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Scotland Rejects Independence  
 Vote Reflects Rise of Nationalism

Scottish nationalists fell short of independence from Britain by a 55-45 percent margin in voting on Thursday. The 45% pro-independence vote is exactly the same percentage that the Nationalist party had received in parliamentary elections.

While British politicians can breathe a sigh of relief in the short term, nationalist sentiments are growing world wide.

In Europe, nationalist and so-called Euroskeptic parties now make up one third of the European parliament. `Euroskeptics` are people who want to end or radically alter the European Union and/or get rid of the Euro.

In France, the Front National party is on top in head-to-head polling versus France`s Socialist government. Other European nationalist parties include:

  • Germany - National Democratic Party
  • Greece - Golden Dawn
  • Denmark - Danish People`s Party
  • Netherlands - Party for Freedom
  • Italy - Lego Nord

There are also strong separist movements in both Spain and Belgium.

There are serious problems in Asia as well. The major powers, China, Japan, and South Korea, all have nationalist leaders. Claims to a variety of small islands and areas of open ocean have those countries plus Vietnam and the Phillipines sending military units into the area.

A recent Chinese poll showed a majority of those responding saying that they expect war with Japan. India is also becoming involved after it inked a deal with Vietnam to do off-shore oil exploration.

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For Jamie Higgins it was one of the greatest moments in her life to be named this year`s Miss Star Trek Universe at DragonCon in Atlanta. Listen as Jamie talks about what got her into the sci-fi world as well as her love for Star Trek. Jamie speaks on her passion for not only her family but her love for her job. It is because of the uniqueness that Jamie brings to the Coosa Valley, we honor her at this week`s Coosa Valley News Person of the Week.

