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'It was a senseless killing'
• Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne is killed in the line of duty. Suspects are in custody.

Seth Brandon Spangler

"This is a very sad day for the Polk County Police Department and the citizens of Polk County," were the words of Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd during a news conference about the fatal shooting of Detective Kristen Hearne, 29, and wounding of Officer David Goodrich.

An officer with the Polk County Police Department for the past five years, Hearne is the first officer killed in the line of duty in the 60 year history of the department. Goodrich is a rookie officer who has been with the police force for about six months.

A man and woman are in police custody after a manhunt in northwestern Polk County following the shooting around 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.

The shooting occurred near the intersection of Santa Claus Road and Ga. 100 south of Cave Spring.

The shooter was identified by GBI Director Vernon Keenan during a news conference Friday night as Seth Brandon Spangler, 31, from the Chattanooga area.

The woman was identified as Samantha Roof, 22, also from Chattanooga.

A third individual who drove up to the scene on a motorcycle was also taken into custody. He is thought to have been coming to the area to pick up one of the suspects.

Hearne and Goodrich were investigating a resident's complaint about a suspicious vehicle described as a Ford Escape when Spangler and Roof approached them.

"Officers Goodrich and Hearne began talking with the two of them. They were acting suspicious," Keenan said. "Suddenly, Spangler pulled out a handgun and shot both officers. Goodrich was saved by his bullet proof vest and was able to return fire and call for help."

Coroner Tony Brazier said Hearne was struck several times and was pronounced dead at Polk Medical Center at 11:49 a.m. Goodrich's injuries were assessed at Polk Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The suspects fled into the heavily wooded Santa Claus Mountain area and the woman was taken into custody less than an hour after the shooting. Spangler was captured around 2:45 p.m.

"He walked out of the woods up on some of the officers that were guarding the perimeter," Keenan said.

The GBI director said Spangler, who was wanted on a probation warrant out of Walker County, will be charged with felony murder and felony aggravated assault. Roof was also charged with felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

No bond had yet been set by press time over the weekend. More updates about court proceedings will be forthcoming.

"Word can't express the sorrow and hurt we feel right now as an agency," Dodd said "Our heart goes out to the family. Kristen was the type of officer who lit up any room she was in."

Hearne is survived by a husband, Matt, an officer with the Aragon Police Department, her parents and her three-year old-son.

"We will do our best as an agency to support this family and support each other during this time," Dodd said.

Doug Walker is the Associate Editor of the Rome News-Tribune.


Devotion to duty, family defined detective Hearne

Flags went to half staff last week as the entire community mourns the loss of a hero who died doing a job she loved.

The community laid this hero to rest during funeral services held after press time on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Victory Baptist Church, where those who knew and loved Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne were set to gather to celebrate her life and lay her to rest.

Hearne, a five year veteran of the Polk County Police Department, started a career in the department that her husband, Lt. Matt Hearne of the Aragon Police Department, said she was as devoted to as her son Isaac.

"I believe she died doing what she loved to do, and she was trying to make the world a better place for our son," Hearne said.

He added that his wife would have appreciated the outpouring of support that the family has received following her tragic death on Friday morning, Sept. 29.

"She loved her community, and loved being a police officer of this community," he said. "She got up every morning and did the job with pride."

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd spoke for his department when he said that Hearne was the kind of person who "lit up the any room that she entered."

The department was in mourning over the weekend and were helped out by officers from around the area at Hearne's death.

On Friday night as well wishers went onto social media with an outpouring of memorials, the pre-game rituals at the Cedartown High School football game included remembrances for Hearne. The stadium held a moment of silence was held and taps played to celebrate Hearne's life, along with a tribute from the team who carried out an American flag styled in gray and blue to honor fallen law enforcement officers.

Hearne was born in Rome in November 1987 to Patricia and Ron Brewer. She is also survived by four brothers, Joseph Montgomery, Patrick Snead, Michael Snead and Matt Brewer.

