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Safety first

That’s all the Falcons could muster Sunday — a measly ol’ safety, which they scored to take a 2-0 lead against the Giants in their NFC wild-card duel, then got outscored 24-0 the rest of the way to send Atlanta packing its bags back to Georgia early in the NFL playoffs ... again.

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 9, 2012

Squawk of the Day - Jan. 9, 2012

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Nice guys clashing, but Romney best bet

Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have a little problem. Both are too nice to be mean to each other.

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Because of Republicans, Obama has head start

It isn't every day that political candidates get asked whether the 10th Amendment allows states to nullify federal laws, but that was precisely the question Rick Santorum faced at a forum here a few days ago organized by a libertarian-leaning group.

Thumbs Up! - Jan. 9, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Chamber gala to be musical event

Entertainment at the annual meeting of the Albany Area Chamber is slated to run the musical gamut from classical to rock.

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Peanut show planned for Jan. 19

The 2012 Georgia Peanut Farm Show will celebrat 50 years of the Georgia Peanut commission.

Dinner set to honor Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting impact is honored with a dinner at the Albany Civic Center.

Evan L. Wasdin

Evan L. Wasdin, 84, died January 6, 2012

Irene Hilliard Johnson

Irene Hilliard Johnson, 72, Camilla, died January 7, 2012

Lorena Bolton Palmer

Lorena Bolton Palmer, 95, Camilla, died January 08, 2012

Luna Gray Vickers

Luna Gray Vickers, 92, Locust Grove, died January 7, 2012

Mrs. Willie Dean Williams

Willie Dean Williams, 91, Albany, died January 3, 2012

Myrtis Kelly Sims

Myrtis Kelly Sims, Americus, died January 7, 2012

William David Green

William David Green, 69, Bainbridge, died January 6, 2012

Kristy LeAnne Long & Matthew Keith Allen

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Long of Albany, GA are pleased to

Cameron Strauther Carlton & Sarah Kristen Gardner

Dr. and Mrs. William Gardner of Thomaston, Georgia,

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PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Albany hammers Monroe in showdown at Civic Center, Monroe girls beat Albany by 30; Westover sweeps Lee County

Herald No. 2 Albany High puts on a defensive clinic and beats Herald No. 3 Monroe, 53-40, in a showdown on Saturday night to top off four games at the Civic Center, where Westwood sweeps Lee County and Monroe's girls beat Albany by 30 points. (ADDS: roundup items in Pelham girls and boys, Deerfield boys and girls, Bainbridge boys and girls and Baker boys and girs).

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NFL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Saints rally, then rip Lions; Houston beats Cincy, makes franchise history

Drew Brees is simply brilliant Saturday night as he rallies the Saints from a 14-10 halftime hole against the Detroit Lions for a 45-28 win in their NFC wild-card matchup, while Houston runs away from Cincinnati in the second half of Saturday afternoon's AFC wild-card duel to advance.

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Celebrity Quail Hunt set to kick off 26th year in Southwest Georgia

The annual Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail hunt is back in Southwest Georgia for its 26th year with a lineup of celebs and festivities that is arguably the best ever.

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HERALD ALL-AREA: 2011 Albany Herald All-Area/All-Metro Football Team

See which Southwest Georgia prep football stars made the cut for The Albany Herald's 2011 All-Area and All-Metro Football Teams.

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HERALD ALL-AREA: Fans vote Worsham as People’s Choice Player of the Year

Westwood quarterback Mason Worsham caps back-to-back state titles by being voted by Southwest Georgia fans as the albanyherald.com People’s Choice Player of the Year.

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HERALD ALL-AREA: Westwood coach Worsham takes home John Reynolds Coach of the Year honors

Westwood football coach Ross Worsham, who led his team to back-to-back state championships, is the winner of The Herald’s John Reynolds Coach of the Year award.

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HERALD ALL-AREA: Lee County's Kennedy runs away with Herald Player of Year in boys cross country

Lee County’s Jacob Kennedy found a way to stay healthy this fall and shattered the school records while running away from the field with some of the best 5K times in the state to easily win The Herald’s 2011 Player of the Year in Cross Country. (ADDS: breakout of 2011 Herald All-Area Boys Cross Country Team)

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HERALD ALL-AREA: Worth slugger Ellis repeats as softball POY

Worth County catcher Haley Ellis puts the final touches on an incredible career and wins her second Herald Player of the Year in Softball award. (ADDS: breakout of 2011 Herald All-Area Softball Team)

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HERALD ALL-AREA: DWS star runner Davis’ unusual path to Albany ends with top end-of-the-year honors as POY

Deerfield-Windsor’s Mackenzie Davis left Virginia for a new life before her senior year and landed in Albany, where she has emerged as the best distance runner in the school’s history and The Herald’s 2011 Player of the Year in girls cross country. (ADDS: breakout of 2011 Herald All-Area Girls Cross Country Team).

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Barber, McMillan shine in Border Wars All-Star game

Miller County's T.T. Barber and Monroe's Vantrel McMillan win MVP honors as Georgia beats Florida, 48-20, in the Border Wars All-Star game in Tallahassee.

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ASU sweeps Fort Valley State on homecoming night

Albany State's men and women sweep Fort Valley State in key conference games on homecoming night at ASU.

ARC following ‘Grandin’ example

A visit from a well-known autism self-advocate has resulted in recognition of the increase of autism in Southwest Georgia.

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