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Big 10: Sept. 20-27, 2013

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These are the 10 most-viewed articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Sept. 20-27.

1. AFD Inspector dies in motorcycle accident

LEESBURG — Albany Fire Department Inspector Daniel Harden was killed Tuesday morning when a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe crashed into his motorcycle on Pinewood Road in Lee County at the main entrance to Lee State Prison.

2. Monroe band director charged with battery of students

ALBANY — Dougherty County School System officials have confirmed that two arrest warrants were issued Monday morning for Monroe High Band Director and Morningside Elementary music teacher Jamar Smith.

3. Darton AD: No one to blame for wrestler’s death

ALBANY — As the Darton State College community prepares for a memorial tonight at 7:30 on campus to honor the life of wrestler Ben Richards, the administration is still trying to understand how the 20-year-old sophomore collapsed at a Sept. 4 practice from a heat-related illness and then died nine days later.

4. Wild Flour Cafe is a leap of faith for Sarah Edmonds

ALBANY — Several months ago, when she heard the Corner Cafe on Dawson Road was closing its doors, Sarah Edmonds realized it was time to bring her vision to life.

5. Philema Road blocked because of terroristic threats

LEESBURG — A war veteran and displaced National Guard recruiter was responsible for Lee County deputies closing parts of Philema Road in Lee County Wednesday evening after he allegedly threatened a recruiter in Leesburg.

6. RiverQuarium gets cash infusion from business community

ALBANY — Albany’s Flint RiverQuarium, a key to the city’s downtown development plan, has received an infusion of cash from business leaders and companies in Dougherty and Lee counties to ensure the tourist attraction keeps its doors open.

7. FRIDAY’S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: No. 1 Lee County routs Morrow, 43-14

LEESBURG — The Herald No. 1 Lee County Trojans improved to 4-0 for the second straight season with a 43-14 victory against Morrow on Friday.

8. Interchange project long overdue

ALBANY — The southbound exit onto Jefferson Street for traffic heading west on the Liberty Expressway is one of the area’s most dangerous stretches of highway. Westbound traffic, cruising along at 65 miles per hour, must enter the brief exit zone while constantly aware of traffic merging from Jefferson via a looping on-ramp that leaves barely more than an eighth of a mile for them to work their way into traffic.

9. Committee recommends DCSS hire 22 new EIP teachers

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System’s Instructional Accountability Committee on Friday voted to move a request from the Curriculum department for an additional 22 EIP (Early Intervention Program) teachers before the system’s finance committee for further study.

10. 100-mile car chase ends in Worth County

SYLVESTER — A multi-county car chase that originated in Macon on Monday ended nearly 100 miles later and included a trip through in a Worth County pecan orchard.