News for Monday, March 12, 2012

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Holes left in lives difficult to fill

Dear Dad, I am writing to let you know that I am a man now. This may come as a surprise to you, but I have some things I need to say.

Albany woman injured by stray bullet Sunday

A woman became the victim of a reckless conduct incident Sunday afternoon, according to Albany Police Department reports.

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Veteran's tire issue unanswered

Dozens of used tires have been dumped in a wooded area just off Albany's Radium Springs Road.

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Lily Pad's bookkeeper arrested on theft charges

Robin Dunn is being accused of stealing more than $8,000 from the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center.

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Trials begin for murder suspects

Brian Beasley and LaDerick Chappell are currently on trial in Dougherty Superior Court in two separate murder cases.

Wanted woman arrested on drug charges

The search for a wanted person results in the discovery of marijuana last weekend.

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Wreck closes portion of Gillionville Road

Elmer Wester III was cited for failure to maintain lane and following too closely after crashing into three vehicles on Gillionville Road.

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Celebration of Life held at ASU for Jo Neal Freeman

A near-capacity crowd pays respects to Jo Neal Freeman, wife of ASU President, Everette J Freeman.

Police/Fire/EMS report for March 13, 2012

APD responds to at least 100 incidents.

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Parent takes complaint to Lee School Board

The mother of a Lee County Middle School student says her son received sexually explicit text messages from a classmate.

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Iraq War veteran awarded Bronze Star for bravery

Specialist Wesley Braswell is awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Combat Medic Badge.

Squawk of the day - March 13, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Everyone has stake in school spending

Late Monday afternoon, we received a notice that the Dougherty County Board of Education is indeed conducting a called budget meeting for 5 p.m. today at the School Administration Building at 200 Pine Ave.

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Where's the hope for the GOP?

You've got to hand it to Democrats and the Obama re-election campaign. Like a quarterback who looks left to draw the defense away from his intended target on the right, Democrats have managed to divert our attention.

Albany lawyer named to student finance panel

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to F. Faison Middleton IV of Watson Spence law firm in Albany on his recent appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Litter shows lack of community pride

In a letter to the editor, M.C. Brooks of Hayesville, N.C., says that Albany's litter shows lack of community pride.

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'The Card': I won't leave home without it

The Class of 1965 turns 65 this year -- a historic occasion despite it being only the 47th anniversary of our cap-and-gown ceremony.

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DCSS budget meeting called today

An open public meeting is planned for 5 p.m. in the BOE boardroom.

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Sheriff: DCSO is doing more with less

Criminal cases assigned to the Dougherty County Sheriff's investigators were up by more than 47 percent, officials say.

Criminal cases assigned to the Dougherty County Sheriff’s investigators were up by more than 47 percent, officials say.

AJ Taylor

Mr. AJ Taylor, 67, of Sylvester died Saturday March 10, 2012

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Organizers: 38,000-plus participated in Mardi Gras festivities

The money generated during the event will go to pay for next year's event, organizers say.

Albany's signature downtown festival welcomed more than 38,000 guests Saturday, organizers say, making it one of the best attended Mardi Gras festivals to date.

Joseph Mathis

Joseph Henry Mathis, 81, of Albany, GA, died Monday, March 12, 2012

Allen Henry, Jr.

Mr. Allen Henry, Jr., 72, of Albany died Saturday, March 10, 2012

Essie Cook

Mrs. Essie Cook, 87, of Albany died Monday, March 12, 2012

Dennis Clay

Mr. Dennis Clay, 51, of Albany died Friday, March 9, 2012

Ny'Ricki Nelson

Lil' Ny'Ricki Nelson, 10, passed away on March 12, 2012

Wanda Barfield

Wanda Barfield, 55, of Albany, GA, died Sunday, March 11, 2012

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March Madness begins; field is set

Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina all lose in their conference tournaments but still grab No. 1 seeds as the field is picked for the NCAA tournament.

Luther Williams

Bro. Luther James Williams, 70 of Dawson, Ga died on Saturday, March 10, 2012

UGA's Smith arrested, charged with marijuana possession

Georgia cornerback Branden Smith has been arrested and charged with marijuana possession in Alabama.

Robert Granger

Robert Earl Granger 68, of Albany, GA died Sunday, March 11, 2012

Alvin Dollar

Alvin Jerome Dollar, 91, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mattie Osby

Mrs. Mattie Ruth Osby 85 of Ty Ty,Ga departed this life Sunday March 11, 2012

Tifton Hospital Authority buys Adel hospital/nursing home

The authority purchased the hospital for $8.35 million, officials say.

The entity that owns and controls the assets of Tift Regional Medical Center announced Monday that it had purchased the hospital and nursing home in the rural town of Adel, officials say.

Tobe Milner, Jr

Tobe Milner, Jr. died on March 11, 2012

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Taliban vow revenge for Afghans killed on Sunday

The Taliban vowed revenge Monday for an "inhumane attack" in which an American soldier allegedly shot to death 16 civilians.

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Sweet Seminoles

Florida State makes history, winning its first ACC men’s basketball title by beating powerhouse North Carolina, 85-82, on Sunday.

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Rose wins at Doral; Tiger withdraws early

Justin Rose wins at Doral on a day when Bubba Watson comes up just short and Tiger Woods leaves the course with an Achilles injury.

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Stewart redeems himself at Vegas

Tony Stewart makes a bold move on a restart and redeems himself, holding off Jimmie Johnson to win in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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Deerfield tennis teams sweep DWS Classic

The Deerfield boys and girls tennis teams stay unbeaten, sweeping three teams ni the DWS Tennis Classic.

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Smith pours in 28 points to lead Hawks past Kings, 106-99

Josh Smith scores 28 points and leads the Hawks to a 106-99, win against Sacramento on the road last Sunday night.

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