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St. Paul AME members present a $500 donation to Cancer Navigators’ fundraising coordinator Sarah Husser. Pictured are Celestine Burrell (from left), Pamela Davis, Husser, Faye Burley, Linda Mathis, and the Rev. Della Watkins.

What began as an effort to fulfill a last-minute request from her son has turned into a ministry for Mary Womack to bring joy to loved ones and their families struggling with cancer and to help Cancer Navigators.

GNTC President Heidi Popham (from left) stands with recipient of the Bobby Blair grant George News, Troy Bolt of the Rome Marine Corps League, and Michelle Beatson, Foundation Administrator at GNTC Foundation.

Members of the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League, celebrate the Corps’ 244th birthday with a banquet Saturday night at the Palladium, Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. Former commandant Hal Gosnell (from left) holds the ceremonial sword as Tom Beavers, commandant, presents a slice of birthday …

The Cave Spring High School graduating class of 1969 recently celebrated their 50th reunion at the A & B Creekside Restaurant in Cave Spring. Pictured are Freddy Childers (from left), Susan Hall Childers, Billy Terry, Carol Kerr Burke, Ray Highfield, Kathy Kerr Knight, Patricia Lindsey H…

Taylor Marie Burkhalter-Patterson (left) shakes hands with Floyd Superior Court Judge Billy Sparks after the judge administered the oath admitting her to the bar. Her father, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, looks on in the background with her cousin Sara Jo Pierce. She is a third-generation attorney…

Coosa High School Class of 1969 held their 50th class reunion on Oct. 12 at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk Marriott hotel on West Third Street in the Downtown River District.

Two graduates from the Rome area are leaving to serve full time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sevie Andrews is leaving on Oct. 30 to serve in Ogden, Utah, and Mayu Askew will leave Jan. 15 to serve in Nagoya, Japan.

At the September meeting, Floyd-Rome Retired Educators had four new members join the organization for 2019-20. FRREA membership Chairwoman Diane Lanham (left) welcomes new members Jean Thurston, Jean Evans, Valerie Plunkett and Amy Hyde with a gift.

Rome Middle School hosted community members, faculty, staff, students and their families to witness the REACH Georgia Signing Ceremony as they announced the school system’s first ever REACH scholars. REACH Georgia is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program.

Benjamin Adkison recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and also commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Georgia Army National Guard. Ben is the son of Kay and Bill Adkison, sister Nicole, and wife Hannah. He is the grandson of Harol…

A host of family and friends gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mrs. Inez Pettyjohn Bramlett, born Oct. 21, 1919, in Cobb County. Still enjoying good health and a vivid memory, she relocated to Rome from Marietta 14 years ago to be near her two children, Rachel Patterson (left) and …

Christopher Pope (right), Rome-based agent of Modern Woodmen financial planning agency, holds a $1,000 check representing his recent donation to the Highland Rivers Foundation, a newly-formed nonprofit foundation supporting the recovery programs of Highland Rivers Health. Pope pledged $1,000…

Rome City Commissioner Milton Slack reads the city’s Red Ribbon Week Proclamation in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31 during Monday’s City Commission meeting as local Young Marines and Greater Rome Georgia Marines stand by. The Young Marines program stresses drug educatio…

Benjamin Adkison recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and also commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Georgia Army National Guard. Ben is the son of Kay and Bill Adkison, sister Nicole, and wife Hannah. He is the grandson of Harol…

Members of the Rockmart High School Class of 1959 recently celebrated their 60-year reunion. The event, which included a catered barbecue dinner, was held Sept. 14 at Coot’s Lake, off U.S. 278. Attending the reunion were: (front row, from left) Marie (Reynolds) Glenum, Elaine (Coats) Bailey,…

Sharon Baker, BSN, MN, CWHNP, who has served on the Georgia Commission on Women since being appointed by Gov. Barnes in 2002, has been reappointed to serve until 2021 as health committee chair and secretary for the Executive Committee.

The following students were honored by Georgia Northwestern Technical College for their high degree of achievements during the school’s summer semester.

On Sept. 29, the Between the Rivers Neighborhood Association had its annual picnic at the Clocktower. Members brought donations of cash, food and supplies for PAWS in appreciation of the shelter’s work in trapping the wild dogs that roamed the area.

