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HeritageBank hosting Shred-A-Thon Saturday

Event free and open to the public in bid to reduce identify theft

Have some sensitive financial documents laying around the house you need to get rid of safely? If so, HeritageBank of the South is hosting its eighth annual Shred-A-Thon Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany State baseball falls on Senior Day

Rams end regular season with shutout loss

ADDS: Worth County baseball beats Monroe; Jameis Winston said crab legs were given to him, not stolen

Leesburg woman among 5 Georgia Southern students killed in crash

Morgan Bass, a nursing student, was one of the five students who died in the wreck

Five georgia Southern University students are killed and two are injured in a wreck Wednesday on Interstate Highway 16 near Savannah.

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Father urges Valdosta State University protester linked to handgun to surrender

Eric Sheppard Jr. has eluded capture by authorities after denouncing whites, Christians and Muslims

As law enforcement continued Wednesday to search for Eric Sheppard Jr., a protester linked to a handgun found on campus Tuesday, the protester’s father, Eric Sheppard Sr., called for his son to surrender.

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Police searching for Valdosta State University protester Eric Sheppard, linked to handgun on campus

VSU police found handgun in backpack near the on-campus library

A hunt is under way for demonstrator Eric Sheppard, who Valdosta State University officials say has been linked to a handgun found on campus. It’s the latest controversy that has erupted at the university since Friday’s protest in which a veteran tried to foil protesters who were stomping on the American flag.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - April 22-28, 2015

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

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Lee County baseball falls to Colquitt County

Trojans conclude regular season at Tift County on Friday

ADDS: Deerfield-Windsor golfers finish second in region tournament; Region 1-A basketball teams announced; Kansas City pitcher Kevin Herrera suspended for five games

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Sherwood Christian golfer Tyler Hanson wins state title

Junior finishes at one under par 71

Tyler Hanson is school’s first male golfer to win a state golf title.

Dougherty County Jail Report - April 9-15, 2015

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail April 9-15

Albany Area Community Calendar - April 19-27, 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 southview@albanyherald.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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Deerfield-Windsor girls tennis team wins region title

DWS boys finish second

The Lady Knights, who claimed the region title last season and finished as the state runner-ups, had another strong showing.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton baseball splits with ABAC

Cavs wins first game but fall in second game

ADDS: Lee County baseball loses at Valdosta; Worth County baseball shuts out Thomas County Central; Albany State track & field athletes Jared Jordan and Daniel Oduah lead Rams’ all-conference honors

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Albany native Alexander Householder serving aboard USS Ronald Reagan

Navy Fireman Alexander Householder is a 2012 graduate of Westover High School

Named in honor of the former president, Navy officials say the carrier Reagan is longer than three football fields at nearly 1,100 feet long. It is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph.

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Death tax repeal heads to Senate

Resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Sanford Boshop, D-Albany, passes House

The Brady-Bishop Act would repeal the federal tax levied on estates. Currently estate inheritances over $5.4 million for an individual or $10.8 million for a couple can be taxed at rates as high as 40 percent.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Avery Bernard Sinclair

Avery Bernard Sinclair is wanted on four warrants, including a family violence charge

Avery Bernard Sinclair has active arrest warrants for failure to register as sex offender, simple assault — family violence, criminal trespass, and probation violation.

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Albany Area Arts and Entertainment Briefly - April 17, 2015

A wrapup of upcoming arts and entertainment events in the area

Auditions set for Theatre Albany’s May production; congressmen to name district art winners; bands get set for musical showdown; art and music showcase coming to Albany; Cotton Hall in Miller County goes 1980s-era musical.

Jobless rate for Georgia in March unchanged from February

February and March rate of 6.3 percent best for state since July 2008

Georgia’s jobless rate for March matched the 6.3 percent it registered in February, the lowest rate the state has seen since mid 2008.

Albany Tech, city of Albany host Career Transition Fair

Event is aimed at workers and retireees who want to pursue a second career

Albany Technical College and the city of Albany will offer a Career Transition Fair 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - April 15-21, 2015

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

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Project Alpha in Albany set for 31st weekend retreat

Fraternity members will counsel middle school boys on preventing teenage pregnancy

Members of the Gamma Omicron Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be conducting their 31st retreat this weekend with middle school boys, who they will counsel on the importance of preventing teenage pregnancy.

Terrell County track & field teams claim region titles

Both boys and girls team dominate

The top four finishers in each event advance to the sectional meet Wednesday at Mitchell County.

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Darton golf leads conference tournament after first day

Cavaliers lead by 12 strokes

Freshman Conner Watt shot a tournament-low 67 to pace Darton to a team score of 292, four strokes under par and a 12-stroke lead over second-place Georgia Northwestern

Market pressures have gas prices heading toward six-year summer low

Some areas could see gas return to near the $2 per gallon level, experts say

As the weather warms, gas prices usually get higher with the mercury. But U.S. summer travelers this year could be the best pump prices since 2009, AAA officials said.

