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Floyd County 4-H JR LifeSmarts Team participants completed multiple online quizzes to earn one of four spots at the state competition held Monday, Feb. 17. The team was challenged through three rounds of quiz bowl type questions and one Speed Smarts round.

Rachel Stubbs and William Black were named the queen and king of Valentine’s Day festivities as part of a mystery trip with the Rome Nutrition Center to Larry’s Restaurant in Trenton. The group also was treated to a dessert by Beverly Cowart, president of the state council.

Samuel D. Raper of Rome was named to the University of Alabama’s President’s List for fall 2019. The President’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students with an academic record of 4.0, or all A’s.

Kobe Tyler Sims, of Boy Scout Troop 118, earned his Eagle Scout honor for remodeling an unused room at First United Church of Shannon as an activity room. He was required to plan, develop and complete a community service project to join the fewer than 7% of all Boy Scouts who become Eagle Scouts. 

The Georgia Auctioneers Commission presents Charlie Gay with a plaque on Jan. 27 in recognition of his 16 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Georgia and the commission. He was appointed to the commission on Dec. 18, 2003, by then-Gov. Sonny Purdue and served until his resignation …

Floyd County 4-H had four youth participate in the Carroll County Winter Classic this weekend. Lexi Terry (right) is shown with her Hereford, which won ribbons in Grand Champion Breed, Reserve Champion Breed and 3rd Showmanship. Other local winners are Blaine Terry — Grand Champion Breed, 3r…

Amanda Maloney (right), pictured with NARFE President Willie Caldwell, presented a program on the 2020 Census at the January meeting of National Active and Retired Federal Employees. Data collection for the census will be held in April. NARFE meets the second Thursday of each month at 11:15 …

Priscilla Tunnell, minister of music and children at North Broad Baptist Church, is presented with the Doyle E. Carlton Award from Stetson University on Nov. 9. The award is given to a Stetson alumnus in recognition of a life-long devotion to Christian higher education and ministry. Ranell T…

Applications for two $1,000 college scholarships are being accepted by the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League. Applicants must have a family connection to an active duty or former Marine. They must reside in either of the following area counties: Floyd, Polk, Chattooga, Bartow, Cherokee…

Mike Hester (right), newly-installed commandant of the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League, is congratulated by retiring commandant Tom Beavers. Other officers installed during Saturday ceremonies were (from left) John Riley, sergeant-at-arms; Tom Bing, paymaster; Jerry Curtis, senior vi…

At the December meeting of the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association, Robert Kresser, a representative from Association Member Benefits Adviser, spoke to the association on the importance of having insurance at retirement age. Some of the areas addressed were home health and long-term car…

Kiwanis Club of Rome member Claborn Bradfield, center, is congratulated by Georgia District Kiwanis Division 11 Lt. Gov. Brett James of the Murray County club and Rome club President Diana Sands. Bradfield was awarded the Legion of Honor for 50 years of service — including as club president …

Berry College student publications received national awards in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 36th annual Gold Circle Awards contest and the Fall National College Media Convention.

The Theta Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrated AKA National Family Caregivers' Day during an afternoon at the West Cinemas Theatre in Cedartown Nov. 17 where caregivers and sorority members were treated to the movie "Upside" starring Kevin Hart and concessions.

The Thanksgiving Love Feast, initiated by the Rev. Terrell Shields (right), pastor of Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, receives a donation of $500 presented by the newly elected Moderator of the North Georgia General Missionary Baptist Association, the Rev. Windell Smith, pastor of Hopewe…

At the November meeting, the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators remembered veterans. Bill King, a veteran and educator, spoke about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica, and Larry Cooper, past guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, told stories about the tomb including his duties and respons…

World War II veteran Horace L. Cline of Cave Spring with his great-grandchildren at the Veterans Day Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic School. He served in the AmeriCal Division in the Pacific Theater and was among the first occupying troops in Tokyo. He turned 96 years old earlier this month and …

Melissa King (from left), Trineene Hall and Sarita Johnson stand in front of the doors at the grand opening of Ruby’s Private Care and Georgia Regional Transportation Co. Ruby’s Private Care was created by Melissa King as a tribute and legacy to her grandmother Mrs. Ruby Nell Foster. Melissa…

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 …