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County looking at quality of life projects in SPLOST

Polk County Commissioners have come up with a new idea for use of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money, and plans to give both the Cedartown and Rockmart area project funds to use as citizens sees fit.

Commissioner Scotty Tillery announced during the Oct. 1 work session that after long discussions between board members that go back two years, a decision was finally reached to allow for a project idea to move forward to give both sides of the county a Quality of Life project within the 2020 SPLOST.

Some $300,000 each is being pledged from the fund up for an extension vote on the November ballot from local citizens, and instead of the commissioners deciding what the projects will entail the county wants citizen committees to undertake the decision.

"We know that we need to do more to increase the quality of life opportunities we have," Tillery said during the announcement.

He added the projects would still have to meet all the SPLOST qualifications and rules, and "would have to fit in one of the categories" of the 2020 funding.

"We're also requiring that we'd have two town hall meetings to take additional information and ideas from the community," Tillery said.

Committees would be appointed after representatives from both sides of the county are chosen by the commission, and then would be left to do their work without interference. Tillery also said the cities of Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon would also be sought for input on potential quality of life project ideas.

"We want to get info out there, and take in more ideas of what people want to see that maybe we haven't seen yet," Tillery said.

Additional details about the project are still forthcoming, he added.

County Commissioners don't have to vote anytime soon on any project ideas, but when they come to fruition it would require approval to spend the funds.

The board is trying a different approach to how SPLOST funds are traditionally spent, with categories pre-determined based on future needs of departments like those in Public Safety arenas, who need to periodically trade in old vehicles and purchase new patrol vehicles for the Police Department and Sheriff's Office, or new trucks for Polk County's Volunteer Fire Department.

SPLOST has also been used in the past for a variety of different ways, from the new Public Works facility

to providing equipment for the county's emergency radio system.

With the announcement of the two quality of life projects to be determined, Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey said in follow-up after Tillery's announcement that the change will give additional voice to taxpayers.

"I think it's good, and our board really wants to have the citizen's input," Hulsey said. "It's hard to do really quick, but we're starting somewhere."

Commissioner Hal Floyd added his vote of confidence to the idea.

"We're not just going to keep doing the routine same old same old, but have some vision about the future and what we can do about quality of life," Floyd said. "And more than anything let's listen to the citizens."

The pledge of the $300,000 for each side of the county could come from a number of categories within SPLOST, depending on what committees choose to move forward with as an idea.

Voters will decide in November whether to extend the fund through 2026 after it runs out in 2020 for another $32 million draw, divided up between the county and the cities of Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon.


Superior Court's Judge Murphy retiring on Halloween

The Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court is going to need a new judge to sit on the bench starting in November.

After a long career in Polk and Haralson County courtrooms sitting above plaintiffs and defendants alike, Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy will be hanging up his robes and officially retiring long before his term was set to expire.

"I've announced it in the courtroom and to people up here," Murphy said last Friday. "I haven't gotten around to telling everyone yet."

He said he felt it appropriate his final day on the job would be Halloween.

"It's absolutely appropriate that I'll retire during the witching hour," he said.

He promised to provide additional information in a forthcoming sit-down with the Standard Journal this week.

With his announcement, it gives another opening for Governor Nathan Deal to make an appointment ahead of the end of his term coming up in December.

Murphy's unexpired term on the Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court bench was set to last

through 2020. His departure will allow for a new appointment to sit through the end of that term until a new election for the bench can be held between Haralson and Polk Counties.

Deal's appointment will last through the rest of Murphy's term. No special election will be required to fill the seat.

As to who will fill the seat is left undetermined, and will be based on some requirements that Deal has to follow. A candidate for the office has to be at least 30 years old, practiced law for seven years and be a citizen of the state for at least three years.

One person who said he isn't interested in the job now or in the immediate future is District Attorney Jack Browning.

"Everyone is asking me questions about who will be the next judge," Browning said. "I've got a job and I really enjoy it, and waited a long time to get it."

He added that with the death penalty case still ongoing in the shooting death of Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne and still in the discovery phase, it wouldn't be appropriate to hand off to someone else.

"Now's not the time for me to consider it," Browning said. "I'm in the right place for where I want to be."


SPLOST town halls coming up next week

Local residents who want to hear additional details about a forthcoming ballot measure to extend the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax past the 2020 cut-off will get a chance in the days to come.

Town hall meetings have been scheduled on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. each night to provide information and have the chance to ask questions and make comments about the forthcoming extension.

