are Superior.”

MCLB-Albany pride of the community

A great source of pride for the Albany-Dougherty community -- and the nation, for that matter -- is celebrating a special day today.

Small business contract renewed in close vote

The $100,000 contract with Georgia Tech is for one-year, Albany officials say.

Teachers struggling with too little help

In a letter to the editor, Steven T. Tambroni of Albany says that teachers are struggling with too little help.

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Hollywood makes 'game change' into Sarah Palin story

There's a lot of buzz in the political world about "Game Change," the movie version of the 2008 campaign best-seller that premieres next month on HBO.

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State charter schools not the answer

I have yet to buy in to all this hooey over the supposed greatness of K-12 charter schools, a movement that appears to be sweeping a large portion of our national landscape.

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Insurance chief focusing on fraud

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says one sting caught an unscrupulous worker damaging a roof so the company he worked for could repair it.

Squawk of the day - March 1, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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City gets clear report on finances

Only negative findings deal with paperwork.

Mauldin and Jenkins’ review of city books reveals property taxes in FY 2011 were down $1.5 million from FY 2010.

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Albany State’s pitchers combine to walk 11 and hit three batters in Tuesday’s loss, which prevented the Rams from sweeping the regular-season series against Valdosta State. (ADDS: items on Darton, GSW baseball and Darton softball)

Russell Castleberry

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

John Barrentine

John Alton Barrentine, 83, of Pelham, died Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Waters Smith, 93, of Pelham, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Laurence Moody

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

William Brooks

William Fred Brooks, 82, of Albany, GA, died February 29, 2012

Alfred Green

Bro. Alfred Green, of Dawson, GA died on Mon., Feb. 27, 2012

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Monkees singer Davy Jones dies

Actor and musician Davy Jones, who gained fame with the 1960s band The Monkees, has died in Florida. He was 66.

Mary Smith

Mrs. Mary Lou Smith of Sumter County died on February 26, 2012

Rachel Walton

Ms. Rachel Walton of Sumter County died on February 27, 2012

Gordon Sumner

Mr. Gordon M. Sumner, 79, of Norman Park formerly of Sumner, died Wednesday February 29, 2012

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Olens named head of Romney's Georgia steering committee

A spokesman for GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney says that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will lead efforts in Georgia to get Romney solidified as the nominee.

Johnny Williams

Bro. Johnny Williams, 53 of Dawson, GA died at his residence on Wed., Feb. 22, 2012

Lee Miller

Mr. Lee Dell MILLER, 75 of Poulan, GA died February 25, 2012

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Update: Storms kill 4, damage Branson theater district

Four reported dead, dozens are injured and some are trapped in their homes after a powerful storm system battered southwest Missouri.

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GHSA BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT, SWEET 16 PREVIEW: Westover boys 1 win from Elite 8

Westover draws Drew in the second round, but heads to Atlanta tonight with enough confidence to face the No. 4 team in the state. (ADDS: items on boys matchupgs involving Albany High, Early County, Bainbridge, Mitchell County and Crisp County, as well as today's full Sweet 16 schedule)

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Albany Panthers officially open 2012 training camp

The Albany Panthers began their first training-camp practices over the weekend as they begin their march toward another championship.

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GHSA GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT, SWEET 16 ROUNDUP: State No. 1, defending Class AAA champ Washington County edges Westover girls; Monroe girls pull another upset

In a battle of the state's No. 1 and 2 teams, Washington County holds off Westover on Tuesday night in the GHSA Class AAA State Tournament's Sweet 16 round, while Monroe's girls knock off Sandy Creek to reach the Elite 8. (ADDS: roundup items on Bainbridge, Dougherty and Albany High all losing)

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COLUMN: Not a great start, NASCAR

Associated Press columnist Jim Litke breaks down Monday's Daytona 500, which he called a "disaster."

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Next, please

Pelham’s Lady Hornets romp past Greenville, 60-24 on Tuesday, to advance to the Class A Elite Eight for the first time since 1997.

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Neither rain nor fire ruined NASCAR’s marquee show

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Matt Kenseth held off hard-charging teammate Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his second Daytona 500 victory, capping a wild end to NASCAR's opening weekend and ominously launching what should be an exciting 2012 season.

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Former Auburn coach accused of investment fraud

Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is sued Tuesday and accused of running a fraudulent scheme that bilked investors of millions.

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Hawks’ injured All-Star Johnson set to return from knee injury tonight

Joe Johnson missed the Hawks’ final two games before the All-Star break as Atlanta slipped to 6th in the East.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: ASU women extend season with win in conference tourney opener; ATC men win finale; GSW women place two on All-PBC team

The Albany State women's basketball advances in the conference tournament Tuesday and will now face Stillman in the quarterfinals Thursday in Atlanta.

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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Lee, Baconton, Miller all win Tuesday

Jess Posey leads the Lee County baseball team to its fourth win in four tries Tuesday as the Trojans whip Colquitt County, 4-1.

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COLUMN: Was UGA’s win vs. UF a sign of things to come?

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Saturday's huge confidence-building win for the Bulldogs over the Gators, which may have signified big things for the future of the struggling program.