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Norman email came in defense of holding checks
Baldwin: Reprimand came for after hours email use, not its content

A chain of emails that prompted former Aragon City Clerk Sandy Norman to type up a defense of her actions after hours and got her a written reprimand for personnel file shed light on additional information about the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's look into former clerk Lori Dunn's actions on the job, or lack thereof.

In fact, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that until the City of Aragon has finished getting information together of their own, they haven't begun any work other than preliminary conversations.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Greg Ramey, who is supervisor over the Calhoun office, said the investigation was still in the preliminary stages and that they would only begin their look once more information was provided to them.

Norman confirmed that earlier this year she and former council member Tammy Mulkey sat down with the GBI for an interview about the issue, but wouldn't comment further since she had no personal knowledge of whether the investigation is open or not.

That investigation is the reason why Norman sent the after hours email, in defense of her actions involving more than $11,000 in checks that were found after Dunn resigned in a filing cabinet following her departure, according to a letter provided by Baldwin. Those checks dated as far back as 2003, according to information provided by the city and in a final tally provided by officials there was $17,694.73 in money that wasn't deposited in the bank as of July 26.

Baldwin said the first round of checks was actually a little less than $11,000 after he took a further look into the issue after he also learned about the discrepancy between his figures in a July 24 letter explaining the issue, and those released by the city.

He explained that he had previously knew about less than $11,000 in checks when he was

first presented with the issue in late May, but that additional payments to the city that were unopened were turned over by Norman with the checks Baldwin knew about when the GBI said they weren't needed for any investigatory purposes.

Norman and court clerk Amy Liggons at the time made copies of all the checks that had been turned over, Baldwin said.

"It's mostly all small checks, except for one made out to the City of Aragon from the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs from 2003 for $4,000," Baldwin said.

The city received a communication back from the state the $4,000 check was previously paid out to the city, but that investigatory work was still being done to figure out if that was the case since records were lacking on the reissuance of payment. Baldwin also said he hadn't seen the checks and money orders himself personally.

One of those checks included in the 171 found in the drawer was for Baldwin's payment on garbage service, totaling $13.50.

A May 30 email sent at 7:26 p.m. explained Norman's part in holding onto the checks, which she later turned over to be processed.

"In order to defend myself, I can only say that I was doing what I was instructed to do," the email read. "I was instructed by both Tammy (Mulkey) and Zach (Burkhalter, city attorney) to hold on to the items I had. I was told by Mandy (Rowlen, GBI Investigator) to hold onto these items until the GBI was ready to do their investigation and all the information would be turned over at that point. Mandy (Rowlen) did say the un-deposited checks would probably not come into the investigation. It was not my decision to make, as to what would or would not be used as evidence. That should be left to the experts to decide, not me. I did not pick-and-choose to decide what should be considered significant evidence or trivial bookkeeping errors. As you already know, there were a significant number of checks that were later found after the GBI's meeting with Tammy (Mulkey) and I. This was what prompted Terry (Wheeler) to get involved."

It added that further questions about the issue should be sent along to Burkhalter and that "I was never told to release any information, to anyone."

Norman previously explained that she felt distressed by the situation and needed to defend herself, and knew the consequences would likely be a formal reprimand for using city email after hours.

The overtime policy had previously been put in place by Mayor Garry Baldwin after he came into office and found that a number of employees had amassed a large amount of compensatory time, which included Norman. She and others were paid out for the time, and the new policy allows for only 40 hours to accrue at a time before the employee has to take a payout or time off.

Her email came in response to an official request made by email from Baldwin at 3:59 p.m. explaining the situation in brief and the steps he was planning to take in trying to recover the funds for the city.

That only came after Rowlen sent an official response about the checks to the city following a conversation about the issue she said she had in an email with Chief Marc Riley about the checks.

According to a letter explaining the situation from Baldwin, the large bundle of checks found included one from himself to pay for garbage collection fees dating back to 2012 in the amount of $13.50.

"I was told this was part of the GBI investigation," he said in the letter.

He went on to explain that some time later, an inquiry from United Health Group addressed to Dunn asked questions about why a $923.19 check hadn't been cashed, and if potentially it had been lost.

Baldwin explained that he later inquired about the check with Norman, who showed it was received in December 2016, and that it had been turned over to Christie Langston.

