News for Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Westover girls soccer reaches region title game; FSU backup QB Trickett to transfer

The Lady Patriots will play Cairo for the region championship after beating Crisp County in the semifinals Wednesday.

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Flournoy ready to be next tennis star at nearby GSW

After growing up loathing sports, Hilary Flournoy has become one of the top tennis players in the state, and now the Bainbridge star is headed to GSW to play at the next level.

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Deerfield’s Webb earns preferred walk-on status at UGA

Deerfield's Harris Webb follows his teammate Davis Hines to UGA, where both have earned preferred walk-on status.

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Ex-UGA football coach Donnan officially indicted for multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme

Jim Donnan, a former football coach at UGA, is indicted in Macon on Tuesday, accused of swindling millions from investors --- including several former and current college football coaches around the country.

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Former Lee County star Posey blasts first HR in second straight win for UGA

The Bulldogs’ baseball team is struggling mightily this year, but huge night from former Lee County star Jess Posey helps deliver UGA its second straight win late Tuesday night.

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PREVIEW: Red-hot Lady Rams softball enters conference tourney as team to beat

The No. 1-seeded Lady Rams’ softball team has redemption on its minds as Albany State tries to win the conference title that eluded them last season.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Reliever Avilan OK after scary scene Tuesday

Luis Avilan crumpled to the ground as he went to throw a pitch during Tuesday night’s Braves-Royals game, and while the injury looked serious, it turns out it was a hamstring strain coupled with severe cramps. (ADDS: notebook items on McCann heading to extended spring training; Gattis staying in lineup; Freeman's rehab; conclusion to case of death Braves' trainer's wife)

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Royal flushed

The Braves’ 10-game winning streak and chance to match the second-best start in franchise history goes down the drain Wednesday afternoon at the hands of the Royals as hot-hitting Atlanta is mowed down by K.C. starting pitcher Wade Davis, 1-0.

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Squawk of the day - April 18, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Squawks.

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Bright of the day - April 18, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Bright Side comments.

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EDC wants to fund 'business intelligence' project

An Albany/Dougherty County development agency is working on a branding initiative to benefit the region.

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DCSS sets meetings for parents of students affected by school closures

The local school system will hold nine meetings between April 22 and May 9 to answer questions about attendance zone changes.

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Sears' photo demise a negative development

Features Column

If you need any further proof that our society is crumbling at its core, I now read that Sears has decided to discontinue family portraits.

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Wade: teaching 'has always been a part of me'

Lake Park Elementary's TOY candidate never considered any other profession.

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Committee OKs facilities' design variances

Two companies are preparing to move into new facilities in the county's corporate park.

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Flint ranks No. 2 on endangered rivers list

Conservationists urge leaders to get involve to save the River.

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Washington 'natured' and 'nurtured' to become teacher

A high school soccer accident helped push him into the class room.

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In praise of journalists working hard to keep public informed

Opinion Column

For most of us, our first glimpse into the horrors of the Boston Marathon tragedy came through the lens of Boston Globe photojournalist Steve Silva.

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Senate rejects gun control amendment


What was widely seen as President Obama’s best chance to get some sort of gun control passed in Congress fell by the wayside Wednesday when proponents of an amendment that would expand background checks for gun buyers failed to gain the supermajority it needed to pass the Senate.

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Pelham teacher charged after incident

All three Pelham schools were locked down Tuesday as a precaution school officials say.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 18, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 12 incidents.

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DCSS Instruction Accountability Committee talks change

Renamed committee looks at overhaul of DCSS Curriculum and Instruction Department.

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Missing teen found safe

A teen missing for more than a week surfaced Wednesday night.

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U.S. Senate blocks gun-control law

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, dealing a crippling blow to President Barack Obama’s campaign to curb gun violence after the Newtown school massacre.

Bob Underwood

Bob Underwood of Norman Park, Georgia, died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Phillip R. Whiddon

Phillip R. Whiddon, 91, of Bainbridge, GA, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Andrea Ruth Odom Ward

Andrea Ruth Odom Ward of Donalsonville, GA., died April 16, 2013.

Thomas Richard Mathews

Thomas Richard Mathews, 80, died April 17, 2013.

Marlvin Hoskins

Marlvin Hoskins, 86, of Unadilla GA., died Tuesday April 6, 2013.

Terrence O. Green

Terrence Q. Green, 89, of Merritt Island, FL died Sunday.

Ray L. Jarrett

Ray L. Jarrett, age 68 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away April 14th, 2013.

Jessie M. Covin

Jessie Mae Covin, 86, of Albany died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Ouida Lee Corbett Ross

Ouida Lee Corbett Ross, 90, of Sylvester died April 16, 2013.

Betty Jean Haynes

Betty Jean Haynes, 67, of Lee County, GA, died Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Martha Blanche Mitchell Jackson

Martha Blanche Mitchell Jackson, 82, of Climax, GA, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Lori Jane Shedd Norris

Lori Jane Shedd Norris,51, of Iron City, GA died Monday, April 15, 2013.

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Bomb suspect spotted on video

Authorities continue investigation, but no arrests made after video evidence.

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Suspect in Boston bombing discovered in surveillance video

A possible suspect in Monday's blast at the Boston Marathon has been identified in surveillance footage, CNN and the Boston Globe are reporting.

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FBI says letter sent to Obama tested positive for poison ricin

U.S. authorities are investigating a letter addressed to President Barack Obama after the contents preliminarily tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, the second report of such a letter in two days.

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Charges made in phone theft case

The person who sent self-made photos from a stolen cell phone to the victim’s Facebook page has been cleared of any crime.

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Braves win 10th straight, defeat Royals

The Braves run their winning streak to 10 games thanks to back-to-back-to-back homers from Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla.

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Hawks show little life In loss to Raptors

The Hawks get caught looking ahead to the playoffs and lose to the lowly Raptors, 113-96.