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Big 10: Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2013

Top 10 stories of the week

Top 10 stories of the week

These were the 10 most-read articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2013.

1. People’s Choice Player of the Week - Sept. 27-Oct. 3

ALBANY — These are the nominations for the Week 1 Player of the Week for Southwest Georgia high school football. Voting continues through 5 p.m. Thursday and the winner will be announced Friday. Cornelius Bennett, Randolph-Clay; Jysanti Richardson, Westover; Dustin Shattles, Southland; Jonathan Thomas, Americus-Sumter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Shattles won with 52 percent of the vote.

2. Former business owner pleads guilty

ALBANY — A former outdoor activities store owner pleaded guilty to a federal crime last week, court officials say. According to U.S. District Court records, Brad Heard Jr., former owner of Backwoods Outdoors in Leesburg, admitted Thursday to one charge of commission or gifts for procuring a loan. A court date will be set for Heard to be sentenced for the offense, court officials say.

3. Phoebe Health System cuts 33 leadership jobs

ALBANY — Looking at $5 million lost to changes in regulations and reimbursements, Phoebe Putney Health System has trimmed 33 leadership positions, including vice president- and team leader-level positions at locations throughout the system.

4. Car dealership to close after 88 years

ALBANY — A downtown Albany fixture for nearly 88 years, Lincoln of Albany will soon be closing its doors after agreeing in principle to sell its Lincoln franchise to Sunbelt Ford.

5. PSA clears some DCSS teachers in CRCT scandal

ALBANY — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has issued rulings in regard to 11 teachers and a former principal with the Dougherty County School System _ most of them concerned CRCT decisions in regard to DCSS employees caught up in the 2009 CRCT cheating scandal.

6. Westover Road extension highlights upcoming road projects in Lee County

LEESBURG — Road preparation and storm drainage work is under way on a Westover Road extension project that will run from Ledo Road to Fussell Road.

7. Hay, it’s a Monday!

ALBANY — Here’s a unique excuse for drivers who were late for work Monday — the hay bale got in the way.

8. Pipeline dangers worry local residents

ALBANY — As local stakeholders prepare for an “early October” public hearing with representatives of Spectra Energy to discuss the planned 465-mile Alabama-to-Florida natural gas pipeline that is expected to run through Southwest Georgia, including 21 miles in Dougherty County, a growing sense of unease continues to build.

9. Bobby Deen to sign copies of new book in Albany

ALBANY — When The Albany Herald asked its online readers if they’d support a book-signing by celebrity chef Bobby Deen, the son of world-famous Southern cook and Albany native Paula Deen and her ex-husband Jimmy Deen, who still lives in Albany, they responded with a resounding “Yes.”

10. Sunday deaths in Albany ruled natural causes

ALBANY — Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler confirmed Monday afternoon that two deaths investigated by the Albany Police Department during the weekend were from natural causes.