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SPORTS BRIEFS: Battle of South Tournament this weekend at Darton

Tournament will feature some of top basketball in Southeast

ADDS: Alabama, FSU to open 2017 season in Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game

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Albany power lifter Alvin Blakely still going strong

Two-time state power lifter champion continues to go hard

Alvin Blakely has been power lifting for more than 21 years and was recently inducted into the Albany Weightlifting Hall of Fame.

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Tax-free days announced for back-to-school shoppers

This year’s tax-free holiday will take place July 31 and Aug. 1.

Georgia Retail Association says families expect to increase their spending on school supplies this year, meaning good things are in store for retailers during Georgia’s back-to-school sales tax holiday which runs July 31-August 1.

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Founding dean of MCG Southwest Campus named administrative director for MCG admissions

Dr. Iqbal Khan, former assistant dean of MCG Southwest, serves as assistant dean for UGA pharmacy campus in Albany

In his new role, officials say he will help organize and manage the medical school admissions process. This includes the processing of more than 3,000 applications, more than 8,000 reference letters and transcripts and more than 1,000 applicant interview reports each year.

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David Bridges starts 10th year as president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Making the change to a state college was a significant boost for ABAC, president says

In his 10th year at the helm of ABAC, the numbers are looking good for the president of the Tifton state college.

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Albany State University has three finalists in 5th annual HBCU Awards

The winners will be announced Friday night at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

Albany State University has finalists in three categories — Best Marching Band (the ASU Marching Rams Show Band), Women’s Team of the Year (Lady Rams Women’s Basketball Team) and Female Student of the Year (Antoinette Rucker) — in the 5th Annual AARP HBCU Awards hosted this week by Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

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Theatre Albany sets auditions for 2015-16 season-opening musical

The curtain is set to rise Sept. 11 on 'A Grand Night for Singing'

Theatre Albany will audition singer/actors for its 2015-16 opening performance of “A Grand Night for Singing.” Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 8-14, 2015

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

Georgia Briefly

A roundup of news from the state of Georgia.

Ten deaths reported on Georgia roads over Independence Day holiday; gas prices at five-year low on the Fourth; preservation office seeks public’s input on updating statewide plan.

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Buster Posey selected to All-Star Game again

All-Star roster announced Sunday night

Aside from another appearance in the game from Buster Posey, four Kansas City Royals players were named, meaning the Royals have more starters this season than in the previous 25 years combined.

Dougherty County Jail Report - June 25-July 1, 2015

These are Dougherty County Jail bookings for the period of June 25-July 1, 2015.

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ABAC traveling from Boston to Buckingham Palace

First trip features seven-day visit to London

The 2016 spring travel season begins on April 6 with a seven-day trip to explore London including stops at Stonehenge, Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Salisbury, and Buckingham Palace.

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American Red Cross calling for blood donations in summer season

Donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative and platelet donors, are needed

American Red Cross officials say fewer blood drives are scheduled close to the Fourth of July holiday, because many hosting organizations postpone blood drives while people are on vacation.

Albany Area Community Calendar - July 5-13, 2015

A weekly calendar of civic club and organization meetings, reunions, volunteering opportunities, classes and seminars, and other notices.

The Albany Area Community Calendar is published Sundays. To have your item included, email by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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South Georgia Beast finishes second at nationals

Team recently participated in the 8U USSSA World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama

The South Georgia Beast finished second out of 38 teams, a first for Albany and Southwest Georgia in this age group.

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Albany man arrested on four counts of sexual misconduct with minor

Ricardo Pugh charged with rape, incest, child molestation and sodomy

The Albany Police Department said Friday that Ricardo Pugh, 40, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after a juvenile female relative reported being sexually assaulted earlier in the week.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Larry Bernard Simmons Jr.

