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Big 10 - Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2013

Top 10 stories of the week

Top 10 stories of the week

These were the most viewed articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 6.

1. Faison blasts DCSS officials over charter denial

ALBANY — Late last month, the Dougherty County School Board voted 3-3 along racial lines to not support the creation of the proposed River School for Children STEM Academy (RSCSA).The denial incurred the wrath of academy CEO Jewel Faison, who fired off a scathing three-page news release Monday in which she accused Board Chair Carol Tharin, Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely and board attorney Tommy Coleman of using “bullying tactics” to squash the proposed new charter school.

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2. Dunkin’ Donuts passes first hurdle to come to Albany

ALBANY — The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission took a necessary initial step Thursday to bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to the city. Over staff’s recommendation for denial of a rezoning request that would allow for the development of a Homerun Foods convenience store with a connected Dunkin’ Donuts establishment at the 2307 Dawson Road location of the former Mason Jewelers, the Planning Commission voted 7-1 to approve the request.

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3. These ‘moonshiners’ not worried about revenuers

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. — As any bootlegger worth his salt will attest, you can’t make good moonshine without good water … and the water is exceptionally good in this part of Alabama. However, Bubba Hall of Dawson and Jamie Ray won’t have to worry about revenuers — they are strictly on the up and up. In late July, High Ridge Spirits became first legal whiskey distillery located in Alabama in more than 100 years.

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4. Online auction to include high-profile shopping center

ALBANY — One of the more visible strip shopping centers in Albany is on the auction block. More accurately, it’s on the auction web site. The four-unit shopping center at 2601 Stuart Ave. adjacent to Albany Mall may be sold on Sept. 11. The center is most commonly known as the home of Plantation Gallery and the former home of Blockbuster Video.

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5. PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Coaches play waiting game Friday night with delays

CAMILLA — For hours, all Mitchell County football coach Larry Cornelius could do was pace and wait. And then when he thought Friday’s game against Clinch County was finally ready to kick off, they told him he had to wait even longer.

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6. Lee County not satisfied with 55-6 thumping of Dougherty

LEESBURG — Stephen Collier stared at the scoreboard for a moment, his gaze lingering a little longer than you would expect after a 55-6 rout of Dougherty in Friday’s season opener. Then the Lee County quarterback returned his eyes and his thoughts to his postgame interview and shook his head with disapproval.

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7. Dougherty School Board, charter school proponents draw line in sand

ALBANY — With days remaining before a Monday meeting with the State Charter School Commission (SCSC), the Dougherty County School System and officials of the River School For Children STEM Academy (RSCSA) are not budging from their respective positions in regard to the proposed charter school.

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8. Vote Carly Mathis as Miss America finalist

Leesburg native and reigning Miss Georgia Carly Mathis has made it to Atlantic City, where she is busy preparing for her big night in the 2014 Miss America pageant. Now you can help make sure she becomes a finalist. Fans have the chance to vote for one finalist at the 2014 Miss America Competition. Click on the link below to watch Carly’s personal video, then vote for her as your favorite!

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9. Leesburg Council reviews downtown development proposal

LEESBURG — Imagine the city of Leesburg 10 years or more in the future. City Hall may be in a new location. There could be a new retail area developed just north of city hall along U.S. highway 19. Expect a lot more green — trees and landscaping. Even the Veterans Park may be in a different location. At least that’s the image architect and planner Ken Rickett, of Ellis, Rickett & Associates in Valdosta, has for Leesburg.

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10. Driver killed in semitrailer accident

SYLVESTER — The driver of semitrailer truck was killed on highway 520 Monday when his rig left the highway and crashed against some nearby trees. Senior Trooper Darryl Benton with the Georgia State Patrol said Richard Paul Dumoulin, 67, was headed east near the Tift County line when his 18-wheeler crossed the median and traveled down an embankment. Dumoulin was pronounced dead at the scene, Benton said.

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