He went on in the letter to explain that when he sought to find out more information about the checks, he found that it was among those that were being held by Norman that were found in a filing cabinet, and though not necessarily needed for evidence was being held as such for the time being until Norman was told to do otherwise.

Baldwin's letter stated that he sought to get the checks processed and try to recover funds where possible, and that so far the city has been able to get around $2,000 of that money into the bank. That included the check from United Health Group, he said.

"Some of them were personal checks that have time limits on them, and some of them were money orders," he said.

Additionally, the city has since sent out letters to all those who were affected by the found checks in attempts to recover funds that should have come to the city.

He added in the letter explaining what happened in this particular situation that Norman's email about the issue was clearly sent after hours, and that it was a clear violation of "my recently reminded policy of email and messaging while off the clock."

"My reprimanding her was all about the after hours email, NOT the holding and releasing of the checks, which I understand was a total misunderstanding between Sandy, The Police Chief, the GBI and our Attorney."

Baldwin said that other than the issue around the checks, he's had no involvement with the GBI investigation after he stepped back from the situation back in March, when Dunn was placed on leave when the agency was first called back into investigate.

"They don't even want me to ask about it," Baldwin said.

Since the checks were not part of the investigation, Baldwin said attempts to get them cashed have been progressing. Along with making his own back payment of the $13.50, he said one of his neighbors had also come in to make payments to cover past tax payments that hadn't been cashed by the City of Aragon.

The GBI was previously called in by former Mayor Ken Suffridge to look at issues in the city, but without completed audits Ramey said his agency wasn't willing to move forward without further information at the time.

Aragon has caught up from 2009 through 2013 on completed financials for those fiscal years, but still has some years to finish up before any further moves could be made including the end of this fiscal year in 2017.

Williamson and Sons were contracted to complete the audits and finished much of the work earlier this year in late 2015 as financial issues were being cleared up by the direction of former Financial Officer Hal Kuhn.

Thus far, according to Baldwin and Norman, no explanation as to why Dunn left the checks in the filing cabinet has been offered up.

Baldwin, who is Dunn's father, said "to be honest, no one has ever asked her."

"I didn't, because I'm supposed to recuse myself from the situation as far as the investigation goes," he said. " No one as far as I know has asked her to explain anything."


GSP Trooper cleared in fatal shooting of Aragon man

A Georgia State Patrol officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of an Aragon man at the end of a police chase has been cleared in wake of Grand Jury proceedings last week.

District Attorney Jack Browning that after providing all the evidence in the shooting death of Jason Dennis Watkins on March 17, the Grand Jury elected to return no bill of indictment by majority vote.

That brings to a close the proceedings against Trooper Jonathan Mason in the incident, who according to the release took the actions in order to protect his own life.

Browning's release this afternoon cited a new state law introduced to help keep the public secure in the knowledge that law enforcement shooting incidents are being treated justly, and all the facts are released to the public following the arrival of a decision to come back with no charges.

According to the release, the Grand Jury came back to find the facts as previously reported were accurate, and that Watkins attempted to flee from officers when he reached a road checkpoint setup by Georgia State Patrol.

Watkins then turned around, and Mason gave


Just can't wait to be king!
Cedartown youth took part in a performance of "Lion King Kids" on July 28.

The circle of life continued at the Cedartown Cultural Arts Center as some of the city's youngest actors followed in the foot steps of their mentors for a performance of "The Lion King Kids" that gave the audience no worries.

The Lion King Kids took Disney's The Lion King but compressed it down into a shorter show. Scar is still the bad guy, Simba still can't wait to be king, and the gang still sings Hakuna Matata, but the audience got to watch the lion cub take back his throne in a neatly packed 1 hour span.

The complete list of songs in Lion Kings Kid includes "One by One," "Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to be King," "Be Prepared," "Hakuna Matata," "Can You Feel the Love To-night," "He Lives in You," and "Luau Hawaiian Treat."

Prior to Friday's 7 p.m show, Cedartown's youth had been rehearsing from 9a.m to 4:30 p.m for two weeks straight for their summer theatre camp. McCall Pirkle

and Julie Carver served as the director and vocal director respectively and were in charge of the 40+ actors and volunteers present at the camp.

The camp included much more than rehearsing, however, and the young stars got to learn about the basics of theatre, set-design, choreography, and how to work while promoting teamwork and creativity.

