News for Tuesday, February 7, 2012


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Westover boys spoil Monroe’s perfection in Region 1-AAA

Westover knocks off Herald No. 2 Monroe, 51-37, at Darton to spoil the Tornadoes’ perfect Region 1-AAA run and lift the Patriots into a position to win the No. 2 seed in the region tournament next week.

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At 23-0 entering Tuesday night, Westover was on a quest for the first perfect regular season in school history, but that quest is derailed at Darton College by city rival Monroe, which stuns The Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots, 51-48.

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Lee County girls seize control of 1-AAAA race with win vs. Bainbridge

Bainbridge and Lee County dealt with a one-hour power outage Tuesday night, and when the lights came back on the Lady Trojans ran away with a 66-52 victory.

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Good news, bad news as Darton golf wraps ’12 season opener

The Darton golf team finishes a disappointing sixth place Tuesday in Melbourne, Fla., in its 2012 spring season opener, but sophomore Joe Sakulpolphaisan shoots 5-under to win low medalist — and the second tournament of his college career.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball beats Macon State, snaps 2-game skid

The Darton baseball team picks up its third win of the season behind right-handed hurler Ryan Lemonds, who tossed five scoreless innings. (ADDS: items on South Georgia Tech women's basketball, ASU women's, men's basketball)

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: A Manning strikes gold in Indianapolis

Herald Guest Columnist Furman Bisher stayed home for the Super Bowl for the first time in his long and successful journalism career, and says he actually liked taking in the Big Game from his living room, thanks in part to finally getting to watch all those talked-about Super Bowl commercials.

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House Democrats split

House Democrats are split on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the state the power to create charter schools — jeopardizing the bill’s prospects for passage in the chamber.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 8, 2012

Police respond to at least 28 incidents

Leesburg OKs rezoning of land

A 31.66-acre tract of land at one of Leesburg's busiest intersections is rezoned for future commercial use.

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Albany Marine Band farewell concert set

The deactivation ceremony for the Albany Marine Band is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Peach crop looking good

Assuming the weather holds true to forecast, Georgia's peach crop is in good shape this year.

Marine band will be missed

One of the saddest notes that has been played lately is the news that the Albany Marine Band will be disbanding later this month.

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Monroe girls shock Herald No. 1 Westover, ruin Lady Patriots' perfect season

Just two wins away from the first perfect regular season in school history, Westover's girls basketball team is stunned by city rival Monroe on Tuesday night to hand The Herald No. 1 and No. 2 state-ranked Lady Pats (23-1) their first loss of the year.

Speeder hits Albany patrol car

During an attempt to stop a speeding Cadillac, an Albany Police Department patrol car is rammed into, with no injuries to officers.

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Violence erupts in home Updated 4 p.m.

A woman throws hot water on a man who hit her, then sets fire to a residence Tuesday, police say.

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Gas guzzlers have special place in car pickup

As each of us goes about our daily business, we tend to see things along the way that strike us as somehow unusual or out of the ordinary. These can be good things or bad, but they kind of stick in a place that puts them on memory rewind and keeps them coming back to us, often at inopportune times.

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Bridge to be decommissioned Saturday

When the Thronateeska Heritage Center and the Georgia DOT asked us if we wanted to be involved in a decommissioning and commissioning ceremony for the Broad Avenue Bridge, our newly formed Southwest Georgia Veterans Coalition was honored to be asked.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 8, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

George Raymond Mitchell, Jr.

George Raymond Mitchell, Jr., Camilla

Gwin Nichols Crawford, Sr.

Gwin Nichols Crawford, Sr., 59, Columbus, died February 5, 2012

Willie Johnson

Willie Johnson, 86, Bainbridge, died February 7, 2012

James E. Thompson

James E. Thompson, 64, Fitzgerald, died February 4, 2012

Warren Arnold

Warren Arnold, 86, Sycamore, died February 7, 2012

Ida Will Richardson

Ida Will Richardson, 85, Ft. Gaines, died February 7, 2012

Margaret Price

Margaret Price, 85, Leesburg, died February 6, 2012

Russell L. Andrews

Russell L. Andrews, 42, Climax, died February 6, 2012

Jane Stephens Astolos

Jane Stephens Astolos, 61, Albany, died February 6, 2012

Mattie Marie Morris

Mattie Marie Morris, 73, Albany, died February 6, 2012

Mollie Taylor

Mollie Taylor, 86, Albany, died February 7, 2012

Mary L. Brown

Mary L. Brown, Apopka, FL died February 5, 2012

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Komen official quits following Planned Parenthood dispute

A high-ranking official resigned Tuesday from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity after a dispute over whether the group should give funding to Planned Parenthood, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

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City Commission votes to move forward with redistricting

Linda Meggers, an expert who helped the Dougherty County Commission and School Board redraw their district lines, has two city map proposals ready for consideration.

Ex-UGA star Moreno arrested for DUI

Former University of Georgia star running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested by Denver police Wednesday on a drunken driving charge.

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ASU Lady Rams swept in opener

ASU’s Lady Rams drop a doubleheader to West Georgia to start their softball season.

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Darton swimmers dominate region meet

Darton's swimmers sweep a pair of meets over the weekend, including the Region XVII championship.

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Hancock signs with Tide

Deerfield-Windsor’s Reed Hancock, one of the most prolific pole vaulters in the nation, signs with Alabama on Monday.

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Darton gets off to slow start

Darton’s high expectations hit a wall as the Cavaliers struggle in the opening two rounds of their first golf tournament of the spring season, sitting in fifth place.

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Sun burned

Steve Nash celebrates his birthday early, dropping in 24 points to lead the Suns past the Hawks, 99-90, Monday night in Atlanta.

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PREP HOOPS PACKAGE: Includes Fab 5 poll, Quote of the week, By the numbers, schedule, and top games of the week.

Westover’s history-making Lady Patriots are still unbeaten and on top of the girls Fab 5, while Albany High’s top-ranked boys win three games to close in on the top seed in Region 1-AA. Monroe’s boys move up to No. 2 and meet Westover tonight at Darton. Dougherty’s girls swap places with Monroe at No. 3 after beating the Lady Tornadoes. (includes, schedule, By the numbers, Quote of the week, and top games of the week.)