News for Thursday, March 7, 2013


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Darton's Berry wins school's first national title in diving

Crawford Berry, Darton's No. 1-ranked diver heading into the NJCAA nationals this week in Buffalo, N.Y., wins the 3-meter finals running away Thursday to secure gold and the Cavaliers' first-ever national title in diving.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton softball sweeps West Georgia Tech for fifth consecutive victory

The Lady Cavs improve to 21-6 with victories of 6-2 and 6-0. (ADDS: Albany Tech, SGTC men's hoops players honored by conference; GSW golf earns ranking; Westover-Worth soccer)

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UGA men rip Kentucky, hurt reigning champion Wildcats' NCAA chances

The Bulldogs all but crush Kentucky's NCAA Tournament hopes and snap a three-game losing streak against the reigning champs.

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Lady Cavs basketball team hosts District today with spot in nationals on line

Darton’s hoops is looking to stay undefeated at home when they host Denmark Tech in the District J championship game today at Cavalier Arena.

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PREVIEW: GSW men red-hot as PBC tourney opens today

The Hurricanes have won six of their last eight games and are a dangerous team headed into the start of the PBC tourney today.

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City of Atlanta, Falcons agree on stadium deal

The Atlanta Falcons and the NFL would likely be responsible for as much as $800 million of an estimated $1 billion bill for the stadium.

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Not themselves

Forced to wear uniforms that were not their own — thanks to another GHSA mix-up — the Randolph-Clay girls basketball team’s day starts off bad and only gets worse as the state No. 1-ranked Lady Red Devils are denied the Class A State Championship on Thursday afternoon by Gordon Lee, 61-56, in a stunner. (ADDS: breakout on uniform issue)

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State asks DCSS for return of more than $406,000 in 'non-Title I allowable' salaries

Latest DOE reimbursement request pushes total to more than $700,000 in the past seven months.

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Dawson mayor defies council vote

The Dawson City Council voted 4-2 in February to stop Mayor Chris Wright from using a city-owned vehicle.

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DCSS closing 13 Saturday School programs

New Interim Title I Director David Coley is reviewing all of the system's federal Title I expenditures.

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Albany 'unsung heroine' honored with centennial award

Awards program seeks to honor people who contribute to their community behind the scenes.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 8, 2013

APD responds to at least 27 incidents.

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Meredyth streets dedicated to Nancy Lopez, Ray Knight

Two plaques will be placed adjacent to the Phoebe Digestive Health Center in the next few weeks in honor of Nancy Lopez and Ray Knight.

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Thriving is more than surviving

Religion column

I’m suffering through the third day of a miserable head cold with the consequent aches, stuffy head, puffy eyes and runny nose. I catch this stuff rarely, but when I do I am convinced I may not survive.

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Obama vowed to break GOP fever — but have they broken his?

Opinion Column

Nine months ago, Barack Obama likened his Republican opposition to an illness. If he could just defeat Mitt Romney, Obama said, then the illness might subside. “I believe that if we’re successful in this election — when we’re successful in this election — that the fever may break,” Obama told a fundraiser in Minneapolis last June.

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Westover continues its impressive run


Westover High School has won its third consecutive region championship and is preparing to defend its state title.

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Squawk of the Day - March 8, 2013

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

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Crimestoppers - March 8, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has a Most Wanted fugitive this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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GSW Capitan Plaza to be dedicated March 27

Capitan Plaza, named for William H. Capitan, the eighth president of Georgia Southwestern State University, is scheduled to be dedicated in a ceremony at 11 a.m. March 27 at the university plaza.

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Slump busted

The Darton golf team wins for the first time in 11 months, overtaking opening-round leader Wallace State and holding on for the title in their home tournament, the inaugural Doublegate Collegiate Invitational.

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Lopez golf classic begins today

An annual golf tournament hosted by Albany resident and Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez raises money for hospice.

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Republican offers tougher gun background checks for mentally ill

The legislation proposed by Lindsey Graham would require reporting of certain mental illness treatments.

Elizabeth Harris Williams

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

Mary Ann Belcher

Mary Ann Belcher, 83, of Bainbridge, GA, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Johnnie Lee Oliver, Jr.

Johnnie Lee Oliver, 77, of Leary died March 4, 2013.

Linda Hicks Sanchez

Linda Hicks Sanchez, 56, of Norcross, GA died February 28, 2013.

Ryann Azette Pickett

Ryann Azette Pickett, 34, of Dawson, GA, died Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Verna Mae Street

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

Willie Roy Jamerson, Jr.

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

Martha J. Dublin

Martha Dublin, of Albany, Georgia died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Essie M. Holmes

Essie M. Holmes, of Albany, Georgia died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Marcus Antonio Houston

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

Candy Michelle Tabb

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

Jesse Frank Williams

Jesse Frank Williams, 58, died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Annie Rose Shiggs

Annie Rose Shiggs, 84, of Omega, GA died Wednesday March 6, 2013.

Ora Lovett Rowe

Ora Lovett Rowe, 62, of Albany died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Geneva Anderson

Geneva Anderson, 82, of Albany died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Miriam Jeannine Walker

Miriam Jeannine Walker, 43, of Pelham, GA, died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Alicia McLean-Jackson

Alicia McLean-Jackson, 45, of Albany died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Ellen Holt Broadway

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

Isaiah Battle

Isaiah Battle, 85, of Albany died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Cynthia Clinton

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

Annie Lou McClendon Leverett

Annie Lou McClendon Leverett of Sumter County, GA died Tuesday February 5, 2013.

Margaret Woodard

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

Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee, of Baconton, Georgia died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Ruby Pierce

Ruby Pierce, 82, of Albany died February 26, 2013.

Roger V. Phillips

Roger Vance Phillips 65, of Coleman died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Gwendolyn Jackson

Gwendolyn Jackson, of Albany, Georgia died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Kaydance Burnett

Kaydance Burnett, of Albany, Georgia died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Victor Grier

Victor Grier of Albany, Georgia died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

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Long Island man faces jail for laughing too loudly in own home

Robert Schiavelli was issued two tickets for disturbing the peace.

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Maine man convicted for role in Zumba prostitution case

Alexis Wright maintains her innocence.

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Experts probe why lion attacked handler at California sanctuary

Dianna Hanson was killed Wednesday by a lion named Cous-Cous.

Detroit turns down invitation to bid on 2024 Olympics

Bidders are required to make an up-front $10 million payment and commit to a $3 billion operating budget.

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North Korea threatens pre-emptive nuclear attack against U.S.

North Korea successfully test fired an underground nuclear weapon on Feb. 12.

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Dougherty students moved because of power outage

Dougherty County School System officials said power was restored midday Thursday to the Sylvandale Pre-K Center after an Wednesday night car crash nearby knocked out electricity to the facility.

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ACC STUNNER: Jackets go on road, upset No. 6 Miami late Wednesday

Georgia Tech, which had just five ACC wins coming into Wednesday's showdown with top-dog Miami, rallies from 11 points down at halftime to shock No. 6 Miami at the buzzer, 71-69.