News for Wednesday, July 11, 2012


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New process for drivers licenses causing delays

A Homeland Security measure mandates new drivers or those renewing their drivers licenses to provide additional ID documents.

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Phoebe ‘replaces’ Palmyra tax

Phoebe Putney Health System officials say they will be making payments to be used for the same purposes as ad valorem tax.

Mitchell County trials put guilty in prison this trial term

According to information from District Attorney Joseph Mulholland in the South Georgia District five cases were handled recently in the circuit.

Elect those who'll put Americans to work

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Leesburg encourages others to elect those who'll put Americans to work.

Lane Price will work to improve schools

In a letter to the editor, Charles M. Mendenhall, M.D., says that Lane Price will work to improve schools.

Darrisaw best choice for State Court judge

In a letter to the editor, F.D. Hand Jr. says that Darrisaw best choice for State Court judge.

Obama re-election would mean 'the end'

In a letter to the editor, Warren D. Grant of Albany says that Obama's re-election would mean 'the end.'

Dougherty government should cut spending

In a letter to the editor, Joseph Davis of Albany says that Dougherty County's government should cut spending.

Squawk of the Day - July 12, 2012

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Stossell solution makes a lot of sense

In order to get the correct answer to anything, one must ask the right question. That is what former ABC News and current Fox News TV host John Stossel does on his weekly program. If ever there was "must see-TV," this is it.

Phoebe group backs unit for women, children

Since Palmyra Medical Center, now Phoebe North, was acquired last year, discussions had been ongoing concerning the long-term future of the facility.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 12, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 56 incidents.

Albany Tech receives Dollar General and USDA grants

The grants totaling $64,000 will be used for GED testing and medical equipment purchases.

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Maybe there's an award for the most trophies

Last week, I went down to Destin, Fla., to attend the Georgia Press Association's awards dinner. The awards dinner is designed to give awards to newspapers for excellence in coverage, articles written, editorials, etc. I was a beneficiary of one of the awards and will not bore you with the details. Rather, I noticed a growing trend concerning awards.

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KC Masterpiece

The National League pounds the American League, 8-0, on Tuesday night in the MLB All-Star Game thanks — in part — to a run scored by Leesburg native and Giants catcher Buster Posey, while the fans in Kansas City send Chipper Jones off in style with a standing ovation, then Jones responds with a hit.

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Luke Bryan apologizes for National Anthem performance

Luke Bryan is saying sorry for his performance during Major League Baseball's All-Star game.

Agnes Parker

Agnes Hansen Parker, 97, of Highland View, FL, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012

John Parker

John E. Parker, 65, of Highland View, FL, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tracy Richardson

Mr. Tracy Preston Richardson, 54, of Goodlettsville, Tn. died Sunday July 8, 2012

Bridgette Murray

Bridgette Hunter Murray, 50, of Fitzgerald died July 10, 2012

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"The Measure of a Man" will be recorded for DVD distribution

Recordings of the Aug. 2 hometown performance of an Albany writer/actor/director’s play will be distributed nationwide.

James Ervin

Mr. James Bernard Ervin, 48, of Albany died Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Robert Willis

Mr. Robert Moody Willis, 82, of Crescent City, Fl. died Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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APD unveils new license plate scanners

A new piece of technology has been deployed by the Albany Police Department that will silently scan the license plates of thousands of vehicles on city streets every day, looking for stolen cars, expired or suspended tags or expired insurance, officials say.

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Leesburg man wanted in theft of $7,000 ring

The Albany Police Department issued two wanted bulletins Wednesday asking for help in locating two suspects.

Vera Thomas

Mrs. Vera Cosby Thomas, age 95, of Wilmington NC, formerly of Donalsonville, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012

LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Leesburg Post 182 run-rules rival Post 30, 20-2; Randolph So.’s Ragan added to All-Area Track Team after inadvertent omission

Robbie Feagans hits a three-run homer and Brent Kyzar pitches a two-hitter as Post 182 routs rival Post 30 on Tuesday.

Sherry Shanks

Mrs. Sherry Shanks (Ward) of Ellenwood died on July 11, 2012

Charles Leonard, Jr.

Mr. Charles Lewis Leonard, Jr., 53, of Columbus died on July 7, 2012

Margaret Chaney

Mrs. Margaret Chaney, 63, of Pelham, Ga., passed on July 11, 2012

Jacquelyn Taylor

Mrs. Jacquelyn Sisroe Taylor, 43, of Smithville died on July 3, 2012

DirecTV customers lose numerous channels

DirecTV and Viacom failed to come to an agreement on distribution fees, resulting in more than 20 million customers losing access to some of the most popular cable networks.

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SUMMER OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN -- 16 days: Will the REAL Usain Bolt please stand up?

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the reigning world-record holder in the 100 and 200, finished a surprising second in his nation’s Olympic trials recently, leaving some to question whether he’s truly dedicated to repeating his amazing gold-medal feats of 2008 in Beijing in London in 2012 — or if all the fast fame has gone to his head.