What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

That’s the new Dollar General on North Broad, basically with its shell up, on Saturday morning vs. ground clearance work this past Monday (below) at the same location. That’s how much progress was made in just one week. The expanded store should be finished by “mid spring,” according to the corporate office, replacing the current store just down the street. Hometown photos. Expanded details below.

Another education option brewing in Rome/Floyd? Whatever the reason, there’s always a conversation under way about education options in Rome/Floyd County, from preschool through 12th grade. The community is known for its public school systems, its private schools and a hybrid combining home schooling and classroom instruction. Another option is in the discussion stages as well, identified as a “university-model college preparatory school for families of Rome and Floyd County.” We’ll continue to track these talks and to give the parties behind it some needed room to decide whether to pursue what some parents perceive as a developing need.

Investing in North Rome: We’ve seen Dollar General develop new stores near existing operations (Cave Spring is a recent example) and the larger store under way on North Broad Street is another. But there’s a bigger picture here as well — continuing independent developments bringing new life to the North Rome community. It recent years, we’ve seen strip retail/restaurant, Goo-Goo Express Car Wash, the youth center in the former funeral home, expanded quarters for the Community Kitchen, the pending exit of the recycling center and other improvements. We’ve seen the city organize “neighborhood” events with a new awareness of residential, police and other services. Piece by piece, North Rome is welcoming a new era. A 7,300-square-foot new home for Dollar General is just another example of that.  (Background)

Football’s over so it must be time for campaign season: Actually the two are very much alike — it’s always football season in Northwest Georgia (we’ll see two new head coaches named on Tuesday for Armuchee and Model) and the same with politics (there’s a declared candidate for sheriff — in 2020). But let’s get back to 2018. We’ve already seen two women quickly declare for a pending opening on the superior court bench, Casey Cagle’s gubernatorial bid already has signs up here (p.s., that weird-looking 8 on the 18 is made up of two Cs — Casey Cagle. It took us a minute to get it, too) and now we’re about to hear more declarations this week as to who’s in and who’s running for re-election. We’ll have each one but in a tighter, more direct format this year.

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