News for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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You don’t have to be a redneck to like the rg

On the way to Callaway Gardens, it was refreshing to organize lunch at Newnan’s “Redneck Gourmet,” founded by the late Mike Smith and run by his widow, Cile, and her sons, Casey and Chad.

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I don’t cotton to those critics

A couple of years ago when I deemed it absolutely necessary to cross the big pond and investigate my heritage that had been seeded in Northern Ireland, I had the good fortune of being introduced to a renowned historian who, through greater good fortune, has become a friend.

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ACCA meeting gets heated

Black pastors assert the DCSS would be better served using money to “repair” the system’s high schools.

T-SPLOST approval means lost money

All levels of Georgia’s government desire that we approve and tax ourselves more with a new 1 percent increase in our local sales tax for the next 10 years. This tax increase would be hardest on the retired, unemployed and fixed-income families.

Americans plan to hit the roads

The nation’s 236th birthday is two weeks away, and it appears a record number of Americans will be celebrating it on the road. AAA Travel, which keeps up with people’s travel plans, is reporting that 42.3 million Americans expect to travel at least 50 miles from home over the long Independence Day holiday weekend, which runs July 3-8.

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Local politics, politicians get closer look

In case there are others in the area who, like me, try to squeeze in a few more winks of sleep while driving to work and thus are not exactly the most attentive folks in the world, all those new signs that are taking up space on lawns throughout the region are not an indication that local housing is in its own about-to-bust bubble.

Foundation awards grants to Albany agencies

The Healthcare Georgia Foundation awards grants to organizations throughout the state, including 13 nonprofits.

Police/Fire/EMS - June 20, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 38 incidents.

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APD holds Police Academy ceremony

The APD Police Academy turns out its 26th class of informed citizens after a 12-week course in police work.

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Lt. governor to speak at fundraiser

ConnectGeorgia will host a fundraiser reception today to further the state's transportation sales tax campaign.

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on life support

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was being kept alive by life support after the 84-year-old ousted leader suffered a stroke in prison Tuesday, officials said, deepening the country’s uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him, with both candidates claiming to have won last weekend’s presidential election.

Squawk of the Day - June 20, 2012

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Book recounts times during World War II

A book signing at a local events center marks an author's kickoff of a World War II veteran's story.

John Cochran, III

John Cochran, III, 69, Albany, died June 13, 2012

William Donald Ross

William Donald Ross, 32, Fitzgerald, died June 18, 2012

Willie Langes

Willie Langes, Albany, died June 18, 2012

Janice Marie Hammond Smith

Janice Marie Hammond Smith, 70, Bainbridge, died June 11, 2012

Mack Ellis Willis, Jr.

Mack Ellis Willis, Jr., 60, Bainbridge, died June 18, 2012

Eva Phillips Sauls

Eva Phillips Sauls, 93, Albany, died June 16, 2012

Lamont Buford Davis

Lamont Buford Davis, 72, Pelham, died June 19, 2012

Celestine Hightower

Celestine Hightower, 68, Smithville, died June 17, 2012

Ola M. Jones

Ola Mae Jones, 75, Albany, died June 19, 2012

Robert Cleo Jones

Robert Cleo Jones, 81, Camilla, died June 18, 2012

Ralph K. Rhodes

Ralph K. Rhodes, 84, Aiken, SC, died June 18, 2012

Janice S. Smith

Janice S. Smith, Albany, died May 29, 2012

Freddie Burton Anderson

Freddie Burton Anderson, Americus, died June 15, 2012

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Vandals dump roofing nails at blue hole

Lee County Chief Marshall/Code Enforcement Officer Jim Wright said vandals dumped hundreds of roofing nails around the underground spring known as a "blue hole" along the Kinchafoonee Creek, prompting volunteer clean-up.

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Commissioners reject multi-modal site (updated with video)

A 4-3 vote by the Albany City Commission could mean the end of a plan to construct a multi-modal facility on the proposed site.

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Albany native, former Duke football star Barnett dies

Bob Barnett, an Albany native who starred at center from 1939 to 1941 for the Duke football team, died Wednesday at the age of 90.

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