News for Tuesday, March 12, 2013


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Heat down Hawks for 19th straight win

The surging Heat break open Tuesday's game against the Hawks early and never look back en route to their 19th straight win.

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'Bright Side' to debut Sunday

A new Albany Herald feature will give readers an opportunity to share some of the better things about Southwest Georgia.

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Albany State reviewing Albany Early College deal

Albany State University wants the Dougherty School System to vacate Andrews Hall despite multi-year contract and $350,000 in renovation by DCSS.

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Who decides what’s fair in who we marry?

Opinion column

Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about “committed, loving relationships.” Clinton used those words in a Washington Post op-ed last week, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman, which he signed into law.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County baseball wins first game

After opening the season with five straight losses, the Trojans finally notch a win Tuesday against Tift County. (ADDS: Worth County-Dougherty baseball; Westover baseball; DWS baseball; Americus-Albany baseball; Westover-Albany soccer, DWS golf)

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‘RIDEforHOPE’ raises $11,000

A fundraiser exceeds its goal in raising money to fight cancer in Southwest Georgia.

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Police, Fire & EMS Reports - March 13, 2013

APD responds to at least 12 incidents

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Gonzo’s back!

Tony Gonzalez, a sure-fire Hall of Famer, says he will return for a 17th NFL season after previously announcing he was “95 percent” sure he would retire.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU’s winning streak snapped by Shorter College

The Rams enter Tuesday’s doubleheader with a season-high four straight wins, but Shorter College puts an end to the winning streak. (ADDS: Darton baseball, Darton softball, GSW golf)

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Panthers QB Lester receives PIFL Offensive Player of the Week honors

After throwing five touchdowns and running for two more in Saturday’s season opener, Panthers QB Cecil Lester is honored by the PIFL.

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Caldwell-Pope named SEC Player of the Year

Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope becomes the first Bulldog to be named the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Palladium Players to present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Performances begin Friday at Lee County High School.

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Horse show season to begin for the DCSC

The Dougherty County Saddle Club invites the public to it’s first shows of the season this weekend.

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Learning names key to connecting

It is of paramount importance that I teach my husband how to be a Southerner, at least a half-decent one if not one of regal bearing.

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Stripling’s full of down-home flavor

When Stripling’s, the everything-under-one-roof store developed by Ricky and Lisa Hardin, the sausage-making family from Warwick — that south Georgia town where it is best to obey the speed limit — decided to franchise with a Watkinsville address, they wanted just the right family to partner with.

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Lee County back in hunt for interim administrator

An interim county administrator has withdrawn because of health issues.

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Albany Herald's 'blue' today for colorectal cancer awareness

The Herald is working with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia to raise awareness about screening for colorectal cancer.

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State officials warn motorists to stay sober St. Patrick's weekend

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety states a zero tolerance for DUI for the coming holiday weekend.

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Deerfield eyes move to GHSA


On March 21, members of the Board of Trustees at Deerfield-Windsor School are expected to make one of the most significant decisions in the history of Southwest Georgia's most accomplished independent school.

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'Darton Krazies' add fun to playoff game

Opinion column

It was tough for someone like me, who was raised on baseball and football, to admit, but I decided quite a few years back that the most exciting sporting event in our sports-mad country is the NCAA basketball tournament.

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PSC Suspends Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 Days in CRCT fallout

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has suspended Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 days without pay.

Melissa Bateman

Melissa Bateman of Ashburn, Georgia, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Ellis Robinson

Ellis Robinson died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Willene O'Neal Muggridge

Willene O'Neal Muggridge, 90, of Camilla died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Larry William Tucker

Larry William Tucker, 74, of Putney, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Ceasar Mack, Jr.

Ceasar Mack , Jr., 71, of Blakely, GA died Tuesday March 12, 2013.

Charles N. Wright

Charles Nathaniel Wright, 70, of Albany died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Alfonso Hardge

Alfonso C. Hardge, died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Joseph Giles

Joseph Giles, 54 of 1306 Stuart Ave. in Albany died March 12, 2013 .

Andrew Gubitti

Andrew Gubitti, 91, of Leesburg, GA died Monday, March 11, 2013.

William Hoyt Smithwick

William Hoyt Smithwick, 87 of Albany, died March 10, 2013.

Rasul Hakeem Williams

Rasul Hakeem Williams, 623 W. Society Avenue, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Frances Roby Mason

Frances Roby Mason, 88 of Shellman died Monday March 11, 2013,

David Bernard Schien

David Bernard Schien, Jr., 44, of Tifton died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Benjamin T. Kirkland

Benjamin T. Kirkland, 88 of Abbeville, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Assembly passes Tift namesake resolution

Henry Harding Tift was the nephew of Albany's founder, Nelson Tift.

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Squawk of the Day - March 13, 2013

Get a copy of the Wednesday Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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Did the U.S. poison Hugo Chavez?

Venezuela will launch a formal investigation, officials say.

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Divided U.S. Senate panel votes for gun background checks

Republicans say that private gun sales should be exempted from background check requirements.

'Smoke cam' watches for signs of a new pope

White smoke means they've elected a new pontiff. Black smoke means they've failed to reach consensus.

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UPDATE: US House Republicans seek farm subsidy cuts, turning food stamps to cash

Republicans in the U.S. House proposed $31 billion in farm subsidy cuts and the conversion of food stamps for the poor into a cash benefit program on Tuesday to help balance the federal budget in 10 years.

Spy agencies: cyber attacks top current threats against U.S.

In some instances technology is advancing faster than the U.S. 's ability to determine possible threats from it.

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FACTBOX: The Conclave

A look inside the secretive process of electing a pope.

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Senator asks for data on sharp gasoline price rise

The EIA is the independent, data-gathering arm of the Energy Department.

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Fulton County spat prompts lawmakers to table Albany Hotel/motel tax bill

A bill that was originally passed by the Georgia House of Representatives but then lumped into a package that was up for reconsideration Monday has now been tabled by lawmakers in a move one local representative says is akin to holding all of the state's local legislation "hostage."

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An evening of One Act Plays with ASU

The Albany State University Theater will offer a series of One Act Plays at the ACAD Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. today.