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LATE NIGHT STORM RIPS THRU FLOYD COUNTY

Written by Matt Davis on February 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

A storm ripped through Floyd County last night, leaving a handful of people without power and causing some structure damage.  Speaking of power outages, Tim Hensley with the Floyd County School system told WLAQ News/The Ridge Report this morning that schools in the Model district will be closed today due to power outage.  That includes Model Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Johnson Elementary and the Floyd County Education Center.

NEWT GINGRICH TO VISIT ROME

Written by Matt Davis on February 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will make a stop in Rome next Tuesday as part of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Layla Shipman with the Floyd GOP is coordinating the Gingrich campaign in the area and says that Gingrich will make a stop at the Tillman Hangar at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field at 3 pm.  His visit will come one week before Super Tuesday, March 6th.

FLOYD COUNTY VOTERS TO WEIGH IN ON SPLOST ON MARCH 6TH

Written by Matt Davis on February 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Super Tuesday is right around the corner. March 6th is the day that Georgia voters will go to the polls (along with voters in other states) for the presidential preference primary election.  In addition, Floyd County voters will weigh in on the proposed 2012 SPLOST.  Floyd County Manager Blaine Williams and Rome City Manager John Bennett discussed the SPLOST on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Wednesday.

SHORTER SENIOR NABS INDONESIAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Written by Matt Davis on February 23, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Nugroho, a Shorter University senior and a native of Indonesia, has been selected as one of three bachelor’s-level recipients of the Indonesian Ambassador’s Award for Excellence.  The award is given by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States and honors Indonesian students in the US who show excellent academic and nonacademic performance, show leadership both on and off campus, and have community awareness, according to a Shorter University media release.

ROME TEA PARTY GETTING READY FOR SUPER TUESDAY

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

In less than two weeks, Georgia voters will go to the polls (along with voters in other states) for Super Tuesday.  Rome TEA Party member Mike Morton said in an interview on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Tuesday that he expects a dead heat in the race for the Republican nomination for president when Super Tuesday arrives.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO SPEND SEASON OF LENT FASTING, PRAYING AND COLLECTING MONEY TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Yesterday was, of course, Mardi Gras.  Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  The Lenten season leads up to Easter, which falls on April 8th this year.

PEPPERELL HIGH FFA PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE FINALS

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Pepperell High School’s FFA Parliamentary Procedure team has advanced to the FFA state finals.  According to a Floyd County Schools media release, the PHS team competed earlier this week in the area contest held at Woodland High School, where the team finished second to Murray County.
Pepperell team chairperson Hannah Hall says, “Parliamentary procedure is one of the hardest and most desired FFA events to win.  It takes a great deal of practice, hard work, and dedication to rise to the top.”

TWO CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH OF ROME TEEN

Written by Matt Davis on February 22, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

A Rome teenager was stabbed to death late Monday night.  Tymurius Elkins, age 16, was pronounced dead just after midnight.  Ricky Ricardo Cruz, age 20, and Jonathon Tyler Carson, age 17, have been charged in the crime.  Cruz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and fighting in a public place following accusations that he stabbed Elkins in an altercation in the parking lot of a Shorter Avenue business.  Carson has been charged with involuntary manslaugher (for being party to the crime) and fighting in a public place.  Cruz reportedly was perceived to have flashed an obscene gesture and was flagged down by Elkins, Carson and another companion, 17 year old Will West. That turned into an altercation that ultimately led to the stabbing death of Elkins.  West was also stabbed and is in recovery at Floyd Medical Center.  An investigation into the incident continues.

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