News for Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Sheppard plays hero for Sherwood in 1-0 win vs. SGA

Brett Sheppard nearly misses a no-hitter and delivers the game-winning hit Tuesday in the Eagles' region opener. (ADDS: roundup items on Lee County, Deerfield and Terrell Academy baseball; Deerfield, Tiftarea golf; Deerfield boys, girls soccer; and Albany State track & field)

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NFL NOTEBOOK: As it turns out, Falcons got a nice bargain in Jackson; owners approve two new rule changes

Outside of the $4 million guaranteed, aging RB Steven Jackson will have to earn every last penny of his $12M deal. (ADDS: notebook items on rule changes; Tebow's future with Jets; Ravens' Harbaugh OK with dismantling team)

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Lady Cavs upset in national tourney opener

Blinn College out of Texas plays its way into the tournament Monday, then knocks off No. 8 seed Darton State College on Tuesday, ending the Lady Cavs’ bid for an NJCAA national title.

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Dover gets his due

The man who helped deliver three straight national titles to Darton — former head coach and current golf director Dale Dover — is set to enter the NJCAA Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.

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Charleston maintains a laid-back pace

Steeped in history, energized by tradition, and boasting students who matriculate at three local colleges, Charleston, S.C., doesn’t have a skyline-until a cruise ship slides up to the docks and empties a boatload of tourists.

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Inspiration the write stuff

Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.

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First trafficking defendants make court appearances

An indictment lodged against nine defendants charged with cocaine trafficking remains under seal.

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City awards $500,000 in HUD funds to Bethel CHDO

A federally-funded grant will go toward redevelopment of a 98-unit, low-income apartment complex in East Albany.

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Police/Fire/EMS - March 20, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 30 incidents.

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With gun ownership comes responsibility


On the surface, it seems absurd that the Albany Police Department would even have to ask residents to lock their cars, particularly when there are handguns in the vehicles.

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VIPs from across the globe to visit Albany today

Local officials hope that a tour of Southwest Georgia cities leads to further investment in the area.

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Concerned community members gather at Gethsemane

Reaching youths and stopping gang violence has moved to the top of one church's agenda.

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This kind of trash is no man’s treasure

Opinion Column

I don’t know if it was the determined set of his shoulders or the angry look on his face that made me stop to talk with the man picking up trash along the rural Lee County road.

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Maryland law kicks out the death penalty

Opinion Column

The Maryland legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty.

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Driver charged with DUI in west Albany wreck

An Albany driver sideswiped two vehicles before his car flipped over and came to rest in front of a residence.

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Second drive-by shooting prompts increased police patrols

No one is injured in a shooting that occurred less than 24 hours after a drive-by that claimed the lives of two men.

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Cairo man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

Federal agents say they found images and videos of prepubescent children on discs seized from a suspect's home.

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Bright of the day - March 20, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Bright Side comments.

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Squawk of the Day - March 20, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Squawks.

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Elevated arsenic levels found in Thomas County

Officials from the Southwest Public Health District were notified through a letter last month from the Georgia Department of Public Health that analyses had shown elevated levels of arsenic in several wells in Thomas County.

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ASU opens economic education series

Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, will open the Albany State University College of Business’ 2013 Foundation for Economic Education lecture series at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Peace Hall’s Room 127.

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City votes for tighter reins on Aviation, WG&L

Efforts to bring two appointed Albany commissions under tighter city scrutiny pass a tentative vote by 4-3 margins.

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Lily Pad receives $40,000 grant

The Lily Pad SANE Center functions as an investigative resource, as well as a safe haven, for regional abuse victims.

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Fire claims puppies on Tift Avenue

A fire on West Tift Avenue damaged a house and killed a handful of puppies, fire officials say.

Andrea Pearlette Fuse Brooks

Mrs. Andrea Pearlette Fuse Brooks of Sumter County, GA died Wednesday, March 16, 2013.

Mr. Jimmie Lee Crumbley

Jimmie Lee Crumbley of Albany, Georgia departed this life Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Max B. Eaton

Max B. Eaton, 78, of Sylvester died Saturday March 16, 2013.

Otis Douglas, Sr.

Otis Douglas, Sr., 91, of Whigham, GA, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Charlie Young, Jr.

Charlie Young, Jr. died Friday, March 15, 2013.

Desmond Treon James Williams

Desmond Williams,of Albany, Georgia died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Betty Lewis Montgomery

Betty Lewis Montgomery, 70, of Lee County, GA, died March 15, 2013.

Erik Vincal Mitchell

Erik Vincal Mitchell, 39, of Albany died Saturday March 16, 2013.

Hulon Beckwith

Hulon Beckwith, of Pelham, GA, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Sammie Lamar Thomas Jr.

Sammie Lamar Thomas Jr., 44, of Doerun, died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Willie McGowan

Willie McGowan, 48, of Albany, GA died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Reginald Garrard

Reginald Garrard, 59, of Camilla, died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Bruce Warren Everett

Bruce Warren Everett, 59, of Gainesville, FL., died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Robert Barfield

Robert Barfield, 62, of Leesburg died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Jimmy Lee Hill

Jimmy Lee Hill, 57, of Albany died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Rickie Lamar Banks

Rickie Lamar Banks, 51, of Doerun, died Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Lossie Mae Paul

Lossie Mae Paul, 105, of Ocilla, GA died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Larry Thomas Rathburn

Larry Thomas Rathburn, 66, of Fitzgerald, GA died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Martha Louise Osburn

Martha Louise Osburn, 84, died March 15, 2013.

Harold F. Turner, Jr.

Harold F. Turner, Jr., 65, of Milton, FL died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Luther Edwin Spooner, Sr.

Mr. Luther Edwin Spooner, Sr., age 92, of Donalsonville, GA died Monday, March 18, 2013.

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First of nine in cocaine trafficking conspiracy make court appearances

The first three defendants in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy case brought by the federal government appeared in court Tuesday

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Blast at Nevada military site kills 7 Marines, injures 7 more

Seven U.S. Marines were killed and seven people injured during a training exercise.

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10th anniversary of Iraq invasion marred by blasts

A dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore into Shi'ite districts in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Deerfield tennis smashes Southland, moves to 11-0; GSW golf in 10th after first day of Bobcat Invitational

The Deerfield tennis teams are rolling right now after beating Southland on Monday in a dual match.