Larry Bernard Simmons Jr. is wanted for battery and failing to register as a sex offender

Larry Bernard Simmons Jr., 34, of Albany, is wanted on three warrants — failure to register as a sex offender, abttery and probation violation.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany commanding officer receives promotion

Col. James Carroll III pinned new rank Wednesday

The colonel insignia was pinned on the lapels of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s commanding officer, Col. James Carroll III, during his promotion ceremony on Wednesday at the Marine Corps Logistics Command.

Fourth of July travel expected to be heaviest in eight years

More than 1.17 million Georgians expected to travel over the long Independence Day weekend

With 41.5 million people expected to travel over the Fourth of July holiday period, about 85 percent will go by auto. Low gas prices, higher wages and a more optimistic view of the economy are seen as contributing factors for the increased travel, which will be watched closely by increased patrolling on the part of law enforcement.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Auburn, Oregon to open 2019 season at Cowboys Stadium

Game will be rematch of 2010 national championship game

ADDS: Fenerbahce announces signing of Atlanta Hawks’ Pero Antic; John Calipari denies interest in Sacramento Kings’ vacancy

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Artist who created Ray Charles statue in Albany commissioned for MLK statue for state Capitol

The statue honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be placed on the northeast grounds of the Georgia Capitol

Andy Davis, an McDonough sculptor who’s work honoring Ray Charles has been a downtown Albany fixture since late 2007, has been selected to create a statue for the the State Capitol grounds in Atlanta honoring civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dougherty County Jail Report - June 18-24, 2015

These are Dougherty County Jail bookings for the period of June 18-24, 2015.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

Dougherty County Police Reports - June 27-28, 2015

Dougherty County police officers respond to at least 30 calls

Officers with the Dougherty County Police Department respond to at least 30 calls Saturday and early Sunday, reports show.

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Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program graduates Class of 2015

The 2015 class included the 100th graduate from the program

The class includes Drs. St. Claire Gitau, Marilyn Chavannes, Adnan Ekram, Sudhansu Kothary, Monisola Modupe and Daryl Remick. Gitau, who is the 100th graduate, has committed along with Chavannes and Modupe to practicing in Albany.

Albany Area Community Calendar - June 28-July 6, 2015

A weekly calendar of civic club and organization meetings, reunions, volunteering opportunities, classes and seminars, and other notices.

The Albany Area Community Calendar is published Sundays. To have your item included, email by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Ben McNutt hits hole-in-one at Grand Island

Golfer sinks hole-in-one on No. 8 hole

ADDS: AJ Allmendinger win pole for race at Sonoma; Paul Pierce will opt out of Wizards’ contract; Ex-NFL lineman Damion Cook dies; NFL seeking temporary venues in Los Angeles for 2016

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Georgia Appeals Court Chief Judge Herbert Phipps given Marshall and Thrower awards

Former Albany judge recognized for professionalism, promoting diversity

Georgia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Herbert Phipps, a former Dougherty Superior Court judge, is presented with two awards this month by the State Bar of Georgia, one in recognition for his professionalism and conduct, the other for his work to diversify the legal profession.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Onnica Nicole Moore

Onnica Nicole Moore is wanted for multiple driving violations

Authorities are looking for Onnica Nicole Moore, who has eight outstanding warrants, including reckless driving and obstructing an officer.

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Albany Dizzy Dean all-stars return to World Series

10-and-under all-stars defeated Lee County to advance

Catcher/pitcher Davis Coleman was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

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Georgia Sparks attends Cincinnati Camp

Camp presents younger players an opportunity to develop

The Georgia Sparks basketball team received the invitation to play at Cincinnati after the team participated in a college exposure basketball tournament in Atlanta during the division one evaluation period in April.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - June 24-30, 2015

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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'Sticky' summer for gas prices so far

Summer gas pump prices may finally be ready to drop some

Nationally, gas prices are staying at an average price of $2.79-$2.80, well below last summer but still at or near the high point for 2015. Market experts think the “sticky” prices may be poised to start declining somewhat.

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Sen. David Perdue, senators introduce Just Google It Act

Senators say National Technical Information Service is unnecessary in information age

Citing online availablilty of reports the National Technical Information Service prints and sells to the public and to other government agencies, a group of U.S. senators, including Georgia’s David Perdue, has introduced legislation to dismantle the agency.

