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Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, November 27, 2019 edition

Commander Pinkard of the American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 in Rockmart is getting ready for their 75th annual Empty Stockings Fund drive. Legion members and auxiliary will be at local businesses collecting for the cause in the coming weeks. Additionally, they will be accepting applications from now and through December 3 for needy families in the Rockmart-Aragon area. Children from ages 2 through 10 are expected to be served. Applications can be picked up at Post 12, the Rockmart library or the local elementary schools. Donations of gifts from the public are being collected at the Walmart and Triangle in Rockmart on November 29, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 before the holiday season.

Cedartown’s Christmas parade is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. on Main Street! This year’s theme is “Candy Lane” and entries are being accepted to participate. Visit Cedartowngeorgia.gov to learn more now!

The Rockmart Community Chorus will be holding their Christmas concerts on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Rockmart Theatre. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center.

The holiday season is coming up soon for Rockmart’s annual Christmas parade, kicking off a weekend of events on the evening on Thursday, December 5 through the downtown square on South Marble Street and ending with the annual Christmas tree lighting. The Unwrap the Joy of Christmas event will continue on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 in downtown, including carolers, a Christmas 5K and much more. Check back for more in the weeks to come.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart starting with dinner at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Large Group at 7 p.m. and Small Share Group at 8 p.m.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month except December at 10 a.m. In the “even” months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at the Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart and during the “odd” months (January, March, etc) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 600 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125. There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.

The Cedartown Farmer’s Market has a new location and time for the 2019 season. Market-goers are invited to come out to the corner of Ware and South Main Street in Cedartown continuing on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Five Cedars Farm to participate at 678-246-1216 to learn more about becoming a vendor.

RCAC has classes for toddlers, children and adults at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center in drawing, painting, photography, yoga, chorus, piano, whittling, and pottery. For more information, call 770-684-2707 or email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov

Give a child a safe place to go after school and learn valuable lessons about community, life and academics by getting involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia in Cedartown. Visit their center at 321 E. Queen St., Cedartown from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and bring your children ages 5-18 for afternoon activities. For more information on how to participate or volunteer, call our office at 770-749-0869 or email asams@bgcnwga.org.

The Rockmart History Museum on South Marble Street in downtown Rockmart is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Museum welcomes visitors and group tours. Contact Pat Sampson at 678-764-5201 for information. RHM meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to take part.

Interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent? Open your heart to a child in need and find out how you can help. Join others who seek the love of a child every second Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Polk County Division of Family and Children Services office, 100 County Loop Road in Cedartown. Information sessions explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in Georgia. For more information call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or email robin.forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, November 20. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. They hold dinners on the third Wednesday of every month. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children’s programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.

USAPA Pickelball Ambassador Daneen England is holding a free pickleball clinic every Monday (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockmart Tennis courts, located at 436 Hogue Avenue, Rockmart. Loaner paddles and all necessary equipment will be on hand to learn t he sport. This is a free event for anyone and they just need to wear comfortable gym clothes and tennis shoes. Contact England at 770-356-1282, or by email at howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

The office of Exceptional Students of Polk School District is available to assist with the identification of children with disabilities and provision a free appropriate public education beginning at the age of three through the age of 21. If you suspect your child is experiencing any developmental delay or you suspect your child might have a disability and would like assistance or for more information about services available through Polk School District, contact the PSD Exceptional Student Services office at 770-684-8718.

Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia’s foster care system. Information Sessions are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Rome Office, located at 336 Broad St., Suite 200. Individual sessions may be scheduled to accommodate families as needed. For more email aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

Did you know that nationwide the American Red Cross assists 53 people every 60 seconds during personal and local disasters? Our Northwest Georgia Red Cross Chapter serves Polk County. If you’d like to do some meaningful volunteering, please contact Arthene Bressler at 762-231-9896 and visit our website at www.redcross.org/local/georgia.

Get assistance

Do you think you might be pregnant? You can know for sure. Contact Life Matters Outreach today to schedule a free pregnancy test. You have a right to know all the options available to you. We offer free evidence-based education and resources so that you can make a well-informed decision. The services provided at LMO Pregnancy Care Center are free of charge. Clients are treated with respect and unconditional acceptance. We are here to help YOU. Call 770-748-8911 for more information.

Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a clothing bank for children ages infant to 5 years old on the first Thursday of each month beginning in September from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the conference room of One Door Polk in Cedartown. Contact 770-748-6811 for more information on how to donate or participate in the giveaway.

Victory Baptist Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open. One bag of non-perishable food, five items to pick from produce, eggs and milk and two items from frozen meats, breads and others will be available. ID is required. Limit of two IDs per address. Regular hours are Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.

