News for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Duathlon fundraiser returns

Easter Seals Southern Georgia plans 2nd annual Heels and Wheels Challenge

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Education keeps lives on positive track

This month marks the beginning of another school year. For educators, it is the opportunity to set the tone for the entire year. For parents, it is the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to their child’s education. For students, it is the chance for a fresh start. August is a foundational month.

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Fowler wins race for Dougherty coroner

In a fairly close contest, Michael Fowler unseats Coroner Emma Quimbley on Tuesday.

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Johnson wins county District 3

Clinton Johnson will replace Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards in January.

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Star-making’s a quiet role

It was all my idea. As immodest as that might sound, it’s true. Now that my friend, Karen, has made it to the big time, she should be reminded that it all started with one of my hair-brained schemes.

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Beauty queen's humor benefits Council on Aging

Jeanne Robertson will headline the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging’s Comedy Night benefit.

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GSW golf coach Danna bolts for Lynn

After leading the GSW men’s golf program to its greatest season in school history, head coach Andrew Danna leaves to coach another D-II school.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 4 ROUNDUP: Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter leads Brits to silver medal in equestrian event

The queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips helps team Britain to a second-place finish behind Germany in Olympic equestrian eventing.

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Frich ousts Williams from Lee Commission

A retired Marine wins a seat on the Lee County Commission over the county's budget committee chairman.

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GOP heads toward runoff in 2nd District

With just over half the counties reporting, no one held a clear majority in the 2nd Congressional District race.

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Field narrows in Worth race

John Daniel and Jeff Hobby appear headed for a general election battle to see who succeeds longtime sheriff Freddie Tompkins.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. women’s soccer slips by N. Korea, 1-0

Tuesday's victory against North Korea gave the U.S. team first place in its group with three wins in three games, the first time the Americans have ever swept their group opponents in Olympic play.

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Price wins school post

Challenger Lane Price has 8,685 votes to 6,499 for the incumbent Anita Williams-Brown.

Challenger Lane Price unseats incumbent Anita Williams-Brown to claim the at-large seat on the Dougherty School Board.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S. men’s hoops rolls Tunisia by 47

The Americans turn a close game at halftime into a blowout Tuesday against Tunisia.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Djokovic sends Roddick packing from Olympics; Williams sisters move on

Novak Djokovic outclasses Andy Roddick in the second round of the Olympics at Wimbledon Tuesday, beating him, 6-2, 6-1, under the Centre Court roof.

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Greatest, ever

Eatonton native Vincent Hancock not only becomes the first skeet shooter to ever win back-to-back gold medals, but he also breaks his own Olympic record Tuesday when he fires a perfect 25-for-25 in the final round during the Summer Games in London, earning him a second straight gold medal after he won it all as a 19-year-old four years ago in Beijing. (ADDS: link to watch replay of medal round online)

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Fullerton to return to State House

State Rep. Carol Fullerton defeats Muarlean Edwards Tuesday to win a new legislative term.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Phelps wins silver, gold, breaks all-time Olympic medal record

Michael Phelps anchors the 4x200 relay team that wins gold Tuesday, officially making the American swimming star the all-time winningest Olympian in history.

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MLB TRADE ROUNDUP: Braves land two Cubs; Phillies deal Victorino, Pence; Texas gets Dempster

A flurry of moves are made before the major league trade deadline Tuesday as the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Rangers all pick up players they hope will help them make postseason runs.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. women’s gymnastics team wins first gold since ’96

With relative ease, the American women’s gymnastics team gets back atop the podium Tuesday at the Summer Olympics in London, winning gold for the first time in 16 years.

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Local hoops legend Smith to lead Albany’s new ABA pro team

For the first time since 1993, pro basketball is back in Southwest Georgia as the newly founded Albany Shockwave and general manager Christopher G. Pike name local basketball legend Al Smith as the franchise’s first head coach at Tuesday’s introductory news conference. (ADDS: Shockwave games won't conflict with city high school contests at Civic Center)

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Darrisaw wins State Court judgeship

Victoria Darrisaw and Christopher Warren were running to replace outgoing State Court Judge John Salter.

