News for Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Excitement growing for music and arts festival

Officials with the first Southwest Georgia Music and Arts Festival expect to announce musical performers next week.

ATC considers land acquisition

In April of this year, Albany Technical College inquired about a property located between the Health Department and Regions Bank at the intersection of Slappey Boulevard and Newton Road.

Cat causes fire, $65,000 damage

A cat probably started a fire in an apartment building on Maryland Drive, Albany Fire Department officials said.

Crimestoppers - June 22, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has five fugitives on its Most Wanted list this week. All fugitives on the list should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Lee deputies practice handling active shooter

In a time no less violent than 1999, when two boys killed their Columbine classmates, law enforcement practices responses.

Police/Fire/EMS - June 22, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 68 incidents.

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DCSS wraps up budget hearings

The Dougherty County School Board will vote on a $116 million budget Wednesday.

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Car raffle to benefit Alzheimer's

A lucky winner will walk away with a classic car, but 400 ticket buyers will help in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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Immigrant children dream of DREAM Act

The John F. Kennedy Center is hosting a musical this month titled “First You Dream.” When I noticed the ad, I thought about President Obama’s initiative through the Department of Homeland Security to allow undocumented immigrant youth to continue school or work without fear of deportation. Now, those young people can dream, too.

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Obama no longer hiding socialist views

Are we watching the meltdown of Barack Obama, soon to become a radioactive pile from which voters will run come November?

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Commerce secretary resigns following seizure

Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned Thursday less than two weeks after suffering a seizure and multiple car accidents in the Los Angeles area, saying he didn't want his health to be a distraction from his job.

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At least $275K raised for bullied N.Y. bus monitor

A video of a 68-year-old school bus monitor mercilessly taunted by seventh graders became an international online rallying point against bullies Thursday, with a fund for the Rochester, N.Y., grandmother raising at least $275,000 and a deluge of people demanding harsh punishment for the boys.

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Baptists make historical decision

This week in New Orleans, La., delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention made history by electing the Rev. Fred Lute as the first African-American pastor in their long history to serve as their president. Luter, the charismatic pastor of a New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward mega-church, ran unopposed.

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APD: Corn Avenue man arrested in gun assault

A 31-year-old man ends an argument with two teenage girls by shooting at them outside his Corn Avenue apartment.

Joseph Griffin

Mr. Joseph Steve Griffin, 53, of Colquitt died Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daniel Turner

Daniel D. Turner, 65, of Saint Cloud, Florida passed away on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, 2012

Roy Hunter, Sr.

Roy Hunter Sr, 72, died June 15,2012

Walter Harley, Jr.

Walter L . Harley Jr., of Tallahassee, FL, at 70 years of age, took flight to meet his Lord on June 20, 2012

Willis Kitchens

Willis Edward Kitchens, 78, of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Richard Smith

Richard Smith, Sr., 65, of Reading, PA died on June 17, 2012

Willis Walker, Sr.

Dea. Willis Walker, Sr., 56, of Albany died Friday, June 15, 2012

Ola Jones

Mrs. Ola Mae Jones, 75, of Albany died Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jerry Burns

Dr. Rev. Jerry V. Burns age 70, formerly of Bainbridge, GA died June 13, 2012

Oris Virgin

Oris C. Virgin, 92, died on June 18, 2012

Charlie Jones

Mr. Cleveland Jones, 81, of Clayton, AL, died at his home on Monday, June 18, 2012

Willie Langes, Sr.

Willie Lee Langes, Sr. of Albany died on June 18, 2012

Doris Holloway

Doris Holloway, 61, of Columbus died on June 15, 2012

Monroe Fordham

Monroe Fordham, PhD, 72, of Buffalo, NY and formerly of Dawson died on June 13, 2012.

James Darley

James Lamar Darley, 83, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vera Silas

Vera Mae Silas, 70, of Camilla, died Saturday, June 16, 2012

Andres Browner

Mr. Andres C. Browner, 47, of Sasser died June 15, 2012

Johnny Brown

Bro. Johnny Brown, 49, of Albany and formerly of Dawson died on June 14, 2012

George Williams, Sr.

George Robert Williams, Sr., 87, of Richland died on June 18, 2012

Phyllis Mathis

Ms. Phyllis Mathis, 45, of Albany and formerly of Dawson died on June 15, 2012

Ray Reddick

Mr. Ray Reddick, 59, of Desoto died on June 20, 2012

Cat starts fire in Albany apartment

A cat tipping over a candle was the probable cause of an apartment fire in Albany this morning.

Henry Miller

Mr. Henry P. Miller, 90, of Morgan died on June 13, 2012

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Jobless rate inches up in May

The Georgia Department of Labor says 1,880 Albany-area job seekers found employment in May, but there were 92 new layoffs.

Gregory Hicks

Mr. Gregory Hicks, 44, of Albany died on June 14, 2012

Howard Thompson, Sr.

Howard Thompson, Sr. passed away on June 14, 2012

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Several Lee County girls soccer players inadvertently omitted from All-Area team

Lee County girls soccer stars Carsen Taylor, Nicole Polk, Emily Peters, Sarah Sheffield, Danielle Brendel and Kristi Sheridan are added to the 2012 Herald All-Area Girls Soccer Team.

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HERALD ALL-AREA TENNIS, SOCCER & GOLF: Fantastic Four-some

Westwood's Sydnee Smith becomes The Herald's first three-time Player of the Year for girls tennis, while Sherwood's T.J. Clay wins the Player of the Year for boys soccer, Deerfield's Casey Kincheloe earns the POY honor for girls soccer and Seminole County's Tyler Shamblin is the 2012 Player of the Year for golf. (ADDS: All-Area teams for each sport, including inadvertently-omitted Lee County girls)

HAZMAT packaging warehouse to expand

A hazardous materials packaging and bottle manufacturer will expand an Albany warehouse, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

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