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Big 10: May 23-30, 2014

The most-read stories of the week of May 23-30 at www.albanyherald.com

Site clearance is under way off Gillionville Road on land adjacent to the Waffle House restaurant. The site will house a Wal-Mart-affiliated grocery store and fueling station. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Site clearance is under way off Gillionville Road on land adjacent to the Waffle House restaurant. The site will house a Wal-Mart-affiliated grocery store and fueling station. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Here are the most-read stories for the week of May 23 - 30, 2014 at www.albanyherald.com

1. Wal-Mart officials plan to bypass city of Albany utility over denied electric rate cut

ALBANY — Management of the Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store that will be located at the intersection of Westover and Gillionville roads apparently has no qualms about cutting the city of Albany out of utility services for the 41,000-square-foot grocery store.

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2. Riverfront BBQ closing its doors

ALBANY — After nearly seven years serving hungry citizens in downtown Albany, Riverfront BBQ is closing its doors Thursday afternoon. Riverfront BBQ owner Dale Saunders said that the time had come for the restaurant to combine its downtown Albany and Leesburg locations into one.

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3. LORAN SMITH: Mack Brown in unfamiliar territory without coaching job

AUSTIN, Tex. — These are different times for Mack Brown, who won a national championship, two Rose Bowl games, two conference titles and took 15 Texas teams to bowl games in 16 years.

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4. Albany police: Homeless must leave wooded encampments by Monday

ALBANY — The homeless population that settled in a wooded area off 16th Avenue in northern Albany has until Monday to clear out of the woods or face arrest by Albany police.

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5. Dougherty School Board agrees to $225,000 a year contract with Superintendent David Mosely

ALBANY — The Dougherty County Board of Education agreed Wednesday to a three-year, $225,000 per year contract with Superintendent Butch Mosely. The School Board approved Mosely’s new pact in a 5-2 vote with members James Bush and Velvet Riggins voting against the contract.

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6. Vandals spray black paint over Veterans Park memorials

ALBANY — Vandals used a can of black spray paint to deface the World War II and Vietnam War monuments and the memorial dedicated to Spc. 4 James Worthy in Veterans Park, Albany police discovered Saturday afternoon.

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7. Woman killed in Albany one-car accident

ALBANY — Dougherty County police say 37-year-old Charity Howell was killed on Memorial Day in a one-car wreck on Gravel Hill Road.

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8. Albany felon mistakenly released from prison

ALBANY — Law enforcement officials have revealed that a convicted felon, arrested for an Albany robbery in March of 2013, was released by the Georgia Department of Corrections the following October to rob again weeks later.

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9. Worth County woman killed in two-vehicle wreck

SYLVESTER — Officials with the Georgia State Patrol say that Gretchen Townsend, 51, died in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday in Worth County.

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10. For many Vietnam veterans, the why of that war remains unanswered

ALBANY — Neil Thompson doesn’t even pause as he responds to a question with a complex number that’s seared into his memory.

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