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Thomasville a city in full bloom

Spring likely will have sprung in Thomasville by the time this reaches print — if not in full bloom, enough so that the planting of crops, the flowering of plants and shrubs, and emergence of balmy conditions will signal that the growing season has begun in this gem of a south Georgia community.

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A healthy lifestyle starts at home

I was cleaning out my t-shirt drawer last week. You know the one I’m talking about ... it’s full of t-shirts reminding you of everything from your last 5k run to that all-night frat party during your last year of college.

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Phoebe to open new museum

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has worked with the Thronateeska Heritage Center to establish a hospital history museum.

Obama's priority No. 1? Stop Israel

It's Lucy and the football, Iran-style. After ostensibly tough talk about preventing Iran from going nuclear, the Obama administration acquiesced to yet another round of talks with the mullahs.

Exchange speaker promotes longleaf pine

The weekly speaker at a local civic club luncheon illuminates the story of a Georgia natural treasure.

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Crack cocaine bust said among region’s largest

The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit's bust yielded smokeable crack cocaine with a street value of more that $33,000.

Man shoots up sandwich shop, runs away

A man armed with a .25-caliber pistol shot up a 1637 Liberty Expressway Subway sandwich shop at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday.

Suspect in child beating turns self in

Wanted for the beating of a 3-year-old girl, Jamie Jackson turned himself in, an Albany Police Department official says.

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Official: School capacities OK

A Dougherty County School system official tells reporters the system has “drawn some conclusions” from attendance numbers.

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Deerfield-Windsor to hold auction

The original Kinchafoonee Cowboys will provide musical entertainment at the “Bids and Boots” fundraiser.

Dillard’s successfully hosts ‘Fit for the Cure’

More than $1,000 was donated for breast cancer research through a “Fit for the Cure” event at an Albany department store.

Police/Fire/EMS report for March 11, 2012

APD responds to at least 64 incidents.

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Limbaugh's comments poison American politics

Olympia Snowe and Sandra Fluke don't have much in common. One is a 65-year-old Republican senator from Maine, the other a 30-year-old feminist law student at Georgetown. But their stories reflect a similar theme: the growing dismay and disgust over the toxic political climate in Washington today.

Home life and desire determine educability

In a letter to the editor, John Bryant says that home life and desire determine educability.

Liberals getting pass on hurtful speech

In a letter to the editor, Duane "Banjo" Davis of Pelham says that liberals are getting a free pass on hurtful speech.

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Public needs facts on consolidation

I recently attended a county commission meeting to ask Dougherty County Chairman Jeff Sinyard to represent me and others in our county on bringing the city and county consolidation issue back to life. Chairman Sinyard did the right thing and promptly sent a letter to Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to consider taking action.

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Company to provide 200 jobs in Albany

Teleperformance is expanding its Albany operations by 200 jobs, officials say.

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Mobile license plate scanners on the way

Local law enforcement will be able to use newly acquired equipment to read hundreds of license plates each minute.

David Goff

Charles David Goff, 48, of Sylvester, GA, died Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bowden Hires, Jr.

Bowden Hires, Jr. 73, of Leesburg, GA died Thursday, March 8, 2012

Betty Cave

Betty Jean Cave, of Albany, GA, died Thursday, March 8, 2012

Leeila Denby

Mrs. Leeila B. Denby, 91, of Sylvester died Thursday March 8, 2012

Joanne Hamilton

Joanne Davis Hamilton, 75, formerly of St. Augustine, FL, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012

David Bryce

Mr. David Leroy Bryce, 52, of Albany died on February 26, 2012

Mamie Robinson

Mamie Odell Robinson, age 86, of Donalsonville, GA passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012

Johnny Fowler

Johnny M. Fowler, 64, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012

Devin Pickett

Devin Pickett, 18, of Tifton,Ga departed this life March 5, 2012

Lottie Martin

Mrs. Lottie Powell Martin, 91, of Albany died on March 4, 2012

Torrance Ealey

Torrance Ealey, formerly of Newton, died on March 8, 2012

Earl Graham

Earl Graham, 80, of Fitzgerald, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Georgia beats Mississippi State, 71-61

No. 11 seed Georgia opens the SEC Tournament with a 71-61 win against Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs, who have won three of their past four games, will face Vanderbilt in today's quarterfinals.

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Darton golf signs five new players

Darton signs five golfers to scholarships on Thursday, beefing up the team for next season.

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Panthers finalize roster for March 17 season opener

Panthers coach Lucious Davis finalizes his roster for the 2012 season, which kicks off March 17 at the Albany Civic Center against the Richmond Raiders — and it’s a 20-man roster that includes several returners from last season’s Panthers team that won the league championship.

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MLB ROUNDUP: Minor looks solid, but Braves’ bats stink in loss to O’s; Posey set for spring opener

Atlanta has scored just seven runs so far in spring training in its losses, the latest of which comes Thursday, 2-1, to Baltimore as the Braves fall to 1-5 overall in early season exhibition games.

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Atlanta Hawks great Wilkins visits Albany

Former Hawks legend and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins spends Thursday in Albany talking about diabetes.

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Less ping this spring

A new mandate for prep baseball programs across the country by the National Federation of State High School Associations is forcing teams to give up their old bats for new ones with far less pop.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Miami ends Ga. Tech's woeful season; Clemson also loses

Georgia Tech's opening season under first-year coach Brian Gregory fittingly ends with the Yellow Jackets scoring the fewest points ever in a tournament, while Deerfield grad Andre Young sees his ACC Tournament come to an end as well.

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THURSDAY'S LOCAL COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Darton softball sweeps Georgia Military College, moves to 22-1

Darton softball stays red-hot Thursday in a doubleheader sweep on Georgia Military College. (ADDS: roundup items on Deerfield, Crisp, Westover tennis; Sherwood soccer; Baconton baseball)

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Ole Miss knocks Auburn out of SEC tourney

Auburn loses for the fourth time in the last five games and finishes its season with a 15-16 record on a day when the NCAA acknowledged that the FBI is investigating the Tigers for an allegation of point shaving.

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FBI investigating Auburn basketball for point shaving

An investigation by Yahoo Sports uncovers that point guard Varez Ward, who has been suspended since February, is being probed by the FBI allegedly shaving points during Auburn's basketball games.