News for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Newnan holds on to its traditional ways

Ol’ timers here can remember when Newnan was 30 miles from Atlanta — a nice drive up through croplands and pastures to a city on the move.

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Dixie Dew had the right idea

If you ever hear that I have been babysitting, know this: It was an absolute act of desperation on the part of the mothers. It means there was no other option.

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The 'Forgotten 500'

Reader suggestions and brain-dead oversights spur a second list of some of a music fan’s favorite songs.

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500 List

The forgotten 500 list spurred from reader suggestions.

Health district offering shingles vaccination

vaccine recommended for people 60 and older to prevent shingles is now available at the Southwest Public District's 14 county health departments.

Marine Band to celebrate MLK with weekend performance

The Albany Marine Band will perform a concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

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QU's Bowles has friends in high places

With the help of some well-connected supporters, this week's Quail Unlimited Celebrity Conservation Event may be the biggest ever.

Lee Sheriff's Office joins Nixle bulletin service

The Lee County Sheriff's Office links to a bulletin service to inform residents of emergencies and more.

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Pizza Shop cuts ribbon

The Pizza Shop is one of several businesses who are looking to grow downtown in 2012.

Lee County chairman, vice chair reappointed

Commissioner Dennis Roland calls for changes to Lee County's garbage collection policy, including a $100 deposit.

APD reports stabbing, assault

Two fights in the early hours of Tuesday put one man on the run and another in Dougherty County Jail.

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HOPE Ball aims to raise $45,000

The fifth annual HOPE Ball is set to take place Feb. 4 at Hilton Garden Inn.

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MCLB-Albany celebrates King

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta.

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Port Chuck set for Albany stage

A band featuring four actors from “General Hospital” will be among the talent featured Saturday night at the Albany Civic Center.

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Man sought in shooting

Albany Police Department officers seek a man in connection with a shot fired at Pine Bluff Country Estates.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 11, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

College mergers are a bold move

For the first time in its history, the University System of Georgia has plans to contract.

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Dueling for the souls of the ‘true believers’

In an old Mad magazine parody, two neighbors are standing at a fence between their properties talking about the beauty of their shared religious beliefs.

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Deer processing business under investigation on charges of storing rancid meat

Hardwoods Deer Processing on Philema Road has been operating for several weeks without a valid business license.

Chehaw closing for 12 days this month

Officials with Chehaw say the park will close for 12 days starting Monday.

Brenda Hamilton

Ms. Brenda Denise Hamilton of Sylvester , Georgia departed this life on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kate Owens

Ms. Kate Pendleton Lenhardt Owens, 83, of Albany, GA, died on January 1, 2012

Linda Smith

Linda Power Smith, 68, of Albany, GA., died Tuesday January 10, 2012

Horace Thursby

Horace Franklin Thursby, 62, of Dawson passed away at his home on Monday, January 9, 2012

Eva Washington

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 12, 2012

Flora Harrell

Flora May Dismuke Harrell, 88, of Parrott went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leon Vickerson

Mr. Leon Vickerson, 70, of Albany died on January 8, 2012

Board of Regents merging eight colleges into four

The state Board of Regents has approved the unprecedented merger of eight colleges to reduce costs, shrinking the university system from 35 to 31 institutions for the first time ever.

Charles Bowman

Charles L. Bowman, 93, of Albany, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Arthur Creter, Jr.

Mr. Arthur Patrick Creter, Jr. 81, of Albany died January 10, 2012

Guy Ethridge

Mr. Ethridge died January 9, 2012

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Luke Bryan strikes gold ... again

Luke Bryan's record label, Capitol, announced today that his single "I Don't Want This Night To End" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Thomas McDonald

Mr. Thomas W. McDonald, 86, formerly from Albany died December 26, 2012

Roy English

Roy Danny English, 60 of Irwin County, GA died on January 10, 2012

Donnie Lester

Mr. Donnie Lester, 49, of Homerville, Ga. departed this life January 9, 2012

Ben Streeter

Mr. Ben Streeter 65 of Waycross,Ga departed this life January 8, 2012

David Barnes

Mr. David Tyrone Barnes 31 of Tifton,Ga departed this life Saturday January 7, 2012

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City tosses two incumbents off WG&L board (updated)

Former City Commissioner Morris Gurr and Bob Hutchinson named to board.

