News for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Kaufman brings flatpicking to a new generation

A three-time National Flatpicking Champion will hold a workshop and concert in Albany Nov. 2-3.

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Southerners tell stories with flair

It’s a funny thing about us Southerners. If a Yankee criticizes us, we haughtily disregard it, muttering over their ignorance.

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City to continue Medicare B payments

The Albany City Commission OKs $400,000-plus reimbursement payments it makes to elderly retirees.

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WORLD SERIES --- PREVIEW: Well-rested Tigers set for well-tested Giants in Game 1 of World Series tonight

The Tigers have been off for nearly a week after wrapping up the ALCS title in four games heading into tonight's opener for the World Series against the Giants, who had just one off day after needing seven games to beat the Cardinals and advance.

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Retirement insecurity worrying younger Americans

Editorial

Talk about your trickle down economics ...

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Darton golf rallies, finishes third in district preview tourney

After falling back of the leader by 25 shots after the first two rounds of the NJCAA District IV Preview in Tennessee, Darton dusts the field on the final day to surge and finish third.

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Johnson completes last meeting as Lee commissioner

Betty Johnson will step down Nov. 8 with her successor expected to be sworn in the next day.

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Lighten up, America, we will survive Obama-Romney

Opinion Column

Politics in America is a funny thing. Giving in to the demand for hyperbole, we for some reason try to make a popularity contest — one that in recent years has devolved into a who can make the most money competition — a matter of life and death.

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Social Security wording part of conditioning

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Dan Kersey of Albany says that Social Security wording is part of conditioning.

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Man allegedly trying to extort ex-UGA, NFL star Ward sees hearing delayed

A man who claims he had information that proved Hines Ward solicited prostitutes -- and was then arrested for trying to extort $15,000 from Ward --- appears before a judge and asks for more time to prepare his defense.

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Unanimous votes needed on School Board

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, John Bryant of Albany says that a unanimous votes needed on School Board.

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This week's 'Burning Question': Who should be our Player of the Year if voting took place right now?

Each week, The Herald’s sports staff will pose a new “Burning Question” at albanyherald.com that’s topical in regards to what area prep football fans are talking about after last week’s games. Feel free to log on and discuss!

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Favorable schedule keeping UGA in SEC title conversation

Thanks to some shrewd scheduling by Georgia, the Bulldogs are still very much alive to win the SEC East — but it must first beat bitter rival Florida on Saturday afternoon.

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MLB NOTEBOOK: Marlins fire Guillen after one season; World Series hero Fisk arrested for DUI

One year after landing in Miami — then stirring up controversy and leading the Marlins to a last-place finish — Ozzie Guillen is fired Tuesday.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weekly 'Prep Peek'

The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 10 schedule.

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Greed is destroying the United States

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Nadine M. Mathis of Albany says that greed is destroying the United States.

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Next president will shape Supreme Court

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Ryan Reese of Fitzgerald says that the next president will shape the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Squawk of the day - Oct. 24, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Trial starts in attack on cross-dresser

The trial of a man charged with shooting an individual dressed as a woman and then stealing his purse starts.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Oct. 24, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 32 incidents.

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Lee man faces murder charge

The trial of a Lee County man indicted on malice murder charges enters its second day.

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Former sheriff to be sentenced

Stacy Bloodsworth pleaded guilty to punching three jail inmates and allowing men under his command, including his son, Austin Bloodsworth, to beat them and to kick at least one inmate in the face breaking the inmate's jaw, according to a U.S. Justice Department report.

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Gang Task Force to hear DA Edwards

Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard announced that Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Edwards will speak at the October Albany-Dougherty Gang Task Force meeting.

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12-year-old hit by car near bus stop

A 12-year-old was hit by a car on the 1500 block of Westwood Drive as she walked to the school bus stop at 7 a.m. Tuesday, an Albany Police Department report stated.

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Liberty House to hold candlelight vigil

Liberty House will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday beginning a 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Department of Family and Children's Services on Oglethorpe Boulevard.

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Boys and Girls Club to hold 'Lights on Afterschool' event

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, East Albany Unit (1112 Inverness Road) will hold its annual "Lights on Afterschool" event on Thursday from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Local community partners and members of the Dougherty County School System will be in attendance.