Attending theatre camp made the impact of songs such as The Circle of Life and I Just Can't Wait to be King much more meaningful.

The actors and actresses who once received acting lessons themselves passed on their knowledge to students who used it in their own performance. One day the cast of Lion King Kids may pass down what they learned during theatre camp and make sure the cycle never ends.

No one can keep acting forever, but one's knowledge and teachings can be passed down from generation to generation, which is the hopes of organizers in the camp.

The full list of people that helped Simba become the right-ful king include: Volunteer Abby Bentley, Villager Addie Chandler, Hyena Aden Jiles, Villager Anna Prince, Anna Stephenson as Rafiki, Villager Annabelle King, Ariana Klemke as Rafiki, Aspen Ruff as Nala, Ayden Carver as Rafiki, Villager Bailey Langston, Barret Pirkle as Timon, Blake Duggar as Ed, volunteer Brisa Guzman, volunteer Christian Williams, Cody Bauer as Mufasa, volunteer Drake Benefield, volunteer Dru Pirkle, Villager Ede White, Villager Elliott O'weger, Villager Emberlee Wilson, Emma Kate Owen as Rafiki, Hyena Gage Morris, Grace Ann Lundy as Zazu, volunteer Grace Bentley, Hayden Evans as Banzai, Hayden O'weger as Sarabi, Hyena Heaven Klemke, Joseph Wilson in the ensemble, volunteer Juliann Andrews, volunteer Jacob Pirkle, Hyena Justin Philpot, Villager Kimber Braren, Vil-lager Macie Duggar, Villager Madyson Thacker, Villager Maryn Barrow, Noah Odgers as Young Simba, Payton Owen as Pumbaa, Reese Torimoto as Shenzi, Sadie Bentley as Young Nala, Ande Roper as Rafiki, Seth Wright as Simba, Hyena So-phia Addison, Villager Woodson King, Wyatt Lindsey in en-semble, Zack Lester as Scar.

The team of cast, crew, and directors worked hard but the camp was only made possible by the generous sponsors such as Pirkles Deli and Zorba's who kept the many lions, hyenas, and other animals of the musical fed.

Home Depot and Kroger generously provided funds for the musical, and various volunteers agreed to work lights, help with set, and more.


Rockmart's 101 Church

Students heading back to class this coming week, teachers return today

Students should start waving goodbye to summer vacation and hello to books because August has finally reared its head and brought school with it.

Even though no one wants to wake up at 6 a.m. on a hot August morning starting this coming Tuesday, some things do change. Each school has an updated calendar and rules to go with it.

Teachers reported back starting on Tuesday with new teacher orientation, and all educators were getting their classrooms ready for the start of the new year, and the students are back after the beginning of next week.

Something that parents and students should remember are some of the basic rules as they head back to class, and though not all of those guidelines have been officially approved by the Board of Education, they should be by the time school begins on Aug. 8. It'll continue through the upcoming months when students will eventually get to return to summer vacation in the distant future of May 25, 2018.

Upcoming breaks will give local students a chance to take a break. Students will be off for Labor Day at the beginning of September, and then not long after they'll get several more opportunities for weeks off during the school year.

Fall Break only lasts from Oct. 11 - Oct. 16 this year, but Thanksgiving break and Christmas break last 9 and 16 days respectively.

Spring break is from April 9 to April 16.

Also parents should note the the dress code is

technically pending, but students will likely be expected to adhere to the usual rules such as no rips or tears in pants, no spaghetti-straps, finger-tip length pants, no profanity or drug references on clothing, no tank-tops, etc.

Here's a handy guide for the rest of the school systems and any changes that have happened over the summer that parents and students should know before heading back to class.

Also, visit www.polk.k12.ga.us to find the rest of the school system's calendar, including dates and times this week for visits to classrooms ahead of the start of the school year.

Eastside Elementary

Like last year, car riders in K-5th grade are expected to be dropped off at the front of the school. Bus riders will be taken to the side of the school and dropped off only when an adult is outside supervising. Students are expected to arrive no earlier than 7:15 but are tardy after 8:00a.m. Pre-K students will be dismissed at 2:30p.m; 1-5th graders will be dismissed at 3:00p.m. Your child's identification card is expected to be displayed in your car window until the child is loaded.

