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'BIG 10' for Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2012

These are the 10 most viewed stories on albanyherald.com for the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 10, 2012. Click on the headlines to view the stories.

1. Lowering the flag, an Albany family mourns

ALBANY, Ga. — After struggling with ordinances that restrict flags and other roadside signs, the Gieryic family performed a sad duty -- it lowered its two flags in honor of a flag-bearing friend killed in Afghanistan.

2. Most wanted 'pirate' captured

ALBANY, Ga. — On the run since Jan. 1, Cedric Demond Pittmon sat in the Dougherty County Jail Wednesday after carelessly crossing a street in Clayton County, according to reports.

3.Squawk of the Day - Oct. 1, 2012

4. Albany Herald Week 5 H.S. Football Player of the Week Poll: Voting closed

5. UPDATE: Death reported at Albany motel

ALBANY, Ga. — According to a report from the Dougherty County Coroner's Office a 46-year-old man died of natural causes on Pointe North Boulevard.

6. Charter school debate heats up

ALBANY, Ga. — On Nov. 6, Georgia voters will decide the fate of the controversial Amendment 1, which would allow the creation of state charter schools without the approval of local school boards.

7. Herald to partner with Gannett on printing newspaper

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany Herald has entered into a new printing agreement with Gannett Co. that will result in a reduction in the newspaper's press and mailroom departments.

8. Squawk of the Day, October 3.

9. Locals make Georgia Trend's '40 under 40'

ALBANY, Ga. — A group of Southwest Georgians managed to earn a spot in Georgia Trend’s coveted “40 under 40” class for 2012.

10. Downtown post office closing

ALBANY, Ga. — For 100 years, the U.S. Post Office at 345 West Broad Ave. has been moving letters and packages in and out of Albany. That will end on Dec. 2 when the United States Postal Service closes the facility.