Monday, August 29, 2016

Campaign 2016 accelerates after Labor Day; what to know. Our own 'Big Chicken'? Local buzz: Shorter and dining. John McClellan's football picks. Big week ahead for Rome Braves.

Today's first headlines and continuing news updates all day at

Ware Mechanical's forecast:

  • Low to mid 90s at least through Saturday; 20%-30% rain chance. Weather

Today's first headlines:

  • Post-Labor Day kickoff as local parties prepare for Nov. 8 general election. Plus: County-by-county ballots, key election dates. Politics
  • Heard on the Tweet (or other social media). Our own 'big chicken'? More Shorter sports changes? Mixed menus: Frog legs, Cajun dip, etouffee and Philly Cheese Steak. Buzz
  • Remembering Shannen Ferry, former horticultural program director at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Remembrance
  • Public Health restaurant inspection scores return Tuesday.  Dining
  • Area arrest reports brought to you by Dr. Miniyar's Pediatrics. CrimeWatch

Also today:

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports Report

  • John McClellan's high school picks: Ridgeland over Darlington, Cartersville to dominate Calhoun, close win for Rome. McClellan
  • Latest high school polls: Rome no. 8 (5A); Darlington no. 4 (A private), Model no. 10 (AA).  Cartersville no. 1 (4A) and Calhoun at no. 3 in 3A.
  • Georgia High School Football Daily.
  • Ridgeland cheerleader's great lip sync at Pepperell is catching on; will we see an encore as Darlington travels to Ridgeland this Friday?
  • Rome Braves lose 5-3 to Augusta, lead down to half a game with seven to play.
  • Playoff tickets for Rome Braves now on sale; $5 for any seat if purchased in advance. Playoffs
  • Mills Fitzner's Rome Braves' home game photo gallery.
  • Atlanta Braves: Off today.
  • Berry, Shorter counting down to opening day (night) this week.

Hometown Headlines Radio Edition, 7-9 a.m., WRGA 98.7 FM.

  • Please join our guests Monday including:
  • At 7:40 a.m.: Kevin Wall and Chris Lewis from the Knights of Columbus as the 49th Annual Labor Day Barbecue draws closer.
  • At 8:10 a.m.: Mindy Quinn, marketing manager at Blood Assurance, on what the latest Zika testing means for donors and blood centers.

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