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Santa stops by Taylorsville for small town Christmas events

Santa Claus was a busy man in Taylorsville over the weekend.

His first stop was supposed to be their first ever Christmas parade late last week, but he got a reprieve and only had to worry about visiting with local children and enjoying some free hot cocoa and cookies before his big ride delivering toys around the world.

Santa’s trip to Taylorsville began a weekend of fun for their small town Christmas, capped off with that first ever Christmas Parade on Saturday and a toy giveaway downtown.

Taylorsville’s Tammy Redd, who helped organize the events, said the whole idea of celebrating the holidays with the trio of events was to give back to the community.

“We’re a small town community, and we’re all real close,” she said. “We like giving back, because the people out here give back a lot so it feels good to do something for them.”

She said the atmosphere in Taylorsville this time of year — filled in the evenings and nights with lights and holiday cheer — comes from the closeness of neighbors and friends.

“That’s the way we are, we all pull together to help each other,” she said.

Over the weekend following the parade (see page A10,) local youth came back to Talyorsville’s Town Hall to take home a number of gifts provided by the community and a few early ones from Santa himself.

Every child in attendance received a toy, a meal, and a chance to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

The event, now 33 years old, is largely sticking to its roots, but the citizens who volunteer to host Community Christmas report larger attendance each December. Town Hall was filled with families making their way around the events, taking pictures with Santa, drinking hot chocolate, and picking their toy of choice.

However, alongside larger attendance, the community has also started giving away bicycles in years past. Tickets given to children as they enter can be allocated to a bike of their choice, and the one lucky enough to have their number dawn from a raffle gets to take the item home.

Gift cards for parents and older children were raffled off in a similar manner during the December 14 festivities.

“We do events to raise money to buy the toys and bicycles,” Redd said Saturday. “Anyone is welcome to come down. We serve any age.”

Leaving Town Hall and heading to the city’s Mason Lodge meant getting a free meal of hot dogs, chips, and beverages for any citizen interested.

Volunteers from the lodge cooked plenty, and at one point, the building was almost entirely filled. Tennis courts next to the lodge gave youth the chance to work off some of the treats they’d received, and many could be seen throwing a football around or playing chase.

Redd added that the event is not exclusive to Taylorsville citizens, so those in Polk looking to join in next year are welcome to visit their town hall on Euharlee Street and enjoy the holiday fun.

Local students compete in Region 1 SkillsUSA competition, winners headed to state

Several students from the Polk School District are heading to the state level of competition in 2020 following wins in the SkillsUSA Region 1 event in recent days.

Winners include Automove Refinishing Technology competitor Hunter Forsyth of Cedartown High School, who took a lone first place in the event.

Rockmart’s Ansley Wynn also took a first place win in CPR and First Aid, as well as classmate Oliver Nolasco in Plumbing.

“Students from both campuses of Polk County College and Career Academy represented us well at the region competition and will be moving on the the state competition in March,” PCCCA CEO and Assistant Superintendent Katie Thomas said. “The standard of excellence when it comes to technical skill has always been a top priority in Polk County. We could not be more proud of our students and instructors that work extremely hard daily to showcase their talents.”

The district also had several second and third place winners this year. Those included Cedartown finishers in Collision Repair Technology second place winner Rodney Williams, Job Demonstration Madison Whatley and Esthetics second place winner Sandra Daniell. Third place Bulldogs included Ethan Lester in CPR and First Aid, Seth Wright in Prepared Speech and Rossy Cruz in Cosmetology.

The wins mark the latest students to head onward to chances at a state title in SkillsUSA competition. The top two from each category head onward to Atlanta March 12 through March 14, then have a chance at the national level in the summer months of 2020.

The competitions allow for students to showcase talents they are learning in the classroom and on the campus of the Polk County College and Career Academy they’ll soon have a chance to use in the real world as workers.

“Our students are the future employees and citizens of this community. We all need to recognize their efforts and congratulate them on a job well done,” Thomas said. “Creating a talented pipeline high-skill, high-character individuals is our goal and competitions such as this show the fruits of our labor.”

The annual competition starts on the regional level and moves upward until students reach the national level, this past year held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Think of a science fair for technical students mixed with leadership skills, that is a SkillsUSA competition,” Melissa McLain, GNTC graduation specialist and SkillsUSA advisor said. “These students are learning what they need to do before they get into the workforce.”

According to McLain, there were over 400 students and observers on the WCC on Friday getting acquainted with the college as well as future employment opportunities. While the skills learned through competing may benefit future employers, the main purpose of the events was to give students a taste of what is to come.

“It gives them an eye opening experience for what they can do after high school,” McLain said.

