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Big 10: Most-viewed albanyherald.com stories - Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2013

Albanyherald.com articles on football, celebrity chef Bobby Deen and a taxidermist project for Anderson Cooper were top views

These were the 10 most-viewed stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Oct. 25-Nov. 1.

1. Week 9 High School Football Player of the Week

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Stephen Collier, quarterback for Lee County High School, was the top vote-getter in the albanyherald.com People’s Choice Player of the Week poll. (Special photo)

Lee County High School quarterback Stephen Collier won the People’s Choice Player of the Week poll at albanyherald.com. He was competing against Desmond Parker, a Pelham High School running back; Javon Wiggins, a Seminole County High School running back, and Aaron Calloway, a Bainbridge High School running back.

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2. Native son Deen returns home for book signing

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Bobby Deen, shown with his wife, Claudia, returned to Albany this past weekend for a signing event for his new cookbook. (Special photo)

SAVANNAH — Bobby Deen knew he was treading on sacred ground when he came up with the concept for his latest New York Times bestseller, “From Mama’s Table to Mine.”

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3. Taxidermist gets ‘battling bucks’ ready for CNN newsman

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Grayson Roberts, Leesburg taxidermist, holds the molded form for the second head of his “fighting bucks” project, commissioned by CNN newsman Anderson Cooper. Roberts said the project has taken more than a year, but is competition quality. When completed, the two bucks will stretch 12-14 feet in length and will be displayed in Cooper’s living room. (Staff photo: Jim West)

LEESBURG — Around a year and a half ago, Leesburg taxidermist Grayson Roberts got a call from a customer and friend, Duncan Moore, who said he had an interesting prospect for him. Seems that Anderson Cooper, well-known reporter with CNN, was looking for a taxidermy job and maybe Roberts could do it for him.

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4. Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission eliminates fiber optics positions

ALBANY — Interim Albany Water, Gas & Light General Manager Tom Berry announced Wednesday afternoon a “reduction in force” that will impact eight WG&L employees.

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5. Albany warehousing business sold to Gray Logistics

ALBANY — Longtime Albany business Gray Distribution Services Inc. announced last week the sale of its warehouse operation to Gray Logistics LLC.

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6. Kimberly Ballard-Washington named interim president of Albany State University

ALBANY — University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Kimberly Ballard-Washington to serve as interim president at Albany State University. Ballard-Washington is assistant vice chancellor for Legal Affairs for the USG and assistant secretary to the Board of Regents.

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7. Emergency room drug seeking a growing problem

ALBANY — Drug abuse has been a big problem for emergency rooms in recent years, including in Southwest Georgia. While methods have been instituted to help curb it, experts say there is still a long way to go.

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8. Phoebe announces loss of 127 positions

ALBANY — Officials at Phoebe Putney Health System announced Thursday additional re-organizational changes resulting in the staff reduction of 127 positions.

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9. Several contract workers released at Marine Depot Maintenance Command

MCLB-ALBANY — Officials at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany have confirmed that the Marine Depot Maintenance Command on board the base released 15 contract workers on Friday due to a recent decrease in workload at the depot.

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10. Police seek suspect in theft at Albany farm

ALBANY — Police are seeking a person of interest who may be connected with multiple thefts at the Barlow Farm on Gravel Hill Road in Albany, officials say.

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