APRA HARBOR, Guam — Machinists Mate (Nuclear) 3rd Class Blake Edwards, from Rome, throws a heaving line to the pier as the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City moors pier side following a family day cruise. Oklahoma City is one of four forward-deployed submarines assigne…

Lee Dollar was named as a consumer member on the Georgia Real Estate Commission by Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday. Dollar is facilities and project manager for the 32 facilities in the Uncle Remus Regional Library System and West Georgia Regional Library System. He and his wife live in Lindale…

Shown is the presentation of a donation to the Ruth & Naomi House from Order of Eastern Star East Floyd Chapter 501. From left are Joyce Gray, Ashley Demonbreun-Chapman and Pat Townes. Gray and Townes, along with JD Raborg (not pictured), represented OES East Floyd Chapter 501.

Lee Dollar was named as a consumer member on the Georgia Real Estate Commission by Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday. Dollar is facilities and project manager for the 32 facilities in the Uncle Remus Regional Library System and West Georgia Regional Library System. He and his wife live in Lindale…

Ben Taylor (far left) of Cave Spring and Andy Smith (far right) of Adairsville, along with their wives, visited their children Drew Taylor (center left) and Emma Kate Smith (center right) at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ben and Andy graduated from Coosa High Scho…

Floyd County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Chairman Cleve Jackson was a finalist in the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet, held during the GFB YF&R Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island.

Lt. Meredith Ansley, a 2001 Darlington School graduate and native of Rome, is one of those responsible for providing timely, comprehensive and tactically relevant information for ships, submarines, aircraft and other commands operating throughout the globe.

Most Americans rely on weather forecasts to plan their daily routine. The U.S. Navy is no different. With numerous ships, submarines and airplanes deployed around the world, sailors and civilians serving with the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi…

A delegation from the Rome Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees recently met with U.S. Rep. Tom Graves at his Rome office to discuss bills currently in Congress which affect Federal Employees and Retirees. Members of the group that met with Rep. Graves (center) included (…

The Model High School Class of 1959 held their annual reunion on Aug. 3 at the Shannon Scout Hut. Classmates in attendance included (front row, from left) Peggy Goddard Sims, Patricia Carver Martin, Shelvia Ann Buttram Payne, Brenda Burton Jones, Sheila Barton, Mary Sue Stroup Gilliland, Jew…

The Rome Lodge No. 79 Prince Hall Masons recently held their second annual Charlie R. Morrison Scholarship Dinner at the Kelsey-Aycock-Burrell Center, 41 Washington Drive, on Aug. 4. Scholarship recipients included (seated, from left) Christopher North, Rome High; Shakeem Hudson, Rome High; …

Haley Dyanne Jackson, daughter of Mardi Haynes-Jackson and the late Willie J. Jackson of Rome, has earned a Doctorate of Public Health with minors in epidemiology and leadership and management from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Erin Lehmberg, a Rome resident and Georgia State University master of arts degree candidate, is this year’s Lyle Mamer Fellowship recipient. The $1,000 fellowship, awarded by the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, is presented to an outstanding student pursuing a degree …

On Wednesday, Gov. Brian P. Kemp held swearing-in ceremonies for 21 appointees to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund, Board of Corrections, Board of Economic Development, Georgia Council for the Arts and the Savannah-Georgia Convention Center Authority Board.

Terrell Shaw of the Ridge and Valley Storytelling Guild entertained the local unit of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees during NARFE’s August meeting.

The Watters District Council for Historical Preservation recently moved its collection of historic items. The task was made easier by the help of many people. Jeff Ratliff of the Shannon Pharmacy allowed the group to store its materials prior to finding a permanent home in the Shannon Masoni…

Lovejoy Baptist Church recently celebrated its annual Rev. J.L. Vaughn Day. The Rev. Vaughn believed in education, fought for civil and human rights and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Carey Ingram initiated a scholarship program in remembrance of the Rev. Vaughn. Rome High Schoo…

World War II veteran Bob Lattimer was recently presented with medals he earned during his service, including the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the National Defense medal and the Honorable Service lapel pin.

Volunteer Services presented two checks to Floyd Medical Center on Friday, $270,000 to Floyd Medical Center and $5,000 to Polk Medical Center. The money was raised by sales at the gift shops at both hospitals, donations through the Hole in the Wall thrift shop, baby photos and special sales.