  • Child Found Walking Down Road Soaked in Urine - A Gordon County couple was arrested this week after a 4 year-old boy was found walking down Red Bud Road alone, and soaked in urine. Reports said that a driver noticed the child and pulled over. She told police that a woman, Maria D. Hernandez, 26, pulled up and told her that he was her child. After notifying police police went to the couple`s home and they were told that she did not get off work until 7 am and that her husband had to be at work at 7 am, as a result they left their 4 year-old and 2 year-old at home sleep.
  • 2 Arrested During Traffic Stop, Guns/Weapon - A routine traffic stop in Calhoun led police to find a gun and drugs. Reports said that officers spotted Adrian Jerome Barlow, 22 of Calhoun, driving without a seatbelt on West Line Street. When he pulled over officers also noticed that a 2 year-old and 6 month-old child were not properly restrained. The officer also said that they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A passenger, Jesse Kyle Beacham, 22, of Calhoun, then allegedly gave police a false name, but the officer recognized him. It was then a search was conducted inside the car and of the adults.
  • Berry educator reappointed to Harvard Museum - A Berry College biology professor has been re-appointed to the position of Associate of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Bruce Conn, who has a Ph.D. in parasitology, is in charge of the parasite fossil specimens at the museum which houses millions of fossil vertebrate and invertebrate specimens for research and analysis. Conn has now been re-appointed to the position four consecutive times, each time receiving a five-year appointment.
  • Arrest Made in Cedartown Store Gambling - Following this week`s gambling raids at two Cedartown convenience stores, authorities have arrested 56 year-old Vanessa Gibbons of Cedartown. She was charged late this week with felony commercial gambling. Gibbons worked as a clerk at the Chevron gas station at Main Street and East Avenue.
  • Free Residential Dump Day for Cave Spring - Floyd County Government and Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful will offer a `Free Residential Dump Day` in Cave Spring on September 20th from 9 am until 2 pm. County crews and Community Service workers will be on site to help unload vehicles. Materials accepted include carpet, lumber, scrap steel, appliances, and furniture. According to Michael Skeen, Director of Public Works for Floyd County, `We like to offer a free chance for citizens to get rid of unwanted items that typically need to go to the Walker Mountain Landfill, and require a fee. Hopefully, by making it more convenient and free, citizens will have a chance to clean out their yards, garages, basements, etc.`
  • Sewer Spill Reported in Armuchee - A sewer spill was reported in Armuchee on Thursday. According to the Rome/Floyd County Sewer Division, roots caused close to 2,000 gallons of discharge into an unmade tributary leading into the Oostanaula River approximately 600 feet east of the end of Glen Lake Road.
  • Woman Attacks Jail Deputies AGAIN - The woman accused of hitting and scratching a Floyd County Deputy earlier this the week, Monique Sherina Fleming, 18, of Rome, is now facing more charges. Feleming was charged Thursday with felony obstruction of an officer and simple battery after she refused to go in her cell before lunging at deputy Sharon Poe and grabbing her face. She was charged earlir in the week with felony obstruction of an officer and simple battery after she was accused of hitting and scratching deputy Stephen Carswell in the face while he was trying to escort her to her cell.
  • Teens Arrested for Polk County Car Break-ins - Polk County authorities said that two teenage boys have been arrested for numerous auto break-ins at homes on Mountain View Court, Stone Gate Drive, Summer Wind Drive, and Michael Boulevard. They are charged with 10 counts of entering autos.
  • Arrest Made in Armuchee Car Break-ins - Floyd County Police have arrested Jeffrey Kurt Jenkins, 21 of Rome, in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Birchfield subdivision in Armuchee last month. Jenkins is charged with nine counts of felony entering an auto.
  • Accused Murderer Now Facing More Charges - Accused murderer Randy Eugene Clowers Jr, 22 of Rome, is now facing additional charges after he became involved in a fight at the Floyd County Jail. Reports said that Clowers Jr. swung his fist at Sgt. Matt Battle and Officer Caleb Morang. He was charged this week with two felony counts of obstruction of an officer; assailing, opposing or resisting an officer in a penal institution; and riot in a penal institution.
  • Trion Police Chief Announces Resignation - Trion Police Chief Chad Spraggins announced his resignation this week. Spraggins said that he plans to stay in law enforcement, but due to some family issues, he was stepping down from the job of Police Chief in Trion. He added that he will stay on the job until September 30.
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 8.1% - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent. There were 4,132,900 jobs in Georgia in August, the most since June 2008. Jobs were up by 0.6 percent, from 4,108,200 in July. The monthly gains came in government at 16,600 as seasonal school workers returned to their jobs after summer layoffs. Education and health services added 7,700 jobs, manufacturing recorded 4,000 new jobs, construction added 1,600 jobs, and other services added 1,500.
  • Task Force Finds Pot Growing in Closet - The Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force arrested 20 year-old Devonte Rene Watkins, 20, during the execution of a search warrant at a home on Fortune Street Wednesday. Watkins, who lives within 1,000 yards of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority homes, was found growing two marijuana plants in his closet. During the search officers also located scales, small plastic bags, marijuana, and several pills.