The trio of cities and county all have approved resolutions agreeing to a $32 million, six year extension of SPLOST after it runs out in 2020. Voters are getting a chance to decide whether the fund will stay in place or not. The current SPLOST was approved in 2014.

Next Monday's meeting will be held at Cedartown City Hall, and the following night officials will be on hand at Rockmart City Hall.

The fund is split four ways between the county and the cities, with the county getting the largest portion followed by Cedartown, Rockmart and

Aragon with the smallest.

Revenues from an extension of the one-cent sales tax in 2020 seek to generate $17,190,400, or 53.72 percent of the total amount being sought would go to the county.

In their resolution, they programmed the funds for countywide recreation, public infrastructure improvements, Public Safety facilities, equipment and vehicles, the same for Public Works, Transportation equipment and vehicles, county buildings, facilities and equipment and economic development. 6

The fund also seeks to generate $7,948,800 or 24.84 percent for the City of Cedartown, who wants to use the money for recreation and parks improvements, municipal infrastructure improvements, municipal equipment a2nd vehicles, technology infrastructure and improvements, public land, building and facilities improvements and municipal debt service.

If approved, Rockmart will receive 20.03 percent of the fund or $6,409,600 of the money being sought. The city looks to use their portion of the 2020 SPLOST for municipal infrastructure improvements to water, sewer, collection and distribution systems, municipal buildings, facilities and public use or recreation area improvements, for public safety facilities and equipment improvements, transportation and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and for downtown and small business corridor development and improvements.

The City of Aragon's portion of the 2020 SPLOST is the smallest and only makes up 1.41 percent of the fund according to the county's resolution approved in early August. The $451,200 approved for Aragon will seek to use the money for Public Safety and Public Works equipment, along with municipal infrastructure and technology improvements.

The one-penny sales tax would extend the fund through 2026 after it runs out in June 2020, at the end of the FY 2020 fiscal year.


Giving the homeless a second chance
• Rockmart Homeless Initiative seeks to give people safe space with resource center

Homelessness happens for many reasons. A spouse, child or family member dies and sends people into a spiral they can't control and have no breadwinner to help them through.

Mental illness is a leading reason why people are homeless, especially in the aftermath of the closure of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome in years past. There's too the problem of drugs, which starts with the first hit of methamphetamine or heroin, and usually ends for people with being evicted for not paying rent, or under arrest and at the Polk County Jail, only to get out and have nowhere to go.

Financial hardships come in many forms, and a lot of people are just one lost paycheck away from not making rent and being evicted.

It's a problem the Rockmart Homeless Initiative seeks to tackle on an individual level, one helping hand at a time and bring people back to being productive members of society.

The organization, which now has daytime storefront people can come and access meals and find a variety of assistance on South Marble Street, began their mission in 2011 to provide assistance to those in the community fallen on hard times.

Victoria Millhollan is one of the original board members of the organization and still going strong in the mission to help the homeless of Rockmart reclaim their lives. She said the efforts began when she volunteered with another organization doing similar good deeds.

"I'd been actively working with the homeless through Helping Hands," Millhollan said. "A group of people sought me out and asked me to come to a meeting, and I did. We originally started out from that meeting forming RHI."

She'd been keeping supplies in her car for the past several years, getting involved in outreach with barbecues and dinners at Rockmart Presbyterian and simply going into the streets to meet people where they are.

Then last year, the city approached the organization about providing help with a cold weather shelter for the homeless and watched it come together with positive results.

"That was super cool," she said.

Fast forward to April of this year,

and an opportunity came open to provide additional services out of their new South Marble Street storefront. So was born a new daytime resource center for the Rockmart Homeless Initiative.

It provides breakfast brought in by volunteers and usually sandwiches for lunch, along with places for someone who is homeless and without a place to sleep to get a few hours of rest before having to leave for the evening.

Millhollan added that resources like food and water, or being able to give out tents makes a difference as well.

But most importantly, one of the first steps they take with anyone seeking resources from RHI is asking a simple question 'do you have some form of identification?"

It's one of the first steps for those seeking to regain their livelihoods, since having a state issued form of identification is required for getting a job, finding a place to live and opening a bank account among a myriad of other things.

RHI's new location can act as a stable address for those without, and volunteers have been actively helping those who don't have anything to prove they are who they say they are get identification, which can lead to greater resources.

"For instance, for people to get food stamps they have to have an ID of some kid, and then someplace to mail it," Millhollan said. "We're that address, we're their phone number, we're their referral."

