News for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Freestyle skier Sarah Burke dead at 29

Sarah Burke was an X Games star with a grass-roots mentality -- a daredevil superpipe skier who understood the risks inherent to her sport and the debt she owed to it.. The pioneering Canadian freestyler, who helped get superpipe accepted into the Olympics, died Thursday.

Former Deerfield baseball star Fordham, 31, dies in Fla. house fire

Former Deerfield-Windsor and UGA standout baseball player Christopher Fordham, 31, is killed in a house fire in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Virginia hammers Georgia Tech, 70-38

Georgia Tech is embarrassed by Virginia, 70-38, Thursday night as the Yellowjackets have their lowest scoring game since 1982.

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AFC/NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTEBOOK: Ailing QBs Brady, Manning return to practice Thursday

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who missed Wednesday’s practice with a sore shoulder — his non-throwing shoulder — was back on the field Thursday, while Giants QB Eli Manning, who was sent home from practice Wednesday with a stomach bug, also returned to practice Thursday as both signal callers get set for their respective conference championship games Sunday.

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Chamber holds annual meeting, combines music and message

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce conducts its 102nd annual meeting at the Darton College Cavalier Arena.

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Peanut growers hoping for enhanced research

Calls begin for $1 increase in peanut checkoff to fund better research.

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Roddick retires after injury at Australian Open

Andy Roddick is out of the Australian OPen after leaving after three sets in his second-round game against Lleyton Hewitt.

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Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh?: Two brothers just one win away from sibling rivalry Super Bowl

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his brother, John Harbaugh — the coach of the Ravens — are each one win away from a sibling Super Bowl and NFL history.

Southwest Georgia man charged in loan fraud scheme

Federal authorities charge Joseph W. Jordan, Southeastern Farm Brokers owner, in what they contend is a $3.4 million loan fraud and bribery scheme.

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Pursuit of perfection

Westover’s girls put their unbeaten record on the line Saturday night against Class AAAAA Tift County at ABAC as the Herald’s No. 1 Lady Patriots continue on their quest for an undefeated season. (ADDS: notebook items on Dougherty, Lee County playing without home gyms; Worth's new girls hoops coach; big weekend for area teams).

National Merit Award presented at Boys & Girls Club meeting

After 47 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany spans generations at its Annual Stakeholders Meeting.

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Model Railroad Club set for 21st annual show, sale

The Flint River Model Railroad Club will host its annual train show and sale this weekend.

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Barfield paces Terrall Academy girls past rival Westwood

In a battle of two of GISA’s top girls teams, Alex Barfield scores 17 points to lead Terrell Academy in a narrow 47-41 win against Westwood on Thursday night in Dawson.

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Slow growth expected during 2012

Editors Note: This is the first in a 3-part series on the state's economic forecast.

Albany managed to add more than 1,000 jobs in 2011, officials say.

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: The Braves can dream, can’t they?

Herald Guest Columnist Furman Bisher looks ahead to spring training for the Atlanta Braves, who Bisher thinks could be in for a big year after a late collapse last season left a bitter taste in their mouths.

Phoebe North transition continues

Officials with Phoebe Putney Health System are planning for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe North to be operating under one license by Aug. 1.

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Surprise, surprise: Hawks soaring without Horford

When All-Star center Al Horford went down with a serious shoulder injury recently, many thought the Hawks were doomed, but they’ve suddenly surged to first place in the East and actually look better than ever.

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Pit bulls kill dog, cat

Neighbors want pit bulls off the street in the 2500 block of Cherokee Drive near the Sylvester Highway.

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Bible still an inspiring read

Have you considered reading through the Bible this year?

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Dougherty County Jail Report Jan. 12-19, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 12-19, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Peanut research can’t fall away

Keeping ahead of the curve is what America has been known for over the years, and even in belt-tightening times we can’t afford to not look years down the road.

Be careful to avoid political deceivers

In a letter to the editor, Doris Stevenson of Albany says to be careful to avoid political deceivers.

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The cruel gaze of inspection stings

My recent column about Michelle Obama, which I wrote to counter the negative responses to Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas,” apparently has been misinterpreted by some.

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So much for a populist GOP

Members of the tea party insisted they were turning the GOP into a populist, anti-establishment bastion.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Jan. 20, 2012

APD responds to at least 28 incidents.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 20, 2012

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William Reynolds

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret), William Charles Reynolds, 81, of Sylvester died Wednesday January 18, 2012

Billie Knight

Billie Jean Barfield Knight, 72, of Albany, GA died Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Irene Davis

Irene Stripling Hubble Davis, 100, formerly of Albany, died Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bobar Smith

Mrs. Bobar J. Smith of Sylvester, Georgia, who departed this life on Monday, January 16, 2012

Christopher Fordham

Christopher Mark Fordham, 31, of Jacksonville, Fl. died Jan. 15 2012

Margaret Bridges

Margaret Pugh Bridges, 92, of Cuthbert died on January 17, 2012

Mary Jenkins

Mrs. Mary Ann Jenkins,73, Meigs, Ga passed on January 16, 2012

Amos Lewis

Mr. Amos Lewis,69, of Meigs, Ga passed on January 16, 2012

Johnnie Jones

Mrs. Johnnie Dell Jones of Edison died on January 19, 2012

Katie Johnson

Mrs. Katie Johnson, 92, of Edison died on January 12, 2012

Tilmon Milner

Mr. Tilmon Milner, 97, of Albany died Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jessie D. Thomas

Mr. Jessie Dee Thomas, 66, of Albany died Monday, January 16, 2012

Marion Griggs, Jr.

Bro. Marion Griggs, 64, of Georgetown, GA died at Vista Care Hospice in Columbus, GA on Monday, January 16, 2012

Dorothy Gray

Ms. Dorothy E. Gray 79 of Valdosta,Ga departed this life on Friday January 13, 2012

Ted White

Ted White, 67, of Blakely died on January 18, 2012

Katie Hogan

Katie Maude Hogan, 76, died January 14, 2012

Sheryl Kirkland

Mrs. Sheryl Ruis Kirkland, age 45 of Oak Park, died Monday, January 16, 2012

U.S. Attorney's Office releases criminal court decisions

The U.S. Attorney's Office disclosed court actions in Macon and Columbus

Glenice Burton

Mrs. Glenice Vernell Burton of Smithville died on January 17, 2012

Yvonne Burney

Mrs. Yvonne Wilson Burney of Smithville died on January 14, 2012

Tonya Jordan

Ms. Tonya Denisa Jordan of Stone Mountain died on January 15, 2012

Jay Brown

Mr. Jay Brown, 73, of Dawson died on January 18, 2012

Perry dropping out of GOP race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is abandoning his presidential bid and endorsing Newt Gingrich.

Elton Dydell

Elton Ray "Man" Dydell, 55, died on January 10, 2012

Howard Jones

Howard H. Jones, 78, of Lumpkin died on January 16, 2012

Mary Brown

Mary Jane Brown, 74, of Cusseta died on January 11, 2012

Lonnie Jenkins

Mr. Lonnie Jenkins, 74, of Albany died on January 14, 2012

Georgia’s jobless rate decreases to 9.7 percent in December

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the third straight month in December.

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Worth County’s Lee signs with TCC

Worth County speedster Kimmy Lee, who was 23-for-23 on stolen base attempts her senior season, will continue her softball career at Tallahassee Community College.