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The Big 10 for the week Nov. 29-Dec.6, 2013

The most-read stories of the week at www.albanyherald.com

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Other than memories, this iconic sign is the only tangible thing left from the original Arctic Bear Restaurant. (File Photo)

These were the 10 most-viewed stories at www.albanyherald.com for the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 6.

1. New Arctic Bear restaurant to open in Albany

ALBANY — A new restaurant with a familiar name will soon be opening in Albany, when the Arctic Bear comes out of hibernation early next year.

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2. Radiation Oncologist Chuck Mendenhall: Georgia governor out of touch

ALBANY — Dr. Chuck Mendenhall’s not one to pull punches. At 30 years and counting, he’s been in the radiation oncology business long enough not to have to. So when Mendenhall offers a direct challenge to the governor of the state of Georgia, folks under the Golden Dome in Atlanta would be wise to take note.

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3. Waffle House on Ledo Road part of potential area economic bonanza

ALBANY — Albany Real Estate Agent Mary Carter has just the cure for the seemingly unshakable “Lousy Economy Blues:” a big batch of promising economic news.

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4. Former Albany teacher sentenced for pandering

ALBANY — Former Westover High School teacher and coach Reastgo Holmes was sentenced Monday to 20 years probation and now must register as a sex offender following a pandering conviction last month.

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5. Stewbo’s officials to meet with Johnston family about new Arctic Bear

ALBANY — Stewbo’s Inc., parent company of a trio of established Albany restaurants, announced plans earlier this week to open a new version of Arctic Bear, an Albany landmark. Not so fast, say some family members of Arctic Bear co-founder Norton Johnston.

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6. Music City, Belk look like possible bowl fits for Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — With its double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday, Georgia Tech played its way out of the top ACC tie-in bowls. But it appears the Yellow Jackets have at least a couple bowls interested in having them visit.

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7. Lee County deputies searching for fugitive Bobby Smith

LEESBURG — Officials with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office cornered off an area by the Oak Hill Dairy Farm on U.S. 19 on Monday morning after fugitive Bobby Smith was reportedly seen in the area.

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8. Outgoing Albany State University interim president praises school and students

ALBANY — Although she has only served as Albany State University interim president for a month, Kimberly Ballard Washington feels she’s been able to have some impact on what she considers to be a great institution with exceptional students.

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9. Albany man shot in car on Thanksgiving

ALBANY — An Albany man was shot by an unknown assailant while driving his car on Thanksgiving, according to Albany Police.

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10. Bobby Coleman defeats incumbent Ivey Hines in Albany City Commission Ward II runoff

ALBANY — The Albany City Commission is in for more change. Challenger Bobby Coleman scored an unofficial 226-172 victory Tuesday evening in the runoff election for the commission’s Ward II seat, knocking incumbent Ivey Hines off the board.

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