News for Tuesday, July 3, 2012


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Serena cruises into Wimbledon semis with win against No. 4-seeded Petra Kvitova

No. 6-seeded Serena Williams plays her best match in this year’s Wimbledon and beats No. 4-seeded Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5.

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New Georgia laws take effect this week

Sunday was the beginning of the first full month of summer. For old music fans, it is the date that the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” went No. 1 (1967).

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Yankee transplant a-musing

When the column appeared where I lamented that my longstanding muse, Claudette, had lost a significant amount of humor due to medication so I needed a new muse who could inspire my writing, several stepped up to volunteer for the newly vacated position.

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Dummy's guide for those LOST in SPLOST

One of the things I've noticed in responses to certain articles I've written lately about local taxes -- especially ones concerning the divvying up of local-option sales tax (LOST, an ominous acronym if ever there was one) collections in Lee County -- is a general misunderstanding of the various tax collections.

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Griffith left tremendous legacy

As much as we'd like to think otherwise, there never has been a real Mayberry, N.C.

Words from 1776 ring true today

When you think of the ramifications that a few words, no matter how well they may be written, can have on a community, a state or even a nation, it is incredible.

DCSS IT employee out on bail

An information technology applications support specialist with the Dougherty County School System on Tuesday turned herself in at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Price will help DCSS bridge a great divide

We live in a city separated by a great divide. This chasm has made a negative impact on our educational system, our economic health and the general welfare of our citizens.

Make informed choice in race for coroner

Voters must become educated on candidates' qualifications.

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Woman sentenced to 7 years in vehicular homicide case

A judge sentences Cheri Ann Randle to serve seven years in prison for killing 65-year-old Jeanette Ford.

Leesburg chooses its LOST delegation

The Leesburg City Council approves a zoning variance that will allow a property owner to build a new home in the city limits.

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Darton athletics named No. 8 NJCAA program

The Darton State College athletics program is announced as the 8th-best in the nation, giving the Cavs their first Top 10 finish in the contest.

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Panthers to celebrate second straight title with parade

The Albany Panthers won the PIFL title Saturday against the Richmond Raiders and will celebrate with a downtown parade today.

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Gas prices rise on eve of holiday

The short period of gas under $3 a gallon has likely come to an end, primarily because of decisions in Europe and Iran.

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Price calls for review of lunch program

Lane Price says the Dougherty School Board must be held accountable to ensure that funds are used properly.

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Southwest Georgia prepares for the fourth

Southwest Georgia communities plan to ring in the nation's birthday in style today.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 4, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 57 incidents.

Squawk of the day - July 4, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Ruby Williams

Ruby Mae Smith Williams, 88, of Norman Park died on July 2, 2012

Dawes Lawrence

Mr. Dawes Lawrence, 87 years of age, died Sunday, July 1,2012

Bobby Barfield, Jr.

Bobby Lee Barfield, Jr., age 47, of 441 Lightner Rd., Ellaville, died at his residence Monday, July 2, 2012

Ella Douglas

Mrs. Ella Mae Gunn Douglas, 70, of Sumner died Monday July 2, 2012

Bill Martin

Bill J. "Honey" Martin, 84, of Bronwood, GA, died July 2, 2012

Barry McCray

Barry D. McCray, 57, of Port Republic, VA, formerly of Albany, GA, died Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jim Cravey

Jim Frank Cravey, 77, of Shalimar, Florida passed away June 24, 2012

O. Elaine Barfield

O. Elaine Holley Barfield, 74, of Meigs died on July 3, 2012

Penny Creech

Penny Hammock Creech, 53, of Camilla died Monday, July 2, 2012

Crockett Page

Dr. Crockett H. Page, 77, of Albany, passed away, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vera Price

Vera Price of Newark, NJ died in that city

Ethel Hawkins

Mrs. Ethel Green Hawkins, 89, of Leesburg died on June 28, 2012

Willie Harold, Jr.

Mr. Willie Harold, Jr. of Albany died on June 27, 2012

Jamie Clark

Mr. Jamie R. Clark, 42, of Baconton died on July 3, 2012

Jason Throneberry

Mr. Jason Cole Throneberry, 42, of Albany went home to be with the Lord on Monday July 2, 2012

Clifton Suggs

Mr. Clifton Lee Suggs, 92 of Milling Rd. in Poulan, GA died July 3, 2012

Tony Spence, Sr.

Mr. Tony Spence, Sr., 45, of Albany, Ga. passed on June 28, 2012

State officials investigating DCSS lunch program

State education officials doubt accuracy of district's numbers

Federal Title I and IDEA money the system receives is based on free and reduced-cost meal numbers.

Missing man is safe; Calvin Sims is home

Missing man located in Dawson

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Execution date set for former Lee inmate

Warren Lee Hill was convicted of murdering another inmate at Lee County Correctional Center in 1990.

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Andy Griffith dies at age 86

Beloved actor Andy Griffith died this morning at his home in North Carolina.

Arther Collins

Mrs. Arther Lee Collins of Miami, FL died on June 30, 2012

Delois Battle

Mrs. Delois Battle of Albany died on July 1, 2012

Richard Baker

Richard "Dick" D. Baker, 78, of Fitzgerald died Sunday, July 1, 2012

Robert Brooks

Robert "Papa" Brooks, 72, of Fitzgerald, died Monday, July 2, 2012

Annie Williams

Mrs. Annie B. Williams of Doerun, Georgia, departed this life on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Doris Greer

Mrs. Doris Servis Greer, age 83, of Iron City, GA passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012

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Reports: Hawks deal Johnson to Nets, Williams to Jazz

The Hawks will receive Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams and Johan Petro — and a draft pick — in exchange for Joe Johnson and his hefty contract. They also agreed late Monday to trade Marvin Williams to the Jazz for point guard Devin Harris.