News for Sunday, March 25, 2012


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Kentucky rips Baylor to reach Final Four

Kentucky has no problem ripping Baylor, 82-70, to advance to the Final Four, where the Wildcats face Louisville next week.

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Hawks edge Jazz in 4 OTs

Joe Johnson hits the game winner as the Hawks outlast the Jazz, 139-133, in four overtimes to win the longest NBA game since 1997.

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Tiger roars

Tiger Woods captures the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, winning for the first time on the PGA Tour since the 2009 sex scandal changed his life.

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Walking for a cure

Team members of the Albany Elite Tiger Paws participate in the Walk MS fundraiser Saturday at Riverfront Park. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society event was hosted by the Albany chapter and raised nearly 80% of the $10,000 goal which will be used to help researchers develop new treatments and possible prevention. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system.

Health department hosting open house

National Public Health Week is being observed April 2-8.

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Farm to Fork to benefit Lily Pad

The $75-per-ticket event is the Lily Pad's signature fundraiser.

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Edward Oleen retiring after 24 years at Phoebe

Dr. Edward Oleen was the second oncologist to come to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital behind Dr. Phillip Roberts.

Squawk of the day - March 26, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Patricia Dempsey

Mrs. Dempsey passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mary Hatcher

Mary Ingram Hatcher, 82, of Brinson, GA, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rachel-Jane "Autumn" Brooks & Stephen Wallace Walker

Mr. Jimmy Brooks of Albany, GA and Leslie Seckinger of

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Christopher Wars

Laura Gail Hadley and Taylor Christopher Wars were united in marriage on

Delores West

Ms. Delores West, 70, of Brinson died on March 25, 2012

Robert Gaines

Mr. Robert Gaines of Cordele died March 24, 2012

Rex Poole, Sr.

Deacon Rex Allen Poole, Sr. of Cordeled died March 23, 2012

Mattie Anderson

Mattie Alexander Anderson, 93, of Sylvester died on March 24, 2012

W. Edisel Young

W. Edisel Young, 83 of Irwin County, Georgia, died Friday, March 23, 2012

Patricia Harden

Ms. Patricia Harden passed away Saturday March 24, 2012

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Gold Rush rallies, earns steak dinner for spring win in Rams' annual Blue & Gold scrimmage

Albany State’s offense overcomes a shaky start to win Friday’s Blue and Gold scrimmage, thanks to quarterback Keenan Grissett tossing two touchdowns to wideout Ronnie Tubbs and running backs Nathan Hoyte and Luther Edwards controlling the line of scrimmage. (ADDS: video of spring game)

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16: Freshman shines in GT women’s 83-68 loss to Baylor

The Lady Yellow Jackets are routed by Baylor and star center Brittney Griner in the Sweet 16, but Georgia Tech freshman Sydney Wallace still managed to score 32 points.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- ELITE 8 ROUNDUP: Louisville, Ohio State advance to Final Four

Louisville comes back to beat Florida and Ohio State upends No. 1 seed Syracuse to punch their tickets to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

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HERALD ALL-AREA WINTER SPORTS AWARDS: Lee County swimmers makes it clean sweep for Players of Year

Lee County’s Casey Schoenberger, who has been swimming since she was 4, and Trey Hardison, who started taking swimming a lot more seriously this season, are named The Herald Players of the Year in swimming after their stellar seasons. (ADDS: Breakout out All-Area boys and girls swimming teams)

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HERALD ALL-AREA WINTER SPORTS AWARDS: Anthony leaves mark on Lee wrestling program

Lee County’s Rashaud Anthony has an incredible comeback season, finishing second in the state, and leaves Lee as the all-time wins leader with 175 to easily pin down The Herald Player of the Year in wrestling. (ADDS: breakout of All-Area Wrestling Team)

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HERALD ALL-AREA WINTER SPORTS AWARDS: Boys, Girls All-Area Basketball Teams

Check out The Herald's selections for the 2011-12 All-Area and All-Metro Boys Basketball Teams.

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Joe Johnson leads Hawks past Wizards, 95-92

Atlanta comes back from a 16-point deficit to win their third straight game, thanks to 20 points from Josh Smith and 16 points from Joe Johnson.

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Albany High’s Tim Pierce and Westover’s DyTiesha Dunson cap off brilliant careers by being named the The Herald’s Willie Boston Players of the Year in basketball, while thanks to a pair of stellar seasons, Albany boys coach Archie Chatmon and Westover girls coach Lewis Smith win the Willie Boston Coach of the Year honors.

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Chipper to have surgery on meniscus, won’t be ready for opener

In more discouraging news surrounding Braves veteran star Chipper Jones, it's announced Saturday he is not only having surgery Monday but will miss the team's 2012 opener; while the Braves are shutout by the Blue Jays in spring training action.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 25, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 47 incidents.

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Area track & field teams shine at annual Smith & Benson Relays

Reigning track & field Player of the Year Mimieux Land nurses sore quads but still leads Monroe’s girls to the title at the L.C. Smith and Winfred Benson Relays on Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium, while Westover and Albany High’s boys teams make an early statement.

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Still perfect: Lester, Rafe rally Panthers (2-0) to first-ever win at Louisiana

Panthers veteran QB Cecil Lester drives his team down the field with under a minute to play Saturday night and throws the game-winning touchdown to former Albany State star Clenton Rafe with 4.5 seconds left to clinch the franchise’s first road win at the Swashbucklers.

Albany panel looking at curbside recycling

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

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Fighting for his father's legacy

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

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SATURDAY'S LOCAL PREP/COLLEGE ROUNDUP: DWS baseball stays hot, routs Stratford at home; ASU softball, Darton baseball both win

Deerfield wins its fifth straight game Saturday thanks to a 11-1, five-inning rout at home vs. Stratford, while the ASU softball team rolls by Claflin on Saturday to improve to 14-2 in conference and the Darton baseball team avenges its only region loss to West Georgia Tech in a doubleheader sweep. (ADDS: item on Sherwood girls soccer)