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Contracts for runway extension get county's OK

Contracts got approval by the Polk County Commission between the Georgia Department of Transportation and The Astra Group for the Cornelius Moore Field runway extension project that brought Governor Nathan Deal to the airport in 2018.

The vote over four project-related items came in quick success during the Polk County Commission's regular session on Jan. 8, which includes approval of an agreement between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the county over funding for the project, two work orders for Holt Consulting who are overseeing the work, and with The Astra Group, who came in with the best bid for the runway extension construction to be completed.

The most important of the items that were approved was the approval of the agreement between the state's transportation division and the county.

It guarantees the cost-sharing percentage between the Department of Transportation and the county in a unchanged, remains standard 75 to 25 split, with the state taking on a majority of the costs.

After value engineering, the final price tag for extending the airport's runway to 5,000 feet will be around $6.8 million and will take more than a year to complete once all the parties have signed on the dotted line, and votes are completed.

County Manager Matt Denton said during discussions over the forthcoming votes in the Jan. 7 work session that despite best negotiating efforts, the state wouldn't change that specific language in the contract to say they would cover all costs above a figure of $1.5 million.

"It is the best the state said they would do on the language," Denton said.

He said the county would have to settle for verbal agreements the county's match wouldn't exceed that level, and when questioned after he said the final price tag was coming in around $13,000 short of that figure at over $1.4 million that would come out of county coffers for the extension

The county has already covered some of the matching funds through the initial costs of project design, survey and regulatory requirements. The rest will be applied toward construction costs.

Holt Consulting's Jack Mayfield was also at the Jan. 7 meeting to explain that a member of their firm will be on-site full time to ensure that everything is being done to specification and at cost to avoid wasted materials and prevent overruns on the price.

"If we see if there's going to be an overage, we're immediately going to talk to GDOT immediately and let them know it," he said.

Mayfield said that since GDOT will be controlling if any overruns will be approved on the project before they ever get to the county commission for change orders, that process will likely keep costs down overall.

Commissioner Hal Floyd did have questions over some changes made to the final costs estimates put forth in the project's proposal tied to how much was being added in to cover site preparation work and costs adjusted for an increase in stream credits. That is required because the work will disturb 270 feet of mapped waterway near the airport.

The cost of the credit was initially put at $80,000, but went up to $90,000 in the intervening time.

Mayfield said additional padding was put into the estimates for the project to also cover any unexpected clearing of rock that would be needed to get out of the way. Though they aren't expecting to use the money since several drilling samples of the area where dirt is being taken from the airport to fill in elsewhere didn't turn up any initial problems.

Estimates from Mayfield put the timetable for completion of the extension at 420 calendar days on a "Monday through Sunday" work schedule.

Some of the work in the extension centered on the western end of the runway is now classified as a safety-related project, since it will bring the county's airport in compliance for the amount of extended clear, flat land is needed past the threshold of the runway itself. That'll now go out to the required 200 feet, and is a violation that GDOT officials have noted in a previous inspection according to Mayfield.

Commissioner Scotty Tillery provided praise to Mayfield and Holt Consulting for their work thus far on the project, and noted that state officials also were thus far happy with the efforts put forth by the firm.

The board approved the agreement, work orders for Holt Consulting and the contract with The Astra Group without any further comment.

It marks the end of one phase of work on the project, and the start of another nearly a year after former Governor Nathan Deal announced that Polk County's airport would be one of 11 in the state getting upgrades as his tenure was in its final year.

Deal came to Cornelius Moore Field in February 2018 to sign the state's amended budget to ensure the project would get the funding it needed for completion from the state's Department of Transportation.


MLK celebrations coming this weekend

Several events are coming up this weekend and at the start of the coming week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day, including the annual march down Main Street in Cedartown and a nighttime celebration at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center.

Opening events for the weekend celebration kick off on Thursday at the Youth Working Together for a "Speedy" Awareness (YWTSA) start a youth and adult book fair in Cedartown.

From 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. starting on Thursday and continuing on Friday and Saturday, the YWTSA will be sponsoring a Free Book Fair for adults, high school and elementary age youth at Last Minute Convenience Store located at 411 East Gibson Street in Cedartown.

