These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Jan. 11- 18, 2013.
1. Another Albany Winn-Dixie closing
ALBANY — A second Winn Dixie store is closing here, corporate officials announced Tuesday, leaving only one of the grocery stores in the city.
2. People's Choice Football Player of the Year Poll
In advance of our end-of-the-season All-Area and All-Metro High School Football Teams and John Reynolds Player of the Year selection by the sports staff – which will appear in the Sunday, Jan. 25 edition — The Herald will once again let our readers choose which area gridiron star should win the “People’s Choice Player of the Year.” Last year, it was Westwood quarterback Mason Worsham, but who will win the 3rd annual honor? That’s totally up to you. Voting, which lasts one week, begins today at albanyherald.com.
3. Student becomes trapped in wrestling mats, dies
VALDOSTA — A south Georgia high school student apparently climbed atop an upright roll of wrestling mats, fell into a center opening and died after he became trapped inside, authorities said.
4. Phillip Phillips makes a goodwill stop at benefit
ALBANY — It was all pictures with fans, friends and just folks for Phillip Phillips Saturday night at the State Theatre.
5. High school athlete charged in rape case
ALBANY — An 18-year-old star football player at Westover High School faces rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges, according to the Dougherty County Jail's automatic information system.
6. Cookie Shoppe a downtown success story
ALBANY — For those who knowingly and adamantly proclaim "no business will ever survive in downtown Albany," two words: Mona, Munir.
7. Squawk of the Day, Jan. 11
"The squawkers who oppose any and all reasonable gun control measures come up with the stupidest arguments as to why we should not take reasonable steps to curb gun violence."
8. Two shot after early-morning fight
ALBANY — Two people were shot after an early morning fight Friday, police officials say.
9. Squawk of the Day, Jan. 17
"Yet another example of the hypocrisy of Obama. He has armed guards, and his wife and children. Yet, we’re not supposed to be privileged enough to have weapons to defend ourselves."
10. Student tells teacher, 'I don't want to shoot you'
TAFT, Calif. — 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.