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Southwest Georgia voters reject T-SPLOST

All but three regions in the state appeared poised to vote down the regional measures.

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Two House seats draw fierce GOP primaries in Georgia

Runoffs looked possible Tuesday in two fierce Republican primaries for Congress -- one for a new district centered on Gov. Nathan Deal's old political turf in north Georgia and the other to the east that was redrawn to give Republicans a political advantage over the Deep South's last white Democratic congressman.

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Reggie Rachals earns second term as Lee County sheriff

Lee County’s sheriff will return to office for a second four-year term after a resounding election victory.

History’s on the side of assault weapon ban

The real assault weapon debate is only trumped by the abortion debate as most divisive.

Entrepreneurs have local concerns

I always thought for some reason that cartoons were for kids.

Romney should release information

Republican leaders and periodicals have urged Milt Romney to release his tax returns for the past ten years.

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Cumming position threatens sunshine

Here’s an interesting defense: A public official claiming he cannot be fined for breaking Georgia’s Sunshine Laws because he is a public official and was acting in his capacity as a public official when the alleged violation occurred

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‘Meat ax’ budget cuts threaten U.S. security

Our nation and our military are about to confront one of the biggest threats since World War II.

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DCSS hires teachers, principals at meeting

The Dougherty County School Board approves re-issuing contracts to five teachers connected to the CRCT controversy.

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Forget the politics; we’re all ready to rock

The primaries are over. Now it’s time to get down to the really important issue that has Southwest Georgians buzzing.

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Squawk of the day - August 1, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Emergency responders rush to crash

An afternoon crash at the intersection of North Van Buren Street and Second Avenue sends three to hospital.

Police/Fire/EMS - August 1, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 32 incidents.

James Robert Boggus

James Robert Boggus, 64, Fitzgerald, died July 29, 2012

Dougherty Precinct 22 to remain open late today

Dougherty Superior Court has ordered that Precinct 22 remain open until 7:30 p.m. today after determining that voting started at 7:30 a.m. at the precinct.

Belinda Faye Nelson

Belinda Faye Nelson, 51, Ashburn , died July 30, 2012

Laverne Watson Walters

Laverne Watson Walters, 87, Ty Ty, died July 30, 2012

Lottie Cox Hooks

Lottie Cox Hooks, 100, Pelham, died July 31, 2012

Louis A. Holton

Louis A. Holton, 53, Americus, died June 26, 2012

Lois A. Brice

Lois A. Brice, 45, Albany, died July 29, 2012

Debbie Butts

Debbie Butts, 51, Albany, died July 31, 2012

Lazelle Zorn Smith

Lazelle Zorn Smith, 95, Brinson, died July 29, 2012

Pauline M. Harper

Pauline M. Harper, Albany, died July 31, 2012

Demetria Diane Royal

Demetria Diane Royal, 40, Albany, died July 28, 2012

Betty Brown

Betty Brown, 71, Bainbridge, died July 29, 2012

Dora West Jones

Dora West Jones, 62, Albany, died July 31, 2012

Edward Patrick Burke

Edward Patrick Burke, 83, Bainbridge, died July 30, 2012

John Henry Arnold

John Henry Arnold, 77, Albany, died July 27, 2012

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Albany commissioners look at realignment of WG&L

The Albany City Commission is considering placing WG&L’s general manager under the Albany city manager.

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First teachers to face tribunal agree to 60-day suspensions

Four accused DCSS elementary school teachers are first to face CRCT tribunal.

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LATE MONDAY: Braves get starting pitcher Maholm, slugger Johnson from Cubs before trade deadline

Atlanta promised a deal before the trade deadline, and late Monday it put one together, acquiring a pitcher and an outfielder from the Cubs in exchange for Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April, and Jaye Chapman.

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