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Big 10 - July 26-Aug. 2, 2013

These are the 10 most viewed stories for the week of July 26-Aug 2, 2013 at www. albanyherald.com.

1. Funding cuts result in Phoebe job loss

ALBANY — Earlier this year, it was announced that recent sequestration cuts would have a sizable impact on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital over the next several years. Recently, that was seen in the form of management-level job eliminations at the hospital, officials at Phoebe said Wednesday. A Phoebe executive said "fewer than 10" positions were involved.

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2. Initial steps taken on Deen museum

ALBANY — The media firestorm that threatened to topple celebrity chef and Albany native Paula Deen's vast empire has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the group planning the Paula Deen & Sons Museum in her hometown.

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3. Family’s roots on Dougherty land eight generations deep

ACREE -- Twice a year, on Independence Day and Thanksgiving, some 40 to 50 of Virginia Seabrook’s kids, grandkids, great-grands, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews celebrate with her on the 100 acres of farmland that’s been a part of their family for eight generations.

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4. Albany teen drowns in McDonough fishing lake

ALBANY — Bennie Davis, a 16-year-old Albany resident, drowned in Lake Dow near McDonough Monday, where he was visiting friends.

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5. DCSS BOE votes to ask state for waiver from 49 percent rule

ALBANY — Facing the possible loss of Interim School Superintendent Butch Mosely at the end of September, the Dougherty County Board of Education voted 5-1 Monday to send a resolution to the State Board of Education asking for a waiver of the state's 49 percenter rule.

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6. DCSS to offer free meals to all students this school year

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System (DCSS) is slated to implement the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) for Free Meal Reimbursement in School Year 2014.

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7. John Culbreath: A life of giving back

A Table With a View

John Culbreath has a funny notion about retirement. That is, when he can make a retirement stick. The former Dougherty County school superintendent is as busy as he ever was during his education career, which spanned more than three decades from Cuthbert to his hometown of Monroe to Athens to Albany, and from the classroom to the principal's office to superintendent to interim dean of a department at Albany State University.

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8. One killed in Sunday crash

LEESBURG — A crash that took place just inside the Lee County line resulted in one fatality Sunday evening, officials with the Georgia State Patrol post in Albany say.

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9. Passenger jet makes emergency landing in Albany

ALBANY — An Allegiant Air MD-80 with 168 passengers and crew aboard made an emergency landing at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Sunday night after a warning light indicated fire in the aircraft’s cargo hold.

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10. Family of accident victim thanks community

OAKFIELD — When Albert Gill's tractor was struck from behind by another vehicle recently, his injuries sent him to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment and a lengthy recovery.

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