News for Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Winter Classic good for region’s economy

The United Kennel Club Winter Classic Coon Hunt is a traditional winner for the area economy.

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21st UKC coon hunt beginning

Open to the public, the United Kennel Club Winter Classic Coon Hunt begins today at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 27, 2012

APD responds to at least 22 incidents

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Art and music to collide in Albany

Nights@Dtown is a monthly arts and music celebration in downtown Albany.

Georgia's gun laws already too loose

Georgia state legislators must not pass any additional pro-gun laws, such as allowing people to carry concealed weapons to churches, college dormitories and classrooms, and non-secured areas at Hartfield International Airport in Atlanta.

Crackdown needed on running from law

I have been tossing it around in my mind. What is the difference between aiming a gun at somebody and aiming a car?

Hospital medical staff often unsung heroes

I recently spent some time in a local hospital as a patient. During my stay, I came to respect and admire the dedication and patience of the nursing staff.

SEAL Team 6 earns praise

A daring rescue that resulted in the freeing of two Western hostages Tuesday is another example of how important surgical counterterrorist strikes have become in this new age of warfare.

Obama: No retreat, no surrender

It was to be expected that in the course of his State of the Union address, President Obama would mention the killing of Osama bin Laden, whose death represented the culmination of the battle against terrorism that began on Sept. 11, 2001.

Region’s jobless rates up

The unemployment rate for Dougherty County was 11 percent in December, up from 10.9 percent the previous month.

United Way CEO resigns

Dwayne Myles, president and CEO of the United Way of Southwest Georgia since 2007, has resigned.

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KADB holds ‘Cheers to Volunteers’ luncheon

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful recognizes the more than 34,000 volunteers who worked with the program last year.

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Lee agencies seek to stop tire dumping

The Lee Sheriff’s Office, Marshal/Code Enforcement office and Department of Natural Resources are after environmental violators.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 27, 2012

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 27, 2012

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Dougherty County jail Report Jan. 19-26,2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 19-26, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Ophelia Johns Strickland

Ophelia Johns Strickland, 100, Pelham, died January 25, 2012

Freddie Lee Taylor

Freddie Lee Taylor, 99, Cuthbert, died January 22, 2012

Eddie Louis Scott

Eddie Luis Scott, 74, Cuthbert, died January 20, 2012

Willie J. Reid

Willie J. Reid, 93, Richland, died January 22, 2012

Amanda Humber Knighton

Amanda Humber Knighton, 91, Lumpkin, died January 24, 2012

Bernice Harris Hayes

Mrs. Bernice Harris Hayes, 79, died January 22, 2012

Johnnie Dell Jones

Johnnie Dell Jones, 83, Edison, died January 19, 2012

Willie Lee Moore

Willie Lee Moore, 67, Pelham, died January 20, 2012

Mamie Foster

Mamie Foster, 90, Albany, died January 25, 2012

William Alfred Hicks

William Alfred Hicks, 65, died January 22, 2012

Ada Carolyn Taylor Hayes

Ada Carolyn Taylor Hayes, 88, Albany, died January 25, 2012

Margarett Alice Bruce Mullis

Margarett Alice Bruce Mullis, died November 9, 2011

Raymond Redmon

Raymond Redmon, died January 22, 2012

Shyteria Williams

Shyteria Williams, Albany, died January 25, 2012

Sherry Dean Pickett

Sherry Dean Pickett, 55, Dawson, died January 24, 2012

Willie Bruce Curry, Jr.

Willie Bruce Curry, Jr., 53, died January 25, 2012

Nathan L. Trotter

Nathan Lucius Trotter, 91, Dawson, died January 26, 2012

Joann Worthy Davis

Joann Worthy Davis, 43, Meigs, died January 22, 2012

David Wyatt Thomas

David Wyatt Thomas, 46, Albany, died January 26, 2012

Annie M. Taylor

Annie M. Taylor, 93, Atlanta, died January 21, 2012

Christine Rasberry

Christine Rasberry, 91, Martin, LA, died January 25, 2012

Madeleine Lisenbee

Madeleine Lisenbee, Albany, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jay Brown

Jay Brown, 73, Terrell County, died January 18, 2012

Geoffrey D. Hemphill

Geoffrey D. Hemphill, Leesburg, died January 25, 2012

Stacey H. Kelley

Stacey H. Kelley, 51, Georgetown, died January 25, 2012

Annie Lee Davis

Annie Lee Davis, 57, died January 22, 2012

Melvin H. Anderson

Melvin Huellett Anderson, 52, Albany, died January 20, 2012

Ceolia Mae Thomas Fowler

Ceolia Mae Thomas Fowler, 91, Albany, died January 23, 2012

Nora Genevieve Everett

Nora Genevieve Everett, 86, Albany, died January 25, 2012

Ossie L. Glispie

Ossie Lee Glispie, 92, Albany, died January 22, 2012

Rose Lee Brown Calloway

Rose Lee Brown Calloway, 55, Metter, GA, died January 24, 2012

Marie Moseley Arnold

Marie Moseley Arnold, 68, Albany, died January 23, 2012

J. T. Fluellen

J. T. Fluellen, 67, Titusville, FL, died January 20, 2012

Rosa Mae Barnes

Rosa Mae Barnes, 77, Albany, died January 19, 2012

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Don't be afraid to ask questions

I write in praise of asking questions. (Who asked the first question in the Bible? Click on Creede's column and take the quiz to find out.)

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Sources: City, WG&L close to deal for Suntrust Bank Building

If bought, the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission would move its offices from the former Hotel Gordon to the new location at 410 West Broad Avenue.

WG&L officials met recently with city commissioners in a closed-door meeting.

Dow approaches highest level since 2008 crisis (Updated 3:00 p.m.)

The Dow Jones industrial average was trading near its highest close since the 2008 financial crisis Thursday.

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Without true home court, Ga. Tech men’s hoops struggling through terrible season

The Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team’s lack of a home gym — which draws a shockingly sparse crowd for every home game — seems to be adding fuel to the fire of Georgia Tech’s dismal season, which has the program just 8-12 overall and last in the ACC.

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Simply soaring

The Lady Jets continue to dominate Region XVII opponents, running their region record to 10-0 with a 72-45 victory against host Albany Tech on Wednesday, while the South Georgia Tech men also win. (ADDS: item on SGT men beating Albany Tech with second-half surge)

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Albany boxer Roscoe hopes trip to Macon ends with spot in Summer Olympics

Albany amateur boxer Terry Roscoe heads to the state championships in Macon today, hoping to win the 165-pound title and advance to the Summer Olympics qualifier in Colorado Sprinds, Colo., next month.

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Auburn: We will replace poisoned Toomer’s Corner trees if they die

The pitiful-looking oak trees at Toomer's Corner --- which were allegedly poisoned by a crazed Alabama fan last season --- will be replaced, Tigers president Jay Gogue says Wednesday.

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Albany Sports Hall of Fame seeks new nominees

The 26th annual Albany Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is just a few months away, but the HOF selection committee wants to remind local athletes and those who nominate them to continue to submit resumés for consideration.

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Spurs rout Hawks by 22

San Antonio hands Atlanta an ugly, ugly road loss Wednesday night, 105-83.

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Pats, Giants masters of 4-minute offense heading into Super Bowl

If there’s one thing New York and New England do better than any other teams in the NFL, it’s stepping on the gas with a lead, rather than sitting back and hoping to run out the clock — a trend that will continue in Super Bowl XLVI.