The 2013 SPLOST Committee will meet this evening at 5:30 pm in the Community Room of the Floyd County Administration Building, located on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome. The purpose of the meeting is for members to review general procedures and functions of their committee. The meeting is open to the public.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-90 in NBA action last night at the Philips Arena. The win allowed the Hawks to take a 2-0 lead in the four game season series between the teams. The Hawks improve to 38-30 overall and 23-17 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They are 22-12 at home. The Hawks will welcome the Portland Trailblazers to Atlanta tomorrow night for a 7:30 pm tip off. The game will be televised on Sport South.
Berry College has announced that 20 more high school student athletes have committed to the Vikings football team. The student-athletes have been accepted at Berry and will join the program for its inaugural season this September. They join 46 other incoming freshman who have already announced their commitments to play for Berry.
And the excitement of March Madness gets underway today as the road to the NCAA’s Final Four begins. Some 16 college basketball games are on tap for today. The pool of contenders will be cut from 64 to 16 over the next few days.
State Senator Chuck Hufstetler of Rome and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle welcomed Pastor Carey Ingram of Rome to serve as Chaplain of the Day in the Georgia State Senate yesterday.
In your Spring Training update, the Atlanta Braves posted an 18-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Both Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman homered twice in yesterday’s game. Freeman went 4-for-4 with a couple of two-run homers. And fresh from his appearance in the World Baseball Classic, Simmons hit a three run shot and a solo home run. Jordan Parraz also hit a pinch-hit three-run homer for the Braves late in the game.
High school baseball will take to the airwaves of WLAQ AM 1410 tomorrow afternoon as the Darlington Tigers host Mt. Paran. First pitch is set for 5 pm. The game will also be aired online at www.wlaq1410.com.
Clean up efforts continue after stormy weather hit Floyd County on Monday evening, leaving downed trees and power lines and numerous power outages. Silver Creek suffered most of the damage. The National Weather Service have determined that straight line winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour caused the damage, according to Tim Herrington, Deputy Director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency. A Cave Spring man, 65-year-old James Larry Agan, died from injuries sustained when a tree fell on his vehicle while he was headed down Cave Spring Road in Polk County. Winds destroyed the Silver Creek Minimart on Highway 101, along with a house on Center Road, just off of Highway 101. Herrington indicates that 10-12 other structures were damaged in the storm.