Category Archives: Outdoors

Rome angler Jim Ware to compete for top prizes in Kayak Bass fishing tournaments.

Rome angler Jim Ware to compete for top prizes in Kayak Bass fishing tournaments.

    By Joe Cook Hometown Headlines Rome’s Jim Ware fishes because it make him feel like a kid again but this fall, the avid kayak angler will compete for some adult-sized money in two of the nation’s biggest kayak fishing tournaments. “I’m 52-years-old and every time I get in that boat, it takes me… Read more

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Rome’s Cecilia Nachtmann joins other kayakers, canoeists on 112-mile, 7-day Flint River adventure as part of Paddle Georgia. Plus: How to hit our waterways — and details about raging raft race Aug. 21.

Rome’s Cecilia Nachtmann joins other kayakers, canoeists on 112-mile, 7-day Flint River adventure as part of Paddle Georgia. Plus: How to hit our waterways — and details about raging raft race Aug. 21.

  Anxious to hit our local waterways? Try these: River Ratz Tubing & Kayak. Owner Rick Dempsey does a good job with daily updates and previews on Facebook. Euharlee Creek Outfitters. New owners with some new ideas. For more: EuharleeCreekOutfitters.com or 770-607-1846. Cedar Creek continues to offer paddlers shuttle service: The Cave Spring destination tries to operate year-round and definitely is running shuttles daily.… Read more

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Photos by readers: July 4 celebration photos from Summerville to Cave Spring to Lindale to Gadsen to Rome.

Photos by readers: July 4 celebration photos from Summerville to Cave Spring to Lindale to Gadsen to Rome.

  Hometown Headlines invited readers to submit their photos from July 4 taken throughout the region. We got submissions from Gadsden to Lindale to Summerville to Cave Spring and in Rome. Happy July Fourth Northwest Georgia! Read more

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River District ArtsFest brings music, food, art. 11 photos from the busy afternoon.

River District ArtsFest brings music, food, art. 11 photos from the busy afternoon.

The sun shone brightly, a banjo was playing near Sunflour bakery, a folk singer crooned by the antiques, and even a fire in the smoker at The Foundry didn’t stop the good times. Thankfully, The Foundry was able to stay open for business while the Rome/Floyd Fire Department saved the day. The River District is… Read more

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Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market:  Meet the Family Farm-and-Product-Producers All Summer.

Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market: Meet the Family Farm-and-Product-Producers All Summer.

By Leanne Cook Hometown Headlines Today was the second edition of the 2021 Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market, and amidst the crafting kids, the bee-balm browsers, and the lilt of acoustic Americana, we learned that when you buy at this market, you are often handing your payment directly to the owner who grew, harvested, and… Read more

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Jeremiah ‘JB’ Blanton has been named sports manager by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. 

Jeremiah ‘JB’ Blanton has been named sports manager by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. 

    Jeremiah Blanton, who started playing sports at the recreation level in Rome before starring at Coosa High and then Shorter, has been named the new Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Sports Manager. “I don’t think we could have found a better person or candidate than JB,” RFPRA Director Todd Wofford says, using the nickname… Read more

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Outdoors: Brushy Branch dock to be replaced.  Mount Berry Trail ribbon cutting is Sept. 30; funded by 2013 SPLOST.

Outdoors: Brushy Branch dock to be replaced. Mount Berry Trail ribbon cutting is Sept. 30; funded by 2013 SPLOST.

  Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation is in the process of removing the dock at Brushy Branch. The dock was damaged beyond repair. The good news is that a new dock is on the way. “We realized a few years back that we needed a new dock at Brushy Branch and had it added to the… Read more

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Updated: Loaner life vests now in use in Floyd County; check CRBI e. coli reports each week. Earlier: River rescues on the rise in Floyd, Bartow as more people take to the water during pandemic. What to know about staying safe.

Updated: Loaner life vests now in use in Floyd County; check CRBI e. coli reports each week. Earlier: River rescues on the rise in Floyd, Bartow as more people take to the water during pandemic. What to know about staying safe.

    A couple of great river safety updates: Floyd County has followed Bartow County’s lead in stationing loaner life vests at key spots, including Dixon Landing on the Oostanaula River near Grizzard Park. Bartow County adopted a similar system several years ago and also installed posts along waterways for users to note if they’re… Read more

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‘Float season’ on most area rivers still a month or more away; Cedar Creek goes year-round.

