News for Saturday, January 26, 2013


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Check out which Southwest Georgia high school football players made The Herald's 2012 All-Area and All-Metro football teams.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech starts fast, routs Wake Forest, 82-62, for first ACC win

Thomasville native Robert Carter Jr. scores a career-high 20 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a big ACC game Saturday. (ADDS: Top 25 roundup, Auburn men lose to Mississippi)

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Deerfield-Windsor coach Allen Lowe, who led his team to the GISA Class AAA state title and won his 200th game along the way, is named The Herald’s John Reynolds Coach of the Year for football.

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SATURDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Seminole girls knock off Herald No. 5 Calhoun; Lee County boys rebound, knock off Harris

Led by Katrese Brown, the Lady Indians make their case for jumping back into The Herald Fab 5 Poll and replacing recent No. 5 Calhoun County after Seminole knocks off the Lady Cougars on Saturday, 62-51. (ADDS: items on Lee County-Harris County boys; Deerfield-Southland boys, girls; Worth County-Fitzgerald boys; Cook-Baker County girls; Seminole County-Calhoun County boys; Bainbridge-Cairo boys; and Pelham-Mitchell girls)

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Monroe junior quarterback Charles Stafford, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and led Monroe to the Class AAAA Sweet 16, is named The Herald's John Reynolds Player of the Year for football, while Deerfield coach Allen Lowe wins Coach of the Year and Lee County's Kenneth Hurley wins The Herald's 3rd annual People's Choice Player of the Year honor.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU men's, women's hoops sweep Claflin

The Rams and Lady Rams pick up a pair of much-needed conference wins Saturday at home when they sweep Claflin. (ADDS: items on Darton women's hoops, Albany Tech men's, women's hoops; GSW men's, women's hoops; Darton baseball)

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SENIOR BOWL: FSU's Manuel wins MVP, UGA's Rambo shines in South win

Florida State senior QB E.J. Manuel throws for a touchdown and runs for another, while UGA star safety and former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo picks off a pass to help lead the South team past the North, 21-16, on Saturday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

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HERALD ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Randolph Southern ace Madison Ragan named Player of the Year

Madison Ragan dominated opponents this season, capping a junior season on the mound where she went 18-4 with an 0.58 ERA and had two no-hitters. (ADDS: All-Area Softball Team)

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HERALD ALL-AREA CROSS COUNTRY: Southland's Calhoun, Westwood's Harrell run away with Player of Year awards

Southland freshman Wright Calhoun, who ran the fastest time in recent years in Southwest Georgia, was a runaway choice as The Herald's Player of the Year for boys cross country, while Perra Harrell, a remarkable freshman runner who won the GISA Class AA state title, is The Herald's Player of the Year for girls cross country. (ADDS: All-Area boys, girls cross country teams)

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Lee County’s quick-hit, all-everything, dual-threat running back/receiver Kenneth Hurley wins The Herald’s 3rd annual People’s Choice Football Player of the Year award after an online vote.

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ASU’s cramped, overcrowded Holley Hall bursting at seams

An Albany State University official laments the fact that the university “can’t grow anymore.”

Births 27 Jan 2013

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Nov. 25-Jan. 18.

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Lifesaver tip goes over like a dud

Features column

The urge was overwhelming. Should I keep my mouth shut? Should I tell her? I didn’t know this woman, had never seen her before in my life.

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'Murder' to benefit Alzheimer's Outreach Center

An Albany nonprofit will present a two-night dinner theater fundraiser as a Valentine’s treat.

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Gauge your heart rate to track fitness progress

Health & fitness column

Now that the New Year has come and gone and you’re sticking to your resolutions, how do you know if your exercise is intense enough to gain the greatest benefits? The easiest way is to calculate your target heart rate zone. You’ll often see people in the gym stepping on the scale, or hear them talking about their body fat percentage, but how often do you see someone taking their pulse?

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City, county face budget challenges

Albany and Dougherty County officials are taking aggressive approaches in trying to find ways to cut their budgets.

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Obama unbound in second address

The media herd is stunned to discover that Barack Obama is a man of the left. After 699 teleprompted presidential speeches, the commentariat was apparently still oblivious. Until Monday’s inaugural address, that is.

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No free passes; tough decisions part of job

Opinion column

The time has come for some local politicians to stop perpetually running for office and do the job they were elected to do.

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North Korea flexing its muscles again

When Kim Jong Il died in 2011, there was slight hope that North Korea would go in a new direction, one that didn’t aim to antagonize and destabilize.

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On the Job with David Hardin

Jim West holds a Q&A with David Hardin, CEO of Moulton & Hardin.

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Heroes Run will honor fallen soldiers

The 9/11 Heroes Run prepares to honor those who gave everything for their country.

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Man arrested in Tift County murder

Lerveell Sears has been charged in the murder of Cambre Vashown.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 27, 2013

DCPD responded to at least 10 incidents.

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Kitchen inspections for January 27, 2013

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections for Dougherty and Lee counties.

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Unpaid intern issues resurface

Questions regarding interns, their pay and responsibilities have come ito question.

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Quail Unlimited wraps up celebrity conservation events (SPOTTED photos up)

Officials say that this year's Quail Unlimited celebrity event had a record-setting attendance.

Doretha Josey Oden

Doretha Josey Oden died Thursday.

Winfred Miller

Winfred Miller died Saturday.

Elijiah Harriell

Elijiah Harriell died Tuesday.

Eddie Lee Grant

Eddie Lee Grant died Saturday.

Catheryn Thelma Gosa

Catheryn Thelma Gosa died on January 20.

Baby Rusk

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Eddie Lee McKay

Services will be held Wednesday for Eddie Lee McKay.

Shuyrine Johnson

Shuyrine Johnson died Saturday.

James Forsyth

James Forsyth died Saturday.

Robert Olin Giddens

Robert Olin Giddens died Friday.

Joyce Annette Ford

Joyce Annette Ford died Saturday.

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Fifth Briar Patch fest largest yet

Col. Bruce Hampton will headline a three-day music festival planned May 30-June 1.

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Garcia Taco truck rolls into downtown

Albany gets in on an eating option that is rapidly gaining popularity in the country.

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Monroe mashes Dougherty at Darton

Herald No. 1 Monroe beats Dougherty for the third time this season and is one region win away from clinching the top seed and the home court in the upcoming Region 1-AAAA tournament.