Free books include but not limited to Gardening, Counseling, Fairy Tales, Educational, Religion, Animal Care, Magazines, Cooking, Dieting, Novels, History, Fitness, and more.

The festivities get underway celebrating King this weekend on Saturday morning with the

annual Polk County Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, to be held at Ledbetter Hall at Cedar Lake Christian Center, 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown. It's set to start at 9 a.m., and tickets are $10.

Anyone interested in attending can still purchase tickets ahead of the breakfast by calling either Jennifer Hudson at 706-346-5494, Pastor DC at 678-471-6420, Lynda Kelley Dave at 770-375-0144, Forrest McCombs Sr. at 770-546-9199 or Minister Donnarae Bradley at 706-238-2457.

On Sunday, the YWTSA continues their King celebrations with their annual Youth Infusion celebration.

Sunday's celebrations get underway at 4 p.m., and features keynote speaker Apostle Trixie Morgan of Rockmart, author of the book "Everyday Prayer for Everyday People."

She'll be joined by State Rep. Trey Kelley along with Cedartown City Commissioners who will read from the annual proclamation passed in December, as well as the annual Trailblazer award.

This year, the YWTSA is honoring Cedartown native Frank Kenneth Jones, who operates F.K. Jones Funeral Home in Rome.

The mistresses of ceremony are Coy Frasier and Kayla Ragland. Youth participants include Ballet Ritmo Latino Dance Group, Drummer Zane Pasley and soloist Dontavious Harris. The theme this year is "Discover to Recover the Dream!"

YWTSA is also asking everyone to bring canned food and old coats to help with their annual drive to the church, located at 321 MLK, Jr. Blvd. in Cedartown.

On Monday afternoon, organizers are asking people to join in the 14th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk and Celebration, which gets underway at 1:30 p.m.

The walk begins at the corner of Thompson and Rock streets and continues down Main Street to the front of Polk County Courthouse No. 2.

New Bethel Baptist Church's pastor Rev. Edward Houston will be speaking at a rally following the walk in front of the courthouse, and guests are invited to return to the Turner Street Center for hot chili to be served afterward.

The annual walk and celebration is Sponsored by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Organization of Cedartown, founded by Letitia Morgan and headed up by executive director, Bernard Morgan.

The celebrations during the weekend will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 with the 30th Annual Martin Luther Jr. Celebration at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

The speakers will be Pastor Blake Dodd, Youngs Grove Baptist Church of Cedartown and Elder Tony Davis of Glad Tidings Church of God In Christ in Cedartown. This celebration is free to the public.

The theme for the 2019 celebration is "United We Stand."


Rockmart Mayor to finish out 2019, not seek third term
• Police Chief Keith Sorrells set to retire in early February after 10 years as head of department

While the year may have changed, the many re-appointments to Rockmart's government means the city is largely staying the same after their first meeting of 2019.

However one big announcement came as business got underway for the Rockmart City Council, with the city's head on the council deciding that he will be serving out the rest of his term and not returning.

Mayor Steve Miller announced that this will be his final year in office, honoring a promise he made to voters that he would only serve for two terms in office.

"At the time I was elected Mayor, I asked the council to consider changing it to where there were term limits of two terms for mayor, and three terms for a council member," Miller said in a follow-up. "They choose not to do that, and I'm honoring what I proposed."

He said that "I thoroughly enjoyed my time serving as mayor" and it was his intention to announce now ahead of qualifying in August for forthcoming off-year local elections.

"I wanted to let people know so they have ample time to consider to their intentions to run for Mayor," he said.

Elections are forthcoming for the Mayor's seat and two council seats, Ward 2 represented by James Payne, and Ward 5 represented by Rick Stone.

Another change in Rockmart is coming in the police department as well with another retirement announcement coming much sooner. Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells will be giving up his post in February after serving the past 10 years in the role.

Replacing him will be Assistant Chief Randy Turner. He's expected to take over the role after February 5.

Some things aren't changing at city hall. Rockmart's legal team, the auditor, and the Municipal Judge are remaining the same after votes during their Jan. 8 session, and James Payne was once again selected to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. All of these decisions were made via unanimous votes the council.

