News for Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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Georgia tops Tennessee, 57-53, in OT

The Bulldogs get their first SEC victory despite shooting just 34.9 percent from the floor.

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Hawks win fourth in a row, take lead in division

With a 92-89 win at home Wednesday against the Trail Blazers behind Joe Johnson’s 24 points, Atlanta takes a 1/2 game lead on the Heat in the Southeast Division.

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Bigfoot still outstepping ‘experts’

I was sitting on the couch last night with the 7-year-old hurricane boy and 8-year-old princess, watching Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot.” I’m not much of a believer in Bigfoot but I must admit that I do have at least a passing infatuation with the subject and perhaps a small percentage, let’s say 10 percent, belief maybe he exists.

Complainers need to be heard at the polls

"We in America do not have a government by the majority. We have a government by the majority who participate." -- Thomas Jefferson.

Weaver reappointment teaches wrong lesson

Conspicuous by its absence, information about Judge Willie Weaver's re-instatement was not mentioned in The Albany Herald, and barely mentioned on WALB News.

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No-name secondary turns 49ers gold

The hard-hitting 49ers secondary has been the anchor of a defense that has led the team back to the NFC championship game for the first time in 14 years.

Business owner leads by example

One thing that her unsucessful bid for Albany mayor has not done is it has not made restauratuer B.J. Fletcher one bit less civic minded.

Eyesore moving closer to demolition

With the owner of the dilapidated Heritage House abandoning its challenge of a court order that would allow the city of Albany to demolish the building, one of Albany's most visible blights may finally be on the way toward removal.

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New defensive coordinator Nolan to keep Falcons in 4-3

New Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan agrees to stay with the 4-3, which deploys four linemen and three linebackers, instead of switching to his preferred 3-4 scheme.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 19, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 34 incidents

DCPD searching for Holly Drive burglar

According to Dougherty County Police Department reports, a woman drove home to the 400 block of Holly Drive.

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GHSA fines 8 holiday tourney teams

Eight schools, including Albany, Westover, Monroe, Dougherty, Mitchell County and Terrell County, draw fines for playing in the U Save It Holiday Tournament in December, which the GHSA found to be an unsanctioned event.

Time To Talk Politics at the Dinner Table

We all have heard the admonishment that polite people never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table.

Edwards 'confident' in grand jury's decisions

Dougherty County's district attorney says he remains confident in prosecuting grand jury indictments on murder.

APD: Teen wanted for burglary

Albany Police Department officers would like the community to help them locate accused burglar Kirshawn Beshae Lockett.

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Ex-FBI agent claims gun left in Publix restroom

The man who left a .40-caliber Sig Sauer pistol in the men’s room of the Lee County Publix has come forward to retrieve his weapon.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: UGA plays fantasy football

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Georgia's perceived easy football schedule next season.

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Higher expectations

Peach Belt Conference teams are remembering how much success last year’s Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team had, and the Hurricanes, who have to deal with higher expectations after winning the PBC last season, are getting everybody’s best shot. (ADDS: South Georgia Tech gearing for trip to Albany; Gaines stepping up for Albany Tech; Darton wrestler Hicks wins title in Ohio)

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Chehaw closes for tree thinning

Roughly 1,000 trees are being cleared out of Chehaw through Jan. 27 in an effort to maintain the overall health of plant life at the park.

Robert Cross, Lincoln pick up state awards

Two Dougherty County schools are recognized for achievement during the 2010-11 school year.

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Gunfire leads to arrest (Updated 11:00)

Police call in SWAT team after domestic incident

A gunshot during a domestic disturbance leads to a SWAT response, negotiations and an arrest Wednesday night.

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Energy expert touts state's alternative fuel options

Jill Stuckey says that foreign companies are investing billions into U.S. companies who are producing alternative fuels.

Jill Stuckey says that foreign companies are investing billions into U.S. companies that are producing alternative fuels.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 19, 2012

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Former GBI specialist launches campaign for Dougherty Coroner

Michael Fowler says he's assisted with investigations from the flood in 1994 to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A former specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told supporters Monday he intends to run for Dougherty County Coroner.

