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Aragon's Dover makes Team Blake of NBC's "The Voice"
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A new contender hailing from Polk County is back on NBC's "The Voice" for Season 16, and he joins Team Blake just like a local native did last year.

This time, the term to share is #TeamDalton in celebration of Aragon's Dalton Dover, who was selected to lend his vocal talents during the Tuesday, March 4 airing of the show.

The 20-year-old Dover sang "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley to make it onto Team Blake. He said his experience thus far on the show already has him being recognized while he is out and about. Dover added that just as awesome to him is being in front of the celebrity judges like Blake Shelton.

"It's unreal for me, being from a small town. They're awesome, helpful. Given me tips and made me a better musician," Dover said.

Polk County residents might recognize Dover from the annual Aragon BBQ, where he has taken the stage in the past. He is also longtime friends with another local resident back on television this year, Isaac Streetman. Streetman will be heading back onto American Idol this coming Sunday.

Dover comes to "The Voice" just four years after he dropped out of high school locally to help support his pregnant girlfriend and their first child. He now has two children.

After getting married, Dover befriended his brother-in-law Brandon, and the two bonded over a mutual love for country music and dreams of one day making it to Nashville and bigger stages.

His brother-in-law was killed in a wreck two years later, and he ventured to make it onto "The Voice" to fulfill a promise Dover made to Brandon to follow their shared dream.

"My top goal... I want to play at the Grand Ole Opry," Dover said.

He said he wants to keep the memory of Brandon with him at all times.

"I promised him I would do something. If I make it big, he's making it big as well," Dover said.

Currently, Dover works at TipTop Poultry in Rockmart, but remains active in the community seeking to share his talents far and wide. He also shares his singing talents at Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Rockmart.

His selection on Team Blake marks the second year in a row a Polk County native has made it onto the show, and he's the third local singer in the past year to be featured on national television.

WILKES (Jason Wilkes, of Cedartown) in 2018 joined Team Blake in the previous season of "The Voice," and Isaac Streetman of Rockmart made his name known to the wide world on ABC's revival of "American Idol" last year.

NBC's "The Voice" began in 2011. Celebrity judges this year include John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine.


Streetman returning to American Idol on March 17
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A local talent who made it briefly onto the small screens of the nation on American Idol's return to television in 2018 is back once again going for the grand prize.

This time, Isaac Streetman has plenty of motivation to make himself a champion. He's about to have a family to support after all.

Streetman makes his debut this Sunday, March 17 on the latest season of the ABC show after he made it to a special round of private producer auditions in Atlanta, and then back out to Los Angeles to see the celebrity judges once again.

"I'm very confident in my performance for the audition," he said. "I pick a song I'm strongly familiar with and happens to be my fiance's favorite song for me to sing."

The Tuesday night showing of "The Voice" was also special for

Streetman, who got to watch a longtime friend get to share his talents on the national stage as well.

"(I loved) watching the Dalton on "The Voice," he did a solid job," Streetman said. "Me and him have been friends and performing together since the sixth grade and we've watched each other blossom into bigger buds of the music industry. Taking last night into account, I'm going into the audition room very confident and passionate about who I am and what I stand for."

He said this weekend will also mark a special time in his life. Streetman is about to get married this weekend to his fiance Mary Bell, and they are expecting a child in April.

"There's a bunch of things going on at one time," Streetman said. "But as always, I'm keeping my main priorities straight: with my family and following my dream with music."

Streetman made it onto American Idol in 2018 after getting in front of celebrity judges during the show's return to ABC for a new season. He was just 17 at the time and graduated from Rockmart High School to focus on his music career.

He continues to perform in and around Polk County, along with appearances in other talent shows around the region.

Check out American Idol on WSB-TV Channel 2 this Sunday at 8 p.m. This year marks the 17th year of American Idol.


RHS Animal Science building to open soon
Work on Cedartown's fine arts facility still ongoing, but beginning to rise

Facilities on campuses around the Polk School District are popping up or being revamped, with two major items that were approved by voters for a Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax extension in 2017 getting closer to completion.

The first of those projects that will open first sits at Rockmart High School, and agriculture education students will have a space to accomplish a lot in the coming years. Officials expect an April ceremony to officially open the Animal Sciences building to all after construction on the new facility began in 2018.

"It's complete, it's a beautiful facility," School board member Chris Culver said in a facilities committee report during the latest Polk County Board of Education work session. "I know the football coach is going to be glad to have it available for use on a rainy day."

Culver added the intention for the new facility at the Rockmart High School campus is to allow for multiple uses of the facility once it opens up this spring.

