News for Tuesday, October 2, 2012


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Helping to build a better community

The old adage that “time flies the older you get” seems to be true more and more. Autumn is already upon us and 2012 is quickly coming to a close.

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Parents instill sweet lessons

When I was growing up — probably well into my college years — Mama’s last words as I walked out the door were always the same:

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Early fall a busy time

The October Gardener

As the temperatures get cooler, planting, rearranging and prepping work in gardens heats up.

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Banners make election point with SEALS, guns

An Albany businessman says he put up banners of SEALS carrying automatic weapons to eliminate the threat of non-voters.

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Pumpkin patch to offer family thrills, chills

Whether you are looking for innocent fun or a frightening adventure, Mark’s Melon Patch has something for everyone this season.

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Leesburg increases rates for trash collection

Leesburg City Council members say a rate hike covers an increase being passed to the city by its collection vendor.

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Albany resident celebrating centennial

Louise Kidd Jordan, originally from the Athens area, was born on Oct. 3, 1912.

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State education agency neutral on charter vote

With the state education chief under pressure for opposing an amendment on charter schools, the Georgia Department of Education has declared its neutrality on the Nov. 6 vote.

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Popular Citizen's Police Academy scheduled

Applications are currently being accepted for the winter session of the Albany Police Department’s popular Citizen’s Police Academy.

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Obama's problems multiply as GOP frets over Romney

As the campaign enters its final month, President Obama is enjoying more than just a lead in most polls. He's also enjoying Republican insiders slamming Mitt Romney for various faults, real and perceived, while potentially huge problems for the president -- the investigation into what happened at the Libyan consulate attack, a devastating blow suffered by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Obama's lack of a plan to deal with the coming entitlement crisis, to name just three -- go largely undiscussed in much of the press.

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Throwdown offers perfect buzz-kill cure

My name is Fletcher, and I'm a musicholic.

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Seat belt stop leads to half-pound marijuana arrest

When a Georgia State Patrol Trooper pulled over William Travis Price on Willingham Drive at about 6:45 p.m. Friday for not wearing a seat belt, the trooper spotted a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, according to a police report.

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Phoebe files Supreme Court brief

Phoebe Putney Health System says its acquisition of a competing hospital was an act of "a state or its officers or agents" for purposes of federal antitrust laws.

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First presidential debate starts election countdown

There's a lot riding on tonight's debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

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Herald to partner with Gannett on printing newspaper

The planned start date for The Albany Herald to be printed at the Tallahassee Democrat is Oct. 25.

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Albany artists featured in exhibit

A reception is scheduled for the artists featured in the Albany Area Arts Council's "Rock, Paper, Scissors" exhibit.

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Officials work to revive 'Old Northside'

New signage, street lights and crosswalks will soon dot the neighborhood just north of Albany's central business district.

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City approves MEAG trust fund disbursement plan

The Albany City Commission discusses changes to its ethics and sexual harassment policies.

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Voter drive to feature food, clothing giveaway

The East Towne Civic League will sponsor a food and clothing giveaway during a voter registration drive Saturday.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Oct. 3, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 55 incidents.

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Squawk of the day - Oct. 3, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

William Lawerence Denney

William Lawerence Denney, 76, Dawson, died October 1, 2012

Dianne Berry

Dianne Berry, Albany, died October 1, 2012

Marion Cameron Head

Marion Cameron Head, 86, Camilla, died October 1, 2012

Barry Scott Shelton

Barry Scott Shelton, died September 27, 2012

Troy Gene Kight

Troy Gene Kight, 84, Bainbridge, died September 30, 2012

Robert L. Battle, Jr.

Robert L. Battle, Jr., 88, Ohio, died September 25, 2012

Phillips Coley

Phillis Coley, 91, Vienna, died September 28, 2012

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, died October 1, 2012

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State Dept. of Education announces it's neutral on charter amendment

The Georgia Department of Education is scrolling an alert on its home page telling the public that it takes no position on Amendment 1.

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Trust acquires historic land on St. Simons Island

A land trust has purchased Cannon’s Point, a 608-acre site on the north end of St. Simons Island.

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Heard hearing drags into third day

Closing arguments in a suit against the Dougherty Elections Board are set to be heard this morning.

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Morning Roundup: Hiker rescued, storms topple trees

These are the top headlines trending around the state this morning from the Associated Press.

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Nation’s survival rests with debates

Political column

Mitt Romney’s main advantage in his first debate with President Obama on Wednesday may be that the president will be speaking without a teleprompter. His second advantage is the president’s record and how he has failed to fulfill many of his promises.

People responsible for their own protection

Letter to the editor

Horror stories and commentary aside, you are responsible for your welfare and the welfare of those close to you.

China/Japan island feud a dangerous one for U.S.

Letter to the editor

The China and Japan situation over several inhabitable islands seemed to escalate further than ever before. ... Communication between the two parties has diminished more in the last six months than before.

Real issue in politics is all about the money

Apparently my anonymous critics, responding via The Squawkbox, fail to see the real issue addressed in my recent letter to the editor. If you will reread it, you will see that it is really all about the money!

‘Atlas Shrugged’ gives U.S. a look at future

Letter to the editor

Page Two would like to take exception with the guest commentary of Doris Stevenson (Sept. 26).

Politicians have betrayed the trust of the public

Letter to the editor

I subscribe to a liberal magazine not because I agree with their thoughts or ideas — which, for the most part, I assuredly do not — but because it enables me to understand how the other half think and how they arrive at their beliefs.

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Downtown post office closing

Hard times for the U.S. Postal Service have forced the closing of a number of facilities, including one in downtown Albany.