News for Wednesday, June 27, 2012


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WIMBLEDON: Wozniacki out in Wimbledon stunner; Roddick advances

Distracted by so many off-the-court issues, Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s No. 1-ranked women’s player just a year ago, is stunned in the first round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

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‘Follow the leader’ isn’t very relaxing

While vacationing at the beach, I have noticed a few phenomenons which I think are universal to the human race.

The Buzz June 28 2012

Douglas set for Joe Farris Day DOUGLAS — Joe Farris, the St. Jude Santa Claus, will be at the center of events Sunday as he prepares for his 101st trip from Southwest Georgia to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

What’s next for Albany's transit center?

Albany City Commissioners voted Tuesday to abandon the proposed site of a $10 million transit facility and restart the process.

Corrected name of 15-year-old drowning victim in Radium Springs released

The case of a drowning victim remains under investigation by the Dougherty County district attorney.

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Arrest in grocery store robbery

Officers put one man in jail in connection with a grocery store armed robbery, while seeking more tips.

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Zero tolerance for drunken drivers

Staff members from every law enforcement agency in the area have one message for the July 4 holiday — Drive drunk and you go to jail.

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Chamber honors military

Three Marines were recognized at an Albany Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Wednesday.

Former Worth County deputy indicted

The Dougherty County grand jury indicts former Worth County Sheriff's deputy on gun and drug charges.

Man shot in back during attack

According to an Albany Police Department report, Antwon Mathis, 23, suffered a gunshot wound to his back during an attack by four black men at Holly House Apartments on the 900 block of Holloway Avenue at about 1 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Officers make arrest in robbery

Dougherty County Police Department officers reported the arrest of Terry Duvall Sams, 34, for a May 29 armed robbery of a 2336 Liberty Expressway Flash Foods convenience store.

Phoebe hosting blood drive today

In response to a critical need for blood, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is set to host a blood drive today.

Hospital CEO to be sentenced Thursday

Ken Beverly, former CEO of Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, will be sentenced in Albany today, court officials say.

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Arrest made after parking lot fight

Suspects in Monday fight at Charlie B's parking lot report to police, who make one arrest.

LOST summit vital to Lee budgets

Lee County, Leesburg and Smithville elected officials will meet to determine the distribution of tax monies.

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Missing teen found Tuesday

Parents and police had sought help in locating the missing 14-year-old girl.

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Albany Marathon donates to local hospice

Despite bad weather in March, the 2012 Albany Marathon was successful enough to increase its donation to Willson Hospice House.

New tax a bad route for transportation

In a letter to the editor, Tom Stevenson of Albany says that a new tax is a bad route for transportation.

Redbone candidate is pushing reforms

In a letter to the editor, Jerry Smith of Leesburg says that Redbone candidate Greg Frich is pushing for reforms.

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Staple those green cards!

In a recent speech to Latino leaders, Mitt Romney said: "If you get an advanced degree, we want you to stay here. So I'd staple a green card to the diploma of someone who gets an advanced degree in America." A year ago, Barack Obama said he was all for "encouraging foreign students to stay in the U.S. and contribute to our economy by stapling a green card to the diplomas" of those with advanced degrees in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

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Should West believe Egypt's new president?

Throughout America's history, there have been people who denied threats from our enemies. During the Revolutionary War, significant numbers sided with the British monarchy. Enablers in politics, the media and even religion helped Communism remain in power for seven decades in the Soviet Union. German Nazis had their U.S. apologists.

Squawk of the Day - June 28, 2012

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Police/Fire/EMS - June 28, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 35 incidents.

Candidate forum set for Saturday

Candidates from at least five different races have been invited to speak at a forum in Albany Saturday morning.

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DCSS rehires nutrition services director and five teachers

Contracts reissued to five non-tendered teachers; two paraprofessionals terminated

The Board also votes to reissue contracts to five CRCT teachers.

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Muggridge kicks off re-election campaign

A Lee County Commissioner points to a long list of accomplishments during his first term in office.

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Career academy voted down 4-3

ACCA steering committee member Velvet Riggins stuns Board, crowd with “no” vote.

Iris Glass

Mrs. Iris Vaudine Murkerson Glass, 83, died Tuesday afternoon, June 26, 2012

Marian Bjerken

Marian Hoover Bjerken, age 79, died June 23, 2012

Dougherty School Board OKs FY 2013 budget

The Dougherty School Board has approved a $116 million spending plan for FY 2013 that does not call for a tax increase.

Norman Crumbley

Mr. Norman Crumbley, 61, of Camilla died on June 27, 2012

Debbie McEntyre

Mrs.Debbie Posey McEntyre, 56, of Chauncey died Wednesday June 27, 2012

Jessie Thomas

Mrs. Jessie Mae Thomas of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shooting reported, one wounded

Another shooting in Albany

UPDATE: Armed robbers hit grocery

Armed gunmen force clerks back into store to rob safe after 11 p.m. Monday on the 700 block of Johnson Road.

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Learning resources for the state can be reviewed at Lee County High

The public has a chance to review textbooks and other learning resources for instruction in Grades K-12 Mathematics.

Roy Thomas, Jr.

Mr. Roy Hill Thomas, Jr. of Arlington died on June 20, 2012

Lillian Morgan

Mrs. Lillian Morgan, 70, of Albany died on June 26, 2012

Michale Pierce

U.S. Army Veteran Michale Bernard Pierce 47 of Sparks, GA departed this life June 25, 2012