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CHATTOOGA COUNTY ACQUIRES HOWARD FINSTER’S PARADISE GARDEN

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

In news from Summerville, the Paradise Garden Foundation has announced that Chattooga County has purchased the art site of Howard Finster, Paradise Garden, according to a release from the Paradise Garden Foundation.  The site has attained international pop icon status since its creation.  It has been the subject of numerous documentaries and articles and has been listed as a top destination by many travel publications.  Images of Paradise Garden can been seen as cover art and is included in music videos from groups such as REM, Black Hawk and the Talking Heads.  The landscape cultivated by Finster also included the work of other artists, such as Pop Art icon Keith Haring.  Paradise Garden was also featured on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
The purchase of Paradise Gardens by Chattooga County was made possible through donations from local citizens, Finster collectors and a grant from The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a federal commission that assists Appalachian communities with economic development.  

SHORTER BASEBALL HAWKS TAKE HOME VICTORY OVER BRYAN

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in Sports

 In your local college baseball update (just in case you missed it on 95.7 FM The Ridge), Shorter University’s Hawks beat Bryan College 3-0 in seven innings yesterday at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Field.  The win improves the Hawks’ record to 4-2 for this young 2012 season.  The Hawks will be in Athens, Tennessee today to take on Tennessee Wesleyan in a single game at 1 pm.

ATLANTA HAWKS TO HOST INDIANA PACERS TONIGHT

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in Sports

In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks will play their fourth home game in a row tonight against the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 pm at the Philips Arena.  The Hawks, who started the season with a great home record, have lost their last three straight games at Philips.  They currently hold an 8-4 record at home and a 16-10 record overall for the 2011-2012 season.

LOCAL RESIDENT MOONLIGHTS AS NCAA REFEREE

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in Sports

College basketball, of course, is in full swing and it won’t be too long until March Madness hits.  One of Rome’s very own, Doug Shows, is an NCAA Division I referee, and has served in that capacity for 20 years.  

HAIKAL IS GNTC’S 2012 GOAL WINNER, VAUGHAN NABS HONORS AS RICK PERKINS INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Roger Haikal has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2012 GOAL winner and Sharon Vaughan has been named the 2012 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.  The honors were bestowed upon the pair during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at the Coosa Country Club yesterday.  The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome and the GNTC Student Leadership Council, according to a GNTC release.  

COLLEGE HOOPS RADIO SCHEDULE

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in Sports

Tune in for Berry College men’s basketball tonight on WLAQ AM 1410 and www.wlaq1410.com.  We’ll have all the action as the Vikings travel to Maryville, Tennessee to take on Maryville College at 7:30 pm.  Coverage will also be provided this Saturday as the Vikings and Lady Vikings host LaGrange at the Cage Center on the Berry College campus.  Tip off is set for 2 pm for the women and 4 pm for the men.   

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE, SCORES

Written by Matt Davis on February 8, 2012. Posted in Sports

In high school basketball scores from last night –

DUANE REID TO RESIGN CITY COMMISSION POST

Written by Matt Davis on February 7, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

Rome City Commissioner Duane Reid has announced that he is resigning from his Ward 2 post, effective February 29th.  He sites his new job as keeping him from being able to regularly attend City Commission meetings.  Reid has resigned before, in early 2007, at which time he left Rome to take a job in Florida.  He returned to Rome and ran in November 2007 for the seat he currently holds.  The Rome City Commission is expected to find someone to replace Reid until his post is up for election in November 2012.

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