News for Monday, March 4, 2013


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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: ASU track & field performs well despite weather

The Albany State men's and women's track & field teams put together a solid performance in Saturday's Savannah State Tiger Relays. (ADDS: Deerfield tennis; Sherwood-Randolph Southern baseball; Monroe-Albany baseball)

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Cavs in second heading into final round of Doublegate Invitational

Darton breaks 300 for the first time in an opening round this spring and is just six shots back of Wallace State heading into today’s final round.

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South Georgia Tech men ready for ‘special’ tournament run

South Georgia Tech has lost five of its last seven games and slipped to the No. 6 seed in the Region XVII tournament, but Jets coach Steven Wright believes his team can still make a run at the school’s first title since 2009.

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Panthers tickets on sale as season opener nears

The Albany Panthers open the season Saturday in Louisiana and then return to the Civic Center March 16 for their home opener against rival Columbus, which is the first of six home games for the Panthers this season.

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Staying or leaving?

Stratford Academy and Tattnall Square vote to leave the GISA for the GHSA, leaving Deerfield with a tough decision to make about its own future.

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Fire destroys RV home

A call came into the Albany Fire Department just before 9 a.m. on Monday regarding a recreational vehicle that had caught fire at 2301 Beachview Drive. AFD Assistant Chief Allen Cravey said that the fire was caused by an extension cord short, causing $25,000 in damages. The vehicle is a total loss, and there was heat damage to the house it was parked in front of, Cravey said.

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County OKs Merck cleanup site

The Dougherty County Commission approves funding for a sewer extension and a library roofing project.

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School bus DVR replacements requested

The DCSS transportation chief says security cameras on one-third of the system’s school buses are inoperable.

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Search for signs of life

Features column

I am currently navigating some difficult terrain as I am facing transition in my life. It makes sense that in order to get where you need to be, you have to leave where it is you are currently.

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Squawk of the day - March 5, 2013

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

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Case of HIV cure holds promise


The world is still a long way from conquering the disease known as AIDS, but the possibility took one more step closer to reality Sunday with the announcement that, for the first time, someone has been cured of an HIV infection.

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Right to vote not a ‘racial entitlement’

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder — a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, specifically Section 5, which requires states and localities with a history of voting discrimination against racial and language minorities to get “pre-approved” by the federal government before changing how elections are conducted or voters are registered.

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Police/Fire/EMS - March 5, 2013

The Albany Police Department responded to an aggravated assault on Sunday afternoon.

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GBI investigating Moultrie murder

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Thomasville are looking into a shooting on Sunday night in Moultrie that authorities say left one person dead and three more injured.

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Extended jobless benefits to be cut

Unemployed Georgians receiving extended federal unemployment benefits are in line for a 10.7 percent cut in four weeks.

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Lee County Commission to make offer to interim administrator

A six-month contract will be offered to former Fayette County administrator Jack Krakeel, commissioners say.

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Missing teen returned to grandmother safely

A 16-year-old girl with a mental disorder has been missing since Friday, officials with the Albany Police Department say.

Margaret Woodard

Margaret Woodard, 85, of Pelham, GA, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee, 58, of Baconton, GA died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Marcus Houston

Marcus Houston of Sumter County, GA died on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Cynthia Clinton

Cynthia Clinton, 45, of Leesburg died Sunday, March 3, 2013

Gwendolyn Jackson

Gwendolyn Jackson, 51, of Albany, GA died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Victor Grier

Victor Grier, 26, of Albany, GA died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Johnnie L. Oliver

Johnnie L. Oliver, 77, of Leary, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Stacey Ann Hopkins

Stacey Ann Hopkins, 45, of Albany, died, Monday, March 4, 2013.

Jefferson Franklin Gilbourn

Jefferson Franklin Gilbourn, 75, of Bainbridge, GA, died Saturday, March 2, 2013 .

Vedia Carolyn Etheredge

Vedia Carolyn Etheredge, 76, of Albany, Ga. died Saturday March 2, 2013.

Martha Jennings Dublin

Martha Jennings, of Dublin, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Marian H. Allen

Marian H. Allen, 62, of 200 Wheat Ave, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

M.B. Pilkinton, Jr.

M.B. Pilkinton, Jr., 62, of Sycamore died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Elizabeth Harris Williams

Elizabeth Harris Williams, 88, of Albany died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Willie Roy Jamerson

Willie Roy Jamerson, 54, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Lizzie Mae Moreland

Lizzie Mae Moreland, 87, of Albany, GA died Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Gene Melton Driskell

Gene Melton Driskell, 66, of Peach County, GA died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Kaydance Burnett

Kaydance Burnett, 1208 Hobson Street, Albany, Georgia died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

John D. Butts

John D. Butts of Albany died Monday, March 4, 2013 Staff Reports

Artis Ball, Jr.

Artis Ball Jr, of 330 Arrowhead Blvd. Jonesboro, Georgia, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

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Cold weather chills Mardi Gras turnout

Last year, organizers say nearly 30,000 people came out for the street festival — 24,000 more than this year’s estimate.

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Turner County woman charged with murder

A Turner County woman has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of her husband Friday night at their home.

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Cardinals want to be briefed on secret report

Cardinals from around the world are meeting in a pre-conclave session to discuss church business.

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Graves out of 2014 Senate race

Two-term U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is not seeing a new term in next year’s election.

Stockbridge receives $153,933 to mill and resurface roads

STOCKBRIDGE — Though the city is expected to receive more than $150,000 in grants for summer road projects, taxpayers will still have to contribute 30 percent.

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Record number of billionaires make Forbes 2013 list

Each year, Forbes Magazine releases a list of the world's richest people.

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Newborn baby dies after parents killed in car wreck on way to NY hospital

A newborn baby who was delivered by emergency C-section after his parents were killed in a hit-and-run car accident on their way to the hospital has died, a New York police spokesman said on Monday.

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Obama hints at cuts to entitlements as possible budget compromise

President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.

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U.S. baby's HIV infection cured through very early treatment

A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard HIV drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims.