News for Monday, January 9, 2012

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Plans must include dropout prevention

For over 25 years, high school dropouts have been able to attend America's technical colleges with financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education based on a specific provision within the Pell Grant Program.

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Target renovations feature ‘PFresh’ concept

Target is renovating its retail store on Dawson Road to include more fresh and frozen food items.

Iran playing deadly games

If nothing else, Iran is consistent ... at least as far as smokescreens, misdirection and outright lies.

Garbage issue stalled for now

A Lee County citizen is arrested for failure to appear in court to answer to charges he owed back garbage fees.

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Investigation ongoing in Tift murder

A suspect remains at large for the death of David Tyrone Barnes of Tifton.

Attorney to look into lunch situations

James Fleissner will investigate and inform the Dougherty County School Board of its options in a recent lunch controversy.

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Become comfortable with our stuff

It can be hard to look at ourselves when things are not going the way we want them to in our lives. It is much easier to look outside ourselves at everyone else around us.

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Dougherty County picks 2011 Officer of the Year

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek, right, presents Officer Robert Richards with a plaque for being selected by his peers as the department’s 2011 Officer of the Year. Cheek said that Richards has used his 6-foot-7-inch frame to keep Dougherty County safe, giving more than 2,000 citations and issuing more than 1,000 warnings.

Spike in oil prices forces increase in road costs

The Dougherty County Public Works department says that resurfacing roads in the county will cost $68,000 more than budgeted.

Teen injured in assault

Boy injured attempting to stop fight.

Supreme Court rules in Miller, Crisp cases

The High Court reverses lower court decisions regarding Miller County commissioners doing business with the county and a 23-year-old drug plea in Crisp County.

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Hubbard sworn in as mayor

Outgoing mayor Willie Adams thanks commissioners, staff and the public for entrusting eight years to him in the office.

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On The Job with Wendy Wilson

“On the Job with ...” is a weekly Sunday Inc. series, spotlighting area business owners and executives. Today’s interview is with Wendy Wilson, director of alumni affairs at Albany State University.

Martha Johnson

Martha Irene Hilliard Johnson, 72, of Camilla, died Saturday, January 7, 2012

Donald Holt

Donald Wayne Holt, 72, of Albany, passed away peacefully at Willson Hospice House on Sunday Jan. 8, 2012

Arthur Holcombe, III

Mr. Arthur "Sonny" Webb Holcombe, III, age 63, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012

Philip Frosteg

Philip "Huck" Frosteg, 93, of Pelham died on January 8, 2012

Debra Hernandez

Debra Jo Jones Hernandez, 54, of Mobile, AL, passed away January 7, 2012

Lloyd Prentice

Lloyd Linford Prentice was born March 13, 1919 ...

Claude DeVane

Mr. Claude Victor "Vic" DeVane, 50, of Sylvester died Sunday January 8, 2012

Clifford Butler, Jr.

Clifford Butler, Jr., 74, of Albany died Monday, January 9, 2012

White House chief of staff resigning

William Daley is resigning as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

Bobby Luster

Mr. Bobby Lee Luster, 68, of Albany died on January 9, 2012

Willie Williams

Mrs. Willie Dean Williams, 91, of Albany died Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Sleep Inn death ruled a suicide

Police were called to an Albany hotel on Monday in reference to a deceased woman found in one of the rooms.

Hi-King White

Infant Hi-King Bernard White of Albany died January 8, 2012

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Dougherty County ends FY 2011 $1.8 million under budget

An independent auditor who reviewed the financial documents of the Dougherty County government for fiscal year 2011 told commissioners Monday that his company found "no major issues" with the county's bookkeeping.

Leon Vickerson

Mr. Leon Vickerson, 70, of Albany died on January 8, 2012

Jessie Henderson

Mr. Jessie Henderson, 68, of Albany died on January 8, 2012

Ben Streeter

Mr. Ben Streeter, 65, of Waycross,Ga. departed this life Sunday January 8, 2012

Iran sentences American man to death

An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday.

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Woods’ ex-coach to publish tell-all book

“The Big Miss,” a book written by Hank Haney about his six years as Tiger Woods’ swing coach, is set to hit shelves March 27 — one week before the Masters — and promises to be an inside look at Woods’ collapse on and off the golf course.

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No. 16 Georgia women rout SEC rival Auburn, 70-45

Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell lead No. 16 Georgia past Auburn on Sunday as the Lady Bulldogs rebounds from an embarrassing loss to No. 6 Tennessee earlier this week.

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Former Worth County star Williams out of hospital after scary head injury suffered during K-State’s Cotton Bowl loss Friday

Former Worth County star and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Meshak Williams is out of the hospital and back with his Kansas State teammates after being carted off the field and taken to the hospital right before halftime of Friday night's Cotton Bowl matchup against Arkansas.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Alabama kicker Foster tries to put woeful first meeting out of mind heading into rematch

Cade Foster’s three crucial misses in the first meeting against LSU cost Alabama dearly, but heading into the rematch tonight, all Foster can do is hope he gets a chance at redemption.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP -- NOTEBOOK: SEC commish thinks playoff may be coming; two Ga. football fans die on way to title game

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says there will be serious talk this offseason about turning the BCS end-of-the-year format into a four-team playoff.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Must-see TV as LSU, ’Bama battle for title tonight

It may not have been the most popular pick by the BCS committee, but like it or not, the rematch between heavyweights No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will happen tonight in the national title game in New Orleans as a new champion of college football will be crowned.

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AFC WILD CARD: Tebow to Tech’s Thomas lifts Broncos past Steelers in OT stunner

Tim Tebow plays the game of his life Sunday as he caps it with an 80-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime to former Georgia Tech star Demaryius Thomas to lift the Broncos past the Steelers, 29-23, for a stunning AFC wild-card upset.