Thursday, September 24, 2015

First hotel opens at LakePoint on Tuesday. August jobless rate drops to 5.7% in Bartow. Weekend: Eclipse viewing, brewery tours. Wetter, cooler days ahead. Later today: Latest jail, police reports

Your news day starts here at 5 each weekday morning, courtesy of

Ware Mechanical forecast

  • Rain returns starting this afternoon; Friday night's games could be damp, cool.


  • LakePoint's first hotel, a hybrid Sleep Inn/MainStay Suites, opens Oct. 1. Plus: Business updates. Business
  • Another stretch of the West Bypass to open Tuesday; final leg to Ga. 20 due late October. DOT
  • August unemployment rate ranges from 5.7% in Bartow, Gordon counties to 6.6% in Floyd: Jobs.
  • The region: Darlington's farewell to a friend. Rush Chapel barbecue is Saturday. Cartersville ready for homecoming parade. Woodland band plans mattress sale fundraiser. Updates
  • Georgia Health News: Another medical merger proposal -- but this one crosses the state line. GHN
  • Weekend: Rome River Jam returns Saturday. Pig Out in Cave Spring. Jamie Barton's 'Down Home Diva.' Total eclipse of the moon. Two days of brewery tours. Events
  • Smile Report: And the winners of the Fall 2015 Sixth Grade Berry College Mathematics Contest were . . . Smile
  • Obituaries: Remembering Bill Frazier, Betty Carson, Louise Kuzy, James Sizemore, Kathleen Bice. Funerals
  • Public Health restaurant inspections scores, brought to you by Dr. Miniyar Pediatrics.  Dining
  • Area arrest reports brought to you by Midian Roofing. CrimeWatch

Regular features:

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports Report


  • John McClellan's high school picks: Pepperell over Coosa by 3, Model over Dade by 6. Adairsville over Sonoraville.
  • Georgia High School Football Daily. Thursday.


  • Berry College Vikings at Sewanee, 2 p.m. Saturday. Vikings / Game preview page
  • Shorter University Hawks at Southeast Missouri State, 2 p.m. Saturday. Hawks / Game preview
  • Georgia hosts Southern University, noon Saturday at Athens. UGA 
  • Georgia Tech at Duke, noon Saturday. Tech
  • Norman Arey's Norman's No-Nos coming Friday. 15 locks to lose in college football.


  • The Falcons at Dallas,  1 p.m. Sunday / The latest on the NFL
  • Atlanta Braves beat Mets, 6-3. Tonight: Off.

Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM.
Please join our guests including:

  • At 7:40 a.m.: Jim Alred from Harbin Clinic on the 2015 edition of the Harbin Clinic Zombie-thon 5K and Health Walk set for Oct. 24.
  • At 8:40 a.m.: Dr. Brian Carroll, chair of the communication department at Berry College, on the legacy of Yankees legend Yogi Berra.

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