Northside Elementary

Car riders are, again, only to be picked up and dropped off at the front of the school. Students are not allowed to arrive at school before 7:20a.m and homeroom begins at 7:50a.m. Students are deemed tardy starting at 8:00a.m. Pre-K students are dismissed at at 2:30p.m; 1-5th graders are dismissed at 3:00p.m. Like the other elementary schools, parents must have an identification card in the window until the child is loaded. Bus numbers will be called over the school's intercom, and the child should stay inside until his or her bus number is called.

Van Wert Elementary

Like Northside, students are expected to arrive no earlier than 7:20 and no later than 8:00a.m. At Vanwert, tardy students must have an adult sign them into the office. As usual, car riders are only allowed to be dropped off and picked up at the front of the school. Dismissal for Pre-K begins at 2:45p.m; other students are dismissed at 3:05p.m. Students who are not picked up by 3:45p.m will be sent to After School Care. Bus riders are expected to wait inside until they hear their bus number over the intercom.

Westside Elementary

At Westside, car riders are expected to be dropped off and picked up only at the back of the school. 7:20a.m is the earliest a student is allowed to arrive and any student present after 7:50 is considered tardy. Pre-K students are dismissed at 2:45p.m and all other students are dismissed at 3:05p.m. Pre-K students with a grade level sibling will be dismissed at 3:05p.m. Parents must have identification of student visible in the car until the child is loaded. Bus riders are required to wait inside until their bus number is called.

At Westside, numerous clubs are offered. Students can join student council, Morning Show Crew, FCA, Beta Club, and Robotics.

Youngs Grove Elementary

Youngs Grove Students who are car riders are expected to be dropped off at the front of the school before 8:00a.m and after 7:20a.m. Youngs Grove insists that parents encourage independence in their children and are requesting that children be dropped off without assistance. Instead of walking them to the building everyday, try to teach them to walk themselves. Homeroom will begin at 8:00a.m and Pre-K is dismissed at 2:45p.m. 1-5th graders are dismissed 3:00a.m. Like Westside, Pre-K students with grade level siblings will be dismissed alongside the grade level student. Bus riders are to stay inside until their bus numbers are called.

Cedartown Middle School

The school day is once again slated to last from 7:50a.m-3:20p.m. Students are not allowed to be dropped off at the school before 7:05a.m, and the office will be open from 7:15a.m to 4:00p.m. Car riders will be dropped off at the circular drive in the back of the school. Drivers should enter school from the Collard Valley Road entrance. Bus riders will be dropped off at the school, and like car riders, are expected to immediately go to gym where they will sit in their designated spots separated by class and gender. Dismissal in the afternoons for car riders begins at approximately 3:25. Car riders will walk down the 600 hall on the right hand side where they will be divided according to grade level and will await their ride underneath the awning. After the first load of buses depart, cars should exit from Collard Valley Road (back of the school.)

Lockers at CMS cost $8 and are available as soon as paper work is done. Students are forbidden from writing, sticking, or attaching things to the locker. Sharing lockers is forbidden.

Rockmart Middle School

Students should not arrive to school prior to 7:15a.m, and car riders will be dropped off at the 900 hall in the mornings. No outside food or drinks can be brought in the building in the morning. (Other than lunch in a lunch box.) Parents are urged not to drop students off in front of the school. Students who arrived after 8:00a.m are tardy and must sign in at the front of the school. Dismissal in the afternoons will begin at 3:10 and all students will exit the 800 hall end doors. Car rider traffic should use the road between the RMS soccer field and parking lot. In the afternoon, there are three lanes for vehicles: 6th grade-left hand lane; 7th grade-middle lane; 8th grade right hand lane.

Lockers this year cost $8 and are on a first come first serve basis. Students are forbidden from writing, sticking, or sharing lockers.

Cedartown High School

At CHS, students have designated parking spots if they drive. Parking passes are once again $30 and can be purchased from the front office. Students must have a valid Georgia drivers license and proof of insurance to purchase the pass. Like last year, there is a Junior and Senior parking lot. The lots are in the same location, but Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to use their respective parking lots. Bus riders are to wait outside until they see their bus arrive.

CHS students are late at 8:05a.m and teachers will lock doors at this time. Any student not in class will be forced to visit the office and receive a tardy pass. Students who receive 4 tardies are given Saturday work detail.

