News for Monday, June 25, 2012


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When times are tough, smile and bear it

Times are still trying and money is still tight, but things are getting better. We all still have difficult days dealing with all that we have on our plates.

Immigration ruling leaves open questions

The big decision comes Thursday, but on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court added some spice to the national dialogue with its decision on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law.

Lee officials discuss compensation study draft

The Lee County Commission approved a study that will allow it to equitably pay county employees.

Phoebe officials continuing fall campaign

The "Get a Grip" program started at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe North on April 2.

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Marine Command wins award

The Marine Depot Maintenance Command chosen Albany Tech's Manufacturer of the Year.

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Creek cleanup is a success

Lee County officials say vandals maliciously dumped dangerous materials into a popular swimming site.

APD responds to slicing incident

A 19-year-old woman claims she was cut by a razor blade as a result of an altercation on Sunday evening.

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Venus Williams among several big names to lose Wimbledon opener

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams is upset Monday, and so are fellow stars John Isner, Tomas Berdych and Jelena Jankovic.

Riggins to face tribunal

DCSS BOE member will answer questions relating to school lunch fraud charges.

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Hawks hire Ferry as new general manager

Danny Ferry, who was named Atlanta’s president of basketball operations and general manager Monday, wants the Hawks “to have a value-based identity with good guys who play hard.”

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FSU’s Ramsey named national player of the year

Four years after Florida State catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey is named the national player of the year by the America Baseball Coaches Association, FSU's James Ramsey gets the same award.

Albany golf course may be auctioned

Riverpoint officials say they'll file for bankruptcy protection before the auction if a debt agreement isn't reached.

River Point Golf Club, LLC., is delinquent on real and personal property taxes, officials say.

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Perfect fit

It looked like Falcons DE John Abraham was on his way out of Atlanta at the beginning of free agency, but the sack machine decided money wasn’t a factor and is now ready to resume his role as a leader on the team’s defense.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia native, legendary broadcaster Jackson settles into retirement

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about Keith Jackson, who became the longtime face and voice of college football on ABC-TV.

Police/Fire/EMS report for June 26, 2012

APD responds to at least 56 incidents.

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Charter school draft set for BOE

Proposed charter school petition left off Board's Wednesday agenda.

Squawk of the day - June 26, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Jerry V. Burns

Jerry V. Burns, 70, Brooklyn, NY, died June 13, 2012

Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown, 101, Chula, died June 25, 2012

Gwendolyn Crump

Gwendolyn Crump, 70, Camilla, died June 22, 2012

Lee W. Jones

Lee W. Jones, 83, Ocilla, died June 24, 2012

Barbara Boston

Barbara Boston, Cordele, died June 25, 2012

Mealie H. Brown

Mealie H. Brown, 100, Sparks, died June 24, 2012

Purcel Harding Coalwell

Purcel Harding Coalwell, 93, died June 19, 2012

Patty Sue Faulkner

Patty Sue Faulkner, 62, Athens, died June 23, 2012

Willard Jordan

Willard Jordan, 57, Tifton, died June 21, 2012

Dexter Keaton

Dexter Keaton, Pelham, died June 25, 2012

Edna Nell Mathis Cook, 90, died June 25, 2012

Edna Nell Mathis Cook, 90, died June 25, 2012

Nothrice Scott

Nothrice Scott, 97, died June 24, 2012

Melvin Basiden

Melvin Basiden, 55, Albany, died June 21, 2012

Mary L. Wilson

Mary L. Wilson, 97, died June 24, 2012

Willie Watson

Willie Watson, 76, Loganville, died June 24, 2012

Sara Lula Layfield King

Sara Lula Layfield King, Albany, died June 23, 2012

Otis Allen McClure, Jr.

Otis Allen McClure, Jr., 90, Leesburg, died June 22, 2012

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson, 53, Albany, died June 21, 2012

Peggy Ann Hall Benford

Peggy Ann Hall Benford, 81, Albany, died June 23, 2012

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Dougherty Commission OKs FY 2013 budget (with video)

Commissioner Muarlene Edwards leaves meeting before the vote on the tax rate.

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Supreme Court to hear Phoebe case

The U.S. Supreme Court has opted to consider the Federal Trade Commission’s appeal of the purchase of Palmyra Medical Center.

Gail Cameron

Gail Louise Cameron, 50, Albany, died June 22, 2012

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Company bringing 112 jobs to Albany

One of the largest online suppliers of parts and accessories for marine and powersports enthusiasts relocates to Albany, bringing 100 plus jobs.

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Supreme Court: Today's rulings (UPDATE: 11 a.m. Water Wars)

The U.S. Supreme Court is rendering a number of rulings today.

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Riggins To Appear before tribunal tomorrow

Dougherty County School board member Velvet Riggins will appear before a governor's tribunal at 9 a.m. Tuesday to answer questions in regard to a Dougherty grand jury indictment on four counts of school lunch fraud.