News for Saturday, January 14, 2012


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My, oh, my

In what will go down as one of the wildest endings to a playoff game in NFL history, the 49ers and Saints trade the lead four times in the final three minutes Saturday during their NFC divisional showdown with San Francisco pulling a stunner, 36-32, on a last-second touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 15, 2012

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A Turkish Coastal Odyssey

Three Albany classmates take a fall cruise of the Turkish Coast aboard another classmate’s luxurious sailing yacht.

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Life is filled with learning

‘What did you learn today?” I asked and was met with a look of surprise.

Births Jan. 15 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7.

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Looking Back Jan. 15 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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Fundraiser to help fill Empty Bowls

A lunchtime event will benefit two local nonprofits, showcase local restaurants and help in the fight against hunger.

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Klauburg helping older generation deal with changes

Dr. Kurt Klauburg came to Albany from Brentwood, Tenn.

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D.A. still waiting for Riggins’ police report

A south Georgia district attorney says he wants to move quickly in resolving an alleged school lunch fraud case against a Board of Education member.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Jan. 15, 2012

APD responds to at least 41 incidents.

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‘Star’ bands prep for show

After practice, a group of students known as the Dougherty County Honor Band performs for family and friends Saturday.

Kitchen inspections for Jan. 15, 2012

Here are the latest kitchen inspections for Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

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On the Job with ... Jodi Miller

Reporter Jim West holds a Q&A with Jodi Miller of the DOCO Regional Credit Union.

MLK Day; service with AmeriCorps

To honor Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday the day set aside in his honor, Albany Police AmeriCorps plans a litter pickup and silent march starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

Sign maintenance scheduled for Dougherty County

The Georgia DOT plans to clean road signs in Dougherty County this week.

Camilla native to endow scholarship at VSU

Ruby Sullivan’s gift aims to help provide teachers for rural Southwest Georgia.

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Children’s librarians come to Dougherty, Lee

Two children’s librarians, both named Erin, come to make the area their homes.

Reunion workshop deadline nearing

Albany venues hosted more than 50 family reunions in 2011, officials say.

Mary Dillard

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Dillard of Venice, FL, formerly of DeSoto and Leslie, died on January 12, 2012

Doris Johnson

Mrs. Doris T. Johnson died Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ruby Roberts

Mrs. Ruby P. Roberts, 73, of Cairo, GA died Saturday Jan 14, 2012

Jethro Gowan

Jethro Franklin "Frank" Gowan, 84, of Blakely, died January 13, 2012

Rickman Anglin

Rickman Chason Anglin, 78, of Albany, GA, died Thursday, January 12, 2012

Barbara Pines

Barbara Ruth (Bobbie) Pines, 77, of Smithville, GA died January 13, 2012

Myrtle Lambert

Myrtle Gainous Lambert, 97, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012

Richard Peterson

Mr. Richard Peterson, 91, of Leslie, GA died on January 10, 2012

Donald Salada

Mr. Donald (Don) E. Salada, 79, of Albany, GA, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mary Gergen

Mary Cliff Gergen, 89, of Albany, GA died Thursday, January 12, 2012

Flora May Harrell

Flora May Dismuke Harrell, 88, Parrott, died January 10, 2012.

John Taylor Thomas

John Taylor Thomas, Sr., 90, died January 9, 2012

Thumbs Up! - Jan. 15, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

Charles Smith

Charles Smith, 80, of Albany died on January 14, 2012

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Procedure results worth discomfort

Mention that you’re scheduled for a colonoscopy, and you get one of two reactions: An involuntary wince accompanied by that “fwooo” sound that comes with a sudden intake of breath, or a look of sheer horror at the thought of the procedure.

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Energy tax elimination could see movement

I heard a buzz toward the end of 2011 and more frequently in 2012 that there is a need for the General Assembly to eliminate the sales tax on energy used for manufacturing (some organizations such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce are also asking to broaden that to include elimination of sales tax on energy used in mining and agriculture).

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Don’t blow ‘Abu Ghraib 2’ out of proportion

Granted, it’s not civil palace etiquette or, more important, U.S. military doctrine to urinate on battle-killed enemy fighters — in this case, three dead Taliban in Afghanistan. But could we just move on?

