News for Saturday, November 10, 2012


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Westwood opens playoffs with a 35-0 win against Briarwood

The Westwood Wildcats, who won 26-games in a row and back-to-back GISA Class A state titles before moving to AA this season, looked as good as ever Saturday night in a 35-0 win against Briarwood to open the Class AA state playoffs.

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Texas A&M stuns No. 1 Alabama

Alabama’s hopes of winning a second straight national title took a huge hit Saturday when No. 15 Texas A&M upset the host Crimson Tide, 29-24.

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If there’s a team that can end Atlanta’s perfect season — it’s the Saints

NFL fans will be glued to one game today: the perfect 8-0 Falcons visiting their old nemesis the Saints, who are suddenly red hot after an awful start.

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Darton College golf team now turning heads off the course with new wheels

The Darton State College golf team recently got the gift of a lifetime that could very well improve all aspects of their game on and off the course.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Taylor leads Westover to 9th-place finish in state meet

Westover star runner Ericka Taylor finishes her cross country career by leading the Lady Patriots to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s GHSA Class AAAA state meet. (ADDS: Westover football defeats Albany, GSW men hoops win, women lose).

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SUNDAY PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bearcats use makeshift offense to survive wild game against Lee County

Bainbridge coach Ed Pilcher was forced to piece together his offense with star RB Terry Lewis sidelined with an injury, and it worked for the Bearcats, who edged Lee County, 49-42. (ADDS: Seminole County wins region; Lee County still stunned; Monroe, Worth thinking playoffs)

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Atlanta bound

Behind QB Aaron Murray and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, the Bulldogs rout Auburn on Saturday, 38-0, and punch their ticket to the SEC title game in Atlanta.

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Ga. Tech knocks off UNC on road

The Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels in the highest scoring game in ACC history and remain alive in the race for a Coastal Division title.

Gobbler fans look for deals

Turkey prices are up about 6 percent this year, but shoppers can avoid being hit too hard in the wallet for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

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Create a program that matches your body type

It’s been two months since you’ve heard from me. I was really busy in October, and I missed my deadline. I apologize for my oversight, and I’m glad to share my thoughts with you again.

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I’m craving a mystery

I felt it driving home the other afternoon, that gnawing feeling deep in my core. I wasn’t hungry, but wanted something to eat. I was craving ... craving ... What exactly was I craving?

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Looking Back - Nov. 11

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

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Dougherty Jail report - Nov. 1-8, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Nov. 1-8, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Community calendar for November 11, 2012

Here are some of the events scheduled for Southwest Georgia.

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On the Job with Dave Wallace

Herald writer Jim West holds a Q&A with Dave Wallace, executive director of the Albany Area YMCA.

Basheba Walker

Basheba Walker died Friday.

Harry W. Taylor

Harry W. Taylor died Friday.

William A. Gamaras

William A. Gamaras died Friday.

Edna Catherine Bell Gore White

Edna Catherine Bell Gore White died Friday.

Patrick McKinley

Patrick McKinley died Saturday.

Mildred Mize McCorvey

Mildred Mize McCorvey died Friday.

Jeffrey Karl Edmondson

Jeffrey Karl Edmondson died Thursday.

Randy William Clark

Randy William Clark died Wednesday.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Nov. 11, 2012

Albany police stop publishing weekend reports.

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ABAC names its business school after Stafford

The late DeNean Stafford Jr. was a successful businessman in Tifton who long supported the local college.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 12, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Fat lady’s aria opening act for new show

No matter which man you preferred, there is something unsatisfactory about the end of this race.

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Victory should settle argument

President Obama’s re-election was at once a deeply personal triumph and a victory for the younger, highly diverse and broadly progressive America that rallied to him. It was a result that ought to settle the bitter argument that ground the nation’s government to a near-standstill.

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Veterans, family and friends remember

The fifth annual Salute to Veterans at Albany's Veterans Park Amphitheatre brings respect to veterans.

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Local colleges plan programs on Veterans Day

Albany State University and Darton State College announce plans to honor veterans.

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The high road led straight to defeat for Romney

If Election Day is about picking winners, the morning after is for post-mortems. That’s when we slice open the losing campaigns, set aside the hundreds of millions of dollars that gush out, and pick apart the cause of death.

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After 33 years, Friedman's Clothing will be changing hands

Bruce and Janie Bitterman are selling shop, saying it's time to 'transition' into retirement.

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Airport terminal 'game-changer' for region

Officials at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport worked long and hard to secure funding for a needed terminal upgrade.

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Easter Seals unveils new Christmas ornament

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" is the official name of this year's collectors item holiday decoration.

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Neighborhood watch group donating meals to needy

Donations are allowing an East Albany neighborhood watch group to give Thanksgiving meals to roughly 30 area families.

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NAMI to host suicide prevention program

A national organization that combats mental illness will host a program to discuss suicide.

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Auburn enters game vs. Georgia with nuttin' to lose

No. 5 Georgia has everything to play for today against the rival Tigers — a spot in the SEC title game, a BCS bowl and possibly more — while 2-7 Auburn has nothing else on its mind but trying to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the college football season when the two rivals meet.

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Game of the Year

In what may go down as one of the most thrilling games in Southwest Georgia high school football history, Herald No. 2-ranked Bainbridge charges out to a 35-point lead Friday at home, then has to hold off a wild comeback by No. 1 Lee County to win, 49-42, in a barnburner for the ages.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA, Georgia Tech men win 2012-13 openers; GSW, No. 25 FSU stunned

Georgia and Georgia Tech take care of business Friday in their 2012-13 season openers, while defending ACC champ FSU is shocked at home by South Alabama and GSW also falls to Fort Valley State in overtime.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Deerfield wins ninth straight, will face Tattnall in postseason opener; SGA falls in heartbreaker in first round of GISA Class AA playoffs

Deerfield jumps all over rival Southland, 41-0, before shutting it down and cruising to a 41-13 win Friday night for the Knights' ninth straight win. (ADDS: items on SGA-Gatewood in Class AA state playoffs; Randolph Southern-Crisp Academy; Terrell County-Randolph-Clay; Crisp County-Americus-Sumter; and Cairo-Dougherty)

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Monroe wallops Worth --- but Rams still sneak into playoffs on tiebreaker

Charles Stafford throws three touchdowns and runs for another to lift Monroe past Worth County, 31-21, at Hugh Mills Stadium on Friday night, but the Rams will make the postseason after all following Crisp County's 14-7 upset win against Americus-Sumter.

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Seminole County wins region title, secures spot in playoffs

The Indians rode their power running game to a 34-12 victory against Mitchell County on Friday, punching their ticket to the Class A playoffs with a region title.