Category Archives: Politics

Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

  The Rome City Commission will discuss a resolution to put a public referendum on the November ballot to change Sunday pouring hours.Georgia’s new “Brunch Bill” (S.B. 17) would allow cities to change Sunday alcohol pouring times from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. if approved by a referendum. The referendum proposal goes on first reading… Read more

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Comprehensive Plan 2040: From focused development in Lindale, Shannon to seeking alternative transportation and increasing tourism, plan draft now available for public review.

Comprehensive Plan 2040: From focused development in Lindale, Shannon to seeking alternative transportation and increasing tourism, plan draft now available for public review.

From focused development in Lindale and Shannon, including a targeted plan for the old Lindale Mill, to finding alternative modes of transportation in Rome and increasing tourism in Cave Spring, the proposed 2040 Rome-Floyd-Cave Spring Comprehensive Plan is now available online for public comment. In addition, the Rome-Floyd Planning Department will host three public hearings… Read more

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Politics: Ronnie Kilgo announces candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff in 2020

Politics: Ronnie Kilgo announces candidacy for Floyd County Sheriff in 2020

Ronnie Kilgo, a local businessman and Captain of Floyd County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit, will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Sheriff of Floyd County in 2020. Kilgo is the president of Rome LP Gas Company. Statement from Ronnie Kilgo: After much encouragement from friends, family, and many of the movers and shakers of Rome and… Read more

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Lessons learned from May primary as advance voting begins today for four statewide runoff races. What you need to know, where to vote in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk.

Lessons learned from May primary as advance voting begins today for four statewide runoff races. What you need to know, where to vote in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Advance voting begins today for the General Primary Runoff on July 24 which includes four statewide races: Republican primary for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State and Democratic primary for State School Superintendent. Meanwhile, the state investigation continues into May 22 voting in Rome and Floyd County. The Secretary of… Read more

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What to know about this week: Toys R Us closes, demolition of Dwarf House, deadline to vote in primary runoff — and put down that phone.

What to know about this week: Toys R Us closes, demolition of Dwarf House, deadline to vote in primary runoff — and put down that phone.

MONDAY Deadline to register to vote in the primary runoff: New or lapsed voters can sign up through 5 this evening to vote in the July 24 primary runoff. Even better, once you register, you’ll be able to vote in advance starting next Monday, July 2. Election day is Tuesday, July 24, with precincts open… Read more

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Politics: State investigation into Floyd’s May 22 primary vote continues. What to know about the July 24 runoff (three GOP seats, one Democratic).

Politics: State investigation into Floyd’s May 22 primary vote continues. What to know about the July 24 runoff (three GOP seats, one Democratic).

POLITICS State investigation continues into May 22 voting: The Secretary of State’s Office reports that the investigation is “ongoing and continuing” into concerns about some wrong ballots were handled in the advance voting and day-of voting in the primary. At issue: Some city of Rome  ballots had Floyd County School Board races on them. The… Read more

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Buzz: Floyd Democrats hold Pimento Cheese-Off. One Community United dinner is Thursday.

Buzz: Floyd Democrats hold Pimento Cheese-Off. One Community United dinner is Thursday.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold its Second Annual Pimento Cheese-Off on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the community room of Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, 560 N. Division St. Bring your best pimento cheese recipe to share. Attendees will vote on the winner!  Breads and crackers, other snacks, and beverages will be provided.… Read more

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The real political story dominating the rest of 2018 is the sizzling sheriff’s race — in 2020. Two candidates have declared; we could see five more.

The real political story dominating the rest of 2018 is the sizzling sheriff’s race — in 2020. Two candidates have declared; we could see five more.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net  We are still two years away from the 2020 election for Floyd County Sheriff, but with two candidates already declared and more expected to come, it already is the talk of the town. Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, who was first elected in 2004, has announced his retirement effective December 2020. The newly elected… Read more

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Politics: Two years out from the primary, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office race already is sizzling.

Politics: Two years out from the primary, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office race already is sizzling.

  If you thought the recent superior court judge race was something, get ready for a contest that will make it look like the minor leagues. The contest to be the next sheriff of Floyd County is going to be one for the books. While simmering for months following Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell’s intent to… Read more

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Politics: Capt. Dave Roberson announces bid for Floyd County Sheriff in 2020.

  Media release: Capt. Dave Roberson, supervisor for field services at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, will run for sheriff when Tim Burkhalter’s term expires in 2020. “I’ve been approached by many coworkers, community leaders, and friends who have encouraged me, and I’m humbled by the support I’ve already received,” said Roberson. “I will work hard… Read more

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Updated with audio interview with Secretary of State’s Office on the investigation into Floyd County’s ballot issue.

Updated with audio interview with Secretary of State’s Office on the investigation into Floyd County’s ballot issue.

ON RADIO: Candice Broce of the Secretary of State’s Office joined us on Thursday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss the Floyd County ballot issue. Please click the above file to hear that interview. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into the ballot errors found by local voters during absentee,… Read more

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Election results: Why Wetherington easily won the superior court seat by a 58.4-41.6% margin over Matson. Statewide, Cagle-Kemp runoff on July 24; winner faces Abrams waltzes to the Democratic nomination for governor.

Election results: Why Wetherington easily won the superior court seat by a 58.4-41.6% margin over Matson. Statewide, Cagle-Kemp runoff on July 24; winner faces Abrams waltzes to the Democratic nomination for governor.

  RADIO: Kay Ann Wetherington will join us at 8:40 this morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM or online at wrga.streamon.fm In the end, it wasn’t as close as most of us predicted. Veteran Assistant District Attorney Kay Ann Wetherington easily defeated challenger Emily Matson by a 5,810-4,125 vote margin (58.42-41.58… Read more

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4 p.m. update: Latest look at how voting is going at local precincts. Voting continues until 7 p.m. Complete results here this evening.

4 p.m. update: Latest look at how voting is going at local precincts. Voting continues until 7 p.m. Complete results here this evening.

Updates on Voting / Interviews with the judicial candidates / Sample ballots More precincts: Mount Alto South: Bill reports around 290 had voted by 3 p.m. Tuesday, one of the larger turnouts we’ve heard so far today. (Fellowship Baptist Church, Burnett Ferry Road).   Time to vote: Precincts open  until 7 p.m. Don’t know where… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting ends with 2,574 votes in Floyd. Lower than expected turnout in Bartow with 1,652 voters. Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Politics: Advance voting ends with 2,574 votes in Floyd. Lower than expected turnout in Bartow with 1,652 voters. Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday.

491 advance voters on Friday; the busiest day this election cycle: The largest day of this cycle’s advance vote occurred Friday with 491 votes cast with 230 downtown, 140 at the Rome Civic Center and 121 at Garden Lakes Baptist Church. The cumulative total since April 30 now stands at 2,574 votes. What’s trending: A look… Read more

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