  • SPLOST Updates - T&T Commercial Services of Cartersville has been announced as the lowest bid and the company that will replace the air-conditioning unit at the Rome-Floyd County Library. The company won with a bid of $89,957. They were one of four to bid on the project that will be partially funded by SPLOST funds.
  • Rome Man Guilty for Child Molestation - Barry Curtis Hardigree, 51 of Rome, was found guilty on nine of his ten charges following his arrest for molestation a child under the age of 10. Reports said that the girl was between the ages of 7 and 9 during the time the molestation occured. He was found guilty Tuesday on aggravated sodomy by force of someone under the age of 10, two counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, violation of probation, two counts of terroristic threats and acts, criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree and two counts of aggravated assault.
  • Man Arrested for Selling Rented Merchandise - Nicholas Jay Swindle, 33 of Silver Creek, turned himself in to the Floyd County Jail Wednesday after being wanted on ten counts including theft. Reports said that Swindle allegedly rented several items and then attempted to pawn then at numerous locations. Reports said that he leased three televisions, a washer and dryer, tools, and a laptop from several different businesses.
  • Bartow Couple Indicted for Murder of 1 Year-old - Bartow County residents Brandy Ann Boyd and Austin Levi Payne were indicted by a grand jury this week for the murder of 1 year-old Journey Ann Cowart. The couple is facing malice murder, felony murder; first degree cruelty to children, aggravated battery and battery charges after Cowart was pronounced dead from a fractured skull and numerous broken bones
  • Local Scout District to Host E-Prep Day in Rome - The Coosa District of the Northwest Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting a community-wide Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) Day on Saturday, September 20th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The event will be held in the parking lot of the K Mart Shopping Center off of Hicks Drive. The event was created to provide information about the benefits of planning and preparing for emergencies. For local Scouts, E-Prep Day also offers several advancement opportunities toward merit badges and rank advancement.
  • 2014 Women`s Health Initiative Announced - The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, together with community partners, Floyd Medical Center, Harbin Clinic, Redmond Regional Medical Center, Healthy U of Georgia, and Floyd County Public Health, announce the 3rd Annual Women’s Health Initiative. The free health fair will take place on October 4th from 8am to noon at the Floyd County Health Department. Services offered will include clinical breast exams and pap tests, cholesterol and glucose checks, blood pressure screening, vision and dental exams, HIV screening, skin exams, and mammograms.
  • St. Mary`s Celebrates 69th Founders Day - Saint Mary`s Catholic School celebrated it`s 69th birthday this week. The annual celebration, known as Founder`s Day within the school, brought face painting, cookie decorating, and a spirit day, where students wore their favorite SMS spirit wear. `Founder`s Day started to be a big thing a few years back,` said Christa Jackson, who serves as master of ceremonies for the day. `We stick to the same basic formula of fun each year, but occasionally throw in a new surprise.`
  • Heart of the Community Nominations Sought - Nominations are being accepted for the annual program that honors individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the community through volunteerism. The Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. and its Board of Governors are accepting nominations of potential recipients for the 28th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. The deadline for nominations is October 23, 2014. According to Sammy Rich, Chairman of the Board of Governors, the awards committee searches for individuals who have given their time and talents to make this community a better place in which to live through their selfless dedication to volunteer and community service.
  • Neaton Announces $8M, 50 Jobs Expansion - For the fifth time in less than fifteen years, Neaton Rome has announced yet another expansion. The latest for the auto parts company calls for an expansion of $8 million that looks to add at least 50 new jobs.
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  • NRA Endorses Nathan Deal for Governor - On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Nathan Deal for reelection as Governor of Georgia. Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Deal has earned an `A` rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election. An `A` rating is reserved for a pro-gun elected official who has consistently supported the NRA`s position on votes of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.
  • Deal: Expand Strategic Industries grant - Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposal to expand Georgia`s Strategic Industries Workforce Grants (SIWG) to include four additional areas of study in high demand: computer programing, certified engineering technician, film/set design and precision manufacturing. The plan builds on an earlier initiative that provides full technical college tuition for students in seven critical-need fields of study.
  • 100 Blackmen to Host Political Debate in Rome - The 100 Blackmen of Rome/Northwest Georgia Inc. , AARP, Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Rome/Floyd County NAACP and MLK Commission will host a political forum at the Rome Civic Center on Tuesday, October 7. The event will begin at 5 pm with a meet and greet as well as refreshments. Opening Statements will begin at 6 pm with candidates given two minutes. It will be followed by questions from the audience.
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Come to Coosa Valley News this Friday starting at 5:30 for the LIVE call in sports talk program` In the Zone` with Tony Potts and Matt Smith as they gear you up for the football weekend! Tony and Matt with talk on high school, college and pro football, along with the hottest news in the world of sports! Plus You can call in with your questions!

