The 49th annual Atlanta Steeplechase will take place this Saturday at the Kingston Downs off US 411 near the Floyd/Bartow County line. Gates will open at 9 am. The first race is set for 1:30 pm with the final race to take place at 4 pm.
Have you been thinking about heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend? AAA, The Auto Club Group, is advising travelers to go ahead and make their plans now so as to save time and money.
The Coosa River Basin Initiative invites the public to join them for Waterfest XIV, which is set for Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. Once again, the event will include a 13-mile canoe and kayak race on the Oostanaula River, canoe and kayak tug-o-wars, an Environmental Fair and an Environmental Quiz Bowl for area elementary schools. New this year – the Waterfest 5K and Fun Run, which will have a giant water slide at the finish line, and the Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament.
Model High School principal Glenn White has been elected as president of the Georgia High School Association. White was chosen to serve in that capacity at the semiannual meeting of the State Executive Committee of the GHSA on April 14th in Macon; he was elected by a unanimous vote of the 58 member committee, according to a Floyd County Schools media release.
The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in March, the lowest rate since September 2008, when it was 6.8 percent. The rate stood at 7.1 percent in February and 8.4 percent in March 2013.
A Rome runner will aim to break a speed record while running the Appalachian Trail this summer, and his journey will be captured in a documentary film. Drew Burnett plans to run the AT (a span of 2,180 miles) with the intention of breaking the current speed record of 46 days and 11 hours, a goal which will require him to cover an average of 54 miles per day.
Reverend David and Bettie Pearson, volunteers with the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary for 11 years, were named Good Samaritan Volunteers of the Year on Wednesday. The award was presented at Floyd’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at Berry College’s Krannert Center as part of Floyd’s commemoration as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, according to an FMC media release.