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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a look back at news from the pages of The Albany Herald in January 2003.
• Georgia went to the Sugar Bowl for the first time since the 1982 season and came away with a win over Florida State, 26-13.
• A meeting with Dougherty County’s legislative delegation brought many requests from local officials. Among them: Albany City Commissioner Arthur K. Williams asked about a pay increase for commissioners as well as the cost of starting a law school and medical school at ASU.
• Before the year could become a week old, the first murder victim of 2003 was found outside the rear door of The House of Jazz at 730 W. Highland Avenue.
• The Dougherty County Landfill reported its post-holiday peak was reached early in the month when trucks delivered 1,014 tons of trash on January 2. The regular trash mixed with boxes, bows, wrapping paper and champagne bottles was equal to that of about 123 African elephants. A normal day at the landfill would bring in about 450-500 tons of trash.
• Jeff Sinyard was sworn in as the new chairman of the Dougherty County Commission.
• Governor-elect Sonny Perdue read to a sixth-grade class at Southside Middle School in his second trip to Albany following his election.
• The South Georgia Waves announced plans to move to Evansville, Indiana after the upcoming season. The Waves came to Albany just before the start of the season in 2002 and had the second-worse attendance in the 16-team South Atlantic League.
• Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten pleaded guilty to charges of drunken driving.
• Kelley Bradshaw was crowned Miss Albany by outgoing Miss Albany 2002 Ava O’Neal.
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• The Junior League of Albany was moving forward with plans to build a play park on the banks of the Flint River.
• The Georgia School Boards Association announced that 35 qualified candidates had applied for the position of superintendent of the Lee County School System. Superintendent Bill Lewis would be retiring at the end of June.
• Sherwood Christian Academy senior Cara Lucas was averaging 21.8 points per game for the Lady Eagles.
• The home of Parrot resident Gary Buford was featured on HGTV. Prior to being a residence, the structure was a silo.
• “Pops on Patrol’ helped monitor the halls of Southside Middle School. Daily volunteers Marvin Coe, Roosevelt Phillips and Willie Richardson checked for hall passes, monitored dress code, kept noise levels down and occasionally assisted teachers with unruly children.
• Developers unveiled a plan to break ground on a downtown hotel and conference center...the Hilton Garden Inn.
• In his initial budget, Governor Sonny Perdue made no allocation for the funding of a stadium on the campus of Albany State University.
• Friends and family joined former President Jimmy Carter for a night of music and celebration in Americus at the Rylander Theatre in celebration of his award of the Nobel Peace Prize.
• Mediacom, the only cable company in Albany, announced an increase in prices. The family package increased from $33.95 to $39.95 per month.
• Former Westover basketball coach Willie Boston came out of retirement to take over the program at Godby High in Tallahassee. Boston coached the Westover Patriots for 22 years.
• Dougherty County dedicated two brand new school buildings. The new facilities were Robert A. Cross Middle School and Albany Middle School located at Lockett Station Road and Cordell Road respectively.
• Demolition workers found a second body in the rubble of an Oglethorpe Boulevard building that burned two weeks earlier. The first victim of the blaze was discovered a few days prior as the crew pulled the body of an unidentified man to the surface with a backhoe. It was believed that the men were homeless and trying to stay warm in the abandoned building.
Selected Squawks from this month, ten years ago:
• If you resemble the picture on your driver’s license, things may be worse than you originally thought.
• The health Nazis are attacking tobacco, alcohol and fast food. Please don’t take away my sweet Little Debbie.
• If we can’t kill Saddam Hussein, let’s at least catch his mustache on fire.
• When both grandsons want to eat lunch beside you, that’s about as good as life gets.
• If you don’t like long obits, don’t read them.
• All of you that are supporting abortion have already been born.
• My husband got a speeding ticket and blamed my car.
• If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
• Our commissioners are supposed to take care of our finances and they can’t take care of their own. Gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?
• As a senior citizen, the only thing I exercise these days is caution.
• Let’s start the draft again and draft The Albany Herald personnel first.
• Am I the only one who thinks it is ironic that the fellow got the end of his finger bitten off on Bobbitt Avenue?
• Put a new hotel in downtown Albany next to the Civic Center and then ride by the Heritage House on Oglethorpe and see what it will look like in about two years.
• We all think our children and grandchildren are precious, but must we use them in commercials?
• Tammy Faye Baker went in for a facial and they found Jimmy Hoffa under all that makeup.
• If your ship hasn’t come in yet, you may be at the wrong port.
• My dog taught me to never bite when a growl will get the job done.
• In my home, I make the living. My wife makes the living worthwhile.