The Atlanta Braves picked up their first Spring Training victory for 2014 over the Washington Nationals, 8-4, yesterday afternoon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Atlanta was lifted to victory in part by a three-run triple in the bottom of the eighth from Phil Gosselin. The Braves will be in Clearwater today to face the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is set for 1:05 pm.
Qualifying began yesterday and continues thru Friday for those seeking state and local posts in this election cycle. Where local races are concerned, two candidates qualified yesterday for Floyd County Commission Post 5, which is being vacated by John Mayes. Those candidates are Diane Coker and Scotty Hancock. Republican incumbents Rhonda Wallace and Larry Maxey qualified to keep their Post 1 and Post 4 seats, respectively. Incumbent Terry Williamson qualified to keep his Post 1 on the Floyd County Board of Education. He’s being challenged by Tony Potts. Both are Republicans. Tony Daniel and Rodney Dillard, also Republicans, qualified for Post 4 on the Floyd County School Board, which is being vacated by David Johnson.
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.
Alto Park Elementary School has taken top honors in the 2014 Academic Quiz Bowl in the elementary division for Floyd County Schools. It was a repeat performance for Alto Park as the school won the title last year, according to a Floyd County Schools media release, which reveals that Alto Park also won three consecutive years in a row between 2008 and 2010.
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.