News for Thursday, March 22, 2012


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Megan's House opens in Columbus

In addition to Albany, Waycross and Valdosta, there is a fourth Megan's House location now operating in Columbus.

Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has five 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.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 23, 2012

Police recover car; one arrested

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Bridge supporters urge new public hearings

Njemile Z. Ali and Christopher Fullerton say that converting the Broad Avenue Bridge into a pedestrian bridge was never put on the table at previous public hearings.

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Hospitalists enter specialties

Dr. James Griffith, a gastroenterologist, is part of a medical breed new to Southwest Georgia -- the specialty hospitalist.

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Dooley sees winner in club

Vince Dooley, UGA's most successful football coach, returns to Albany to speak on the 25th anniversary of an event that he helped launch.

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Pope should make meeting in Cuba

A non-event may become the most noteworthy event of the March 23-29th Pope Benedict XVI visit to Cuba and Mexico.

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Dougherty County Jail Report March 15-22, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail March 15-22, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Name reflects self image and perception

What's in a name? Most of us, perhaps regrettably, do not get to select our own names and are saddled with our parents' projections of what we might be. It is entertaining to consider what name we might select for ourselves and what that name might suggest about us. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum recently got this chance when they selected their Secret Service code names.

Republican campaign gets a bit sketchy

After nearly three months of primaries and caucuses, it looks like there's finally a winner in the Republican presidential nomination process. But it might not be who -- or what -- you might expect.

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A Time for Peace and Withdrawal

I write this in anger and in frustration. And I must begin with words better than my own: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies ... a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Bass tourney to benefit Easter Seals

Since 2000, an annual bass tournament has provided more than $119,000 for Easter Seals Southern Georgia.

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Dawson museum features old, new hometown artists

The Terrell County History Museum kicks off its display of “hometown” artists this weekend.

Americorps tries to build bridges with police

Americorps members give reports on the organization’s activities at the monthly Gang Task Force meeting.

Squawk of the Day - March 23, 2012

Squawk of the Day - March 23, 2012

Eula Mae (Tillman) Bryant

Eula Mae (Tillman) Bryant, 82, Moultrie, died March 17, 2012

Mary Jeanette Johnson

Mary Jeanette Johnson, 77, Dothan Died March 21, 2012

Joe Carter, Jr.

Joe Carter, Jr. , Sumter County, GA, died March 20, 2012

Herman Buggs, Sr.

Herman Buggs, Sr., 68, Donalsonville Died March 15, 2012

Chainy Jackson

Chainy Jackson, 93, Shellman Died March 18, 2012

Jimmy Lee Killings

Jimmie Lee Killings, 86, Vienna Died March 21, 2012

Eddie Joe Taylor

Eddie Joe Taylor, Leary Died March 19, 2012

Raymond M. Hepner, Sr.

Raymond M. Hepner, Sr., 69, Albany Died March 20, 2012

Betty Jackson Lewis

Betty Jackson Lewis, McDonough Died March 18, 2012

Geraldine Clements Jenkins

Geraldine Jenkins, 81, Kathleen, GA, died March 20, 2012

Charlie Mae Walker Floyd

Charlie Mae Walker Floyd, 97, Ashburn Died March 17, 2012

Esther Green Chappell

Esther Green Chappell, Sumter County, GA, died March 21, 2012

Harry Elmer Daniels

Harry Elmer Daniels, 99, Moultrie died March 17, 2012

Mamie Harris

Mamie Harris, 61, Camilla Died March 20, 2012

Jewel Holder

Jewel Holder, 94, Cuthbert Died March 20, 2012

Annie Florence Wells

Annie Florence Wells, Calhoun Died March 22, 2012

Marie Conn

Marie Conn, 85, Leesburg Died March 22, 2012

Joyce Whitfield Hall

Joyce Whitfield Hall, 66, Sylvester Died March 21, 2012

Ella O.W.C. Whitehead

Ella O.W.C. Whitehead, 85, Camilla Died March 19, 2012

Albert Clifford Favors

Albert Clifford Favors, 89, Leary, died March 22, 2012

Melanie W. Brown

Melanie W. Brown, 26 Leesburg Died march 21, 2012

Daisy L. Randall

Daisy L. Randall, 82, Attapulgus, GA died March 21, 2012

Roy Sangster

Roy Sangster, 79, Camilla Died March 21, 2012

Gloria Williams Carter

Gloria Williams Carter, 36, Albany Died March 12, 2012

Tommy L. Robinson

Tommy L. Robinson, Sylvester Died March 22, 2012

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson, Pelham Died March 18, 2012

James Dennis

James Dennis, 82, Camilla Died March 21, 2012

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Valdosta among federal courthouses targeted for closure. Albany's safe

The federal government is looking for ways to save money, officials say.

A list of proposed federal courthouse closings includes the courthouse in Valdosta, officials say.

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Postell questioning WGL deal

Tax records show that the Suntrust building sold for $3.1 million in 2008, but is currently assessed at $2.9 million — more than $1,109,800 less than WG&L's proposed purchase price.

An Albany City Commissioner is requesting city officials shine the light on proposed real estate transaction involving the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission that he says may have been done to skirt scrutiny from the city commission.

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Georgia’s jobless rate drops to near three-year low

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that Georgia’s February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month.

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ASU baseball routed by Columbus State, 33-7, marking worst loss in more than a decade

Albany State falls apart in Wednesday's 33-7 loss to Columbus State, which kept scoring up until the very end and handed the Rams one of their worst losses in program history.

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Johnson plays hero (twice) as Hawks nip Cavs in OT

Atlanta's Joe Johnson hits a game-tying 3-pointer in regulation, then drills a baseline jumper in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, 103-203.

Local archery teams shine at state tournament

Archery teams from Lee County Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Lee County Middle School and Miller County High School excel at the state meet Wednesday in Perry.

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Hanson, Lannan both shine as Braves top Nationals

Braves starter Tommy Hanson looks to have shaken off any lingering effects from his concussion as he leads Atlanta past Washington.

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Looking for a spark

Panthers quarterback Cecil Lester and his offense had just 126 total yards in last week’s season opener against Richmond, but with the offseason rust shaken off, the team thinks it will find its groove again Saturday against Louisiana in a rematch of last season’s SIFL Championship game.