News for Thursday, March 15, 2012

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ASU releases 2012 football schedule; VSU left off

The Albany State football team will open the season with a North Greenville team that blew the Rams out of the 2011 playoffs before traveling to North Carolina on back-to-back road trips, but there is one big name missing from the 2012 schedule — Southwest Georgia rival Valdosta State. (ADDS: breakout of full schedule at bottom of story)

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Faith and dogs found in Alabama

Last weekend, Newt Gingrich strutted into an overflow crowd of people waiting for him at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Ala., and greeted them with an insult.

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Republican campaign strategy tricky

Rick Santorum deserves credit for his impressive primary victories in Mississippi and Alabama. Newt Gingrich led us to believe he would win both states.

Pull the plug on tapping reserves

None of us like gas pump prices hovering in the $3.70 a gallon area in Georgia, but that's no reason to tap the nation's supply of emergency oil.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 16, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 25 incidents.

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Crime Stoppers - March 16, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has seven fugitives on its Most Wanted list this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Word a particularly bad choice

Author Jonah Lehrer has written a book on how to foster and encourage creativity. As one who preaches and writes weekly I need all the creativity I can get and someday I may pick up his book, though it would have been sooner except for one unnecessary word in the book’s excerpt in the March 10-11, 2012 Wall Street Journal.

ATC Foundation to 'roast' John Culbreath

Former DCSS superintendent to be roasted for a worthy cause.

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Judge hears case involving Navy, rare right whales

Environmentalists asked a federal judge Thursday to decide whether the Navy must halt plans to build a $100 million offshore training range because of potential threats to endangered right whales.

State park to host Astronomy Night

Providence Canyon State Conservation Park will hold an Astronomy Night on Saturday.

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Albany Mall to host Master Gardener Day

Master Gardener Day is slated for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Westover Literary team heads to state

The team won the overall Region 1-AAA championship this past week.

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Albanian takes first in Flavor of Georgia

Debra McFadden-Bryant takes first place in the meat division of the 2012 Georgia Food Product Contest.

Squawk of the day - March 16, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Metro jobless rate rises

At 11.5 percent, Terrell County had the highest unemployment rate of the metropolitan Albany area in January.

Jury surveys heading out in Dougherty

The Dougherty County Clerk says periodically her office updates the jury pool data and that the questionnaires are helpful in doing so.

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Deputy injured in late-afternoon car crash

Injuries are believed to be minor, officials say.

Lt. Terron Hayes’ vehicle was hit from behind by a vehicle on Gillionville Road, police officials say.

Tom Brown

Mr. Tom Orbert Brown of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Friday, March 9, 2012

William Jordan

Mr. William "Bruh" Jordan of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Friday, March 9, 2012

Penny Wells

Ms. Penny Leigh Wells, 56, of Albany died on Tuesday March 13, 2012

Michael Crowley

Michael Joseph Crowley, age 53, of Columbus, GA died Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gerald Kimsey, Sr.

Mr. Gerald Kimsey, Sr. 56, of Blackberry Rd. in Baconton, GA died March 15, 2012

Frances Feagin

Frances Feagin, 86, of Americus, a resident of Magnolia Manor, formerly of Albany, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Allen Henry, Jr.

He departed this life March 10, 2012

Dennis Clay

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

Torrace Ealey

Mr. Torrace J. Ealey, 46, formerly of Edison died on March 8, 2012

Willie Heard, Sr.

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

Jamari Bridges

Baby Girl Jamari Ja'Cayla Bridges, 3 -1/2 months old of Albany, GA died on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Robert Singleton

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Singleton of Shellman will be held on Saturday

Johnny White

Mr. Johnny White died March 15, 2012

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Two sentenced to life for killings

Brian Beasley was charged with killing Robert Purvis

Brian Beasley was convicted of a 2011 murder, while Laderick Chappell was convicted for a 2010 beating death.

Mary Taylor

Mrs. Mary Clem Taylor of Atlanta died March 7, 2012

Ny'Ricki Nelson

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

Betty Culpepper

Betty J. Culpepper, 75, of Richland died on March 13, 2012

James Jackson

James Lee Jackson, 77, of Richland died on March 11, 2012

Julius Stephens

Mr. Julius Allen Stephens, 60, of Albany died on March 12, 2012

William Johnson

Mr. William Shelly Johnson, 71, of Beverly Hills, MI died on March 9, 2012

Steven Dodson

Mr. Steven Bernard Dodson of Sumter County died on March 11, 2012

Lewis Singleton

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

Maybelle Frost

Mrs. Maybell Turner Frost, 91, of Albany died on March 8, 2012

Buck Stapleton

Buck Stapleton, 75, of Fitzgerald, Georgia died Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Patricia Davis

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

Luther Williams

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

Oscar Howzine

Mr. Oscar Howzine, 71 of Dawson, GA died on Friday, March 09, 2012

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Metro Albany’s jobless rate increases to 10.1 percent in January

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany rose to 10.1 percent in January.

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