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  • DFCS Counselor Guilty of Raping 14 Year-old - Former Fulton County DFCS counselor Earl Hopper, 39, was convicted this week on molesting a 14 year-old girl. He was then sentenced in absentia to life plus 51 years in prison. Hopper initially denied involvement in the 2011 incident, but DNA evidence linked him to the attack and he was arrested.
  • Church Employee Accused of Stealing $90K Arrested - Gwendolyn Hawthorne, 61, of Marietta, was finally arrested late this week after she was accused of stealing over $93,000 in church money from where she once worked. Police said that Hawthorne allegedly took $93,744.25 from Crown of Life Community Baptist Church in Powder Springs. She was accused of making 937 fraudulent transactions between March 2007 and February of this year.
  • DeKalb Bookkeeper Arrested for Stealing Deposits - Stephine Barkley, a bookkeeper in DeKalb County has been fired and arrested after reports said she allegedly stole close to $15,000 in deposits from Lithonia High School. She was charged with theft by taking.
  • Former GT Star Arrested for Domestic Violence - Former Georgia Tech and current Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer,25, has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
  • Gov. Breaks Ground on Northwest Corridor Project - Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the State Transportation Board and other state and local leaders on Wednesday broke ground for the Northwest Corridor Georgia Express Lanes project, some 30 miles of managed lanes which will increase mobility for I-75 and I-575 motorists and bolster economic development efforts. The $834 million Public Private Partnership will feature two new managed lanes along the west side of I-75 between its interchanges with I-285 and I-575. The lanes, scheduled to open in 2018, will be barrier separated from the existing interstate and will be reversible so that both will carry traffic southbound during morning commute hours and northbound in the evenings. Above the I-575 interchange, one new reversible lane will be added in the I-75 center median to Hickory Grove Road and a similar new I-575 lane will extend to Sixes Road. Vehicles will access the NWC managed lane system via six new I-75 interchanges at I-285, Terrell Mill and Roswell roads, I-575 and Big Shanty and Hickory Grove roads and three slip-ramp access points from existing lanes on I-75 and I-575.
  • Pot Patch Found in Leesburg, 3 Arrest Made - According to Cherokee, County AL Sheriff Jeff Shaver, investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Forestry Commission were conducting surveillance of a marijuana patch in the Leesburg area near Alabama Highway 273 and observed Kenneth Leroy Mackey tending to the plants. Surveillance conducted on previous dates led to the identification of James C. Wainwright and Jerry Allen Walker also tending the plants. As a result, all three individuals were arrested and charged with first degree unlawful possession of marijuana.
  • Savannah Harbor Has Highest Cargo Month Ever - The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year. `Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,` said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. `Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern U.S.`
  • Cook County Student Found with Gun at School - Authorities in Cook County, Georgia said that a student was apprehended by police after he brought a .22 caliber pistol to his high school this week. Reports said that the 17 year-old student was found to have had the gun in a small drawstring bag in the school`s cafeteria early Wednesday morning.
  • Lawrenceville Man Kills Stepfather Over Puppy - A 23 year-old Lawrenceville man, Diamond G. Mason stabbed and killed his stepfather, Joseph J. Kollie, 51, during an argument over a puppy on Wednesday. Reports said that Mason brought the puppy home about a week ago, and Kollie `did not approve of this and repeatedly asked him to remove the puppy from the home.`
  • Former Falcons Running Back Arrested - Former Atlanta Falcon running back Jason Michael Snelling was arrested in Gwinnett County this week on a charge of driving without a license. This is the second brush with the law in the last 11 months for the retired football player.
  • Kroger to Hire Atleast 2000 Atlanta Employees - Kroger announced that it has plans to hire at least 2,000 employees for its Atlanta Division stores. According to an article in theAtlanta Business Chronicle, all of the positions are permanent.
  • Woman Gets 5 Years for Stealing Rent Money - Former Union City apartment manager, Shannon Denise Howard, 43, has been sentenced to five years in prison after her she pleaded guilty to stealing over $100,000 in rent money. She was also ordered to pay all of the money back.
  • Chaparral Boats to create 50 jobs in Berrien Co. - Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Chaparral Boats will expand its existing facility, creating 50 new jobs in Berrien County. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Chaparral and its subsidiary Robalo are renowned world leaders in family sport boats and recreational fishing boats. The company recently developed a new line of high-quality Vortex jet boats, creating new jobs and expanding production facilities. Based on initial sales results, Chaparral anticipates additional expansion in the future.
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In the Mind of - Tony Potts
So, is anyone else tired of hearing about Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy?

