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Big 10 for Nov. 16-23, 2012

These are the most-read stories in the Albany Herald for the week of November 16-23, 2012.

1.1. Four indicted in farm loan scheme

ALBANY, Ga. — An indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Macon and obtained this week by The Albany Herald names a family of businessmen and farmers and one local minister in what prosecutors contend is a conspiracy to defraud the Farm Credit Administration of more than $10 million.

2. Albany State student killed in coastal car crash

ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany State University graduate student was fatally injured in a car crash in McIntosh County along the Georgia coast Tuesday evening, according to reports.

3. DCSS board to meet Monday to discuss interim superintendent

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board will meet Monday morning to discuss possible temporary replacements to step in for Superintendent Joshua Murfree once he leaves Dec. 18.

4. Mother, 81, left in horrid conditions

ALBANY, Ga. — Two brothers left their 81-year-old mother in conditions described at times as abominable, terrible and beyond filthy by Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Craig Dodd.

5. Posey wins NL MVP

LEESBURG, Ga. — With his arms wrapped tightly around his wife and two children — and with what felt like the entire city of Leesburg anxiously standing behind him in the backdrop — Buster Posey experienced one of the greatest moments of his life and professional baseball career Thursday night right there at the epicenter of where it all began.

6. Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business

IRVING, Texas — Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks.

7. Squawk of the Day - Nov. 20, 2012

"In the old days if an employee failed in their job they were fired. No longer true. Today they are rewarded."

8. FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Monroe upsets No. 5 state-ranked Griffin; Early County stomps Bleckley County on road

GRIFFIN, Ga. — No one celebrated.

No one.

That might have been the most surprising thing about Monroe's 33-17 victory against Griffin in the Class AAAA state playoffs Friday night.

9. Squawk of the day - Nov. 19, 2012

"Michael Vick is not a quarterback, never has been and never will be a quarterback. He is a coach killer. He got Dan Reeves and Jim Mora fired in Atlanta and is about to get Andy Reid fired in Philadelphia. Flashes of brilliance, but not a quarterback."

10. PSC investigator following up with those in CRCT report

ALBANY, Ga.— The Herald has learned that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission has an investigator in town and is conducting interviews with witnesses, teachers and administrators involved in the Dougherty School System's CRCT cheating investigation.