The 29-year-old detective began her law enforcement career as a deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff's office in 2008, and later joined the Polk County Police first as a patrol officer in 2012, then was promoted to detective in 2013.

"She was a very devoted mother to our son," Hearne's husband Matt said. "She died a hero."


Celebrating survivors and advocates

Aimee Griffin is quick to point to a dedicated, well-trained group of volunteers for playing a large role in the success of the Breast Center at Floyd.

"Building a comprehensive center, with the best in technology, staff and provider training and patient centered experiences goes a long way, but truly engaging and inspiring the community is critical to changing the statistics," said Griffin, who is the director of the center. Part of the Floyd Medical Center health care system, the center is located on the third floor of the Harbin Clinic Dr. Tony E. Warren MD Cancer Center on the FMC campus.

When The Breast Center at Floyd opened its doors in October 2008, statistics indicated Northwest Georgia had both a higher breast cancer rate and a higher death rate from breast cancer compared to state and national averages.

Why is this week's paper pink?

For the sixth consecutive year, the Polk County Standard Journal has gone pink to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink paper honors those who have been touched by breast cancer. The colored newspaper also serves as a reminder from the Breast Center at Floyd Medical Center, which seeks to educate and empower cancer patients.

Early detection is crucial to successfully treating those with breast cancer. Since 2001, Floyd Medical Center has focused on breast health awareness month in October and the Standard Journal is helping to spread their message of hope.

The facility and staff was in place, but engaging and inspiring the community would be critical to changing the statistics. The Breast Health Advocate program was designed to do just that, Griffin said. Beginning with eight willing volunteers, custom designed education and two weekends of training, the program set out to reach women outside the walls of the medical community.

The advocates went into churches, civic clubs, arts and crafts fairs, meeting women wherever they were. They asked questions, provided education, separated myths from facts and helped women understand how they could take control of their breast health.

Rome's Diane Justice said the advocate program certainly impacted her family in a positive way. She said her husband, David, was diagnosed five years ago with breast cancer. He is doing well today thanks to a visit Diane made to a Breast Center booth at the Chiaha Harvest Fair.

Advocates at the fair had models that help people detect by feel what might be a cancerous growth.

Weeks later, David was sitting on his sofa at home next to Diane and she noticed he kept touching his chest. Diane checked it out and found a small knot the size of an English pea.

It was cancerous. David had a mastectomy and chemotherapy. He is healthy today and goes to his oncologist periodically.

"Learning what I did from that little model probably saved his life," Diane said. "I am very thankful for learning what I did."

Recruiting and training new advocates annually, the Breast Health Advocate team has grown to 45 women. The group is made up of both breast cancer survivors and women who have never been diagnosed, but they all share a common passion to advocate for breast health.

Each advocate commits to undergo 15 hours of initial training with The Breast Center's clinical team. They attend quarterly meetings for educational updates and activity planning.

They also commit to be a voice in their own community and social groups, encouraging breast health and annual screening.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, long associated with the color pink. That color can be seen everywhere the grocery store, social media, network television and football stadiums.

For The Breast Center and the Breast Health Advocate team, it is a busy month. This year you will find advocates at high school football games throughout the region and at several community fairs throughout the month. The advocate team will provide breast health education, help women understand their personal risk for breast cancer, and help women schedule appointments for mammography and clinical services. In total, the advocates will log more than 300 hours in the community across 20 separate events this month.

Efforts don't stop after October. The Breast Center's mission is a year round effort. Advocates can be found throughout the year working to encourage breast health across Northwest Georgia logging over 500 total hours each year in the community.

"We knew when we opened nine years ago, that October would be important in our overall strategy to reach the community, but we also knew that working all year long would be required to truly improve the statistics for our region," Griffin said. "Every event we attend, we know there is a least one person we were meant to speak with — and as we pack up, we know we made a difference by reaching at least one person."

