Election season is in full swing. The focus, of course, has mainly been on the Republican party as their supporters go to the polls to determine who will represent the party in the fall against President Barack Obama. Members of both the Republican and Democratic parties have a vested interest in knowing how the Republican presidential candidates stack up against Obama. Wendy Davis, vice president for campaigns and elections for the Floyd County Democratic Party, told WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Thursday that she anticipates lively debates between Obama and whoever gets the Republican presidential nomination. She also noted that there are far fewer debates planned for the fall than are going on now for Republican candidates.
The Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville will continue its monthly lecture series tonight as museum director Jose Santamaria discusses “The Paleontology of Georgia” at 7 pm. Marketing director Joe Schulman invites the public to attend. He says that the museum galleries will be open extended hours until 9 pm.
The 29-year-old man that was hit and killed by a train on Wednesday night has been identified. Donald Hicks, Jr. of Legion Drive in Lindale was struck by a Norfolk-Southern train at the tracks along Maple Road where it turns into Park Avenue. He and another person tried to cross the tracks about 9:30 pm Wednesday night. The other person made it across. Hicks was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center shortly after the incident.
The Shane Richardson Memorial Adult Spelling Bee was held last night out at Berry College. The Hive Talkin’ team won it for properly spelling “lagniappe”. The event raised money for the Harbor House, a local non-profit organization aimed at serving children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse.
This month, February, is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Amy Weaver, Executive Director of the Hospitality House for Women says that the statistics are staggering related to teen violence. She says that 71 percent of teens say that bullying is a problem in school. Weaver indicates that her organization will be working hard on a variety of activities this month to bring the issue to light.
The Hospitality House for Women assists victims of domestic violence and their families. For more information about the organization, visit www.hospitality-house.org or call their 24-hour crisis line at (706) 235-4673.