The resource center is always in need of financial assistance and food, clothing and other donations to help those who are on the streets and have no other options. However just as important is people taking part in the organization as well, and learning about the issue first hand.

Volunteers are especially needed for weekend time when the center is usually closed. Currently they're open according to a limited schedule and don't offer any services overnight, but are hoping to go to a schedule open seven days a week by early December.

"Each month we're adding a day of service," she said. "This month we're adding Monday, and in November we're adding Friday and Saturday in December, and Sundays weather permitting."

Even if someone needs to lay down during the day for a while, they have that opportunity at RHI's Resource Center as well, especially if they are ill or haven't slept the prior night somewhere else.

"We're here to help," Millhollan said. "To show these people that they are worth it. They just need a little help out."

Getting that trust from a population otherwise not seen immediately by society isn't always easy to do.

So a main goal is to be a place at the very least that offers people a dry place to come in and take a load off, if only for a little while. They also offer food boxes, camping supplies, clothing, and if anything a permanent address all free of charge.

RHI does offer some items up for sale to the public as a way of providing additional revenue outside of donations, but mainly run off the generosity of the community.

The organization is offering up a chance for the community to see their progress during an open house event coming up among the festivities surrounding the Riverwalk Festival on the Euharlee coming to downtown Rockmart on Oct. 20.

Also, anyone who is interested in volunteering can get in touch by calling 678-685-6385, or e-mailing info@rockmarthomelessinitiative.org.

Or if people want to see how well the program is working, Millhollan said they are welcome to visit while the resource center at 225 S. Marble St. is open, and lend a hand. She said the results are in the kind of help they are providing, like being able to ensure a family with young children aren't sleeping outdoors and have at least a hotel room to stay in while other resources to help them are sought out.

She said other ways the organization is reaching out into the community are providing positive outcomes as well.

"I think it is," Millhollan said. "Regardless of criticism. Heavy criticism. If you come in and you're here, you'll see the change."

Regina Hosey, a former social worker now offering her help to RHI, pointed to one family who came through the resource center seeking assistance, and had moved into an apartment just last week.

"They'd been in their car and their family – mom, dad and granddad all with health issues – and three little children. But they're all in an apartment as of today."

However to get help, volunteers point out that even though they don't judge anyone seeking help coming into their doors they still have to do the hard work themselves.

"You have to make the effort. You have to come through the doors here," she said. "We want them to have skin in the game, and they do. They work the programs, and by the time they have their IDs and have a job and have an apartment, they have self-worth back. They are worth something."

One future goal is to establish an actual overnight shelter the organization can direct people toward, but at the moment the kind of place they seek isn't allowed under zoning rules put forth by the City of Rockmart, according to Millhollan.

She instead is looking for someplace close to the city limits to provide overnight stays, a project thus far in the works.

Ultimately though, what the organization wants to achieve is getting as many people back into a home as possible.

Patricia Anderson, a brand new volunteer from Rockmart, added her own thoughts to how much she's learned about the issues in just a past few weeks of working at Resource Center. She said she didn't realize just in her brief time how much homelessness has touched various people in her own life.

"We all know somebody who is homeless or on the verge of homelessness, whether you know it or not," she said. "We're prideful people, so they don't just come out and say it. This affects literally everyone in our community... this is affecting every family, and I firmly believe that this community wants to help people but don't know how."

Maybe a stop by the resource center with canned goods or a few blankets might be a good starting point.


Waste Industries wins garbage bid
• Aragon council approves contract for trash collection, ups monthly fees

Garbage bills are going to increase for residential and commercial customers within the City of Aragon, while at the same time an outside firm is going to take over trash pickup.

The municipal division of Waste Industries came in as the best bidder to take over trash collections from the city's Public Works department, quoting the city a $14 a can price. They were only one of two bidders to seek the business.

City council members voted unanimously to take up the contract, and also decided at the same time to raise the amount customers will pay to have city trash service.

The previous $14 a can rate for seniors, and $17 a can rate for normal residential customers is going up to $20 and $17 for seniors. Commercial customers are also getting a price hike to $250 a month for service on dumpsters.

Price increases are going into effect as of Nov. 1, along with the start of

collections under the Waste Industries contract.

The day of the week Waste Industries will be collecting trash will be announced later this month in forthcoming coverage on the switch over.

Aragon's contract with Waste Industries for trash services is set last three years, but clauses that would allow either Waste Industries or Aragon to get out are in place as well, Baldwin said.

