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High school graduation rates for the class of 2018 are out. Gordon Central had the best average; Cedartown High the lowest. Statewide total sets record.

High school graduation rates for the class of 2018 are out. Gordon Central had the best average; Cedartown High the lowest. Statewide total sets record.

  The graduation rates from the 2017-18 school year are out and almost all Northwest Georgia high schools topped the record-high state average of  81.6 percent. The best percentage in our region went to Gordon Central which had a 98.2 percent graduation rate (212 of 216 students) while the lowest was Cedartown High with 79.7… Read more

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Latest Heritage First Headlines: Georgia Baptist audit shows 1,300-student drop for Shorter; $16 million in cuts; $16 million in debt owed now through 2022. Rome smoking ban: a closer look. Gordon sheriff: Meth distributor, 78, busted. Updates on Turner McCrawl repaving. After deadly 2017-18 season, flu shots begin.

Latest Heritage First Headlines: Georgia Baptist audit shows 1,300-student drop for Shorter; $16 million in cuts; $16 million in debt owed now through 2022. Rome smoking ban: a closer look. Gordon sheriff: Meth distributor, 78, busted. Updates on Turner McCrawl repaving. After deadly 2017-18 season, flu shots begin.

Your 100% local news source: Locally owned, managed and focused. Hometown Headlines. LATEST HEADLINES Updates from the Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County jails. MORNING REPORT Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through… Read more

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Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through 2022.

Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through 2022.

  The 2017 annual report from the Georgia Baptist Convention on the most recent audit for Shorter University shows new concerns, continuing problems but a few potential improvements — although one key plus (land sale) has since collapsed. You can read the full review of the audit, from May 2016 through May 2017 and prepared… Read more

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About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

  On radio, pro or con: What are you thoughts on the Breatheasy proposal for the community? Please call us between 7:10 and 8 this morning on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM or listen online at wrga.streamon.fm. The studio line: 706-291-9744. Once again, the heart of Rome — Broad Street and… Read more

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Health: Public Health offering flu shots as new season begins. Last season, 145 people in Georgia — including at least five here — died because of the illness.

Health: Public Health offering flu shots as new season begins. Last season, 145 people in Georgia — including at least five here — died because of the illness.

    From Hometown: Georgia’s last flu season was very deadly. Widespread flu cases in the state claimed at least 145 lives from the fall of 2017 through May of this year. Reports early in the season confirmed there were at least five flu deaths in Northwest Georgia: Two in Floyd County as well as… Read more

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Turner McCall updates: Free and clear to navigate as of 7 this morning.

Turner McCall updates: Free and clear to navigate as of 7 this morning.

    There were no traffic buildups or detours on Turner McCall Wednesday morning. At 6:45 a.m., it was a straight shot from the Ledbetter Interchange at the 411/U.S. 27 merge into downtown Rome. That comes a day after a massive jam on the highway during the work/school rush hour. We’ll have updates on rush… Read more

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Politics: Floyd Democrats host ‘Georgia Giants’ dinner Friday; guest speaker lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico. Attorney General Chris Carr at GOP headquarters today.

Politics: Floyd Democrats host ‘Georgia Giants’ dinner Friday; guest speaker lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico. Attorney General Chris Carr at GOP headquarters today.

    The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, headlines the Georgia Giants Dinner, the Floyd County Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser and celebration, this Friday at the Christopher Browning Pavilion at Oak Hill on the campus of Berry College. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Riggs Amico will share the… Read more

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Buzz: Firefighters conducting hydrant flows in Horseleg area today-Friday. Free day at Oak Hill Saturday. Three Rivers Singers start new season Oct. 14.

Buzz: Firefighters conducting hydrant flows in Horseleg area today-Friday. Free day at Oak Hill Saturday. Three Rivers Singers start new season Oct. 14.

    Rome/Floyd County Fire Department will be flowing fire hydrants starting today through Friday in the Horseleg Creek Road area between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is mandatory testing. Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum is participating in the Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day Saturday allowing visitors free entrance. The museum will be open… Read more

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Ware Mechanical Weather Center: No real break in the heat until next week; we could see 93 today.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: No real break in the heat until next week; we could see 93 today.

  OUTLOOK Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday through Monday. Strong storms will be possible, producing gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes and locally heavy rainfall. FORECAST Wednesday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Calm wind. Thursday: Sunny, with a… Read more

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Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves name pitcher, position players of the year. Division III honors for Berry’s Bryson Lamboy.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves name pitcher, position players of the year. Division III honors for Berry’s Bryson Lamboy.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. More post-season honors from the Rome Braves: Congratulations to Position Player of the Year, Drew Waters (centerfielder), and Pitcher of the Year: Hayden Deal. More baseball below. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Rome High’s Xavier Roberts-Donaldson nominated for USA Today Super 25 Top Star:… Read more

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Obituaries: James Thomas “Jamie” Hughes, Mr. Leon Diamond, Mrs. Ruth R. Jones (104), Mrs. Bonnell Wallace Wright, Ms. Mildred Wyley.

Obituaries: James Thomas “Jamie” Hughes, Mr. Leon Diamond, Mrs. Ruth R. Jones (104), Mrs. Bonnell Wallace Wright, Ms. Mildred Wyley.

James Thomas “Jamie” Hughes, age 14, of Rome, passed away Monday evening, September 17, 2018, at his residence following a lengthy illness. Jamie was born in Rome, Ga., on October 9, 2003, son of the former Christine Riley and Thomas Patrick Hughes.  He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School and was a communicate… Read more

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Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Tuesday.

Dining: Public Health restaurant inspection scores for Tuesday.

FLOYD Long John Silvers/A&W, Turner McCall, 92 Model Elementary, 100. Model Middle School, 100. Model High School, 99. Subway, Martha Berry Highway, 91. BARTOW Tiger’s Den, Adairsville, 87. GORDON Max Tolbert School, Resaca, 100. POLK No reports. CHATTOOGA McDonald’s,  Summerville, 84. Tortaco Mexican Restaurant, Trion, 91. Wendy’s, Trion, 100.   Read more

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Crimewatch: Continuing updates from Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County law enforcement. Plus: Community safety links.

Crimewatch: Continuing updates from Floyd County, Bartow County and Polk County law enforcement. Plus: Community safety links.

About this report: We update CrimeWatch around 5:30 each weekday morning as well as at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We also add the Bartow County Jail report between 5:30 and 6 a.m. weekday mornings and throughout the weekend. The Polk County Jail report usually is posted between 8 and 9 a.m. weekdays. These reports… Read more

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Gordon Sheriff: 78-year-old man faces multiple charges, accused of being a ‘major methamphetamine distributor.’ Also: $40,000 in meth seized by investigators.

Gordon Sheriff: 78-year-old man faces multiple charges, accused of being a ‘major methamphetamine distributor.’ Also: $40,000 in meth seized by investigators.

    From Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston: In early September, the Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into reports of the large-scale distribution of methamphetamine. As a result of this investigation, Julius Robert Boswell, 78, also known as “Pops,”of 143 Pioneer Drive, has been arrested on multiple counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. Boswell… Read more

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Georgia DOT: 10.8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 in Bartow County to be repaved for $3.2 million.

Georgia DOT: 10.8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 in Bartow County to be repaved for $3.2 million.

From Georgia DOT: Work could begin soon on resurfacing U.S. 41 in Bartow County. Georgia DOT recently awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.. of Marietta valued at $3,227,367 for a construction project to resurface a portion of the highway in Bartow County. The project includes 10.820 miles of milling, inlay and plant mix… Read more

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