News for Tuesday, October 16, 2012


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FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate


In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style debate, not all of the presidential candidates’ claims stood up to scrutiny Tuesday night.

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Biden’s debate tactics fell short

Letter to the editor

I listened to the vice presidential debate while working and then again on TV when I got home. I even watched analysis of the debate from several liberal dissidents. Even some of the so-called Democrats said it was dead even.

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Romney destined to be president

His name is Mitt Romney and he is a throwback, one whose character exemplifies those mettlesome politicians of old who so faithfully served their country and all the people therein, those of renown stature such as Teddy Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Regan — three throughly honest, god-fearing statesmen, one and all.

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Voting booth is a person’s bully pulpit

Letter to the editor

Come Nov. 7, 2012, will your voice have been heard?

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Candidates meet in second debate

An aggressive President Barack Obama ripped into Mitt Romney’s economic blueprint in a town hall style debate Tuesday night, accusing his rival of favoring only a “one-point plan” to help the rich at the expense of the nation’s middle class. The Republican protested the charge was way off the mark.

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Score a (partial) victory for the world’s grandmoms

Opinion column

It would have been easy enough for the Dougherty County Commission to ignore Shirley and Eddie Nelson.

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Herald blue and gold online for ASU homecoming week

Albany State University celebrates Homecoming this week.

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Brian Kemp stops by Terrell elections office

Officials with the Georgia Secretary of State's Office are predicting that the voter turnout for this year's election will be at least 70 percent.

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Two plead guilty to armed robbery

Two men under the age of 21 will serve at least 10 years in prison for a March 2011 robbery.

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Squawk of the Day - Oct. 17, 2012

Pick up Wednesday's Herald to see what everyone is squawking about.

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Albany State University professor honored

John McRae trains students at Albany State's Cairo site to become teachers.

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Rotary hears support for Amendment 1

A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot would allow state or local approval of public charter schools in Georgia upon the request of the individual communities.

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Hilton to get Starbucks and a general upgrade

The Hilton Garden Inn is installing a Starbucks coffee spot and makes various hotel upgrades.

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City votes to tighten reins on WG&L

The Albany City Commission wants the city manager to manage a hazardous waste cleanup site.

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Albany approves road resurfacing list

Albany's Public Works department maps out $4 million in special tax-funded road resurfacing projects.

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Investigator: Microwave wasn't plugged in when it killed Sylvester man

Jimmy Roddy of Sylvester was electrocuted Saturday while working on the appliance.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Oct. 17, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 58 incidents.

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Local business woman found dead in shop

Officials remember Amaya King as an “upbeat, courageous” person.

Albert Moore

Albert Moore, 68, Albany, died October 15, 2012

Wallace Ward Cleveland

Wallace Ward Cleveland, 81, Blakely, died October 15, 2012

Marjorie Nell (Riner) Martin

Marjorie Nell Martin, 74, died October 7, 2012

Larry Fred Bullard

Larry Fred Bullard, 59, Columbus, died October 10, 2012

Brandon Wood

Brandon Wood, Albany, died October 15, 2012

John Stanley Felter

John Stanley Felter , 68, died October 15, 2012

Zenobia Fleming Allen

Zenobia Fleming Allen, 84, Lawrenceville, died October 14, 2012

Edward Gerald Herrod

Edward Gerald Herrod, 76, died October 16, 2012

Emma B. Fisher

Emma B. Fisher, 90, Albany died October 14, 2012

Dorothy Slade Horne

Dorothy Slade Horne, 90, Cordele, died October 15, 2012

Horace Jackson Thompson

Horace Jackson Thompson, 85, Moultrie, died October 15, 2012

Joyce D. Margerum

Joyce Dutchess Margerum, 61, September 29, 2012

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Second Baker sheriff runoff ordered

Judge Loring Gray sees evidence of doubt in the recent Baker County sheriff’s race runoff and orders a new election.

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Lake Park Student Places 3rd in National Archery Tournament

Kate Douglas, an Albany 5th grader, placed third in a national archery competition.

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Braves' McCann undergoes surgery on injured shoulder

Duluth grad could be ready for first month of season.

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Heard withdraws election lawsuit

The write-in at-large Dougherty School Board candidate says he wants to concentrate on the Nov. 6 election.

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AP: Beyonce set for Super Bowl halftime

All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer.

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Taliban: 14-year-old girl deserved to be killed for supporting Obama

Taliban insurgents said on Tuesday that the Pakistani schoolgirl its gunmen shot in the head deserved to die because she had spoken out against the group and praised U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Study: Romney's privatized Medicare would raise premiums

Nearly six in 10 Medicare recipients would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system along the lines of what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has proposed, according to a study released Monday.

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Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

More than 56 million Social Security recipients will soon find out how much their monthly payments will go up next year.

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Politicians in it for themselves

Letter to the editor

Well, it looks like our country is truly a country of the politicians, by the politicians and for the politicians, and, of course, their families.

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Charter schools give kids a chance

Letter to the editor

I am a mother of three, a wife of a farmer and a proud PTO parent in rural Southwest Georgia. When our family moved to Morgan to be closer to our family farm, I realized that the public school wasn’t an option for my kids. Some kids may go well in the system, but mine didn’t.

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Enlightened battle Taliban's ignorance

Letter to the editor

Once again education has had a dramatic win over ignorance and fear. The lack of education to understand the world and its progressions couldn’t have been more apparent than what the Taliban attempted to do last week.