News for Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Panthers win season opener vs. Louisiana, 51-40

The two-time defending champion Albany Panthers jump out a 14-0 lead against the Swashbucklers and stay in control the rest of the game in their season-opening victory.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Bulldogs fight back from 17 down, lose to ’Bama on half-court heave

Alabama’s Trevor Releford hits a half-court shot at the buzzer for the 61-58 victory against Georgia after the Bulldogs turn it over in the final seconds of a tie game. (ADDS: FSU men, women; Georgia Tech men, UGA women)

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Slumping Hawks lose to Nets, 93-80

The Hawks lose for the fifth time in their last six games and drop to seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Falcons reach five-year, $30 million deal with Moore

The Falcons lock up safety William Moore for five years before he can start testing the open-market waters of free agency. (ADDS: Free agent notebook)

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COLUMN: Here’s a tip for the GHSA: Keep it simple

Herald prep sports writer Mike Phillips shares his thoughts about the Randolph-Clay girls basketball team being forced to wear purple uniforms in the GHSA Class A state title game.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Rams open conference with two wins against Clark Atlanta

The Albany State baseball extends its winning streak to three games with a pair of victories at home against Clark Atlanta. (ADDS: ASU softball, Darton baseball, Darton softball, Sherwood soccer, DWS soccer)

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OUTDOORS: Giving bobwhites the edge

Greater concern for the conservation and proper maintenance of field-edge habitat goes a long way toward halting the decline of bobwhite quail populations.

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: You never know who you're going to meet

Herald Outdoors Columnist Bob Kornegay writes about the random road buddies he has met on his travels.

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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing report

Find out where the fish are biting --- or not biting --- around Southwest Georgia this week.

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Follow the leader

Tiger Woods puts himself in great position to win his second tournament of the year after shooting a 5-under 67 in Saturday’s third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Smithsonian looks at Albany treasures

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture comes to Albany State University to consult on local "treasures."

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Bring back the Fifties! Bring back the Fifties!

The Old Rocker

Ah, the Ffifties ... the good old days

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Registry tracks sex offenders

A town hall meeting provides insight on how Dougherty County and the state keep track of sex offenders.

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Dirt Road Sports put the red in redneck class

Three small-town wits mine comedy gold with their unique take on Southern life and characters.

Births 10 March 2013

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Jan. 28-March 4.

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Boy, I stepped into that one

Features column

‘I really like your boots,” I said as I walked past the little girl with a tousled muss of blonde curls and her mama, I assume, sitting on a bench in the hallway at work. “I wish I had some boots like that.”

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Baby steps, dedication make for a good routine

Health & Fitness column

It’s been several months since I’ve written an article for this column. I have to be inspired before I write, and I had fallen into a rut. I’m excited to be back in the rotation for a few months, and I hope you enjoy reading my stories again.

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Why we give foreign aid

Opinion Column

Sequestration is not the best time to be doling out foreign aid, surely the most unpopular item in the federal budget. Especially when the recipient is President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt.

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Cancer Coalition, Albany Herald promoting colorectal cancer awareness

A portion of advertising proceeds from Wednesday's Herald will be donated to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia's screening program.

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A little ‘home training’ would go a long way

Opinion Column

Now, given this job, I’m a curious person by nature. The way you find out about potential news stories in this business is to become a good listener and try to pay close attention to the things going on around you. But I can say with all assurances that there was nothing this loud and obnoxious woman had to say during her hour-plus monologue, which was interrupted only sparingly by her cramming food into her constantly running mouth, that would spark even a passing interest on my part. And, judging from the looks of disgust she got — and ignored — from other diners in the restaurant, none of them had any interest in her personal affairs either.

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On the Job with Teresa Smith

For weary travelers who visit the Albany Welcome Center, Teresa Smith and the staff often provide their first impression of Albany.

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Maybe the Fed is the problem with weak recovery

Opinion Column

When assessing Federal Reserve Chairman’s Ben Bernanke’s performance, he deserves great credit for his role in preventing a depression. While controversial, Bernanke’s aggressive moves to provide liquidity to an ailing US and global banking system helped avert an even bigger disaster. However, there are significant risks in carrying the same policy for multiple years, as expressed by noted monetarist, Dr. John Taylor. Dr. Taylor’s editorial from the Hoover Foundation highlights what those risks are.

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Kitchen Inspections - March 10, 2013

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices.

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Colquitt's Swamp Gravy marks 20 years

A small Southwest Georgia community's folk life play has brought notoriety -- and lots of money -- to the community.

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Church to raise funds for missions

Covenant Presbyterian Church is raising $43,600 over the next week to support nearly 30 missions.

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Emma Alieen Reschner

Emma Alieen Reschner died Friday.

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Ashley King

Ashley King died Saturday.

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Dorothy R. Threatt

Dorothy R. Threatt died Friday.

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Willie Odessa Collier

Willie Odessa Collier died Friday.

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Estelle Sparrow

Estelle Sparrow died Sunday, March 3.

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Squawk of the Day - March 10, 2013

Pick up a copy of the Sunday Albany Herald to read what everyone's squawking about!

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China the key to taming North Korea

Editorial

It's getting more clear that the nation with the best chance to get North Korea to behave is China. The question is, when will the Chinese get tired enough of the theatrics Pyongyang to act?

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Celtics knock off Hawks in OT

The Hawks rally from 12 down midway through the fourth quarter to force OT, but the Celtics pull away in the extra period to win, 107-102.

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