News for Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Thanks, Isaac Watts, for your inspiring hymns

Have you ever sung the words of a hymn while simultaneously thinking about something else?

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DCSS CRCT scores up in '12

Lee County also experiences a jump in test scores.

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Election signs stolen and vandalized in Lee County

Roadside election signs provide targets for vandals in Lee and Dougherty counties.

Gang Task Force hears from community leaders

The Gang Task Force listens as community leaders give critiques at its monthly meeting Thursday.

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Albany Tech plants a tree

Students and faculty plant a Live Oak tree on the campus of Albany Tech for a belated Arbor Day observance.

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WG&L revenue takes a tumble

Year-to-date WG&L revenues are down millions from predictions, but May was promising officials say.

Beverly sentenced to 24 months in prison

A former CEO of Archbold Medical Center was convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud in 2010.

Poliice/Fire/EMS report for June 29, 2012

APD responds to at least 51 incidents.

Insurance tax ruled constitutional

The nation’s final arbiter has had the final say on the 2010 health care reform law — despite Republicans’ argument that it isn’t, it is legal, and despite Democrats’ arguments that it isn’t, it is a federal tax.

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Lack of trust affects future opportunities

As I sat in a packed room of the Dougherty County School System listening to the public debate over whether to authorize the commissioning of the system’s first College and Career Academy, I was struck by the by the larger issue at-hand and the obvious elephant in the room: Trust, or a lack thereof.

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Obamacare: Why Roberts voted in favor

It’s the judiciary’s Nixon-to-China: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the Supreme Court and upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare.

Squawk of the Day - June 29, 2012

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Residents want libraries to stay open

A group speaking Thursday threatened to mount a campaign against T-SPLOST if their demands weren't met.

A group of concerned citizens called on members of the Library Board to cease efforts to close two Dougherty County facilities and come to the table to find ways to save the two doomed libraries.

Jessie Henry

Mr. Jessie D. "Big Daddy" Henry, Sylvester, GA, departed this life on Friday, June 22, 2012

Mildred Albritton

Mrs. Mildred Starling Carlton Albritton, 86, 2001 South Lee Street, Americus, passed away on Thursday morning, June 28, 2012

Ethel Hawkins

Mrs. Ethel Green Hawkins, 89, of Leesburg died on June 28, 2012

Retta Brantley

She joined her heavenly father on June 24, 2012

Debbie McEntyre

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

Albert Beeks

Mr. Albert Beeks, 82, of Albany died Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tony Spence

Mr. Tony Spence, 45, of Albany, Ga. passed on June 28, 2012

Norman Crumbley

Mr. Norman "Shot" Crumbley, 61, of Camilla, Ga. passed on June 27, 2012

Lillian Morgan

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

Dexter Keaton

Mr. Dexter Keaton of Pelham, Ga, passed on June 25, 2012

Louise Bishop

Louise Bishop, 67, of Dawson died on June 23, 2012

William Anderson

Mr. William Earl Anderson, 63, of Eufaula, AL died at his home on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Martha Manderville

Mrs. Martha Lois Manderville, 83, of Eufaula, AL died at Crowne Healthcare of Eufaula on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lillian Broxton

Mrs. Lillian Deloris Broxton, age 89, who passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012

Skylar Thomas

Little Miss Skylar Leeamber Thomas of Albany died on June 27, 2012

Willie Shannon

Mrs. Willie Bell Watson Shannon, 76, of Loganville, formerly of Dawson, died on June 24, 2012

Celestine Hightower

Mrs. Celestine Smith Hightower, 68, of Smithville died on June 17, 2012

Eddie Murray

Dea. Eddie R. Murray, 81, of Albany died on June 23, 2012

Reactions mixed to Supreme Court health care act ruling

These are some of the reactions to today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding national health care reform.

John Tomberlin

John Clifford "Bubby" Tomberlin, 71, of Irwin County died June 27, 2012

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CRCT results released for the state's school systems (updated with all grades)

Results by grade are now available for the 2012 CRCT tests.

