News for Monday, September 24, 2012

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Rising Falcons

The leadership of Falcons QB Matt Ryan and new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan have made Atlanta the favorite to win the NFC South.

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Richt remains coy on status of Rambo, Ogletree

Mark Richt is mum on when former Seminole star Bacarri Rambo will return to the team — but the brother of Alec Ogletree, who is also suspended, indicates it will be Saturday.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Watson continues to be fan favorite on PGA Tour

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia golfer Bubba Watson and his popularity with fans.

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MONDAY'S PREP/COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SGA's Houston throws no-no

Southwest Georgia Academy pitcher Allison Houston throws her first varsity no-hitter to help the Lady Warriors beat Brookwood, 13-0. (ADDS: Sherwood softball, prep cross country, Albany State volleyball, Darton cross country).

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Bainbridge new No. 1 in Herald Fab 5 Poll

Westover’s upset victory vs. former No. 1 Monroe drops the Tornadoes completely out of the Fab 5 Poll, lifts Bainbridge to the top and allows the Patriots to move into the No. 5 spot.

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Voter I.D. laws a political strategy

Clint Eastwood’s memorable appearance at the Republican National Convention quickly inspired a meme: Conservatives are angry with an invisible President Obama, a man whom most voters simply don’t see. That explains their insistence that the president is a socialist, a Muslim, a weak and cowardly apologist for American strength.

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Explanations for dog death inadequate

In a letter to the editor, Bill Cash of Doerun says that explanations for dog's death are inadequate.

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Today’s children are acting like the adults

In a letter to the editor, Nadine Mathis of Albany says that today’s children are acting like the adults.

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U.S. support should always be for Israel

In a letter to the editor, Johnny White of Leesburg says that U.S. support should always be for Israel.

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Spending, not Romney taxes, the issue

Did anyone think the release of Mitt Romney’s tax returns would satisfy Democrats and make them focus on the real issues in this campaign, including President Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policy record and approaching massive tax increases? If so, please call me for a great deal on Arizona swampland.

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Missing revenue may be in the air

It may be that some Dougherty County tax revenues are literally up in the air.

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Missing Albany man found uninjured

Hyatt Spriggs had been missing since Sept. 13, Albany police officials say.

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Phoebe considering applicants

Gastroenterology, emergency medicine and pediatrics are among the specialties of medical staff applicants for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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Police probe toddler death

A 20-month-old girl died early Sunday following a drug overdose, officials say.

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Magnolia Plantation for sale

Historic Magnolia Plantation is up for private purchase for the first time since the late 1950s.

City manager to help excavate cemetery

City Manager Bill Weeks will dust off his archaeological skills as he takes on the excavation of a Colonial-era cemetery recently discovered on the grounds of the old Glynn Middle School.

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Energy contracting doesn't resonate with county

Dougherty County officials are looking into the feasibility of contracting for energy-saving services.

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Response can have surprising results

What if we each did something different, the thing that was least expected and not part of the usual pattern of response?

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County losing money on cell towers

Dougherty County officials say the county can save money by utilizing purchasing cards for purchase orders.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Sept. 25, 2012

APD responds to at least 65 incidents.

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 25, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Leila Williams

Leila Williams of Edison, died September 22, 2012

Lois Evon Carter Phillips

Lois Evon Carter Phillips, 77, Albany, died on September 23, 2012

Myra Bernice Smith Pantone Duncan

Myra Bernice Smith Pantone Duncan, 79, Flower Mound, TX died September 15, 2012

Lonie Wood Killebrew

Lonie Crawford Wood Killebrew, 89, Ft. Gaines, died September 23, 2012

James L. Cook, Jr.

James L. Cook, Jr., 90, Leesburg, died September 22, 2012

Gordon Hatcher

Gordon Hatcher, 86, Albany, died September 22, 2012

Cole Harden

Cole Harden, 29, Dawson died September 22, 2012

David Allen Turner

David Allen Turner, M.D., died September 20, 2012

Norma Herring Dykes

Norma Herring Dykes, 82, Albany, died September 22, 2012

James Layfield

James Layfield, 63, Albany, died September 21,2012

Hermon Branch

Hermon Branch, 73, Cordele, died September 21, 2012

Sherry Greenlee Fry

Sherry Greenlee Fry, 62, Baconton, died September 21, 2012

Dorothy Minter

Dorothy Minter, Americus, died September 23, 2012

Kenneth P. Ingram

Kenneth P. Ingram, 46, Albany, died September 23, 2012

Andrew Lean Sloan Robinson

Andrew Lean Sloan Robinson, 77, Albany died September 23, 2012

Billy Joe Woodham

Billy Joe Woodham, 79, Donalsonville, died September 23, 2012

Cenola Boldin

Cenola Boldin, 86, Fort Gaines, died September 22, 2012

Joseph Duane Jackson

Joseph Duane Jackson, 25, Camilla, died September 19, 2012

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VIDEO of the DAY: Luckiest truck driver in Russia

This guy puts the "near" in "near miss."

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Iran's president dismisses threats on nuke program

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed threats of military action against Iran's nuclear program, asserting that his country's project to enrich uranium is only for peaceful purposes and disputing that the country worries at all about an Israeli attack to destroy Iran's nuclear capacity.

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Dog injured when bullets fired into house

While people were inside the house at the time of the shooting, no injuries to residents were reported, officials say.

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Monroe's Lockette signs with 49ers

Former Monroe star and Albany native Ricardo Lockette told The Herald on Monday that he has signed with the San Francisco 49ers. (UPDATED 9:48 p.m.)

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Murfree nominated for GSSA Superintendent of Year

DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree, nominated by Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer, is not one of the state’s four finalists.

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Mass. cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized

A Massachusetts woman says her cat went to the veterinarian for a flea bath but was mistakenly put to death.

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BRIEFS: Taxi driver shot in the head in Columbus

Briefs trending around the state this morning.

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