Bill Lumpkin was also approved for a new five-year term, 2019 through 2023, to the Rockmart Development Authority, and without an election due, Rockmart's council members remain the same as years prior.

"It is that time of the year," Mayor Miller said. "You can look and see that they mirror what we had in 2018. Same legal team, same auditor, same Municipal Judge at this time."

The Rock mart City Council had a short list of other items in the way of business, which included delegate Chris Alvey did represent the Rockmart girls' softball team in presenting a check to the city for updated score booths at their playing field.

"On behalf of Rockmart girls' fast pitch, I'd like to present this check in the amount of $5,661.62 to the city of Rockmart for the replacement of the score keeper's booth and improvements to the field," Alvey said.

Jeff Hulsey, along with Miller, expressed their thanks during a brief ceremony last week.

"We certainly want to express our appreciation to the girls' fast pitch softball team as the city prepares to take over that operation," Miller said.

Editor Kevin Myrick contributed to this report.


New chair voted in for school board

The Polk County Board of Education has a new chair for the 2019 year as members came together for a combined session for January.

Board member Bernard Morgan, who just started a new term after he ran unopposed in 2018 to retain his seat, was voted unanimously to take over as the school board chair for the year.

He'll take over for board member Tommy Sanders, who has held the post for the past two years.

Joining Morgan in a leadership position is new Vice Chair Kristy Gober, who was also voted unanimously by the board to take over the position. It was previously held by Morgan.

"I'm sitting in this hot seat now," Morgan joked as he took the gavel over on Jan. 8. "Tommy's kept it warm for a few years."

A nomination for J.P. Foster to take over as school board chair was put forth initially, but he withdrew his name from consideration over health issues he plans to take care of this year, which he said would take attention away from the job of being the chair.

Board members also covered a number of procedural items during their January combined session, which included keeping their board attorney in place as they'll continue to be represented by McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman and Monroe for the 2019 year.

One of the first orders of business for the board was approval of a calendar for their meetings for the coming year, with dates set for February 5 and Feb. 12, March 5 and March 12, a combined session for Spring Break on April 9, May 7 and May 14, June 4 and June 11, a combined session on July 9 for the Independence Day holiday, August 6 and 13, September 3 and 10, October 1 combined for the fall break, November 5 and 12, and December 3 to accommodate the holiday break.

The board also chose to stick with SunTrust Bank for their money market and payroll accounts, Southcrest Bank for their SPLOST and Bond Sales accounts, and the Georgia Fund I to cover investments.

Board members heard the November financial report, and the Polk School District was more than 40 percent through the year before the holiday break with $10.1 million in the bank, and more than $400,000 in SPLOST proceeds for the month.

Additionally, they had more than $4.1 million in the bank for the previous SPLOST account to pay back previous bond sales, and $15 million set aside from the 2017 sale of bonds to cover current construction.

Another $2 million is set aside for the current SPLOST to make principal and interest payments on bond sales.

In one final piece of business before going into executive session for personnel discussions and a later vote on that topic, the board also gave their permission for two field trips, and approved Memorandums of Understanding with the cities of Cedartown and Rockmart over middle and high school resource officers.

Long serving officers in the middle and high schools from the Cedartown and Rockmart Police Departments will continue on in their posts with the new operating agreements that Superintendent Laurie Atkins reported had already been approved by both cities. They serve in conjunction with the Polk School District Police formed in 2018.

The Jan. 8 combined session also marked the start of terms for two new members. Vicki Mayes and Britt Madden Jr. were welcomed by the rest of the school board to their new posts as the meeting began.

Officials took time out to honor the January 2019 M.E.R.I.T. winner. The Polk School District gave the award this month to School Resource Officer Joy Smith at Van Wert Elementary School in Rockmart.

Smith was nominated by her peers for the award, which includes recognition from the district and a gift basket from Floyd Medical Center, who sponsors the program.


Surprise proposal highlight of marching band trip for local couple

It's the kind of news that rings in a New Year in a happy way, with wedding bells to come for two students from Rockmart. Especially since it happened in a once-in-a-lifetime way.

