Many lovers of Halloween are rejoicing over the fact that the holiday falls on a Friday this year. And there will be plenty of things to do around Rome and Floyd County for the big day tomorrow and on into the weekend.
Local educators, sheriff’s deputies, physicians and business owners are prepping to pucker up to protect our rivers on November 8th at the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual Fish Fry and Green Expo, sponsored by WLAQ AM 1410 and 95.7 FM The Ridge. Sixteen local contestants are competing in the CRBI’s Catfish Contest this year. They are all vying for an ‘opportunity’ to kiss a live Coosa River catfish by raising money for the CRBI. Last year’s contest generated over $7,000. This year’s goal is $10,000.
The Federal Trade Commission has released a warning concerning a new method that scammers are using to fradulently obtain money from unsuspecting citizens, according to a news release from the Floyd County Police Department. The FTC aims to alert the public that scammers are creating and sending fake renewal notices purporting to be from their local newspaper, with an additional warning that the renewal notices have no relationship with the actual newspaper publisher or billing department. Any funds remitted to these fictitious notices end up in the hands of the scammers.
The San Francisco Giants are once again World Series Champions! The Giants picked up their third title in the past five seasons with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in game seven of the Fall Classic last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Madison Bumgarner was named series MVP. He pitched five scoreless innings in relief to get the save last night, marking his third victory of the series. Jeremy Affeldt got the win in relief for the Giants. Jeremy Guthrie took the loss for the Royals.
Friday night lights will shine for the Berry College Vikings tomorrow night as they are slated to host Southern Athletic Association rival Millsaps College at Barron Stadium. The Vikes seek to rebound from a tough loss at Birmingham Southern of 23-17 last Saturday. They are currently 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the SAA. Their latest opponent, the Millsaps Majors, are 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Halloween night bout between the Vikings and the Majors is slated to get underway at 7 pm and will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com.
The Atlanta Hawks opened their 2014-2015 season with a loss to the Toronto Raptors of 109-102 last night in Toronto. Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Mike Scott each contributed 20 points for the Hawks, whose late rally of 31 points in the fourth quarter proved inefficient to overcome the Raptors. The Hawks will play their first home game of the season this Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm at the Philips Arena.
The 2014 Wings Over North Georgia air show was, on all accounts, a huge success. The air show was held October 18th and 19th at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in Rome and was headlined by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. It drew more than 80,000 attendees, according to John Cowman, President of JLC Airshow Management, who indicates that the crowd on the first day of the air show was far greater than he had anticipated. He adds that the resulting traffic snarls were overcome through the cooperation of air show management and local officials and did not pose near as much of a problem on the following day.