News for Saturday, March 30, 2013

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OUTDOORS FEATURE: Tips for post-spawn crappies

Post-spawn is a traditional transition time for crappies so anglers wishing to catch a limit of fish for the fryer and the freezer must learn how to pinpoint them to be successful.

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Without Horford, Hawks still handle Magic, 97-88

With Al Horford sitting out with a stomach illness, Josh Smith drops in 21 points and grabs nine rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 97-88 win against Orlando on Saturday.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- ELITE 8 PREVIEW: Florida looking to snap recent skin in Elite 8

The Gators were ousted in the Elite 8 the last two seasons and are trying to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2007.

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Lee County’s Williams named top A.D. in state

Lee County’s Rob Williams is named the GHSA Class AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in Georgia.

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Serena rallies for record sixth Miami title

After dropping the first set to Maria Sharapova in the championship match of the Sony Open, Serena Williams rallies for a record sixth title at the tournament in Miami.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: No. 12 Darton State sweeps Andrew, runs record to 28-5

Darton improves to 28-5 overall and 15-1 in the region with a pair of wins Saturday in Cuthbert against Andrew College. (ADDS: GSW softball)

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Astros, Rangers launch new rivalry, MLB season

The Houston Astros debut in the American League tonight when they face off against new AL West rival Texas to kick off the MLB season.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Backyard wilderness serves its purpose

Outdoors columnist Bob Kornegay takes a look at the simple and unique outdoor wilderness that is close by.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- ELITE 8: Wichita State stuns OSU en route to rare Final Four

The No. 9 seed Shockers advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1965 with a 70-66 win against No. 2 seed Ohio State.

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Atlanta, here we come

In another defensive masterpiece, Syracuse holds Marquette to a season-worst 22.6 percent from the field in the 55-39 win.

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Detours start Monday in Camilla

Motorists in Camilla will encounter detours Monday morning when they head out to work. Work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday on the reconstruction of railroad crossings at State Route 37 and State Route 37 Connector at Georgia and Florida Railroad crossings.

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Movie in the Park kicking off

The city of Albany Downtown Manager’s Office along and the Recreation and Parks Department are kicking off the Movie in the Park series at 7 p.m. April 13 in Riverfront Park.

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Winning art exhibits at Phoebe

Winning works of art in the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County Art show are now on display in the Wetherbee Lobby of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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Senator making metro Albany stops

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, will be in the metro Albany area this week with several stops on his agenda.

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Where is the charm today?

Features Column

When you spend time on the road, you often have time to reflect, reminisce and recall the past. One of the things which brings emotional satisfaction is to drive into the countryside, accompanied by the signal of a country music station.

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Strokes of laughter

Theatre Albany takes a swing for the funny bone with a high-energy comedy fueled by romance, deception and desperation.

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ABAC gears up for a musical week

After a “Night on Broadway” Tuesday, the choral students will have their spring concert on Thursday.

Births March 31, 2013

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from March 15-24.

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'MicroPlanet' opening at Flint RiverQuarium Imagination Theater

A portion of the production was filed in Albany last summer at Flint RiverQuarium.

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Union officer indicted for theft

A former financial secretary of United Paperworkers International is indicted for theft.

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No surprises in Southwest Georgia county health rankings

Of the 14 counties in the Southwest Public Health District, Lee County fares the best in terms of health outcomes and factors, a report shows.

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The Easter story

Editorial

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

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Boler: Primary mission is focus on customers

Ken Boler is The Albany Herald's newly appointed general sales manager,

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Public opinion shouldn’t trump principles

Opinion Column

History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles. In its most extreme manifestation, public opinion might well become mob rule when vigilantes take the law into their own hands.

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Albany doctor to appear in PBS documentary

Officials predict Georgia will rank last in the United States in physicians per capita by 2020 without changes to its current medical education system.

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Speech comes with big price tag

Opinion Column

If you are tired of seeing the debate on guns dominated by the National Rifle Association and yearn for sensible weapons laws, you have to love New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. When most politicians were caving in or falling silent, there was Bloomberg, wielding his fortune to keep hope alive that we could move against the violence that blights our nation.

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Bright of the day - March 31, 2013

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

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Byne Egg-stravaganza wins Easter smiles

It's not the Easter Bunny, but a helicopter that delivers these multicolored eggs.

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On the job with Jim Vaught

Deputy Dougherty County Emergency Management Director Jim Vaught is an interesting character. After 27 years in the Marine Corps, the Harley Fatboy-riding leatherneck continued his public service in a variety of different ways — ending in his current role as the county’s top disaster planning specialist.

Eula Mae Willis

Eula Mae Willis died Friday.

James Alvah White

James Alvah White died Friday.

John Pershing Warren

John Pershing Warren died Thursday.

Elaine Drawdy Robison

Elaine Drawdy Robison died Friday.

Ida Reels

Ida Reels died Friday.

Barbara Rae Lee

Barbara Rae Lee died Thursday.

Stanley King

Stanley King died Tuesday.

Gwendolyn Jones Kinchen

Gwendolyn Jones Kinchen died Thursday.

Shirley Tyson Ford

Shirley Tyson Ford died Friday.

Annie Mae Lewis Coley

Annie Mae Lewis Coley died Saturday.

Dorothy Mae Simmons

Dorothy Mae Simmons died Friday.

Willie P. McGowan

Willie P. McGowan died Thursday.

Emma J. Dyson

Emma J. Dyson died Friday.

Mary Frances Bridges Cross

Mary Frances Bridges Cross died Friday.

Leonora Spivey Arnold

Leonora Spivey Arnold died Thursday.

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Trailer and dirt bike stolen

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- SWEET 16: Cinderella story over, Florida crushes FGCU

After storming out to a double-digit lead in the first half, No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast came back to earth and was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by No. 3 seed Florida.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- SWEET 16: Curry leads No. 2 Duke into Elite 8

Duke's Seth Curry made 6-of-9 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils to a 71-61 win against Michigan State.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- SWEET 16: Louisville beats Oregon, 77-69, stands alone as the last No. 1 seed

Louisville's Russ Smith drops in 31 points to lead the Cardinals to a 77-69 win against Oregon to advance to the Elite 8. Louisville remains the only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- SWEET 16: Michigan storms back, beats No. 1 Kansas, 87-85, in OT

Trey Burke scores all 23 of his points after halftime, including a long trey to send the game into overtime, and Michigan comes back from a 14-point deficit -- and a 10-point hole with three minutes left -- to beat Kansas 87-85.

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