The Big 10 2/17/14

The most well-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Feb. 7 - 14.

Here are the 10 most well read stories on albanyherald.com for the week of Feb. 7 - 14

1. Dougherty School Board hands down discipline in Westover grade-changing incident

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board voted 7-0 Monday night to accept the punishment recommendations of Interim Superintendent Butch Mosley in a recent grade-changing incident at Westover High School.

2. President declares emergency in Georgia

ATLANTA — President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Georgia, making federal resources available for what some forecasters are predicting to be a historical winter storm.

3. Moultrie pastor accused of sex with a minor

MOULTRIE — A Moultrie preacher was arrested Wednesday for having sex with minor, officials say. Charles Luke Jr., 42, pastor of New Jerusalem Church in Moultrie, was charged with one count of child molestation and one count of statutory rape, said Chris Robinson, investigator with the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Worth County High School in Sylvester evacuated

SYLVESTER — Students at Worth County High School, along with faculty and staff, were evacuated to the school gym Tuesday as a “safety precaution,” police officials say, while authorities searched for a potentially explosive device.

5. Man killed in Albany pickup truck crash

ALBANY — Police officials say that a man was killed Wednesday and another injured in a one-car accident on Rosebrier Avenue.

6. Former Albany firefighter named fire chief of Manchester

ALBANY — A former assistant chief of the Albany Fire Department has been named as the new fire chief in Manchester. Roderick B. Jolivette, who is to assume the chief position on Feb. 17, says he’s excited about the opportunity to help the fire department of that city and to work with all parties to form a plan that is in everyone’s best interest.

7. Dog dispute in Lee County likely headed to court

LEESBURG — Melanie Merritt, who lives in an upscale neighborhood in the western portion of Lee County, notes that the Lee County Chamber of Commerce’s logo is “Life Works Well Here.”

8. Angry customer hits Cinnabon owner with soft drink

ALBANY — Police officials are asking assistance from the public for information and identification of a battery suspect at the Albany Mall. A security video made at the Cinnabon store on Monday shows a black man in a white t-shirt throwing a soft drink into the face of Frank Ross Jr., owner of the store.

9. Dougherty County Jail Report - Feb. 10, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2014. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

10. Whistle-blowing Westover teacher’s contract in jeopardy

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Interim School Supt. Butch Mosely has recommended that the contract of Westover coach and teacher Kevin Fretwell be terminated. Sources, however, say the termination letter has not been delivered and negotiations are under way with Fretwell’s attorney, Kelly Boswell, to allow him to change schools and resign at the end of the school year.