Big 10 for Nov. 2-9, 2012

ALBANY, Ga. — These are the most-read stories from albanyherald.com for the week of Nov. 2 through Nov. 9, 2012.

1. Georgia DOE places DCSS on high-risk status

ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Education, expressing concerns with the Dougherty County School System's implementation of Federal Title I, Part A programs, on Tuesday placed the district on "High Risk" status.

2. Mother accused of stabbing newborn child to death

ATHENS, Ga. — Police say a newborn infant was stabbed to death in an Athens house, hours after being born.

3. Former DCSS teacher jailed on sex charge

ALBANY, Ga. — Former Dougherty County teacher Phillip Burns, a 2012 Teacher of the Year finalist, has been charged with child molestation and felony sodomy. He was being held without bond Friday evening in the Dougherty County Jail.

4. Squawk of the day - Nov. 6, 2012

"In 1974 George Busbee’s slogan against Lester Maddox was “Elect a workhorse not a showhorse.” Busbee won. Fast forward to the 2012 presidential race. I believe that Mitt Romney is the workhorse, and Barack Obama is the showhorse."

5. Teenage trio hits five cars

ALBANY, Ga. — Three boys checked out more than 70 vehicles and stole electronics, cash and a gun from the five they found to be unlocked, Dougherty County Police Department officials said.

6. Price vs. Heard, Amendment 1 top local items on Dougherty ballot

ALBANY, Ga. — When Dougherty County voters head to the polls on Tuesday, two of the most hotly contested items on the ballot are the School Board at-large seat and the controversial proposed constitutional Amendment 1.

7. Price wins school board seat

ALBANY, Ga. — Lane Price, who built a steady lead early in the evening, had a landslide victory over write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard to win the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat Tuesday night.

8. Better Brands buys facility, will keep, add jobs

ALBANY, Ga. — Better Brands of South Georgia delivered an early Christmas present to Albany and Dougherty County's economy Monday morning.

9. Squawk of the Day - Nov. 8, 2012

"Excellent commentary by Carlton Fletcher in Wednesday’s Herald on the school board election. The humiliating defeat of Rev Lorenzo Heard proves that Dougherty County can rise above the racial divide."

10. Squawk of the day - Nov. 5, 2012

"Obama loves the fact checkers. The only facts they check on him are his wife’s clothing style and nail polish."