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Big 10 for the week of Jan. 25 through Feb. 1, 2013

These were the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Jan. 25 through Feb. 1, 2013.

1. Assistant principal's certification pulled

ALBANY — Monroe High School Assistant Principal Joey James' teaching certifications have been revoked by the State Professional Standards Commission and he faces a termination hearing before the Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday.

2. Five charged in Worth County bomb threats

SYLVESTER — Five juveniles and one parent have been charged in connection with a series of bomb threats that have disrupted school in Worth County this week.

3. Board terminates Monroe assistant principal’s contract

ALBANY — With three members absent, the Dougherty County School Board voted 4-0 Wednesday at a disciplinary hearing to terminate the contract of Monroe High School Assistant Principal Joey James.

4. Former Georgia speaker arrested after carrying gun into Atlanta's airport

ATLANTA — A man who was once one of the state's top lawmakers stood before a judge Friday morning after authorities say he tried to pass through a security checkpoint with a handgun in his briefcase.

5. Firm to propose closing Dougherty Middle, Sylvester Road schools

ALBANY — Dougherty County Schools Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely confirmed Friday that the School Board will hear a presentation in which Atlanta education consultants Kimly-Horn will suggest that Dougherty Middle and Sylvester Road Elementary schools be closed and that Magnolia Elementary be repurposed.

6. Riverfront Bar-B-Q to stay open

ALBANY — Not so fast with that "Vacancy" sign for Riverfront Bar-B-Q.

7. Farm broker gets sentenced to prison

ALBANY — Guilty of four financial felony counts, Joseph Wiley Jordan, 64, of Albany, must report to prison on a 15-month sentence with two years of supervised release after the incarceration, said a U.S attorney reported.

  1. Squawk of the Day - Jan. 25, 2013

"The most dangerous place for a child today is in the womb."

  1. Squawk of the Day - Jan. 30, 2013

"President Obama has declared he plans to do something about climate change. I hope his plans include more rain for this area and I sure hope the Lord does not try to interfere."

10. ASU’s cramped, overcrowded Holley Hall bursting at seams

ALBANY — As he stands in the lobby of Albany State University’s Holley Hall, Leroy Bynum, dean of the university’s College of Arts and Humanities, is not smiling as he recalls the Flood of 1994 that wiped out a good number of the buildings on campus.