Community Share Ministries is hosting “Hope for the Hungry” on the first Tuesday of every month to provide food assistance to the community. They’ll be in town again on Tuesday, June 4. Food is provided free of charge, and no identification is required to get help. Those interested can visit Community Share Ministries Cedartown thrift store at 1116 N. Main St., Cedartown.

The Georgia Legal Services Program’s Claire Sherburne will be on hand at One Door Polk in Cedartown every fourth Monday to help those in need with free civil legal services to low-income persons. This will include all cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and other issues involved in the legal complications of everyday life. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday at 11 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch in the cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.

Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.

Soup and Savior, a local nonprofit organization, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to provide needed items to deserving people. This includes a free meal (soup), clothing and gives other assistance. Meetings are held at Glad Tidings, located at 703 Robert L Parks Blvd. in Cedartown. Donations are accepted.

Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, email justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.

A caregivers support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at Rockmart Presbyterian Church. Call 770-684-6289 for more information.

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Churches

The Rev. Gilbert Richardson and the Ware’s Grove Church family of 200 Potash Road, invite everyone to join the Impact Service held each Sunday at 9:45 a.m., followed by regular worship services at 11:15 a.m. Bible class is held Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Anna Kresge United Methodist Church invites children, kindergarten age through middle school, to come to Kresge Kids each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Supper is provided. There is also a high school youth program as well. For more information, call 706-346-3100.

Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children’s events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children’s music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Thomas Hall at 706-836-7378 or email tg.hall@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.

Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the Holy Spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.

Join the Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, for praise and worship weekly. The church welcomes anyone to come and worship regularly on Sundays and Wednesdays as well. Praise and youth services are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and services start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday following Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Call Pastor Jesse Starnes at 678-757-4572 for more information.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides opportunities to local residents interested in hearing the message of Jesus Christ. For more information about how you can speak to local Elders, contact 687-852-7497, or visit their meeting house at 10005 N. Main St., Cedartown for worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Do you have interest in studying the Bible and prophecies within? Contact Dr. Idel Suarez about a new study group being formed locally for serious scholars of the text. Contact him at 813-310-9350 for more information about how to participate and future meetings.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, hosts a genealogy group that meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights, except holidays. There are no fees for these sessions and they are open to anyone. Please bring all of your basic family history (if you have it) such as names, birth-dates/death dates of parents, grandparents, children, etc. Bring your laptop or tablet, if you have one. If not, we can still help. Questions? Contact us at 678-477-2861 and leave a message or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FamilyQuest42/

Clubs and Organizations

The Ferst Readers Community Action Team meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., alternately in Cedartown and Rockmart. Call 404-862-1273 for the meeting location. Find out more about how to help improve childhood literacy in Polk County at ferstfoundation.org.

The Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingler by email at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

The Polk County Beekeepers are now meeting the second Thursday of each month at the Polk County College and Career Academy’s Cedartown High campus in the community room at 7 p.m. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit polkbees.com for more information.

Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club president-elect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at cedartownexchangeclub.com to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Rotary Club of Polk County now meets weekly at Polk Medical Center’s conference room on Highway 278 for lunch at noon every Tuesday unless otherwise noted and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.

Arts

The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday’s of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.

Have a hidden singing talent, or want to get back into a chorus? Lend your voice and take part in the Rockmart Community Chorus on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The choir is preparing for it’s Spring and Christmas concerts. Contact Debbie Miller, director, about taking part by calling 404-219-9572 or debbiebmiller@aol.com.

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center’s Children’s Classes hosted by Margaret Bearden include monthly classes for children 3 to 6 years old on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. ($15 per child per class.) Bearden hosts Drawing and Painting classes for students seven to 12 years old on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ($60 for 6 classes paid at first class, or $15 per.) Classes are also available on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for students 7 to 12 for Home School Mixed Media ($60 for 6 classes on first class, or $15 per) and Paint Parties are available as well. Contact Bearden at 770-500-4207 or by email at margaretbearden@gmail.com.

Pottery by Paul Craighead continues through the winter season at the RCAC, which includes Beginning Hand building on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prices are $145 for 8 weeks. He also hosts an Open Studio for more advanced potters Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 per class. 16 and up for all classes, but Age 8 and up if accompanied with a parent or approved by Craighead. Contact him at 770-843-5302 or by e-mail at rivoletti@netzero.net.

Learn Drawing and Painting at the RCAC with James Hill on Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. or other days if available. Ages 12 to adult, $90 for a six week class. Contact Hill at 770-355-1535 or by email at jhill2411@gmail.com

Take part in a bi-monthly class for adults influenced in arts and self-empowerment, HeARTS and SOUL at the RCAC. $20 per person, includes all supplies. Dates and times to be announced. Contact Donna Duff at 770-855-7767 or by email at ctwarts@gmail.com.

