News for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Falcons hope star LB Abraham (ankle) can play vs. 49ers; Oregon's Kelly takes Eagles job; Bears hire CFL coach

It will likely be a game-time decision Sunday on whether Falcons star linebacker, and the NFL’s active sack leader, John Abraham, can play against San Francisco.

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Georgia Tech hires new A.D.

Xavier A.D. Mike Bobinski is leaving to take the same job at Georgia Tech, which has been in search of a new leader since Dan Radakovich left to take over at Clemson.

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In first game as region's new No. 1, Darton rolls

The Lady Cavs overtook the top spot in Region XVII on Saturday and then responded Wednesday with an impressive win vs. Atlanta Metro.

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THURSDAY'S PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Lee boys thrilled after first region win in five seasons; Westover finds positives in loss to No. 1 Tift

The Trojans knock off TCC late Tuesday for the program’s first region victory since the 2007 season, while Westover's boys are feeling as confident as ever after pushing No. 1 Tift County to the brink in Tuesday's narrow loss.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 17, 2013

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

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 17, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 44 incidents.

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ASU’s fine arts building must not become a casualty

Guest commentary

ASU’s proposed Fine Arts Building is a well-established, legitimate project that deserves this community’s support. The efforts of those committed to bringing this facility to reality have been extensive, expansive, exhaustive, and honorable, and have had very little to do with the conflict stemming from money given to this institution by Ray Charles. It is therefore important to separate the facts about ASU’s proposed Fine Arts Building from the swirl of misconceptions about Ray Charles’ gift and its connection to this project.

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Tag scanners getting workout

Deploying license plate scanners on Albany Police Department patrol cars has turned out to be a good investment.

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Armstrong apology won’t clear the ledger

I would like to go on record stating I have never used performance enhancing drugs in my life. I now feel secure that no one will try to reclaim my “Spirit Award” trophy, “Most Improved Player” award trophy or my “Hustle” award, all obtained drug-free. Who knows? If I had chosen to use steroids, I might now have a trophy room full of Team Spirit awards.

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The gun control debate will be with us for some time

Besides abortion, the right to bear arms may be the most polarizing issue in the United States.

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Three jailed after drug bust at Lee County motel

A loud noise and drug-activity complaint led Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies to the Fairfax Motel at about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, a sheriff's report stated.

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Founder's Day program planned

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Beta Omega Zeta Chapter) and Phi Beta Sigma (Beta Nu Sigma Chapter) will celebrate Founder's Day at 11 a.m. Sunday at Eureka Baptist Church, 1201 Lily Pond Road. The guest speaker will be Soror Robbie Latimore of Americus.

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Man offers $5,000 reward after home burglary

Burglars stole more than $14,300 worth of rifles, shotguns and a laptop computer from a home at 4530 La Costa Drive before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Dougherty County Police Department report.

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Former Georgia State Patrol trooper indicted for theft

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Steven Turner, former Georgia State Patrol trooper Jaa Tucker, 32, stole marijuana stored as evidence and gave it to two female high school students.

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TUESDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Tift County girls get revenge on Westover

Tift County exacts revenge on Westover's girls on Tuesday as the Lady Pats fall, 67-62. (ADDS: items on Pelham-Early County girls; Randolph-Clay-Baker County girls; Sherwood-Valwood boys, girls; Seminole County-Terrell County boys, girls; Deerfield-Tattnall girls, boys; Westwood-Life Christian boys; Terrell Academy-SGA boys, girls; Byne Christian-Open Bible boys, girls; and Randolph Southern-Grace Christian boys, girls)

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Lee begins budgeting process

Preparations begin for Lee County 2013/14 budget that will be implemented on July 1.

Howard L. Johns

Howard L. Johns, Fitzgerald, died January 16, 2013

David Cammon, Jr.

David Cammon, Jr., Camilla, died January 13, 2013

Milton J. Garlock

Milton J. Garlock, 67, Dublin, died January 12, 2013

Elijiah Harriell

Elijiah Harriell, 67, Pelham, died January 15, 2013

Learon James

Learon James , died January 16, 2013

Edith Annette Klein

Edith Annette Klein, 48, Pelham, died January 14, 2013

Annie R. Wimberly

Annie R. Wimberly, died January 11, 2013

Frazier Lindsey

Frazier Lindsey, 81, Donalsonville, died January 15, 2012

Eddie C. Carter

Eddie C. Carter, Albany died January 11, 2013

Gloria Harris Jones

Gloria Harris Jones, 63, Albany, died January 16, 2013

Donna Jean Webb

Donna Jean Webb, 62, Lee County, died January 16, 2013

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Edwards announces WG&L retirement

The long-time general manager of Albany's Water, Gas & Light Commission plans to leave that position Feb. 15.

The long-time general manager of Albany's Water, Gas & Light Commission plans to leave that position Feb. 15.

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Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children.

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Big Daddy's, Sandtrap hearings rescheduled

The city of Albany is holding hearings to determine whether the licenses of five nightclubs should be renewed.

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Luke Bryan helps rescue horse in Tennessee River

Country star and Lee County native Luke Bryan helped rescue a horse stranded in a Tennessee River Sunday, various media reports say.

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Ga. legislative leaders back hospital tax proposal

Georgia's top-ranking legislative leaders have backed a plan by Gov. Nathan Deal to preserve some $450 million in federal Medicaid funding.

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Albany girls nearly upset Crisp; Cheese-led Indians shut down Cougars

Tyler Cheese scores a team-high 17 points Tuesday to lead the Indians past Crisp County, 67-52.

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Terrifying, teriffic Tift

Easily one of the best teams in all of Georgia and maybe the nation — Tift County — comes to Albany on Tuesday and edges Westover at the Boston Garden, 87-77, in a game that's the closest any team in Georgia has come to beating the nationally ranked Blue Devils this season.

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