MR. DOYLE LEE WEEKS

Mr. Doyle Lee Weeks, Sr., 78 of Centre, passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Floyd Medical Center in Rome. Mr. Weeks was a native of Cherokee County, was retired from Cherokee Electric Co-op and was a member of the Calcedonia Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 P.M. at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Elrod and Tommy Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Rome. Perry Funeral Home directing. www.perryfuneral.net.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Lambert Weeks; son, Lee (Debbie) Weeks of Leesburg; daughters, Tammy (GW) Baine of Fort Payne, Tina Lindsey and Micky Weeks of Centre; sister, Joyce Jacobson of Rome, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Weeks was the son of the late Clifford and Myrtle Reece Weeks.

Friday and weekend forecast: chances for showers, otherwise sunshine and highs near 90

Chances for rain showers and thunderstorms will stick around here at week’s end and through the weekend according to the National Weather Service forecast, with more of the same to begin August. 

Look for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in today’s forecast, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Back-to-school tax-free holiday Saturday and Sunday

Parents can save some money on back to school gear during Georgia’s tax-free holiday Saturday and Sunday.

Families can save 7 percent on their purchases of items for school, including classroom supplies, clothing and computers. A complete list of exempt items is available on the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website.

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Supply lists for the 2016-2017 school year are now available at local stores and on the schools’ websites.

Rome City Schools start back today and Floyd County Schools start back Tuesday. Unity Christian School also starts back Tuesday. Georgia School for the Deaf begins class on Wednesday, and Berry College Elementary and Middle School begins Thursday.

Providence Preparatory Academy begins on Aug. 8. St. Mary’s Catholic School students start their year on Aug. 9, and Darlington students return to class on Aug. 15.

 

Local Highlights: Barracudas finish off successful summer at State Meet

The Calhoun Blue Barracudas swim team completed a stellar summer season recently with some great finishes at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Meet in Tifton.

In all, the Barracudas won 16 state titles, had 15 runner-up finishes, 10 third-place finishes and 29 other top-eight finishes combined.

As a team, the Barracudas finished third in the total standings combined between the boys and girls teams. The boys finished first, and the girls took fourth. That followed a first-place finish at the GRPA District 5 Meet at the Calhoun Rec Dept., which included 43 first-place finishes out of 90 total events.

Along with their first-place event finishes at the State Meet, they also set three state recordsy, including the 11-12 mixed medley relay (2:24:54), the 15-18 boys freestyle relay (1:40.02) and the 15-18 boys medley relay (1:30.54).

First-place finishes at State included: Brandon Webb in the boys 9-10 100-yard IM (1:18.47) and boys 9-10 25 yard butterfly (15.12), Mason Hunter in the boys 15-18 100-yard freestyle (48.76) and boys 50-yard breaststroke, Jacob Tolson, Colin Wood, Ryan Hood and Matthew Petty in the boys 12-under 200-yard medley relay (2:17.34), Zoe Tibbs, Phoebe Reid, Reece Hood and Gannon Hood in the mixed 12-under 200-yard medley relay (2:24.54), Mason Hunter, Cal Parker, Caleb Black and Joe Kauffman in the boys 18-under 200 yard medley relay (1:40.02), Matthew Petty in the boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle (28.18), Alice Workman in the girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle (25.62) and girls 13-14 50-yard butterfly (27.95), Ryan Hood in the boys 11-12 100-yard IM (1:15.46), Cal Parker in the boys 15-18 100-yard IM (54.96), Caleb Black in the boys 15-18 50-yard backstroke (26.94), Matthew Petty, Jacob Tolson, Reece Hood and Ryan Hood in the boys 12-under 200-yard freestyle relay (2:01.31), Joshua Tolson, Brody Bushong, Bryce Bates and Jeremiah Petty in the boys 14-under 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.87) and Cal Parker, Caleb Black, Joe Kauffman and Mason Hunter in the boys 18-under 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.86).

The team is coached by Mike Beeler, Christy Garcia and Cody Workman and competes out of the Calhoun Recreation Department.

