A local girl is fighting for her life, though you’d never know it to look at her. Kennedy Williams, a 15-year-old student at Rome High School, is afflicted with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (in other words, End Stage Renal Disease). She is in dire need of a kidney transplant. But the cost for such an operation is $180,000, not to mention other medical expenses associated with the transplant. And, finding a suitable kidney donor is no easy task.
The Darlington Lady Tigers’ season came to an end last night as they fell to Holy Innocents, 46-20, in the semifinal round of the Class A
state playoffs, in the private school bracket. Holy Innocents dominated the game pretty much from start to finish and will proceed to the state championship game against Southwest Atlanta Christian on Saturday in Macon.
The month of February ended with the largest increase in gas prices since July. According to AAA, The Auto Club Group, the national average rose 21 days in a row, reaching 17 cents per gallon (or 5 percent) over the course of the month and marking the longest consecutive streak since last February.
We hope you enjoyed the warm weather that covered the Greater Rome area on Sunday, because cooler temperatures are on the way. A 100 percent chance of showers for the early part of today will be followed by a chance of freezing drizzle for tonight and into tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for much of Georgia that will take effect at 11 pm this evening and remain in effect until 10 am on Tuesday morning. A Freeze Watch means that conditions are favorable for a freezing event, which could have adverse effects on tender, early spring vegetation. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the upper 20s. Daytime highs over the next couple of days will be in the 50s.
The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau has released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, which reveals strong statistics for the tourism industry in Floyd County. According to a release from the GRCVB, the report indicates an increase over pre-recession figures for the second year in a row.
The Atlanta Braves lost to the New York Mets 6-2 in Spring Training action yesterday afternoon down in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Mets scored five runs in the ninth to surge ahead of the Braves. Freddy Garcia pitched three scoreless innings for the Braves in yesterday’s game, bringing his total to five since Spring Training began. Garcia is vying for a spot in Atlanta’s rotation.
In local election news, the qualifying period for state and local races begins today. Seats on the Floyd County Commission and the Floyd County School Board are among the local posts up for a vote; there will also be numerous state races on this year’s ballot.
The Darlington Lady Tigers basketball team will continue their quest for a state title tonight as they advance to the Final Four of the Class A state playoffs, in the private bracket. They’ll take on Holy Innocents at 6:30 pm at Kennesaw State University. If the Lady Tigers win tonight, they’ll be bound for the championship game to be played in Macon on Saturday.