News for Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Defending what's theirs

Corey Rue’s interception return for a touchdown breaks open Saturday night’s game for the reigning league champion Panthers, who rely on their defense to lead them to a season-opening win against the Richmond Raiders, 40-28.

Community calendar for March 18, 2012

Here is a list of events scheduled for Southwest Georgia.

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Hometown boy does us all proud

‘Do you know him?” my sister asked and I paused, but only for a moment.

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Looking Back March 18 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 mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

Births March 18 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Mar. 5-9.

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Reversing bad habits is no easy task

March is National Nutrition Month, so I want to share some simple ideas that will help you get in shape and keep you there.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 18, 2012

APD called to 17 incidents early Saturday

Rescheduled Mardi Gras a nice surprise

The city of Albany, and particularly businesses located in the downtown district, probably didn't realize it at the time, but the storm system that washed out the city's Mardi Gras celebration March 3 turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Gieryic overwhelmed by support

Tom Gieryic hasn't gotten a lot of work done at his automotive repair shop lately.

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Zero civilian casualties possible?

I am looking at a heartwarming 1945 photograph of a Canadian-liberated town in the Netherlands, all joyous spontaneity and relief as townspeople (two wearing wooden shoes) celebrate their liberation from Nazi Germany. Nearly 70 years later, this snapshot in time is relevant to events currently swirling around a tragic, aberrational incident in which a U.S. Army staff sergeant apparently walked off base and killed 16 Afghan civilians.

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Albany's Girl Scouts celebrate 100th year

A symbolic Girl Scout 'passing of the torch' ceremony is held Saturday at Turtle Park.

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Wing Fest 2012 rocks the fairground

The second annual Wing Fest event attracts music and chicken wing lovers.

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Merry Acres' extreme makeover

Albany's first motel has undergone a dramatic facelift and is now part of a vital inn and events center complex.

Area students named to Albany State dean’s list

Students must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum course load of 12 hours.

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Downtown furniture store offers new, modified items

The Milestone Trading Company offers customers an experience in unique furniture, accessories and decorating.

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On the Job with Trent Blalock

Managing Editor Danny Carter holds a question-and-answer session with Trent Blalock, deputy commander for business operations at Marine Corps Logistics Base and Marine Depot Maintenance Command.

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Kitchen inspections for March 18, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections for Dougherty County.

Marvin McDonald

Marvin McDonald, 97, Pelham, died March 16, 2012

Jamari Ja'Cayla Bridges

Jamari Ja'Cayla Bridges, 3 1/2 mo, Albany, March 14, 2012

Rebecca Medlock Dale

Rebecca Medlock Dale, 84, Albany March 16, 2012

Julius Allen Stephens

Julius Allen Stephens, 60, Albany March 17,2012

Lillie Bell Robison

Lille Bell Robison,84, Shellman March 17, 2012

Eddie L. Rivers

Eddie L. Rivers, 61, Albany March 15, 2012

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FRIDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Senior hoops stars shine one final time at All-Star game at Darton; Lee baseball snaps four-game skid

Southwest Georgia’s top senior boys and girls basketball players take the court at Darton on Friday in the annual Southwest Georgia Showcase, hoping to impress college scouts and give the fans a show one last time, although the evening's festive atmosphere was dampened by a serious injury during the dunk contest. (ADDS: items on Lee County, Terrell Academy and SGA baseball; Sherwood boys, girls soccer)

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- ROUNDUP: No. 13 Ohio sends No. 4 Michigan packing; No. 1s Kansas, Michigan, UNC advance easily

For the second time in three years, Ohio upsets a bigger seed in the NCAA Tournament, this time taking down Michigan on Friday, 65-60.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Brackets busted as No. 2s Missouri, Duke both fall

In one of the most shocking upsets in NCAA Tournament history Friday, MEAC champ Norfolk State takes down Big 12 champ Missouri, becoming just the fifth No. 15 seed to knock off a No. 2, while just a few hours later, No. 15 Lehigh becomes the sixth when it upsets No. 2 Duke.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: FSU survives St. Bonaventure after late rally

Cold-shooting FSU certainly didn't look like the better team Friday in its first-round NCAA Tournament game against No. 4 St. Bonaventure, but the Seminoles survive to advance to play Cincinnati on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW: New arena league should finally ensure stability for Panthers

The three-year experiment named the SIFL failed because of uncommitted owners, but the Albany Panthers will be back on the field in 2012 in the PIFL, a league that Panthers GM Will Carter calls “a stronger business model made up of owners that have the financial backing to support these teams.”

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW: Panthers’ defense boosted by ‘Columbus Connection’

The Albany Panthers didn’t make many changes from their championship team, but they did make one huge addition when they signed four-time defensive MVP Damian Daniels, who left Albany’s biggest rival Columbus after leading the league with 18 interceptions last year.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW: Reigning champ Panthers on the prowl again

The Albany Panthers will be unveiling their 2011 SIFL Championship banner before tonight’s season opener against the Richmond Raiders, and this year’s team makes no secret of the fact that it’s already focusing on one primary goal: putting together another title run.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Chehaw BMX set to host state qualifier today; Darton softball moves to 28-1; Darton golf fights rain in second round at Goose Pond

Chehaw BMX will play host to a Georgia qualifier today at the park with riders from all across the Southeast hoping to secure their spot in the state championships later this year in Marietta.

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Heyward hits grand slam as Braves beat Astros

Jason Heyward homers for the second day in a row as Atlanta picks up a rare spring training win during its woeful exhibition season.

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