The Big 10: Most-read stories for the week of Jan. 17-24, 2014 at albanyherald.com

Indiana basketball rules the roost for last week

Here are the 10 most-read stories of the week of Jan. 17 - 24 at albanyherald.com

1. LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Indiana is basketball country

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Last week I was here for Indiana’s upset of Wisconsin in a Big Ten basketball game that became a study in perseverance — keep it close and something good might happen. The evening concluded with the guys in the candy stripe warm-ups prevailing, which led to a thunderous stampede onto the court for an embracing of their heroes.

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2. More indictments in MCLB-Albany transportation scam

ALBANY — Three Southwest Georgia men have been indicted in federal court for their alleged participation in fraud and corruption schemes at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, which the U.S. Department of Justice says resulted in a loss of millions of dollars to the federal government. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday in the Middle District of Georgia.

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3. Lineup announced for 2014 Wanee Festival

LIVE OAK, Fla. — When the folks at the Wanee Music Festival throw an anniversary party, they do it in a big way. Festival organizers announced the lineup for the 10th anniversary Wanee Festival Monday morning, and it’s expected to bring huge crowds to the April 10-12 gathering at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park near here.

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4. TV movie based on Ronda Rich’s novel premieres Sunday night

GAINESVILLE — Even the warm feeling of knowing that your novel has been transformed into a movie can’t completely protect you from the likes of an arctic vortex.

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5. Two men die from Worth County crash

POULAN — Two men were killed in a two-vehicle collision that took place Friday evening in Worth County. Walter Spurlin, senior trooper with Georgia State Patrol Post 40 in Albany, said the crash took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Shingler Sumner Road and Georgia Highway 112 in Poulan. Charles Lunsford, 81, of Sumner, was stopped at the intersection in a 2001 Chevrolet pickup when he was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 112.

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6. Arrests made in shooting of Albany High student

ALBANY — Police investigators have released additional information on Friday’s shooting of a 16-year-old student near the campus of Albany High School. Police officials say the victim, Brenton Helstock, was shot once in the left forearm after a verbal altercation with a suspect now identified as 16-year-old Rico Cheyenn Fields.

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7. Americus-Sumter stuns Westover amid controversy

ALBANY — It’s not the first time it has happened this season, but this one may be the most painful.Tuesday night Region 1-AAAA co-leader Westover hosted last-place Americus-Sumter and, as expected, built a double-digit lead.

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8. Life sentence for Dawson woman who killed her baby upheld by high court

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a young Terrell County woman, Samantha Latrice Jessie, for the death of her newborn son. In a unanimous decision announced, Justice Carol Hunstein, writing for the court, said that the “evidence was clearly sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Jessie was guilty of the malice murder of her newborn son and the subsequent concealment of his death.”

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9. Collection of ‘57 Chevys becomes lifelong obsession for North Georgia man

HOG MOUNTAIN — Charles Warbington remembers it like it was yesterday. His dad, Alfred, told him if he stayed away from smoking and drinking, he would buy Charles a brand-new 1957 Chevrolet. To this day, Warbington doesn’t smoke or drink, and he’s added nine 1957 Chevys to his collection after adding his first from Nash Chevrolet in Lawrenceville, purchasing it in 1957 for $2,400.

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10. CELEBRITY WATCH: Paula Deen hits the high seas

The celebrity chef and Albany native was scheduled to leave the Miami port Friday on the 2014 Winter Paula Deen Cruise. The Eastern Caribbean cruise, which ends Saturday, is aboard the Celebrity Reflection, with visits scheduled to San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Her summer cruise is set for July 19-26.

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