The covered arena at the Animal Science building's use for sports practice while staying out of the weather is just one area where school officials hope to get added use out of the investment.

The work on the building wraps up one improvement while another is getting into another phase toward completion across the county at the Cedartown High School campus.

Superintendent Laurie Atkins added that with the final check ready for payment to contractors for the work, the building is completely paid off.

"We developed a very specific budget for our project, and we were able to meet those budgets and take care of this project," Atkins added.

The Fine Arts facility that brings a new band room, new theater and drama department and art classrooms is well underway, and despite weather delays in the construction schedule is headed toward a hopedfor end of 2019 completion.

"The floor is poured for a portion of the new building, and masonry is starting right away," Director of Transportation, Facilities, Maintenance and New Construction Jeff Little added.

Culver also discussed the need for some patching and repairs to driveways and parking lots at several schools, plus increased security measures at all the campuses — including those which didn't previously have barriers to ensure people head to the front office and nowhere else when arriving at a building — was also completed.

It was part of a much larger tour taken on February 13 by school officials and board members on the committee to assess what schools are seeing improvements from projects underway and recently completed, and what classrooms still need attention.

Officials also talked briefly about their work with the International Union of Operating Engineer's Local 926 Training Facility's forthcoming construction next door to Cedartown Middle School and what impact it might have. Union officials and those with the schools are working to ensure that property lines are correct and that access to the site doesn't disturb driveways around the campus next to the Earley Property in Cedartown.

Work in earnest on the site according to Union officials visiting Polk was expected to start in May.

Culver also talked about the renovations completed at the Polk School District's transportation facility in Fish Creek. He said during the meeting that it was his hopes the office area of the facility would be updated to make the space better for employees. Atkins was able to report the renovations work is done. Additional work to the parking area — especially in the front of the building — will be addressed when the weather dries up.


New policy tabled until April for school safety measures

The Polk County Board of Education tabled a new policy that means to ensure that everyone is aware of updated school safety plans, and that if they see something they find suspicious they immediately report it to administrators.

The new safety policy is part of an ongoing effort over the past years to increase the amount of security measures in place to keep students, faculty, staff and even visitors on campuses across Polk School District safe at all time, and keep those who aren't supposed to be at school away from the property and classrooms.

School board members voted to allow the policy to remain on the table for review and any fixes that might need to be corrected until their April combined session in a unanimous vote during the March work session of the school board.

The new policy specifically requires that an annually updated school safety plan for each campus that Superintendent Laurie Atkins will be required to keep up, and include procedures for each school on handling a variety of natural and manmade disasters, threats or acts of violence and terrorism.

"School Safety Plans should address security issues in school safety zones as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1. School Safety Plans should also address security issues involving the transportation of pupils to and from school and school functions when such transportation is furnished by the school or school system and school functions held during non-instructional hours," the policy stated.

Atkins added the policy also is meant to ensure that each educator in a school understands what plans are in place for an emergency situation, so they know what to do in the event there is an issue.

School board member J.P. Foster, who presented the new policy during a committee report in the board's March work session, said it was imperative that one addition to the policy at the end requiring reporting issues among students, faculty, staff or visitors.

The policy specifically states: "all employees, certified and classified, who have reasonable cause to believe that a student(s) or person(s) has committed any act or threat of violence or threatens any potential act of violence, shall immediately report the information to the school principal and/or Superintendent immediately. It is the responsibility of the principal, along with the Superintendent, to utilize District resources (PSD Police Department and other law enforcement partner and personnel) to investigate each incident."

Foster said that "I can't emphasize that enough. Immediately. That's not open for interpretation."

If employees fail to do so, they face immediate disciplinary actions that include termination.

Foster told McGee in the back of the meeting room during his committee report that he shouldn't be shy about asking for anything he might need to ensure the safety of students, faculty and even visitors to Polk School District campuses.

"I don't want you to be shy about asking about training in or out of state. If it's legit, bring it to the attention of Laurie, and see if we can get things done in training that you think applicable and worthy," he said.

Foster also stressed the need for immediate communication to administrators a second time before the board took a vote to table the policy, which will be back up for final approval next month. He also said that if administrators don't already have it handy, they need McGee's number programmed into their phones.

"Intelligence needs to be evaluated and investigated thoroughly," Foster said. "That's where we're at in today's climate in our schools."

School safety improvements began with the introduction of additional security cameras and certain schools had entrances controlled by electronic locks controlled within a school's front office. Now all schools have entrances that force visitors to the front office and nowhere else on a campus, new locks on each classroom door, and limited access to campuses through fencing and other measures to separate children from outsiders who might not have good intentions when they're visiting a facility.

