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Politics: After 12 years, City Commissioner Evie McNiece says she chose not to run again to ‘spend more time with family and friends.’

Politics: After 12 years, City Commissioner Evie McNiece says she chose not to run again to ‘spend more time with family and friends.’

After 12 years on the Rome City Commission and serving as the first female mayor of Rome, incumbent Evie McNiece did not qualify this week to run for re-election in Ward Three. Earlier this year, there was much speculation as to whether McNiece would see a new term in Ward Three or move to Ward One,… Read more

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Campaign 2019 begins: Six candidates in Ward 1, five in Ward 3. Jim Bojo final candidate to qualify for Ward 1. Voter registration next; what else is on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Campaign 2019 begins: Six candidates in Ward 1, five in Ward 3. Jim Bojo final candidate to qualify for Ward 1. Voter registration next; what else is on the Nov. 5 ballot.

How the Nov. 5 elections shape up for the Rome City Commission: Qualifying has closed. What to know: Ward 1: Incumbents Bill Irmscher, Milton Slack and Sundai Stevenson are seeking new terms. Challengers include Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran and Charles Love. Ward 3: Incumbents Bill Collins and Craig McDaniel are seeking new terms. Incumbent Evie McNiece did… Read more

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Hometown commentary: Charles Love’s past includes time in prison. But what he’s done since and wants to do next have some people scared enough to launch whisper campaigns. Let the city voters decide.

Hometown commentary: Charles Love’s past includes time in prison. But what he’s done since and wants to do next have some people scared enough to launch whisper campaigns. Let the city voters decide.

  Up on North Broad, an old strip center has “under contract” across the Hardy Realty for sale sign. Next door, there’s an almost-new Dollar General store, transplanted from a spot a bit closer to Broad Street. Keep an eye on that site as well. Across the highway and a turn down Watters Street gives way… Read more

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Politics: Qualifying starts Monday for municipal elections; what to know. In Cartersville: Mayor Matt Santini seeks new term.

Politics: Qualifying starts Monday for municipal elections; what to know. In Cartersville: Mayor Matt Santini seeks new term.

The 2019 municipal elections get formal starting Monday as qualifying begins. We expect a few announcements in Rome over the weekend with regular updates starting Monday morning. Hometown Headlines welcomes candidate declarations but please keep in mind all will be limited to no more than 300 words. Our email address is druck@hometownheadlines.com Rome: Qualifying for… Read more

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Buzz: East Rome Walmart donates $1,500 to Y’s Food & Fun program. Blight/litter task force named. Moates joins Floyd Urgent Care in Cartersville.  Chambers named to Georgia Council for the Arts.

Buzz: East Rome Walmart donates $1,500 to Y’s Food & Fun program. Blight/litter task force named. Moates joins Floyd Urgent Care in Cartersville. Chambers named to Georgia Council for the Arts.

East Rome Walmart donates $1,500 to Y to help feed kids: From the YMCA: “We are grateful to East Rome Walmart Supercenter #5151 and manager Steve Roland for their generous support of our Food & Fun Year-Round Outreach Programs. Pictured during the check presentation are Executive Director Scott McCreless, right, and Community Outreach Director Stephanie… Read more

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Politics: Perdue, Loudermilk among speakers at Saturday’s GOP Tillman Hanger Rally; Huge turnout to kickoff 2020 campaign year.

Politics: Perdue, Loudermilk among speakers at Saturday’s GOP Tillman Hanger Rally; Huge turnout to kickoff 2020 campaign year.

  It was a packed house at Saturday’s GOP Tillman Hanger Rally at the Rome’s Russell Field. U.S. Senator David Perdue spoke to the crowd, as well as U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-11). A number of local and state elected officials also spoke, as well as Republican candidates for Floyd County Sheriff. The Trump Bus… Read more

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Perdue to speak at GOP Rally at Tillman Hangar today. General admission, patron tickets remain for tonight’s Dance Challenge.

Perdue to speak at GOP Rally at Tillman Hangar today. General admission, patron tickets remain for tonight’s Dance Challenge.

Perdue due at GOP Tillman Hangar Rally on Saturday: David Perdue’s bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate will be the focal point of the 2020 election cycle. The state’s junior senator, elected in 2014, is scheduled to be the first speaker at the Floyd County Republican Party’s annual Tillman Hangar Rally beginning… Read more

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Buzz: Floyd Urgent Care offices add ‘Save My Spot.’ Dempsey speaks at National Conference of State Legislature’s 2019 Legislative Summit.

Buzz: Floyd Urgent Care offices add ‘Save My Spot.’ Dempsey speaks at National Conference of State Legislature’s 2019 Legislative Summit.

