News for Monday, July 16, 2012


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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS -- 11 Days: U.S. men’s hoops team tired of hearing how small they are

The members of the U.S. men’s basketball team are fed up with hearing questions about the size of the team and whether they can handle the big men in the Olympics.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Citing work still to be done, SEC commish Slive staying put; UGA football places four more on watch lists; Bulldogs' first three games to all be televised

The SEC’s Mike Slive has been the commissioner of the most powerful football conference in the nation for 10 years, and Monday he quelled rumors he was stepping down, saying he’s not going anywhere any time soon.

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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS -- 10 days: U.S. Army sending 11 athletic soldiers to Games

The U.S. Army will have its finest competing at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London in less than two weeks when 11 soldiers go for gold in wrestling, shooting, race walking, the modern pentathlon and boxing.

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Learning curve

After winning the Masters, former UGA star Bubba Watson bombed at the U.S. Open and missed the cut — a tough lesson he says he’s learned from heading into the British Open.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Lytham abuzz as 141st Open Championship makes return

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be in England all week reporting on the 141st annual British Open, previews golf's third major of the year.

Florida A&M president to resign immediately

Florida A&M University's president reached an agreement with school officials to immediately resign from his post Monday.

Police/Fire/EMS repeort for July 17, 2012

Two victimized in armed robbery.

ATC to cut ribbon on academic center

Albany Technical College’s new academic center was created to locate learning centers in a central site on campus.

Lee LOST negotiations fruitless

Lee County government officials are no closer to an equitable split of local-option sales tax funds after a second meeting.

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Georgia Farm Bureau turns 75

Formed by 50 farmers from 25 counties, the Georgia Farm Bureau is more than just an insurance agency.

Riggins, School Board in limbo

Suspended Dougherty School Board member Velvet Riggins awaits motion hearings while the board sits with six members.

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Individuals wanted in pending investigations

One suspect and two people wanted for questioning are being sought in connection with three separate incidents.

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Clemency denied for Hill

A man who has been convicted of two murders, one at a Lee County correctional facility, is set to die by lethal injection.

Man hospitalized in shooting

A shooting victim was transported to a local Albany hospital after being shot at a mobile home park.

Squawk of the day - July 17, 2012

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Teleprompter dependent shouldn't be critics

In a letter to the editor, Duane "Banjo" Davis says those dependent on teleprompters shouldn't be critics.

No reason for Lee to change sheriffs

In a letter to the editor, Donnie Harris of Leesburg states that there is no reason for Lee County to change sheriffs.

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NAACP tied to Democratic Party ideals

Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP convention in Houston was -- according to one's political perspective -- a "calculated move on his part to get booed ..." to help his white base (Rep. Nancy Pelosi), or a presentation to "independent thinking adult citizens" whom he treated as equals (Rush Limbaugh).

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Racism tinges opposition

Last week, the GOP-dominated House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- or "Obamacare." As expected, the vote fell largely along party lines.

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David Hamilton selected as the top candidate for transit director

After conducting interviews for the Albany Transit director position, David Hamilton has been selected as the top candidate.

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Door still open for Dougherty campaign challengers

Georgia law allows for independent and write-in candidates to run for public office.

Georgia law allows for independent and write-in candidates to run for public office.

De'Marea Pegues

Mr. De'Marea Pegues, 19, of Albany died Thursday, July 12, 2012

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County commission votes to raise unincorporated area taxes

Residents spoke against a 2-mill tax increase proposal before the Dougherty County Commission OK'd the increase.

Brad Temples

Brad Temples, 31, of Albany, GA, died Sunday, July 15, 2012

Addie Stempinsky

Addie T. Stempinsky, 86, of 2724 Ledo Road, Albany, GA, died Thursday, July 12, 2012

Daisy Daniel

Daisy Daniel, 81, of Dawson died on July 15, 2012

Pauline Adams

Pauline Adams, 95, of Sasser died July 15, 2012

Hattie Smith

Mrs. Hattie Smith, 72, of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Bainbridge, died on July 14, 2012

Frances Brown

Mrs Frances Newberry Brown, age 78 of Colquitt, GA passed away Sunday,July 15, 2012

Charles Hawkins, III

Dr. Charles E. Hawkins, III, 88, died Monday, July 16, 2012

Willie Harris

Mrs. Willie Ruth Harris, 68, of Tifton departed this life July 15, 2012

Barbara Anderson

Mrs. Barbara Anderson 62, of Baker County passed away July 11, 2012

R.M. Cowart

R.M. "Rob" Cowart, 62, of Fitzgerald, died Saturday, July 14, 2012