News for Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 26, 2011

Albany police respond to at least 14 incidents

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We must hold leaders accountable

It has been over a decade since I left the Georgia General Assembly. It has been several years since I have even set foot in the Capitol in Atlanta. That changed this week when I attended "Publishers Day," sponsored by the Georgia Press Association.

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Answer the question, Candidate Gingrich

You may have noticed that most of the presidential debates are moderated by men, which gives female journalists like me lots of time to watch and listen.

Board vetoes principal shift over nepotism concerns

A second assistant principal is transferred to Jackson Heights Elementary on a temporary basis.

Council on Aging plans to rally for budget proposal

The total budget for the state has been cut each year for two or three years, and the cuts are taking their toll on the elderly, officials say.

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Museum of Art to honor Berry

A renowned local artist and educator will sign copies of a book that highlights his career at a Friday event.

Behavior takes paroled man back to jail

Because he failed to follow parole instructions, 34-year-old Michael Najjar's parole officer visited him at his Forest Glenn Drive residence Monday, Caryl Deems, the southwest regional director of parole, said.

Man shot in leg while on 10th Avenue

According to an Albany Police Department report, Jarrell Stroud, 17, walked north on the 1300 block of 10th Avenue at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

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Commission approves new Panther contract

The Albany Panthers won the Southern Indoor Football League championship last year.

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Barbershop owner shot

A barber closing his shop on West Highland Avenue suffers a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

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DCSS makes inroads with 2011 budget

The Dougherty County School System ended December $1.2 million under budget, officials say.

The Dougherty County School System ended December $1.2 million under budget.

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Albany Tech announces GOAL finalists

A 40-year-old father of five represented Albany Tech in the statewide Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership competition last year.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 26, 2012

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Ruth Ringstaff

Mrs. Ruth Davis White Ringstaff, 83 of Webb St. in Albany died January 24, 2012

Willie Collins

Mr. Willie Frank Collins of Sylvester, Georgia departed this life on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lillie Griffin

Lillie Mae Newton Griffin, 100, formerly of Dawson, passed away on January 23, 2012

Thelma Hancock

Mrs. Thelma Adair Hancock, 96, of Acree, Georgia died January 24, 2012

Roy Futch

Roy Futch, 74, of Leesburg, GA, died January 24, 2012

Larry Nichols

Terrell County resident, Larry Nichols, 62, passed away January 25, 2012

Emma R. Calhoun

Mrs. Emma Ruth Calhoun, 80, of Camilla died Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Annie Davis

Annie Lee Davis, 57, died January 22, 2012

Cleveland Twiggs, Sr.

Mr. Cleveland Twiggs, Sr. of Sumter County died on January 22, 2012

Pearlie Longstreet

Mrs. Pearlie Mae Wilborn Longstreet of Sumter County died on January 20, 2012

Annie Williams

Ms. Annie Williams of Sumter County died on January 24, 2012

Thelma Rasberry

Mrs. Thelma Christine Rasberry died on January 25, 2012

Diane Robinson

Mrs. Robinson died Tuesday

Teacher named in CRCT report gets retirement

Evidence used as the basis of a CRCT cheating report likely won’t be available to local officials until late February.

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Tyler belts out star-mangled banner

Boy, the AFC National Football Game Championship was quite a spectacle. Of course, I don't mean the game, but actually Steven Tyler, lead singer for Aerosmith and, of late, noted for being a judge on "American Idol," singing — or more accurately described by one commentator as "butchering" — the national anthem. (Know what a rampart is? Click on T.'s column and take the quiz to find out.)

J.C. Penney unveils three-tiered sales strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers will no longer have to wait for a sale to get the lowest prices in its stores.

Eula Matthews

Eula Nunnery Matthews, 95, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Wednesday, January 25

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Chehaw to re-open Saturday

Chehaw will host Customer Appreciation Weekend with free entry to the park.

Robert Davis

Mr. Robert Davis of Atlanta, formerly of Sumter County, died on January 24, 2012

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Sen. Sims sponsors HOPE bill

Bills filed Tuesday give students and families a look at changes proposed by Democrats for the state's HOPE college scholarship.

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UGA baseball to begin season ranked No. 11

Along with the Baseball America ranking, the Bulldogs check in at No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Kentucky beats Georgia, 57-44; Miami handles Georgia Tech, 64-49

Kentucky's Daruis Miller comes off the bench to lead the Wildcats past Georgia, and Miami has no trouble beating Georgia Tech on a long night for Peach State teams.

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Report: Cairo’s Bench headed to Penn State

Steven Bench left Bainbridge High for the Bearcats’ neighboring rival, Cairo, after spring practice last offseason, and now he is switching his college commitment from Rice to Penn State.

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SEC hoops coaches complain about ESPN’s scheduling

Several SEC men’s basketball coaches think ESPN is playing favorites to powerhouse Kentucky by scheduling their games on Saturdays against other SEC schools that have just played two nights earlier on Thursdays.

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Herald No. 4 Westover boys edge city rival Dougherty, 47-43, at Civic Center

A Dequan Green lay-in with 13 seconds left seals a 47-43 victory for Westover as the Patriots keep pace with Region 1-AAA leader Monroe.

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20-0 — with just a few more to go

Super 6er Ieshia Young has a big fourth quarter to lead Herald No. 1 Westover to a 51-41 win against No. 2 Dougherty and improve the Lady Patriots’ perfect record to 20-0.

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Herald No. 3 Tornadoes slip by Cougars, 62-57

Monroe's bench rises up Tuesday at the Albany Civic Center and leads the Tornadoes past a dangerous Crisp County team, 62-57, in a crucial Region 1-AAA battle.

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LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: ASU men, women return home, swept by LeMoyne-Owen

The Albany State men’s and women’s basketball teams came into Tuesday night’s games surging in conference play, but in front of a big home crowd at HPER both squads get beat by LeMoyne-Owen. (ADDS: Darton women beating East Georgia).

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TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 AHS boys flatten Fitzgerald, set up huge game vs. Cook

The Herald No. 1 Indians crush Fitzgerald on Tuesday at home, but now have to travel to Cook on Friday for a huge Region 1-AA game that will go a long way to shaping the championship game. (ADDS: Albany girls, Pelham girls and girls; Lee County boys, Westwood boys and girls, Randolph Southern boys and girls; SGA boys and girls; Calhoun boys and girls; Deerfield boys and girls; Bainbridge boys and girls; Early County boys and girls, Baker County girls, Worth County boys, Sherwood boys and girls; Terrell Academy girls and Terrell County boys and girls).

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Monroe girls get revenge, chop down Crisp County

Herald No. 4 Monroe overcomes a tough night shooting to upset Crisp County on Tuesday, 52-44, at the Albany Civic Center.

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Giants admit they targeted 49ers goat Williams

Comments made after the game by members of the Giants -- that they purposely targeted concussion-prone 49ers returner and WR Kyle Williams, who almost single-handedly cost San Francisco the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl -- will not be reviewed by the league, the NFL said Tuesday.

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Tigers land Prince Fielder

The race ends Tuesday to land baseball's most coveted free agent, Prince Fielder, who opts to leave Milwaukee and sign with Detroit -- the same team his father, Cecil, once starred with -- for nine years and a whopping $214 million.