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Phoebe East site of asthma workshop

A free children's asthma workshop will be held on Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the conference room of Phoebe East, 2410 Sylvester Road, for children with the disease who are 5 years old and older.

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Mitchell County educator honored by Georgia Power

Mitchell County High School's Steven Hardy is named one of Georgia's "best and brightest" new teachers.

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Chicken Pie Festival set for Smithville

An annual Smithville festival includes a parade, a pie-baking competition, two majors runs and more.

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Butterfly pollinator garden dedicated

A new development on the former Radium Springs Casino site is expected to help preserve the butterfly population in the area.

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Lee County thespians win region again

Lee County High School's presentation of "The Cherry Sisters Revisited" carries the day at Region 1-AAAAA competition.

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Phillips to sing national anthem for Game 1 of World Series

Lee County native Phillip Phillips will sing the national anthem for game one of the World Series according to his website.

Donald Fuller Bonner, Sr.

Donald Fuller Bonner, Sr., 81, Lake Park, GA, died October 21, 2012

Lee Gertha Roberts

Lee Gertha Roberts, 70, Dawson, died October 23, 2012

Jenifer Johnson

Jenifer Johnson, Ashburn, died October 22, 2012

Geneva Nether

Geneva Nether Sylvester, died October 20, 2012

Mary Overbey

Mary Overbey, Worth County, died October 22, 2012

David E. Johnson

David E. Johnson, MD, 61, Albany, died October 21, 2012

Joe Billy McInVale

Joe Billy McInVale, 89, Cobb, died October 21, 2012

Edgar David Trea

Edgar David Trea, 71, Albany, died October 22, 2012

Brett Wade Padgett

Brett Wade Padgett, 40, Maitland, FL, died October 21, 2012

Joyce Lavern Ferry

Joyce Lavern Ferry, 72, Crossville, TN, died October 18, 2012

Sarah McKay

Sarah McKay ,79, Lenox, GA, died October 20, 2012

Robert Earl Patton

Robert Earl Patton, 48, Leesburg, died October 19, 2012

Irene Seabolt McDearmid

Irene Seabolt McDearmid, Albany, died October 22, 2012

Earnestine Grier

Earnestine Grier, 84, Birmingham, AL, died October 17, 2012

Anne Blackmar Edge Holman

Anne Blackmar Edge Holman. Albany

Catherine Horn

Catherine Horn, 95, Colquitt, GA died October 19, 2012

Dorinda Williams Ferguson

Dorinda Williams Ferguson, 67, Poulan, died October 22, 2012

Rebecca Dennis

Rebecca Dennis, 96, Albany, died October 21, 2012

Homer Holliday

Homer Holliday, Albany, died October 20, 2012

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US may soon become world's top oil producer

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

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Price, Heard set for debate at Albany State

Candidates vying for the Dougherty School Board’s at-large seat will discuss issues at a public forum.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Iron Man 3 trailer

Tony Stark and Iron Man are back in the third installment of the franchise. According to the Internet Movie Database or IMDB, the plot is still largely unknown, but "rumor has it Tony Stark/Iron Man will head to China to face his toughest opponent, Mandarin."

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10 coaches on the hot seat

The first firing of the college football season came Sunday. Idaho let go of Robb Akey in a move that was not unexpected.

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Wisconsin shooting brings call for new law on guns

Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa.

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SOWEGA HEADLINES: Valdosta MSA 3rd-poorest in nation

The Valdosta Metro Area is the third poorest in the nation according to a recent online report based on census data and labor statistics, officials say.

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UGA looking to stop Florida from clinching SEC East title

Florida can punch its ticket to the SEC title game with a win vs. Georgia, but the Bulldogs have hopes of keeping their own conference championship hopes alive. (ADDS: UGA QB Murray named SEC Offensive Player of the Week)

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Unprecedented: International Cycling Union wipes away Armstrong's 7 Tour de France titles

All the records and titles Lance Armstrong accumulated through the most decorated career in cycling history are thrown out Monday by the International Cycling Union, making it as if he was never there.

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Bring on Detroit

Lee County’s Buster Posey and the Giants will play Detroit in the World Series after beating the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS.

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Albany’s Crews wins HJGT tourney in S.C.

Albany native and former Deerfield star golfer Josh Crews wins his second golf tournament of the summer after falling behind early in Sunday’s final round in S.C. (ADDS: Albany's Joiner named 2nd-team All American)

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