News for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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MLB NOTEBOOK: Kimbrel struggling as he leaves Braves for WBC; Posey ranked MLB's top catcher

Craig Kimbrel doesn't look anything like the same pitcher who won Rookie of the Year in 2011, and now he's missing valuable practice time by straying from Braves camp to compete on behalf of Team U.S.A. in the World Baseball Classic.

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Time to deliver

After coming up just painstakingly short of winning the Class A championship three years ago, the Randolph-Clay girls who returned to finish what was started made a promise — to their coach, their school and themselves — that one day soon, the Lady Red Devils of Cuthbert, Georgia, would once again be the best in the state. And now, it’s time to make good on that promise.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Falcons quell Revis trade rumors

The Falcons are just one of the teams reportedly interested in acquiring Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis, but Atlanta is denying the rumors. (ADDS: notebook items on 49ers cutting All-Pro kicker Akers; and Welker's decision to test free-agent waters)

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: South Georgia Tech men’s hoops wins tourney opener, advances to semis

Despite their leading scorer coming down with the flu before Tuesday's crucial Region XVII tournament opener, the Jets cruise past Gordon College and into a matchup against nemesis Chattahoochee Tech on Friday in Swainsboro. (ADDS: roundup items on Albany-Terrell County baseball; and Lee County-Bainbridge boys, girls soccer)

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Herald Player of Year Clay signs with Point University

Sherwood star scorer T.J. Clay, The Herald's reigning Player of the Year for boys soccer, opts to play his first love over football when he spurns gridiron offers to play soccer at NAIA Point University in West Point, Ga.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Two-time defending champ Albany no longer the hunted — now it's the hunters

The Albany Panthers worked hard the last three years to become the elite franchise every team is trying to catch, and now that they’re finally on top, they have no plans to relinquish their crown any time soon. (ADDS: notebook items on veteran players returning, new players joining; and Panthers' tough road schedule)

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Mourners parade Chavez’s coffin, prepare for vote

Weeping and shouting, a sea of Hugo Chavez’s supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election and keep his self-styled socialist revolution alive.

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City prepares for LOST arbitration

Dougherty County officials turn to Vidalia attorney Wilson R. Smith to present their case to a Superior Court judge.

Hawks end three-game losing streak against 76ers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks overcame a dismal start to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 Wednesday night at Philips Arena, ending a three-game losing streak.

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Phoebe receives accreditation

Phoebe Putney Health System now uses DNV Healthcare rather than the Joint Commission for its accreditation surveys.

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UNREVIEWED: In My View 7 MARCH 2013

Location sought for vintage image This picture is of an automobile built by my grandfather Willie Wade Keadle of Mitchell County in the early 1910s.

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Chavez death unlikely to improve U.S.-Venezuela relations

The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose dictatorial rule included frequent slams of the United States, likely won’t result in any immediate improvement in relations between our two nations.

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Police/Fire/EMS - March 7, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 25 incidents.

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Defense Act nullifies U.S. Bill of Rights

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Warren D. Grant of Albany says that the Defense Act nullifies U.S. Bill of Rights.

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It’s time to get past the Civil War

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Richard King of Albany says that it’s time to get past the Civil War.

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Peanut Proud brand ready for its debut

Opinion Column

Blakely’s 5th annual Peanut Proud festival is set for Saturday, March 23, on the Courthouse Square, but you would be wrong to assume that this will be just a one-day celebration of the noble peanut plant on which Early County thrives.

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Deerfield-Windsor names AP Scholars

College Board recognizes 23 DWS students for excellence on Advanced Placement examinations.

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Location sought for vintage image

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, P.J. Keadle Jr. of Apex, N.C., is seeking a location seen in a vintage image.

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Food insecurity whets my appetite

Newest government statistics indicate 40 percent of all Americans are now classified as obese — 88 percent if you are in Walmart.

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State tax collections up during February

Georgia tax collections for February were up 4 percent from February 2012 and year to date are 5.6 percent above last year, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

Coleman to represent Albany in LOST arbitration

Dougherty County officials turn to Vidalia attorney Wilson R. Smith to present their case to a Superior Court judge.

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Airport officials working on appeal to avoid tower shutdown

Airport officials are busy filing appeals to a decision handed down by the federal government to shutter the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport's tower control center due to sequester-related cuts.

Squawk of the Day - March 7, 2013

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

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U.S. House approves bill to fund government through Sept. 30

The House bill was passed by 267 votes to 151

Thomas Durward Pennington, Jr.

Thomas Durward Pennington, Jr., 73, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Stacey Ann Schultz

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

Tommie Middlebrooks

Tommie Middlebrooks of Unadilla died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Gladys Ruby Griffin

Gladys Griffin of Leary died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Samuel C. Smith

Samuel C. Smith, of Albany, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

John D. Butts

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

Candy Michelle Tabb

Candy Michelle Tabb, 42, of Leary, GA., died March 5, 2013 .

David C. Akridge

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

Artis Ball, Jr.

Artis Ball Jr died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Frank Hunt

Frank Hunt of Unadilla, GA died Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Ellen Holt Broadaway

Ellen Holt Broadaway, 64, of Warwick died Wednesday March 6, 2013.

Lynda Kay Brown Handley

Lynda Kay Brown Handley, 65, of Montezuma, GA., died Monday, March 4, 2013.

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Chase suspects charged in Lee County

Two suspects chased by law enforcement officials from Lee County to Dougherty are charged with multiple crimes.

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Key U.S. Republican says he may back two gun-control bills

Senate Judiciary Committee takes up four bills on Thursday

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton’s Dearth homers again as Lady Cavs sweep; ASU softball off to 2-0 conference start

Hard-hitting Darton freshman Melissa Dearth hits her fifth home run in as many games Tuesday as the Lady Cavs improve to 19-6 overall. (ADDS: roundup items on ASU softball; Lee County, Terrell Academy and SGA baseball; and Sherwood, Monroe, Dougherty soccer)

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