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BIG 10: March 22- 29, 2013

These are the most-read stories on albanyherald.com for the week of March 22 through March 29, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story.

1. 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.

2. Albany Herald structural, personnel changes announced

ALBANY — The Albany Herald this morning announced changes to several top personnel positions at the newspaper as a part of a restructuring of the news operations of its parent company, Southern Community Newspapers Inc.

3. High court reverses Albany gang conviction

ALBANY — The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously overturned an Albany man’s conviction on street gang terrorism and aggravated assault charges.

4. Energy gleaned from thin air may come in the future (Editorial)

What if you could create energy out of thin air and cut down on the carbon buildup in the atmosphere at the same time?

5. State to lower speed limit on U.S. 82 in Lee

LEESBURG — Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 82 north of Albany will be asked to slow down soon as they travel through the Hickory Grove area of Lee County.

6. Albany woman sentenced to prison

ALBANY — Princess Eatmon, 25, formerly a resident of Albany, was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore said in a news release Thursday evening.

7. Squawk of the day - March 25, 2013

"Sequestration, dreamed up in the Oval Office and coming to life in places like Albany. Thanks for nothing, Obama."

8. One dead in morning house fire

ALBANY — One person has been killed in a house fire in the Rawson Circle area, fire officials confirm.

9. DCSS BOE votes to close two schools, repurpose another

ALBANY — After months of sometimes contentious debate and three open meetings, the Dougherty County School Board voted 5-2 on Monday to close Sylvester Road Elementary, Dougherty Middle School and repurpose Magnolia Elementary.

10. Sequestration creeps into Albany

ALBANY — Sequestration reared its head in Albany Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport's control tower was among 149 nationwide to feel the sting of automated federal budget cuts.