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The Big 10: Sept. 6-13, 2013

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These were the most-viewed articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Sept. 6-13.

1. Two Darton Wrestlers remain in critical condition

ALBANY — One of three Darton State College wrestlers stricken by heat-related illness during the school’s first week of practice was airlifted early Sunday morning to a Florida hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Freshman Ben Richards was transported from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Richards, a 197-pounder from Tampa, Fla., was taken to Shands after showing signs of liver failure.

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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. Freddie Coleman dies at home at 89

ALBANY — Mrs. Frederica “Freddie” Cody Coleman, the mother of former Albany Mayor and current Dougherty County School Board attorney Tommy Coleman, died Saturday at her home. She was 89. A native of Albany, she was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in1923, and remained a resident of Albany her entire life.

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4. 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. Visitors to the Miss America website could vote for her or another contestant to be a finalist.

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5. FRIDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Westover shuts out Jonesboro; Crisp County shocks Cook in 2 OT

JONESBORO — Westover running back Shannon Saunders battled an injured knee all week and was limited in his carries during Friday night’s game at Jonesboro. But when Westover coach Octavia Jones needed a late TD, there was only one guy to turn to.

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6. 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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7. YELLOW JACKETS NOTEBOOK: Tech QB Thomas explains controversial TD

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas was told to run out of bounds or take a knee if he broke into the clear, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do it.

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8. Collier, Lee outduel Young, Albany

ALBANY — They came out with more players. More size. More speed. And ultimately, that was all No. 1 needed to topple No. 2 on this particular Friday night in Southwest Georgia football. The No. 1-ranked Trojans proved they’re top dog for a reason in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll, soundly beating No. 2 Albany — on their turf — 42-12.

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9. Adams plays large role in Albany’s history

A Table With a View — Willie Adams

ALBANY — He wasn’t aware at the time, but Jesse King — the man who was overseer of the Quincy, Fla., tobacco field where Willie Adams worked from the time he was 6 years old — probably did the then 16-year-old Adams one of the biggest favors of his young life.

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10. Former ASU Foundation employees indicted

ALBANY — Two former employees of Albany State University Foundation, Inc. have been indicted by a Dougherty County grand jury on charges of racketeering. According to Wednesday’s indictment, Angela Getter was, at the time of the alleged offenses, employed as executive director of the Foundation. Sean Stanley was employed by the Foundation as interim business manager.

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