These are the most-read headlines at albanyherald.com for the week Feb. 1 through Feb. 8, 2013.
1. Teacher pleads guilty to having sex with student
ATLANTA — A former Dekalb County middle school teacher will spend the next two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to having sex with a student.
2. Quail Unlimited goes out of business
ALBANY, Ga. — Quail Unlimited has folded, according to an e-mail sent out late Friday afternoon from Executive Director Bill Bowles, abruptly ending the national organization's existence.
3. Farm broker gets sentenced to prison
ALBANY, Ga. — 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.
4. Young Dawson mayor meets city's challenges head-on
DAWSON, Ga. — As the people around him told Christopher Wright his plans to run for mayor of this small community were foolish -- that he didn't know enough to hold the job, that he wasn't qualified, that it was political suicide to go up against a 32-year incumbent like Robert Albritten -- his thoughts kept returning to his 6-year-old nephew, Christian Johnson.
5. SUPER BOWL XLVII: NFL's choice of head ref comes under scrutiny
NEW ORLEANS — In a season that began with criticism of replacement refs, the NFL found itself dealing with questions Wednesday about the qualifications of its lead official for the Super Bowl.
6. Large crowd turns out for school closure hearing
ALBANY, Ga. — Due to the large crowd that attended Monday’s public hearing concerning proposed school closures, Thursday’s second public hearing has been moved to the downtown Governmental Center’s commission meeting room (Room 100). The meeting remains scheduled for noon.
7. Quail Forever hires Bowles, QU staff
ALBANY, Ga. — Former Quail Unlimited CEO Bill Bowles said Monday that Quail Forever, a larger national organization, has offered to take over the quail conservation work done previously by Quail Unlimited.
- Squawk of the Day - Feb. 6, 2013
"Why can’t we vote for Supreme Court justices instead of them being appointed by you know who?"
- Squawk of the Day - Feb. 5, 2013
"The squawk about the tax on used cars is dumb. You pay tax on everything, including new cars. You should have to pay a tax when you buy a car from Joe Blow down the street. In the past car sales between individuals cheated the state out of the sales tax, and when you cheat the state you are cheating the citizens of Georgia."
10. Man explains fatal shooting of pit bull
ALBANY, Ga. — Fearing an attack on his neighbor by a pit bull already attacking the neighbor's pit bull, Paul Hughes said he fatally shot the attacking dog.