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Big 10: May 24-31, 2013

These are the most-read stories at Albanyherald.com. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

1. Official: Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Board members learned Wednesday that the School System has overpaid the private administrative firm for its Drop Back In Academy by $250,000 after incorrectly labeling students in the program.

2. Herald changing online commenting system

Beginning Wednesday, readers at www.albanyherald.com who post comments will begin using their Facebook accounts to access the online commenting system.

3. While DCSS struggles to right ship, many in region pulling for it

ALBANY -- Earlier this month, when the Dougherty County School Board voted 7-0 to replace half of the district's 24 principals, the move caught the attention of the county's residents. The decision also caught the attention of the county's neighbors.

4. Hospital Authority has failed in its duties (Guest Opinion Column)

So, you know that state law required our Hospital Authority to hold a public hearing last spring before awarding the management contract for Palmyra. (That very hospital our authority bought for $195 million out of their operating funds of, well, zero.) But did you know that our authority advertised the hearing exactly one time? Do you think that they could possibly have wanted to limit attendance at the hearing? Our authority? Surely not!

5. Albany Heights settlement done, city has sights on L'Jua's

ALBANY -- Albany residents may not like all the end results, but the movement many have been asking for on property taxpayers have unwittingly become partial owners of — due mainly to non-payment of city-backed grants — is taking place.

6. Board approves principal hires

ALBANY -- Again showing a united front, Dougherty County School Board members voted unanimously to hire six new principals Wednesday as it continues to restructure the school system’s administrative staff.

7. Furlough letters go out to MCLB employees

MCLB-ALBANY — Per a furlough plan recently implemented by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, federal civilian employees aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany have begun receiving notice of proposed furlough letters.

8. Albany woman attacked by pit bull

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has reported that a woman was bitten by a pit bull-type dog Thursday as she was walking on the 500 block of Eighth Avenue.

9. Albany man's yard is his 'Easter basket'

ALBANY -- Each morning, Donnell Davis -- Don, according to his shimmering gold belt buckle -- rises with the sun to continue his long-running love affair with nature.

10. Fireworks squabble worked out

ALBANY -- Cooler heads have since apparently prevailed, but an exchange among a pair of Albany City Commissioners and City Manager James Taylor at a pre-briefing prior to the commission's business meeting Tuesday night left the city's planned Independence Day fireworks celebration in doubt.