News for Friday, June 1, 2012


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Dougherty County Jail Report - May 24-30, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail May 24-30, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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American teen sensation Stephens stays alive in French Open

American Sloane Stephens is the lone teenager remaining in the French Open after beating Mathilde Johansson, 6-3, 6-2.

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Sabbatini leads Memorial; Tiger is one shot back

A double bogey on No. 12 is all that stands between Tiger Woods and the lead at the Memorial heading into the weekend, while Rory Sabbatini leads at 6-under.

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Rainout delays Simmons’ debut for at least a day

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was the Braves’ minor league player of the year last season, will see his first action in the big leagues today against Washington’s Stephen Strasburg.

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Price: Hospice assists families, patient at the end

The medical director of Albany Community Hospice explains the role of her organization.

Finance Committee recommends some budgets

Unpaid holidays for Dougherty County employees are likely to be recommended.

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New shop joins multiple vendors

A new business on Dawson Road brings together vendors to provide antiques, furniture, knickknacks and more.

Police/Fire/EMS report or June 2, 2012

APD responds to at least 49 incidents.

12-year-old killed by gun buried

A 12-year-old boy who was shot to death around midnight May 26 was buried Thursday, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report.

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Albany Tech holds spring 2012 commencement

More than 500 associate's degrees, diplomas, certificates and GEDs are awarded by Albany Technical College.

Education, not ban, key to obesity curb

Does the government have any business in your soft drink cup?

Former Albany resident buried

Joseph Centel Lawson, 18, was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery Friday after dying in a pickup crash about six miles north of Douglas May 26.

Squawk of the day - June 3, 2012

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Baby found dead in Blakely home; no foul play involved

The body of a 9-month-old baby boy was discovered in his home before 8:30 a.m. in Blakely, according to Early County Coroner Todd Hunter.

Squawk of the day - June 2, 2012

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Thumbs Up! - June 4, 2012

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The stakes in the Walker recall do matter

Recalls and impeachments are a remedy of last resort. Most of the time, voters who don't like an incumbent choose to live with the offending politician until the next election, on the sensible theory that fixed terms of office and regular elections are adequate checks on abuses of power and extreme policies.

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Cory Booker's problem teaches lesson

The past several days of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's life have been painfully amusing to watch.

City employee's actions foil robbery

Sedrick Roundtree is an equipment operator for the city of Albany's Public Works department.

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Barack Obama is a Drone warrior

A very strange story, a 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles "baseball cards" with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant.

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Albany native at home aboard nation's newest sub

Petty Officer Kevin King is a sailor aboard the PCU Mississippi.

Petty Officer Kevin King is a sailor aboard the PCU Mississippi, a Virginia-class U.S. Navy submarine.

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Sutton's body arrives stateside; funeral arrangements announced

The remains of Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton arrived at Dover Airforce Base Friday, Marine Corps officials announced.

Zimmerman must surrender; bond revoked

A judge has revoked the bond of George Zimmerman.

Ellene Fincher

Mrs. Ellene J. Fincher, 77, of Warner Robins died Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wilma Shook

Wilma "Kay" Peak Shook age 62 went to be with the Lord on May 27th

Jeanette Cook

Jeannie was a very versatile person and her interests were varied

Melba Barnes

Melba Jane "Janie" Smith Barnes, 72, died on May 31, 2012

A.C. Popham

Mr. A.C. "George" Popham, 84, of Sylvester died Thursday May 31, 2012

Tillie Hunt

Tillie Marvette Hunt, 88, of Albany, GA, died May, 31 2012

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On the Job with Anita Riggle

This week's On the Job features Anita Riggle, owner of The Clay Spot.

Carrie Peavy

Mrs. Carrie Bell Peavy of Albany died on June 1, 2012

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Georgia ports provide jobs in metro area

Georgia's deepwater ports may be a couple of hundred miles away in Savannah and Brunswick, but their impact is significantly felt in Dougherty County.

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Finance committee recommends partial list of budgets

While members of the county's finance committee recommended approval of a handful of budgets Friday morning, residents of the unincorporated area anxiously awaiting word on if they'll see a tax increase, will have to wait a while longer.

Willie Hall

Mr. Willie "Jaybird" Hall, 65, of Albany died on May 31, 2012

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Churches should always practice what they preach

The most valuable possession the church has, something so invaluable it could never be insured, is the trust of its church members and the larger society.

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Looking Back - June 3, 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

Vera Cheathem

Mrs. Vera Cheathem, 82, of Albany died on May 27, 2012

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Thunder wallop Spurs 102-82, pull within 2-1

The Thunder snap the Spurs' 20-game winning streak Thursday and close their series deficit to 2-1 with a 102-82 win in Oklahoma City.