News for Thursday, July 19, 2012


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Banished ex-UGA star RB Crowell hot topic at SWAC Media Days

The SWAC is abuzz over the arrival of the nation’s former top RB recruit, Isaiah Crowell, who was kicked out of UGA and landed at Alabama State.

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Albany’s Beckum is a possible for bishop

A nation-wide leadership search is taking place in the United Methodist Church this week in three locations where church delegates are electing eleven new bishops.

Baby found unconscious at East Albany residence

A 3-year-old was found unresponsive.

Moultrie felon sentenced to 20 years for gun possession

Basil Moore, 31, received a 20-year sentence.

Judge sends jury home in Phillips case until today

The jury is expected to continue its deliberations today.

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Darrisaw gives overview of court system

Dougherty Magistrate Judge Victoria Darrisaw is currently running for the position of State Court judge.

Police/Fire/EMS report for July 20, 2012

APD responds to at least 62 incidents.

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Dog days of summer dog Romney

We are in the dog days of summer, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney finds himself in the dog house

Cuthbert health fair set for Saturday

Families in this small community will have the opportunity to gather at Randolph County Elementary School Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to share in free health screenings.

Trio seeks Mitchell tax commissioner’s office

A number of Mitchell County officeholders will return to their positions unopposed.

Sheriff’s race highlights Baker County elections

All candidates qualifying for offices in Baker County will be on the Democratic primary ballot.

Squawk of the Day - July 20, 2012

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Texting driver law makes roads dangerous

On my way to work Wednesday (July 18), exiting the bypass on the circular ramp to East Oglethorpe, I got behind a new, red Dodge Durango.

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ELECTION 2012: Lee County Distric 2 - Ray Timms

Timms wants to put God, people in government

A Lee County Commission candidate says government has gotten away from "One Nation Under God."

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ELECTION 2012: Lee County District 2 - Luke Singletary

Singletary wants to protect 'investment' in Lee County

A political newcomer is seeking the Lee Commission seat that will be vacated by longtime public servant Betty Johnson.

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Authority shouldn’t rush into hospital lease

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with the vast majority of knowledgeable Albanians, believes the Phoebe/Hospital Authority purchase of Palmyra will cause costs to go up and quality to go down.

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Albany hunting tradition ends

The Deep South Coon Club is in talks to host its own hunt in Albany after a traditional gathering heads elsewhere.

State BOE freezes DCSS Title I funding

The Georgia Department of Education on Thursday told the state Board of Education that the GADOE was freezing the disbursement of Title I funding for the Dougherty County School System until the district resolved allocation and expenditure issues to the department's satisfaction.

James Peavy

Mr. John Henry Peavy of Sylvester , GA , departed this life on Monday, July 16, 2012

Eloise Green

Mrs. Eloise Godwin Green, 101, of Leesburg died on Wednesday July 18, 2012

Willie Cross

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

Frances Robinson

Frances Smith Robinson, 64, of Pelham, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Margaret Chaney

Mrs. Margaret Chaney, 63, of 347 Concord St., Pelham, Ga., passed on July 11, 2012

Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver, 73, of Blakely died on July 14, 2012

Roberta Huff

Ms. Roberta Huff, 84, of Cuthbert died on July 15, 2012

Sherry Shanks

Mrs. Sherry Ann Ward Shanks, 56, of Ellenwood died on July 11, 2012

Belinda Bowman

Mrs. Belinda Tatum Bowman, 51, died on July 19, 2012

Tyrone Smith

Tyrone Bernard Smith, 35, died July 13, 2012

Nancy Bonner

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

James Ervin

James B. Ervin, 49, of Albany died on July 10, 2012

Katie Jackson

Mrs. Katie Mae Jackson of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Carver Broner, II

Mr. Carver "Hook" Broner, II, 73, of Sasser died on July 14, 2012

Pauline Adams

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

Anthony Thompson

Rev. Anthony F. Thompson of Donalsonville died on July 17, 2012

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New polling data suggests a slim majority of SOWEGA voters will approve TSPLOST

The latest polling data commissioned by Connect Georgia shows that 51 percent of those polled in Southwest Georgia said they would vote yes on a one-percent sales tax referendum to fund transportation.

Ceasor Clark

Rev. Ceasor C. Clark, 67, died July 17, 2012

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Georgia’s jobless rate rises slightly to 9.0 percent in June

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.0 percent in June.

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Braves can't overcome Posey's three hits, wild extra innings in 9-4 loss to Giants

Leesburg's Buster Posey continues his tear during his trip back to his home state, going 3-for-4 on Wednesday during the Giants' 9-4 stomping of Atlanta, which storms back to tie it in the 10th before its bullpen blows the game in the 11th.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Royal Lytham is unlike any other course

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the beautiful and challenging course the world’s best golfers will have to conquer this week at the 141st annual British Open.

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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS -- 8 days: South African double-amputee runner Pistorius ready to make Olympic history

When Oscar Pistorius steps on the track for the South African Olympic team in less than 10 days, the eyes of his nation — and the world — will be on the runner who has spent his entire life and career trying to break down barriers.

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With season nearing, Auburn Nation still trying to move past tragic shooting

The deaths of two former Tigers players this summer rocked Auburn, but coach Gene Chizik says at SEC Media Days on Wednesday that the team is slowly trying to grieve, move forward and return the focus to football.

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Hot pursuit

Tiger Woods has won more PGA events than anyone this year and leads the FedEx standings, but before he can officially be considered back in top form, he needs to win a major -- a quest that continues today at the British Open.