The RCAC is hosting Now and Then of Rockmart to provide students with help gaining an eye for seasonal and home decor. Classes are being planned for Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, but dates are to be determined based on interest. Contact Tina Lanier at 678-883-9300 or by email at thenandnowofrockmart@gmail.com.

Piano lessons are available from Madelyn Stringer through the RCAC on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 6 to adult, all skill levels. $15 per weekly half hour private session, or $25 for an hour. Contact Stringer at 678-988-4133 or by email at madelynaudrey2000@gmail.com.

Carla Redding is providing a variety of photography classes this winter at the RCAC, ranging from getting to know a camera and how to take good photos, to using professional level software like Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Additional outings are available as well. Contact Redding for prices and schedules at — 770-546-3943 or ctr7510@aol.com.

Beginning Yoga can help people gain greater flexibility and stregth while maintaining graceful movements. Learn from Ramona Camp for $12 for an hour long class on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. or Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Age 12 to adult, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a mat, pillow, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and get ready to stretch out at the RCAC! Contact Camp at 706-621-2306 or ramonacamp7@gmail.com to sign up!


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Turkey time is here: Locals reaching out to help during the Thanksgiving holiday

Families across Polk County are coming together as businesses close for the annual celebration of the bounties the autumn season provides.

Tables are being set all around for the annual feast and all the fun with Black Friday and the Christmas season coming hot on the heels of the annual holiday where America celebrates a day of Thanksgiving.

The holiday week are underway for Polk School District students and staff, who got the entire week off ahead of the holiday on Thursday. They’ll return to school this coming Monday, December 2.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, one local businessman made sure to provide a donation at Rockmart High School to help families in need. Chick-fil-A of Rockmart owner Zach Thomas dropped off turkeys at the high school late last week to ensure that no one has to go without on Thanksgiving day. He brought 20 to Rockmart, and then dropped another 20 turkeys off at Cedartown High School as well.

He wasn’t the only one helping out ahead of the holiday. Cross Factor Church in Cedartown held an event over the weekend at the Goodyear Civic Center offering up a holiday meal for their Thanksgiving Outreach event midday for those in need.

There’s still a chance on Thanksgiving day to find a meal for those in need.

Compassion Outreach will this year be utilizing help from First Baptist Church of Rockmart to provide a Thanksgiving meal, and will also be feeding the Rockmart High School football team and their families should they like to join in.

The group has been providing Thanksgiving meals for the community for the past five years, and previously utilized the Church of God of Union Assembly according to organizer Romaine Hughes. She’s gotten a lot of help from her friend Holly Smith in the effort this year and in the past as well.

Hughes said they’ll also make deliveries to those without transportation who can’t get to First Baptist, or the elderly who are celebrating without family around this Thanksgiving.

“Every bit of this meal is put together through donations from the community, and we thank everyone who has already helped us out,” Hughes said. “Last year we had five different churches come together in this effort.”

They’ll be serving during the lunch hour, and making deliveries beginning at 2 p.m.

Those who can’t get to the church and would like a meal can contact Hughes at 404-623-8365.

For families who are staying at home and celebrating together this week, check out Page A11 of this week’s edition for helpful cooking tips and thoughts on how to make the holidays more meaningful. Also check out this week’s edition for several inserts for the forthcoming start of shopping season on Black Friday.


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Water Authority approves agreement for county tower site

It only took a few minutes for the Polk County Water Authority board to agree to a sensible plan put forth to help put in place another piece of the plan for new radio upgrades for public safety officials.

The unanimous vote by the board came just a few minutes into a special called session on November 22 to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the county government and the water authority to use part of their Taylorsville Road site as a site for one of at least two new towers that will need to be erected to complete the upgrade.

Board members were happy with the terms of the new agreement and PCWA General Manager Jack Damron also stated that no money will change hand between the county and the water authority in the deal.

PCWA board attorney Vickie Atkins also explained a clause that allows the county a calendar year to move the site should any issues arise where it would need to be relocated.

Damron said he called the EPD first thing when the idea came forth and made sure that it wouldn’t cause any issues, and was assured that so long as the tower would not interfere with water operations, there were no problems with the tower and equipment being located at the Taylorsville Road site.

“This is something in my view that we really want to support,” Damron said. “It’ll help with emergency traffic when something serious comes up.”

He explained the footprint of the tower and a small 20-by-30 foot building will not make much impact on the site on Taylorsville Road. There’s no timetable yet in place for construction, since as Damron added there’s no official deal in place between the County and Motorola for the system upgrade yet approved.

“This is a piece that they need in place to move forward,” Damron said.

Board chair Ken Woods added his support for the intergovernmental agreement for the tower site ahead of the vote.

