The Floyd County Commission will meet in regular session tomorrow. They’ll convene in a caucus session at 4 pm, which will be followed by their regular meeting at 6 pm at the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome. Take a look at their agenda online at www.romefloyd.com.
The Habitat for Humanity of Rome and Floyd County will host their second annual Hike for Humanity at Berry College to help fund dream houses this Saturday, March 31st. Registration for the event will be offered from 8 until 10 am. It will be a family-friendly event, though small children will need some assistance. Shuttles will be available to anyone needing assistance. In addition, young children may walk for free with their parents (t-shirts will not be available for young children). Participants are urged to get the support of their family, friends, co-workers and church members in the form of sponsorships with a minimum goal of $50. The Skyliners Bluegrass Band will perform at Berry’s “House O’ Dreams” as part of the Hike. For more information, call Habitat at (706) 378-0030.
The state Senate adopted a $19.2 billion state budget plan earlier this week. State Senator Barry Loudermilk says the plan includes a little financial help for students who lost funding from the HOPE scholarship due to budget cuts from the program in the past year.
Spring is here, and that means that the Rome/Floyd County Spring into Peace is right around the corner. The goal of this year’s Spring into Peace is to promote peace and encourage action, according to chairwoman Ruth Demeter.
The University System of Georgia has awarded Georgia Highlands College a grant of $30,000 to continue building its program for minority male students. According to a GHC media release, the USG began an initiative in 2003 to improve the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of this population. Each institution has created its own program to address the issue of these students whose college success has lagged behind other student cohorts. GHC’s program is called Georgia Highlands African-American Male and Minority Excellence (GHAME) and started in 2008 with only seven students on the Floyd campus. Today, the program serves 110 young men from all GHC sites. The program is headed up by GHC dean of the Humanities Division, Dr. John Hershey. Since the program’s inception, GHC has seen a rise in the rentention and graduation rates for minority males.