News for Friday, January 11, 2013

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Herald No. 1 Monroe boys stay perfect in region

The Tornadoes open up the second half of the game Friday against Worth County on a 14-2 run and cruise to a 66-41 Region 1-AAAA victory.

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Miller's Diamond drops 48, Sherwood's Stanford scores 43 in wins Friday

Mallory Diamond posts the biggest game in Southwest Georgia so far this season with 48 points in a win against Baker County on Friday, while Sherwood's Patrick Stanford pours in 43 in a victory against Westwood. (ADDS: items on Bainbridge boys; Deerfield-Southland boys, girls; Randolph-Clay boys, girls; Mitchell County-Seminole County girls; Westwood-Sherwood boys, girls; and Randolph Southern boys, girls)

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Falcons’ success this year begins with new O-C Koetter, D-C Nolan

Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan brought a wealth of experience to Atlanta this past offseason, and it’s paying dividends heading into this weekend’s divisional round of the playoffs.

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Former UGA star Henley leading Sony Open

In just the second round of his professional career, former Georgia golfer Russell Henley shoots a 7-under 63 to take a two-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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Mitchell County boys slip by Seminole in OT in big 1-A duel

In a clash of the titans in Region 1-A, the Eagles win a thriller Friday against the Indians, 55-54, in Donalsonville.

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Hawks rally past Jazz, 103-95

Hawks guard Devin Harris scores 24 points to help Atlanta overcome a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat the Jazz on Friday.

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Long-time comin’

Dougherty’s girls drop city rival Westover on Friday night for the first time in two years, giving the Lady Trojans a big win in region play and for the confidence of the program. (ADDS: roundup item on Westover boys blowing out Dougherty, 66-40)

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PREVIEW: Rodgers leads Packers into Bay Area clash with 49ers

Aaron Rodgers, who grew up a 49ers fan, must block that out today when his Green Bay Packer team looks to knock off the No. 2 seed San Francisco in Rodgers' old stomping ground.

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Worth County’s Williams closes career on high note, looks to NFL Draft

Former Herald Dynamite Dozen selection and Kansas State star defensive end Meshak Williams of Sylvester is ready to take his talents — and his Big 12 Player of the Year award — to the pros.

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PREVIEW: Ravens look to cool off red-hot Broncos

Ray Lewis has one final chance to stop his old friend Peyton Manning when the Ravens visit the Broncos today in the AFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

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PREVIEW: No. 2 Darton, No. 1 Georgia Highlands women clash today for top spot in Region XVII

The first meeting of the season between region top dogs Darton College and Georgia Highlands has so many back stories and high stakes it’s hard to keep track of them all.

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Chehaw Frontier Festival celebrates pioneer life

Chehaw “traders and buckskinners” in period dress gather to demonstrate life in the early days.

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Physician urges early detection

A Phoebe Cancer Center doctor spoke to the Exchange Club of Albany about breast cancer at a lunch meeting Friday.

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Gang Unit issues wanted bulletin for two

The Albany Police Department Gang Unit is looking for Alexander "Bear" Laster and Justin Scott.

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Council on Aging to host public hearings

There are two public hearings the SOWEGA Council on Aging has scheduled for this month.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 12, 2013

APD responds to at least 61 incidents.

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Flu activity in Southwest Georgia trending down

Flu activity generally peaks in January and February, public health officials say.

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Site choices selected for transit facility

Efforts to complete a multimodal transit facility in Albany has dogged local leaders for more than a decade.

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Flu vaccine still a smart decision

Editorial

Find this story and other news, sports and features items at www.albanyherald.com.

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TUESDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: R-C girls defend new No. 1 ranking with 50-point blowout of Quitman

Led by Kobi Thornton's 18 points, new Herald No. 1 Randolph-Clay routs Quitman, 73-23, on Tuesday night to improved to 12-2 overall and 5-0 in region play. (ADDS: items on R-C boys; Deerfield boys, girls; Mitchell-Miller boys, girls; Seminole-Baker boys, girls; Americus-Sumter-Albany boys, girls; Westwood-Terrell Academy girls, boys; Westover-Worth County boys, girls; and Sherwood-SGA boys, girls)

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Bridge project staying on budget

As demolition crews begun work dismantling its trademark arched piers Friday, GDOT officials say the work to tear down and rebuild the Broad Avenue bridge is about a fifth of the way through, with more than $2.2 million already paid to contractors.

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Squawk of the day - Jan. 13, 2012

For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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There's a new sheriff in town in Blakely

Opinion column

There is a new sheriff in town in Blakely and Early County, a phrase that has not been uttered in this community in almost three decades.

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Hagel harbinger of declining U.S. influence

Opinion column

The puzzle of the Chuck Hagel nomination for defense secretary is that you normally choose someone of the other party for your Cabinet to indicate a move to the center, but, as The Washington Post editorial board points out, Hagel's foreign policy views are to the left of Barack Obama's, let alone the GOP's. Indeed, they are at the fringe of the entire Senate.

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Squawk of the Day Jan 12 2013

For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Looking Back - Jan. 13, 2013

Looking Back column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Student tells teacher: 'I don't want to shoot you'

The 16-year-old boy had just wounded a classmate he claimed had bullied him, fired two more rounds at students fleeing their first-period science class, then faced teacher Ryan Heber.

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Two shot after early-morning fight

Two people were shot after an early morning fight Friday, police officials say.

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Two plead guilty in Albany bribery case

Authorities say two men who worked for a machine products vendor in Albany have pleaded guilty to bribing a public official at a military base.

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