News for Friday, September 28, 2012


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Charter school debate heats up

There is no middle ground as proponents and opponents choose sides and spar.

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Koinonia Farm plans symposium

To mark its 70th anniversary and the 100th birthdays of its founders, the Christian community plans a month-long celebration.

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Dougherty tax digest: 24 percent tax-exempt

The tax burden in Dougherty County has been shifted to a smaller percentage of taxpayers than in other counties.

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Softball game set to help accident victim

The family of a young accident victim will benefit from a co-ed softball tournament.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for September 30, 2012

APD responds to 48 incidents.

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Junior League plans Boot Shoot & Boogie

The Junior League is trying to raise money for their 2012 signature projects.

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Religion bulletin for September 29, 2012

Fformer president Carter is not scheduled to teach Sunday school this week.

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Lee County gets passing marks on its storm water management

State officials say it is clear that "a spirit of outreach, education and community pride underscore the county's program."

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Chipper, Braves rekindle dreams of childhood

Every sports fan has something of a love-hate relationship with his favorite team.

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Teacher kills masked teen, learns it was son

A small Connecticut town was sent reeling in grief and confusion Friday after a popular fifth-grade teacher shot and killed a knife-wielding prowler in a black ski mask, only to discover it was his 15-year-old son.

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Peanut sale to aid patient

A boiled peanut sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to benefit a former Lee County resident who needs a lung transplant.

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With nearly $1M payday, Albany State A.D. calls trip to Chicago tremendous opportunity

The Chicago Football Classic made Albany State an offer it couldn't refuse this past offseason: Come play at Soldier Field, all expenses paid --- and then some.

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RYDER CUP: Team U.S.A. takes early lead vs. Europeans

Despite another off day from Tiger Woods, the Americans are up by two on the Europeans after Round 1 of the Ryder Cup.

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MillerCoors volunteers help clean Flint River

September is Great Water Month at MillerCoors across the country, and local volunteers turn out for garbage duty at the Flint.

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Political links get attention

Glenn Delk of Atlanta says the Constitution prohibits state school districts from political activity involving Amendment 1.

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Dill: JCOC tour a life-changing event

An Albany industry leader gains new insights into the U.S. military through the recent Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 29, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Once upon a disappearance

I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting -- and surely the disappearance of a friend is one.

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YMCA partnering in DOE grant program

As you may be aware, the Albany Area YMCA recently announced that we were awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Education to serve 125 children at Magnolia Elementary School. We are pleased that the DOE has chosen to fund this program and excited that the Dougherty County School System and other community partners have made a commitment to support our efforts to make a difference in our community.

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Replace this greed before game's over

When even Scott Walker and Paul Ryan kind-of, sort-of side with labor against management, who knows what else is possible? Maybe they'll endorse tax increases and say nice things about teachers unions.

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 1, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Mission Change planning fall activities

LaDonna Urick feels the members of the Exchange Club of Albany are family when it comes to community service.

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Go for the larger argument, Mitt

In mid-September 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the financial system. Barack Obama handled it coolly. John McCain did not. Obama won the presidency. (Given the country's condition, he would have won anyway. But this sealed it.)

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DCPD: Home invasion leaves two arrested, one on run

Two arrests and a man on the run after Dougherty County home invasion, police report.

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Governor appoints five to Miller County School Board

The governor removed the board members in late April because of in-fighting.

Annie Lois Fedd

Annie Lois Fedd, 81, Donalsonville, died September 26, 2012

Oscar G. Davenport

Oscar G. Davenport, 59, died September 22, 2012

Bernard Slappy

Bernard Slappy, 55, Bainbridge, died September 27, 2012

Mary Eugenia Ramsey Kimler

Mary Kimler, 75, Damascus, died September 26, 2012

Margaret E. Smith

Margaret E. Smith, 60, died September 26, 2012

James F. Gibbs

James F. Gibbs, 81, Ben Hill County, died September 27, 2012

Walter C. Upson

Walter C. Upson, 56, Blakely, died September 19, 2012

Alisa Faye Bell

Alisa Faye Bell, 47, Donalsonville, died September 28, 2012

Larry Sirmans

Larry Sirmans, 73, Irwin County, died September 27, 2012

Maria W. Shotts

Maria W. Shotts, 85, Albany died September 27, 2012

George L. Deese, Sr.

George L. Deese, Sr., 79, Albany, died September 28, 2012

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Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their latest prep football picks in Week 5 of "Guessperts" as Stewart surges to the lead after Week 4 with Phillips and Millikan hot on his heels.

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Thronateeska offers free admission Saturday

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone.

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News from around the state

Check out mid-day headlines from across the state.

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Iraqi convicts riot, escape from prison; 12 killed

Prisoners seized weapons and set off hours-long clashes with security guards at a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown.

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THURSDAY'S PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Dougherty falls to Cairo; SCA stunned

Dougherty clinches the Region 1-AAAA No. 3 seed despite a 6-5 loss to Cairo. (ADDS: Sherwood, SGA, Westwood and Crisp Academy)

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Herald High School Beat Writer Mike Phillips gives much-deserved props to Deerfield football coach Allen Lowe, who can secure his 200th career win tonight if the Knights beat rival Sherwood.

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Panthers release 2013 schedule; PIFL adds two new teams

The defending PIFL champion Albany Panthers announce their 2013 schedule Thursday, as well as reveal that two new teams have been added to the league.

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UGA to name radio booth after Munson

The Bulldogs’ legendary radio announcer Larry Munson will be honored before Saturday’s home game against Tennessee. (ADDS: Note on RB Harton out with surgery)

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They meet again

Sherwood meets Deerfield tonight at Webb Memorial in the highly anticipated annual rivalry game between Albany’s two private school GISA teams.

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With playoff spot clinched, talk of MVP, batting title heat up for Giants’ Posey

Leesburg’s Buster Posey is a leading candidate for National League MVP, and Thursday he also took the lead for the NL batting title over the Pirates’ Andrew McCuthen with less than a week left in the regular season.

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Braves sweep Marlins as Hanson ends losing skid

Tommy Hanson wins for the first time in eight starts Thursday when he allows just two runs in a 6-2 victory against the Marlins.