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BOE: Yes to FMC nurses
• The board also approves several field trips and a bandwidth increase request.

The Polk School District is now contracting out their school nursing program after receiving a trio of bids for the service, and chose Floyd Medical Center to put nurses into schools.

With a low bid of $359,000, the area hospital will be taking over the program after the end of the school year. Interim superintendent Greg Teems said that Westside Elementary School' s nurse Kathy McKelvey will be retained with the Polk School District since she is a longtime employee and near retirement.

"No one is losing their jobs," Teems said.

Instead, Floyd Medical Center will hire on the rest of the nurses currently employed by Polk School District, and will also be handling all equipment and supplies cost as part of the agreement.

They'll also be giving resources to the school nurses in all ten schools, and provide opportunities to have work during the summer if they choose in other programs within the Floyd Medical Center network, overseen by Floyd Healthcare Management which includes Polk Medical Center.

Floyd Medical Center came in as the lowest bidder and the only group to make a presentation to The other bidders included EDU the board during an open meeting. N.C. who provided a proposed bid Healthcare out of Hunterville, of $467,680 for an annual contract, and EPIC Healthcare of Dallas, Texas who sought $481,000 for their services annually.

The local hospital system already provided trainer and ambulance services to Polk School District over the past years for athletic events during the year.

Board members approved the new contract 4-1, minus Hal Floyd who was absent from the meeting with personal issues. Grady McCrickard opposed the idea and voted against the bid.

Other measures on the agenda for the April board meeting passed unanimously, including a tabled item for increasing the amount of bandwidth the school district currently has for student and faculty use.

The increase was set aside during a March 29 special session when board members sought more information about what the increase was for, and how it would help students.

Other issues before the board that were approved included a request for a proposal to remove a house and outbuilding owned by the school board on Collard Valley Road, originally purchased in the 2000s as a potential entryway into the back for Westside Elementary School and Cedartown High School.

Teems said he wanted to seek costs for removing the building because he had severe reservations about leaving the house still standing since it was a possible liability for the school system with the potential for homeless to use it as a temporary shelter.

However, he didn't want to waste the buildings and give people a chance to provide costs for how much it would cost to take them away instead.

Teems also sought approval for getting bids for a Tax Anticipation Note, which would give the school system a line of credit if needed before Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax funds for the system from 2014 become available in October.

Board chair Tommy Sanders made it clear that tax revenues from later in the year would be used to pay back the note if needed, and that the board was not taking out any loans at this time.

"We just want to have the bids available to approve should it become necessary, and not have to wait and have another meeting to handle it," Teems added.

A withdrawal for funds to be used in the 2016 Fiscal Year budget for construction work at Westside Elementary was also approved, since the work was never started after it was proposed in the 2014 SPLOST measure to add classrooms.

Then Superintendent William Hunter had changed the plan for the overall construction work in the system after the SPLOST was passed when administrators came to the conclusion the money would be better used elsewhere.

A number of field trip request were also approved by the board for the coming weeks and months, including trips for local Future Business Leaders of America to compete on the national stage in Jacksonville, Fla., trips to Washington, D.C. for local students, and a potential Liberty Bowl appearance for the Rockmart High School band if they are accepted by the bowl committee.

They had to apply for permission from the board to go before they could make the application to Liberty Bowl officials, Teems explained.


Rockmart prepares for Georgia Cities Week
• The event coming up on April 27 in downtown will help residents to celebrate their city.

Georgia Cities Week is coming up for municipalities in Polk County, and during the coming week Rockmart will join others across the state in celebrations, and downtown will be closing for a few hours next Thursday to enjoy the company of neighbors and a party.

On April 27 the City of Rockmart will once again close off our downtown streets and serve our citizens hot dogs, snacks and drinks while displaying many of our services so everyone can become more familiar with our operations.

Also the Rockmart Farmers Market and the Downtown Merchants will be open later to allow for residents taking part in festivities a chance at getting fresh produce. Door prizes and giveaways will be part of the evening as well.

The event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music.

Rockmart City Council members got an update on plans for the coming event during their April session last week on Tuesday, along with several other efforts underway within the city.

Plans for the budget were among them, and council members got their first look at a capital projects spending list provided by City Manager Jeff Ellis.