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Pulitzer Prizer winner Alice Walker to visit University of Georgia in fall

Author will be first Willson Center Delta Visiting Chair at UGA

Alice Walker, a native of Eatonton, will speak at the University of Georgia on Oct. 14 and at downtown Athens on Oct. 15, with other events connected to her visit yet to be announced.

Dougherty County Jail Report - June 11-17, 2015

These are Dougherty County Jail bookings for the period of June 11-17, 2015.

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Groundbreaking set for new lab science building at ABAC

Students will have 24-hour access to research projects

A groundbreaking for the $8.5 million building will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the construction site near Conger Hall.

Albany Area Community Calendar - June 21-29, 2015

A weekly calendar of civic club and organization meetings, reunions, volunteering opportunities, classes and seminars, and other notices.

The Albany Area Community Calendar is published Sundays. To have your item included, email by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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Wade home selected as June Yard of the Month for Albany

Albany Area Yard of the Month - June 2015

Sadie Wade’s residence at 175 Westfield Road in Albany has been selected as the June Yard of the Month for the Albany area by the Daffodil Garden Club.

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Marine Corps Logistics Command has new sergeant major

Sgt. Maj. Stephanie K. Murphy replaces retiring Sgt. Maj. Joseph Davenport III

Murphy comes into the LOGCOM sergeant major post after serving the same role at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. since March 2013.

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Albany State University Marching Rams seek funding help for trip to California

The band needs $250,000 to march in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade

To cover the nearly $250,000 needed to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Albany State University’s marching band has launched a GoFundMe website. ASU has set a goal of $50,000 by September 1.

Albany man pleads guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft in federal court

Authorities say Bryant Johnson received $76,631 by filing fraudulent income tax returns

The case dates back to March 2012 when authorities recovered 65 emergency contact cards stolen from a high school personnel office in the Dougherty County School System. Federal prosecutors said the child who had the cards in his backpack identified Bryant Johnson, who they say had gotten $76,631 in refunds by filing bogus tax returns.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Bobby Walter Wright

Bobby Walter Wright is wanted on felony bogus check-writing charges

Bobby Walter Wright, 21, of Albany is wanted on three felony counts of printing, executing or negotiating fictitious checks.

Albany Technical College hosting open house

Application fee waived during open house

The open house is an annual event held at ATC every June since the late 1990s where potential students can come and preview more than 53 academic programs available at the campus.

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Phoebe Sumter Medical Center named Most Beautiful Hospital by Soliant Health

Phoebe Sumter earned the top recognition with 95,426 votes for a month-long period

Officials say Phoebe Sumter Medical Center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility with an eco-friendly rooftop garden, natural lights, 76 all-private patient rooms and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores exceeding national standards on quietness and cleanliness.

Lee County teen burns hand in gunpowder incident

Youngster injured after lighting gunpowder

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Lewis Harris, an unidentified teenager poured gunpowder into a pipe and lit it. The youth suffered burns to his hand when the gunpowder ignited.

Man in Grady County gets 20 years in prison for severely beating his mother

Jarrod Aubrey Miller is convicted of aggravated battery family violence in Grady County Superior Court

In a case that District Attorney Joseph Mulholland described as “sick and sad,” Jarrod Aubrey Miller is sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating his mother last July, causing facial fractures, a split lip and bruising. The victim, Paulette Miller, died about a month later from unrelated causes.

Photo exhibit opens Friday evening in Tifton

South Georgia photographers are the stars of the fifth biennial photography exhibit opening Friday at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Marvin's opening new home center store in Camilla

Alabama-based company will provide about 25 new jobs

The new business will be located at U.S. Highway 19 and Oakland Avenue/Georgia Highway 112 adjacent to the new Walmart store in Camilla.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - June 17-23, 2015

A weekly guide to the entertainment and arts events

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.