What I am more shocked about is Florida State. How can Jimbo Fisher continue to allow his quarter back Jameis Winston to get away with utter stupidness at FSU? Yes, Winston was not `charged` with raping that woman, but OJ was innocent of killing Nicole right? Jameis later stole crab legs. Now he decides to stand up in the middle of a cafeteria and yell an obscene sexual phrase about women. I`m sorry, but if you don`t` have any more class than that, you shouldn`t be taking a `class` at FSU at all.

Atlanta has a new meaning for the Washington DC Nationals. Do you know what DC stands for in Atlanta? Division Champions.

Think about Major League Baseball right now. If all turns out as planned, 2 teams on the Beltway (Washington/Baltimore - 40 miles), 2 teams in the same city (Las Angeles Dodgers/Angels) could make the playoffs and make for an exciting World Series.

It`s amazing how UGA fans can go from mountain top to fire everyone in less than 5 hours. There was a lot of blame to go around and yet it was just `one of those things` last Saturday in Columbus. I really don`t think 1 thing cost the Dawgs the game. Bad calls from the refs, bad play call, two missed field goals, yadda yadda yadda. The last two times UGA lost to Carolina they went on to win the East. No more mistakes. Take care of business and your goals are still obtainable. Easy Bulldawg Nation.

So last week it reminded me one important thing. Never bet on games with your heart.

Last week I went 7-3 with the Dawgs winning, despite going against my better judgment knowing how the Ol Ball Coach feels about the Dawgs.

Let`s hope for a 10 for 10 this week in Potts Picks!

  • Oregon over Washington State
  • Florida State over Clemson
  • South Carolina over Vandy
  • Oklahoma over West Virginia
  • LSU over Mississippi State
  • Georgia over Troy
  • Alabama over Florida
  • NFL- Chicago over New York
  • NFL - Seattle over Denver
  • NFL - Houston over New York Giants

