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Sarah Smith (right) donates eight inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Smith chose to donate in honor of her grandmother, "Nana" Annie Catherine Smith, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. Pictured with Sarah is Tracey Murphy from Shear Professionals, Rome.

Three Floyd County 4-H students have placed at the 76th Annual Georgia 4-H Congress, an annual event celebrating the success and achievements of 4-H’ers in Georgia. The congress included recognition of scholarships, special events, leadership and project winners, competition in 4-H Project A…

Glenwood Primary School was presented with a check from Floyd Springs Masonic Lodge #167 to begin their innovation lab and makerspace initiative. (From left) Floyd County Schools employee and Floyd Springs Lodge #167 member Paul Brownlow, Floyd Springs Lodge #167 member Shortie Gray, Cheroke…

Joe Costolnick, Executive Director of the Harbor House Child Advocacy Center(center), accepts a donation from the staff of F & P Georgia after the F & P Georgia 5k and Healthwalk which was held in June. The company chooses a different person or organization every year to benefit from…

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and General Electric announced this week the 20 students who were awarded the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship program, which just completed its eighth year, rewards students who embody the vision and values personified…

Casey Cagle, the leading conservative Republican for governor, today assembled a Task Force of noted pro-life leaders from across the state – charging them with putting together a comprehensive plan for Georgia’s state health and law enforcement agencies to act upon on day one of his adminis…

Berry College student Celine Seguin recently joined the Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocates Team. Seguin will be advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court proceedings. Pictured from left are CASA director Sue Lagermann, Seguin, J…

Roman Chris Kerr has been elected as the incoming chair of the Heart of the Community Foundation. In addition to the foundation, Kerr is a member of the City of Rome Public Arts Committee, the Rome Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and th…

Roman Chris Kerr has been elected as the incoming chair of the Heart of the Community Foundation. In addition to the foundation, Kerr is a member of the City of Rome Public Arts Committee, the Rome Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and th…

Friendly River Homemaker Club selected four graduating students to each receive a $500 Stewart-Johnston Memorial Scholarship. From left are Kayleigh Carney, Armuchee; Marie Carney, club president; Erin Carney, Model and Christopher Dean, Armuchee. Not pictured, Andrew Estes, Model.

Floyd County Police Officer Zachary Doan (center) graduated from Georgia Public Safety Training Center Session 8 Basic Police Academy on Friday. He is joined in the photo with Major Carl Lively (left) and Captain Greg Dobbins.

Second Lt. Hayden Owen was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force on May 22 at Carlton House, the residence of Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy Lt. General Jay B. Silveria. Owen is a member of Squadron Five as was Lt. General Silveria when he graduated from the U.S. Air…

Members of American Heritage Girls Troop GA 0771 recently took a mission trip to Booneville and Owsley County, Kentucky. Owsley County is the poorest in the United States. While there the troop worked on many projects including painting a porch, visiting with senior citizens, planting flower…

Mae Byrd (left) congratulates Coosa High School graduate Mariah Lambert on being named to receive the Sam and Mae Byrd Scholarship presented each year by the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League. Looking on is Troy Bolt, detachment senior vice commandant and scholarship program chairman. …

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Sean P. Cothran, (center) grandson of Hollis and Carolyn Cothran of Armuchee, earned his silver wings and graduated from USAF Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training on June 8 as a “Distinguished Graduate.” His father, Barry Cothran, his uncles David and John Cothran,…

Rome City Schools hosts a Summer Language Camp at Elm Street every year for students learning English as a second language. Students who need help with their academic English can build their skills over the summer in a two week camp. Students work on language and literacy skills they can pra…

The Greater Young Marines recently celebrated Rome Young Marines Gunnery Sgt. Jerry Cable’s retirement. Cable joined the Rome Young Marines in 2009 at 8 years old. 

Retiring Floyd County Schools employees Jill Miller, a diagnostician, John Jackson, the school superintendent, and Chris Toles, the executive director of finance, are celebrated during a retirement party May 29, 2018. / Contributed

Rome Middle School was recently visited by State Superintendent Richard Woods, where he officially awarded Rome City Schools with the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant. As one of the largest and most competitive grants in the state, the Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading g…

Rome City Schools’ Superintendent Louis Byars was elected to join the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. as a member of the board of directors on May 22.

Renva Watterson worked briefly at Georgia Highlands College as a part-time instructor of communication in 2005. At the time, she was the dean of Liberal Arts at Shorter University. One of her faculty members at Shorter, who was slated to teach summer classes at Shorter and GHC, had an emerge…

Shorter University student David Thompson has been selected to receive the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for his senior year of study at Shorter. In addition, he was selected as a recipient of an Alpha Chi Region III scholarship for undergradua…

Officers representing six state and local agencies were honored Tuesday during the annual Respect for Law awards luncheon sponsored jointly by the Rome Noon Optimist Club and the Seven Hills Rotary Club. Selected by their respective departments were (from left) Ofc. Phil Smith, Georgia Depar…

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Across the state on May 8, local school systems hosted their own Georgia Future Educators Signing Day. Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy participated in this initiative which provided the opportunity to recognize high school students who have decided to dedicate their service i…

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Rome High School students Magdelena Macias and Maiasia Johnson speak to Anna K. Davie students as part of the Career Pathways Day at the elementary school. Pathways programs give students the option to take classes at Rome High School and at the end of three or more years they can graduate f…

The annual Rome City Schools Elementary Honor Chorus event was held at Rome High School on April 30. Fifth and sixth-grade students from Anna K. Davie, East Central, Elm Street, West Central and West End Elementary Schools participated under the direction of Rome Middle School chorus teacher…

Taking Best of Show top honors at the Kiwanis Club of Rome Art Showcase held recently at the Rome-Floyd County Library and grant-supported by the Rome Area Council for the Arts are Model High School senior Kat Hatcher, first place; Rome High School senior Emma Rose Bailey, second place, and …

Armuchee High School senior Josiah Hammond was awarded North Georgia Electric Membership Corp.’s 2018 Howard Baker Memorial Scholarship for Floyd County. Hammond plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in Aeronautical Engineering.