News for Saturday, January 7, 2012


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Motorcycle, SUV collide

A motorcycle remained on the ground after its driver drove it through a sign after colliding with the SUV in the background at the entrance to the Publix Supermarket in Lee County.

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Three hurt in T-bone crash

A man sped through a stop sign and smashed into a mini-van just before 4:20 p.m. Saturday injuring three people, none fatally, police officials say.

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Southwest Georgia’s Finest

Seminole County star RB Chris Brown ended his record-breaking season as The Herald’s sports staff’s unanimous selection as the John Reynolds Player of the Year.

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Romney’s religion to remain a curiosity

Lately, Romney has begun to speak a little more openly about his church work. In a Dec. 12 Republican debate in Iowa, he mentioned his overseas missionary service and said, “I also spent time in this country, serving as a pastor in my church.” By all accounts, Romney did a lot of good in his time as a Mormon official, and that work was a significant part of his life. In the coming campaign, voters will want to know more about it.

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If not illegal, intrusion denigrates right

It would be a shame to see Turner Job Corps’ good works sullied by those who would use the sacred voting rights of individuals as a means of furthering their own selfish personal agendas.

2011 ended on a positive note

The one thing America has going for it is our resiliency. In a world where there are no guarantees, that is a critical asset.

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On the Job with Tracy Bridges

“On the Job With ...” is a weekly feature of Sunday Inc. Today’s question-and-answer session is with Dr. Tracy Bridges of Allergy & Asthma Clinics of Georgia, who shared his answers to Danny Carter.

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Hawks boounce back, rip Bulls, 109-94

The Hawks, who were ripped by the Bulls earlier in the week, bounce back and snap Chicago's six-game winning streak with a 109-94 win on Saturday in Atlanta.

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Kitchen inspections for Jan. 8, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections done in Dougherty County.

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Frontier Festival takes visitors back in time

Chehaw’s 19th annual Frontier Festival takes families back to the days of Daniel Boone.

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Is it time to dissolve WG&L Commission?

Tell 'em what you think. Vote in our poll in the story below.

The Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission is part of the city government but has its own Human Resources, IT and Finance departments.

Participants sought for Albany MS Walk

A 5K benefit walk in Albany on March 24 is one of nine being conducted across the state.

Police/EMS/Fire - Jan. 8, 2012

APD responds to at least 29 incidents

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LCSO: Thieves caught

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl stack up more than nine felonies each by stealing from unlocked vehicles.

Births Jan. 8 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Dec. 25-Jan. 3.

Masked armed robber wanted

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office asks for help in locating Friday’s Dollar General armed robber.

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Looking Back Jan. 8 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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Shopping with a baby’s a gas

Obviously, the baby was fussy. “What do you think it is?” the man, apparently the father of the little person wiggling around in a blue, padded stroller in the middle of the electronics section of Target, asked.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 8, 2012

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GBI says Tifton man murdered

David Barnes was gunned down while on Tifton’s Washington Street before 5:20 p.m. Saturday, according to initial Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports.

NAMI-Albany to hold meeting

The monthly meeting of the Albany chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness is for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoebe Northwest.

Officers graduate from academy

Brian D. Taylor and Christopher J. Termunde of the Albany Police Department were among the 15 officers who recently graduating from the 251st session of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Regional Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Extension office plans workshop

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in Dougherty County is offering a free, basic personal finance workshop Wednesday for anyone interested in starting a business.

Police, Chamber to host ID seminar

Identity theft is a common problem in the country and Southwest Georgia. To educate the public on how to protect against identity theft the Albany Police Department and the Albany Chamber of Commerce plan to host an educational presentation on the crime by the LifeLock company.

Man arrested for assault with a knife

According to Albany Police Department reports, just after midnight Saturday, an argument turned into a knife attack at 2220 S. Madison St.

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Falcons, Giants to live and die by big play in NFC wild-card matchup

The chance for either Atlanta or New York to advance in the NFL playoffs hinges on each team’s high-powered offense in today’s NFC wild-card showdown in the Big Apple.

Billy Ray Combs

Billy Ray Combs, 75, Sylvester, died January 6, 2012

Stafford Moznette

Stafford Moznette, formerly of Albany, died December 31, 2011

Anthony George Knighton

Anthony George Knighton, 50, died January 6, 2012

Lottie Mae Woodard Loper

Lottie Mae Woodard Loper, 88, Ashburn, died January 6, 2012

Laverne T. Coley

Laverne T. Coley, 71, Baconton, died January 6, 2012

Lorene Daniels

Lorene Daniels, 75, Albany, died January 6, 2012

Sharon Johnson Pettway

Sharon Johnson Pettway, Newnan, died January 5, 2012

Carrie Kendrick

Carrie M. Kendrick, 91, Albany, died January 7, 2012

William Thomas Culbreth

William Thomas Culbreth, 74, Albany, died January 5, 2012

Bertha Thompson Lindsey

Bertha Thompson Lindsey, 79, Ray City, died January 6, 2012

Eva Mae Price

Eva Mae Price, 77, Albany, died January 5, 2012

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Smith lifts Hawks past Bobcats 102-96 in OT

The Hawks lost in triple-overtime to the Miami Heat the night before, but made sure multiple extra periods wouldn't be needed against the Bobcats after scoring the first seven points of overtime against the Bobcats.

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Arkansas beats Kansas State 29-16 in Cotton Bowl

All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes after Joe Adams' fourth punt return for a TD and the Razorbacks beat No. 11 Kansas State, 29-16, in the Cotton Bowl.

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Penn State hires Bill O'Brien as football coach

Penn State makes its choice on a new head coach to replace Joe Paterno, and it's Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien -- a choice that isn't exactly popular with the Nittany Lions' fan base.

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: Peter King’s one last shot at redemption

Herald guest columnist Furman Bisher calls into question Sports Illustrated Peter Kings pick for the Falcons to reach the Super Bowl.

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Monroe girls stun Herald No. 2 Dougherty, 45-34

Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young scores 17 points to lead Monroe to victory, while the Albany girls and boys both beat Cook County.

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PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Early gets 33 from Lee, flattens Fitzgerald

Behind Justice Lee's career-high night, Early County improves 10-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with a 65-57 win against Fitzgerald. (ADDS: items on Bainbridge, Pelham, Seminole County, Calhoun County, Westwood, Randolph Southern, Early County, SGA, Deerfield)

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Herald No. 4 Pelham girls slay Seminole, win 10th straight

After losing its season opener to a much bigger Tift County program, Pelham hasn’t lost since as the Lady Hornets win their 10th game in a row Friday night in a 60-41 rout of Region 1-A rival Seminole County at home.

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Sherwood boys (8-3) breeze by Southland

The Eagles’ great start to the season continues Friday night when they blow region foe Southland off the court, 64-29, to set up a huge game Tuesday at their place against rival Deerfield.

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Nearly a stunner

Dougherty’s boys basketball team, which has struggled against city rivals all season, nearly upsets Herald No. 3 Monroe on Friday night in front of a good crowd at the Albany Civic Center.

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Americus girls drop Crisp in battle of state-ranked teams

The Herald No. 3 Lady Panthers, who are ranked No. 9 in the Class AAA state poll, pull off a mild upset of No. 8 state-ranked Crisp County on Friday night in a thriller that went down to the final shot.