"Waste Industries was obvious choice due to years in business, amount of referrals they get from other municipalities locally," Mayor Garry Baldwin said during the city council's previous work session when discussions were underway on how to move forward.

Price increases and contracting out the service is a measure that Public Works Superintendent Daniel Johnson said is mean to allow the city to "catch up with the rest of the world."

The city will still directly manage accounts for trash collections, and new cans will be distributed for city customers.

He, along with council member Debbie Pittman and Baldwin reviewed proposals from both Waste Industries and locallyowned The Trash Man who both quoted the city in bids for $14 a can.

"It'll save on maintenance of the trucks, and it will save employee cost when they are on the truck but not working on other projects," Johnson said. "They're still going to be here doing something else. It's going to free up two days of work for them."

Baldwin also added when the council questioned the move would provide additional savings in fuel costs and maintenance on the truck.

Johnson said initial savings wouldn't be felt in the first few months that Waste Industries takes over collections, but that it would be forthcoming once the service got well underway and the New Year is past.

Baldwin said the city will also have to "rework the budget on this a little, but in the long run it's going to benefit the city and the taxpayers."

Municipal trash collections remained one of the few city services Aragon undertook on their own, along with the Aragon Police Department.

The only alternative for trash removal for residents is to take it to a convenience center on their own time.

Public Works will still be responsible for plenty of other jobs within the city, and new part time workers are also added to the staff to ensure they can keep up with the workload forthcoming.

The greatest increase in trash costs are coming for commercial customers, who were paying $114 a month for service on dumpsters at businesses like Dollar General.

Johnson said at the previous rate the city wasn't covering the cost of picking up and making trips to the Grady Road Landfill.

He also said under the contract with Waste Industries, they've agreed not to begin trash collections at anytime before 7 a.m., and additionally they will be unable to drive trucks through the city after dark, or on Sundays without prior permission.

That will only come if the route is interrupted due to bad weather or holidays.

City council members voted unanimously to take up the contract, and also decided at the same time to raise the amount customers will pay to have city trash service. The previous $14 a can rate for seniors, and $17 a can rate for normal residential customers is going up to $20 and $17 for seniors. Commercial customers are also getting a price hike to $250 a month for service on dumpsters.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Georgia author Mr. Raymond Atkins will be at the Rockmart Library on Wednesday October 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. He will be introducing his latest novel "Set List" which is centered on two young men from Sequoyah, Georgia, with limited prospects and big dreams in the music industry. Atkins is a multi-award winning author and longtime resident of Floyd County.

Get ready for another rocking night at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center as Polk County welcomes WILKES to the stage with several special guests on Saturday, Oct. 27. Doors will open for the show at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now and start at $15. WILKES will be joined by Kaleb Lee, Pryor Baird and Garrison Ray for the event. Call the box office at 770-748-4168 to reserve tickets now, or go online to cedartownshows.com.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children's programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.

Taylorsville Baptist Church Homecoming Service will be next Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Former pastor, Bro. Tommy Harris will deliver

the Homecoming message. Special music to be presented by "The Shadrix Trio". Homecoming meal will follow in the church fellowship hall. Pastor Richard Goodwin, music director Chris Thomas and all the members of Taylorsville Baptist invite you to come and enjoy this special day of remembrance and worship. Taylorsville Baptist Church is located at 19 church St., Taylorsville.

Rockmart Library is pleased to announce a new monthly class that will introduce new users to computers. The first class will be held on Oct. 11, 2018 at 5 p.m. and is free of charge. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 770-684-3022.

Coosa Valley Regional Services is holding their monthly board meeting on October 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at the main office in Rome, at 3 Riverside Industrial Pkwy NE. All Public is cordially invited to attend.

Bethel "Crossroads" Baptist Church in Taylorsville is hosting Cooper and Princess Preslie to present Our Pastor book signing and dedication this Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books are available for purchase and signing on the porch, along with free refreshments and activities for youth. Organizers also ask that participants bring a coat for the church's drive. Bethel Baptist Church is located at 450 Iron Hill Road, Taylorsville.

Get ready for the annual Riverwalk Festival in Rockmart along the Euharlee coming up on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Rockmart's Seaborn Jones Park. Vendor registration is underway now, and those interested in taking part can visit rockmart-ga.gov for more information, or call 770-684-2706 to talk to special events coordinator Jeff Holstein. Admission to the festival is free for the general public.

