News for Thursday, November 8, 2012

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For the final act ...

To close out the 2012 regular season tonight, Herald No. 1 Lee County travels to face region foe and longtime rival No. 2 Bainbridge in a showdown to determine playoff seeding in Class AAAAA.

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ALBANY HERALD 'GUESSPERTS:' Week 11

Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks for Week 11 of "Guessperts" as Stewart holds a slim lead over Phillips.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Wait ... the regular season is already over?

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips makes his predictions for the final week of the regular season and the first week of playoffs in GISA's Class AA

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PREVIEW: With four starters back, UGA begins 2012-13 season at home tonight

Led by Kentavious Caldewell-Pope and three other returning starters, the Georgia men’s basketball team looks to rebound from a disappointing 15-17 season last year when it opens the 2012-13 season today in Athens.

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Forgey accepts Planning post

Albany’s new Planning and Development Services director has ties to Southwest Georgia.

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USC in trouble because of deflating footballs

USC announces a student manager has been dismissed for underinflating several game balls before the Trojans’ loss to No. 2 Oregon last weekend, earning a fine and a reprimand for the school from the Pac-12.

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PREVIEW: Jackets to rely on big men Miller, Holsey in 2012-13

Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey will lead the way for the Yellow Jackets this season, which begins tonight.

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FAMU football coach Taylor quits suddenly

Following another rough season at Florida A&M, head coach Joe Taylor abruptly resigns Thursday without warning — and with two games left.

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PREVIEW: Seminoles hope to repeat as ACC basketball champs

Seminoles basketball coach Leonard Hamilton believes his team can be better than last year's squad, which finished 25-10 and won an ACC title.

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Exchange Club Fair provides fun

The Exchange Club Fair runs through Sunday and features a demolition derby Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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PREVIEW: GSW men’s hoops open season with high hopes

The Hurricanes ended last season with 11 losses in their last 12 games, but coach Mike Leeder believes this year’s team can get GSW back to the playoffs — and possibly beyond.

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Posey wins coveted Silver Slugger honor

Giants catcher and Lee County native Buster Posey wins the Silver Slugger Award as the best hitting catcher in the National League, and is also named a finalist for the NL MVP, which will be announced on Nov. 15.

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PREVIEW: Coach Barbee believes Auburn is deeper, more athletic

Auburn is deeper and talented at each position, and Auburn coach Tony Barbee thinks his Tigers have a "postseason-caliber team."

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Atlanta still on top of AP power rankings

Atlanta stays on top of the AP Pro3 2NFL power ratings after a close call against Dallas on Sunday.

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DWS team wins state

Deerfield-Windsor School won the One Act Play Class AAA State Championship Wednesday at Darton State College.

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Murfree responds to latest letters from DOE

Super says he will keep the board and public informed on the District’s Title I status.

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Falcons’ next challenge: stopping Brees

The Falcons may be undefeated, but this week they face New Orleans and Drew Brees, who is 10-2 against Atlanta since joining the Saints.

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Maybe America won’t miss a beat

By the time this article is read, the presidential election will be decided. I can’t possibly predict the results, but it got me to reflecting back to simpler times when I was a much younger man.

Police/Fire/EMS report for November 9, 2012

APD responds to at least 46 incidents.

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Where do things go from here?

Opinion Column

Now that the re-election victory by President Barack Obama is in the books, there’s a question on a lot of Americans’ minds: Where do we go from here?

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Economic recovery not a fast process

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, David Shivers of Sasser says that economic recovery is not a fast process.

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Tracks are missing in America’s future

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Warren D. Grant of Albany says that tracks are missing in America’s future.

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FEMA turning private ownership public

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Paul A. Jones of Albany says that FEMA is turning private ownership public.

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Week 10 Football Player of the Week poll: Voting closed

For the second tie this season, Matt Kendrick runs away with The Herald's Player of the Week honor, this time with 72 percent of the vote.

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Grand jury indicts two in separate rape cases

The Dougherty County grand jury indicts two men on rape charges in separate cases.

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Kenneth Wayne Wright sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion

The former owner of Ken's Fast E-File tax preparation business in Albany was sentenced to a year in federal prison Wednesday, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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DCPD: Officers collect food donations at Westover High

Officers from the Dougherty County Police Department plan to accept donations of canned and boxed food at Westover High School, 2601 Partridge Lane, at 2:30 p.m. today at a pep rally.

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Crimestoppers - Nov. 9, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has four Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Salute to veterans honors service personnel

The fifth annual Salute to Veterans is set for Saturday at the Veterans Park Amphitheater, Albany Civic Center.

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Hospital Authority reviews audit, bond issues

Phoebe North provided $1.1 million in indigent and charity care during Fiscal Year 2012, officials say.

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Museum and symphony team up for concert series

The Albany Museum of Art and the Albany Symphony Orchestra are co-sponsoring the first of four concerts in the new series beginning Sunday at the Albany Museum of Art.

Bonnie D. Whatley

Bonnie D. Whatley, 77, Bainbridge, died November 6, 2012

Gladys Strickland Spivey

Gladys Strickland Spivey, 92, Albany, died November 7, 2012

David Leslie Cannard

David Leslie Cannard, 59, Fitzgerald, died November 7, 2012

Sarah Dean Fryer

Sarah Dean Fryer died November 7, 2012

Robert L. Davis

Robert L. Davis, 74, Albany, died November 3, 2012

Zelma Taylor

Zelma Taylor, 84, Ashburn, died November 8, 2012

Rosa M. Hall

Rosa M. Hall, Sylvester, ,died November 6, 2012

Yvonne Edwards Bryant

Yvonne Edwards Bryant, 72, Albany, died November 3, 2012

Annie Mae Johnson

Annie Mae Johnson, 71, Cuthbert, died November 6, 2012

Jeffrey K. Edmonson

Jeffrey K. Edmonson, Panama City Beach, FL, died November 7, 2012

Linda J. Casey

Linda J. Casey, 62, Albany, died November 7, 2012

Charles Harvey

Charles Harvey, Sumter County, died November 7, 2012

Juanita K. Wootton

Juanita K. Wootton, 86, Jacksonville, FL, died October 31, 2012

Alice Koerber Pendley

Alice Koerber Pendley, 61, Newnan, died November 6, 2012

Dorothy H. Watson

Dorothy H. Watson died November 7, 2012

Jack Shealy

Jack Shealy, 26, Albany, died November 3, 2012

Lucy Cochran

Lucy Cochran, 89, Camilla, died November 08, 2012

Gladys Mae Moore Chattman

Gladys Mae Moore-Chattman, 81, Albany died November 1, 2012

William Henry Blanchard

William Henry Blanchard, 65, Bainbridge, died November 7, 2012

Glendora M. Smith

Glendora M. Smith, 79, died November 4, 2012

James Allen Brown, Sr.

James Allen Brown, Sr., 86, Fort. Gaines, died November 7, 2012

Elouise Morgan Dimsdale

Elouise Morgan Dimsdale, 86, Irwin County, died November 7, 2012

Willie Erma Brooks

Willie Erma Brooks, 77, Pelham, died November 6, 2012

Randall Clark

Randall Clark of Jacksonville, FL, died November 7, 2012

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Life sentence in Ariz attack that wounded Giffords

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, partially blind, her right arm paralyzed and limp, came face to face Thursday with the man who tried to kill her last year, standing beside her husband as he spoke of her struggles to recover from being shot in the head.

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Squawk of the Day - Nov. 9, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Bulldogs back in running for nation's top football recruit

Grayson star defensive end and running back Robert Nkemdiche --- the country's No. 1-rated high school football recruit ---- pulls out of his commitment to Clemson on Thursday and will now consider other schools, reportedly including Georgia.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Girl running back gone wild

A young female football phenom is sweeping the Web.

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Stocks open higher on Wall Street

Stocks inched higher on Wall Street early Thursday, steadying a day after the Dow Jones industrial average logged its biggest one-day drop of the year. Investors were encouraged by two reports on the U.S. economy.

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State delving deeper into DCSS Title I spending

The state is now seeking documentation on 110 ‘questionable’ Title I expenditures.

Linda Casey

Mrs. Linda Casey, 62, of Albany passed away at Pheobe North on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

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Thomas Hall Pritchett

Thomas Hall Pritchett, 85, of Albany, Georgia died Sunday, November 4, 2012.

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Deal suggests Ga. unlikely to run health exchange

A day after Barack Obama's re-election, Gov. Nathan Deal suggested that he will not implement a Georgia health insurance exchange as part of the 2010 federal health care overhaul that ranks as the president's signature legislative achievement.

Nadine Pannell

Nadine (Dean) Pannell, 83, of Albany, GA died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at her residence.

Lisa Diane Stegemiller

Lisa Diane Stegemiller, 51, of Albany passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at her residence.

Otis Williams

Mr. Otis Williams, 74, of Albany died Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Rosa Lee Thomas

Rosa Lee Thomas, 68, of Albany died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Gladys Corrine Spivey

Gladys Corrine Spivey of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Palmyra Nursing Home

Jack Knighton Spence

Jack Knighton Spence, 87, of Albany died Monday November 5 at his residence.

Gladys Juanita Henderson

Gladys Juanita Henderson, 85, of Lee County, GA, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at her residence.

Wilona Thomas Butler

Wilona Thomas Butler, 82, of Pelham, GA died Monday, November 5, 2012 at her residence.