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Home Depot workers honored for helping youth

A selfless act of kindness has made a few Cedartown Home Depot workers celebrities, and despite being busy with the press, Jeffrey Anderson and company found time to visit the most recent county commission work session where they were formally recognized for helping out a fellow citizen.

The workers' story has been making the rounds, but for those unfamiliar, the group went above and beyond by helping out local two-year-old Logan Moore deal with his hypotonia.

The condition, commonly referred to as floppy baby syndrome, makes it difficult for him to walk, so when he entered the store with his family, the workers built him a walker.

"So today a lady and her mother and husband came in telling us that the insurance company may or may not pay for their little boys walker so they went on the internet and found plans to make one out of PVC pipe," Anderson wrote in the original Facebook post that drew attention to the act. "So my store manager heard about this and we went over to them looked at their plans and said we got this so we started putting it together told the family to go and enjoy ice cream and come back in a hour. Other associates started jumping in and when the family came back it was done."

"Everyone was crying to see Logan walk around with the biggest smile on his face and when the family tried to pay us we said no way this one is on us," Anderson continued. "Thank to all that help and for being a blessing to this family and to this little guy."

Anderson shared the story at the July 1 meeting before he and his co-workers received certificates from County Chairperson Jennifer Hulsey.

Commissioners responded with humbleness to their newfound notoriety, and Anderson mentioned they simply like helping out.

"We felt like this is important, so this is to show our appreciation as the Polk County Board of Commissioners," Hulsey said. "We call it citizens helping citizens, awarded to the employees of the Cedartown Home Depot store for demonstrating extraordinary kindness and compassion in helping our community."

The workers have been busy with magazines, news shows, and numerous other outlets, but Hulsey thanked them for making time for one more before moving onto other items.


Man killed in Gibson Street shooting

Officials are still investigating a death on Gibson Street on Monday morning as the body of a man who died on the scene has been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for a full autopsy.

Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier said that Robert Denis, 29, of a Cedartown address, was pronounced dead on the scene in the shooting incident at 11:10 a.m.

He said that further information will likely be forthcoming after results of the autopsy are reported back from the Crime Lab. Brazier said that as of press time at the end of the week following the July 4 holiday, he was still waiting the results of the autopsy from the Crime Lab.

Cedartown Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were on the scene Monday morning and through the day after calls came in at 10:30 a.m. requesting emergency personnel to the scene of 624 Gibson Street.

In a release on Monday, Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said that "the investigation is currently ongoing."

"Law enforcement are working to piece together the circumstances that resulted in the shooting and subsequent death of this individual," Newsome said.

He also added that there is no suspect at large and there is no threat to the public.

"All individuals present during the shooting incident are accounted for."

As of the end of last week, police had not yet released further details on the particulars of how Denis died.

Last week's shooting marked the seventh death for the year throughout Polk County by gunfire since the start of 2019. It was one of two shootings to occur within the county as a whole last week, and the sixth incident to occur since the month of May as the paper was being wrapped up.

Check back for additional updates as police announce them online at Polkstandardjournal.com.


Suspect injured in shooting at Polk party

The lone suspect — who is also the victim — in a shooting incident at a party on Judd Brazier Road was recovering in the intensive care unit at Floyd Medical Center last week.

Polk County Police Detective B. Brady said charges are likely to come down against the man shot around 3 a.m. on July 4 as the investigation to pin down all the particulars continues.

The unnamed suspect was alleged to have interrupted his ex-girlfriend's party at the Judd Brazier Road address after sending text messages to several individuals in attendance. Brady said the suspect arrived with several of his own friends and began a fight.

In the middle of the fight, Brady said the suspect pulled out a shotgun which prompted his ex-girlfriend to head inside and wake her stepfather, who came out with a gun of his own.

Brady said the stepfather saw the ex-boyfriend

begin to raise the shotgun in a threatening manner and prompted gunfire. The suspect was hit once in the arm and the second round went through the shotgun.

The suspect was transported to Floyd Medical Center and underwent surgery on the morning of the July 4 holiday. He was recovering from his wounds and later reports before week's end from officials stated that he was going to make a full recovery.