For more information about the Breast Health Advocate program or to volunteer as an advocate, contact Vicki Seritt at 706-509-6232 or vseritt@floyd.org

BREAST CANCER ADVOCATES

Here's the full list of Breast Cancer advocates in the area:

Patsy Wade, Chrystial Prater, Konda Dizon, Synetta Whatley, Tina Huckaby, Tammy Peach, Lacey Kinsey, Ashley Sanders, Susan Dupree, Jennifer Kligora, Glenda Fincher, Paige Swiger, Lynn Todino, Amanda Kinder, Julie Stancil, Cathy Strickland, Lesley Land (deceased), Kim Maxwell (deceased), Kelly McKelvey, Vicki Cline, Dianne Simpson, Lisa Stuenkel, Barbara Naymick, Vicki Slaughter, Debbie Freeman, Kellie Scalla, Emily Wooten, Jan Hughes, Paula Wachsteter, Jane Harris, Karen Baker, Misty Rogers, Sharon Corntassel, Brenda Crane, Jane Franssen, Brittney Settles, Amy Knitig, Susan Ayers, Angie Goodson, Miriam Fife, Kristy Ballard, Elizabeth Thomas, Dahlice Malone, Denise Crawley, Kim Smith, Laura Hicks, Sharon Crawford, and Shirley Woodard

'... we also knew that working all year long would be required to truly improve the statistics for our region. Every event we attend, we know there is a least one person we were meant to speak with — and as we pack up, we know we made a difference by reaching at least one person.'

Aimee Griffin

The Breast Center at Floyd


Community cleanup day coming back to Rockmart

The Rethink Rockmart group had housing on their mind during their September meeting, and the group provided updates on topics such as the upcoming neighborhood cleanup day, the CHIP grant, Community Information Day, Habitat for Humanity, and ordinance updates.

As always, the Rethink meeting took place at Rockmart's city hall at 214 N. Piedmont Ave. where they have another meeting planned for the last Thursday in October at 11:30 a.m.

At the forefront of the meeting was discussion about the group's next neighborhood cleanup day scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

"October's cleanup day will have the same format as June's," Rethink Rockmart founding member Sherman Ross said. "We will once again use signage, social media, WZOT radio, and newspaper to inform people."

On the previous clean up day, Rethink members and volunteers alike gathered on College St. to collect buckets and gloves before splitting up and cleansing Rockmart's streets. Trash was removed, vines were cut, and briers were raked away.

The signs seemed to inspire local citizens who could be seen cutting grass and picking up trash of their own. By employing similar strategies for the October session, Rethink hopes to more than duplicate previous results.

Ross revealed the group's application for the Community HOME Investment Program, CHIP, grant which could increase the number of homes in Rockmart.

" We ' re looking at (building) least three new houses," Ross said.

CHIP is designed to provide safe, affordable, and livable housing in Georgia by granting funds to city and county governments, public housing authorities, and nonprofits.

With the grant term being between August 2018 and July 2020, location and design of homes is undecided.

Grants can range anywhere from $300,000 to $600,000 depending on usage. Rehabilitation of owned houses nets grants up to $300,000; constructing new homes nets grants up to $600,000.

Also the discussions over Community Information Day began during the Sept. 28 meeting.

Planned for the spring, community information day is designed as an information festival themed around purchasing and maintaining homes.

"We want to make a big festival where people can explore the different avenues of buying houses and potentially receive financial counseling," Ross said. "The event will likely be around March or April, and we're hoping it can be an indoor and outdoor event that will have activities for children while the adults learn."

Many Rockmart adults live in depreciated homes without realizing they could potentially upgrade, and Rethink hopes to increase awareness of the home market and home owning.

The Rethink group mentioned their involvement with Habitat for Humanity and plans to participate in the Brush with Kindness program that helps maintain house exteriors.

"The program helps those with financial and physical limitations maintain their home," Ross said. "We're going to paint a house in town and make sure its up to standard."

Rethink always discusses updated ordinance and code rules, and the September meeting covered house numbers and poly cart trash removal.