Oscar Wills, Jr.

Mr. Oscar Ray Wills, Jr., age 89, passed away late Monday evening, January 16, 2012

Billie Knight

Billie Knight of Albany, GA died Wednesday, January 18, 2012

William Reynolds

Mr. William Charles Reynolds, 81, of Sylvester died Wednesday January 18, 2012

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Bomb threat empties two police stations

An anonymous bomb threat leads police to evacuate headquarters and the Broad Avenue precinct office.

Leona Ecord

Leona Brown Ecord, 82, of Jacksonville, FL died January 17, 2012

Opal Larson

Opal Lee Clinton Pippins Larson, 82, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Demolition of Heritage House property may be near

City officials say they intend to demolish the Heritage House in the coming weeks.

Outstanding test scores bring recognition to 370 Georgia schools

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that 370 Georgia public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2010-2011 school year. Two Dougherty County Schools are on the list.

Gail Baucom

Gail Tillery-Baucom, 70, of Putney, passed away, Saturday, January 14, 2012

Aldonia Simmons

Mrs. Aldonia Simmons, 88, of Bainbridge died on January 17, 2012

Maggie Close

Mrs. Maggie Close, 69, of Bainbridge died on January 18, 2012

Michael Jones

Michael "Mike" Jones, 57, of Abbeville, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Divers suspend cruise liner search

Work was suspended Wednesday on the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the wreckage shifted.

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Falcons tap Nolan to lead defense

Former Dolphins defensive coordinator and 49ers head coach Mike Nolan is hired to take over the Atlanta Falcons' defense Tuesday, while offensive line coach Paul Boudreau is let go.

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AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: As Patriots’ TE hype grows, Ravens had better not forget about Welker

Hey Ravens ... remember Wes Welker, the NFL’s leading receiver this season? Well, try not to overlook him come Sunday in the AFC title game just because New England’s bruising tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, have been doing most of the heavy lifting during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run.

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Herald No. 1 Westover girls roll by No. 4 Americus to improve to 17-0

The Lady Patriots dominated their long-awaited showdown with the Lady Panthers on Tuesday night to remain perfect on the season, while the Westover boys edge the Panthers by two points in a pair of Region 1-AAA showdowns.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: ASU women lick Lane — despite 35 turnovers

The Lady Rams improve to 5-8 overall and 5-4 in the conference as former Bainbridge star April Thomas leads the way with a career-high 29 points. (ADDS: items on Albany State men, South Georgia Tech women, Albany Tech women, Albany Tech men and Andrew College women).

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Pelham girls pummel Miller, win 15th straight

The Herald No. 3-ranked Lady Hornets are rolling right now as they win their 15th game in a row Tuesday night in a big region showdown with Miller County, 61-40, behind 21 points from Octavia Kierce.

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You better call Tyrone

Albany’s Tyrone Culbreth has the game of his life Tuesday — 18 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks — as The Herald No. 1 Indians do what no team has been able to this season: beat No. 2 Early County in Blakely.

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PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Deerfield boys whip Westfield on road

Ramello Carter scores 20 points to lead Deerfield to a 61-58 win against Westfield, improving the Knights' record to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in the region. (ADDS: items on Deerfield girls, Dougherty girls, Worth County girls, Mitchell County girls, Westwood girls, Crisp County girls, Seminole County girls, Baker County girls, Bainbridge boys, Randolph-Clay boys, Crisp Academy girls, Bainbridge girls, Randolph-Clay girls, Terrell Academy girls, SGA girls, Calhoun County girls, Calhoun County boys, Westwood boys, Sherwood boys and Sherwood girls)

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Darton College softball team inks eight new players for 2012-13 season

Lady Cavs coach David Dews went as far away as Wisconsin to bring in the next wave of Darton softball players, who signed their national letters-of-intent Tuesday.