News for Friday, July 20, 2012


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Local theater open, secure

After a mass killing at a Colorado theater, police and management assure security at the local Carmike Wynnsong 16.

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T-SPLOST critical for economic development

Over the past 30 years, Georgia has benefited from both a strong economy and a growing population. Unfortunately, both are threatened by the under-investment in our transportation network. In fact, Georgia ranks 49th among all states in per capita spending on transportation.

Thumbs Up! - July 23, 2012

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DCSS data insufficient

The state has taken the unprecedented step of delaying disbursement of federal money to the Dougherty school system.

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Albany Second Chance congratulates training participants

The Albany Second Chance is proud to congratulate all participants who completed our recent Section 3 job training skills workshops on Employability, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

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Dougherty County Jail Report - July 12-19, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail July 12-19, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Former Bulldog English playing with confidence

Loran Smith writes a column about Harris English, a recent Georgia grad who rallies in the second round to make the cut in his first British Open.

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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS -- 6 days: Bolt-Blake rivalry adds intrigue to Olympic track

Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will likely finish 1-2 in the 100- and 200-meter sprints — but who will take gold is still up in the air.

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Don’t look back

Leader Brandt Snedeker has put together a pair of dazzling rounds at the British Open, but Tiger Woods isn’t far behind.

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LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: ASU announces 2012 football ticket information

Golden Ram fans will be able to purchase a new ticket package that will help benefit an ASU scholarship fund (ADDS: South Georgia Tech women's basketball adds two new players, SGTC men send two to showcase)

GSA splurges endemic of D.C. culture

When elected and appointed officials in Washington whine that they don't have enough money and that no one understands how expensive it is to govern, perhaps they should look at things like this when wondering why no one outside the Beltway believes or trusts them.

Squawk of the Day - July 21, 2012

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Reason for killings may never be known

The question that was on many people's lips Friday as the horror of the Aurora, Colo., midnight theater shootings took hold was a simple one-word one: "Why?"

ASU to host youth empowerment summit

Several hundred young people are expected to attend the Parents for Change "4GIVEN" Youth Empowerment Summit.

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Ex-EMA director Bramble dies at 71

Jim Bramble was a nuclear, biological and chemical weapons officer in the Marine Corps.

Police/Fire/EMS report for July 21, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 34 incidents.

Squawk of the day - July 23, 2012

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Squawk of the day - July 22, 2012

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Make everyone's life better: Pick a side

While talking with local political candidates during this campaign season, one thing in particular has hit me: Why in the hell would anyone want to put themselves through this process?

Theater looking to fill roles for show

Theatre Albany will conduct additional auditions at 7 p.m. Thursday for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “State Fair,” which will launch the theater’s 80th season. Auditions will be conducted at the 514 Pine Ave. theater.

Boy doing well after hospitalization

Zantalius Michens, 3, a near drowning victim Thursday “is doing well and has been transported to Atlanta for continued care,” according to an Albany Police Department report.

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APD conducts search for man

A warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Jermaine Thrower on interference with child custody led the Albany Police Department to ask for help in locating the fugitive. Thrower took his son, 1-year-old Jayden Paige, from his mother and will not return him, police reported.

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Retrial of armed robber ends in guilty replay

It took a jury just a couple hours to reach a guilty-on-all-counts verdict Friday for armed robber Michael Wade Phillips — again, according to a court official.

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Clergy throw support behind Williams-Brown

An incumbent member of the embattled Dougherty County School Board picks up local support.

T-SPLOST should be voted down

In a letter to the editor, Don Shirley of Albany says that T-SPLOST should be voted down.

McCain demonstrates a sense of fairness

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that John McCain demonstrates a sense of fairness.

Warren has a clear vision for State Court

In a letter to the editor, James Matthew Kirtlink of Leesburg says that Chris Warren has a clear vision for State Court.

Albany blood drive will impact 54 lives

In a letter to the editor, Kathy Dallas of Valdosta says that recent blood drive in Albany will impact 54 lives.

Rick Allen a change from the status quo

In a letter to the editor, Ken Garey of Leesburg says that Rick Allen is a change from the status quo.

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Students should be in 'center of the frame'

Education continues to lead the legislative agenda for Georgia policymakers.

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Take action to improve our schools

Over the years, I have learned that if you want to really get to know someone, break bread with them around a table and open your ears.

Charles Thomas

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

Tony Pate

Mr. Tony Pate, 48, of Sylvester died Friday, July 20, 2012

Maurice Healy

Maurice Charles "Duke" Healy, 79, of Albany, GA, died Friday, July 20, 2012

Rosie Nealy

Ms. Rosie Lee Nealy 93 of Ashburn departed this life Friday July 20, 2012

22 July births 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from July 12-15.

Leesburg teen jailed after 136 mph joy ride

Andrew Bacon had won the Chevy Camaro he allegedly used to speed through Pelham and Camilla after a 2011 crash.

A Lee County man had won the Chevy Camaro he allegedly used to speed through Pelham and Camilla.

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Dozen killed at midnight theater showing in Colorado (UPDATED: 10:37 a.m.)

A masked guman goes on a shooting rampage at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in suburban Denver, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others.

Rickie Jenkins

Master Rickie Rikez Jenkins of Smithville died on July 16, 2012

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Looking Back - July 22, 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

Crimestoppers - July 20, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has four Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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BRITISH OPEN: Scott’s scorching 64 vaults him to lead; Tiger 3 shots back

Adam Scott blisters Royal Lytham to grab a first-round lead Thursday at the 141st annual British Open, but Tiger Woods and former UGA star Bubba Watson --- both of whom shot 3-under on Day 1 --- are hot on Scott's heels.

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Braves snap two-game-skid, beat Giants, 3-2

Homers by Freddie Freeman and David Ross on Thursday afternoon help Atlanta avoid being swept by the Giants at home.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: PGA Tour rookie English making most of British Open debut, despite up-and-down first round

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith catches up with recent Georgia grad Harris English, who shot a 1-over 71 in Wednesday's opening round of the 141st annual British Open.

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SUMMER OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN -- 7 Days: Olympic athletes ready to party down in London

As it turns out, the world’s fittest athletes don’t just come to the Olympic Games in search of gold and glory, they also come for the party of a lifetime — one that’s fueled by late nights, alcohol and, of course, lots of sex.

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Albany table tennis star Ko dominates Georgia State Games

Albany’s Carlos Ko, one of the top hardbat table tennis players in the nation, walks away with two titles at the recent Georgia State Games.

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Finish the job

After winning the SEC Eastern Division — then getting blown out in the title game by West champ LSU — Georgia is hungrier than ever to finish the job in 2012 and put itself back in the national title picture. (ADDS: breakout of All-SEC Preseason Team, predicted order of finish)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Kicked out of UGA, QB Mettenberger ready to take reins at LSU; Grambling wants NCAA to make Robinson all-time wins leader over JoePa

Zach Mettenberger's teammates are signing his praises after the former UGA commit wows during spring practice. (ADDS: items on Missouri coach Pinkel being blasted by state lawmaker for defending Paterno; Tennessee's Dooley vow to stop being content with just improving).

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LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: GSW men’s basketball adds Division I UCF to schedule; Lady ’Canes release 2012-13 slate

The Hurricanes announce that they will go on the road Feb. 26 to Orlando to face the University of Central Florida, while the Georgia Southwestern women's basketball team releases its 2012-13 schedule.

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Golden moments: Golden Rams Summer Basketball League concludes six-week program

ASU men’s hoops coach Chris Cameron’s 4th annual hoops league concludes with four title games Thursday.