A service aimed at making visits more convenient has been expanded to include all Floyd Urgent Care locations. Save My Spot, designed to cut down on the time patients have to spend in the waiting room, began earlier this summer in Rome, Cartersville and Centre, Alabama. The service is now also available at Floyd’s other… Read more

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Bartow County Elections Director Joseph Kirk takes part in election security roundtable hosted by the Secretary of State’s office.

Bartow County Elections Director Joseph Kirk takes part in election security roundtable hosted by the Secretary of State’s office.

  From a media release: Bartow County Elections Director Joseph Kirk recently took part in an election security roundtable hosted by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger alongside David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Joined at the Capitol by more than a dozen experts from organizations including Microsoft, the… Read more

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Kemp orders state offices to reduce spending by 4% this year, 6% next year. ‘By reducing waste and ending duplication in government, we can keep Georgia the best place to live, work and raise a family.’

Kemp orders state offices to reduce spending by 4% this year, 6% next year. ‘By reducing waste and ending duplication in government, we can keep Georgia the best place to live, work and raise a family.’

Media release: To keep state government efficient and effective, Gov. Brian P. Kemp has instructed all state government offices to develop proposals to reduce spending by 4 percent in the amended fiscal year 2020 budget and 6 percent in the fiscal year 2021 budget. Kemp reminded state officials of his pledge to always put hardworking… Read more

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Politics: Busy week with Floyd GOP Women meeting Tuesday, Tillman Hangar rally on Saturday. Rome City Commission qualifying starts Aug. 19.

Politics: Busy week with Floyd GOP Women meeting Tuesday, Tillman Hangar rally on Saturday. Rome City Commission qualifying starts Aug. 19.

Tuesday: The Floyd County Republican Women Meeting is at the Red Lobster on Shorter Avenue. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. The guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. Saturday: The Floyd County Republican Party’s annual Tillman Hangar Rally. Set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the event is billed as “the… Read more

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Recap: Vice President Mike Pence’s quick visit to Northwest Georgia: Barnsley Gardens meeting followed by motorcade to Richard B. Russell Airport, quick departure. pact to economy; Vice President Mike Pence visits former top aide (at Barnsley) on Friday.

Recap: Vice President Mike Pence’s quick visit to Northwest Georgia: Barnsley Gardens meeting followed by motorcade to Richard B. Russell Airport, quick departure. pact to economy; Vice President Mike Pence visits former top aide (at Barnsley) on Friday.

  Saturday update: Airport officials say the crew of Air Force Two purchased 5,000 gallons of jet fuel from Rome’s Russell Field on Friday while Vice President Mike Pence was in town to meet with his former top aide at Barnsley Gardens. That purchase equates to about $26,000 to our local economy. A surprise turnout… Read more

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‘Justice for Immigrants Candlelight Vigil’ set for 7 until 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Rome.

‘Justice for Immigrants Candlelight Vigil’ set for 7 until 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Rome.

Romanos Unidos and Turn Your Back on Hate plan a Justice for Immigrants Candlelight Vigil this Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. at the law enforcement center in downtown Rome. The groups are urging area residents to “join Romanos Unidos and Turn Your Back on Hate as we stand together against the incarceration of asylum… Read more

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Politics: Floyd Democrats meeting Thursday night. Debate among 20 Democratic presidential candidates tonight, Wednesday. Hometown interview on the 2020 presidential race.

Politics: Floyd Democrats meeting Thursday night. Debate among 20 Democratic presidential candidates tonight, Wednesday. Hometown interview on the 2020 presidential race.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority at 560 N. Division St., Rome. The group will discuss upcoming local elections, including what seats are open, how to qualify to run and opportunities to work on campaigns… Read more

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Prime time for politics: Democratic debates this week; Rome commission qualifying in August; even local 2020 campaigns simmering at GOP rally.

Prime time for politics: Democratic debates this week; Rome commission qualifying in August; even local 2020 campaigns simmering at GOP rally.

  This week and August are going to be critical for the next two election cycles as candidates for municipal offices qualify, Democratic presidential candidates are featured in another two nights of early debates and then local Republicans rally in what could be a display of who’s in and who’s not for the 2020 county… Read more

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Isakson released from WellStar Kennestone; outpatient rehab to continue at home before returning to Washington.

Isakson released from WellStar Kennestone; outpatient rehab to continue at home before returning to Washington.

  Media release: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was discharged and sent home Friday from WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he was admitted Saturday for inpatient rehabilitation after suffering four fractured ribs in a fall at his Washington, D.C., apartment. He is making good progress in his recovery and will continue to work with… Read more

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