News for Saturday, November 24, 2012

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SUNDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Westover’s Jones proud of team, historic 2012 season

Third-year Westover coach Octavia Jones was disappointed, reflective and optimistic all rolled into one just a day removed from seeing his team’s history-making season end in the second round of the state playoffs. (ADDS: items on Early County, Westwood, Deerfield and Seminole County)

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‘Noles collapse at home, fall to rival Gators

After falling behind, 13-3, at the half, No. 10 FSU storms out of the locker room and scores 17 unanswered points — the only problem was that No. 4 Florida would come right back and score 24 unanswered of their own to drop the Seminoles in Tallahassee and out of BCS title contention

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GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH NOTEBOOK: Seminole County's Rambo cements name in record books with 16th pick; Tech never recovers from first-quarter fumble

Former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo ties the all-time school record for career interceptions Saturday with his 16th pick of his career.

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Looking Back Nov. 25 2012

History column

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 mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Takin’ care of business

As expected, Georgia hammers Georgia Tech on Saturday in their annual rivalry game, and now the Bulldogs find themselves one win away next week from playing for the BCS National Championship.

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Tide trounce Tigers, 49-0; Georgia next

Alabama crushes Auburn on Saturday to set up a mammoth game next week for the SEC title and trip to the national championship game against Georgia.

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Red-hot: Hawks rout Clippers, win fifth straight

The Hawks are the hottest team in the NBA after winning their fifth straight game Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Following gunshot wound, famed boxer Camacho taken off life support

Famed boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is declared brain dead by doctors Saturday just days after he was admitted with gunshot wounds.

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On the Job with Kenneth Dyer

Terry Lewis holds a Q&A with Kenneth Dyer, the executive finance and operations director for the Dougherty County School System.

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Elected officials: Tough choices come with job

Opinion column

If you're interested in seeing the not-so-fine art of "not in my backyard" on display, by all means attend an Albany City Commission meeting some Tuesday morning.

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Thumbs Up - Nov. 25, 2012

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on positive things in the Albany area.

Ernest Cecil Waller Jr.

Ernest Cecil Waller Jr. died Thursday.

Boykin Wood

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Republicans lacking in vision

Opinion column

Forget Republican comebacks in 2014 or 2016. Unless it gets its head and its heart straight, the party might never win the popular vote or the White House again. The GOP today is not my father's party.

Alex Jay

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William Audrey Isler

William Audrey Isler died Saturday.

Johnny C. Hill

Johnny C. Hill died Friday.

William J. Hammond

Dr. William J. Hammond died Friday.

Glendyon M. Foster

Glendyou M. Foster died Friday.

Elzie L. Cook, Jr.

Elzie L. Cook Jr. died Thursday.

Mary Shader Slockbower

Mary Shader Slockbower died Friday.

Sara A. Lawrence

Sara A. Lawrence died Saturday.

Samuel Law

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Mary Redfearn Kaliher

Mary Redfearn Kaliher died Wednesday.

Arthur James Davis

Arthur James Davis died Tuesday.

Shelby Ann Barfield Bennett

Shelby Ann Barfield Bennett died November 16, 2012.

Births 25 Nov 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Nov. 12-18.

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Festival of Lights to shine once again

“The Monkey Forest” will be among the popular displays returning to the Festival of Lights show at Chehaw this year.

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So, that’s what all the fuss was about

Features column

I so get it now. It took a while, years actually, but I get it now. I used to get so mad when my siblings would come home after being away for long periods of time. College and what-not they would be, then one day call and say, “I’m coming home.” That’s when it would start. The pots a’banging. The pans a’frying.

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Phoebe, FTC go to high court Monday

Arguments will start at 10 a.m. in the U.S. Supreme Court case of FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System.

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Senator breaks with tax lobbyist

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist has no plan to pay down the national debt.

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Leesburg woman gives travel books to library

A Leesburg resident and ardent traveler donates a her collection of geographic material.

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The Squawk of the Day - Nov. 25, 2012

Pick up a copy of the Sunday Albany Herald to see what everybody's squawking about.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Westwood wins, reaches third straight state title game; Early, Seminole win; Miller falls

Westwood is headed back to the state title game --- this time a step up in classification from their last two --- and will play at Valwood next week following the Wildcats' win Friday night against Brentwood. (ADDS: full list of state scores, plus roundup items on Seminole's win vs. Commerce; Miller's loss vs. Wilkinson; and Early's win vs. Screven)

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PREVIEW: Two of nation’s top defenses clash when UF visits FSU

Expect very few points and plenty of hard hits when No. 4 Florida and No. 10 Florida State face off today in Tallahassee in a matchup of two stellar defenses.

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PREVIEW: Top BCS teams to have eyes glued to N.D.-USC

If Southern California can find a way to knock off No. 1 Notre Dame tonight at home — and with a freshman QB at the helm — the BCS race will be thrown into chaos.

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Hawks rout Bobcats on road

The Hawks, winner of four straight, stay red-hot Friday night with a road win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Not to be: Westover’s historic state run falls short at home

Westover was on the verge of reaching the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 — and just the second time in school history — but the Patriots are upset at home by No. 4 seed South Effingham on Friday night, 41-28, ending their dream season.

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Burke County, Green power past Monroe, 28-6, ends Tornadoes' great season

Miscues and too much "Gator Green" dooms Monroe's chances to reach the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history Friday night as the Tornadoes are routed by Burke County in Waynesboro, 28-6, in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA postseason.

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Deerfield avenges loss to Stratford, returns to state title game

One year after being sent home in the semifinals by Stratford Academy, Deerfield repays the favor with a 24-17 win Friday night at Webb Memorial.

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PREVIEW: Alabama glad to be facing struggling Auburn

With much larger prizes at stake, the No. 2 Tide are thrilled to be facing their rival in a down year with the SEC title game — and possible BCS national crown — awaiting them if they win.

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Here we go again

There always seems to be something big at stake for both programs when Georgia and Georgia Tech meet, and it’s no different today when the in-state rivals square off at high noon in Athens for year-long bragging rights — and a whole lot more.

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