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Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 2A Preview

CLASS 2A

Favorite: Carver-Columbus

Predicted Final Four: Carver-Columbus, Calhoun, Buford, Swainsboro

Easiest Draw: Swainsboro. The Tigers get 5-5 Brooks County and then 8-2 Morgan County or 7-3 Vidalia. Swainsboro gets to avoid Region 6 until at least the quarterfinals and gets the weakest playoff team out of a strong Region 1.

Toughest Draw: Elbert County. Though they are in the same quarter bracket as Swainsboro, their draw is much more difficult. In Round One, the Blue Devils play the toughest four seed in Lovett. In Round Two, Elbert County would most likely play 9-1 Dade County. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils would probably play undefeated Swainsboro.

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Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 3A Preview

CLASS 3A

Favorite: Peach County

Predicted Final Four: Peach County, Sandy Creek, Cairo, Baldwin

Easiest Draw: Peach County. Assuming the defending 3A champs win their first three playoff games, the Trojans start things out with 6-4 Stockbridge, play either 8-2 Thomson or 6-4 Worth County in Round Two, and then face either White County or Grady in the quarterfinals.

Toughest Draw: In Round One, Carrollton plays 8-2 Stephens County. In Round Two, the Trojans would have to take on either 8-2 Allatoona or 8-2 St. Pius. Then, in the quarterfinals, Carrollton would probably have to play undefeated Cairo.

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Rome Photo Contest Winners Announced

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that Victor Tinney of Rome took top honors in the Fall Photo Contest.

Tinney's entry is a striking photo of the original Berry Cabin located on the grounds of Oak Hill & the Martha Berry Museum.

McHenry Primary School Debuts New Playground

ROME, GA -- McHenry Primary School (100 McHenry Drive, Rome, 30161) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new handicapped-accessible playground on Thursday, Nov. 4.

The community joined in to help the school open the new play area, and the children wasted no time in enjoying the efforts of those who helped to make the project a reality.

The new playground is part of the school's prize for winning the latest Pepsi Challenge. McHenry entered the project in the Pepsi Refresh Project earlier in the year, but did not make it to the finals. The school did not rest on that setback, but reapplied for the latest Pepsi Challenge and mobilized the community to support its cause.

Area businesses also joined in the effort to make the playground accessible for all students at the school.

Berry College SOUP-Off Raises a Tasty $3,000 for Charity

ROME, GA -- Approximately 350 people at Berry College recently used their tastebuds to raise more than $3,000 for orphans in Uganda.

The second annual Berry SOUP-Off was held on Thursday, Oct. 21. Students, faculty and staff faced off with their best soup recipes, producing 38 culinary creations for taste-testing.

The Golden Bowl Award was presented to Berry junior Lindsay Larkin for her impressive baked potato soup. The Silver Spoon went to the B.E.S.T. Team for their gumbo, and the Choice Award was given to the Biology Club's curried pumpkin soup.

Special recognition went to Berry President Briggs' carrot ginger soup and the Berry Accounting Association's chili.

Proceeds from the SOUP-Off went to the Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project (SOUP).

Husband, Wife Die in Floyd County Shootings

ROME, GA (AP) -- Police say a preliminary investigation shows a Floyd County man shot his wife to death during a quarrel, then turned the gun on himself.

Police say Jeffery Ware apparently shot his wife, Jeannine, Wednesday afternoon before killing himself.

Capt. Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department says the woman was holding her 16-year-old son's leg when she was shot in the back.

Ex-Officer Sentenced for Obstruction in Polk County

ROME, GA -- A former Polk County police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison on charges that he obstructed an undercover investigation of a chop shop to help his
friends.

Mark Howell Sparks, 40, of Felton, GA, was convicted in July on charges of obstruction of justice, tampering with a witness and possessing a vehicle with an altered vehicle identification number.

He was sentenced Tuesday. Sparks must also complete three years of supervised release and perform 100 hours of community service.

Federal prosecutors say Sparks obstructed an investigation into chop shop activity in Polk County by encouraging an informant to conceal his friends' involvement and that he knowingly drove a pickup truck with an altered VIN number.