While soft skill competitions like speech and interviewing happened inside, the masonry and carpentry competitions were taking place under the awnings of the 300 building. According to Donny Holmes, GNTC program director and instructor of Construction Management, students were given two and a half hours to complete their challenge and were scored on mathematical accuracy as well as other factors. Competitors in the carpentry contest were given a small platform on which they had to build a wall frame with a window and stairs with a railing.

The students had to follow the blueprints provided to them by the judges while using lumber and hardware donated by Cedartown’s Duffy Construction Company. Chesley Chambers, Region 1 SkillsUSA co-chair, said the businesses and industries in the northwest Georgia region are very supportive of the competition since it helps students prepare to enter into the workforce.

“SkillsUSA shows the industry what these students can do,” he said. “As a result, they want to hire them.”

While there were plenty of industrial events involving physical labor such as plumbing and electrical construction wiring, the contest also featured soft skill competitions. Deasia Harris, a North Whitfield High School student, interviewed for a fictional position with a panel of judges composed of GNTC staff who gave her feedback on the meeting.

Harris told Lisa Pearson, Student Success assistant, Georgina Valderrama, secretary for Academic Affairs, and Michelle Sevy, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, about her aspirations to join the army and have the military pay for her medical school.

Greene jumps into Northwest Georgia's Congressional race to replace retiring Rep. Tom Graves (copy)

An Alpharetta businesswoman with close to $500,000 in her war chest announced she’ll seek the Congressional District 14 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger.

Marjorie Taylor Greene had been running in the District 6 Republican primary against Karen Handel, who’s been endorsed by Gov. Brian Kemp and both of Georgia’s U.S. senators.

In a statement late last week, she said she’s been “urged by many conservative supporters” to move her campaign to the Northwest Georgia district.

Greene was in Rome last Thursday to meet with some local Republicans before deciding to launch a bid for the seat. During a stop at the Rome News-Tribune office, she said she’s also visited with party leaders in Dalton and other areas.

“Georgia 14 is one of the most pro-Trump districts in the country, and I am one of the most pro-Trump candidates,” she said.

Greene said Congressional Republicans have not given President Donald Trump the support he needs and she wants to help change that.

“I’m not willing to let this strong pro-Trump district go to a moderate Republican ... They didn’t defund sanctuary cities, they didn’t fund the wall. They let funding go to Planned Parenthood. They didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare,” she said.

While she had no local endorsements to announce late last week, Greene said she’s expecting them to come as more voters in the district get to know her.

She said she is talking with her husband, Perry Greene, about putting their home up for sale “immediately” and moving to the district. Members of Congress don’t have to live in the district they represent.

“We’re family people,” she said. “What I’m proudest of is being a mom, a wife and a small-business owner. ... My values just line up so well in Georgia 14,” she said.

As far as local connections go, Greene said she’s familiar with the district through the family business, Taylor Commercial Inc. The firm has done construction jobs in Paulding County and won an award from the Associated General Contractors of Georgia in 2012 for the siding on The Hub at Winshape at Berry College.

Qualifying is in March and the primary election is in May.

Ruth Demeter, who chairs the Floyd County Democratic Party, said they expect to field a candidate in the November general election.

“This is a great time for residents in this Congressional seat area to consider what’s important to them,” Demeter said. “Most people I talk to prefer someone who understands the character of our region from personal experience who can best represent us at the national level.”

Cedartown Commission "begrudgingly" approves new radios

Editor's note: This story has been changed to clarify a quote from Commission Chair Matt Foster. 

The City of Cedartown will be getting new radio equipment when the county’s still-to-be approved radio system goes into place, but city commissioners weren’t happy having to cast the vote to approve.

New Commissioner Sam Branch questioned why the system was being purchased only six years after the previous version — not long after he left the employ of the 911 center — and why public safety officials from Cedartown weren’t consulted before votes came up for them to approve an intergovernmental agreement on the costs for new equipment.

City Manager Bill Fann when introducing the intergovernmental agreement establishing Cedartown’s partnership in using the radio system with the county, but also the total cost of $373,358 they’ll owe the county to purchase new handheld radios for the fire and police departments.

“With a little bit of wiggling by our police and fire departments in regards with lower cost equipment, we were able to reduce this somewhat,” Fann said.

At least one of the radios the city agreed to purchase in the upgrade will total in around $6,700. A majority of the equipment is around $3,500 to $3,700 per radio, totaling up to 100 even.

Once commissioners began their discussion of the new agreement and purchase costs, he pointedly asked Fann, Commission Chair Matt Foster and Chief Felix White when they were first brought into the discussions on the new radio system.

“That is a great question, and it depends entirely upon who you ask. We were told by former assistant county manager Barry Atkison that the discussion began early last spring,” Fann answered. He added in a clarifying response that he meant 2019, and that it was this past August before the city was brought into the discussion for what will amount to more than $6 million in costs for the county and shared in subscriber equipment by the cities.

