The Floyd County man who accidentally shot and killed his son on Monday evening has been charged with felony murder because he is a convicted felon. Johnny Wayne Craig, age 47 and of 268 Blacks Bluff Road, faces such charges as he was convicted of burglary in 1990. Craig has also been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He says he unintentionally shot and killed his 22-year-old son, Steven L. Craig in an incident behind their Blacks Bluff Road home. Steven Craig was pronounced dead just before 7:30 pm Monday night. An investigation into the incident continues.
Atlanta Braves stars of today and ‘future’ stars participated in a Futures game last night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, home of the Triple A Gwinnett Braves. Retired Braves manager Bobby Cox returned to managing last night as he headed up a team of the Braves’ “Future Stars” which included players moving up through the Braves farm system. They got beat by the Braves’ current stars, managed by current Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, by a score of 4-3 in a game that was shortened to six and a half innings due to rain.
High school baseball will, in fact, be broadcast today on WLAQ AM 1410. The Darlington game against Trion set for yesterday will actually be played today. First pitch is set for 5 pm on the campus of Darlington School.
Shorter University’s softball team swept Brewton Parker in a double header yesterday at the Alto Park softball complex, allowing the 9th ranked Lady Hawks to surpass 30 wins so far for the 2012 season. They won the first game 3-2 in eight innings before taking the night cap 9-1. The Lady Hawks will be on the road this weekend. They’ll head to Thomasville to take on Thomas University in a non-league double header on Friday at 3 pm. That will be followed by a double header at Brewton Parker on Saturday at 1 pm.
Opening day is tomorrow for both the Atlanta Braves and the Rome Braves! The Atlanta Braves will open the 2012 season in New York against the Mets. First pitch is set for 1:10 pm at Citi Field. We’ll have all the action of the game for you on WLAQ AM 1410! Pre-game programming will begin at 11:55 am. (A note to Rush Limbaugh listeners: we normally do not pre-empt Rush’s program, but will make the exception for Braves’ opening day).
One person that is most definitely ready for baseball season to begin is Rome Braves radio voice JB Smith. Smith, who is in his fourth season as the voice of the Braves on 95.7 FM The Ridge, gets to know the players on a fairly more personal level than most as he spends five months out of the year with them, every day.
The Atlanta Hawks return to action tonight after a few days off. They’ll host the Charlotte Bobcats at 7:30 pm at the Philips Arena.
Shorter University’s baseball Hawks split a non-league double header with Reinhardt in Waleska yesterday. Reinhardt won the opener 4-3, while Shorter took the night cap 19-9. The Hawks will host Southern States Athletic Conference rival Southern Wesleyan in a three-game series this weekend, starting with a single game at 2 pm on Friday at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.