News for Wednesday, July 25, 2012


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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Finally healthy, U.S. 100M star Gay ready for showdown

American Tyson Gay feels he’s finally healthy enough to challenge Usain Bolt and the rest of the world’s fastest men for the 100-meter crown.

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ELECTION 2012: David Cheshire - Lee County sheriff

Cheshire vows cut waste in sheriff's office

The challenger to Lee County's sheriff left his position with the department to run for the office.

Gang Task Force meets today

The monthly Gang Task Force meeting at noon today will feature a speaker from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, said Jon Howard, Albany City Commissioner.

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Family pet decides fate of baby goose

The 8-year-old princess girl has been on a real rampage to salvage the world. The princess would make Sally Struthers look like a cold-hearted grinch.

Early morning family brawl erupts

Police report that a fight between a man and a woman puts two from sidelines in hospital.

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Tompkins in final days as Worth sheriff

After nearly 30 years in office, Worth County Sheriff Tompkins is taking off his star at the end of the year.

Experience critical in House District 153

The contest for State House District 153 representative between state Rep. Carol Fullerton and Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards will be decided Tuesday by those who vote Democratic Party ballots. Both of these candidates are well known in Dougherty County. In interviewing them, we believe both have the interests of the county at heart in their respective campaigns for the Legislature.

Williams a bargain for Lee taxpayers

In a letter to the editor, Bob Rehberg says that Bill Williams is a bargain for Lee taxpayers.

A lot has changed in a half century

In a letter to the editor, Nadine Mathis says that a lot has changed in a half century.

Williams' work behind balanced Lee budgets

In a letter to the editor, Ed Duffy syas that Bill Williams' work is behind balanced Lee budgets.

Graddy has experience to be Worth sheriff

In a letter to the editor, Debbie Bragg says that Lt. Ronnie Graddy has experience to be Worth sheriff.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 26, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 38 incidents.

City forum set for Sunday

A community organization calls for a citywide forum to hear the voice of the people.

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Suppose Michele Bachmann is right?

Like the ghosts of Shakespeare's Banquo or Dickens' Jacob Marley, the specter of the late commie-hunting congressman from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, will always be with us. It is summoned up today, by some on the left, who use it as a tool to thwart legitimate questions about people and ideologies that seek to destroy America.

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Firefighters respond to fire

Firefighters responded to a fire at 515 McKinley St. Wednesday. No one was reported injured in the fire.

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ELECTION 2012: Reggie Rachals - Lee County sheriff

Rachals running on 'working sheriff' record

Lee County's incumbent sheriff has been in law enforcement in the area for more than 30 years.

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Legal actions filed against Albany City Commissioner

See the full text of Pike's letter below.

The Albany Hilton Garden Inn is the latest organization to file a legal action against a sitting Albany city commissioner or his business contending he walked out on thousands of dollars in money owed for an event held at the downtown location.

Squawk of the day - July 26, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Dukes: Now isn't the time for TSPLOST

Rep. Winfred Dukes is the Dougherty County Delegation's Senior member.

A state house represenative from Albany says an unprecendented statewide campaign to add another penny in sales taxes isn't worth the hardships it will place on residents in Southwest Georgia.

Paul Smith, Jr.

Mr. Smith passed away on July 24, 2012

William Hays

Mr. William James (Bill) Hays, 87, of Albany died peacefully at home, July 23, 2012

Silver Garrett

Mrs. Silver Rose Garrett, 71, of Cuthbert died on July 21, 2012

Joanne Jackson

Joanne M. Jackson, 57, died July 22, 2012

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Braves GM: We're 'moving on,' no longer pursuing Dempster

Braves GM Frank Wren tells a radio station Wednesday that the deal to bring Cubs ace Ryan Dempster to Atlanta is dead.

Emily Moore

Emily Grace Moore, 19, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vera Boynton

Mrs. Verna Cherry Boynton of Tampa, FL, formerly of Americus, died on July 20, 2012

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Hospital Authority approves lease

Effective Wednesday, Phoebe North and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will be combined under one lease.

Annie Boston

Mrs. Annie Ruth Boston, 81, of Vienna died on July 20, 2012

Cornelius McDowell

Mr. Cornelius McDowell of Albany died on July 21, 2012

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COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OLYMPICS --- 2 DAYS: Vincent's got his gun back

Eatonton’s Vincent Hancock, who won gold in skeet shooting for the U.S. four years ago in Beijing with his wife, Leesburg’s Rebekah Hancock, by his side, is aiming for glory once again at the 2012 Summer Games, which begin Friday in London. Although, a lot has happened in Hancock’s life since 2008 — including a depressing injury, a loss of confidence in his shot, being shuffled around by the Army and shifting his focus to becoming a dad. But somehow Hancock has found his groove again — and that means the rest of the world had better watch out.

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ACC KICKOFF: ACC enters new year with loads of questions

As the ACC’s annual Media Days winds down, it seems to end with more questions than answers about the future of the conference.

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Local golfers shine at GSGA Junior Challenge Match

A host of local golf stars shine in the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge Match, which concluded Tuesday in Valdosta.

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Lee’s Fye leads Albany YMCA swimmers to state title

Nicole Fye, a 13-year-old swimming sensation, takes home six state titles and scores in three other events to lead the Albany YMCA Rapids to the state team title in the Georgia State Games.