News for Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Joe Johnson scores 30 as Hawks beat Raptors

Joe Johnson has averaged 30 points in his past four games against Toronto and continued that trend Tuesday night with a season-high 30 in Atlanta's 100-77 victory.

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Georgia’s Garner expecting signing day drama

There should be plenty of drama today when several last-minute prep football recruits with offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech make their decisions.

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Lovers pen lifetime of hopes, dreams

A dinner-and-a-play fundraiser benefiting Theatre Albany provides an entertaining alternative for Valentine’s Day.

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TASERs, stun guns are self defense options

As the Sheriff of Dougherty County I have the opportunity to speak to many civic groups and organizations throughout our community.

High African art curator to lecture at AMA

One of the nation’s top experts on African art will speak at a free event Thursday at the Albany Museum of Art.

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Second Turtle Mini Race takes float

Saturday’s event is a warmup for the big turtle race during Albany’s Mardi Gras festivities.

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Darton presents mystery theater event

Step back in time and help solve a crime in 1932 Atlantic City.

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Writings prove sentimental side

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. And in this assessment, I was not alone. He was a man’s man with a generous heart and compassionate spirit but sentiment seemed to have no place in his life.

Judge stays inmate's scheduled execution

A judge on Tuesday halted the execution of a Georgia man less than an hour before he was set to die for the 2001 murders of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, acting after the inmate signaled he would file a new round of appeals.

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ATC awards best of the best

Selecting the best student and the best instructor from a field of its best, Albany Technical College honors two Tuesday night.

Wounded soldiers come to hunt in Edison this weekend

The 5th annual Purple Heart Outdoor Tour brings together wounded soldiers for a south Georgia quail hunt.

City job fair announced

City officials said Tuesday morning that they will hold a job fair at the Albany Civic Center March 8.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 1, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 33 incidents

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Mitt's millions skew candidate's perspective

A door opens to the Oval Office at the White House in early February of 2013. President Romney is talking with members of his inner circle.

Courthouse threat under investigation

uthorities are currently trying to track down a man they say called in a bomb threat to the Dougherty County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

Women drivers seeing DUIs rise

If you were asked to guess which sex gets more charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, more than likely you would guess males.

Incarceration alone doesn't solve problem

"Fathers Challenge Sentences ..." I concur with basic question: How can they possibly keep their child-support paid up if they are incarcerated?

Two jailed for sex crimes

A man called a predator by the Dougherty County district attorney left jail on a $10,000 bond Tuesday, the same day he was arrested for sex crimes with an 11-year-old girl.

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U.S. tour planned for Byne event

A local private Christian school will showcase its facilities and classroom activities during a unique open house.

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'Courageous' DVD debuts at No. 1

"Courageous," the fourth film to be released by Sherwood Pictures, opened in theaters last September.

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Romney wins big in Florida

Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Despite the one-sided setback, the former House speaker vowed to press on.

Senate OKs ending ban on silencers in hunting

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‘Volcanos’ delight students

Dougherty County School System Superintendent Joshua Murfree watches as science projects gush, ooze, fizzle and sputter.

Squawk of the day - Feb. 1, 2012

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Hubert Adams

Hubert W. Adams, 87, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, died January 29, 2012

Ginger Watson

Mrs. Ginger Watson, 61, of Leesburg died Monday Jan 30, 2012

Patricia LaMar

Patricia J. LaMar, 67, of Heber Springs, AR, passed away January 4, 2012

Caroline Hamburg

Mrs. Caroline Ruby Flack Hamburg, 82, of Nottingham Way in Albany died January 31, 2012

Mary Fulmer

Mary C. Fulmer, 95 of Albany, GA died Monday, January 30, 2012

Mary Wills

Mrs. Mary Mathis Willis 83 of Albany died on Monday January 30, 2012

Emma Jones

Mrs. Emma Jean Laster Jones of Sumter County died on January 26, 2012

Mildred Mills

Mildred L. Mills, 82, of Utica, New York formerly of Miller County, GA passed away Jan 29, 2012

Virtis Dorminy

Virtis Young Dorminy, 85, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Magdelene Volner

Magdalene Broome Volner, 74, of Montezuma, Georgia died Monday, January 30, 2012

Barney Barfield

Barney Bob Barfield, 79, of Pelham, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Joel C. Williams

Mr. Joel C. Williams 89, of Albany died Monday, January 30, 2012

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Edwards recuses himself from Baker school lunch fraud case

But Dougherty DA says his office will handle any potential CRCT cheating prosecutions

Dougherty Country District Attorney Greg Edwards has recused himself from the school lunch fraud case of Morningside Elementary Principal Gloria Baker and her husband, John

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Group launches online petition to save bridge

The Broad Avenue Bridge was condemned by the Georgia DOT after major damage to the footings was discovered.

A group trying to save the Broad Avenue bridge from demolition has launched an online-petition meant to help sway public opinion and convince local and state government leaders to spare the city's oldest bridge.

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City-sponsored job fair announced

Businesses or agencies seeking employees are asked to call the city's Community and Economic Development Office

City officials said Tuesday morning that they will hold a job fair at the civic center March 8.

Consumer confidence retreats in January

Consumer confidence retreated in January after two straight months of big gains.

Amy Davidson

Amy Denise Davidson, 46, of Cuthbert died on January 30, 2012

Raymond Brown

Raymond Brown, 71, of Albany died on January 29, 2012

James Nicholson

Mr. Nicholson died January 30, 2012

Nathaniel Harris

Mr. Nathaniel Harris (46) of Americus died January 30, 2012

Two education voucher bills could be headed for floor votes

Two school voucher bills could be moving to the floor of the state Senate for a vote.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Deerfield, Southland sending 21 total wrestlers to GISA State Tournament on Friday in Macon; SGA boys, girls hoops win; Albany Tech men, women sweep East Georgia

Deerfield and Southland had several wrestlers win region titles recently and several more qualify for the GISA State Tournament, which begins Friday in Macon.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI: The countdown begins

It’s been four years since the Giants did the unthinkable and beat the seemingly unstoppable Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, 17-14, as the two teams are now just six days away from one of the most highly anticipated rematches in NFL history.

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Braves: Time to move on from 2011 late-season collapse

With workouts taking place this week at Turner Field and 2012 spring training just two weeks away, it didn’t take long before those Braves returning were asked about how they’re going to get past what happened at the end of last season.

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: Ex-Ga. Tech coach Cremins has the will to carry on

Herald Guest Columnist Furman Bisher writes this week about his good friend and former Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Bobby Cremins, who he wished well as Cremins --- now the coach at College of Charleston --- took a medical leave for the rest of the season late last week due to an indisclosed illness.