Jack Hammond

Jack C. Hammond, 88, of Abbeville died on Friday

Ollie Walker

Ollie Bell Walker, 98, of Leary died Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Essie Hillman

Essie Mae Hillman, 63, of Albany died Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Loretta Jackson-Livingston

Mrs. Loretta Jackson-Livingston, 50, of Albany died on January 12, 2012

Ollie Mullis

Ollie Walker Mullis, 91, of Fitzgerald, Georgia died Friday, January 13, 2012

Dorothy Gray

Ms. Dorothy Postell Gray of Valdosta,Ga departed this life Friday January 13, 2012

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Thanks, Coach Joe

After putting Randolph-Clay basketball on the state and national map, legendary Red Devils coach Joe Williams — who died late last year — is honored Friday night as the school’s brand new gym in Cuthbert is named after him following a career that saw Williams win six state titles, a 90-game win streak and a staggering 1,015 victories.

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49ers defense looks to stop Brees, red-hot Saints

Drew Brees and the Saints are riding a nine-game winning streak entering today's playoff game against the host 49ers, who are underdogs despite having one of the top defenses in the league.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Could we be in for a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl?

Herald Guest Columnis Loran Smith takes a look at Ravens coach John Harbaugh as Baltimore gets set to duel with the Texans in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs Sunday, which could set up a rematch against his brother Jim, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl.

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Tebowmania grabs headlines from Brady

Quarterback Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos may be huge underdogs in tonight's AFC playoff game against the New England Patriots, but that hasn't stopped the Broncos from being the talk of the nation.

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Final prep football All-Star game of season set for today in Moultrie

The War of the Borders Georgia-Florida All-Star game will be held today in Moultrie at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium. (ADDS: breakout of rosters of local Georgia players)

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Klesko talks Braves at QU event, says Atlanta should return with a vengeance in 2012

Former MLB star Ryan Klesko is back once again for the Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail Hunt in Southwest Georgia, talking hunting and the mind-boggling collapse this past season of his former team, the Atlanta Braves.

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Braves reach deal with Prado, re-sign Wilson

Braves outfielder Martin Prado agreed to a $4.75 million contract for 2012, while Atlanta signed infielder Jack Wilson to a $1 million, one-year contract.

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Albany’s Skinner wins Fla. tourney

Albany's Sonny Skinner wins is the low medalist at the 28th annual PGA Senior Stroke Play Champoionship at the PGA Golf Club.

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 3 Pelham girls mash rival Mitchell County, win 13th in a row; Crisp girls wax Westwood in state title rematch

Pelham and Crisp Academy win a pair of huge girls games in Camilla on Friday night as the Lady Hornets easily handle cross-county rival Mitchell County to win their 13th game in a row, while the Lady Wildcats take down Westwood in a rematch of the GISA Class A State Championship game from last season. (ADDS: items on Mitchell County boys, Pelham boys, Lee County boys and girls, Seminole County boys and girls, Deerfield boys and girls, Southland boys and girls, Miller County girls, Terrell Academy girls, Early County boys and girls, Crisp County girls, Worth County girls, Randolph-Clay boys and girls and Calhoun County boys and girls).

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DUEL AT DARTON: Herald No. 1 Westover girls hammer Monroe, remain unbeaten at 14-0

The Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots move to 14-0 after downing city rival Monroe on Friday, then Albany High's girls smash Thomasville, 44-34, to move to 3-1 in the 1-AA race.

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DUEL AT DARTON: Monroe boys get revenge on rival Westover

After falling to Westover earlier this season, Monroe’s Rantavious Gilbert and the Tornadoes make sure it doesn’t happen again as The Herald’s No. 1 team goes down Friday at Darton at the hands of its biggest rival.

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DUEL AT DARTON: Bulldogs beat Indians in heartbreaker

A fluke shot falls in with 5.4 seconds left by Thomasville's Greg Wimberly sends Albany to a gut-wrenching defeat Friday night in a huge Region 1-AA showdown at Darton College.