News for Tuesday, January 3, 2012


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Sheriff’s office has a busy 2011

Happy New Year! Is it just me or do you find it hard to believe that 2011 has come and gone? As we forge ahead into 2012, I want to share some of the accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office during last year.

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Time stands still for this coastal fishing village

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the forties when it had its beginnings.

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Chehaw hosting three-day Frontier Festival

The three-day event recalls life in the frontier days.

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‘We’ is a word not often used in accomplishments

The text from my friend, Stevie, popped up on my phone. “We made the Hall of Fame! Woo Hoo!!!”

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Vultures invade south Lee County

Residents say hundreds of black turkey vultures have invaded their south Georgia neighborhood.

Man sentenced in vehicular homicide case

A man convicted in August of killing Roosevelt Cooley in a downtown crash has been ordered to serve 10 years of a 20 year sentence, officials say.

Albany church to offer classes

irst Baptist Church of Albany will be offering several new courses beginning today.

Impaired driver arrested following wreck

A Camilla man was arrested after a wreck in East Albany just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

If the tennis shoe fits, then wear it

One squawker says the running roosters in their fancy tennis shoes are adding to our population. This fancy tennis show is by far the most comfortable type of shoe.

With age comes some youthful reflection

When you reach a certain age, you contemplate about the past and selected people of your youth or younger days.

Jurisdiction the issue on street littering

I have long wondered why there is always so much paper and trash along the Dawson Road.

Politicians dimming the light of America

America is not what it used to be -- people locking up its citizens in the streets, 14 million out of work, people losing homes and can't pay their taxes.

Iowans shortsighted on Gingrich campaign

Forgive my handwriting. I stumbled and fell on the carpet, injuring my right hand slightly. However, my pain is nothing compared to my disgust for the Iowa caucus.

Transportation, business top chamber’s legislative agenda

The Georgia General Assembly is set to convene for its 2012 session on Jan. 9.

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Rachals announces re-election bid

Lee County’s sheriff has drawn opposition from a former deputy as the county’s top lawman seeks a second term in office.

Iowa caucuses serve a purpose

They just don't make Iowa caucuses like they used to.

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Ideological differences skew perspective

Further proof that our take on things is all about perspective, skewed though it sometimes may be: I was talking with a guy I know over the holidays about the end of 2011 and the challenges we face as a community, as a state, as a nation, even as a race of people, in 2012.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 4, 2012

Albany police responds to at least 25 incidents

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Adams: Don't play 'Russian Roulette' with appointments

The Albany City Commission will appoint members to staff positions and its various citizen boards on Jan. 25.

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Break-ins occur in northwest Albany

There have been a string of break-ins in a northwest Albany neighborhood over the last several days.

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Chamber says farewell to Glover

A gathering of business people, co-workers and friends is held to honor outgoing Albany Area Chamber CEO Catherine Glover.

Leesburg Council OKs purchase of bucket truck

Debra Long is named mayor pro tem at the Leesburg City Council's first meeting of 2012.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 4, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Ruth Ohmart

Ruth Butzin Schultz Ohmart, 95 of Albany, GA died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Scarlet Childers

Mrs. Scarlett Elese Tucker Childers, was called home by her Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 1, 2012

Edna Johnston

Edna Bledsoe Johnston, 78, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mary Nicholson

Mary Swann Nicholson, 90, of Dawson passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Julie McClung

Julie A. McClung, 39, of Leesburg, GA died Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Charlie Green, Jr.

Mr. Charlie Greene, Jr., 76, of Pelham, GA died Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tracey Bowen

Mrs. Tracey A. Bowen, 37, of Anderson City died Monday January 2, 2012

William Snead

Mr. William Jerry Snead, 68, of Albany died on January 3, 2012

Aaron Taylor, Jr.

Mr. Aaron Taylor, Jr., 87, of Tuscaloosa, AL died on January 2, 2012

Lori Adams

Mrs. Lori Ann Moore Adams, 27, of Ashburn died Tuesday January 3, 2012

Wilma Loyd

Mrs. Wilma J. Loyd, 71, of Oakfield died Tuesday January 3, 2012

Kate Owens

Kate Pendleton Lenhardt Owens, 83, of Albany, GA, died Sunday, January 1, 2012

BOE to hold special meeting

CRCT report, tribunals and other fallout expected to be discussed.

The Dougherty County School System’s school board plans to discuss tribunals and fallout from the CRCT scandal at a called meeting.

Epsie Love

Ms. Epsie Love, 48, of Albany died on January 2, 2012

John Griffin

John E. Dutch, 86, of Fitzgerald died January 2, 2012

Clyde Johnson

Clyde Johnson 75 of Newton,GA passed away Dec 29, 2011

Camilla plant emerges from bankruptcy

A Camilla ethanol plant’s president says the company is looking forward to a bright future.

Joe Franklin, Sr.

Deacon Joe Hilton Franklin, Sr. of Plains died on December 31, 2011

Ima Nichols

Mrs. Nichols passed away Monday in Snellville