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The toys from the upcoming production of "The Velveteen Rabbit" pose for a group photo. The show is produced by the Rome Shakespeare Festival and will run May 31 through June 10 at First United Methodist Church. Other RSF productions kick off today at Maker Village and May 29 at the Town Gre…

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A simple ballot error made Floyd County one of the last five of Georgia's 159 counties to report election results, local officials said Wednesday.

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The theft of copper wiring and plumbing fixtures from several of the construction sites at Joe Wright Village is just one of two setbacks for the public housing community in North Rome. A shortage of masonry workers that has upped the prices for brick work has also impacted progress on five …

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Alabama wildlife officials will release a mature bald eagle Thursday at noon Central time from a boat launch off Alabama Highway 9 just west of Cedar Bluff. Marianne Hudson, a wildlife biologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the eagle has been rehabb…

A section of Wayside Road will be blocked through Thursday at 5 p.m. while Floyd County Public Works crews replace a cross-drain that has failed.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials swiftly denied parole Wednesday for a woman convicted of murder in the 1982 death of a 13-year-old girl who was abducted from a Georgia shopping mall, sexually assaulted, and injected with drain cleaner before being fatally shot.

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With the clock pushing toward midnight Tuesday, one Kay Ann Wetherington supporter waited outside the bustling room filled with Floyd County elections board members to be the first to hear the woman she has known for over 40 years was going to be a judge.

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In the governor's race, Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp are in a runoff for the Republican nomination and Stacey Abrams is the Democratic pick.

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Margaret Robert Hyatt and Maureen Kurowsky, Berry Class of '72 are having the time of their lives this week. Roommates at Berry more than 40 years ago, the pair are rooming together again during Berry's annual Alumni Work Week.

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Plans for a controversial “hobby farm” on Burnett Ferry Road and a wedding facility on a wooded tract south of Silver Creek will go before the Floyd County Commission Tuesday.

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Country music's Jeannie C. Riley may not have a bigger fan anywhere than Roman Charles Sawyer, a 33-year old who entertains his fellow clients at the Network Day Service Center in Rome to karaoke renditions of Riley's “Harper Valley PTA” virtually every Thursday morning.

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Ten eligible 3-year-olds attending the South Rome Early Learning Center at Anna K. Davie Elementary will have their tuition paid for next school year through a grant the center has recently been awarded.

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The Rome City Commission is poised to approve on Monday plans to issue $4 million in bonds to finance construction of indoor courts at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

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Dixie Color Inc., a LaFayette-based manufacturer of color resin pellets, revealed plans for a new $19 million plant in Trion Friday. To say that a major new manufacturing employer for Trion was a long time coming could be the understatement of the day. Trion Mayor Larry Stansell said the dea…

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Longtime Floyd County Superior Court Judge Robert G. Walther died Thursday night at the age of 90. Walther served on the bench of the Rome Judicial Circuit from 1980 through his retirement in 2004. Prior to being elected to the judgeship, Walther served as the Floyd County Attorney, attorney…

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Twenty names and 20 dates were read into the podium’s microphone positioned next to the statue of a kneeling police officer, holding a folded flag in his right hand while his left covers the eyes of his bowed head. With each name, a white rose was laid across a marble marker, while an office…

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On Friday morning, Rome City commissioners gave their blessing on the Rome City Schools 2019 budget, with the millage rate expected to stay at its current rate of 17.45 for the eighth consecutive year.

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Coosa High senior Amya Covington has always had a strong love for science, she said, becoming excited in the pursuit of answers for all she is curious about, absorbing information from books and internet research.

A load of logs apparently shifted as a Chattooga County trucker was attempting to turn off Ga. 101/Dean Avenue onto East 12th Street Friday morning. Passersby helped the driver get through the front windshield to safety. The driver, Frank Weaver, 63, of Lyerly, was not injured but traffic at…

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A jury found 58-year-old Maverick Brown guilty Thursday on marijuana trafficking and conspiracy charges connected to a Northwest Georgia drug enterprise run by his son which was the subject of a six-month long investigation by the GBI, ending in the seizure of  12A jury found 58-year-old Mav…

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A man, identified as Justin Lee Wade by Rome police, was taken into custody in East Rome just after 8 p.m. Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting in Bartow County earlier in the day, after the Bartow County Sheriff's Office reported two men had been shot, one fatally, on Franklin Drive…

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Al Christopher, Berry College Class of '61, loves to work with wood. He has almost single-handedly, with the support of his wife and fellow Berry alum, Becky Christopher, created the interior and exterior wood treatments for the new pavilion on the grounds of Oak Hill. Berry will formally de…

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The average Floyd County wage earner made $36,470 in 2016, up 2.2 percent from the previous year. The new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce Thursday shows that Floyd County ranked ninth for per capita real personal income  among the 14 metropolita…

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With the state budget committing to fully funding the education formula, Rome City Schools Superintendent Lou Byars said the additional $627,576 played a major role in allowing the school system to add almost two dozen classroom teachers and three central office positions this next school year.

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With all of her family coming up through Model schools, there was never really any other choice, she said. But that is perfectly fine with the soon-to-be graduate, who plans to attend the University of North Georgia in the fall. And though she is looking forward to striking out on her own in…

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Rome City Schools is facing a possible increase of $136,785 in the cost of using city transportation for busing students, as student enrollment for next school year is projected to surge above 6,348, creating a need for two additional bus routes, said Superintendent Lou Byars.

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The Rome Judicial Circuit has a new chief public defender in Sean Lowe, a 13-year veteran of the Georgia Public Defender Council who replaces the retired Teddy Lee Henley.