The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced that Rome native Rick Jacobs has been appointed as Acting Warden for Hays State Prison in Trion effective immediately. As Acting Warden, Jacobs will be responsible for overseeing approximately 350 staff members and approximately 1,460 male inmates, according to a DOC media release.
Pepperell High School’s Jason Purser has been selected as the 2013 High School Science Teacher of Promise for the state of Georgia by the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GTSA). According to a Floyd County School media release, the GTSA annually recognizes excellence in science teaching through the Science Teacher awards and recognition program. Award winners will be honored at a special awards banquet on February 23rd at the Library Ballroom in Macon.
Rain returns to Rome and Northwest Georgia today. The National Weather Service predicts a 90 percent chance of occasional rain for today with highs in the mid 50s and winds east five to ten miles per hour, with gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. That chance of rain drops to 60 percent tonight, mostly before 11 pm. Overnight lows will be in the low 40s.
Shorter University’s baseball team lost to Georgia Southwestern 2-1 in Americus yesterday evening, in spite of six strong innings from starting pitcher Ben Stell. The loss drops the Hawks’ record to 0-4 so far for this young 2013 season. The Hawks will return to action this weekend as host to Barry in a three game series. The teams will play a double header on Saturday at 1 pm and a single game on Sunday at 1 pm.
The Floyd County Democratic Party will host their annual Membership Dinner this Friday night, February 8th at 6 pm at the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill.
In other news from the Floyd County Schools, Model Middle School eighth grader Jimmy Hightower has earned a slot on the All State Band for 2013. Hightower will join students from across the state for an all-star performance of some of the best band performers in Georgia high schools and middle schools on March 2nd in Savannah. The All State Band will rehearse for two days on February 28th and March 1st to prepare for the performance. Hightower was the only contra alto clarinet player to be selected to All State Band for middle schools. Students must participate in two audition sessions during the selection process for All State Band.
Shorter University basketball will hit the airwaves of 95.7 FM The Ridge tonight as the Hawks and Lady Hawks host Gulf South Conference rival West Florida. Tip off is set for 6 pm for the women and 8 pm for the men at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. The games will also be aired online at www.theridge957.com.
Of course, yesterday was National Signing Day for college football. High school football standouts from across the country signed on the dotted line to play at the college of their choice.