Former City Commissioner Morris Gurr and Bob Hutchinson are named to the board.

Ann Blake

Ann Jarman Blake, 66, of Marietta passed away on January 9, 2012

Albany police searching for stabbing suspect

Albany police are searching for Leecorey Walker, 32, in connection with an early morning stabbing today on Hobson Street.

Joan Saumenig

Joan Alison Saumenig, 49, of Albany died on January 5, 2012

Bobbie Gaines

Ms. Bobbie Lee Gaines, 67, of Sylvester died on January 7, 2012

Yale Perkins

Yale Wallace Perkins, 60, died on January 9, 2012

J.C. Coleman

J.C. (Johnny) Coleman, 56, of Blakely died on January 4, 2012

Myrtis Sims

Mrs. Myrtis Kelly Sims of Sumter County died on January 7, 2012

Ernest West

Funeral services for Mr. Ernest West of Americus...

Vanessa Welborn

Ms. Vanessa Welborn of Americus died on January 8, 2012

James Dodson

Mr. James Dodson of Americus died on January 8, 2012

Willie Solomon

Mr. Willie Solomon of Americus died on January 7, 2012

Mary Lynn

Mary Adkison Lynn, 82, of Fitzgerald, Georgia died Monday, January 9, 2012

NCLB waiver includes teacher evaluations for Georgia

Dougherty County will be among the first of 26 districts in the state to evaluate teachers largely on their students' progress and test scores.

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Hear them roar!

It was the No. 2 Crimson Tide — not the unbeaten No. 1 Tigers — who roared loudest Monday night as Alabama posts the first-ever shutout in a BCS game, blanking LSU, 21-0, for its second national championship in three years.

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HERALD PREP PEEK: New Fab 5 Poll; Quote of the Week; Games of the Week; By The Numbers; area schedule

Check out The Herald sports staff's weekly breakdown of high school basketball in Southwest Georgia.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 10, 2012

Police respond to aggravated assault

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Stricker opens the year with a win in Hawaii

Steve Stricker shoots a 4-under 69 Monday and holds onto his lead in the final round of the PGA Tour's season-opening meet.

MONDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: DWS swim teams shine at Atlanta meet; Westwood boys rout Grace Christian

The Knights and Lady Knights' swimmers both take third in a field of 25 teams at the Atlanta Invitational over the weekend.

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Local rivals, region foes Albany Tech, Darton square off tonight

One season after the Lady Titans broke through and earned their first win in the rivalry series against crosstown foe Darton, they’re out to do it again tonight.

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Larkin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin, the former Cincinnati Reds shortstop was chosen on 495 of 573 Hall of Fame ballots, well above the necessary 75 percent.

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HERALD FAB 5 POLL: Early boys, Pelham and A-S girls move up

Americus-Sumter and Pelham move up in the girls Fab 5 Poll, Early County pushes its way up to No. 4 in the boys poll, while Westover still reigns over both polls at No. 1, although the Patriots and Lady Patriots face their biggest week of the season.

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BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK: UGA’s Boykin named Paul Hornung Award winner; Bulldogs land state’s stop defensive prospect Jenkins on Monday over ’ Bama

University of Georgia defensive and special teams star Brandon Boykin is named the most versatile player in college football Monday as he takes home the prestigious Paul Hornung award.

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ASU’s Thomas honored by conference

Bainbridge native April Thomas is named the conference’s Newcomer of the Week on Monday based of performances the last week for the red-hot Lady Rams.

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FALCONS WRAP-UP: Smith assesses playoff loss; D-C VanGorder leaves for Auburn

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith was direct and to the point Monday in his assessment of the season: "We didn't get the job done."

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Smith scores season-high 26 as Hawks beat Nets

Josh Smith scores a season-high 26 points and the Hawks shoot over 50 percent from the field to beat the Nets for the third time this season.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 10, 2012

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 10, 2012

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GOP should take on radical Islam

When the Republican presidential candidates tire of bashing each other, perhaps they will start addressing the expansion of radical Islam.

Ron Paul lone tea partier in the race

The tea party was an idea born out of frustration with big government, reckless spending, influence pedaling, erosion of civil rights in the Bill of Rights and the constitution in general.

Obama deserves time to finish his work

Let's get Obama to stay the next four years.