“I feel that the amended agreement is favorable,” Woods said. “It allows us to be neighborly, but also cover any liabilities.”

Board members Shemetrice Matthews and Todd Tillery also added their voices of appreciation for several clauses in the agreement that work favorably for the Water Authority, and their support of Public Safety.

The new APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) standard P25 mission critical public safety communications system is slated to cost a total of $6.8 million if approved by the county, which will include a final price that provides municipalities, the Polk School District’s Police Department, and others who require the use of the new digital radio system handheld radios that can be used countywide.

The county will also be required to spend another $3 million on maintenance costs over 10 years, with slight increases each year to cover replacement, upgrades and repairs to the system.

The site on Taylorsville Road is one of several that Motorola scouted ahead of time, and Water Authority officials have studied the issue to make sure that radio equipment doesn’t also interfere with their own monitoring systems on the site.

The intergovernmental agreement was the only item on the water authority’s agenda for the special called session, and after only 8 minutes on a Friday evening called the meeting to a close.


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Rockmart Homeless Initiative gearing up for winter

The Rockmart Homeless Initiative has been continuously working to help the local community members in need, and with winter arriving has more to do than ever.

With the cold weather arriving once again, the organization has plans for opening the overnight shelter to ensure that Rockmart’s homeless have a place to stay when temperatures dip down too low to be sleeping outdoors.

RHI hosts the emergency cold weather shelter at Abundant Life Community Center at 209 Litchfield Street in Rockmart.

The pastors of the church allow the organization to use the sanctuary of their building, housing about 25 people at a time due to the limited supply of cots and materials.

The shelter only opens for one to three nights when the cold weather temperatures are continually extreme, typically between the months of November and January. Last season, RHI opened the space for a combined total of fifteen days.

In addition to opening a location for those in need to have a place to stay indoors, volunteers or community members usually donate a meal for dinner that night and then breakfast the next morning.

Due to this year’s recent cold temperatures, RHI opened the shelter on November 12 and 13, and will continue to monitor the weather and open the location again when the need arises.

“The first two nights of the season went very well,” RHI Director Victoria Millhollan said. “We had a really good turnout and have a routine now after opening last year.”

“It gives me time to have one-on-one conversations with people and learn more about them,” she added.

RHI is requesting donations that can be dropped off during their office hours of Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be open additionally on Saturdays in December.

Needed items include thermal clothing, coats and jackets, gloves, tents and tarps, flashlights, hot hands, batteries, pop-top canned food items, snacks, and bottled water.


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Aragon City Council approves statewide mutual aid agreement

The City of Aragon has taken a strong step towards both keeping locals safe and helping those in surrounding areas by agreeing to join the Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement. Various entities in Georgia have signed the pact and agreed to provide reciprocal assistance and management aid in cases of disasters or emergencies.

This means that, should Aragon face those same emergencies or disasters, they would be eligible for help from the other participating agencies. If Aragon is the entity providing aid, the city is eligible for reimbursement for costs accrued while helping.

The agreement, created by the the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with GMA and ACCG, serves as almost supplemental aid so that municipalities don’t have to rely exclusively on the sometimes slow, limited federal and state aid.

It’s a move the group found to have little risk and high reward – especially since Aragon has the smallest police department in Polk County. The agreement is also renewed on an annual basis, so if the venture proves to be more of a burden than a help, Aragon can opt out in the future.

More information about the agreement can be found by visiting www.accg.org.

The council also completed the first reading of their House Number Ordinance to make sure the city’s own officers have an easier time doing their job. Many Aragon buildings no longer have their address number listed on them, so the document would require homes to list and clearly display this number for emergency personnel who would otherwise have difficulty finding their location.

Even if there are nearby houses with numbers to provide context clues, the numbering often doesn’t line up perfectly and many of the building descriptions that dispatchers might provide could be outdated.

“We’re wasting valuable time,” Aragon Police Department Officer Marc Riley said. “Because if somebody’s life is depending on us getting there to help them, and they don’t have a house number, we’re kind of running the line.”

The City of Rockmart passed a similar house numbers document in recent years that was also designed to make sure officers, EMS, and firefighters don’t have to waste time combating ambiguity in their destination.

The ordinance couldn’t be formally approved during the group’s November 21 meeting, so those with thoughts and input about the document can attend the Aragon Council’s meetings on the third Thursday of each month.

Other items discussed during the meeting include updates to the holiday and vacation pay that city employees receive. Employees must now work the regularly scheduled day before and after a holiday to receive the benefit, and the city’s officers are being given a chance to carry over a certain amount of unused vacation hours this year before a new limitation takes place next year.

More information about the city, the council, and meetings can be found by visiting http://www.cityofaragon.com/.