News for Monday, October 8, 2012


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Lee County takes over No. 1 in Fab 5 Poll

At 6-0, Lee County is off to its best start in school history and leaps past Bainbridge in The Herald’s weekly Fab 5 Poll.

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Georgia Tech fires defensive coordinator Groh

The Yellow Jackets part ways with D-coordinator Al Groh after Clemson scored 47 points Saturday and Middle Tennessee put up an embarrassing 49 points the week before that.

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Richt remains confident in No. 14 Georgia

The Bulldogs are in third place in the SEC East after their loss to South Carolina on Saturday, but coach Mark Richt isn’t panicking.

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Never better

Atlanta is 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, and coach Mike Smith is one win from tying Dan Reeves as the winningest Falcons coach in team history.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton golf in third heading into final round of own invitational

The Cavs shoot their first under-par round of the season and are in third place after the second round of the Darton Fall Invitational. (ADDS: Darton men's, women's soccer teams win)

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Randolph Southern advances to second round of state tournament

Randolph Southern ace Madison Ragan throws a one-hitter in the opener and the Lady Patriots sweep through the first round of the GISA Class AA state playoffs.

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Shockwave opens first season at home

Albany Shockwave will open its inaugural season in the ABA on Nov. 16 against Savannah in the Albany Civic Center. (ADDS: Full schedule)

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DCSS Board approves retirement of interim curriculum director

Murfree vows to make contact with DOE over permanent principal for Albany High

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APD welcomes 11 new recruits

A group of 11 recruits for the Albany Police Department have graduated from the academy entered the field training program.

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No progress reported from LOST meeting

An Oct. 31 deadline is looming for Albany and Dougherty County officials to determine a 1 percent sales tax split.

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Group offers to ‘educate’ county on cell tower

Officials with wireless phone companies reject a claim that they under-report equipment to the county’s tax department.

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County to take less than expected from reserves

Dougherty County’s Finance Committee gets better-than-expected news on the county’s FY 2012 budget.

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APD responds to armed robberies and assault

A 21-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint in East Albany early Monday, Albany police officials say.

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Eclectic mix of vendors will line festival midway

More than 75 vendors selling everything from Cajun food to electronics will be part of the weekend's Georgia Throwdown.

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Squawk of the day - Oct. 9, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Voter registration wraps up today

Fewer voters are registered to vote so far than were registered in the 2008 presidential election.

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Harvest season time to be alert

OK, so you can't say that there's a nip in the air. Southwest Georgia, after all, hangs on doggedly each year for every bit of warm weather that it can.

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Getting older isn't much fun

Opinion column

Somehow, I knew this would happen. I should have seen it coming. Just my luck.

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You can't afford to not vote

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Symbol of America's freedom is under attack

Opinion column

In recent years, our country's symbol of freedom has come under attack. I am not referring to foreign nations stomping on and burning our flag. I am talking about our own government interfering with the right of Americans to display their American flag.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Oct. 9, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 65 incidents.

Betty Norma Burroughs

Betty Norma Burroughs, 69, Albany, died October 4, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Tank buster

Tanks are tough machines ... when driven properly.

Ella F. Tolbert

Ella F. Tolbert, 87, died October 5, 2012

Sandra "Sandy" Denby Tomberlin

Sandra Denby Tomberlin, 67, Sylvester, died October 7, 2012

Glen Everett McMickle

Glen Everett McMickle, 79 Albany, died October 8, 2012

Johnny Earl Huggins

Johnny Earl Huggins, 65, Auburn, AL, died October 5, 2012

Queenie Mae Mitchell

Queenie Mae Mitchell, Edison, GA died October 5, 2012

Eletha Ross Silas

Eletha Ross Silas, 88, Camilla, died October 6, 2012

Annie Marion Sapp Meeks

Annie Marion Sapp Meeks, 97, Albany, died October 7, 2012

Velma Harper Lott

Velma Harper Lott, 92, Fitzgerald, died October 7, 2012

Peggy Jane Martin

Peggy Jane Martin, 82, Albany, died October 6, 2012

Delle Tedder

Delle Watson Tedder, formerly of Albany, GA died October 6, 2012

Jackson Wayne Spires

Jackson Wayne Spires, 66, Fitzgerald died October 7, 2012

Ginger Hall Banks

Ginger Hall Banks, died October 08, 2012

Helen White

Helen White, 72, Fitzgerald, died October 7, 2012

Earl E. Lewis

Earl E. Lewis, 45, Stone Mountain, GA died October 3, 2012

Grace Wiseman Gray

Grace Wiseman Gray, 69, Tifton, died October 6, 2012

Gloria Gay Ingram

Gloria Gay Ingram, 66, West Point , GA, died October 7, 2012

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Georgia Senator Bulloch hospitalized

Sen. John Bulloch was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2003.

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Armed robbery suspect captured

Sederrick Culbreth was wanted on six active warrants at the time of his capture on Monday, police officials say.

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Former NFL cheerleader pleads guilty in sex case

A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with a 17-year-old student while she was a high school teacher, a move that will allow her to avoid time in jail.

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State gives DCSS deadline to hire permanent Albany High principal

The Georgia Department of Education will be involved in screening, interviewing and recommending candidates for the position.

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Bryan teases possible Throwdown appearance on Facebook

Luke Bryan is currently on his 2012 Farm Tour.

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Famous dress up for auction

It's perhaps the most famous dress in all of Hollywood history, and it could be yours -- for a pretty penny.

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MLB PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Nats come back to beat Cardinals; Tigers edge A's; Yankees win in Baltimore

The Nationals score two runs with two outs in the eighth to come back and beat St. Louis, 3-2, in Game 1 of the NLDS on Sunday. (INCLUDES Tigers win against Oakland and Yankees win against Orioles.

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NFL ROUNDUP: Brees sets record in Saints' first win; Luck, Colts beat Packers, Brady, Pats knock off Manning's Broncos

Drew Brees breaks a 52-year-old record by throwing a TD pass in his 48th consecutive game and his Saints win for the first time this year, beating the Chargers, 31-24; Andrew Luck leads Colts past Packers: Tom Brady and Pats beat Peyton Manning and Broncs (INCLUDES all the Sunday games in the NFL)

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Georgia fans ‘egg and roll’ Murray’s house

UGA linebacker Christian Robins, who shares a house with QB Aaron Murray, tweets that fans egged and rolled the house after the loss to S.C.