News for Saturday, March 24, 2012


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Looking Back March 25

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

Births March 25

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Mar. 12-19.

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Discovering Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens, opened in 1952 by Cason Callaway and Virginia Callaway, will mark its 60th anniversary on May 20.

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Laws that no longer apply

Call me a rebel. I wore white and it’s not even April yet.

CDC taking on smoking image

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a different kind of anti-smoking campaign. Perhaps inspired by the effectiveness of nasty political ads over the past several election cycles, the CDC is going negative in an effort to combat the carefully cultivated image by tobacco purveyors that smoking is what the popular people do.

Thumbs Up! - March 26, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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The Right's etch a sketch imperative

Clarifying moments are rare in politics. They are the times when previously muddled issues are suddenly cast into sharp relief and citizens are given a look behind the curtains of spin and obfuscation.

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Moderation is good, moderately speaking

As the sun rises and dabs Caesars Palace with morning rouge, irony struts down the strip of casinos, shops and nightclubs.

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Taxes, charter schools hot topics at Town Hall

State Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, D-Dawson, speaks to upcoming legislation at Albany Commissioner Jon Howard’s Town Hall Saturday.

Sons of Jubal to perform in N. Korea

A 150-member all-male chorus and orchestra, which includes several area musicians, will perform in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during that nation’s Spring Arts Festival in April.

Army veteran gets House fellowship

Edward T. Rella, a six-year U.S. Army veteran, has officially joined the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D- Albany, as a fellow through the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program.

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Bowie recipient of ACCE scholarship

Deborah Bowie, senior director of public policy and communications for the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, was awarded a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) to attend the ACCE Annual Conference in August in Louisville, Ky.

Foxes in Albany run wild causing health concerns

A recent attack by a rabid fox in Dougherty County spreads worry about foxes in an Albany neighborhood.

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Doctor's pledge generates scholarship

Dr. Turner Rentz Sr., a 1946 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, practiced medicine in Miller and Baker counties for roughly 40 years before his death in 2010.

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Kitchen inspections report for March 25, 2012

The following are the results of kitchen inspections in Dougherty and Worth counties.

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If this is winter, God help us this summer

As I took in the view around me just before noon last Sunday -- the clear air, blooming pear trees, green grass sprouting up to overtake its gray-brown predecessors -- I was momentarily overwhelmed by the absolute splendor of nature.

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On the Job with Paul Luthman

Managing Editor Danny Carter holds a Q&A with Paul Luthman, executive presbyter of Flint River Presbytery in Albany.

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Urging resolutions hardly urgent to Congress

While the General Assembly has been busy with bills which will change current laws in Georgia or add new ones to the books, the members have also been introducing several hundred resolutions.

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Restaurant flies high on famous wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar opens to long lines and hardy appetites.

Squawk of the Day - March 25, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

For more than a decade, an Albany pastor has waged a battle to have the city honor his father for his fight against discrimination.

For more than a decade, an Albany pastor has waged a battle to have the city honor his father for his fight against discrimination.

Albany panel looking at curbside recycling

A committee is reviewing the city's solid waste ordinance, officials say.

Jack Linder, Sr.

SMSgt. Jack Lamar Linder, Sr. (USAF ret), 92, proud American and World War II veteran and Sears retiree, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mary Johnson

Mary Jeanette Johnson, age 77, of Jakin, GA passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ronald Sams

Ronald S. Sams, 72, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012

Hazel Wells

Hazel Baker Wells, 89, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012

Essie Dukes

Mrs. Essie Dukes of Camilla passed away March 23, 2012

Atha Troup

Atha Lee Petty "Mimi" Troup, 87, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Friday, March 23, 2012

Raymond Cresswell

Mr. Rayford Lee Cresswell, 70 of Leesburg GA died Friday, March, 23, 2012

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FRIDAY'S LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton softball puts on power display, win streak at 26 games; Lee County baseball wins fourth straight

The Lady Cavs use a mixture of doubles and home runs to rout neighboring rival Andrew in a doubleheader sweep Friday to move to 32-1 overall and 4-0 in region play. (ADDS: items on ASU, GSW softball; Lee County, Deerfield baseball)

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The rematch

The Panthers play Louisiana tonight in a rematch of last season’s SIFL championship game, but both coaches are focusing on staying atop the league standings this season, rather than looking back at last year’s game.

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Smith drops 30 as Hawks handle Nets, 93-84

The Hawks rally to take the lead in the fourth quarter Friday against the Nets thanks to Josh Smith's big game.

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COLUMN: Furman, I will miss you, dear old friend

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith offers his tribute to the life and career of the dean of Georgia sports writers, Furman Bisher, who died last Sunday at the age of 93.

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Uggla homers as Braves score spring win vs. Mets

Dan Uggla now leads the Grapefruit League in home runs during spring after hitting his fifth Friday during a 9-4 victory against the Mets.

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WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 PREVIEW: Georgia Tech aims to do what no other team has done --- beat Baylor

No. 1 Baylor will look to continue its perfect season today in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, but standing in the Lady Bears' way is arguably the hottest team in the tourney, the Lady Yellow Jackets.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 ROUNDUP: No. 1 UNC needs OT to beat Cinderella Ohio; Baylor, Kansas, UK all advance

The lowest seed left in the NCAA Tournament, the No. 13 Ohio Bobcats, take No. 1 UNC to overtime before falling apart and losing, 73-65, on Friday night.