News for Saturday, March 23, 2013


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NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: No. 1 Gonzaga stunned by Wichita State after Zags gag away late lead; Marquette nips Butler in nailbiter

The first No. 1 seed falls Saturday when Gonzaga --- which now appears as if it was vastly overrated by the NCAA Tournament committee --- is stunned by Wichita State, 76-70. (ADDS: full roundup of Saturday's games)

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Atlanta now saying McCann may miss April; Braves’ Simmons pleasant surprise for Netherlands during WBC

Brian McCann's rehab assignment may go longer than planned, meaning the Braves' starting catcher may not join the team until after April.

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UGA women roll in NCAA Tournament opener

Four Georgia starters post double figures in the Lady Bulldogs’ first-round NCAA Tournament win Saturday against Montana in Spokane, Wash.

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First time for everything

Believe it or not, for the first time in the 23-year history of the Smith and Benson Relays, Westover’s boys can finally call themselves champs after a dazzling performance Saturday.

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Sequestration creeps into Albany

Albany Assistant City Manager Wes Smith addresses citizens' concerns at an East Albany town hall meeting.

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Tiger storms into lead at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods, who trailed by four shots after the first two rounds at Bay Hill entering Saturday, goes off in the third round and surges into the lead after shooting a six-under 66, needing to win today to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking.

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AFD starts plans for statewide conference

The state's fire chief and firefighter associations will hold their annual combined conference in Albany Sept. 10-15.

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Cancer Coalition eyes teen tobacco use

Kimberly Scott tells Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County that group wants to make all schools in region tobacco-free.

Births 24 Mar 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Mar. 11-17.

Kitchen inspections for March 24, 2013

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections in Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

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Broadaway hosts Guitars & Golf benefit

Hot young country songwriter Cole Swindell headlines the music portion of a big weekend at the State Theatre.

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Farm Bureau to host Albany blood drive

Dougherty County Farm Bureau will host a blood drive on April 4 at the bureau's office at 315 Eva St. in Albany. The drive will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

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Looking Back - March 22, 2013

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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On the Job with Wes Smith

With 27 years of municipal government under his belt, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith has seen a lot during his tenure in Albany. He’s handled flood recovery, political scandals and has managed to balance a home life that includes a wife and four children.

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There’s an inner child in there somewhere

Opinion Column

All this warm-and-fuzzy going on from reformed squawkers in response to The Herald’s new Bright Side column has inspired me to share a few of my own positive observations in this ongoing fight of good vs. evil.

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New assistant principal comes to Dougherty High

Education Column

This is the first in a monthly series of updates on Dougherty High School by Dougherty graduate and Florida A&M student Alesha Thomas.

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Dougherty Class of '78 plans reunion

Dougherty High School Class of 1978 is planning its 35th reunion on June 7-8.

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Male nurses becoming more common

In the U.S., 3.2 million women and 330,000 men were working in the nursing field in 2011, according to the U.S. census.

Charlie Baker Jr.

Charlie Baker Jr. died Friday.

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Squawk of the day - March 24, 2013

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

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Cosmic dangers lurk 'out yonder'


With the celestial goings-on this year — the close fly-by of a large asteroid, one comet that's come and gone, another on its way, and a 55-foot asteroid that injured 1,500 people when it exploded over Russia — it's not surprising that people have gotten a bit concerned about what might be "out yonder" and on a collision course with our planet.

Mary Virgil McDaniel Anderson

Mary Virgil McDaniel Anderson died Friday.

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Fortune can be often overlooked

Features column

The lady stood at the foot of the off ramp wearing blue jeans and a green flannel shirt. Her hair was pulled back from her face, free of make up or lipstick. She didn’t appear to be particularly young, or old either, for that matter.

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Plant symposium set for Tifton

The event will include a tour of the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum.

Myrtle Lee Wilson

Myrtle Lee Wilson died Wednesday.

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Bright of the day - March 24, 2013

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

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Muscle growth should be a fitness goal

Health & Fitness column

In most of my fitness articles I give advice on sensible ways to lose weight and burn body fat. Although I get fewer requests for advice on gaining weight and building muscle, this should be a goal of most. Even those wanting to gain weight do not want to gain fat and those that want to lose weight should not want to lose muscle.

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Eagle Scouts make positive impacts

Guest commentary

When I worked at Robins Air Force Base, I recall a two-star general at a meeting I attended stating something that has stayed with me all these years: 66 percent of the cadets at the academies (when they were all male) were Eagle Scouts. Since my brother had a friend who was an Eagle Scout and attended the Air Force Academy, the general’s words had a special impact with me.

Louis Jay Stack

Louis Jay Stack died Friday,

Orie Lee Sesberry

Orie Lee Sesberry died Wednesday.

Canoy Estelle Roberson

Canoy Estelle Roberson died Friday.

Susan Elaine McConnell

Susan Elaine McConnell died Saturday.

Robert S. Griffin

Robert S. Griffin died Friday.

Anne Bailey

Anne Bailey died Saturday.

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Some new ‘daffynitions’

The Old Rocker -- Opinion column

Noah Webster needs to change his dictionary's definitions.

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Family seeking missing relative

Terrell Kyle Roberts has been missing since March 21.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Worth's Gowdy throws no-hitter to beat Albany; Darton baseball gets revenge on West Georgia Tech with sweep

Denzel Gowdy no-hits Albany on Friday to deliver Worth County a big region win, while West Georgia Tech --- which ended Darton's 15-game winning streak earlier this week and denied the Cavs school history --- is swept by DSC in Albany. (ADDS: roundup items on Deerfield-Tiftarea baseball, Westover-Crisp County boys, girls soccer; Sherwood-Calvary boys, girls soccer; and Lee County-Northside, Columbus boys, girls soccer)

Nursing sees influx of male caregivers

In the U.S., 3.2 million women and 330,000 men were working in the nursing field in 2011, according to the U.S. census.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: No. 13 La Salle, No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast shake up field with upsets; No. 1 Kansas survives scare

La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast pull off a pair of NCAA Tournament shockers Friday during the second full day of action, while No. 1 Kansas narrowly avoids the wrong kind of history against No. 16 Western Kentucky. (UPDATED: 2 a.m. with all late games)