News for Saturday, June 30, 2012


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Panthers win championship

The Albany Panthers win their second-straight championship title in front of a home crowd Saturday night in Albany.

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Looking Back 1 July 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

Nothing like waiting until the last minute

After months of arguing, Congress on Friday did what was inevitable — particularly in an election year. It passed a $100 billion transportation bill that also kept college students’ interest rates at 3.4 percent.

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Putting a positive spin on ‘Highway KKK’

The beginning of an intriguing battle is brewing in Georgia as the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s (the IKKKKK?) application to take part in the Adopt-A-Highway program in north Georgia’s Union County is being challenged by the state.

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Dougherty County Jail Report June 21-27, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 21-27, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Births 1 July 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from June 18-June 24.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 1, 2012

APD responds to at least 67 incidents

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Involve kids with healthy food choices

According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) statistics, the national childhood obesity rate has tripled in the last 30 years.

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The Buzz 1 July 2012

Shakespeare workshop set for this week ALBANY — Actress Emily Kitchens will conduct a two-day Shakespeare Intensive Workshop Thursday and Friday at Theater Albany, 514 Pine Avenue.

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1D’s swooping the girls’ hearts

Question: If the sound of a jet taking off equals around 180 decibels and the sound of a whisper equals about 20 decibels, what does about 140 decibels equal? Answer: Tuesday night.

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July good time for a soil test

The July Gardener

Blueberries are an excellent ornamental shrub for the yard with pretty blue-green leaves and, if you are lucky, a little fall color.

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Candidates pitch for votes at Saturday forum

Ten candidates pitch their experience in hopes to secure votes for six various elected positions on July 31.

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Woman trapped in pickup after crash with APD

An APD SUV collides with a Ford F-150. Emergency responders rescue a woman trapped in the flipped pickup.

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On the Job with Doug Lorber

Herald writer Jim West holds a Q&A with Doug Lorber, co-owner of Albany Audiology.

Kitchen Inspections for July 1, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections for Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

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Shugart riding wave of 'Dynamic Synergy'

An Albany businessman/philanthropist insists a large-scale music and arts festival can do well in Southwest Georgia.

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DCSS announces public hearings to discuss 'property tax increase'

Two hearings are scheduled for Monday and a final one is set for July 9.

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How to save when temps hit triple digits

Most homeowners fail to take advantage of energy-saving tips and programs, which can lead to hundreds in added energy costs.

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A win for Obama -- and Roberts

The Supreme Court's decision upholding the health care law is not only a huge victory for President Obama but also a moment of leadership for Chief Justice John Roberts.

Thumbs Up! - July 2, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

Squawk of the Day - July 1, 2012

Make your comment about today's Squawk of the Day!

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Top 30 favorite songs from the movies

This is one that the "Music Man," Carlton Fletcher, our longtime cohort, has not pulled from his bag of musical lists.

Dyra Kent

Dyra Kent, 70, died Saturday June 30, 2012

Scottie Walls

Mr. Scottie Andrew Walls, 29, of Albany died Friday, June 29, 2012

Harriette Morton

Harriette Elizabeth Maddox Morton, 89 years old, of Marietta, Georgia, went to be with her Lord on the 29th of June 2012

Bonnie McCoy

Bonnie Fay McCoy, 74, of Albany, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eldora Harrell

Eldora Harrell, 76, of Albany passed away Thursday, June 28th

Thelma Freeman

Thelma Ellis Freeman, 91, of Blakely died on June 28, 2012

Melvin Daniel

Melvin S. Daniel, 78, of Albany, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alton Mims

Alton Mims, 68 of Dawson died on June 30, 2012

Lemroy Edwards

Lemroy Edwards, 74, of Lumpkin died on June 27, 2012

Shawna Holley

Mrs. Shawna Denise Cross Holley 45 of Ashburn, Ga departed this life June 26, 2012

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Nats hold off Braves, 5-4

The Braves tie Friday's game with four runs in the seventh inning, but Washington's Michael Morse belts a home run in the eighth to lift the Nationals to victory.

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Albany 8-year-old overcomes disability, throws perfect game

Will Plowden was born with bilateral clubfeet and has had eight surgeries in his life, but two weeks ago he overcame all of his challenges to throw a perfect game.