News for Friday, March 8, 2013

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: South Georgia Tech falls in semis

South Georgia Tech's mens' basketball team loses to Chattahoochee Tech by 20 in the region semifinals to end its season. (ADDS: Darton baseball and GSW basketball, and Deerfield, Monroe, and Lee County prep soccer).

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Lopez golf classic a success at Doublegate

The 27th annual Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic will likely raise close to $150,000 for the second straight year after 152 players tee it up with the LPGA Hall of Famer.

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Panthers eying three-peat as season opens tonight

The Albany Panthers are relaxed and ready as they open their arena football season tonight in Louisiana looking for a three-peat.

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Destination Kansas

The Darton women’s basketball team punches its ticket to the NJCAA national tournament in Salina, Kan., with a convincing win in Friday’s district play-in game.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 9, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 31 incidents.

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More options are needed for women

Opinion Column

Recently, a group of women gathered to insist that expanded abortion access be a legislative priority in New York. Why they would feel the need to do so is a good question, one with disturbing overtones.

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‘Arc of history’ favors acceptance of gay marriage

Opinion Column

Almost four out of five Americans say they have a close friend, relative or co-worker who is openly gay, according to USA Today.

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Get wise to the government’s lies

Opinion Column

Take President Obama and his Cabinet of Liars, please. We all know what dirty tricks they played to try and stop the sequester’s automatic budget cuts from happening.

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Squawk of the day - March 9, 2013

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

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H.E.A.R.T. distributes 500 pairs of new shoes to DCSS students

A local group has provided K-through-5 students with more than 1,900 pairs of new athletic shoes over the past five years.

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Police officer dedicated to helping youth

A Haitian transplant and veteran of the French Foreign Legion, Cpl. Jean Casseus makes a real difference in the Albany Police Department.

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Hospital authority bill fails to meet crossover deadline

The bill remains viable for the legislative session next year.

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Albany hotel/motel tax tied up in Fulton County political wrangling

A House Bill set to be voted on Monday will determine if Dougherty County’s hotel/motel tax will increase.

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Local singer to perform for mission group

Soprano Erlencia Mumphery, a 2006 graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High, will be performing a benefit concert for Stand Up Again Global Missions at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Education Notebook - March 9, 2013

Kassandra Tuten of Lee County has made the President's List at Georgia Southwstern State University in Americus. Only 50 out of approximately 3000 students received this award.

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Health officials offering cessation resources for smokers

The Georgia Department of Public Health is furthering its efforts to help Georgians stop using tobacco products with grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer a four-week supply of free nicotine replacement therapy to all tobacco users aged 18 and older who receive counseling through the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.

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Neville's band gives early Wanee-goers bonus music

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk will be the featured performers on the Mushroom Stage at the Wanee Festival's expanded Wednesday Happy Hour, festival organizers announced this week.

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Spinning indoor bikes raise cancer awareness

Dozens of stationary bikers come together for a workout Thursday and to raise money for the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

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UGA to name residence hall after former Gov. Busbee

Georgia's Board of Regents is expected to honor the former Albany resident at Tuesday's Board meeting.

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Heritage acquires LaGrange-based banking company

The purchase gives the Albany financial firm 29 banking locations with most of the newly-acquired branches in Alabama.

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Scott sponsors bill to prevent government drones from spying on Americans

Tifton Congressman Austin Scott sponsored legislation Friday that he says would protect the privacy of Americans from government drones.

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Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty to conspiring to kill Americans

Ghaith was arrested in Turkey, officials say.

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Georgia gun bill passes House, faces uphill climb in Senate

A bill that broadens Georgian's rights to carry weapons into bars, churches and college campuses passed easily in the Georgia House on crossover day.

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