News for Tuesday, March 27, 2012


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Hawks fall to Bucks, 108-101

The Hawks turn the ball over 22 times and fall to the Bucks, 108-101, on the road Tuesday night.

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TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County baseball wins fifth in a row

Lee County jumps out to a lead early and then hangs on to beat Thomas County Central, 5-1, when Daniel Nichols closes out the win with the bases loaded with some help from a diving catch from right fielder Mark Fowler. (ADDS: Items on Westwood baseball, Sherwood baseball, Terrell Academy baseball, Deerfield baseball, Sherwood soccer, Deerfield golf and Southland golf)

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Former Albany State WR Rafe gives Panthers another weapon

Wide receiver Clenton Rafe returned to the Panthers just in time Saturday, catching the game-winning touchdown with 4.5 seconds left from Cecil Lester.

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So much for upsetting Federer: Roddick chokes against Monaco

Andy Roddick, woh knocked off Roger Federer on Monday, gets upset by Juan Monaco on Tuesday at Key Bisycane.

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No breaks

Worth beats a short-handed Westover team, 5-1, in a big Region 1-AAA baseball showdown on Tuesday at Paul Eames, where the Patriots were missing four starters who left town on spring break.

U.S. should bring its troops home

I think it’s time to bring our children and grandchildren home. They have spent too much time in combat.

Health care mandate is unconstitutional

I don’t know how any sane American cannot come to the conclusion that Barack Obama’s health care plan is 100 percent unconstitutional. Where in the Constitution is the federal government given the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance?

Senate passes dog legislation

House Bill 685 imposing stiff penalties, including jail time, on owners of vicious dogs that attack humans, passed the state Senate by a vote of 50-1 on Monday, according to the website

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Conference focuses on business of entertainment

The 10th Southwest Georgia Radio and Music Conference is scheduled Saturday at the Regency Inn Hotel in Albany.

‘Christ Rocks!’ a fashionable event

Orgnaizers say a Christian hip-hop fashion show is designed to dispel negative stereotypes.

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Little boys’ game is big business

Little boys play baseball when it is fun for everybody. While immature exuberance often goes over the top with some parents, the most fun for the little guys comes when the game is over, nobody is bent out of shape with regard to who wins or who loses, and there is pizza and ice cream for everybody.

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Extension office hosts horse expo

Dougherty County’s Cooperative Extension Service office offers advice on health care and showing of horses.

Man pleads guilty to bomb threat

Xavier L. Sims, 25, of Doerun, pleaded guilty to making a threat to blow up a Colquitt County school, according to Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

UNREVIEWED: Man shot in leg during robbery

Under a hail of gunfire while escaping a robbery, Darrell Morris suffered a wound to his leg, drove about 1.5 miles from where he was attacked and crashed into a tree, an Albany Police Department report states.

Public Works got it done in 2011

Dougherty County Public Works grades roads, maintains canals and sprays for mosquitos, among many other responsibilities.

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Police investigated Martin over jewelry

Women's jewelry and a watch found in Trayvon Martin's school backpack last fall could not be tied to any reported thefts, the Miami-Dade Police Department said Tuesday.

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Justices signal deep trouble for health care law

The fate of President Obama's health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance.

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Dance celebrates harmony between people, Earth

South Indian dancers in colorful costumes are scheduled to perform at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 28, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 45 incidents

Genealogy workshop to be held at St. Paul's

The Thronateeska Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting an event for those wishing to learn more about their lineage.

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'Chief' rekindles long-dormant country spark

My earliest musical memory is seeing country stars Loretta Lynn and Sonny James perform at the old Annie Bell Clark Elementary School auditorium in Tifton. I was 4 at the time.

Freedom in Cuba not the party line

In Southern Baptist parlance, as far as Cuban government officials are concerned, Pope Benedict XVI went from preaching to meddling.

Gieryic: New flagpole going up

A business owner who garnered headlines around the country says he wants city and state laws concerning the American flag changed.

Albany ranks 10 on list of identity theft reports

The Federal Trade Commission reports Albany ranks 10 in reported cases of identity theft in metropolitan areas.

Man shot in leg during robbery

A shooting reported near the 1900 block of Riverview Drive.

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City moves forward with multimodal project

A lawsuit aimed at derailing an Albany transportation project was filed in Federal court Tuesday.

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Oxford to tear down Heritage House (update)

A deal brokered between the city of Albany and Oxford Construction Co. will lead to a dilapidated structure being torn down.

Lee garbage ordinance repealed

A new garbage ordinance allows Lee County officials to remove garbage containers from customers 60 days in arrears.

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Owners file suit to block multimodal facility

City Commission is set to vote tonight whether to move forward with plans for a new bus station.

The owners of the existing bus transfer station downtown have joined with the owners of vacant property near the site of a planned multi-million multimodal transportation center in a lawsuit to block the project from moving forward, attorneys say.

Tommy Robinson

Mr. Tommy L. Robinson of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rayford Cresswell

Mr. Cresswell died Friday, March 23, 2012

Doran Rhoads

Doran D. Rhoads, 86, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Julius Williams

Julius Williams, 74, of Albany died on March 26, 2012

Armigene Hall

Armigene Hall, 79, of Dougherty County, GA, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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First Fridays return downtown

The new monthly event will feature local artists and entertainment throughout the central downtown business district, officials say.

The Downtown Merchants Association, in conjunction with the downtown manager's office, is launching a new monthly event to coincide with the Urban Garage Sale weekend, officials say.

Jimmy Killings

Mr. Jimmy L. Killings, 86, of Vienna died on March 21, 2012

Harley Smith

Harley Calvin Smith, 83, of Auburn, AL died on March 24, 2012

Harry Milliner

Harry James Milliner, 68, of Damascus died on March 26, 2012

Eddie Alexander

Mr. Eddie Ray Alexander, 53, of Albany died on March 26, 2012

Alfreda Canidate

Mrs. Alfreda Canidate of Albany died March 26, 2012

John Clemons

John J. "Jack" Clemons, 77, of Fitzgerald, died Monday, March 26, 2012

Lisa McCard

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Bertha Scott

Bertha Rose Scott, 70, of Camilla, died Monday, March 26, 2012

Alice Cliatt

Alice Martin Cliatt, 86, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton’s late push to beat No. 1 Meridian comes up short

The Cavs lose for the fourth time this season to Meridian, which won the Lou Hart Invitational by four strokes despite Darton sophomore Joe Sakulpolphaisan running away with the individual title. (ADDS: Items on GSW golf, Darton baseball and Darton softball)