News for Friday, March 29, 2013


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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton stays hot, crushes Andrew again

The 12th-ranked Darton baseball team wins for the 20th time in its last 21 games with a 12-6 win against Region XVII rival Andrew. (ADDS: ASU baseball, ASU softball, Lee County baseball, Bainbridge soccer, Lee County soccer, Crisp County-Albany High baseball)

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Flint River bill fails in the House

A bill, which the Georgia Water Coalition contended contained a “poison pill,” is defeated in the Georgia House.

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Braves looking for offense to shine in 2013

The Braves bulked up their batting order with free agents B.J. and Justin Upton, who could make 2013 the year of offense in Atlanta.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- ELITE 8 PREVIEW: Syracuse, Marquette fighting for spot in Final Four

With Syracuse and Marquette both pulling off upsets on Thursday, the Big East teams will play in the Elite 8 with a trip to Atlanta on the line.

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Lee County's Buster Posey signs biggest contract of any NL catcher

Leesburg native Buster Posey signs a nine-year, $167 million contract extension with the Giants, giving the NL MVP the largest chunk of guaranteed money in history for a player with three or fewer years in the major leagues. (UPDATES: Comments, reaction from Posey, Giants organization)

Free cancer screenings to be offered

The Phoebe Cancer Center will be offering screenings for oral, head and neck cancers.

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No vaccine available for stomach virus

There is no vaccine to prevent norovirus and no drug to treat people who get sick from it.

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Screening a big help in finding colorectal cancer

Survival rates over a five-year period for colorectal cancer range from 74 percent in Stage 1 to 6 percent in Stage 4, officials say.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 30, 2013

APD responds to at least 45 incidents.

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Parents offered spring break gang advice

The Albany Police Department's Gang Task Force offers advice to parents of children on spring break.

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Neighborhood residents disappointed in Sylvester Road Elementary School closing

Emotional ties to Sylvester Road Elementary Shool run deep in the adjoining neighborhoods.

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Thumbs Up! - March 30, 2013

Thumbs up! is a weekly editorial focusing on positive people and events in the metro Albany community.

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ASU football star Moody shining on baseball diamond, too

They sure do love two-sport star Dexter Moody over at Albany State, where he first excelled on the gridiron for the Rams and now is shining on the diamond.

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The cross brought new light to a dark world

Guest commentary

Once, a long time ago, some few centuries before even Christ was born, the cross was a greatly dreaded instrument of torture and death, which was conceived and moreover quite extensively used by the Romans to instill fear in the hapless peoples of their vassal nations what ringed the Mediterranean sea, as well as many others that were situated in the near vicinity thereof.

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Younger Americans accept full humanity of gays

Opinion column

Familiarity breeds ... acceptance. That's why the battle for full equality for gays and lesbians is already won, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides.

Lucinda W. Gibson

Lucinda W. Gibson, 86, of Albany, GA died Friday, March 29, 2013.

Lynn Buck Johnson, Jr.

Lynn Buck Johnson, Jr., 82, of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Vickie Anthony

Vickie Anthony, died March 28, 2013.

Jerry West

Jerry West, 56, of McDonough, Georgia, died Friday, March 29, 2013.

Roger Gravitt

Roger Gravitt, 65, died Thursday March 28, 2013.

Worthy Edward Strickland

Ed Strickland, 74, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Leonora Spivey Arnold

Leonora Spivey Arnold, 91 died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

William Bill Henry

William Bill Henry, 83, of Albany, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Ty'asia Nicole Williams

Ty'asia Nicole Williams, of Albany, GA, died Friday March, 29, 2013.

Phillip Parker

Phillip Parker died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, 39, of Camilla, died Friday, March 29, 2013.

Emanuel Clement Smith, Jr.

Emanuel Clement (EC ) Smith, Jr., 78, of Blakely, GA died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Squawk of the Day - March 31, 2013

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

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Oklahoma warns 7,000 dental patients of HIV, hepatitis risk

Health officials are notifying some 7,000 people to warn they may have been exposed to HIV and other infectious diseases at an Oklahoma dental practice where improper sterilization procedures and rusty surgical tools were discovered, authorities said.

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Former Tift County football standout, UGA player charged with 8 felonies

Former Tift County Blue Devil star and UGA player Israel Troupe has been arrested and charged with at least eight different felony counts.

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AFD teaches fire safety with Harlem Shake video

What do a bunch of gyrating fire fighters in crazy outfits have with to fire safety?

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Bright Side of the Day - March 30, 2013

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

Squawk of the Day - March 30, 2013

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

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UPDATE: Trailer stolen from popular local band

One of the area's most popular local bands has had their trailer, which was filled with their equipment, stolen.

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Looking Back - March 31, 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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40-under-40 nomination deadline looms

The nomination period to tap young folks who are changing the community for the annual Albany Herald 40-under-40 class expires at midnight.

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Albany Herald carrier shot at while on his morning delivery route

A newspaper carrier for the Albany Herald was shot at while making his rounds early Friday morning, police officials say.

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WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 PREVIEW: Lady Dogs face huge task vs. No. 1 Stanford

Georgia — which has just three wins in the history of its series with Stanford — will meet the Lady Cardinal in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 PREVIEW: All eyes on Sweet 16 shocker Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast is on the verge of becoming the first seed 13 or lower to advance to the NCAA’s Sweet 16.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16: No. 1 Indiana stunned by No. 4 Syracuse

Syracuse's defense locks down No. 1 seed Indiana all night Thursday as the Orange rout the Hoosiers to reach the Elite 8.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16: No Shocker --- Wichita State rips La Salle

The Shockers continue to run through the NCAA Tournament as they make fellow Cinderella La Salle their latest victim late Thursday night in the Sweet 16.

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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Sherwood girls soccer stays red-hot, posts 12th shutout of season

Led by save-master Hannah Thompson in goal, the Sherwood's girls soccer team posts their 12th shutout in 13 wins Thursday with a 4-0 victory against Tiftarea. (ADDS: roundup items on Sherwood boys soccer; Deerfield baseball, tennis and golf; and Westover-Dougherty girls, boys soccer).