News for Wednesday, January 30, 2013


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Ultimate pick 'em

Ask 100 people who will win the Super Bowl between the 49ers and the Ravens on Sunday, and you'll likely find a 50-50 split -- because that's just how close many expect this year's Big Game will be.

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Horford’s late jam helps Hawks edge Raptors, 93-92

The Hawks come back from a halftime hole Wednesday night against the Raptors at home and edge out with a big win, 93-92.

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Darton women whip neighboring Andrew, move to 21-3

The Lady Cavs win for the 11th time in their last 12 games after pounding the Lady Tigers, 72-44, on Wednesday at home.

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Sandusky loses bid for a new trial

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sex abuse, loses his bid for a new trial on Wednesday when a judge rules against him.

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After rough start to season, Worth County boys hoops team wins fourth straight, getting hot at right time

Worth County is heating up when it counts just before the region tournament as the Rams win their fourth straight game Tuesday by beating Albany --- and now set their sights on closing the season by avenging four early season losses to Dougherty, Calhoun County, Monroe and Westover.

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Randolph Southern senior Ragan joins 1,000-point club as Patriots still eye first win

Rhett Ragan, a senior who never saw a minute of floor time as a freshman, hits 1,000 points for his career Tuesday, although it came in a tough loss to Grace Christian, which kept the Patriots winless on the season.

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Deerfield boys on fire, make case for Fab 5 Poll

Following their 11th straight victory Tuesday, Deerfield is on pace to be the first GISA team to crack The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll this season.

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Inspired by coach, Worth girls snap three-year Region 1-AAAA winless streak

After the Lady Rams beat Albany for their first region win in three years Tuesday, coach John Allen Popham heads to the hospital to be with his wife and welcome their first child into the world.

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Super 6er McGhee reaches milestone, ready to lead No. 1 Tornadoes on deep state run

Senior Jabari McGhee is proud of reaching 1,000 points for his career, but he knows it means little if he can’t help Monroe parlay all its regular-season success into a run at the school’s first state title.

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Bulldogs edge rival Auburn, 57-49

Georgia sends Auburn to its fifth straight loss while the suddenly resurgent Bulldogs have won three of their last four with Wednesday's win.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 31, 2013

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

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WG&L crews respond to multiple power outagess

With power out for more than 300 residents Water, Gas and Light Commission crews responded and had the power back on in less than 50 minutes in scattered areas throughout Albany, said Lorie Farkas, WG&L spokeswoman.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 31, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 27 incidents.

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McAfee: RiverQuarium needs new business model

Efficiency is the “top priority” for the downtown aquarium, the board chair says.

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Arming New Yorkers might help

Features column

Well, it took a few years but we finally have the great gun debate going on throughout the land. Ban them all or keep them all; depends on whether you live in Dawson, Georgia or New York City as to where you fall on the issue.

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Naming U.S. 19 for Sutton a fitting honor


An effort to have the stretch of U.S. Highway 19 in Lee County named in memory of the late Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton is one that local officials should pursue.

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Boy Scouts gay issue getting attention in SWGA

The Boy Scouts of America will review its ban on gay youth and adults membership, but no policy change has been made.

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Dates set for school closure hearings

The Dougherty School Board will conduct hearings Monday and Feb. 7 to hear the public's opinions.

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Five charged in Worth County bomb threats

Five juveniles and one parent have been charged in connection with a series of bomb threats that have disrupted school in Worth County for the last week.

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GOP needs vision, optimism to rebound

Opinion Column

Some political commentators are dancing on what they believe to be the grave of the Republican Party, claiming that the only way the GOP can have a viable future is for them to behave like Democrats.

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Lee should push for Sutton honor

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Duane "Banjo" Davis of Pelham says that Lee County should push for fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Sutton to be honored.

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Any gun you attack with is assault weapon

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, John Bryant of Albany says that any gun you attack with is an assault weapon.

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All the president’s women are missing

Opinion Column

At least Romney had binders. Binders full of qualified women to fill cabinet positions, that is. Democrats mercilessly pounded Romney for the binders comment he made during the 2012 presidential campaign, but I’ll bet the Obama campaign now wishes Romney had passed the binders on to Obama since it seems he’s having a hard time picking women to fill his second term cabinet positions.

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Bryan set to release spring break album

The 14-song album will be released March 5 and Luke Bryan will perform at Panam City March 12-13.

Betty Adams

Betty Glass Adams, age 81 of Dothan, AL formerly of Donalsonville, GA who passed away Monday, January 28, 2013

Harold Hilton

Harold Edward Hilton of Leesburg, GA., died Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Roosevelt Booker, Jr.

Roosevelt Booker, Jr. died January 25, 2013

Willie J. Flood

Willie J. Flood, 63, died January 24, 2013.

Kim Smith

Kim Evette Smith 41 of Tifton,Ga departed this life Tuesday January 29, 2013

Justin Hendrick Gowan

Justin Hendrick Gowan, 86, died January 28, 2013

Marcella Loretta Kiefer West

Marcella Loretta Kiefer West, 90, of Albany, GA died on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Joyce Grubbs

Joyce Metts Grubbs, 84, of Dawson, GA, died January 29, 2013

General Johnson, Sr.

General Johnson, Sr. of Indianapolis, IN and formerly of Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

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Police connected to Phoenix office shooting

At least three people were shot and wounded when gunfire erupted at a business complex in Phoenix on Wednesday, and authorities were combing the area for the suspected gunman, police said on Wednesday.

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RIM changes name to BlackBerry, unveils 2 phones

The company unveiled the long awaited Blackberry 10 System.

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Board terminates Monroe assistant principal’s contract

Monroe assistant principal had his certification pulled by the Professional Standards Commission.

Monroe High Assistant Principal Joey James loses his job after the state PSC yanks his certifications.

Robert Probst

Robert G. Probst, USAF (ret), died Monday, January 28, 2013

Emma Hall

Emma Jean Hall, 66, of Albany, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 28, 2013

Bonnie Godwin Williamson

Bonnie Godwin Williamson, 85, Meigs, died January 28, 2013

Sam Washington

Sam Washington, 74, of Albany died Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jon Eston Ingram, Sr.

Jon Eston Ingram, Sr., 66, West Point, GA died January 26, 2013

Frank Letchworth

Frank Letchworth died Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013

Deidra Hudson

Deidra Sabrina Thomas Hudson, 42, of Camilla, died Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jimmy Miller

Jimmy Miller, 62, of Albany, died Monday, January 28, 2013

Willie Davis, Sr.

Willie Frank Davis, Sr., 85, of Camilla, died Saturday, January 26, 2013

Loretta West

M. Loretta West, 90, of Albany, GA. died on Tuesday January 29, 2013

Trees down, outages as storms rake US midsection

Severe weather and tornados dot the midwestern portion of the country.

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UPDATE: Man shoots Ala. bus driver, takes child

The man was believed to be hold up in a home-made bomb shelter with the child.

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TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Randolph-Clay boys, girls sweep region foe Stewart; Deerfield boys rout TAE, win 11th straight

The Herald No. 1 Randolph-Clay girls steamroll Stewart County on Tuesday to stay red-hot, while the Red Devils pull off a big region win at home behind a combined 43 points from Herald Super 6er Gary McCrae and Cornelius Bennett. (ADDS: roundup items on Deerfield-Terrell Academy boys, girls; Pelham-Berrien girls; Worth County-Albany boys, girls; Westwood-Sherwood boys, girls; Cairo-Americus-Sumter girls; Calhoun County-Terrell County boys; Westover-Crisp County boys, girls; and Early County-Seminole County boys, girls)