News for Saturday, September 1, 2012

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Gang-leader’s funeral draws hundreds

The funeral of reputed Bloods gang leader Dontavious Santez Luke brings hundreds to church service.

On the Job with Donna Driskell

Managing Editor Danny Carter holds a Q&A with Donna, Driskell, owner of the Corner Cafe in Albany.

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DCSS must repay fund or reclassify

The State Department of Education says the Dougherty School System must repay or reclassify $134,626 in Title I expenditures and hire DOE-approved monitors.

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Looking Back Sept. 2 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Strangers help us on our way

‘Can you help me?” I looked up from my self-absorbed walk through the lobby to see a little lady standing by the brown, wooden table up against the wall near the doors of the post office.

Births Sept. 2 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Aug. 16-26.

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Keep kids physically active on the weekends

It’s inevitable. Saturday morning rolls around and everyone looks at each other and asks, What are we going to do today?

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Butterfly gardening also helps wildlife

The September Gardener

In our fast paced stressful world it is hard to overestimate the enjoyment of a butterfly garden. Whether large or small, in your backyard or on your balcony, at your business, church or school, you’ll find butterflies will flock to your garden if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Staff changes occur at Albany Museum of Art

Nick Nelson left the position of executive director at the Albany Museum of Art for a job at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo.

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Monroe student wins national competition

A junior at Monroe High School earned a $1,000 scholarship after winning a national information technology competition.

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10 things to know this week (Sept. 2-8, 2012)

Here's a list of 10 things you need to know for the week starting Sept. 2.

Police/Fire/EMS reeport for September 2, 2012

APD responds to at least 48 incidents.

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New England Patriots cut Albany's Branch

Albany native Deion Branch, who led the New England Patriots to the 2005 Super Bowl title thanks to his MVP performance, is cut by the team Friday as the roster is trimmed to 53 players. (UPDATED: 8:06 p.m.)

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Braves can't close out Phillies, who homer in ninth and 10th to beat Atlanta, 8-5

Erik Kratz hits a homer in the ninth inning off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, and then John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run bomb in the 10th to lead the Phillies past the Braves, 8-5.

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No. 14 Clemson tries to forget season finale of 2011, focus on Auburn tonight

Clemson was embarrassed last season in the Orange Bowl by West Virginia, 70-33, but looks to start anew tonight against an Auburn program that is also trying to rebound from a disappointing 2011.

LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton cross country set to hold 'family' meet today; ASU volleyball loses 2012 opener

The Skiles family, which has its hand in the Darton and GSW cross country programs, meet today for the first run of the season.

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FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Albany loses ‘heartbreaker’ in 2012 season opener, 20-18

Albany's bid to start the season 1-0 falls short Friday after a failed two-point conversion with under a minute to play on the road at Greenville. (ADDS: roundup items on Sherwood, Deerfield, SGA, Crisp County, Crisp Academy, Terrell Academy, Randolph Southern, Americus, Southland, Mitchell County, Terrell County, Miller County, Pelham, Baconton Charter and Randolph-Clay).

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Westwood sees 27-game win streak end

Westwood’ 27-game winning streak ends Friday night in a shutout loss to a bigger Class AAA Stratford program.

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Highlight factory

Lee County running back T.J. Hurley and Dougherty quarterback Mike Whatley put on a show Friday night in the Trojan Bowl at Hugh Mills as the Trojans from Leesburg prevail over the Trojans from Albany, 49-32.

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Bryant, Taylor help Early rip Seminole in opener

Ladonis Bryant and Jacori Taylor light it up Friday night as Early County opens the season with a rout of Seminole County.

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