Congratulations go out to Connor Teems and Morgan Bozydaj, both natives of Polk County and graduates of Rockmart High School, who plan to marry in the not too distant future after getting engaged while on a trip overseas to Italy.

Teems took to his knee in the square outside of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice in recent days while he and Bozydaj were in Italy with the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners.

Teems and Bozydaj began dating when he was a junior and she was a senior at Rockmart High School. Teems said he knew from the beginning that "I wasn't going to leave her ever."

So he decided when she for sure was coming with the band, that was where he needed to pop the biggest question of their lives.

"She's been all over the place, living in Connecticut, California, New York, Cuba, Kentucky, and Rockmart, whereas until college I had barely been outside the state lines of Georgia," Teems said. "I figured since she's so well traveled and I'm not as much, she would appreciate me going out of the way to do this while we were in a country on the other side of the ocean with so much culture and pretty sights."

Teems added that he wanted to propose in Venice specifically because he enjoyed the unique backdrop of St. Mark's Basilica, surrounded by water and without any cars.

"This was a complete surprise to her," Teems said. "I did a good job of making her think it might even be another year or two away because of school. We had talked about getting engaged a few times before but every time I was adamant that she shouldn't get her hopes up anytime soon. Very fortunately, she believed me."

Even with the surprise question on the trip, Bozydaj said yes and made complete a trip for the couple and the Marching Southerners that included two other proposals in the visit to Italy.

It also saw Teems and his fellow band members march for his holiness Pope Francis in the Day of Peace parade at the Vatican in Rome on New Years Day.

Their tour also included Rome, Florence, Pompeii and Milan among others. Two other couples also got engaged during the trip as well, including the mother of a color guard member who was on the trip with the band as well.

Teems is the son Greg and Robyn Teems, both of who are administrators in the Polk School District. Father Greg is an Assistant Superintendent who previously served as interim Superintendent, and his wife Robyn is principal at Rockmart High School.

The younger Teems will graduate from Jacksonville State University in May of this year with a degree in music education. He'll be a second generation student as both of his parents spent time at the college.

Bozydaj is the daughter of Michael and Michelle Bozydaj of Rockmart. She graduated from Berry College and is continuing her education as a veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Wedding bells for the couple aren't ringing just yet. They haven't set a date quite yet, but are expected to marry in the not too distant future.

With Teems and Bozydaj both completing their education and two more years of Veterinary school ahead for the future bride, it'll be some time before they get to truly settle down. Teems said their hope is to return to Polk County when both are finished earning their degrees.

"I would love to find a job within the Polk County school system either as an elementary teacher or a high school band director," he said. "Morgan is hoping to find a job at an animal hospital in the area as well. Once we both are able to return home the goal would be to find a place to settle down, get started on our careers, and then eventually start a family."

JSU press officials added that in addition to the proposals, the once-in-a-lifetime tour of Italy served as a means for many travelers to celebrate special occasions – including birthdays, anniversaries and graduations.

It is just one of the latest international trips for the Marching Southerners, who returned home just in time for classes to start on Tuesday.

The band was invited to play for the Queen of England in London's 2012 New Year's Parade and at the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 2016 in Hawaii.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Members are invited to join in for the annual Member Appreciation Breakfast happening this Wednesday morning, Jan. 16 starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast also serves as member's opportunity to take part in an annual meeting as well, along with the drawing for the $1,000 grand prize for the sale of holiday gift cards. E-mail info@polkgeorgia.com for those who get the paper Tuesday and still want to be eligible for the drawing.

Support Our House Women's Shelter and enjoy a night of comedy at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center coming up on Friday night, Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. starring Kenn Kington and featuring Kay Dodd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All proceeds go to the Our House Women's Shelter. Visit StandUpForHope.com to purchase tickets now.

On Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 a.m., the Polk County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect Delegates and Alternates to the Polk County Republican Party Convention at the Cherokee Country Club, 150 Club Drive in Cedartown. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The convention will start at 10 a.m., and costs are $10. Contact Dr. Marc Wall at 770-749-0420 about the upcoming convention and monthly meetings of the party.