Johnny Fred Carter

Mr. Johnny Fred Carter, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at a local hospital.

Mr. Carter was born in Calhoun, Georgia on June 5, 1947, son of the late Fred Carter and the late Jean Dyer Carter. He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.

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Johnny was an American musician, songwriter, recording studio owner, and record and TV producer. In the late 1980s he created a syndicated radio program called Yesterday in Gospel Music. In 1988, Johnny formed The Classics Quartet, which traveled professionally for three years, and produced as well as hosted the syndicated TV program Sing To The Lord in 87 markets. He was inducted to the Tri State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Shiflett Carter, to whom he was married on August 4, 1975; four sons, Dustin Odom and his wife, Jennifer, Todd Odom, Jeff Carter and Kenny Carter; six grandchildren, Luke Odom, Joshua Carter, Anastasia Ramsey, Veronica Carter, Kaitlyn Eaton and Allison Carter; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Rollins and Lynn Greene; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton, Rev. Mikel Garrett and Rev. Brandon Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and include: Active: Dave Patterson, Charlie Tinsley, Lamar Greene, Randy Mincey, Lee Burke, Cell Ramey and Hector Navarrete. Honorary: Johnny’s many friends and gospel singers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Professional Baseball: Culberson, Smoker back in Triple-A after brief call-ups

Three former local baseball standouts are climbing the ladder in Minor League Baseball, trying to reach the Big Leagues for their respective organizations. Here is an update on how each are doing:

Charlie Culberson, IF/OF, Oklahoma City Dodgers, AAA affiliate of LA Dodgers

Culberson was called up from Triple-A to the Majors last Wednesday by the Dodgers and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his start at shortstop. Following the game he was designated for assignment to make room on the Dodgers’ roster for another player to be called up. He was then optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 46 games there this season, he is hitting .289 with 13 doubles, a triple, two homers and 19 RBIs.

Josh Smoker, P, Las Vegas 51s, AAA affiliate of New York Mets

Smoker earned his long-awaited call-up to the New York Mets on Tuesday as their extra man for a doubleheader. He was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas following the game. He’s spent the entire season to before the call-up with the 51s, pitching in 43 games, totaling 45 2-3 innings with a 3-1 record, 4.73 ERA and one save with 67 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his last 10 appearances.

Mott Hyde, IF, Corpus Christi Hooks, AA affiliate of Houston Astros

Hyde missed almost a month earlier in the season after a collision in left field left him with a concussion and broken nose. In total, before and after the missed time on the disabled list, Hyde is hitting .219 this season with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 18 RBIs and 16 run scored in 55 games. The infielder is hitting .206 seven hits, three runs scored and three RBIs with 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Police seek help finding missing Floyd County man last seen at DeSoto Falls

Police are asking for help locating a Floyd County man who has been missing since July 25 from Desoto Falls Park in Alabama.

According to a release from Floyd County Polige Dgt. Chris Fincher:

Zach Bishop was last heard from when he messaged his family a picture of himself at the waterfalls of the natural park. His vehicle was found at the park but he was nowhere to be found.

Rangers conducted a 130-acre search of the area with no sign of theman.

Family and friends are concerned for his safety and say that he has previously threatened harm to himself.

Bishop is described as 5-foot, 6-inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has short blonde hair and red facial hair. His right eye is blue and his left eye is brown.

Bishop has tattoos on his forearms: on the left he has red letters “SiR” and on the right arm a tattoo that reads “pain” from one angle and “love” from another.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigator Byron McCarley at 706-235- 7766.

New arrivals from the July 27, 2016 edition of the Standard Journal

Kayla Noble of Rome announces the birth of a daughter Layla Tae Noble. She was born on July 16, 2016.

Sarah Terese Graham and Joseph Levi Hornyak of Calhoun announce the birth of a daughter Abigail Lynn Hornyak. She was born on July 14, 2016.

Angelica Fraley of Rome announces the birth of a daughter Amaya Monae Fraley. She was born on July 13, 2016.