‘Float season’ on most area rivers still a month or more away; Cedar Creek goes year-round.

High water means a month wait before getting back on the rivers: That’s the word from Rick Dempsey at River Ratz Tubing and Kayak in Rome. As tempting as the rivers looked on a Saturday with sunny skies and a high near 80, Dempsey remains vigilant of the waterways after some 30 inches of rain… Read more

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River safety top priority for this Saturday’s Spirit of the Sun Festival featuring unique fishing tournament, paddleboard races and free outdoor concert.

River safety top priority for this Saturday’s Spirit of the Sun Festival featuring unique fishing tournament, paddleboard races and free outdoor concert.

The inaugural Spirit of the Sun Festival takes over Downtown Rome and local rivers this Saturday, July 7. Among the activities includes the Kingfisher Classic fishing tournament and the Chieftain’s Challenge paddle race. And organizers say river safety is a top priority given last month’s close rescue calls during the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Big… Read more

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Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Dwayne Jamison, deputy chief of the Bartow County Fire Department, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Wednesday, June 20, to talk water safety on the “extremely dangerous” Etowah River.” The agency has worked seven to eight rescues involving multiple kayakers or others in recent weeks,  he says. Among the… Read more

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Outdoors: River Ratz open today; Euharlee Outfitters back on the Etowah; Cedar Creek continues normal schedule (free outdoor movie tonight).

Outdoors: River Ratz open today; Euharlee Outfitters back on the Etowah; Cedar Creek continues normal schedule (free outdoor movie tonight).

LOCAL RIVER LEVELS Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report FROM THE OUTFITTERS River Ratz Tubing & Kayak, LLC.: Rick Dempsey says he’s open today as normal.  For more: 706-728-4160. Euharlee Creek Outfitters: (Friday afternoon) “We are open and ready to float… Read more

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The aftermath of Rome’s Big Float: Just posted — radio interview with CRBI. Plus: Meetings set to outline new safety steps on our waterways. Social media remains mostly critical although some floaters have a different take.

The aftermath of Rome’s Big Float: Just posted — radio interview with CRBI. Plus: Meetings set to outline new safety steps on our waterways. Social media remains mostly critical although some floaters have a different take.

Today from radio: Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, executive director and riverkeeper at Coosa River Basin Initiative, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss  what happened with Saturday’s Big Float and plans to prevent it from occurring again. The complete interview is available above and lasts for more than 14 minutes. Photo courtesy of… Read more

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Make that two! Berry eagle lays second egg of the season as eaglet watch gets underway.

Make that two! Berry eagle lays second egg of the season as eaglet watch gets underway.

Make that two as the Berry eagle lays her second egg earlier today. The first egg of the 2018 season was laid Wednesday afternoon, the same day that she laid the first egg last year. So let the eaglet watch continue! Click here to watch the Facebook video of her laying the second egg. To… Read more

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Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Local photographer Mills Fitzner captured these amazing photos of the Orionid meteor shower in the wee hours of the morning. According to space.com: “The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest and brightest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. The particles come from… Read more

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Northwest Georgia should have a great view of the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Aug. 21. Tellus Science Museum plans special features, viewing opportunities. Plus: How to protect your eyes.

Northwest Georgia should have a great view of the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Aug. 21. Tellus Science Museum plans special features, viewing opportunities. Plus: How to protect your eyes.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been nearly 100 years since the United States has experienced a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse as the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. It’s an event so rare that all eyes will be watching as the next “Great American Eclipse” takes place Aug. 21, spanning from Salem,… Read more

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Paddle Georgia 2017: The 125-mile adventure along Etowah River is under way. Follow their week-long journey to Rome.

Paddle Georgia 2017: The 125-mile adventure along Etowah River is under way. Follow their week-long journey to Rome.

The 125-mile week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure Paddle Georgia is underway traveling through the north Georgia mountains to Rome along the Etowah River. The 7-day journey began Saturday near Dawsonville and will wrap Friday in downtown Rome. The annual event, organized by Georgia River Network, is billed as an environmental education adventure for the whole family, is… Read more

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