News for Wednesday, July 18, 2012


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Golden Rams Summer Basketball League set to hold title games today

Four championship games will be held today at HPER, marking the conclusion of the Golden Rams Summer Basketball League.

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It's official: Panthers, Davis agree to new contract

Panthers owner Rod Chappell told The Herald after the recent PIFL title game that head coach Lucious Davis would be back for another season, despite a report contrary to that fact --- and Wednesday it became official.

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San Fran laws strips away modesty

The beautiful city of San Francisco, Calif., which gave us such wonderful treasures as Nancy Pelosi and America’s first Gay Day Parade, has now added another feather in its hat. It seems that San Francisco, by law, allows anyone to walk the public streets of San Francisco in the nude and to enter any business establishment that serves the public, nude as well.

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CSN harmonies defy time

That cruel mistress Time spares none as she leaves her mark in passage. Even so, there are those who defy her ravages, who hold on to the gifts she would reclaim.

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Hospital officials work on Phoebe North transition

Officials with Phoebe Putney Health System have begun the process of consolidating hospital facilities.

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Judge sets hearing, trial dates for Riggins

A suspended Dougherty County School Board member faces school lunch fraud charges.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 19, 2012

Police respond to at least 43 incidents

China gets gold on Olympic uniforms

We're still days away from the opening ceremonies, but China's already won some gold that should have been here at home.

Price would make future brighter for students

The heart and soul of a community is its public school system. We must have Board of Education members that will put our children first.

Curfew for teens would reduce crime

We need a curfew for everyone under age 18. Bored teens roam my supposedly nice neighborhood while their parents pay no attention to them.

You can't catch any fish with just bliss

Here I go again. Being a senior citizen, I recall an old adage. If you feed a person some fish, you feed him or her for a day. If you teach these people to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.

Taxpayers have had enough of change

It is humorous, no it is not humorous at all, that the headline in today's Albany Herald (July 18) reads, "Residents frown on tax increase."

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Government has habits of ineffectiveness

Stephen Covey, the management guru who died this week, would have had a hard time selling his books in Benjamin Franklin's America, or Abe Lincoln's. His best seller "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" would have been considered a self-evident truth, one drummed into earlier Americans by schools, churches and the Puritan ethic.

City to close block of McKinley Street

Albany officials said Wednesday that the 200 block of McKinley Street — the section between West Oglethorpe Boulevard and Highland Avenue — will be closed beginning today.

Colquitt County man sentenced to prison

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Xavier Sims, 25, of Doerun, was sentenced in Valdosta Monday to serve 30 months in prison and three years on probation for threatening to put a bomb in a Colquitt County School on Aug. 3 2011.

Crook steals flea guard, worm medicine

According to Albany Police Department reports, a black man wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans broke out the front door at Bennett’s Supply, 1006 N. Washington St., after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Suspects arrested for fraud, assault

According to Albany Police Department reports, Albany resident Barbara Regina Coleman, 30, turned herself in at the Law Enforcement Center Tuesday.

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'Wakefest' to benefit special-needs child

Participants raised $5,000 for an area special-needs child during a charity wakeboarding competition last year.

Squawk of the Day - July 19, 2012

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ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County Coroner - Emma B. Quimbley

Involvement in community issues key of Quimbley campaign

Dougherty County’s incumbent coroner is looking for a third term in office.

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ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County Coroner - Michael Fowler

Fowler offers experience to coroner's office

A licensed mortician says his experience would be invaluable in the Dougherty County coroner’s office.

ATC presents award to Mars

An Albany candy plant is recognized as Albany Technical College's Manufacturer of the Year.

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Marietta hosts TSPLOST forum; city releases proposed 25% list

City officials have released a tentative sketch of how they might spend its portion of 25 percent discretionary funding linked to a Transportation Sales Tax initiative.

Charles Hawkins III

Dr. Charles Edward Hawkins, 88, of Albany died on Monday, July 16, 2012

Jean Pearce

Jean Cooper Pearce, 66, of Albany, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Addie Stempinsky

Addie L. Tucker Stempinsky, 86, of Seasons Christian Care Center at 2724 Ledo Road, died Thursday, July 12, 2012

Anthony Green

Anthony Edward Green, 39 of Goodyear, AZ died July 18, 2012

David Givens

Mr. David Givens, age 79, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Annie Williams

Annie Ruth Williams, 94, of Camilla, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Floye McGowan

Floye Perry McGowan, 97, of Ocilla, died July 17, 2012

GBI arrests two in connection with boy's shooting death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested two Smithville residents today in connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy on Tuesday.

Ethel Brown

Sis. Ethel Brown, 82 died on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nelson Thomas

Mr. Nelson Thomas, 55, of Pelham, Ga. passed on July 14, 2012

Charles Thomas

Charles E. Thomas, 89, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mae White

Mrs. Mae Helen Lewis Shenk White, 69, of Brooklet, GA died Sunday July 15, 2012

Nancy Bonner

Ms. Nancy Bonner of Sumter County died on July 17, 2012

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Top Ten for July 8

These were the most read stories online for the week of July 8 through July 14 by the readers of

Benjamin Hill

Mr. Benjamin "Tinno" Terel Hill, 21, of Atlanta died on July 12, 2012

Daisy Daniel

Sis. Daisy Daniel, 81 of Dawson, GA died on Sunday, July 15, 2012

Willie Cross

Mrs. Willie Mae Cross of Cordele, Georgia, departed this life on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Braves blanked by Giants, 9-0, after Posey’s monster night

After going a combined 1-for-11 in his first trip to Turner Field two years ago, then missing last year's Giants visit to the Braves due to injury, Leesburg's Buster Posey has a huge night Tuesday --- 3-for-5, 5 RBI --- to lead San Francisco past Atlanta, 9-0.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Post 182 beats Post 30 to win top seed; Ex-Lee star Griffin honored yet again at Ga. Southern

American Legion Post 182 beats Post 30, 5-1, to capture the top seed in South Georgia. ADDS: Former Lee County star and Georgia Southern catcher Chase griffin is named a Freshman First-team All-American; and four local youth players from Albany are named to Thomasville's Under-8 and Under-9 teams that will compete in the Baseball Nation Ultimate World Series in Pensacola, Fla.