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  • Hawks fall to No. 3 Limestone - Still looking for their first win of the season, the Hawks knew No. 3 Limestone was going to be a tough opponent. But, Shorter rose to the occasion, and despite falling 2-1, the Hawks proved they aren`t to be taken lightly.
  • Lady Hawks make history with 2-0 win - Women`s soccer made history Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Truett-McConnell College. The win improves the Lady Hawks to 4-0 on the season and gives Shorter its best start in program history.
  • Shorter Soccer Makes National Ranking - For the second straight week, Shorter`s men`s soccer team finds itself at No. 10 on the latest NCCAA Men`s Soccer Rankings the conference. The Hawks, which are a part of the NCCAA`s South Region, are joined on the list by fellow region members Judson and Emmanuel who rank 11th and 12th, respectively.
  • Nick Chubb Undergoes Surgery - Former Cedartown and current UGA football star Nick Chubb is likely to miss Saturday’s game against Troy following surgery on his left thumb. The freshman went under the knife Monday as doctors inserted surgical screws to repair a fracture he suffered in practice.
  • Braves to Play at Sun Trust Park - The Atlanta Braves have a name for their new Cobb County home. The team announced on Tuesday that the Braves will play at SunTrust Park during its groundbreaking ceremony in Cobb County.
  • Shaw earns Hawks` first-ever GSC Player of the Wee - Jordan Shaw came to Shorter hoping to throw passes as a quarterback. Instead, the junior from Jasper has become the first-ever player in the Hawks` 10-year history to be named a Gulf South Conference Player of the Week - picking off passes as a safety. Thanks to a record-setting performance in Shorter`s 27-20 win over non-conference foe Mars Hill 27-20 that gave the team its first 2-0 start since 2011, Shaw earned this week`s top GSC Defensive honor when he spearheaded the Hawks` defense by setting a school record for interceptions in a game nabbing three picks for 115 yards and one touchdown.
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    • Chieftains Museum to Host War of 1812 Event - Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host the free event, `Forward March: The Cherokee and the War of 1812` on September 19-20, 2014 on the museum grounds at 501 Riverside Parkway in Rome. The program begins at 6:30pm on Friday evening, September 19th with a lecture, `The Cherokee in the Creek War (1813-1814): The Forging of an Alliance with Andrew Jackson,` presented by author and historian Dr. Susan Abram from Western Carolina University. The program continues from 10:30am-4:30pm on Saturday, September 20th with a War of 1812 living history event on the property, featuring War of 1812 soldiers in uniform demonstrating equipment and conducting marching activities with visitors. Guests entering the museum will learn more about the Creek War of 1813-1814 through special exhibit materials. The event is supported by a grant through the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

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      • Berry to Host Final Farmer`s Market - Berry College Student Enterprises will host the last farmers market of the season from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday next to the Steven J. Cage Center. Berry students and Rome area vendors will offer a variety of goods including select cuts of meat, cheeses, vegetables, herbs, furniture, rugs, vegetables, jams, and even Berry eagle memorabilia. Please note Berry Angus Beef will be selling roasts, brisket and short ribs at a 30 percent discount. There is a limited supply of steaks and ground beef.

        New Exhibit Opens at Moon Gallery - Artist Rick Berman will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. to open his exhibit Monday (Sept. 22) in Berry College Moon Gallery. Bermans work, Clayworker, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Sep. 22 through Oct. 17. Both events are free and open to the public.

        Tellus Museum to host T-Rex Lunch and Learn - LUNCH AND LEARN at Tellus Science Museum. The Lifestyle of Tyrannosaurus Rex by Dr. Dion Stewart on Wednesday, Sept 24 12:15 PM. Members: FREE. Non-Members: Regular Admission. What did the Tyrannosaurus rex eat? How fast could it run? Dr. Dion Stewart, Professor of Geology at Georgia Perimeter College will discuss how scientists answer these and many other questions by examining the fossils of the T-Rex.

        Shorter University presents The Miracle Worker - The heroic true story of Helen Keller and her beloved teacher, Annie Sullivan, will unfold at Shorter Universitys Callaway Theatre. `The Miracle Worker` will run nightly Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call the Shorter University box office at 706-233-7288 to reserve tickets.

        Berry College offers theatre, concerts and a lecture series - The Berry College Theatre Company will perform its rendition of The Fantasticks from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5. Performances will be held each week, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the E.H Young Theatre located on campus.

        60 and Over Softball Seeking Players - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is registering for 60 and Over Senior Softball Recreation League. The league is open to men and women ages 60 and over. The registration fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Games are held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays at Alto Park. This is a recreational league with a few modified rules to ensure safety.

        Registration Underway for Miracle Field of Rome - Registration for the Miracle field of Rome has begun and will continue until September 26th through Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority. The registration fee is still $50 per player, however, there are scholarship opportunities for interested families. October 4th will be a pre-season practice at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Uniforms will be distributed at this time. The season will open on Saturday October 11th with games at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, & 2:30pm. A break will take place on October 18th and play resumes October 25th. Starting October 25th, games will move back to 11am, 12pm, & 1pm for the remainder of the season through November 15th.