"Making sure citizens have their house numbers visible is important for police and medics," Ross said. "Numbers should be on the house somewhere so location can be confirmed." With poly cart trash cans being filled and placed in streets, members began showing concern. "Poly carts are being left on the street filled with trash, they need to be removed and emptied more often," Ross explained. Both lack of house numbers and overflowing garbage cans contribute to neighbor appeal loss, and Rethink is hoping to spread awareness about the problems.

Rethink Rockmart's goal is to reconnect the citizens of Rockmart and revive the community through innovative housing rehabilitation, reuse projects, and neighborhood revitalization efforts.


Rivers Alive getting litter out of Polk
• Hundreds of pounds of trash taken out of waterways, ditches in Cedartown area for annual event

It's a challenger that local volunteers step up to meet each year, and one that will continue to be a problem in Polk County until that one day when people stop finding ways to get rid of their litter into the local environment.

Keep Polk Beautiful's annual Rivers Alive event focused this year on Cedartown, and more than 100 volunteers young and old were out participating in the annual cleanup on the sides of roadways and in waterways on Saturday morning, Sept. 30.

"So many people tell me they want the opportunity to help, and they're out there," said new Keep Polk Beautiful executive director Randy Cook. "We want to give these people an opportunity, and we want to give everyone a chance to help. We want to get the community to about recyclables and what they can do to make our community a beautiful place."

The volunteers pulled hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from the area, but as Cook and many others know that is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to litter.

"The only thing that can really help the problem is having public access to the creeks," he said. "Until we have that, we're going to continue pulling out the same amount of trash from our creeks each year."

One of Keep Polk Beautiful's initiatives — with more details to be announced in the coming weeks — will be getting local high school students involved in the fight against litter.

He said a program is set to start in November which will provide opportunities for students to help in curbing litter with cleanup efforts, education and more.

"Nov. 15 is National Recycling Day, and with that is a concern over litter," Cook said. "We're going to kick off an initiative with both high schools on National Recycling Day, and we want to change the mindset of the kids growing up. We want them to believe that this is my county, and this is my state, and my country, and to take pride in it."

In the meantime, Cook said that though Rivers Alive annually makes an impact, it's likely they'll pull the same amount of trash out of local waterways and ditches each year until several areas of litter control are addressed.

One of those is ensuring that creeks and streams have public access spots for volunteers to gain access and pick up trash year-round.

"Once you get public access and people using the creeks, it's going to get better," he said.

Several more events are upcoming, and Cook said his goal is to have one a month in Polk County focusing solely on ways the community can get involved in ensuring that the environment is as clean as possible.

He gave his thanks to the Cedartown Junior Service League, Bojangle's in Cedartown, the Cook Farm and Gammage Funeral Home for their donations for the morning event.

Those interested in helping out Cook in his efforts as new executive director of Keep Polk Beautiful in making Polk County a natural treasure for generations to come, 678-246-1083 or via email at kpbeautiful@polkga.org.

'... We want them to believe that this is my county, and this is my state, and my country, and to take pride in it.'

Randy Cook

Keep Polk Beautiful executive director


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This weekend on Saturday, Oct. 7, come out and celebrate with Downtown Cedartown for the 40th annual Fall Festival. The day starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street with the Shriner's Parade to start at 10 a.m., and the dog contest at 11 a.m. Live entertainment will be here throughout the day. Call 770-748-2090 for more information, or see this week's story in the full edition of the Standard Journal.

Rockmart Second Baptist Church is holding the final night of their revival tonight at 7 p.m. Bro. Blake Dodd will provide the message. Everyone is encouraged to attend at 112 S. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart. Call 770-684-3084 for more information.

The Antioch Talent and Comedy Show is coming up this weekend at Camp Antioch at 3900 Antioch Road, Cedartown. The show features American Bandstand '50s and '60s rock 'n roll, skits and solos. The show starts Saturday night, Oct. 7 at p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The show is being put on by Antioch Baptist Church.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on Wednesday, Oct. 11. 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 next pickup date available is Oct. 25.

