News for Friday, April 26, 2013


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UGA football team lands nation’s No. 2 RB recruit Michel

The Bulldogs sign the No. 2 rushing recruit in the nation in South Florida prep star Sony Michel.

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Sanchez sets Tigers record with 17 strikeouts in win vs. Braves

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez fans 17 Braves to beat Atlanta, which has now lost five times in seven games.

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Slightly bittersweet

The Deerfield girls are moving on to the GISA Class AAA Final Four after beating Mount de Sales on Friday night at home — as reigning Herald Player of the Year Casey Kincheloe breaks the school scoring record — but the boys are done after MDS knocks off the Knights. (ADDS: item on Terrell Academy girls falling in Class AA Elite 8)

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Historic, proud day for Lee County High athletics

For the first time, four Lee County athletes in four different sports accept scholarships Friday as basketball player Reggie Breedlove, offensive lineman Robert Hatcher, swimmer Julie Johns and wrestler Chris Rapley all sign.

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NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP: Knicks go up 3-0 on Celtics with 90-76 win

Carmelo Anthony scores 26 points to lead the Knicks past Celtics, who are on the brink of elimination after Friday's 90-76 loss. (ADDS: Note on OKC's Westbrook)

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Sherwood girls, boys soccer teams knocked out of GISA state playoffs

The girls’ loss takes place in Albany, while Frederica beats the boys on the road Friday night as the Augusta powerhouse eliminates both Sherwood programs from the GISA Class AA state playoffs.

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Stunning early exit for No. 1 seed ASU at conference tourney

Albany State's pitchers can't find the strike zone during their elimination game Friday against Miles College, and the No. 1-seeded Rams are eliminated from the conference tournament after a 14-1 rout.

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NFL DRAFT: UGA stars Jones (17th, Steelers), Ogletree (30th, Rams) drafted in first round, while Williams taken 84th overall and Rambo waits

Georgia's Jarvis Jones and Alex Ogletree go on Day 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday, while John Jenkins and former Early County star Shawn Williams go on Day 2 and another former Southwest Georgia star --- Bacarri Rambo -- continues to wait to hear his name called.

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NFL DRAFT: Te’o, Smith gone, but QB freefall continues

The New York Jets' quarterback depth chart gets very confusing Friday when they select West Virginia QB Geno Smith, while Notre Dame's Manti Te’o is drafted by the San Diego Chargers.

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NFL DRAFT: Falcons move up, fill need with DB Trufant; another DB taken in second round Friday

Slated to pick 30th, Atlanta moves up to select Washington star DB Desmond Trufant in the first round late Thursday, then the Falcons pick up another college standout — DB Robert Alford from SE Louisiana — on Friday in the second round. (ADDS: breakout on Atlanta's second-round pick Friday)

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We are all Johnny Foreigners

Opinion column

On the popular TV drama “Downton Abbey,” the central character, Lord Grantham, turns to his dinner guests and smirks, “There always seems to be something of the Johnny Foreigner about the Catholics.”

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Immigration reform compassionate, practical

Opinion column

Marco Rubio, Florida's junior senator, is pushing immigration reform because he needs a major legislative accomplishment to cement his credentials as a rising GOP star.

Former bank teller sentenced in ID theft

Victoria Metz is sentenced in federal court to four years in prison.

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Photo of the Day - The Ol' Possum

Harvest Moon, an Albany restaurant, quickly posts a tribute to the late George Jones on Friday.

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Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - April 27, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has two Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Homicide victim’s mother makes plea

The mother of Herbert Williams, who was shot to death this month, makes an emotional plea to the community.

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Heritage Financial Group reports quarterly data

Net income for Heritage Financial Group Inc. was $3.9 million.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for April 27, 2013

APD responds to at least 39 incidents.

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Bright of the day - April 28, 2013

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Squawk of the day - April 28, 2013

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Williams retires after 30 years with the APD

After a long and successful career, Lt. James Williams retires from the Albany Police Department.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: With brand new No. 9 ranking, Cavs crushed by Middle Georgia

One day after being ranked a program-best No. 9 in the NJCAA national poll, the Darton baseball team loses to Middle Georgia, 11-1. (ADDS: ASU baseball, Darton softball, DWS golf, DWS baseball)

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Albany Tech student wins state GOAL award

As the 2013 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner, Albany Tech's AAmir Greene will serve as the TCSG's student ambassador throughout the year.

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Transit System takes hearing to riders

Officials with the Albany Transit System get input for proposed changes to the system's bus routes.

Ralph Thomas Sr.

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

Dianna Haire Porter

Dianna Haire Porter, 63, died, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Charleston Battle

Charleston Battle, 80, of Pelham, Ga.died, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Martha Annette Hoover Dozier

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

Eddie lee Vicks

Eddie lee Vicks, 82, of Pelham, Ga. died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Jessie Richardson

Jessie Richardson, 42, of Pelham, Ga.,died, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Mattie Dewberry

Mattie Dewberry, 74, of Camilla, Ga., died,Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Calvin Alexius

Calvin Alexius died, Friday, April 26, 2013.

Jacquclyn MeKirmey

Jacquclyn MeKirmey, 70, of Irwin County, Georgia, died, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Edmond Stephens

Edmond Stephens, 82, of Albany died Friday, April 19, 2013.

Frances Elise Jones Feuer

Frances Elise Jones Feuer died, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Geraldine T. Carter

Geraldine T. Carter, 63, of Albany died Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Edna Harvey

Edna Harvey, 80, of Pelham, Ga. died, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

O.C. Kelley

O.C. Kelley, 87, of Colquitt, GA. died, April 20, 2013.

Bennie Lee Gilyard

Bennie Lee Gilyard, Jr., 67, of Albany died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

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Bishop: FAA bill gives transportation head flexibility

Southwest Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop praised the passage of a bill Friday that he believes will help the Federal Aviation Administration end employee furloughs that he believes has caused nearly four times the normal delays for airline passengers.

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U.S. Congress Passes Plan To Ease Flight Delays

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a Senate plan to ease nationwide air-traffic delays caused by automatic federal spending cuts, seeking to calm irritated travelers but sparking a backlash from interest groups not spared from cuts.

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Bright Side - April 27, 2013

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Squawk of the Day - April 27, 2013

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UPDATE: George Jones dead at 81

George Jones, a country music icon who struggled with addiction and success throughout his career, has died according to the Tenneesean. He was 81.

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Looking Back - April 28, 2013

History Column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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Officials: Boston bombing suspect moved to prison from hospital

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest a week ago, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Friday.