News for Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Don Sutton’s story is one we can all appreciate

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton and his journey to 300-plus wins and 3,500-plus strikeouts.

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Darton’s Macht ends freshman year with national title, 10 school records

Not only did Darton freshman Anna Macht win a national championship in the 400-yard individual medley, but she also left her mark in the program’s record book with her first season as a Lady Cav.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Morrell racks up 12 Ks, Westwood wins 17-0, Southland drops DWS, Miller County beats Westover, 6-2

Caleb Morrell strikes out a dozen batters to lead Westwood to a 17-0 win against Georgia Christian while Class A Miller County knocks off Class AAA Westover, 6-2. Southland edges Deerfield, 5-4, in the GISA Region 3-AAA opener and DWS sweeps Sherwood in tennis while both DWS soccer teams romp against Tiftarea and Sherwood's girls beat Southland 7-0 in soccer, and the roundup includes DWS golf, Lee County baseball and Baconton Charter baseball.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU's Hicks named conference pitcher of week

Behind freshman Chelsea Hicks, the Lady Rams have surged to a 4-0 conference record and four wins in their past six games.

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Leesburg’s Fye overcomes car accident, swims fastest in nation in 400, 1,500 free

Lee County seventh grader Nicole Fye, one of the most prolific 13-year-old swimmers in the USA, bounces back from a scary accident on the road and swims the 23rd fastest time in the nation for all ages in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

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Ga. Tech’s Rice kicked off team after shooting

Junior guard Glen Rice Jr. is booted off the Georgia Tech basketball team after being charged — alongside a graduate student manager — in a shooting incident outside an Atlanta nightclub.

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Ready to dance

Defense and balance has been key for the Seminoles, who are coming off their first ACC title in the history of the program and are preparing for a dangerous St. Bonaventure team.

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Braves tie Marlins, continue to struggle in spring training

It may just be spring training, but the Braves are 0-8-1 since March 5 and struggled Tuesday against the Marlins and pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who threw his first game against Atlanta since walking away from the Cubs last season.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 14, 2012

Police respond to at least 50 incidents

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Wing Fest takes flight for second year

The Albany Chicken Wing Festival is back to entertain families with music, wings and more.

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Foreclosure brings silence to happy home

For a long time, I’ve driven past that house and thought how happy it looked. Isn’t it funny how you can look at a house and know that laughter rings within its walls?

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Saddle club opens 2012 show season

The Dougherty County Saddle Club welcomes the public to the first shows of the season Saturday.

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Musical confession: I love Skrillex, Kanye

I'd like to start by clearing up a misconception. I am not being insulting or ironic when I say I enjoy the zany tidbits and comments of the many squawkers and regular online responders to articles in this newspaper.

Controversy blown out of proportion

I have read different stories recently about the flag ordeal at Mr. Gieryic's. When I read the first story, I immediately went to check out the situation.

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GrowSmart program to help business owners

The University of Georgia's SBDA brings its GrowSmart program to local business owners and managers.

APD looking into robberies

Two men in their early 20s became victims of armed robberies in Albany Monday night.

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BOE may cut supplements, sports

Furlough days, school occupancy, salaries and supplements dominate as the DCSS looks to save money.

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Lee Commission clears way to rescinding garbage ordinance

A controversial garbage fee ordinance, which has divided Lee County since its passage in 2009, may be on its way out.

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Development eyed adjacent to Lee's Grand Island

Nordstar LLC Development is ready to move forward with the construction of 100 townhouses near a Lee County golf course.

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Albany business raided in Internet cafe sting

Big Dawg Calling Cards on West Broad Avenue is listed in an indictment from DeKalb County Superior Court for participating in alleged illegal gambling activity.

Three DCSS high schools make state DOE's list of worst-performing schools

Albany, Monroe and Dougherty High Schools will now qualify for state assistance.

Patty Partiers will 'watch' for gold ticket

An Albany ARC fundraiser on Thursday night will pay off big for one lucky ticketholder.

Squawk of the day - March 14, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Robert Granger

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

David Hill

Mr. David Lamar Hill, age 65, of Donalsonville, GA. passed away Monday, March 5, 2012

Maurice Jackson

Mr. Maurice Develle Jackson of Suwanee, GA, departed this life on Monday, March 5, 2012

Joseph Mathis

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

Roy Pippin, Sr.

Roy Landis Pippin, Sr., 72, of Albany died Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oneida King

Mrs. King passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eli Collier

Eli J. Collier, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quantavious Sheffield

Mr. Quantavious Travae Sheffield of Sumter County died on March 10, 2012

Sylvester woman indicted for bilking teacher retirement system

A woman from Sylvester is accused of stealing a total of $19,385 in benefits.

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Sen. Chambliss schedules farm bill forums

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, has scheduled two forums this Friday on the federal farm bill, including one in Tifton.

Willie Heard, Sr.

Mr. Willie Heard, Sr., 72, of Albany died on March 12, 2012

Gail Davis

Mrs. Patricia Gail Shorter-Davis, 48 of Cuthbert, GA and formerly of Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Robert Singleton

Robert Singleton, 61, of Shellman died on March 12, 2012

Lewis Singleton

Mr. Lewis Singleton of Sumter County died on March 12, 2012

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New healthcare exchange rules issued for states

The Obama administration on Monday released broad new operating rules for state-run health insurance exchanges.

Gloria Carter

Mrs. Gloria Williams Carter of Dawson died on March 12, 2012

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UGA’s offseason arrests frustrate Richt

Mark Richt agrees to a new five-year contract that will carry him through the 2016 season, but the Georgia coach is forced to answer questions during Monday’s news conference about the legal troubles his players have recently stumbled into.

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LOCAL PREP/COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Baconton Charter, Westwood win on the diamond, GSW golf team struggles

Baconton Charter and Westwood win baseball games on Monday, and Deerfield's tennis teams sweep Tiftarea, but GSW's golf team shoots 20-over at Valdsota State.

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Former Lee County star Hatch signs with Armstrong Atlantic

Rachel Hatch, a former Herald Player of the Year in soccer from Lee County who sat out her final season at Darton with an ACL injury, signs a soccer scholarship with Armstrong Atlantic.

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No ordinary Joe

Joe Sakulpolphaisan picked up his first golf clubs in Sriracha Chonburi, Thailand, 11 years ago, beginning a journey that took the Darton golfer all the way to the No. 1 ranking in junior college.

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Braves lose to Cards, fall to 1-10 in spring

The Braves walk a dozen Cardinals and lose 5-4 on Monday to drop to a 1-10 record in the Grapefuit League.

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Chipper: ‘I don’t know if I can make it through this year’

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Monday that retirement could be as close as “tomorrow.”

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Georgia Tech, UGA women both land No. 4 seeds in NCAA

Georgia Tech (24-8) opens March Madness against No. 13 seed Sacred Heart, while Georgia's women (22-8) open against MAAC champ Marist as the NCAA women's tournament begins on Sunday.