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ATLANTA BRAVES FALL TO DETROIT TIGERS IN SPRING TRAINING

Written by Matt Davis on March 21, 2012. Posted in Sports

In Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves fell to the Detroit Tigers 7-2 yesterday in Spring Training action in Lakeland, Florida.  The Braves will head to Viera to take on the Washington Nationals this afternoon at 1:05 pm.

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Today is the first day of Spring.  It is the vernal equinox, one of two times per year that the amount of daytime and nighttime are equal.  The other occurs in fall, or the autumnal equinox.  High temperatures in the 80’s have made it feel more like summer for the last several days in Rome and Northwest Georgia, and they’re expected to continue.  Forecasters call for sunny skies for this first day of spring with a high in the mid 80s.

LOCAL VETERINARIAN REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT VACCINATION IS BEST PROTECTION AGAINST RABIES

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rabies was a major concern for local public health officials last year and remains a concern this year.  This week started with the news that Northwest Georgia Public Health officials are mailing out letters to the parents of students at schools in the Rome and Floyd County area to make them aware of the need to take precautionary and preventative measures against rabies.  Floyd County had the most reported cases of rabies in 2011 with 15; there have already been two confirmed cases this year.

ARMUCHEE TO HOST FIRST OF FOUR LISTENING SESSIONS TONIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Armuchee High School will play host to the first of four systemwide listening sessions held by the Floyd County Board of Education and the Local School Governance Teams tonight at 6:30 pm.  The sessions are intended to give school leaders a better perspective of the wishes of parents and the community regarding the future of Floyd County Schools.  A second listening session will be held for the Model area this Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm at Model High School.  Additional sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 27th at Pepperell High School and on Tuesday, April 10th at Coosa High School, at 6:30 pm both nights.

LOCAL COLLEGE BASEBALL: BERRY COLLEGE BEATS TENNESSEE TEMPLE ON THE ROAD, SHORTER TO HOST TAYLOR TODAY

Written by Matt Davis on March 21, 2012. Posted in Sports

Berry College’s baseball team picked up a 6-2 victory from Tennessee Temple at AT&T Park in Chattanooga yesterday afternoon.  The Vikings will return to action on Saturday at Birmingham-Southern.

BUGS, GARDENERS OUT FOR SPRING

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Recent warm temperatures and what basically amounted to not much of a winter are anticipated to bring an onslaught of bugs this spring and summer.  John Graham with Three Rivers Nursery and Garden Center says he’s already seen the ants and mosquitoes begin to emerge.

ROME MAN DIES IN DROWNING INCIDENT

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

A Rome man died in a drowning incident at Little River Canyon in Alabama over the weekend.  Ramirez Austin, age 24, was swimming with friends when he went under water and did not resurface.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time.

SHORTER HAWKS TIME AT NAIA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT COMES TO AN END

Written by Matt Davis on March 20, 2012. Posted in Sports

The Shorter University Hawks’ time at the 2012 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, and their amazing 2011-2012 season, has come to an end as the top-ranked and top-seeded Hawks lost to fourth-seeded Concordia from California 81-67 last night in the semifinal round of the tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.  Concordia will go on to face Oklahoma Baptist in the championship game tonight.  The Hawks head back home to Rome, no doubt reflective over their remarkable season that, according to a Shorter sports release, left them with a school record 34 wins and three losses and the Hawks’ first time ever as the No. 1 team in the NAIA, a spot held for five of 12 weeks.  Shorter also nabbed its first conference title since 1977, won its first-ever Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament, and made its first trip to the national tournament, in which they won three games to make it to the national semifinals.  Other milestones for 2011-2012 included the 100th career win for Hawks head coach Chad Warner, as well as SSAC and NABC National Coach of the Year honors.  In addition, SSAC Player of the Year Walter Hill surpassed 1,000 points for his career early this season.

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