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Big 10 -- Aug. 2-9, 2013

These are the 10 most-viewed articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Aug. 2-9, 2013.

1. Former youth pastor arrested on obscenity charge

LEESBURG — A 22-year-old former youth minister and substitute teacher was arrested last week following an obscenity charge that had been filed against him. Alexander "Alec" Edwards was arrested Thursday for obscene Internet contact with a child after some questionable material was discovered on his phone by his parents and brought to the attention of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, said Sgt. Tommy Goodwin.

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2. Griffin supports school chief, but not new contract

ALBANY — The contract status of Dougherty County School System interim Superintendent Butch Mosely took a decidedly political twist at a called School Board meeting on Monday during a 5-1 vote to send an appeal of the new 49 percent law to the State Board of Education. After the board emerged from an executive session to take the vote, board member Milton "June Bug" Griffin voted against the resolution while board member James Bush left the building before the vote was taken.

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3. Throwdown II? It's up to community

ALBANY — Because of business decisions over which they had no control, members of the group that brought the Georgia Throwdown to Albany last October find themselves right back where they started: standing alone.

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4. Council on Aging eliminates health insurance benefit

ALBANY — The SOWEGA Council on Aging, facing a 30 percent increase in health insurance rates for its employees and saddled with a recent $386,534 budget cut, has stopped providing health insurance for its employees.

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5. City divided on Chehaw funding

ALBANY — A divided Albany City Commission asked for more information from Chehaw Park officials Tuesday after commissioners were asked to continue subsidizing the wild animal park for another five years at $1 million a year.

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6. Former government employee sentenced

ATLANTA — Tina Lewis, a former temporary employee of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), has been sentenced to seven years in prison to be followed by 28 years on probation, plus $90,000 in restitution, for theft and racketeering

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7. Driver damages cemetery headstones

ALBANY — An early morning driver entered Riverview Cemetery at Jackson Street and Cotton Avenue, police officials say.

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8. Dougherty County Jail Report - July 18-25, 2013

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail July 18-25, 2013. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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9. Juveniles arrested for throwing rocks

ALBANY — Three juveniles have been arrested for throwing rocks at vehicles, officials say.

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10. New Lee County Elementary set to welcome students

LEESBURG -- With just a week before Lee County schools open, Lee County Elementary School Principal Donna Ford was giving a walk through of the system's new $14 million facility on Lovers Lane Road.

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