A copy of that list was not yet made available at press time, but included a number of projects including spending on replacement police vehicles, public works spending and more.

One item not on the list was a planned match payment to help pay for an extension off the Silver Comet Trail to the historic Van Wert Church.

Since the City of Rockmart were not part of annual grants provided by the state via the Department of Natural Resources, Ellis said the money that was set aside in the coming budget process for the 2018 Fiscal Year won't be needed, and thus was put back into the general pot of money for the coming year.

He did point out that Polk County and the City of Cedartown's joint application did yield some grant money for the area, so not all was lost.

The council was also able take care of one item up for vote before them for the April session: approving a malt beverage license application.

Johnny's Pizza in the same shopping center as Walmart will now be able to sell malt beverages in their restaurant thanks to a unanimous council vote giving permission for the sales.


Enjoying Easter holiday in Polk County

Polk County celebrated Easter this past weekend with a variety of services, egg hunts and events held by churches and local organizations.


Commission approves refinancing deal
• The agreement will save Cedartown more than $270,000 in interest through life of bonds.

The Cedartown City Commission voted to refinance a previous bond package in a deal that will save the city more than $200,000 over the life of interest payments.

Commissioners voted 3-0 for the proposal put forth to decrease the overall interest rates on bonds, bringing the interest rates down to 2.73 percent in a deal put together with the BB&T bank.

Refinancing the bond repayments for the 2013 sewer project and debt consolidation issue will ultimately save the city $271,942 over the life of the interest payments of the bonds. Cedartown has until Aug. 1, 2033 to finish off paying back the bonds.

City manager Bill Fann said the savings were well worth the up front cost of paying for legal fees to close the refinancing deal. He said though when the city began looking into the possibility of refinancing, it was right around the time of the election and the bond market changed for some months.

Now with some stability, the city approved the deal and moved forward with plans to close the refinancing agreement by May 12.

"It's a substantial amount of savings for the city," Fann said.

The other major vote for the April session was approval for the city to move forward with the purchase of a new knuckle boom loader, the large trucks city workers use when collecting yard waste such as branches and brush left on the side of the road.

The city commission voted to approve the low bid of $117,975 for a vehicle using a Ford chassis and engine for the truck. Previously, the city has only had one of the trucks in full time operation over the past couple of years as Fann cited costly breakdowns on older models keeping them off the road.

Commissioners also unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement to continue testing water for the Polk County Water Authority, the annual lease agreement with Cedartown Youth Baseball, and their annual Title VI nondiscrimination agreement between the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Two local churches also got approval for using Peek Park in the coming months for events. Antioch Baptist Church plans to hold an all-day carnival at Peek Park on June 3, while Victory Baptist Church will hold their Christmas in July event for Stockings of Love on July 22.

Peek Park will also once again be home to the twice-weekly Farmers Market run by the Polk County Extension Agency. Commissioners approved its use for the spring and summer months on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

In some final business, Fann also told the commission about a pending visit from auditors in May to look over the budget, and state officials coming to look at the city's water system.

The state Environmental Protection Division will be visiting in coming weeks to conduct a sanitary survey inspection of the city's water system, Fann also reported. He said the city has done well in past years on the problem, scoring an 87 on their annual inspection in 2016.

"This is a very intense 2 to 3 day inspection by EPD personnel, and they'll look into every aspect into water plant operations to make sure we're in compliance with every regulation," he said,

The overall scores will be changing in this year's inspection, Fann reported. He said that instead of getting a score on a 100 point scale, the EPD will just report that a city is in compliance or not.

"It may be interesting, but our employees in the water department are getting ready for it, and we expect we'll do well again this year," Fann said.

He said that he wasn't sure how the new grading system would work out as far as how the state would treat compliance issues and regulating the city's water system, but expected it would be somewhat like the previous grading system.

Fann added he expected no major problems.


Arts festival coming to Cedartown

Clear the calendar for the weekend of April 28-30 for the Cedartown Junior Service League's annual fundraiser taking over Peek Park, and thus College Street in just over a week.

The 53rd annual Cedar Valley Arts Festival kicks off on Friday afternoon, April 28 in Peek Park in Cedartown from 5 to 9 p.m., with 74 confirmed vendors showing up to provide fun, food and interesting finds of all kinds in the park.