CHS has 4 lunch shifts, and student's will have a designated shift based on their 4th period class. Free lunch is making a return at CHS, but students are not allowed to be in the hallways during their lunch period.

Returning clubs at CHS are drama, environmental, FBLA, FCA, and FFA, HOSA, Key, National Honor Society, Spanish, SADD, Student Council, and SkillsUSA.

Cell phones are allowed in CHS, but should they become a distraction, teachers will confiscate devices until the end of the class.

Students are allowed 1 re-take on an exam of their choice per nine weeks. Final exams may not be re-tested.

Rockmart High School

Students at RHS who drive are required to purchase a parking pass. The pass costs $30 and gives the student the right to park in their respective parking lot. The Junior parking lot is once again on the side of the school; Seniors are given the opportunity to park in the front or behind the gym. Bus riders are picked up and dropped off at the right side of the school and must, like all students, go to the lunchroom in the morning. Car riders are to be dropped off at the front of the school, and car riders must be picked up outside of the 400 hall after school.

RHS has a new principal this year-Robyn Teems-who is taking over for Mr. Cupp. Teems has over twenty-seven years in education and hopes to see as many students graduate as possible.

School begins at 8:00a.m and students who are tardy must get a pass from the office before heading to class. Students who receive too many tardies will be appointed Saturday school and possibly an absence.

RHS has 3 lunch shifts, and students designated lunch is determined by their 4th period class. Lunch is once again free at RHS, and students are allowed to go outside during lunch. Students are not allowed to roam the hallways during lunch.

Returning clubs at RHS are Art Club, Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Georgia Career Technical Institution, Health Occupations Students of America, International Thespian Society, Kappa Pi Beta, Key Club, National Honor Society, Sr. Beta Club, Pep Club, Public Safety, Science Club, SkillsUSA, Spanish Club, and Student Council.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Check out FHF Hair Design's annual event to help local youth look their best before heading back to school. The styling salon is offering up free back to school hair cuts and supplies for youth aged 6 to 18 on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the shop located at 305 Main St. Cedartown. Donations are welcome for the rest of the month. Call FHF Hair Design at 678-901-0643.

The 4 the Kids Consignment Sale to benefit Victory Baptist Church's Stockings of Love Ministry will be held on Friday, August 4 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall and winter clothing, shoes, toys, accessories, bedding, infant equipment, most anything for children and teens will be available at reasonable prices. A half-price sale begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. from now through Thanksgiving. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for more information about vendors and upcoming classes.

Polk County Police Office Andy Anderson is hoping the local community will help raise money for the Helping Hands Food Pantry by purchasing raffle tickets for a Rivergrille Rustler 40-inch vertical smoker. The drawing for the raffle has been extended to Aug. 1 to allow more people to purchase tickets. Single tickets are $2, or 3 for $5. Contact Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331, or stop by the office at 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown, or at the Polk County Sheriff's Office today. Sales are now closing at the end of the month.

Help out the Polk County State Special Olympics team with their efforts to raise money by stopping by their produce stand in downtown Cedartown today. The stand - located at One Door Polk at 424 N. Main St., Cedartown - provides a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale with the proceeds going to support their practice costs, jerseys, and competition fees to compete at the State Special Olympics Masters Bowling competition in Warner Robbins in August. The stand is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and run by local volunteers. Call 706-302-0462 for more information.

Check out the Throttle Jockeys Fourth Friday Cruise-in monthly - weather permitting - in front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2 parking on Prior Street in Cedartown from 5 to 9 p.m.

Christian Counselor and Life Coach Lyle Thomas, a Cedartown native, will present RealTalk, a highly interactive training that is fun and transformative for everyone from teenagers up. The oneday, interactive event is perfect for couples, parents and their teens, business owners, coworkers, friends, and anyone who would like to deepen the quality of their relationships at home and at work. The event will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Polk County College and Career Academy at Cedartown High School. The cost is $10 and includes materials and lunch. To register, email dawntolbert@gmail.com.

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 of provide free civil legal services to persons with low incomes. This includes cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, and more. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be in July. Check back for more updates.

