News for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Albany Tech to host luncheon for clergy

Albany Technical College will host its seventh annual workshop and luncheon for area clergy today from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Kirkland Conference Center.

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What would you spend $8,100 on?

In the continuing saga of Americans willing to pay for any item known to man that supposedly looks like any other item known to man, I am now stunned to learn that a Chicken McNugget found by Rebekah Speight of Dakota City, Neb., which is alleged to have looked like President George Washington, sold for $8,100 on ebay.

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ADDU arrests two on Ecstasy drug trafficking

A man and his pregnant girlfriend face drug trafficking charges after an Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit bust.

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Sweat, Manhattans to headline Soulfest

Four R&B/soul/blues acts will perform Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

Phoebe Putney institutes 'Get a Grip' campaign

Officials say Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is within the industry leader benchmark range of 2.5-3.5 falls per 1,000 patient days.

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Phillips given key to Leesburg

The parents of an “American Idol” hopeful receive the key to the city of Leesburg on their son’s behalf.

Elections bill passes House, heads to Senate

A bill sponsored by Rep. Ed Rynders includes a provision that would avoid an elections snafu that occurred in Albany last year.

With diabetes, lack of knowledge hurts

When you think about the things we love in the South, food certainly comes to mind. Fried chicken or Southern-fried steak, mashed potatoes, butterbeans, buttermilk biscuits, cornbread and sweet tea make for an ideal Sunday dinner, especially one topped off with a big ol' piece of pie or homemade cake.

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Diabetes nothing to be taken lightly

I knew it was coming. I had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my first-born, and there were signals with my second-born. Diabetes had also been a part of my family, as both my mother and grandmother were living with the disease.

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Life's sweet, even without the sugar

Not much says The South quite as convincingly as sweet tea and cornbread.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 8, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 48 incidents

Grand jury hands down indictments

Robbers shot out a man's eye while he prepared dinner on a grill behind his residence in Paradise Village on the 600 block of Holly Drive the day after Christmas.

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APD releases sketches of robbers

Several recent armed robberies in Albany prompt police to call on a Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist.

Phoebe approves financial reports

At the end of the last fiscal year, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reportedly had $637.8 million in total assets.

Squawk of the day - March 8, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

James Calvin Laye

James Calvin Laye, 86, Parrott, died March 7, 2012

Louise Morris Snow

Louise Morris Snow, died March 6, 2012

Carl E. Snowden, Sr.

Carl E. Snowden, Sr., 79, Fitzgerald, March 6, 2012

Albert Edgar Brown

Albert Edgar Brown, 81, died March 5, 2012

Mary Butler Hadley

Mary Butler Hadley, 78, Albany, died March 1, 2012

Mattie Jo Duke

Mattie Jo Duke, 76, Irwin, died March 5, 2012

Clavon Mathis

Clevon Mathis, 77, died March 5, 2012

Antonio Mendoza Alvarado

Antonio Mendoza Alvarado, 41, died March 7, 2012

Edwin Cooke

Edwin Cooke, 86, died March 7, 2012

Claude E. Freeman

Claude E. Butler, Blakely, died March 1, 2012

Elizabeth Marie Hastings

Elizabeth Marie Hastings, 89, died March 6, 2012

Ruthie Daniels Town

Ruthie Daniels Town, Vienna, died March 6, 2012

Kenny Porter

Kenny Porter, Pahokee, FL, died March 5, 2012

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Judge dismisses Ward II challenge

Commissioner Ivey Hines will remain on the Albany City Commission following a court ruling.

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Husband makes his final escape

Now, we all knew that wasn’t going to work. Not for one cotton-picking minute did we think that those two could say “I do” and keep that vow until one of ‘em stopped breathing.

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‘Chicago’ comes to Americus

The Dramatic Arts department will present four showings of “Chicago.”

Bids & Boots auction Saturday

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys will entertain at Deerfield-Windsors annual PTA fundraiser.

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Albany's Burns looks for mainstream love

A self-proclaimed old-school hip-hop artist from Southwest Georgia is getting raves in Eastern Europe.

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Election draws 14 percent for primary

Former Georgia congressman and U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich scored a primary victory in Dougherty County.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Colts to release Manning; Moss works out for Saints; Falcons to re-sign safety DeCoud

Peyton Manning, who spent 14 years in Indianapolis and turned the Colts into Super Bowl champions, will be released Wednesday, according to ESPN.

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Hawks beat Pacers for third straight victory

Just three days after beating NBA top dog Oklahoma State at home, Atlanta goes on the road Tuesday and takes down another East power, Indiana, 101-96.

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Medlen gives up three hits, including a HR, in 2 IP in Braves loss

Fresh off an injury that sidelined him for most of last season, Kris Medlen returns for the Braves on Tuesday but struggles in a loss to the Nats.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton baseball wins conference opener, 11-0

Darton ace and former Lee County star Matt Aldrich is dominant on the mound once again Tuesday, allowing just two hits in five innings during an 11-0 region-opening win against South Georgia College. (ADDS: roundup items on GSW cross country; Deerfield and Terrell Academy baseball; Sherwood golf; and Lee County, Westover and Sherwood soccer)

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Darton swimming, diving teams head to nationals

The Darton men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are highlighted by Anna Macht and Deniss Jariga, who both have No. 1 national rankings in their events but are just two of several swimmers who could bring national championships back to Albany.

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Stayin’ alive

Albany Tech overcomes a three-point deficit in the final seconds and Jamorris Gaines hits a free throw with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Titans to a thrilling 57-56 victory in Tuesday’s Region XVII Tournament opener against Chattahoochee Tech. (ADDS: item South Georgia Tech men falling to Georgia Perimeter in first round, 95-60)

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Randolph-Clay boys basketball coach Jackson resigns

After 2 1/2 seasons as the head boys basketball coach for the Red Devils, Oglesby Jackson — a former assistant under legendary Randolph-Clay coach Joe Williams — decides to accept the job as the school’s assistant principal Tuesday and turn the one-time powerhouse program over to someone else.

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