News for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Chasing their dreams

A pair of former area high school and University of Georgia football stars — Early County’s Shawn Williams and Seminole County’s Bacarri Rambo — are one day away from realizing their childhood dreams of playing in the NFL.

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PREVIEW: ASU baseball opens conference tourney today as No. 1 seed

The Rams’ baseball team is looking for is first conference title in three years, and head coach Kenyan Conner thinks his team has the pitching and the hitting to bring the title back to Albany State.

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Deerfield boys, girls soccer teams sweep first round of state

The No. 1-seeded Knights and Lady Knights soccer teams cruise in their state tournament openers Tuesday as the Deerfield boys beat Loganville Christian, 5-1, while the DWS girls ease past Trinity Christian, Sharpsburg, 4-1.

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Deerfield doubles duo of Langstaff, Calhoun beat teammates for GISA AAA state title

Deerfield's doubles team of Will Calhoun and Pete Langstaff beat teammates Robert Newsome and Reid Wright to win the GISA Class AAA state doubles championship.

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LOCAL PREP ROUNDUP: Sherwood, Terrell Academy girls soccer teams roll in state tournament openers

Katelyn Cuff scores two goals to lead the Sherwood girls soccer team to a 3-0 victory against defending champion Gatewood, while Terrell Academy beats Piedmont, 4-1. (ADDS: Crisp baseball, DWS-Sherwood baseball, Dougherty-Americus baseball)

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Braves win Game 1 of DH in frigid Colorado

At 23 degrees by first pitch, Atlanta beats Colorado on Tuesday in Game 1 of a twin bill during the coldest game ever played at Coors Field. (ADDS: Heyward has emergency surgery)

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Symphony ends season on high note

Features Column

The Albany Symphony Orchestra ended its 2012-13 season with its customary adios, this time with an exciting touch in its guest soloist, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian.

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Home invaders rob East Albany resident

Shamelian Williams, of 600 Sands Apartments, was surprised by four men with handguns Monday night, police officials say.

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'Bottles and Brushes' focuses on hydrangea

The monthly arts event allows individuals to reinterpret pieces by artists.

Lunch event to feature artist

A Savannah area artist will wrap up her show in Albany with a lunch and learn event Tuesday.

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My luck has to change

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of Southern iconic writer, Eudora Welty, as I would have had when she was alive. The front door is always shut to me.

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Squawk of the day - April 24, 2013

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

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Bright of the day - April 24, 2013

For more brights, pick up a copy of today's Herald.

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Young athletes deserve protection

Editorial

Look at the kids out on the playing fields these days and the size, strength and speed is astounding.

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Haynes hands-down MVP of Wanee

Opinion Column

For me, the 2013 Wanee Music Festival will forever be remembered as Wanee II, who cares if it was actually the ninth Wanee. And it will be remembered as the weekend Mother Nature decided to show off all the tools at her disposal.

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How much confidence do Americans have after Boston?

Opinion Column

The last time there was a terrorist attack on America, we got the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Each entity has spent billions to keep us safe, but neither could stop two brothers, Tamerlan, a permanent resident, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a newly minted U.S. citizen, who lived in America and, reportedly, became radicalized jihadists, from killing and maiming innocent people at the Boston Marathon last week.

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Albany's YMCA chief leaving Tuesday

After 11 years at the Albany Y, Dave Wallace has accepted a similar position in in his native Kentucky.

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Old Dawson Road rezoning denied

An Albany-based developer wants to build a transitional housing development off Old Dawson Road.

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Lee rezoning paves way for new ag firm

Vada Investors Corp. Inc. plans to hire 25 people during the next 12 months to operate the Lee facility.

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Sumter County makes methamphetamine arrests

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has issued 18 arrest warrants in relation to a drug trafficking investigation, law enforcement officials say.

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Georgia Power to buy wind power from Oklahoma

Georgia Power plans to start buying wind power and distributing it to customers in 2016, the latest step by the utility to boost its limited use of renewables.

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Town holds no grudge against fertilizer plant owner

When Texas farmer Donald Adair bought the floundering West Fertilizer Co in 2004, his neighbors in the rolling countryside near West were grateful he had saved them from driving extra miles to Waco or Hillsboro to buy fertilizer, feed and tools.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 24, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 21 incidents.

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Fort Valley man sentenced to 25 years for rape of 8-year-old girl

A Fort Valley man was sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by lifetime probation Monday for raping and molesting an 8-year-old girl.

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Bibb student, 5, dies after being hit by school bus

A 5-year-old girl died Monday evening after being hit by a Bibb County school bus earlier in the day.

Mary Francis Paulk Gay

Mary Francis Paulk Gay, 65, of Albany and formerly of Moultrie, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Billy Dan Akins

Billy Dan Akins, 75, of Lee Co., GA, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Willie James Barnes

Willie James Barnes of Albany, GA died, on Tuesday April 9, 2013.

Raymond A. Brown

Raymond A. Brown, 54 of Lee County, GA died, April 19, 2013.

Nina Crow Waters

Nina Crow Waters died, on April 23, 2013.

Rheda Blackwell Hall

Rheda Blackwell Hall, 79, of Albany, GA died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Wanda Sue Lee

Wanda Sue Lee, 71, of Albany, passed away, Saturday April 13, 2013.

Haley King

Haley King, 24, of Fitzgerald, died, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Micky Lee McGuire

Micky Lee McGuire, 63, of Lee County, GA, died April 22, 2013.

Ralph Thomas

Ralph Thomas, 67, of Albany, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Jessie Richardson

Jessie Richardson of Pelham, Ga.,died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Elizabeth Register Davis

Elizabeth Register Davis, 94, of Americus passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Herbwert L. McCloud

Herbwert L. McCloud 76 of Moultrie died, Tuesday April 23, 2012.

Lala Jena Harrell Turner

Lala Jena Harrell Turner, 59, of Camilla, died Monday, April 22, 2013.

Mattie Dewberry

Mattie Dewberry, of Camilla, GA., died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

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Rheda Hall, the first lady of the All American Fun Park, has died

Rheda Hall, half of the fun-filled duo that has run Albany's All American Fun Park for decades has died. She was 79.

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Albany food bank gets 10,000 jars of peanut butter

Georgia Peanut Commission officials hope to donate a total of 60,000 jars to food banks this year.

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Mississippi Man In Ricin Letter Probe Released From Jail On Bond

The Mississippi man charged with sending toxic letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator has been released from jail, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Tuesday.

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Leesburg considering hiring city manager

A study conducted by the Georgia Municipal Association shows the need for a more formal administrative structure in Leesburg.

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Suspect leads ADDU on chase

The suspect was able to lose police in Rawson Circle, officials say.

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DCSS suspends Monroe administrator

Monroe Assistant Principal Willie Presley is suspended five days and reassigned for violations of testing policy protocols.

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Tempers flare at Muscogee school board meeting

In another lively confrontation Monday night with the Muscogee County school board, Columbus attorney Frank Myers made a reference to John Wells's bad grammar that provoked the District 2 representative to interject, "You are really tacky, Frank Myers!"

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OVERLOOKED? Security officials face grilling over past dismissal of bombing suspects

Top security officials face a grilling from lawmakers on Tuesday over whether authorities who have charged one man with the Boston Marathon bombings may have overlooked warning signs two years ago flagging the other suspect.

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