Brandy Harris and Lee Lundy are holding an acting technique class. The focus of the class will be to ground actors into a firm foundation and give them a solid technique to use for every role in which they play. We will be focusing specifically on the Meisner Technique which is rooted in the idea that each actor should "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Both instructors have trained extensively in this technique. We will also have at least one surprise guest who will attend and do a workshop with the class. This class is for everyone who is looking to begin acting, or who is an actor looking for more serious training. The class will conclude in a scene showcase that will be performed at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center. Cost is $100/month. Classes continue through Dec. 18, 2017, and will continue after the new year at a date/time that works for members who join the class. Contact 770-608-8147 for more information.

The Cedartown Sole Mates Introductory Line Dance Classes continue this Thursday through the next few weeks. The classes are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Senior Center at 605 Lynton Drive (Northwest Park) in Cedartown. There is no charge for the classes and you do not have to be a senior to participate. After the last class, participants are encouraged to join in our regular classes. If you miss the first class, we can help you catch up. For details call Helen Keefer at 770-749-1962.

Get out to the Polk County Extension Service's annual twice-weekly vegetable market before the of the month of October to get fresh produce from local farmers. Market vendors gather 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.

The Sit 'n Stitch crafters group meet each Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch, a project of your own, or help out with a mission project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. No special skills are required. For details contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032.

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 details about vendors and upcoming classes.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church invites the community to come celebrate a big anniversary for one of their own. Bro. Earl Partain Sr. is being honored for his first sermon in October 1967, and will be gathering on this Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, located at 840 Doyle Road in Cedartown. Dinner will be provided. For more information, contact 770-841-3494.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are providing 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.

Please join in the festivities coming up for the Cedartown High School Class of 1977's 40-year reunion coming up on Saturday, Oct. 21. Please visit the reunion's website www.chs1977reunion.com for registration and details, or contact Patty D. Tillery at 770-748-9038.

The Polk County Foster Parent Association are inviting local golfers to take part in an upcoming tournament to help raise money for local foster children and youth in DFCS custody via the FPA. Signup costs are $400 for a team of 4, $100 for an individual and $100 for a hole sponsor being held at the Cedar Valley Golf Course on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Door prizes and food are included in the tournament. Contact Danyel Fontenot at 678-988-5819.

The Eastside Elementary School's annual Fall Festival is coming up in the month of October, and promises to provide plenty of fun for the whole community. It'll feature a spooky science night, representatives from the Rockmart Fire and Police Departments and Redmond Regional Medical Center, plus inflatable play areas, a petting zoo, hayrides, carnival games, cake walk and more. Wristbands are on sale with unlimited access to games, inflatables and most activities. Food and drink will be on sale with cash only available with Chick-fil-A, Timbo's Smokehouse and others participating. Call the school at 770-684-5335.

The Polk County Police Department and Dr. Mark Wall are teaming up with Blood Assurance to host a drive in the coming weeks on Oct. 24, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners meeting room at the Polk County Police Department. Those who donate will be eligible for a drawing for two winners of a $100 prize, and potentially more. Blood donations will go to help provide a supply to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas due to the loss of many of their facilities. Want more information? Visit bloodassurance.org or call Andy Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5, all-u-can-eat. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. Come and join the fun. All money raised go to Veteran and children programs.

The Cedartown Optimist Club selling the Turkey Raffle tickets for $1 each and in a giveaway of 15 turkeys this year. Those interested purchase tickets from any Optimist Club member, with all proceeds go to the development of our youth. Ticket sales end with the raffle drawing on Nov. 16.

The Ferst Foundation 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.

Rockmart's annual Riverwalk Festival on the Euharlee is coming up in Oct. 21. Visit rockmart-ga.gov for more information about how to sign up to become a vendor and to participate in festivities.

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. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer's Caregiver 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 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 Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cedartown Library, 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Road. 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 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 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 County Division of Family and Children Services office, located at 100 County Loop Road 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 email 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., on Monday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. A large group gathers at 7 p.m., and small share group gathers at 8 p.m.

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.

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.

Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. Call 800-431-1754 for more information or visit the Narconon website at DrugAbuseSolution.com.

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