Two Shorter University softball players have been named first-team NAIA All Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). According to a Shorter sports release, the NFCA announced last week that senior Charlsie Broome and sophomore Jackie Castaneda received the organization’s recognition. Both were instrumental in the Lady Hawks’ first ever NAIA national championship, which they clinched on May 23rd in Gulf Shores, Alabama with a 1-0 extra inning victory over Oklahoma City in the title game.
Tourism officials statewide are encouraging Georgians to stay at home and discover the wonders in their own backyard this summer. This was the mission of Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for the tourism division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, late last week as he paid a visit to Rome. Langston says that tourism has a significant impact on the local economy.
Speaking of the Rome City Commission, commissioners met in regular session last night and approved the suspension of the alcohol package sales permits for four local stores. That list includes Kroger on Turner McCall Boulevard, Super Food Market on South Broad Street, Tazo Food Mart on Calhoun Avenue and Coastal Food Mart on Turner McCall Boulevard. All four were caught selling alcohol to minors during a police sting operation on April 25th. The suspensions will go into effect on Thursday and remain thru Saturday night.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is hosting the Young Scholars program for rising eighth-graders this week. Students are spending the week learning about the career opportunities available to them. This is the eighth annual Young Scholars program. According to a GNTC media release, teachers from the Rome City Schools have teamed with GNTC instructors to provide a quality, intellectually stimulating summer program for the students. Approximately 65 students from Rome City Schools are spending the week at GNTC engaged in various programs and tours of the college. The students that attend the program are nominated by their teachers or principal for their excellent academic performance, outstanding character and positive attitude. Program topics cover a portion of the curriculum that will be taught in eighth-grade physical science classes and how it relates to various careers. Activities this week include dissecting cow eyes, making edible atom models, creating candy Chromatography (a forensics activity using mystery powder) and the egg drop.
Congratulations goes out to Shorter University baseball’s Ryan Newell. The junior pitcher was selected by the Miami Marlins with the 227th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon. The Marietta native becomes the 17th draft pick in program history and the first since Cliff Flagello was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, according to a Shorter sports release.
Cancer Navigators will take cancer survivors out to the ballgame tonight with Cancer Survivors Night at the Rome Braves game against the Greenville Drive at State Mutual Stadium. Executive Director Charlotte Atkins anticipates a special night for cancer survivors and their supporters.
Not quite two years after an electrical fire caused substantial damage to the DeSoto Theatre, another fire scare occurred at the theatre yesterday evening; fortunately, no damage was done to the historic structure. Paul Griffin, President of the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation (which owns the theatre), says that power pole wires crossed outside of the theatre around the Harvey-Given Company, which caused a small fire. He says the Rome Fire Department and Georgia Power came to the rescue; Georgia Power workers were replacing wire thru the evening. Griffin says that the incident did not cause any known harm to any of the buildings and that things are expected to return to normal today.
Jacob Travis is returning to his alma mater of Model High School to serve as the school’s head boys basketball coach. He is replacing Andy Akin, who recently stepped down from the position. Travis, a former basketball star at Model, has most recently served as head coach at Adairsville. His father, Milt, is a notable former Model coach.