Friday, December 9, 2016

Rome Wolves ready for state title fight with Buford. Complete coverage. Bitter cold morning -- and colder Saturday. Reports: Shorter's athletics director out after 19 months. Weekend guide filled with Christmas events.

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Today's headlines:

  • Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports extra: Those Friday night lights have never been brighter: Rome Wolves vs. Buford at 4:30 p.m. Everything you need to know: Dome info, local watching parties plus listen to 'Rome to the Dome.'  Wolves
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  • Ware Mechanical update: Wind chills in the upper teens now through 8 a.m. Today's high: 41. Low of 21 tonight. Weather
  • Reports: Shorter Athletic Director Kim Graham out after 19 months; was hired amid exodus of longtime coaches, sports administrators. Hawks 
  • Weekend: More Christmas celebrations, Into the Woods, Our Lady of Guadalupe festival and procession. Weekend 
  • Buzz (in under 100 words): Vince Dooley in town Wednesday. School Board members sworn in Tuesday. Updates from Georgia Northwestern, Highlands, Shorter. Buzz 
  • Your updated guide to Christmas parades, concerts, church services and festive performances across Northwest Georgia. Christmas 
  • Georgia Health News: State identifies rural hospitals in biggest need of donation help. Polk Medical ranked no. 11. Health 
  • Remembering Grover C. Collins, Mr. William Darden, Mrs. Juanita S. Lanier, Mrs. Sandra Lee Meeler. Obituaries
  • No new Public Health restaurant inspection scores from Thurdsay. 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 state championship picks: Rome by 3 over Buford; Cartersville by 11 over Thomson.  McClellan
  • 5A State Championship: Rome vs. Buford, today at 4:30 p.m., Georgia Dome. 
  • 4A State Championship: Cartersville vs. Thomson, Saturday at 4:30 pm., Georgia Dome. 
  • What you need to know if going to The Dome.
  • Georgia High School Football updates.
  • No 'No Nos' this week: Norman Arey's column returns later this month with his 10 locks to lose in the country's biggest bowl games.
  • Bowls: Georgia Tech is headed to Jacksonville to play Kentucky at 11 a.m. Dec. 31. UGA:  The Bulldogs vs. TCU in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, noon Friday, Dec. 30.
  • Atlanta Falcons: Sunday at L.A. Rams, 4:30 p.m., Fox.

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

  • Please join our guests today including:
  • 7:40 a.m.: Mike Beavers, the voice of the Rome Wolves, what it has been like to watch this season from the press box for all 14 games (and counting).
  • 8:10 a.m.: David Dundee of Tellus Science Museum on the passing of Mercury 7 astronaut and statesman John Glenn.
  • 8:40 a.m.: Hometown Headlines/WRGA News Roundtable.

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