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.

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 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.

The Polk County Democratic Committee Meets on the second Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. In the "even" months (February, April, June, August, etc.) the organization meets at The Rockmart Library at 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart and during the "odd" months (January, March, etc.) they meet at the Cedartown Welcome Center, 609 Main St., Cedartown, GA 30125.

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 770356-1282, or by e-mail at howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

The office of Exceptional Students of Polk School District is available to assist with the identification of children with disabilities and provision a free appropriate public education beginning at the age of three through the age of 21. If you suspect your child is experiencing any developmental delay or you suspect your child might have a disability and would like assistance or for more information about services available through Polk School District, contact the PSD Exceptional Student Services office at 770-684-8718.

Lutheran Services of Georgia's Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia's foster care system. Information Sessions are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Rome Office, located at 336 Broad St., Suite 200. Individual sessions may be scheduled to accommodate families as needed. For more email aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

Get assistance

Need help with the bills during the winter, and are a senior? Tallatoona CAP will begin accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Senior Households 65 & older and Homebound Households. Appointments for the General Public will be accepted beginning in December. Appointments are provided on a first come first served basis until funds are exhausted. Polk County residents who qualify will receive either $310.00 or $350.00 toward their heating bill (heating source). To schedule an appointment or to request a homebound appointment, visit our website at www.tallatoonacap.org and click BookNow, or call 770-817-4666.

Victory Baptist Church's Bread of Life Food Pantry is now open. One bag of nonperishable food, five items to pick from produce, eggs and milk and two items from frozen meats, breads and others will be available. ID is required. Limit of two IDs per address. Regular hours are Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, 8 to 10 a.m.

The Georgia Legal Services Program's Claire Sherburne will be on hand at One Door Polk in Cedartown every fourth Monday to help those in need with free civil legal services to low-income persons. This will include all cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, healthcare and other issues involved in the legal complications of everyday life. Call 404-206-5175 for more information.

The Polk County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday at 11 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch in the cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.

Aragon First United Methodist Church offers a food pantry for the community to use if they need assistance. They are open Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A picture ID is required to participate. Call 770-684-4855 for more information.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart starting with dinner at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Large Group at 7 p.m. and Small Share Group at 8 p.m.

Soup and Savior, a local nonprofit organization, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to provide needed items to deserving people. This includes a free meal (soup), clothing and gives other assistance. Meetings are held at Glad Tidings, located at 703 Robert L Parks Blvd. in Cedartown. Donations are accepted.

Just Us Ministries Inc. Food Bank has distribution every Tuesday and Thursday at 904 Young Farms Road in Cedartown. On Tuesday the distribution is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A picture ID is required. For more information call 770-687-1009 or 678-901-3354, e-mail justusmin.org@gmail.com, or visit Justusministries.com.

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Churches

The Gold City Quartet is coming to the First Baptist Church of Cedartown for an evening concert on Sunday, February 17 at 6 p.m. a love offering is being taken up, but it is free to attend. Come join in a night of gospel at First Baptist Church of Cedartown, located at 101 N College St. Contact the church at 770-748-3120 for more information.

Rockmart First United Methodist Church invites the community to come out and join in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays at the church located at 135 W. Church St. Sunday morning worship begins with Bible study at 9:45 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. for all ages, and an 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday night includes at 5 p.m. community meal on the last Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. Bible study and choir practice at 7 p.m. Weekly children's events at the church include a 5:45 p.m. children and youth meal, 6:15 Children's music and MYF, followed by L.I.F.E. at 6:54 p.m. All are invited to join in. Call Rev. Martha Dye at 770-684-6251or e-mail marthadye@ngumc.net for more information or questions. The church also updates weekly on their website at rockmartumc.org.

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 nondenominational 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, birthdates/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 404862-1273 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 7:30 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 e-mail at nmvideo@bellsouth.net.

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.

The American Legion in Rockmart is hosting their monthly all-you-caneat spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad, $5. Join the group for a good meal and to support veteran and children's programs. The Legion is located at 1 Veterans Circle, Rockmart.