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DARLINGTON SCHOOL CELEBRATES VICTORY WITH $90 MILLION CAMPAIGN

Written by Matt Davis on May 4, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Darlington School is celebrating a victory with its historic $90 million Second Century Campaign, which kicked off publicly in March 2008.

EXCHANGE CLUB’S FIRST SATURDAY YARD SALE TO RETURN TO FAIRGROUNDS TOMORROW

Written by Matt Davis on May 4, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Exchange Club of Rome’s First Saturday yard sale will return to the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds tomorrow (Saturday, May 5th).  Last year was the first year of the First Saturday yard sales.  The sales resumed last month.  One of the event’s organizers, Scotty Edwards, says vendors are still being sought for tomorrow’s First Saturday yard sale.  He also says he hopes to add a car show next month.

FINSTER FEST SET FOR THIS WEEKEND IN SUMMERVILLE

Written by Matt Davis on May 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Finster Fest, one of North Georgia’s most popular folk art and music festivals, will be held this Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th at Dowdy Park in Summerville.  This year marks the grand re-opening of Paradise Garden, which was Howard Finster’s studio and is now exhibited as a small museum.  Finster Fest 2012 will include musical entertainment from Roger Allen Wade, Patterson Hood of the Drive by Truckers and more.  The two day festival will also offer a shuttle to Paradise Garden for tours.  It will be open from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and from noon until 5 pm on Sunday.

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR FRIDAY

Written by Matt Davis on May 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Peace Officers Memorial Service is set for tomorrow (Friday, May 4th) at 11 am on the Fifth Avenue side of the Joint Law Enforcement Center Memorial Plaza in Rome. At the event, the Garden Lakes Elementary School fifth-grade chorus will sing the national anthem and “How Great Thou Art”.  Also, Floyd County Prison Warden Jeff Chandler will open it with the Pledge of Allegiance.  A multi-agency honor guard will present the colors.  Sergeant First Class Jerry Jude of the Georgia State Patrol will give the invocation, which will be followed by a welcome from City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter.  County Commission Irwin Bagwell will read a joint proclamation declaring May 13-19 as National Police Week.  The honor roll will be read by Director Tim Bearden of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  As the names of fallen officers are read, a family member will place a rose on the officers’ monument.  For more information about the event, call Major Denise Downer McKinney with the Rome Police Department at (706) 238-5111.

GREATER ROME CHAMBER PLEDGES SUPPORT OF T-SPLOST

Written by Matt Davis on May 3, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has announced its unanimous support for the State of Georgia Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST), which is up for a vote on July 31st.

SHIPMAN NAMED NATIONAL YOUNG REPUBLICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Written by Matt Davis on May 2, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rome resident Layla Shipman has been named the National Young Republican Woman of the Year.  She received the honor this past weekend at a special event in Washington DC.  Shipman says that the National Young Republican organization is comprised of those ages 18-40 and represents the youth vote in this country.  She says that Georgia brought home four awards from their event in DC.  Not only was she named Woman of the Year, but Senator Josh McKoon from Columbus was named Man of the Year.  In addition, the Atlanta Young Republican organization was named Large Club of the Year and was honored for holding the Charitable Event of the Year.

COOSA RIVER BASIN INITIATIVE TO HOST WATERFEST XII THIS WEEKEND

Written by Matt Davis on May 2, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Coosa River Basin Initiative will host Waterfest XII this Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome.  The event will feature a 13-mile canoe and kayak race on the Oostanaula River, kayak and canoe tug-o-wars, Boy Scout canoe tug-o-wars, an environmental fair and reptile and raptor shows.  A new kayak from Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome will also be given away.  Get more information about the event by calling CRBI executive director Joe Cook at (706) 232-2724 or by emailing him at jcook@coosa.org.  You can also find out more at www.coosa.org.

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