News for Thursday, April 25, 2013


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Photo of the Day - Victims' Rights Vigil

A ceremony downtown Thursday serves as a reminder of victims of crime.

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Nephew of UGA great Walker might not be in Bulldogs’ plans

Milan Richard, the nephew of legendary UGA running back Herschel Walker, has been offered scholarships from 15 schools, including Georgia and Georgia Tech.

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NFL DRAFT: Chiefs take Central Michigan OT Fisher with top pick

Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher becomes the fourth offensive lineman to be drafted first overall in NFL history.

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Evan Almighty

Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis has hit six homers this season and has become a surprise leader in Atlanta’s powerful lineup.

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Political newcomer Bobby Coleman announces candidacy for Albany City Commission

Bobby Coleman will challenge Ivey Hines for his Ward II Albany City Commission seat on Nov. 5.

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Steubenville missed its chance to set things right

Opinion column

Last month, after a trial that garnered worldwide coverage, two high-school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, were sentenced to youth prison for raping a 16-year-old girl.

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Boy Scouts facing their toughest decision

Religion column

Earlier this week I had the privilege of conversing with a Boy Scout executive who is a friend and fellow Rotarian. As an Eagle Scout and Explorer who received my God and Country Award, I have a deep, lifelong appreciation for Scouting.

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Let us honor our Confederate soldiers

Guest commentary

Confederate Memorial Day has been a legal holiday in Georgia since 1874 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and bill signed by then Gov. James Smith, who also served as Confederate colonel, lawyer and congressman.

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Firefighters take home safety theme to kids

Armed with a principle that earlier is better, the Albany Fire Department takes the Fire Safety Home to second-graders.

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Religion Bulletin - April 26, 2013

These are events scheduled at Albany and Southwest Georgia places of worship this weekend. Events can be submitted by emailing the information

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Obama's 'red line' blurred in Syria


The White House said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials believe that Syria likely has used chemical weapons on a small scale. In particular, officials believe they used the banned deadly chemical sarin. But the White House isn't moving toward taking action -- at least not yet.

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Tifway withstands test of time

Turfgrass developer sees his efforts on Georgia's football field.

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Lee County Commission holding retreat in Savannah

Today's meeting comes before the three-day Association of County Commissioners of Georgia annual conference.

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Officials: DCSS moving forward

Dougherty Interim School Superintendent Butch Mosley gives his views on coming changes within the school system.

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AHA readying revitalization plan draft for HUD review

Dan McCarthy unveils ambitious plans to transform McIntosh Homes and Golden Age public housing sites.

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Fundraising work continues for Senior Life Enrichment Center

The Senior Life Enrichment Center being constructed for the SOWEGA Council on Aging is set to be complete at the end of November.

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Author aims to inspire REAL Boys, REAL Men

REAL Boys, REAL Men has been established by an Albany teacher to mentor to at-risk elementary school boys.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 26, 2013

Police/Fire/EMS - April 26, 2013

Sammie L. Chambliss

Sammie L. Chambliss of Dawson GA., died, April 24, 2013.

Raymond A. Brown

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

Shirley Temple Odom

Shirley Temple Odom, 77, of Lee County, GA, died April 24, 2013.

Michael Dismuke

Michael Dismuke of Smithville, GA died, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Eddie lee Vicks

Eddie lee Vicks of Pelham, Ga. died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Walter Elbert Ellis, Sr.

Walter Elbert Ellis, Sr. died, Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Joseph Henry Solomon

Joseph Henry Solomon, Jr., 69, of Albany, GA, died April 24, 2013.

Otis W. Hatcher

Otis W. Hatcher, 88, of Austell, GA, died, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

James Clayton Moore

James Clayton Moore, 78 of Albany died April 24, 2013.

Martha Annette Hoover Dozier

Martha Annette Hoover Dozier, 82, died, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Earnest Ware, Sr.

Earnest Ware, died, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Ozzie Snells

Ozzie Snells, 73, of Albany died Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Martha Ann Hart

Martha Ann Hart of N. Jackson St., Americus, GA died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

C. J. Schmits

C. J. Schmits, 68 of Tallokas Ct. in Leesburg died, April 23, 2013.

Willie James Barnes

Willie James Barnes of 2307 Betty's Drive, Albany, GA died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Ronnie Paige

Ronnie Paige, 67, of Albany, died, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Mary Sue Walker Adkinson

Mary Sue Walker Adkinson, 72, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Lorene Joiner Simpson

Lorene Joiner Simpson, 77, died, April 24, 2013.

Herbert Lee McCloud

Herbert Lee McCloud ,74, of Moultrie,Ga died,Tuesday April 23, 2013.

Erlean Lynn McLaughlin

Erlean Lynn McLaughlin, 59, of Melrose, FL, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013.

Mary Gwendolyn Lee

Mart Gwendolyn Lee, 74, died, April 25, 2013.

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Mr. & Mrs. George Robert Marlowe

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Bright of the Day - April 26, 2013

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

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Squawk of the Day - April 26, 2013

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

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U.S. Believes Syrian Government Used Some Chemical Weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian government has used sarin gas on a small scale against rebels trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.

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COPS: Former teacher nabbed with nearly half-pound of pot

Dontreal Williams, a former Dougherty County middle-school teacher already facing drug charges in Mitchell County, was arrested Wednesday night when drug agents found between a quarter and a half pound of marijuana in his car.

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Barges Explode In River Near Mobile

Explosions and resulting fires on two barges in the Mobile River off the Alabama city's shore injured three people and forced officials to evacuate nearby shipyards and one cruise vessel on Wednesday.

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Albany unemployment rate falls under 9 percent

Buoyed by a drop in the number of unemployed people in the city, the Georgia Department of Labor says that Albany's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate for March fell below 9 percent, ending the month at 8.9 percent.

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Best and worst jobs of 2013

CareerCast has ranked the top 200 jobs of 2013 based on a variety of factors and topping the list? Actuaries.