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COLLEGE SOFTBALL WEEKEND UPDATE

Written by Matt Davis on March 26, 2012. Posted in Sports

In college softball from over the weekend, Shorter University’s Lady Hawks swept Truett McConnell in a double header 9-6 and 9-1 on Saturday at the Alto Park Softball Complex.  The Lady Hawks will be in Columbus, Georgia for an SSAC Crossover event next weekend.

STATE SENATE ADOPTS BUDGET PLAN

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

The state Senate adopted a $19.2 billion state budget plan earlier this week.  State Senator Barry Loudermilk says the plan includes a little financial help for students who lost funding from the HOPE scholarship due to budget cuts from the program in the past year.

GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE RECEIVES GRANT TO INCREASE MINORITY MALE RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES

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

The University System of Georgia has awarded Georgia Highlands College a grant of $30,000 to continue building its program for minority male students.  According to a GHC media release, the USG began an initiative in 2003 to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of this population.  Each institution has created its own program to address the issue of these students whose college success has lagged behind other student cohorts.  GHC’s program is called Georgia Highlands African-American Male and Minority Excellence (GHAME) and started in 2008 with only seven students on the Floyd campus.  Today, the program serves 110 young men from all GHC sites.  The program is headed up by GHC dean of the Humanities Division, Dr. John Hershey.  Since the program’s inception, GHC has seen a rise in the rentention and graduation rates for minority males.

BRAVES BEAT: JONES ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AT END OF 2012 SEASON, BRAVES AND MARLINS END UP WITH 5-5 TIE IN 10 INNINGS

Written by Matt Davis on March 23, 2012. Posted in Sports

Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones has announced his retirement from baseball at the end of the 2012 season.  Jones, who will be 40 years old on April 24th, has been with the Braves throughout his entire career.  Jones’ career highlights include seven All-Star games, the NL MVP award in 1999 and an NL batting title in 2008.  Jones was signed by the Braves in 1990 and has been a part of the major league team for the last 19 years.

NCAA FINAL FOUR SET

Written by Matt Davis on March 26, 2012. Posted in Sports

The Final Four has been set for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.  Kentucky will take on Louisville and Ohio State will go head to head with Kansas this Saturday night.  The winners of each will go on the Championship game on Monday, April 2nd in New Orleans.

ROME/FLOYD COUNTY SPRING INTO PEACE TO PROMOTE PEACE, ENCOURAGE ACTION

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

Spring is here, and that means that the Rome/Floyd County Spring into Peace is right around the corner.  The goal of this year’s Spring into Peace is to promote peace and encourage action, according to chairwoman Ruth Demeter.

SHORTER HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH CHAD WARNER A FINALIST FOR JOHN MCLENDON NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

Written by Matt Davis on March 23, 2012. Posted in Sports

Shorter University head men’s basketball coach Chad Warner has been selected as one of 15 finalists for the John McLendon National Coach of the Year, according to a release from CollegeInsider.com on Wednesday night.  The John McLendon award is presented annually to the top collegiate head coach encompassing all levels.  Other finalists for this year’s award include John Calipari from the University of Kentucky, Tom Izzo from Michigan State University, Frank Haith from the University of Missouri, Mike Brey from the University of Notre Dame and others.  The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on March 30th in New Orleans, site of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

LOCAL COLLEGE BASEBALL WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Written by Matt Davis on March 23, 2012. Posted in Sports

College baseball is on tap this weekend for local teams.  Shorter University will host the University of Mobile in a three game series at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.  The teams will play a double header tomorrow at noon, which will be followed by a solo game on Sunday at 1 pm.  Berry College’s Vikings will be on the road to take on Birmingham-Southern.  The teams will play a double header tomorrow at 2:30 pm, followed by a single game on Sunday at 2 pm.

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