Today is Good Friday, a part of Holy Week, which will culminate with Easter on Sunday. Thus will end the season of Lent, which began with Ash Wednesday at the end of February. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins this evening at sundown.
The Rome Braves’ season opener in Charleston, South Carolina against the Riverdogs was halted due to rain last night. The Braves were leading it 1-0 in the bottom of the first when the game was suspended. The game will resume as part of a double header on May 18th in Charleston. Hopefully the Braves and the Riverdogs will be met with better weather tonight as they go head to head at 7:05 pm at Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge. Air time for the pre-game show is 6:45 pm.
In spite of a bit of a rain delay, the 2012 Masters got underway yesterday at the Augusta National golf course. It continues through the weekend. Lee Westwood led opening round action yesterday.
Get ready to put your walking shoes on and get moving to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease at the National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 21st in Cedartown. Activities will commence at 9 am at the Welcome Center and Peeks Park. After a successful pilot run with Moving Day events last year, the NPF has expanded the Moving Day effort to include more cities this year. This is the fifth year that a Parkinson’s walk has been held in Cedartown; the walk was previously dubbed “The Walk for Hope”, according to James Trussell, Chief Volunteer Officer for the National Parkinson Foundation, Georgia chapter.
Baseball season is back! Unfortunately, it did not begin on a winning note for the Atlanta Braves as they fell to the New York Mets 1-0 yesterday in their first game of 2012 in New York. Tommy Hanson was tagged with the loss The Braves have today off and will return to action against the Mets tomorrow at 1:10 pm at Citi Field. Tune in for all the action of the game after Sports Talk Saturday on the AM 1410 WLAQ, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for the pre-game show is 11:55 am from the Atlanta Braves radio network.
COLLEGE BASEBALL ON TAP FOR SHORTER, BERRY THIS WEEKEND; SHORTER TO OBSERVE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION DAY ON SATURDAY
Shorter University’s baseball Hawks will host Southern Wesleyan in a three game series over the weekend. The teams will play a single game today at 2 pm, which will be followed by a double header tomorrow at noon at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
Cooler temperatures are moving into the Northwest Georgia area. The National Weather Service predicts that highs will only be in the upper 60s by next Tuesday and Wednesday. Overcast skies are on tap for today with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, which remain in the forecast thru early tomorrow. Skies will clear off as we head into Easter weekend. Highs over the next few days will be in the mid to upper 70s. Lows will be in the low 50s tonight and are expected to dip into the 40s over the weekend and into early next week.
Residents of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk Counties are being called upon to participate in a historic study that bears the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. According to a joint release from the American Cancer Society and Redmond Regional Medical Center, men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse group of up to a half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in the program is being made possible in partnership with Redmond Regional and the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition during June 28-29, 2012.