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Big 10: March 15-22, 2013

These are the most read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of March 15 through March 22, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story.

1. Two die in drive-by shooting

ALBANY — Two men were killed in a drive-by shooting on Willard Avenue Sunday night, police officials say.

2. ADDU: 11 of 18 stores in alcohol compliance check failed

ALBANY — Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit officials say that 11 of 18 stores offered to sell alcohol to minors in an undercover compliance check.

  1. Business owner booked on theft by conversion charge

ALBANY — Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Investigator Lt. Kenneth Jordan said Wednesday that Your Travel Connection owner Dennis Michael Fenton had been booked into the Dougherty County jail on a felony theft by conversion charge.

4. Top chamber official resigns

ALBANY — Deborah Bowie, a top figure with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, submitted her resignation Thursday.

5. Deerfield declines to leave GISA for GHSA

ALBANY — Deerfield-Windsor is staying.

It took weeks of study, a committee that researched every avenue possible, a poll survey among parents and almost two hours of discussion Thursday night from 24 members of DWS' Board of Trustees, but in the end the Board voted for Deerfield-Windsor to stay in the Georgia Independent School Association.

6. Albany woman convicted of public assistance fraud

ALBANY — An Albany woman accused of lying to the state about her housing situation so that she could continue to get public assistance was convicted Thursday by a Dougherty County jury.

7. Dougherty sheriff brings suit against state

ALBANY — Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul told the Dougherty County Commission Monday morning that his department is involved in a lawsuit against the state of Georgia to collect back funds the department had billed the state's Department of Human Resources for attempts to deliver child recovery papers.

8. Old Dawson Road traffic threatens housing plan

ALBANY — Where several others before him have failed, Albany developer Danny Blackshear thinks he has a workable plan for development of the 25 acres of attractive land at 3101 Old Dawson Road. It's a plan, though, that's not without complications.

9. Rogers expands holdings with new Mike's Country Store

PUTNEY, Ga. — You'll have to forgive Mike Rogers if he looks a little bleary-eyed these days.

The owner of now two Mike's Country Store locations -- the 18-years-running original on Philema Road and the newly opened location off U.S. 19 in Putney -- a general construction firm and 73 rental properties is, to say the least, stretched a little thin.

10. Naked runner taken into custody

ALBANY — A naked man was subdued by officers of the Albany Police Department in the parking lot of Walgreens Drugs, 300 North Slappey, officials said.