Additionally, the introduction last year of the Polk School District Police Department also provided each campus with one school resource officer in place for student safety.


Wheale takes over as new Juvenile Court Judge

Attorney and actress Laura Lundy Wheale will be taking on a new role in Polk County after her appointment as the new Chief Judge for the Tallapoosa Circuit Juvenile Court, and started on the bench at the beginning of the week.

The appointment comes from Superior Court Chief Judge Meng Lim to replace the recently seated Superior Court Judge Mark Murphy. He was appointed to the seat by Gov. Nathan Deal in late 2018 following the retirement of Judge Michael Murphy from the Tallapoosa Circuit bench last fall.

The new Juvenile Court Chief Judge for the circuit was officially sworn in on Friday in a ceremony at Polk County Courthouse No. 1. Judge Meng Lim announced ahead of the swearing-in that Wheale was the first female Juvenile Court Judge to serve in the circuit.

He also added that with Wheale's appointment, he hoped to continue a goal of making the court system in the Tallapoosa Circuit work at a efficient pace.

"I'm so proud to have to have a new energy and fresh people in this circuit who is going to try to get some of these things done for our community," Lim said. "The one thing I know about Laura is that she has compassion. and that in itself is going to be huge. That is the one thing that you can't teach. You either have it or you're just going to have to work through it. She is smart, and hardworking, and she's thoroughly prepared whenever she is ready to do something with the court. So I look forward to working with her and to help her in our judicial system."

Wheale thanked the crowd of friends and family who came to watch the ceremony last week, which included her babysitter when she was young, her college tennis coach from Jacksonville State University, and several friends from the legal community in Cedartown.

"I can only hope to be a judge that helps shape the lives of children in the same way that you have shaped mine," Wheale said. "I thank you all so much for being here, as I was walking out and I walked out from here and saw so many people sitting in the room."

She added that when she first applied for the position, she felt hesitant about the potential she would have to shape a child's life, but that the support from her husband Patrick helped her push forward on the new path she finds herself. Wheale hoped to also have the continued support of colleagues, friends, family and the community as a whole as she begins her time on the bench.

"I will certainly be leaning on you all as Juvenile Judge," she said.

Wheale added that it was her goal to "be a part of shaping children's lives" for the positive.

Prior to the end of the week swearing-in, Wheale spent time visiting the various partners she'll be working with in both Polk and Haralson counties, like the Court Appointed Special Advocate program for the circuit, staff in the courthouses in Polk and Haralson Counties, and also with the area Department of Family and Children's Services staff.

She said she was grateful for the opportunity to serve in the new role.

"I don't know if I could be more excited, but also humbled by the whole aspect of the opportunity," Wheale said. "I very much look forward to working with the children of our community that I grew up in."

Wheale, who earned her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and continues to practice with her parents Bill and Catherine Lundy at Parker and Lundy, along with her work at the tort firm of Childers, Schleutter, and Smith in Atlanta. She married Patrick Wheale in 2013, who is also an attorney.

Her father Bill Lundy thanked the crowd in the courtroom last week for being a part of the start of Wheale's new position on the bench.

"We all want our children to do better than us," he said during brief remarks at the end of the ceremony. "I couldn't be prouder of the life she's led, and everything that brings her to this point."

He thanked Lim as well for the appointment and added that "it humbles our family."

During this time, she also found her footing in a career in film with appearances in "Sully" as a reporter in the 2016 feature film, in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" the same year, and "A Larger Life" in 2015.

She also took on a producing role in "Reckoning," which is in postproduction at the time.

For now, Wheale said she will be taking on her new job on the bench full time.

"This is my number one priority, I've always been practicing law. I lucked into some roles that I got to audition for, and now I'm moving into a new role," she said.

Wheale, a graduate of Lundy Chrisitan Academy in 2006, got her undergraduate education at Jacksonville State University where she also played NCAA Division I women's tennis for the Lady Gamecocks, and was a two-time OVC champion.

She said she looked forward to the new challenge in a release last week. Wheale was chosen from 11 different candidates for the job.

"I have spent my entire life here and am very humbled to receive this appointment from Judge Lim," she said. "I want to do everything I can to help our county and our circuit be a better place to raise our families and work and live. I will do my best to serve our circuit with honor and fairness to all."

Her first full day of service on the bench was this past Monday, March 11.


Man charged in murder of missing Cedartown 11-year-old

Christopher Wayne Madison

CEDARTOWN — The DeKalb County, Alabama, sheriff said they've charged a man with murder in the death of a missing girl.

