The federal government shutdown is indeed having an effect locally. Mike Mathews, manager of the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, says that FAA-funded projects at the airport have been stalled due to the shutdown. Those projects include the clearing of trees from the runway approaches, along with an extension of the runway safety area. He adds that he’s hoping to get a little help from the state.
The Hospitality House for Women will host a Candlelight Vigil in honor and memory of victims of domestic violence this evening at Rotary Plaza in downtown Rome. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is set to begin at 7 pm. The keynote speaker will be Maya Gupta, Ph.D. From Ahimsa House, an organization aimed at helping people and pets across Georgia escape domestic violence, according to Hospitality House Executive Director Amy Weaver.
The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up their first win in the National League Championship Series 3-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals last night in LA to cut the Cards’ lead in the series by 2-1. LA’s starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu limited the Cardinals to three hits to get the win, while Kenley Jansen got the save. Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez all drove in runs for the Dodgers. Game four of the best-of-seven series is set for tonight at 8:07 pm at Dodger Stadium. It will be televised on TBS.
The United Way of Rome and Floyd County wants your money! Rest assured that your money will be used wisely, as the organization funds 16 different service agencies in Rome. They are currently in the midst of their 2013 fund raising campaign with a goal of $1 million. Campaign Chair Frank Pinson, the former director of the Floyd County College and Career Academy, indicates that while that is a lofty goal, it is attainable.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic golf tournament wrapped up yesterday at the Coosa Country Club. Jose Montano of Bradenton, Florida won the Boys Division by a stroke at 10-under-par 203. The winner of the Girls Division was Emily Campbell of Carrollton, Texas. She walked away a champion with a 7-under-par 206.
The San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts 19-9 last night in Monday Night Football in San Diego. Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to lead the Chargers to victory. With the win, the Chargers improve to 3-3 on the season. The Colts fall to 4-2.
Retail gas prices have experienced little fluctuation from last week and have remained stable near the lowest average of the year, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.