Additional charges are likely pending against the suspect, whose name wasn't released at press time at week's end.

Check back for additional updates on the Standard Journal website as they become available.


Sharing the love of all things Coca-Cola in Cedartown

Coca-Cola tourists from all across the country and from every continent but Antarctica were part of a special day at the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Museum Executive Director Daniel Morris was happy with the turnout coming from busloads for a stop at the Main Street museum featuring a collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia on July 2 during a three-hour event that saw the museum open for special hours for the group.

Morris said hundreds came from just about every state in the union, plus from dozens of more countries across the globe to see not only memorabilia gathered up by the family over the years, but also some new changes to the museum itself.

"We have been preparing for this event for months and will be featuring new displays and many new, rare items," Morris said previously.

The July 2 special tours coincided with the national convention of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club for the week of Independence Day held in Atlanta.

The museum marked its third anniversary in late June ahead of the visit from Coca-Cola collectors. They came in buses for a stop in Cedartown and to look around the historic bottling plant and along Main Street by the hundreds for the event that started around 2 p.m. Those buses returned with new visitors throughout the afternoon.

It also gave opportunity to showcase new changes to the museum itself. Where before a large back area was used to showcase several Coca-Cola delivery vehicles that were restored on bare concrete, it now houses much more.

Collectibles are now part of the layout along the walls, carpet was added and only one of the historic vehicles now remains within. The collection also saw some rotation, with new items now on display while others were moved around.

Last week's event merited a visit from The Varsity food truck out of Atlanta to serve visitors and

those lucky enough to buy a ticket from a limited supply offered up to the public.

The museum is no stranger to playing host to out-of-town visitors. In recent years, the museum has been utilized by production companies on Main Street in Cedartown as a headquarters for their operations. Crews from "Hap and Leonard" used the museum for several months as a staging point, along with the forthcoming use of downtown as backdrop for "The Watchmen" last year.

Earlier in the year, the museum also played host to documentary filmmakers from London who came to learn more about the museum in a production exploring Coca-Cola as well. Morris took part in the production in interviews about the museum and the collection.

He added that with changes at the museum's new displays and rare items that are now available for public view.

The Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia located at 209 Main St., Cedartown (just down from the Standard Journal offices) is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours cost $5 for adults, and $3 for children.

Find out more information about the museum, products for sale in the gift shop and online and more at https://cedartowncokemuseum.org.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 starting in recent weeks and 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.

Summer Fun Day is coming to One Door Polk for local families and youth on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., specifically tailored toward children birth to third grade. Want to volunteer? Contact admin@polkcouncil.com for more information.

Vacation Bible School is coming up at First Baptist Church of Cedartown on July 8 through July 12. This year's theme is "In the Wild." The ending celebration of VBS will be held during Sunday morning services on July 14. Register at fbccedartown.org.

Take part later this week in "Giddyup Junction" Vacation Bible School at Bethlehem Baptist Church at 956 Bethlehem Road in Felton. VBS runs from July 11 through July 13, with events Thursday and Friday scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and a wrap-up on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

Come enjoy an day in the park with good food and music on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seaborn Jones Park where Feed My Sheep Ministry will be holding a Fish Fry to raise funds for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner coming up later this year. Money raised will go toward the purchase of toys and food for the meal. Gospel signing will be part of the day of fun at the Fish Fry. Those interested in helping out can contact Floreace Stocks at 678-719-1981.

Kathy Torres is offering Paint Parties on Tuesday, July 16 and August 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for $20 each, which includes all supplies, at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center. Have a fun time and take home a painting you made yourself.

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 Polk County Democratic Committee Meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 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, 609 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, July 17. 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 e-mail 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.

Save the date: The Boys and Girls Club of NWGA is hosting a Polk County Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club. Find more information at bgcnwga.org or call 706-234-8591.

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.

Victory Baptist Church's Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open. 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 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.

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.

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.

Take back your life and get help. Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free for screenings or referrals at 1-800-431-1754.

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.

Need to get an item onto the Area Calendar of Events? Email kmyrick@polkstandardjournal.com today! All items must be in at least two weeks before the event to appear in the Standard Journal on time.