This venue provides a perfect location to showcase local artists, craftsmen, and musicians," said Laura Newton, one of several organizers with the Junior Service League putting together. "We pride ourselves on showcasing the talents of our young artists as well by displaying artwork for every elementary student in Polk County."

That artwork will be placed on the fences of the tennis courts like they have been in past years, and vendors will be setup throughout the park.

Along with the annual festival, the Arts Festival also hosts a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, April 29. Signups continue for the run through this Saturday at a cost $20 per participant.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Arts Festival website www.cedarvalleyartsfestival.com and mailed in or participants can register online at www.active.com.

Registration after April 22nd is $25. Group leaders contact Brigitte Tillery at btillery@polk.k12.ga.us for group rate. Race day registration and packet pick up is being held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. 5K begins at 8:00; Fun Run begins soon after.

All runners should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Awards ceremony will be at Park Peek Amphitheater following the race. Event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given rain or shine.

The Arts Festival will be holding the annual dog show on Sunday, April as the feature event of the day.

It begins at 2 p.m., with registration ahead of time at 1:30 p.m.

It's an amateur show, and all dogs and breeds are welcome to participate.

Food vendors on hand will include a number of locals, including some favorites around the area, Newton said.

"Timbo's Smokehouse is coming back for his third year, and we will be welcoming Speakcheesy, who offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, as a first time food vendor at our festival this year," she said. "Other food vendors will offer many of the traditional foods including philly cheesesteak, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, and more."

A children's area will also be setup with pony rides, a rock climbing wall, swings, and water walkers.

"We will also offer some arts and crafts projects for children at no cost," Newton said.

Parking will likely take up most of College Street during the weekend, so local residents should be advised to mark off their driveways to keep them clear starting on Friday afternoon.

The Cedar Valley Arts Festival will go on rain or shine during the three-day event next weekend, organizers said. Pets are also welcome, but need to be kept with their owners at all times on leashes.

The Cedartown Junior Service League does not charge admission to attend the festival. Vendors typically take a number of forms of payment at their stalls, including a variety of credit cards. However, many food vendors prefer cash only transactions, and no ATMs are in the park. Come prepared with cash just in case.


Aragon looking at zoning changes

An issue 15 years in the making over zoning could soon be solved through a simple change in the ordinance.

Aragon City Council members gathered in a special session on April 13 to allow for Code Enforcement and Building Inspector Danny Forsyth to bring code and zoning violations to council members for action, but instead the body adjourned with wanting to update that portion of the city code to include a new definition of mixed use properties within the city.

Code violations and a zoning violation was brought by Forsyth against Gracie Trucking Company owner Judd Fee, who operates out of the old Aragon School gymnasium that was also once home to the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department.

Forsyth came with a stack of complaints and problems presented by neighbors and himself, along with the admission he'd been to talk to Fee about the issues over the past months hoping to find solutions to problems presented by those living around the property.

Those issues have ranged from noise issues with the big diesel trucks to problems with residents living inside of a mobile home on the property using crude language within earshot of neighbors themselves.

However, Forsyth said those problems were being set aside for the purposes of the April 13 called session to discuss problems with Fee's business to address one issue in particular: can someone live within a building that has been zoned C-1, despite work having been done on the inside to make it habitable?

"According to this book, you can't," Forsyth said. By definition of the Aragon's city code, the Commercial C-1 zoning classification for buildings doesn't allow for anyone to reside within the property.

Fee had previously asked when he first bought the gymnasium in 2001 to correct it's zoning on the map from R-3, a residential classification to its current state.

Council members at the time voted unanimously to make the change.

In the meantime, Fee has been living in one of two converted apartments within his trucking company, and had previously allowed those he's chosen to help live in a second apartment, or in a mobile home that was on the property.

Forsyth said that one of the several code violations he brought up was over that mobile home, which has now been moved away.

He said that he didn't want to force anyone out of their homes, but his point was that if he was going to enforce code and zoning violations throughout the city, he had to take what rules were already approved in the code and apply it equally to everyone, including Fee.

Thus he sought guidance from the council on how they wanted to proceed.

Mayor Garry Baldwin asked Fee to discuss his side of the story with the council, and made one clear argument: people all over the country live within businesses they own in apartments above their stores, and have done so for centuries in the past.