Rockmart Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce the expansion of its Music Ministry. First welcome Paul Campbell BM, MM, BD as Music Director and Organist, second the New Allen Organ in the Chancel and third, new program opportunities. The adult choir is accepting new members in preparation for its Christmas Eve program featuring "Christus Natus Est" by Cecilia McDonald. Sectional rehearsal are scheduled through the week. A new children's program includes Children's Choir on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. (FREE and open to all who wish their children to learn to sing). There will be an orientation meeting for parents and children on October 10 at 4 p.m. In addition to directing the new children's choir, Mr. Campbell will be offering Piano Lessons along with Shellee Wilson BM, BA, ME, will be offering singing/vocal lessons. Private lessons have a monthly fee. For information to joining our music program please stop in and see Paul Campbell at Rockmart Presbyterian or call him at: 404-312-7801.

If you are interested in things that go bump in the night, the Georgia Paranormal Investigators will be presenting their best case evidence at the Rockmart Library on October 18, at 5:30 p.m. This unique opportunity will let attendees see various types of evidence collected from real paranormal investigations and ask questions of their own! The public is invited to attend this free of charge event.

The 2018 First Baptist Church Homecoming is being held on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the North College Street sanctuary. Lunch will follow in the Family Life Center. Call 770-748-3120 for more information, or visit fbccedartown.org.

Cedar Christian School is accepting students for enrollment for the start Journal of classes this fall. Those interested in Christ-focused education for their youth can contact them at 678-901-3500, e-mail CCS@sda1844.org, or visit the Cedar Christian School Facebook page. The school located at 625 West Ave., Cedartown.

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.

Join the First Baptist Church of Cedartown for Halloween fun with their Trunk-R-Treat event being held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the church's parking lot. Call 770-748-3120 for more information, or visit fbccedartown.org.

Join the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society for their annual Spayghetti Dinner, this year being hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. It's a dine-in or take-out meal, and a 50-50 raffle is also being held. $10 per person. Call Charlotte Harrison at 706-252-4412 for more information.

Anyone who enjoys local history will want to come listen to Georgia author Lisa Russell discuss her newest book entitled "Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia." This talk centers on the history of North Georgia's man-made lakes and the towns that were displaced to create them. Russell will be at the Rockmart Library on Tuesday October 30 from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Harrell-Weaver Reunion is coming up in October, and family members are invited to come take part in the annual gathering. Relatives are asked to come to Fairview Baptist Church in Rockmart on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring food enough to feed immediate family members, and additional to share. E-mail Sheila.stanczak@spsx.com for more information.

Second Baptist Church of Cedartown is hosting the Reaching Every Generation conference which is open to the public to attend from Monday Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event kicks off during Sunday, Oct. 21 with a morning worship service featuring Dr. Don Dowless, President of Shorter University and an evening event featuring First Baptist Church of Rockmart pastor Jason Odom. From Oct. 22 through Oct. 24, the evening's speaker will feature Dr. Wayne Bray, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, S.C. Additionally, an evening meal is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 (RSVP for the conference, and especially the meal is required) and worship continues each night at 7 p.m. following. Scarlett Wool will also perform on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Visit sbccedartown.org for more information, call 770-748-5252 or e-mail Pastor Justin Carter at pastor@sbccedartown.org for more information and to RSVP for the conference.

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.

Halloween fun is coming to Cedartown and Rockmart on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Downtown Cedartown Trick or Treat goes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with a costume contest to follow featuring children 12 and under in Holloway Park, and the dog costume contest to follow. Rockmart's annual Festival of Treat's in downtown Rockmart kicks off at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up at 6:30 p.m., with a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. and the pet costume contest at 6 p.m.

Celebrate the Bible Month September with us! Facts and testimonies from and about the Bible! The event is coming up this Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Sept. 27, 28, and 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holloway Park (in front of the Court House). Bible displays and much more. More Info at: 770-748-0077 or 770-715-0419, or by visiting http://www.sda1844. org; www.biblewell.org. The event is being put on by the International Missionary Society of Seventh Day Adventist, Reform Movement.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. During even numbered months the group meets at The Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart, and during odd numbered months the party meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 Main St., Cedartown. All are welcome to take part! Check out more information at the Polk County Democratic Committee by searching for them on Facebook.

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.

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. Martha Dye at 770-684-6251or e-mail marthadye@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society again coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. 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. Transports won't be scheduled again until Oct. 24

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.

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, e-mail justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.