Bonnie McCoy

Bonnie F. McCoy, 74 of Albany passed away Wednesday, June 27

Anthony Johnson

Anthony E. Johnson, 54, of died June 21, 2012

Sandra Mansfield

Mrs. Sandra Russell Mansfield of Sumter County died on June 25, 2012

Shawana Holley

Mrs. Shawana Cross Holley, 47 of Ashburn, GA departed this life June 27, 2012

Michael Pierce

U.S.Army Veteran Michael B. Pierce 47 of Spark, Ga, departed this life June 25, 2012

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Supreme Court upholds health care reform act (Added: What it means; poll)

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Maggie Brown

Mrs. Maggie S.Brown 101 of Chula, Ga departed this life June 25, 2012

Mary Wilson

Mrs. Mary Lee Wilson 97 of Ty Ty, Ga departed this life June 24, 2012

Mealie Brown

Mrs. Mealie 'Biggum' Brown 100 of Sparks, Ga departed this life June 24, 2012

Kenneth Daniels

Kenneth Daniels ( K.D.), 47, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Albany died June 22, 2012

Gloria Burley

Gloria Jean Burley, 68, of Camilla, died Monday, June 25, 2012

R.D. Rushing

Mr. R. D. Rushing of Long Beach, New York, who departed this life on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Willie Harold, Jr.

Mr. Willie Harold, Jr. of Albany died on June 27, 2012

Preshona Toson

Preshona Monique Toson, 39 of Albany died Sunday June 24, 2012

Ray Reddick

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

Dougherty school IT support specialist indicted

DCSS IT employee indicted on two financial transaction card theft charges and three computer-related charges.

Lillie Myers

Mrs. Lillie Ola Myers of Lee County died on June 24, 2012

Willie Kimbrough

Mrs. Willie Ruth Kimbrough of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Sumter County, died on June 19, 2012

Jermar Ponder

Jermar Ponder, 15, of Bayonne, NJ died on June 26, 2012

Melvin Baisden

U.S. Army Veteran Melvin Baisden 55 of Albany, Ga departed this life June 21, 2012

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COLLEGE GOLF: Ex-Southland, current Ole Miss star Fowler leading Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic; Darton golfers, coach set to play in Georgia Amateur

Former Herald Player of the Year and Ole Miss No. 1 golfer Kathyrn Fowler of Americus is the overall leader at the Georgia State Golf Association's Top 60 Women's Classic after one round Wednesday.

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Seminole County’s Rambo named to Preseason All-SEC Team --- despute unsettled status; Atlanta wants to one of the hosts for college football playoff

Donalsonville native Bacarri Rambo, a star safety for Georgia's football team, along with teammates Jarvis Jones (LB) and John Jenkins (DL), all earn Preseason All-SEC honors Wednesday.

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Ex-ASU track stars begin Olympic bids

Former Albany State track stars Brandon Roulhac and Ronnie McGirt will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team during trials in Eugene, Ore., which continue today.

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Westover golf star Hubbard headed to Paine

Westover’s first region golf champion in nearly two decades, Jerrell Hubbard, signs with Paine College on Wednesday.

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Leesburg’s Posey still leads NL catchers on MLB All-Star ballot; voting ends today

Leesburg native and Giants starting catcher Buster Posey still leads the MLB NL All-Star voting, which ends today at 11:59 p.m.

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Curtain call

Westover grad and beloved Panthers receiver Antwone Savage is retiring after Saturday’s PIFL title game against Richmond, and he wants to leave his hometown with one more lasting memory — a PIFL championship.

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Chipper’s 2-run HR helps Braves beat Arizona

The Braves' long homestand is starting well as they beat Arizona on Wednesday night, 6-4, for its second straight victory.

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Davis first to Hornets, then what in NBA draft?

Kentucky big man Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick by New Orleans in tonight’s 2012 NBA Draft, but beyond that is anyone’s guess.

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Ferry on the clock in first NBA draft with Hawks

All eyes will be on Danny Ferry tonight at the NBA Draft as he makes his first major move since being hired Monday as Atlanta’s new GM.

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