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Big 10: Most-viewed albanyherald.com stories - Nov. 1-8, 2013

Albanyherald.com articles on football, elections and a high-profile shooting were top views

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Americus-Sumter running back Wesley Fields garnered 43 percent of the vote to win the People's Choice Player of the Week award.

These were the 10 most-viewed stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Nov. 1-Nov.8

1. Week 10 High School Football Player of the Week

Americus-Sumter running back Wesley Fields garnered 43 percent of the vote to win the People’s Choice Player of the Week award. A total of 1,451 votes were cast for the four nominees: Fields, Bainbridge QB Preston Norris (36 percent), Lee County DB Da’Quan Jamison (18 percent) and Randolph-Clay RB Cornelius Bennett (3 percent), who has been nominated three times for Herald Player of the Week awards this season.

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2. Atlanta couple weds in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital chapel due to family illness

ALBANY — A bride and groom from the Atlanta area had a wedding all set to go, until an obstacle caused a sudden change in plans.

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3. Dawson mayor is shot at his home

DAWSON — Christopher Wright, Dawson’s 23-year-old mayor, was shot at his Crawford Street home Thursday night, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

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4. Bobby Deen’s Albany cookbook signing draws crowd

ALBANY — Bobby Deen, celebrity chef and youngest son of Paula Deen, was at the Albany Welcome Center Saturday, signing copies of his latest cookbook. The occasion sparked a flurry of sales for Deen’s paperback, “From Mama’s Table to Mine.”

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5. Dawson mayor said to be improving from gunshot wounds

ALBANY — Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright, hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds, is still in serious condition but improving daily, said Ezekiel Holley, friend of the Wright family and director of the Terrell County NAACP.

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6. Arrest made in Albany financial transaction card fraud case

ALBANY — Detectives from the Albany Police Department received a tip Friday that resulted in the arrest of an individual who was being sought in connection to a financial card theft case, officials with the APD said Monday.

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7. B.J. Fletcher wins Albany Ward III race; Ivey Hines, Bobby Coleman headed for Ward II runoff

There will be at least one new Albany city commissioner taking office when the commission convenes in 2014. In a victory that was stunning in its ease, businesswoman B.J. Fletcher was assured of the commission’s Ward III seat after claiming 64.5 percent of the votes cast in the ward’s seven precincts on election day.

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8. ‘Spectrabusters’ opposes 465-mile Alabama-Georgia-Florida natural gas pipeline

ALBANY — The proposed 465-mile Sabal Trail Pipeline that would be used to send as much as a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from a site in south-central Alabama to central Florida may indeed be finished by its targeted May 2017 date.

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9. Phoebe Putney Health System announces consultation partnership

ALBANY — Officials with Phoebe Putney Health System announced Tuesday they are entering into a consultation relationship with an out-of-state firm as a means to transform health care delivery methods.

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10. CMA Awards: George Strait CMA entertainer of the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- George Strait won the coveted entertainer of the year prize at the Country Music Association awards on Wednesday, while Blake Shelton took home the album of the year and male vocalist of the year awards. Strait, 61, won the top prize for the third time and for the first time since 1990. Strait, who has said he will retire from touring next year, has won 17 CMA awards.

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