Shorter University’s baseball Hawks have their eyes on the prize – a trip to the NAIA World Series – as they begin play this evening in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The 18th ranked Hawks nabbed the number two seed in the Azusa bracket and will face number three seed College of Idaho tonight at 6:30 pm in Los Angeles, California. This marks the Hawks’ first postseason appearance since 2003. If they make it past the opening round, they’ll be bound for Lewiston, Idaho for their first ever NAIA World Series appearance.
The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce will host “SpecTech Rome V”, their technology, innovation and entrepreneurship conference, next Thursday and Friday, May 17th and 18th at the DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome. Keynote speakers will include Stephen Fleming, Vice President of Georgia Tech and Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, and Dr. Chris McKinney, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer and Economic Development for Georgia Health Sciences University.
The Coosa Valley Cycling Association will host the 22nd annual Up the Creek century ride this Saturday, May 12th. The ride will be staged from the front of Armuchee High School. It is set to get underway at 8 am with riders finishing from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Rome Braves fell to the Greenville Drive 1-0 yesterday afternoon in the series closer between the teams in Greenville, South Carolina, marking the Braves’ ninth loss in a row.
The City of Rome and Rome’s Downtown Development Authority hosted a town hall meeting yesterday for the purpose of gathering input from the public about future development in downtown Rome.
In other news from the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal is set to be the guest speaker for the Chamber’s Leadership Rome 29 Graduation Dinner. The event is set for Tuesday, May 15th at Rome’s ECO Center at Ridge Ferry Park. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm, to be followed by dinner at 6 pm. For more information, call the Chamber at (706) 291-7663.
The Floyd County Commission has announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony has been set for the new Armuchee Connector at 9 am on Thursday, May 17th. From that point, it will be open to traffic. The Armuchee Connector runs from State Mutual Stadium to US 27 near Old Summerville Road. It was funded by the 2006 SPLOST.
The Atlanta Braves took a 3-1 victory from the Chicago Cubs last night at Wrigley Field.