Kimberly Villeda and Austin Gramling Phillips of Rome announce the birth of a daughter Kailyn Natalie Phillips. She was born on July 13, 2016.

Rebecca Velasquez and Justin Crowder of Calhoun announce the birth of a son Bryeen Javier Crowder. He was born on July 13, 2016.

Jessica Gentry and Daniel Warren of Rome announce the birth of a daughter Emmaleigh Jayde Warren. She was born on July 14, 2016.

Kayla Blissitt and Cody Blissitt of Cedartown announce the birth of a son Aiden James Blissitt. He was born on July 18, 2016.

Alissa Dulaney and Branson Dulaney of Cedartown announce the birth of a daughter Gabrielle Jade Dulaney. She was born on July 13, 2016.

SHORTER ATHLETICS: Walker selected as GSC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

The NCAA narrowed its original list of 517 nominees for the annual Woman of the Year award to 142 Wednesday with the announcement of the conference selections for the award with the Lady Hawks’ own Ayana Walker earning recognition as one of the picks from the Gulf South Conference.

West Florida Volleyball player, Autumn Duyn, joined Walker as the GSC’s choices for the NCAA’s top female athlete for 2015-16 and were among the group of 37 women selected from the 24 Division II conferences.

Walker closed out her stellar career on the track in 2016 with a final trip to both the indoor and outdoor national championships where she clocked four All-America finishes. At the indoor championships she turned in a second place finish in the 400m – the event she tallied Shorter’s first-ever NCAA national title in during 2015 – in a time of 52.86 and a fifth place time in the 200m (24.25). While at the outdoor championships she added two more All-America finishes as she placed third individually in the 400m in a time of 53.25 and took the first leg of the Lady Hawks’ runner-up performance in the 4x400m (3:38.24).

In early September, the field of nominees for the award will be narrowed further to a Top 30 with ten coming from each division, before cutting the list to the top three from each division at the end of the month. Then, from that group of nine, one will be selected as Woman of the Year for 2016.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

Local Golf: Locals Hulsey, Kauffman play in GSGA Junior Sectional Match

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — The Southwest Section wins the Junior Sectional Challenge Match after earning 62.7 points over the two-day event. The West finished as runner-up totaling 57.2 points. The 43rd annual competition took place at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, July 25-26.

Individual honors in the 18-hole division go to Ryan Smith of the Middle Section at 2-under-par 142 (70-72), who won the Boys 12-13 group. In the Boys 14-15 bracket, the West Section’s Jonathan Parker topped the group at even-par 144 (71-73). Andrew Duffie of the East Section won the Boys 16-18 group at 1-over-par 145 (73-72). Rounding out the 18-hole division was Carol Pyon of the Middle Section, who earned the honor in the Girls 14-18 group at 4-over-par 148 (76-72).

Two local standouts competed in the tournament in the girls 14-18 year old division as part of the Northwest team. Sonoraville’s Clara Hulsey shot a combined 160 (80, 80) to finish tied for fifth individually in the division, and Calhoun’s Katie Kauffman carded a 181 (89, 92) to take 16th.

Hulsey, a rising junior, helped the Lady Phoenix to their third straight trip to the Class AAA State Tournament this past season and finished fifth individually there with a score of 81.

Kauffman, who will be going into the 11th grade this coming school year, was a part of the Lady Jackets’ second straight state title in May after they won their ninth straight region title a few weeks earlier.

In the 9-hole division, Reed Lotter of the Southeast Section won the Boys 11-and-under group at 1-under-par 69 (36-33).

Mary Miller of the Southeast Section earned top honors in the Girls 11-and-unders at 3-over-par 73 (36-37). In the Girls 12-13 age group, Meredith Bennett of the Northeast Section won at 2-over-par 72 (37-35).

Team Standings — Final Results

Southwest — 62.7

West — 57.2

Southeast — 54.8

Middle — 43.7

East — 26.6

Northeast — 14

Northwest — 12.2