February is Heart Month. Harbin Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Himanshu Patel says that heart-related mortality rates are coming down in the US. He believes this is happening largely due greater awareness of heart disease. He indicates that advances in medicine have also helped.
Baseball season is just around the corner. One person that’s eager for it to arrive is Ben Poplin, the 2013 voice of the Rome Braves. Poplin, a Rome native who has served for the past three seasons as the voice of the Kennesaw State Owls baseball team, says he’s looking forward to calling all 140 games for his hometown team this year. He said this past Saturday on Sports Talk Saturday with Matt D and Scott that he eagerly anticipates that first moment in the broadcast booth at State Mutual Stadium.
Shorter University’s baseball team picked up their first win of the 2013 season yesterday in 10 innings over North Georgia 4-2 in the North Georgia Classic in Dahlonega. The Hawks, who are now 1-9 for the season, lost to West Florida 11-5 at the Classic on Friday night, which was followed by a 13-6 loss to Millersville on Saturday. Shorter will return to action at Stillman this Wednesday, with first pitch set for 3 pm.
The Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 143-138 in the 2013 NBA All Star Game last night in Houston, Texas.
The Floyd County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for consideration of appointment to the 2013 Citizens SPLOST Committee until 5 pm today. According to a release from the Board, registered voters in Floyd County who would like to be considered for the committee should contact Floyd County Clerk Kathy Arp at (706) 291-5110. The SPLOST Committee Application Form is available online at www.romefloyd.com.
Berry College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams closed out the 2012-2013 regular season by splitting a pair of games with Southern Athletic Association rival Birmingham-Southern yesterday afternoon at Berry’s Cage Center. Berry’s women won by a final score of 64-60, allowing them to finish the season with 12-13 record overall and 6-8 in the SAA. The Berry women will face Birmingham-Southern on Friday in the SAA Conference Tournament at Millsaps College. Berry’s men lost to Birmingham-Southern 53-50 yesterday. The Vikings ended the regular season with a 5-20 overall record and 2-12 in conference play. They’ll play at Centre College on Friday in the first round of the SAA tournament.
Berry College’s softball team picked up their first wins of 2013 yesterday by sweeping Maryville in a double header 9-2 and 9-1 at Berry’s South Ford Field. The Vikings opened the season with a pair of losses to Piedmont, 3-2 and 6-4. Berry will return to action on Friday morning at 9 am against Salisbury University from Maryland at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
And in news from NASCAR, Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole yesterday, becoming the first woman to do so. The Daytona 500 is set for next Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida.