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Big 10 for the week of May 3-10, 2013

These are the most-read stories at Albanyherald.com for the week of May 3 - 10, 2013. Click the headline to read the full version of the story.

1. Atheist group wants to join with community

ALBANY, Ga. — James Gillham says he's a happier man these days, now that he's with others of his kind. Gillham is an atheist -- a rare bird in Southwest Georgia -- and that can be a solitary life. For the two and a half years since he arrived from California, he's managed to ease his loneliness through Albany Georgia Atheists, a group he serves as president.

2. Phillips postpones tour dates on doctor's orders

LOS ANGELES — Leesburg native and former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is postponing the remaining shows on his current tour due to medical reasons.

3. Goseer, four DCSS principals to retire

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School system Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer will retire from the system when his contract expires on June 30, the most prominent departure in what is expected to be a mammoth reworking of the district's administration and teaching staff.

4. Car flips in Albany neighborhood (With video)

ALBANY, Ga. — A crash near the intersection of Avalon Avenue and Elm Street Tuesday morning sent people to the hospital and landed one car upside down in a resident's front yard.

5. POLICE: Motorcyclist injured in crash Wednesday dead

ALBANY, Ga. — A man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon has died, officials say.

6. Chick-fil-A opening looms

LEESBURG, Ga. — Lee County is less than 24 hours away from opening its first Chick-fil-A.

7. State releases first College and Career Ready Performance Index Results

ALBANY, Ga. — Just six of Dougherty County's 26 schools performed at or above the state average in the Georgia Department of Education first Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released on Tuesday.

8. Child actor with Albany ties finds success as country icon

ATLANTA — With a stint on Broadway firmly under her belt, a 12-year-old actress with an Albany connection is moving up in the acting world, portraying a feisty young version of country icon June Carter Cash in Lifetime's upcoming biopic, "Ring of Fire."

9. Group working to bring Paula Deen museum to Albany

ALBANY, Ga. -- Even in this golden age of celebrity, few names loom larger than Paula Deen's.

10. DOJ involved in community residence dispute

ALBANY, Ga. -- While the Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission refused Thursday to reconsider Randy and Lauren Bailey's application for a variance that would allow the couple to locate a personal care community residence at 910 N. Davis St., despite City Attorney Nathan Davis' warning that the commission may not have considered applicable federal law in denying the request, it does not appear the almost yearlong saga is finished.