Get ready now for the annual Labor Day Bike Ride on the Silver Comet Trail in Cedartown. It'll start at the Cedartown Welcome Center in the Depot and run along the Silver Come Trail following an 8 a.m. registration on Monday, Sept. 4. Call the Welcome Center at 770-748-2090 for more information about the ride and how to participate, or email rruark@downtowncedartown.com.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Head over to the organization's office at 608 Adamson Road, Cedartown on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill out an admission and prepay for the surgery. Those wanting more information can call 678-361-7304 for more information. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well. The second pickup date for the month is Aug. 23.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will coming up Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad for $5, all you can eat. This is open to the public. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. Participate for a chance to win free a dinner. Bring friends and enjoy the fun.

Vendor applications are out now for the annual Cedartown Fall Festival being held on Saturday, Oct. 7 on Main Street. Festivities begin with the 10 a.m. Shriner's parade, a dog contest at 11 a.m. and live entertainment throughoutt he day. Those interested in a vendor space can contact Ramona Ruark at the Cedartown Welcome Center at 770-748-2090 or email rruark@downtowncedartown.com.

A celebration of all the legendary singer Elvis is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Rockmart's Arts Center Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the show that honors the King during the 40th year since his death in August 1977. Bill Brooks will once again take the stage as Elvis, and will be joined by the Georgia-Aires, made up of local singers Johnny Groover, Ken Suffridge, David Walk and Dale Brumbelow. Cost is $10. Find tickets at Rockmart City Hall, Linda's Place in Rockmart, Martin's Style Center in Cedartown or call city hall 770-68-5454 for purchase. They can also be ordered online at www.rcac.ticketleap.com. Group tickets can also be purchased via Brooks at 662-871-9060.

The Polk County Alzheimer's Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch following in the hospital cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.

Join the Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, for praise and worship during their Family day on Sunday, Aug. 13. 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 Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cedartown Library 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For more information email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

Get ready for the Polk County Fair organized by the Cedartown Exchange Club annually to help raise funds for the club to donate to local organizations. This year's fair is scheduled from Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Polk County Fairgrounds; 5-10 p.m. nightly Tuesday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Check back for more information in coming editions.

Cedartown First Baptist Church will hold their Fall Kickoff celebration during a two-day event starting on Saturday, Aug. 19 with a Tailgating party starting at 4 p.m., and worship with Dr. Daniel Heeringa, pastor of First Baptist Church of Houston, Texas. Following on Sunday, Aug. 20, there will be a 9 a.m. breakfast in the fellowship hall, worship services headed by Dr. Heeringa at 11 a.m. and a 6 p.m. concert with The LeFevre Quartet. Admission is free, all are invited to attend. A love offering will be taken up. Visit fbccedartown.org for more information or call 770-748-3120.

The Polk County Extension Service's annual twice-weekly vegetable market has begun. Find fresh veggies and fruits on hand from vendors on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Peek's Park in Cedartown. Call the extension office at 770-749-2142 for more information or to learn how to participate.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Rd. Seventh-day Adventist Church. Enjoy a vegetarian supper and participate in a lecture on healthy, happy living. Free and for all ages. Each evening provides a different menu and lecture topic. For more information call 678-901-9184.

Victory Baptist Church's Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open to help those in need. One bag of nonperishable 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 2 IDs per address. Regular hours of operation for the pantry are Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.

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 Co. Department of Family and Children Services office, located at 100 County Loop Rd. in Cedartown. Information Sessions are held to explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in the state of Georgia. For more information please call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or e-mail robin.forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

Join Paul Craighead at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center gallery for weekly pottery classes. They are held Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $15 each, and $12 for a Thursday class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Materials are included in the cost of the classes. Call Paul Craighead at 770-843-5302 with questions. Registration open at the beginning of classes.

Celebrate Recovery continues to meet in the First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St., Monday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. A large group gathers at 7 p.m. and small share group at 8 p.m.

Victory Baptist Church will be hosting their annual Stockings of Love Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Visit their website at www.vbcrockmart.com for more information.

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group in Polk meets the first Monday of each month at First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St. The facilitator is April Williams. For more information call 770-546-5188.

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 3rd 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 information, contact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

The Sit N' Stitch craft group at Rockmart First United Methodist Church is taking a summer break and won't be meeting again until after the Labor Day holiday. Contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032 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.

Lutheran Services of Georgia's Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia's foster care system. Sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia office in Rome, located at 336 Broad Street. For more information, contact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

All Carroll EMC offices will close Thursday, August 31 at 12 noon. During the closing, make pay-

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