During a press conference on March 4, Sheriff Nick Welden said that 33-year-old Christopher Wayne Madison of Cedar Bluff has been charged in connection with the murder of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett, according to WEIS radio.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office website Madison was arrested on the evening of March 2 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Madison is being held at the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

Barnett went missing on March 1 at around 6 p.m. in Collinsville, Alabama, from an aunt's house across state lines. The 11-year-old was previously a resident with her family of Cedartown and attended Northside Elementary School in the past. She was the daughter of Brian Pope and Jonie Barnett.

A 12-hour search ended when the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reported that she was found dead the following morning at an undisclosed location.

Funeral arrangements for Amberly are being handled by Olin Gammage and Sons Funeral Home in

Cedartown. Condolences for the family can be posted on the page, and updates about plans for services will be added online as soon as possible.

A GoFundMe to help the family of Amberly Barnett was closed after making just shy of $7,100 to cover funeral costs after police announced her death the previous weekend, according to the organizer of the fund.

The fundraising effort begun by the Cedartown High School Class of 2009 over the weekend initially had a $2,000 goal and surpassed it in three days online. The fund was established to help cover funeral costs for Barnett.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Get ready now for the 2019 WELSHFest in Rockmart! The event is scheduled for this weekend on March 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature a variety of vendors, events and more in downtown Rockmart. The annual hymn singing at Van Wert Church begins Friday night ahead of the event at 7 p.m.

Join the Murphy-Harpst Children's Center in Cedartown at the Silver Come Trailhead at the Cedartown Welcome Center and Depot on Saturday, March 16 for the annual Miles of Hope ride with 10, 20 and 30-plus mile options. The event kicks off at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all registered participants. A $25 donation guarantees a t-shirt and lunch. Register online at murphyharpst.org/miles2019 to participate now.

Tallatoona CAP is hosting An Evening with Yolanda Adams on Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Crosspoint City Church at 325 Old Mill Road, Cartersville. Special performances include Ahmad Hall and Friends. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at tallatoonacap.org. The forthcoming event is a fundraiser for the organization.

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into Cedartown ahead of the holiday on Saturday, April 6 in Rockmart for the annual Family Savings Credit Union egg hunt.

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

The event starts at 10 a.m. with a decorating contest, followed by the bunny hop sack race and egg race, and the hunt at 11:30 a.m. Find Family Savings Credit Union on Felton Drive in Rockmart. For ages 12 and younger. Call 770-684-8601 to learn more.

Are you paying too much for your healthcare and prescription drug coverage? Learn 10 ways to save on Medicare from a certified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. Come to a free seminar at the Rockmart Public Library on Friday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. This event is presented by the Area Agency on Aging GeorgiaCares program. For more information, call 706-622-3635 or the number on the back of your "Medicare & You" handbook (866-552-4465, option 4).

Mark calendars now for fun during springtime in Cedartown. The Cedartown Junior Service league has their community Easter Egg hunt planned for Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Peek Park. Check back for more information about the event in March as it draws closer here in the pages of the Standard Journal.

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 770-356-1282, or by e-mail at howardd999@yahoo.com for more information.

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

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

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.

Belles of the Ball are bringing the chance for girls in need to have a chance to get a free prom dress for the forthcoming season. The organization is holding their second event in Atlanta on March 16 at the Atlanta YMCA off Pryor Road. The group's inventory includes more than 500 dresses, and DJs, food, vouchers for free hair styling and more are part of the fun. Contact bellesofball@gmail.com for more information.

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

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

Victory Baptist Church's Spring Revival is starting this coming Sunday, March 17, 2019 with Evangelist Bob Pitman. Services start at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and continue Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., March 18 through March 20. The church is located on 15 Hendrix Road in Rockmart. Everyone is welcome!

A day of gospel and praise is planned with the Hess Family Band at the Cedartown Flea Market coming up on Sunday, April 7, starting at 11 a.m. The event is free to the public, but a love offering will be collected during the event. Everyone is welcome to attend at 591 West Ave., Cedartown.

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. The community is also invited to join the congregation for a special Men and Women service to be held on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

Come join in welcoming new pastor Jimmy Douglas Bryant on Sunday, March 10 to Oak Grove Baptist Church on Highway 27 North in Cedartown with worship services starting at 11 a.m. Members, former members and pastors are also encouraged and welcome to come and worship as well on Sunday, March 17 as the church celebrates their 121st anniversary service at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow the anniversary service.

The Gospel Talent Sharea-Thon is coming soon to the Outreach Tabernacle and Gospel Music Park at 1351 County Road 31 in Muscadine, Ala. The March 30 event starts at 5:30 p.m. central and will feature soloists, duets, trios, quartets and musicians. Join and share love of the community. For more information call 770-712-1032 or 678-925-0903.

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. 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 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.