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STEEPLECHASE SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

Written by Matt Davis on April 12, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase returns to the Kingston Downs this Saturday, April 14th.  The Kingston Downs is located off US 411 East of Rome, where folks will be piling in for a day of horse racing.  Gates open at 9 am.  For more information, visit www.atlantasteeplechase.org.

GREAT SPAGHETTI CHALLENGE TO HIT THE FORUM FRIDAY NIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on April 12, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The annual Great Spaghetti Challenge to benefit the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth is coming up tomorrow (Friday) night from 5 pm until 7:30 pm at the Forum in downtown Rome.  The event is being sponsored by the Rome Floyd County firefighters.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Awards will be presented to competition winners for people’s choice, judges choice and best presentation.  There will also be activities for the kids and drive thru service.  For more information, call the Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth at (706) 232-0703.

SANTORUM SUSPENDS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Written by Matt Davis on April 11, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  That appears to take Mitt Romney one step closer to facing President Barack Obama in the fall.  Georgia’s Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are currently still in the race for the Republican nomination for president.

FROST ADVISORY POSTED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR TONIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on April 11, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Get ready for a chill tonight in Rome and Northwest Georgia!  The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for 2 am until 10 am Thursday for a number of north and west central Georgia counties, including Floyd.  Lows are expected to be in the low to mid 30s tonight.  According to the NWS, a frost advisory means that frost is expected, and sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered (so cover them up tonight).

SOUTHERN M– USEUM TO COMMEMORATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE ON THURSDAY

Written by Matt Davis on April 11, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw will celebrate the April 12, 1862 anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase tomorrow with a plethora of activities.  The museum’s director, Dr. Richard Banz, anticipates an interesting day with offerings such as free admission to the museum from 9:30 am untl 5 pm.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES NEW GRADUATION RATE

Written by Matt Davis on April 11, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The Georgia Department of Education yesterday released the new, four-year public high school graduation rate to replace the old method of graduation rate calculation.  The new calculation, known as the adjusted cohort rate, will allow states to uniformly compare graduation rates across the country.  What appears to be a drop in the graduation rate is actually due to the way the rate is now calculated.  According to information from the Department of Education, Georgia’s graduation rate was 67.44 percent.  Floyd County’s rate stood at 71.49 percent.  As far as individual schools within the county school system are concerned – Pepperell had a rate of 75.83 percent, Model’s rate was 69.64 percent, Coosa’s stood at 67.39 percent and Armuchee had a graduation rate of 73.42 percent.  Rome High School’s graduation rate came in at 76.52 percent.

GEORGIA’S REVENUES UP BY FIVE PERCENT IN MARCH

Written by Matt Davis on April 10, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Georgia’s net tax collections for March 2012 totaled $1.16 billion, an increase of $55 million or five percent compared to March 2011, according to a release from Governor Nathan Deal’s office.  At the close of the third quarter of the fiscal year, net revenue collections totaled $1.7 billion for an increase of $525 million or 4.7 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year.

PROTECT YOUR PETS FROM ABUNDANCE OF FLEAS AND TICKS BROUGHT IN BY WARM WEATHER

Written by Matt Davis on April 10, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

We may be getting a bit of a break from the heat right now, but with the warm temperatures this area experienced in recent days and a hot summer ahead, fleas and ticks are expected to abound in the coming months.  Dr. Dan Pate with the West Rome Animal Clinic says that ticks in particular pose health threats to your pets.  They can cause various diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Dr. Pate urges pet owners to make sure that those ticks don’t attach themselves to your dogs and cats.

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