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BIG 10: Top viewed articles at albanyherald.com - Dec. 6-13, 2013

A fatal car accident was the most-viewed article last week at albanyherald.com

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1. Man dies in Dougherty County crash

ALBANY — One man was killed and another injured after the vehicle they were traveling in struck a tree in Dougherty County late Saturday, police officials say. The driver, Alexander McHone, who was born in 1993, drove off the road and struck a tree, investigators said. McHone suffered minor injuries. His passenger, Richard Stolze, 20, did not survive the crash, Whitlock said.

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2. Former Klansman reveals secret information on KKK

ALBANY — The images that flicker across the television screen are the stuff of nightmares. Dozens of robed Ku Klux Klansmen encircle a burning cross, their arms spread wide as they chant in unison. … A small man stands before a gathering of spellbound true believers at a Southern Alliance of Klans event, ranting about the nonwhite “savage animals” who have been allowed to diminish the “superiority of the white race.” … That same small man rages against “Zionist Jews” as he lights an Israeli Star of David flag afire, leading a chant of “Burn, Jew, burn.”

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

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The Arctic Bear neon sign is shown shining outside Mathews Funeral Home on Gillionville Road in memory of Norton Johnston, former owner of the iconic Albany restaurant, who died in Februrary. An attempt is being made to revive the name with a Dawson Road restaurant. (Albany Herald file photo)

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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4. Arctic Bear family meets with Stewbo’s about use of name

ALBANY — After meeting with members of Norton Johnston’s family this weekend, Stewbo’s Restaurant Group has not made any formal changes to plans about opening a new Arctic Bear restaurant in northwest Albany.

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5. Albany bar, restaurant owners say alcohol license fee increases too steep

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Businessman Jim Ervin, owner of Henry’s Fine Edibles, answers questions during an Albany City Commission work session Tuesday morning. Ervin and other restaurant and bar owners complained to the commission about a planned 64 percent alcohol license fee increase that will go into effect by Jan. 1, 2015. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is at right. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — Owners of Albany restaurants and bars took their concerns about dramatic increases in alcohol license fees to the Albany City Commission Tuesday, complaining that a new fee schedule that was adopted in May will impact their livelihood significantly. Henry’s Fine Edibles owner Jim Ervin spoke on behalf of the bar and restaurant owners, noting that the fees built into the ordinance would amount to a 64 percent increase by Jan. 1, 2015 for establishments that sell liquor by the drink.

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6. Principal: Donald Poole removed as Dougherty AD for playing ineligible players

ALBANY — In a letter obtained by The Herald, Dougherty High Principal Robert McIntosh alleges that athletic director Donald Poole violated GHSA By-Laws by allowing ineligible players to compete, resulting in Poole’s termination as athletic director late last week.

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7. Holiday season starts with annual Albany Christmas parade (PHOTO GALLERY)

ALBANY — Despite the threat of rain ,the 23rd Albany Christmas parade was another success as thousands flocked to downtown Albany to spend an evening of holiday cheer with their friends and neighbors.

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8. Interim Dougherty School Superintendent Butch Mosely under consideration for permanent appointment

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Board meetings are known for their unpredictable nature, but Monday’s meeting should be very interesting for several different reasons. For starters, the school system announced late last week that the board will conduct a “public listening session” at 5 p.m. to hear from community members about the characteristics they are looking for in Dougherty County’s next school superintendent. The board will take community input into consideration as the search for a permanent superintendent progresses.

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9. ADICA board says no to businessman Bob Brooks on skate park sale

ALBANY — It’s rare that Albany businessman Bob Brooks is told no, but the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority did just that at its December meeting Wednesday afternoon. The ADICA board voted not to take action on Brooks’ $43,000 bid to purchase the downtown Albany Skate Park property, citing the businessman’s failure to supply information on plans for the property.

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10. New Communities to turn former plantation land into events center

ALBANY — The Albany Dougherty Planning Commission paved the way for New Communities Inc. to turn 41 acres of property at the former southwest Dougherty County Cypress Pond Plantation into an indoor/outdoor special events center during the commission’s December meeting Thursday afternoon.

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