These were the 10 most-read articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Oct. 11-18, 2013.
1.Week 7 High School Football Player of the Week Poll
Nominees for the Albany Herald Football Player of the Week Poll were Eric Burrows, kick returner/cornerback for Worth County High; Grey Lanier, full back, Deerfield-Windsor School; Jeff McKinney, running back, Crisp Academy, and Charles Stafford, quarterback, Monroe High. In a close vote, Lanier edged McKinney.
2. Freeman leaving Albany State
ALBANY — Albany State University President Everette Freeman has been hired as the new president of Community College of Denver (CCD) in Colorado. Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Director of Media and Legislative Communications Rhonda Bentz confirmed Freeman’s hiring early Wednesday morning.
3. TRS rejects Mosely contract
ALBANY — Dougherty County School System Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely on Tuesday agreed to work at 49 percent salary until July 1, 2014, after the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) rejected the latest contract proposal from the DCSS and Mosely.
4. DCSS replaces Albany Middle Principal
ALBANY — In a surprise move Friday, Dougherty County School Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has named Eddie Johnson as principal at Albany Middle School. Johnson, the former principal at Sherwood Acres Elementary School, replaces Brandi Barrett, who was reassigned as an assistant principal At Sherwood Acres.
5. Gravitt steps down as Dougherty principal
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board has replaced Dougherty High School Principal Ryan Gravitt and named an interim principal to finish out the remainder of the school year. During a special called meeting Wednesday, the board voted 6-0 to remove Gravitt, a former principal at Tift County High and assistant principal at Monroe, and replace him on an interim basis with DCSS “principal coach” Robert McIntosh.
6. Bishop undergoing chemo after tumor removal
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, has acknowledged he is currently undergoing chemotherapy after a cancerous tumor was found in his neck.
7. Woman thrown from car in accident
LEESBURG — An Albany woman was thrown from her vehicle during a one-car accident on U.S Highway 19 Tuesday,according to Georgia Patrol officials. According to Senior Trooper C.S. Jewell of Georgia Highway Patrol Post 40, Jody Ashley Stone was traveling south of Leesburg around 4:45 p.m. when her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer left the highway and rolled one and a half times. Officials are investigating to see if she was texting on her cellphone at the time of the accident.
8. Peter Sireno resigns as president of Darton State College
ALBANY — For the second time in just two days, an Albany institution of higher education has lost its president. In a stunning move early Friday afternoon, Peter Sireno has resigned immediately as president of Darton State College.
9. Bryan, Phillips vying in AMAs
LOS ANGELES — Voting is under way in the American Music Awards, with Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips, both from Lee County, nominated. Fans determine the winners of the categories by voting for their favorites at AMAvote.com.
10. APD, ADDU make huge meth bust
ALBANY — One of the largest methamphedamine busts ever in the area was made Monday in a joint action of the Albany Police Department and the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, law enforcement officials said.