“Anytime during that time period, Mr. City Manager, were you consulted by the county regarding this radio system?” Branch additionally questioned, and received only a “No sir” from Fann in response.

Branch’s issue was not with the upgrades themselves, a proposal he greatly values and appreciates considering his father’s time as a volunteer and later fire chief in the Polk County Fire Department. He had problems with the process.

“Some of you may know this, and some of you may not: I know very intimately both sides of that system. I’ve stood on the back of a pickup truck on a tool box with a radio up in the air at 2 o’clock in the morning on Little Harmony Road watching a house burn down. Can’t get radio out,” Branch explained. “I’ve also sat in the dispatch room trying to figure out if one of my police officers was in trouble because they can’t get a radio out on a traffic stop on the side of the road. I want to applaud them for that.”

He added that “However, I kind of wonder why if our firefighters and our police officers are going to be using this equipment, and our taxpayers and our taxpayer dollars are going to be funding this equipment, then why we were never approached, consulted or ‘hey, this is your heads up’ months down the road.”

He also said that “I have a problem voting on an intergovernmental agreement and spending taxpayer dollars and we have no idea whether this system works or not. we have no idea if it is the best system or not. To my knowledge, a new system was put in place in the 911 center 5, 6 years ago shortly after I left. And now we’re replacing it again by another Motorola system.”

Foster agreed with Branch, along with others, that the process of the upgrades could have been handled better, especially in opening discussions on the radio system upgrades between the county and the cities.

“If you were there (the November 6 meeting), you got a lot of talking at of ‘here’s where we’re going with this.’ It sounded good and all, and anybody who has ever budgeted even a personal budget in their life started going ‘really?’ And so many of us in attendance, including city administrators from Cedartown, Rockmart and PSD Superindendent Atkins--started asking questions, like ‘how did you negotiate this and arrive at this price tag?' and 'why was the school district paying something at a certain level that doesn’t match what they’re getting for it?',” Foster said.

He added that “Well that’s garbage, because Mr. Guzman, Mr. Fann and Mrs. Orebaugh didn’t take 24 hours and found a better deal. And so, it was kind of like: here’s this nice beautiful thing that we worked on, and let me show it to you, see how pretty it is, now pass it.”

Foster called the agreement and pricetag “not a beautiful baby” that needed to be approved despite the commission’s qualms about its passage.

“It’s a hand we’ve been dealt, really,” he said.

It was a vote the commission approved “begrudgingly” during the course of a busy night to wrap up the 2019 year, which also included approval of the final budget.

With that approval, along with Rockmart’s agreement and others made with Bartow and Cobb Counties and a private landowner near the Alabama state line, Polk County has everything just about ready to go for approval.

The commission was set to gather for a special called session on Monday after press time. Check back online at Polkstandardjournal.com for more on that meeting.

Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, December 18, 2019 edition

Come take part this week in a service meant to honor those suffering from loss during the holiday season at Cedartown First United Methodist Church. They’re holding their annual Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. They’ll additionally be holding a Live Nativity Scene and Petting Zoo will be held on Christmas Eve on the Church’s lawn on Tuesday, Dec. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m., which includes a Children’s Glow Light service at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The annual Candlelight Service honoring the birth of Jesus is being held at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Rockmart Presbyterian is holding their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. Visit the church’s website at rockmartpresbyterian.org to find out more.

The First Baptist Church of Cedartown’s annual Christmas events are scheduled beginning with Poinsettia Sunday on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., along with the annual candlelight service later that evening at 6 p.m. Their Christmas Day service on Dec. 25 will be held at 10:30 a.m. and this year is titled “Tell Me the Story of Jesus.”

Second Baptist of Cedartown is holding their annual Christmas candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Visit their page at facebook.com/sbcedartown to learn more.

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.

The Polk County Democratic Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month except December at 10 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, 600 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125. There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.

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 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.

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 American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner coming up this Wednesday, November 20. 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 email 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.

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.

Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a clothing bank for children ages infant to 5 years old on the first Thursday of each month beginning in September from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the conference room of One Door Polk in Cedartown. Contact 770-748-6811 for more information on how to donate or participate in the giveaway.

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

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.

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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.

Harmony Baptist Church, 882 Little Harmony Rd, Cedartown (Esom Hill area) invites everyone to attend their weekly Sunday morning Services. First Sunday morning service begins at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11 a.m.. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist church, Cedartown.

Shiloh Baptist Church would like to invite the community to come participate in worship services weekly at their sanctuary at 433 Shiloh Road. Join the church for Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. service or Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Jamie Newsome for more information at 404-425-8510.

