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The Big 10 for the week of Feb. 28 - March 7, 2014

Here are the most-read stories of the past week from albanyherald.com

Here are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Feb. 28 - March 7, 2014

1. Albany police charge two in Shakelia Williams murder

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has charged two men in the murder of Shakelia Williams, who was found shot to death in the courtyard of the Westwind Apartments on Dawson Road on Thursday.

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2. Brad Heard Sr. and Brad Heard Jr. sentenced in federal court

ALBANY — Southwest Georgia businessmen Brad Heard Sr. and son Brad Heard Jr. were sentenced Thursday afternoon at the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse Thursday on charges of bribing a bank official.

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3. CELEBRITY WATCH: Phillip Phillips and Luke Bryan releasing new songs; Paula Deen continues comeback

Phillip Phillips of Leesburg is hoping to catch fire Monday. A “Raging Fire,” to be exact. The platinum-selling “American Idol” winner is releasing his newest single, “Raging Fire,” on Monday. And you’ll be able to hear him sing it Thursday night when he returns to “American Idol” to perform the song.

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4. Albany City Commission seeks to calm uproar over city manager pay increase

ALBANY — The caller was angry, and he minced no words in registering his complaint. “Morale here has plummeted since folks found out the city manager was getting a $15,000 raise,” the caller, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisal, said. “You take into consideration the City Commission just voted themselves a $2,000 raise, city employees haven’t gotten one in six or seven years, and now the city manager gets a $15,000 raise and 10 more vacation days? We feel like this is just another slap in the face.

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5. Dorion Tyree Revills a person of interest in Thursday slaying

ALBANY — Officials of the Albany Police Department have confirmed that Dorian “Tye” Revills, a person of interest in the slaying of Shakelia P. Williams on Thursday, is being questioned by homicide detectives.

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6. Longtime Southwest Georgia print and TV journalist Ed Lightsey dies

ALBANY — Longtime journalist Ed Lightsey, of Albany, has died, friends have confirmed. Rachelle Bitterman, an official with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and a friend of Lightsey, said he passed away Thursday.

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7. Large crowd takes pipeline concerns to federal officials at Albany meeting

ALBANY — While others pondered and expounded on the complexities of the proposed 460-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline projected to run through a large portion of south Dougherty County, Melvin George’s take on the controversial project was one of simplicity.

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8. Dougherty County School Board to interview superintendent candidate today

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System School Board is expected to meet in a called session Friday afternoon in which the board will interview one candidate for the district’s permanent superintendent position.

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9. Langstaff Marketing makes way for MADlab

ALBANY — Albany’s Langstaff Marketing will soon close its doors to make way for a new marketing firm called MADlab. MADlab, which is a new business partnership between current Langstaff Marketing owner Deidra Langstaff and HeritageBank of South Vice President of Marketing Mary Beth Hobby, has been in the making for some time and the two entrepreneurs see the the collaboration as a veritable “meeting of the minds” and a unique “marketing experiment.”

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10. Abraham Kogo wins 2014 Albany Marathon (VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY)

ALBANY — After two years of miserable weather that included rain, wind, bitter cold, possible flooding and wailing tornado warning sirens, the 8th annual Albany Marathon Powered by Snickers was due for a break. The event got that break Saturday. Running in “chamber of commerce”-like conditions Saturday morning, Kenyan Abraham Kogo streaked through the 26.2-mile course in 2:34:34 to win the 2014 Albany Marathon.

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