Dougherty County Jail Report - April 2-8, 2015

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail April 2-8

Albany State University, Albany Technical College to sign articulation agreement

Agreement will make it possible for students to attend both schools and earn a four-year degree in business

Albany Technical College and Albany State University will hold an articulation agreement signing ceremony Monday at 10 a.m., in the executive board room of Albany Tech’s Logistics Education Center at 1704 S. Slappey Blvd.

Albany Area Community Calendar - April 12-20, 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 southview@albanyherald.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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Native American Cultural Festival continues this weekend at Chehaw

The festival is designed to both entertain and educate visitors, giving them a perspective on the history of Native Americans

Chehaw kicked off its largest event of the Friday when the park welcomed its annual Native American Cultural Festival, which will continue today and Sunday.

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Westover Relays postponed

Heavy rains postponed the Westover Relays Friday afternoon at Hugh Mills Stadium.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton baseball routs Andrew again

Jeremy Beasley hurls complete-game victory

ADDS: Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker to enter draft; Former Florida football coach ray Graves dies

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton baseball beats Andrew in 10 innings

Cavaliers tie in ninth, score two in 10th to win

ADDS: Albany State softball games moved; Albany State baseball falls to Valdosta State; Worth County baseball beats Dougherty

SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton baseball falls

Cavaliers fall 6-0 to Thomas University JV

ADDS: Atlanta Hawks players arrest in New York

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Phelps home Albany area Yard of the Month for April | PHOTO GALLERY

The Daffodil Garden Club recognizes a home on Northwood Drive for its monthly recognition

The home of Debra and Glen Phelps at 1802 Northwood Drive has been selected by the Daffodil Garden Club as the April Yard of the Month for the Albany area.

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ABAC presenting musical salutes to spring

Seasonal concerts are Thursday, Monday and Tuesday

The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College choir has its spring performance Thursday, followed by the Tifton college’s concert band performing Monday and Tuesday nights.

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

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

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Deerfield-Windsor soccer teams sweep Georgia Christian

Knights, Lady Knights score shutout wins

ADDS: Darton baseball beats Andrew College; Lee County baseball falls in extra innings; Deerfield-Windsor tennis teams sweep Southland; Deerfield-Windsor golfers win Stratford Invitational; Jonathan Taylor gives not guilty plea in domestic case

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Dougherty Rotary Club, Lee and Worth County schools team up to help Liberia

The school systems donated surplus equipment and books and the club is shipping it to Africa

Dougherty Rotary Club is sending a second shipment of school supplies to Liberia

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Worth County baseball sweeps Albany

Rams score 15-0 and 16-1 victories

ADDS: Dikembe Mutombo headlines Hall of Fame class; Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap to miss two games; PCP triggers violence, doctor testifies in Aaron Hernandez trial

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Dougherty County Jail Report - March 26-April 1, 2015

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail March 26-April 1

Albany Area Community Calendar - April 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 southview@albanyherald.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

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First Tuesday Concert brings Broadway to ABAC

Peformance is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abrahama Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton

The First Tuesday Concert Series will feature its annual Broadway Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of All Faiths on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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Wiregrass Farmers Market opens April 11 in Tifton

Offerings include goat milk and free-range eggs

Founded in 2011 by a group of community volunteers committed to a local and sustainable lifestyle, the Wiregrass Farmers Market is unique in Tift County for its offerings of carefully curated clean, locally-grown food, handmade natural crafts, close relationships between local farmers and customers, and a robust educational program.

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Lee County students headed to national competition

Debate, speech team members competing in Dallas

The team had four champions and two runners-up in competition, and placed first in the speech and congress sweepstakes at the Georgia Southern Peach District National Qualifying Tournament.

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Chehaw's new exhibit features rare venomous lizards

Chehaw one of just two zoos in the country to house beaded lizards

It is estimated that there are only about 150 to 200 individuals remaining in the wild.

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Ticket sales start April 10 for pair of Luke Bryan concerts in Atlanta

Luke Bryan will perform shows Aug. 21-22 at Philips Arena

Ticket sales start at 10 a.m. April 10 for the general public for Luke Bryan’s Aug. 21-22 Kick Up the Dust Tour concerts at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

ASU hosting Founder's Day ceremonies today

Cordele dentist guest speaker at 10 a.m. convocation

The annual event celebrates Albany State University’s founder, Joseph Winthrop Holley.

Darton State College softball sweeps East Georgia State

Darton Lady Cavaliers take two games from East Georgia State

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South Georgians win first in bass tournament benefiting Megans House

Nearly 120 two-member teams competed in the 39th annual bass fishing tournament

Clint Meeks of Plaines and Clint Brown of Bainbridge claim first place in the 39th annual Team Bass Tournament, which was conducted Saturday to benefit Megan’s House.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - April 1-7, 2015

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

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Winners most 'liked' in Albany Herald's Cutest Couple Selfie Photo contest

A photo submitted by Kelli Green and Derek Payne was voted most liked on The Albany Herald’s Facebook page, earning them a gift certificate for Stewbo’s Restaurant Group.

Dougherty given additional federal funds

Money to support emergency food, shelter programs

Dougherty County has received $52,445 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.