What then, was the difference between himself and those other people within cities?

Fee also cited other ways in which he's helped the city through his 15plus years having lived and operated his business within Aragon, employing several people and also improving the lot next door to his own property.

He said he hauled in many tons of crushed slate to improve the lot, which was mostly muddy and draining into the sewer system, before he moved in.

Though he doesn't own the lot, Fee said he has an agreement to park equipment on it that is slated for work in his repair shop. He's also driven the city garbage truck during times when Public Works Superinten dent Daniel Johnson was taking time off.

"As for the rest of the complaints, I've tried to comply where I can," Fee said.

Aragon does, according to city attorney Zach Burkhalter, which allows for professionals such as doctors, attorneys and accountants who operate commercial businesses to have apartments above their offices, but none existed for Fee's specific situation.

Mainly, the council wanted to resolve the issue without kicking anyone out of their home, but remaining within legal boundaries.

"There's been complaints over the years about the property, and I think we're here trying to use this to do something else," said council member Hunter Spinks. "But the issues that they (neighbors) have with this property aren't going to be resolved by just evicting him."

Zoning remained the issue at hand for the council however, who in the end all agreed that they should create language to amend the ordinance and allow for a classification that fits within the parameters of Fee's business and living situation.

"I think we've identified that we are lacking a zone, a mixed use section of our code book that we need to look at," Spinks said. "We've identified this, and looked at this, we don't need to rush it. But we don't need to put him on the street in the meantime."

Council members will have a chance to come back and look at the ordinance being drafted by Burkhalter during an upcoming meeting, but it will have to go through several steps before it can be approved.

First, the council will have to offer a first reading on the amendment, then allow for public comment and a second reading before they can put it up for an up or down vote.

After that, Fee will then have the opportunity to ask for a zoning change for any new additional zones to be included within the city code, and will have to go through a two-month process in much the same way as the ordinance change with two months of readings, a public hearing and then finally a chance for the council to vote for approval or denial of the request.

The Aragon City Council gathers again on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. for their work session at city hall, followed by the regular April meeting at 7 p.m. in the city's court room.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Cedartown Junior Service League is inviting the public to come out and celebrate spring during the 53rd annual Cedar Valley Arts Festival at Peek Park in Cedartown starting from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 28 and continuing Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signups are now underway as well for the Arts Festival 5K and 1 mile fun run, the 20th year of the run this year. Visit cedarvalleyartsfestival.com for more information about this year's festival in Cedartown.

The Rockmart Farmers Market continues on this Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. behind Southcrest Bank and next to the Silver Comet Trail in downtown Rockmart. Classes and the summer schedule will begin on May 4.

Purchase tickets now for Rockmart High School's annual steak dinner fundraiser. Cost is $100, includes dinner for two and a raffle ticket for a chance to win $10,000. Money raised at the dinner goes to support the Yellow Jackets athletic program. Contact a Rockmart High School coach today to purchase tickets, or call the high school at 770-684-5432. There are a limited number of tickets for the event.

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

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society on May 3. 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. The next date coming up is May 17. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well.

Get ready for the Polk County Relay for Life coming up on May 6 at the Polk County Fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m. A variety of fundraisers are already happening in the community, and need your support! Help fight cancer today by signing up a team, donating or simply learning more about the cause at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=83047&pg=entry.

The Polk County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for vendors for the 2017 Homespun Festival happening on July 21 and 22 in Rockmart. Costs vary for vendors, but those seeking to bring arts and crafts to Homespun are charged $115 for a vendor fee. The deadline to apply is April 30. Call the Chamber at 770-684-8760 or e-mail homespun@polkgeorgia.com for more information or to sign up as a vendor.

The Rockmart High School FBLA is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 20, 2017. Cost is $25.00 for those who register by May 1. Color stations with pink, blue, and purple powder will be set up along the route. Proceeds to benefit the March of Dimes. Email Janet Dover at jdover@polk.k12.ga.us for more information.

The next dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be on April 19, 2017. Meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5 for all you can eat from 5 to 7 p.m. This month the post will also begin Trivia night with the meal, starting at 6 p.m. Bring friends and come join the fun. All are invited.

The Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, is encouraging members of the community to join them for praise and worship each Sunday and Wednesday. 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.

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming production of "The Wizard of Oz," being presented by Covenant Christian School at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center on April 28, 2017. $10 per person. Visit the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 321 E. Queen St., Cedartown or Smitty's Barbership at 506 N. Main St. during business hours to purchase tickets, or call 678-800-5286.

A fifth Saturday Night gospel singing is coming up on Saturday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. central at the Outreach Tabernacle at 1321 County Road 31, Muscadine, Ala. Performances by Witness 4 Him of Wedowee, Ala., The Yarbroughs of Bremen, and Born Again of Scottsboro, Ala. Pastor Rouzelle Sanders invites everyone to join in worship. For more information call 678-925-0903.

Cedartown First United Methodist Church is offering a book study entitled: "Restored — Finding Redemption In Our Mess," a new book study by Tom Berlin. Cedartown First United Methodist Church is hosting this study for the 40 days of Lent. Join us as we look at the mess in our lives and how God is calling us to live beyond the challenges. Each week, Pastor Mike will share a relevant message related to that weeks topic and then lead a Wednesday night book study and discussion. Cedartown First is located in downtown Cedartown at 201 Wissahickon Ave. and the church website is www.cedartownfumc.org or phone at 770-748-4731.

The Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month 10a-Noon at the Cedartown Library 245 East Ave. Our next meeting is May 6. 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.

Signups are underway now for the Cedartown Performing Arts Center Lion King Summer Camp, taking place on July 17-21, July 24-28. Cost is $150 for the full 10 days of camp. Contact the CPAC at cedartownshows.com or call 770-748-4168.

The Polk County Extension Service's annual twice-weekly vegetable market will begin this year on June 27. They will have fresh veggies and fruits on hand from vendors on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 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.

The Aragon School Reunion is coming up on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tom Pittman Recreation Complex in Aragon. Former Aragon School alumni are encouraged to come attend and share old memories and meet with friends, take a tour of the Aragon Historical Society museum, and bring old photos to share. Contact Sadie Pittman for more information at 770-684-7416.

Victory Baptist Church's Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open to help those in need. Pre-assembled bags of groceries will be handed out to those in need free of charge (ID required). There's a limit of 1 bag per person per week. Regular hours of operation for the pantry will be Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.

Victory Baptist Church will be have a Car and Truck Show and Bike Ride on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost to enter is $20 but the event is free. All proceeds will benefit the Stockings of Love Ministry which helps children in Polk County year-round. Visit their website at www.vbcrockmart.com for more information.

Aragon Children's Day is coming up on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aragon Mill Pond. Fishing, games, goat hunt, prizes, food and more will be part of the day. Everyone is welcome, but activities are planned for youth 16 and under. Sponsored by the City of Aragon, area merchants and Davitte Lodge No. 513.

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.

A Personal Relationship Seminar is being held in the Activity Hall at 71 Woodall Road continues on the following upcoming dates: Saturday, April 22 and May 13. Come find freedom from the issues that affect your relationships. Learn how the Bible can equip you with tools needed to strengthen your relationships and find victory over destructive issues. Free materials. Call pastor Jeff Freeman at 706-676-6893 for more info.

Rivers of Living Water is hosting its 8th Annual "Your Best" talent show. The talent show will have two categories: younger children (ages 5-11) and older kids (ages 12-17). The winner will receive a trophy. Auditions for the talent show will be held on the following Saturdays: April 22, May 6, May 20th and June 3, 2017. The auditions will be at Rivers of Living Water from 1 to 2 p.m. The "Your Best" talent show will be Saturday June 24, 2017 at Rivers of Living Water at 5 p.m. There will be a $100 drawing at the talent show. Admission for the talent show is $10. For more information please contact Courtney Ripoll at 770-689-7838.

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 6:00pm 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 meets each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Rockmart First United Methodist Church, 135 West Church St., Rockmart, Ga., 30153. All crafters are welcome to come and work on your own projects or help out with various local mission projects, as they become needed. Bring a sack lunch or just come when you want and leave as you need to. Contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032 for more information.

Soup and "Savior", a local non-profit 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. Information 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.

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 or visit the Narconon website at DrugAbuseSolution.com.