News for Friday, January 18, 2013


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Washington twins save day vs. Calhoun, gives Herald — and state — No. 1 Randolph-Clay narrow 53-51 win

Whenikia Washington and twin sister Kanekia play hero for The Herald and state No. 1 Lady Red Devils on Friday as Randolph-Clay goes into Edison and holds on for a thrilling win against region rival Calhoun County. (ADDS: note on Calhoun boys beating Randolph-Clay)

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Man shot in back at residence in Dobbs Avenue trailer park

An Albany is shot at his residence.

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Super-scorer Stanford, Sherwood ready for rematch with rival Deerfield tonight

Patrick Stanford was under the weather the first meeting this season between Sherwood and Deerfield — a 31-point Knights win — but since then the Eagles’ senior has come on in a big way, including breaking the school’s single-game scoring record with 43 points last week heading into tonight’s rivalry rematch on Old Pretoria Road.

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Anti-doping officials: Armstrong confession not enough

Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong may think he's done with his ugly past as a cheat and a doper following his tell-all interview with Oprah, but those associated with the anti-doping fight are not impressed.

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Giants give Posey $8M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration; Braves re-sign five, fail to agree with Prado

Looking to keep their NL MVP and two-time World Series champ happy, the San Francisco Giants gladly avoid arbitration with catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey on Friday, giving him a hefty, one-year salary bump from $615,000 to $8 million — with the hope that a long-term deal between the two sides is next.

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New Georgia Tech A.D.: ‘We’re all-in for the ACC’

Mike Bobinski is officially introduced as the new athletic director at Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 19, 2013

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

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Nation at risk from over-the-top spending

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Duane "Banjo" Davis says that the nation is at risk from over-the-top spending.

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Top organizer running the U.S. government

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, John Bryant, says top organizer running the U.S. government.

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Obama plans first step in gun takeaways

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Dan Kersey of Albany says that Obama plans first step in gun takeaways.

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Albany airport should place the public first

Guest commentary

The Albany airport has been a black eye for Albany ever since I moved here 53 years ago. It is without a doubt the most hated and despised institution in Albany by the people who use it. I’m sure if you surveyed the people who use it, Miller, P&G, the Marine Base, or for that matter, anybody else who flies in and out of Albany, they will tell you it is the worst airport they have ever used.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 19, 2013

APD responds to at least 51 incidents.

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Ameris Banks consolidating Lee County/Albany offices

The reorganization of an area banking firm will impact Cordele as well as Albany and Lee County.

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Westover wins fourth straight Academic Decathalon title

Westover High School this week won its fourth consecutive district Academic Decathalon title held at the Isabella Complex.

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Cross Middle School finalist in academic competition

Robert A. Cross Magnet School has reached the state playoffs in Academic Bowl competition in Milledgeville.

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Sproul to appear at ACRI Community Night

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul was first elected to his office in 2008.

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AR-15, high-capacity magazine, ammo sales spike locally

Gun sellers say they can barely stock now controversial weapons and ammo fast enough to keep up with demand.

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Kensington Court sewer extension work is under way

Heavy development prompts Albany officials to expand sewer capacity to handle future growth in a northwest neighborhood.

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Miss Albany State wins Verizon competition

Asia Cook takes home more than $20,000 in money and prizes by winning an online competition.

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'Recollections' upgraded at Museum of Art

A grant from Mitchell EMC allows an Albany art museum to fix and upgrade a popular children's art exhibit.

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Albany Police officers search for stolen lawn-care equipment

Albany Police Department officers are asking for help in finding stolen lawn-care equipment and the burglars who stole it.

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Leesburg bank teller convicted on 16 felonies

Victoria Metz, an Albany resident and former Colony Bank teller in Leesburg, was found guilty of 16 felonies by a federal jury Wednesday, according to an email from U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore in the Middle District of Georgia.

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Three arrested near Westover High

A fight near Westover High School leads to arrests on drug and gun charges.

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Animal Control responds to cruelty calls

Albany officials receive a number of complaints pertaining to the inhumane treatment of animals.

Bonnie H. Davis

Bonnie Davis, 89, Colquitt, died January 17, 2013

John Cary Gaines

John Cary Gaines, 54, Newton, died January 18, 2013

Alton Paul

Alton Paul, 80, Macon, died January 17, 2013

Johnny Morgan

Johnny Morgan, 57, Pelham, died January 18, 2013

Eddie B. Spencer

Eddie B. Spencer, 58, Dawson, died January 17, 2013

Bessie Cannon Lisenby

Bessie Cannon Lisenby, 79, Blakely, died January 17, 2013

Milton J. Garlock

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

Howard Lane Harrison

Howard Lane Harrison, 60, Albany, died January 17, 2013

Darrell Jerome Lambert

Darrell Jerome Lambert, 51, died January 17, 2013

Coley Calloway

Coley Calloway, 81, Albany, died January 18, 2013

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Republicans seek 3-month debt limit increase, Senate budget

U.S. House Republican leaders on Friday said they would seek to pass a three-month extension of federal borrowing authority next week to buy time - on pain of losing their own paychecks - for the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget plan that shrinks budget deficits.

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Report questions U.S. food stamp program's effectiveness

A report by a panel of experts released on Thursday questioned whether the U.S. government's food stamp program adequately provides for healthy diets for the more than 47 million low-income people who rely on the benefit.

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GOP wants to change electoral college rules

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win.

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Looking Back 20 Jan 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