Cedar Lake Christian Center is a non-denominational community who invites anyone looking to find the Holy Spirit within them to come join in worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Neil Hopper, along with Hispanic services as well to the community. Those interested in participating can join in at Cedar Lake Christian Center, located at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. For more information call 770-608-0651.

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides 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.

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedartown, hosts a genealogy group that meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights, except holidays. There are no fees for these sessions and they are open to anyone. Please bring all of your basic family history (if you have it) such as names, birth-dates/death dates of parents, grandparents, children, etc. Bring your laptop or tablet, if you have one. If not, we can still help. Questions? Contact us at 678-477-2861 and leave a message or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FamilyQuest42/

Clubs and Organizations

The Ferst Readers 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.

The Cedartown Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. for their weekly breakfast meeting and encourages members to join in and take part at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street in Cedartown. Those interested in joining the Optimist Club and help local youth organizations can contact Ronnie Dingler by email at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

The Polk County Beekeepers are now meeting the second Thursday of each month at the Polk County College and Career Academy’s Cedartown High campus in the community room at 7 p.m. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For details email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit polkbees.com for more information.

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.

The Rotary Club of Polk County now meets weekly at Polk Medical Center’s conference room on Highway 278 for lunch at noon every Tuesday unless otherwise noted and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

The Kiwanis Club of Cedartown encourages members to take part in weekly meetings on Fridays at noon at the Cherokee County Club. Potential new members are asked to get in touch with Rhonda Heuer, Club Secretary at 770-748-1016 to learn more about how you can take part in making the community a better place. Annual dues are required for membership. Visit kiwanis.org to learn about the club.


The Sit and Stitch is back to sewing at Rockmart First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The group will meet the first and third Monday’s of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring any craft they choose or help with a ministry project this year. The group is making crochet or knitted caps for donation to Helping Hands. A pattern will be provided and the group has crafters who can help those in need of instruction. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee or tea provided. Any questions please call Madeline Brown 678-435-5032.

Have a hidden singing talent, or want to get back into a chorus? Lend your voice and take part in the Rockmart Community Chorus on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The choir is preparing for it’s Spring and Christmas concerts. Contact Debbie Miller, director, about taking part by calling 404-219-9572 or debbiebmiller@aol.com.

The Rockmart Cultural Arts Center’s Children’s Classes hosted by Margaret Bearden include monthly classes for children 3 to 6 years old on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. ($15 per child per class.) Bearden hosts Drawing and Painting classes for students seven to 12 years old on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ($60 for 6 classes paid at first class, or $15 per.) Classes are also available on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for students 7 to 12 for Home School Mixed Media ($60 for 6 classes on first class, or $15 per) and Paint Parties are available as well. Contact Bearden at 770-500-4207 or by email at margaretbearden@gmail.com.

Pottery by Paul Craighead continues through the winter season at the RCAC, which includes Beginning Hand building on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prices are $145 for 8 weeks. He also hosts an Open Studio for more advanced potters Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 per class. 16 and up for all classes, but Age 8 and up if accompanied with a parent or approved by Craighead. Contact him at 770-843-5302 or by e-mail at rivoletti@netzero.net.

Learn Drawing and Painting at the RCAC with James Hill on Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. or other days if available. Ages 12 to adult, $90 for a six week class. Contact Hill at 770-355-1535 or by email at jhill2411@gmail.com

Take part in a bi-monthly class for adults influenced in arts and self-empowerment, HeARTS and SOUL at the RCAC. $20 per person, includes all supplies. Dates and times to be announced. Contact Donna Duff at 770-855-7767 or by email at ctwarts@gmail.com.

The RCAC is hosting Now and Then of Rockmart to provide students with help gaining an eye for seasonal and home decor. Classes are being planned for Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, but dates are to be determined based on interest. Contact Tina Lanier at 678-883-9300 or by email at thenandnowofrockmart@gmail.com.

Piano lessons are available from Madelyn Stringer through the RCAC on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 6 to adult, all skill levels. $15 per weekly half hour private session, or $25 for an hour. Contact Stringer at 678-988-4133 or by email at madelynaudrey2000@gmail.com.

Carla Redding is providing a variety of photography classes this winter at the RCAC, ranging from getting to know a camera and how to take good photos, to using professional level software like Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Additional outings are available as well. Contact Redding for prices and schedules at — 770-546-3943 or ctr7510@aol.com.

Beginning Yoga can help people gain greater flexibility and stregth while maintaining graceful movements. Learn from Ramona Camp for $12 for an hour long class on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. or Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Age 12 to adult, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a mat, pillow, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing and get ready to stretch out at the RCAC! Contact Camp at 706-621-2306 or ramonacamp7@gmail.com to sign up!