News for Tuesday, March 5, 2013


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COLUMN: There will never be another like Albany's Durward Pennington

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life of former Albany High and UGA football star Durward Pennington, who died this week at the age of 73.

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Darton swimmers, divers take aim at national titles in N.Y.

Darton State College has several swimmers and divers with legit shots at leaving Buffalo, N.Y., this week with NJCAA National Championships.

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Cavs baseball wins 8th straight

Darton stays red-hot as it nips South Georgia College, 7-5, on Tuesday in its region opener to extend the program’s winning streak to eight games.

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Albany Tech, Southern Polytech ink agreement

The new program will allow ATC students to obtain a BS in Operations Management without ever leaving Albany.

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Examining the downside of orthodoxy

Opinion Column

It’s a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state.

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Library Board’s rebid ‘gamble’ pays off in big way

Opinion Column

Albany and Dougherty County citizens got two very different perspectives on the high-dollar government bid process Tuesday with polar opposite results. That it was those citizens’ money being used to cover both bids made the process even more compelling.

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DCSS Finance Committee hears Title I report

A school system committee also approves moving more than $500,000 in contracts to the full board.

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City considers youth program funding

A retired educator asks the Albany City Commission for money to help fund a summer youth program.

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U.S. tax code could use some revamping


While the White House and Democrats quarrel with Republicans over sequestration and debt ceiling limits, a quieter and, we hope, less confrontational effort is under way to accomplish something that the political climate would seem to be hostile toward just now — a revision of the U.S. tax code.

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Hummingbird a diminutive marvel

With wings flapping at 50-60 times per second and weighting in at 2 to 3 grams, the hummingbird that is approximately three inches long is the smallest known bird in the world. Sitting on the porch watching nature at its finest, one can only marvel at this tiny bird who breathes 250 times per minute and whose heart pumps an unbelievable 1,260 beats during that same period of time.

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Returned calls come at a price

Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.

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Bill would cut revenue stream for law enforcement

As your Sheriff, I must pay attention to legislation being proposed in Atlanta to see the impact that it may have on the safety and well being of our citizens here in Dougherty County.

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Saint Francis to join Gamblers for Threeforty show

One of Athens’ favorite bands will join one of Southwest Georgia’s favorites for an 18-up show this weekend.

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Fire station built on sinkhole must be replaced

The Albany City Commission OKs a non-binding bid on a new fire station that came in almost $150,000 over budget.

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Second library bid offers large savings

The Dougherty County Library Board's decision to rebid a renovation project turns out to be worth the wait.

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Snickers Marathon among nation's top two races with Boston Qualifiers

Albany's Snickers Marathon had the second-highest percentage of runners finish with a Boston Marathon qualifying-time in the nation, officials say.

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Greene named to rec oversight panel

State Rep. Gerald Greene, R-Cuthbert, has been appointed to serve on the Recreational Authorities Overview Committee by House Speaker David Ralston.

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Smithsonian to bring black history presentation to ASU

The symposium is set Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school’s student center.

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Squawk of the Day - March 6, 2013

Check out today's Squawk of the Day.

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Police/Fire/EMS - March 6, 2013

Albany police respond to 12 calls.

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Leesburg begins discussion on public works building

County Attorney Bert Gregory is expected to report on funding possibilities for the City Council.

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Police seek assault suspect

The Albany Police Department seeks Isaac Edward Hicks for Aggravated assault and illegal gun possession.

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Police on lookout for stabbing suspect

The Albany Police Department asks the public to be on the lookout for an accused violent criminal

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Senators want unspent funds trimmed

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, said Tuesday he has signed on as a co-sponsor on a bill that would require the Obama administration to cut $45 billion in unused federal funds.

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Westover celebrates third straight Region Literary title

The patriots now set their sights on defending the state championship later this month in Warner Robins.

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Venzuelan dictator Chavez dead at 58

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.

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Lee County chase ends in Albany

Two suspects were chased from Lee County to north Albany after Lee County deputies attempted a routine traffic stop, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Lewis Harris said.

Verna Mae Street

Verna Mae Street, 85, of Pelham, GA died Monday March 4, 2013.

Charles Nathaniel Wright

Charles Nathaniel Wright, 70, of Albany died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

James L. Key

James L. Key 50 of Moultrie, GA departed this life March 3, 2013.

Stacey Ann Schultz

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

John D. Butts

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

Laura Jean Lindsey Timmerman

Laura Jean Lindsey Timmerman, 73, of Dawson died Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tommy Middlebrooks

Tommy Middlebrooks, 68, of Unadilla died Monday March 4, 2013.

David C. Akridge

David C. Akridge, 76, of Acworth, GA, died March 4, 2013.

Berenda Lester Scott

Berenda Lester Scott of 346 Hwy. 26 East, Elko, GA died Monday March 4, 2013.

Johnny D. Turner, Jr.

Johnny D. Turner, Jr., 63, of Ashford, AL, died Saturday March 2, 2013.

Eddie Lee Allen

Eddie Lee Allen, 79, of Albany, died March, 4 2013.

Frances B. Roberson

Frances B. Roberson, 86, of Fitzgerald, GA died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Sallie Scott

Sallie Scott of Bainbridge, GA , died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Homer LeRoy Dukes

Homer LeRoy Dukes, 87, of Bainbridge, GA, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Hazel Jones Hudson

Hazel Jones Hudson, 89, of Ocilla, GA died Tuesday, March 5, 3013.

Lynda Kay Handley

Lynda Kay Handley, 65, of Montezuma, GA., died Monday, March 4, 2012.

Michelle Gaskins

Michelle Gaskins of Cordele, GA died Monday March 4, 2013.

Defense poised to open in NY 'cannibal cop' kidnap conspiracy trial

Gilberto Valle will not testify, officials say.

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Comet Pan-STARRS dresses up night skies, visible with naked eye

The comet is now inside Mercury's orbit heading toward sun

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Jeb Bush takes tough approach to immigration reform in new book

Undocumented workers must return home to apply for citizenship, Bush says.

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Former Lee County school board member running for Congress

Sanford Bishop is currently in his 11th term of Congress.

State rep wants tall trees lining interstates cut down

Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, says that the trees are a traffic hazard.

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Nuggets wear out Hawks in fourth quarter

The Nuggets outscore Atlanta 23-15 in the fourth quarter and cruise to their sixth straight home victory against the Hawks.