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Homerun, Herald plan gas giveaway

A lucky Albany Herald reader will win $1,000 worth of free gas from Homerun Foods to help make summer days a whole lot cooler.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Going, going, gone

It's been rumored for weeks that the Thrashers were leaving Georgia for greener pastures in Canada, and Tuesday it happened as Atlanta became the only city to ever lose two NHL teams in the modern era of the league.

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Santa visits young patients at Albany Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

An Albany Cub Scout pack donates Christmas presents for ill children at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Raise a glass to a life well-spent

OUTDOORS: Mama bass lived life to the fullest

The grand “trophy-that-never-was” now lies buried, slowly decomposing and nourishing the soil in the man’s garden.

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Auburn Tigers hope to make good impression, contain Melvin Gordon

Tiger defense hopes to impress new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp

The practices and games are virtual auditions for players trying to win or hold onto starting spots leading up to next season.

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Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons way of New Orleans’ Drew Brees

Saints QB has helped his team win seven of eight starts against Falcons at Superdome

For Atlanta (5-9) to keep its division title hopes alive with a victory at New Orleans (6-8), Desmond Trufant knows the defense must clamp down its coverage on All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and a dynamic receiving corps led by Marques Colston and Kenny Stills.

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U-SAVE-IT-CLASSIC: Terrell County tops Dougherty

Greenwaves withstand every Trojan rally to win 66-55

Three times in the second half, Dougherty trimmed double-figure deficits to four points but couldn’t draw any closer.

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Sherwood boys win SCA Tournament

Lady Eagles fall to Fullington in finals

Sherwood Christian’s Greg Elder stepped up with some key baskets down the stretch to help lead the Eagles past Fullington.

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U-SAVE-IT CLASSIC: Albany High tops Manchester

Indians open tournament with strong victory

Behind a raucous home crowd, the Albany Indians set the tone for the tournament, topping Manchester 79-63 in the second day of the U-Save-It Classic Saturday night.

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PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Thomasville boys upend Bainbridge

Devonte Jones and Myles Thomas lead Bearcats with 13 points apiece

ADDS: Cairo boys-Pelham; Pelham girls-Cairo; Bainbridge girls-Thomasville, Americus-Sumter boys-Crisp County; Seminole County boys-Baker County

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U-SAVE-IT-CLASSIC ROUNDUP: Westover beats North Clayton in thriller

Alec Williams paces Patriots with 18 points

ADDS: Lee County boys-Southeast Bulloch; Cedar Grove boys-Colquitt County; Monroe boys-Statesboro

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Albany area group helps Wounded Warriors Project

Volunteers make $13,000 donation to Wounded Warriors Project

Thanks to the success of the Run for Wounded Heroes fundraiser a proud group of volunteers is able this holiday season to present a generous gift the Wounded Warriors Project.

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BARRY LEVINE: What's your favorite Christmas song?

THE OLD ROCKER: Learn the story behind some of the youletide classic sounds

“Do You Hear What I Hear” by Ed Ames, formerly of the Ames Brothers, was written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. They wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

Agency offers holiday driving tips

Drivers urged to prepare for holiday driving

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety gives holiday driving tips.

Albany, SWGA Briefs -- Dec. 21, 2014

News briefs: New exhibit at ACRI; road work at Tifton

Civil Right, a collection of 13 works by painter Karl Zerbe, will be on display at the Albany Civil Rights Institute through January 31, 2015.

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UGA Tifton to host Georgia Peanut Farm Show

Event set for Jan. 15 at UGA Tifton Conference Center

UGA economists, pathologists and entomologists from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will also be on hand to provide industry updates.

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Heritage CEO: Merger with Reasant Bank a good match

The two banking groups share philosophies

In a business world forever changed by the nation’s recent financial crisis it’s easy for some to assume that the purchase of one bank by another is indicative of some sort of trouble, but O. Leonard Dorminey, CEO of Albany’s HeritageBank of the South, says the coming merger of Heritage and Mississippi’s Renasant Bank is actually a marriage brought about by both companies’ success.

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