News for Monday, February 6, 2012


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Don’t settle for where you are now

Recently I listened to Craig Valentine, an award winning speaker and trainer, give a talk and he said something that struck me as profoundly interesting.

Officials continue fire investigation

The case involving a fire that left a couple dead in Lee County is an ongoing investigation.

Schools should expel troublemakers

It is about time everyone realized that in order to teach, you have to establish order.

Presidential race masks states' problems

Now that the election of the U.S. president is taking over the airways, I haven't heard much about California and other states being broke.

Economic doldrums won't leave quickly

Manufacturing is not what it used to be. Back in the '60s, it was 28 percent.

Republicans lost on how to win election

I don't know about you, but I am well fed up with the current GOP run for the presidency.

Obama energy policies nothing to brag about

Another company touted by Obama has filed for bankruptcy. Another $118.5 million grant down the drain; another delay in the timing of the announcement until after the State of the Union address.

Reform needed to rebuild citizens' trust

Congress must approve three reforms to restore the trust of Americans in the federal government.

Court brightens Sunshine Law

On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court in a 4-3 vote put a brighter light in Georgia's Sunshine Laws.

The president's 'social gospel'

For 60 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a nonpolitical event where speakers put aside their earthly biases and focus on a Higher Authority.

Church robbery, slain dog among weekend reports

A speaker system and microphone were the reported missing after a break-in at a South Jackson Street church in Albany over the weekend.

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Phoebe eyes community benefits

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has until July 31, 2013, to complete a community benefits strategy or face IRS penalties.

Merry Acres Middle wins MATHCOUNTS

Merry Acres tops five other area middle schools to win the 25th annual event.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 7, 2012

APD responds to at least 40 incidents.

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Phoebe Cancer Center named ACR Center of Excellence

Through a recent designation, Phoebe Cancer Center's imaging program has been recognized for its performance in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Massey marks one year as Lee administrator

Lee County's top non-elected government official says saving taxpayer dollars is a critical component of his position.

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Longtime firefighter taking chief's job in Oklahoma

Robert Taylor has been with the Albany Fire Department for nearly 20 years.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 7, 2012

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Herbert Hall

Herbert Hall, 69, of Doerun, Ga, died Saturday Feb. 4, 2012

Mary Jeffords

Mrs. Mary Cromley Jeffords of Sylvester died Monday February 6, 2012

William Hayes

William Bascom "Bill" Hayes, 63, of Smithville died February 5, 2012

Anthony Sessions

Mr. Anthony "Bug" Sessions, 39, of Camilla, Ga. passed on February 6, 2012

Mildred Mills

Mildred L.Bouie Mills, 82, of Utica,NY formerly of Miller County, GA passed away 29 Jan, 2012

Margaret Price

Mrs. Margaret "Peggy" Price, 85, of Leesburg died Monday Feb 6, 2012

Leon Gibson

Leon Gibson, 57, of Albany died on February 4, 2012

Garry George

Mr. Garry George, 50, of Leesburg died on February 4, 2012

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Committee to meet for BRAC prep

The Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee is a group formed to help “tell the story” of Georgia military installations, officials say.

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Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the state's assisted-suicide law.

Dennis Solomon

Dennis Robert Solomon, 57, of Albany died February 5, 2012

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Georgia Supreme Court grants Muscogee County man a new trial

A man convicted in Muscogee County of beating to death a 15-month-old baby girl will get a new trial under a ruling today by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Joseph Hodges

Dr. Joseph Bryant (Joe) Hodges, 73, passed away today, February 5, 2012

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GOP ends NV vote count; Romney on top with 50%

Nevada Republicans have finally finished counting the votes in their Saturday presidential caucuses.

Looking forward to Obama's downfall

The 5th of November will be my birthday. The greatest gift I could ever receive will be when Obama is defeated this year.

Formwalt made big difference at ACRI

It was almost unbelievable good fortune for the Civil Rights Institute when Dr. Lee Formwalt returned to Albany to become its Executive Director.

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Darton golf eyes success in first spring under Jones

The nationally-ranked No. 7 Cavs begin their spring season today in Melbourne, Fla., and first-year coach Bill Jones III says his team is “definitely ready to go.”

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Albany’s Branch on 4th-quarter drop: ‘I still got to catch the ball’

]Albany Herald Super Bowl correspondent Josh Weinfuss catches up with Deion Branch after the Patriots' fall just short of another title.

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Lady Rams ready to climb back to top of conference

The Albany State softball team had won two conference championships in a row before losing in the quarterfinals last season, but coach Robert Skinner is ready to reclaim that title despite a new pitching staff and a team full of underclassmen.

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Super Giants!

MVP Eli Manning leads the New York Giants to their second Super Bowl win against the Patriots in four years — this time by directing the Giants’ game-winning drive in the final minutes to take home a 21-17 victory.