The Atlanta Braves shut out the Miami Marlins 7-0 last night in the finale of a two game series between the teams (and of a four game home stand) at Turner Field. It was the first career shut out for Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, who pitched last night’s entire game.
Shorter University’s 10th ranked Lady Hawks softball team topped St. Gregory’s from Oklahoma 5-2 in the first game of pool play for Pool G of the 2012 NAIA Softball National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Lady Hawks hope to remain unbeaten in pool play as they take on Madonna from Michigan this evening at 6 pm. They will face defending national champion Oregon Tech in their finale of pool play tomorrow.
A black bear was spotted in Rome today around Turner McCall Boulevard at Riverside Parkway near the Rome-Floyd Library and Ridge Ferry Park. The bear, which is said to weigh around 350 pounds, has now apparently fled into to the woods. It was first spotted around the Law Enforcement Center in downtown Rome. Law enforcement officers, animal control officials and the Georgia DNR were on the scene investigating the incident. The walking trail at Ridge Ferry Park was closed for a time as a precautionary measure. More information is to come…
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the ninth straight month in April to 8.9 percent, the first time in more than three years that the rate has dropped below nine percent. The rate was down from 9.0 percent in March. Georgia’s jobless rate stood at 9.8 percent in April 2011.
The Floyd County Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for next school year that changes the start date for students from August 1st to August 8th. According to a Floyd County Schools media release, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Plunkett made a motion to change the start date for the school year in order to save jobs and important school programs, a motion that was unanimously approved by the school board. The change will also remove three additional work days from the calendar for employees that will be taken from teacher planning days in the calendar. Local schools will determine which days will be taken for the three additional reduced work days at the local schools.