News for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton debuts at No. 20 in latest NJCAA ranking, then wins sixth straight

Michelle Mitchell and the Darton State College women celebrated their debut in the NJCAA’s Top 25 poll Wednesday at No. 20 with their 6th straight win, this time vs. Central Georgia Tech. (ADDS: items on Albany Tech-South Georgia Tech men, women and Terrell Academy-Crisp Academy boys basketball

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Hawks rally, beat Bobcats for sixth straight win

The red-hot Hawks win their sixth straight game late Wednesday night at home against Charlotte.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Miles calls rumors he was leaving for Arkansas 'not true,' signs extension with Tigers

After turning down the job at Arkansas, Les Miles signs a long-team extension with LSU on Wednesday. (ADDS: item on ACC planning to add Louisville to conference to replace Maryland)

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‘Gurshall’ meets their match

The fab freshman duo at Georgia they call “Gurshall” — Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall — will be facing off against two backs from Alabama on Saturday in T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy who may be just as good, if not better.

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HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE #11: Jacori Taylor, Early County

Early County senior leader Jacori Taylor knows all about scrambling and finding time on the run, but the best option he ever made was last year when he moved from linebacker to quarterback, where he and the Bobcats are deep in the state playoffs in the GHSA Class AA Elite 8 — and still soaring.

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Report: Rays star Upton to sign with Braves

B.J. Utpon, Tampa Bay's prized slugger, is making his free-agent destination Atlanta.

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PREVIEW: Falcons look to avenge lone loss to Saints, clinch NFC South title tonight in Atlanta

It seems only fitting that for Atlanta to lock up the NFC South title tonight, it must beat the one team it would probably least like to face: the New Orleans Saints.

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Republicans flirt with taking on Chambliss in ’14

For a sitting Republican senator from a solidly red state, Saxby Chambliss has a lot of people talking about taking his job.

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Chamber presents new legislative agenda

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce presents its 2013 legislative agenda for the advancement of area businesses.

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Food bank calls for help through holidays

Second Harvest of South Georgia is barely keeping pace with food for the hungry this holiday season.

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Group promotes ethics in government

Common Cause brings ideas on government and ethics to the Carnegie Library in Albany on Wednesday.

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Lee’s new Oakland library appears to be under used

Letter to the editor

New Lee County library and conference center — I drive by this building at least twice a day, when it should be in heavy use. I have only seen three cars there at any given time. One time there were four vehicles, but one was a service truck. Doesn’t seem to be utilized that much.

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Revamped Leesburg intersection opens

The city’s downtown intersection on U.S. Highway 19 has been redesigned to incorporate a turning lane.

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Albany State to honor Patsy Martin

Patsy Martin is the guest of honor at tonight's Annual Community Service Award banquet.

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I am thankful for Parton and being an American

Features column

Well, Thanksgiving has now come and gone but reasons for being thankful continue. I’m first thankful to read that Dolly Parton has now come forward and denied rumors and allegations that she is gay.

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Gov. Deal launches defense initiative

Deal launches defense initiative

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday a comprehensive assessment of economic development opportunities at Georgia’s military base establishments and their surrounding communities as part of his ongoing effort to grow Georgia’s economy through job creation.

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‘No more pledges’ movement needs more traction

Opinion column

"The only pledge I’d sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges.” That bit of wisdom came from Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, during his successful run for a U.S. Senate seat. Now a few of his more courageous colleagues are taking the same path and renouncing the politics of purity.

Braves agree to 7-year deal with CF B.J. Upton

The agreement is contingent on Upton passing a physical exam.

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Infant taken from drug-dealer's house

Drug agents net 1.25 pounds marijuana, $2,200 in cash and rescue an 8-month-old girl during a drug bust, authorities state.

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USDA to close Baxley office

Federal officials say they plan to close the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Georgia Rural Development Office in Baxley.

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Pet parade to follow Leesburg event

After the human beings march in Leesburg’s Christmas parade Saturday, dogs will be given their opportunity to shine.

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King's Kids to present holiday musical

King's Kids Production Company, a drama troupe that is part of Sherwood Christian Academy's Fine Arts Program, will perform "Yes, Virginia" this weekend.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Nov. 29, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 29 incidents.

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Yard sale to benefit child battling leukemia

A yard sale is planned beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at 1152 Dawson Road to benefit three-year-old Brynlee Ethridge who is battling leukemia.

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Social media may have clues in Valdosta student's death

The parents of Jasmine Benjamin first learned from a Facebook post that their daughter had been found dead in a study room at her dorm at Valdosta State University.

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Kerry stays quiet as Cabinet speculation swirls

Sen. John Kerry is angling to be the nation's top diplomat by being, well, diplomatic.

Barbara Choate Greenhill

Barbara Choate Greenhill, Lee County, died November 26, 2012

Mattie Hollingsworth

Mattie Hollingsworth, 76, Columbus, died November 24, 2012

Tommy W. Tucker

Tommy W. Tucker, 55, Fitzgerald, died November 27, 2012

Solomon Dennard

Solomon Dennard, College Park, GA died November 27, 2012

Argulia Hall

Argulia Hall, Plains, died November 27, 2012

Jacqueline T. Edwards

Jacqueline T. Edwards, 59, Forest Heights, MD, died November 17, 2012

Mose Hubbard

Mose Hubbard, 74, Leesburg, died November 23, 2012

Alex Jay

Alex Jay, 86, Newton, died November 23, 2012

Judy C. Johnson

Judy C. Johnson, 88, Warwick, died November 26, 2012

Alice Nix Brock

Alice Nix Brock, 82, Ashburn, died December 1, 2012

Carolyn Rita Amundsen

Carolyn Rita Amundsen, Albany, died November 28, 2012

Douglas Hendrix, Sr.

Douglas Hendrix, Sr., 70, Cochran, died November 27, 2012

A. Wallace Bowen

A. Wallace Bowen, 85, Poulan, died November 28, 2012

Arlie Blake Jones

Arlie Blake Jones, Tifton, died November 28, 2012

Eddie McClendon

Eddie McClendon, Cordele died November 26, 2012

Eugenia Christopher

Eugenia Christopher, 52, died November 28, 2012

Wendy Gosa

Wendy Gosa of Albany, died November 27, 2012

Ray Lyons Bragg

Ray Lyons Bragg, 87, Newnan, died Monday, November 26, 2012

Marian Ruth Wiley-Vinson

Marian R. Wiley-Vinson, died November, 18, 2012

Silas Poole

Silas Poole, 55, died November 25, 2012

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Squawk of the day - Nov. 29, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Obama, Romney to meet at White House Thursday

President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election.

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City Christmas Tree arrives downtown

The focal point for the 2012 Christmas Parade arrived downtown Wednesday, delivered by Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission linemen.

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Teen bicycling on Holloway shot

Cenqwarn Harris, 18, was shot while riding a bicycle.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Amazing illusions

These are incredible anamorphic illusions.

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Lottery ticket worth $49 million sold in Thomasville

Store owners hope ‘lightning strikes twice’ with powerball drawing.

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Dougherty holds off Americus-Sumter for first win of season

Montavious Jones scores 14 points and grabs eight rebounds to lead Dougherty to a 45-43 win against Americus-Sumter, giving the Trojans their first victory of the season.

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