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Public to Board of Education: 'hire local'
Speakers at final Board of Education public comment session on Superintendent Search want no more changes for teachers, plea for hire of local candidate to head up PSD

Local residents gave voice to what was a consensus opinion during the final of two sessions allowing people to comment on the superintendent search on Tuesday night.

That message to the board was clear: local educators need someone they can trust, and that person is a longtime veteran of the Polk School District.

Every speaker was careful not to put a name to that candidate, but thus far the only local to confirm that she has applied for the job is assistant Superintendent Laurie Atkins, who had no further comment on the job itself.

Atkins was among a large crowd at the Polk County College and Career Academy's campus at Cedartown High School for Tuesday night's meeting, which featured more than a dozen speakers who signed up to give their thoughts about what the Board of Education should seek in a new superintendent.

Many among the speakers were local educators who also came to the board with a plea for no more immediate changes, and no new programs that promise results and are quickly forgotten by the next year.

That message began with Cedartown High School math teacher Jennifer Fetkenhour, who said that trust and work ethic must be restored to the district.

Specifically, her complaints mirrored by others was that the Board of Education needed to bring in a new leader for the district that trusts teachers to make the right choices about how to present material in the classroom to students. She also pointed out that school isn't just about education, but preparing students for life.

"They've been given too much leniency and a proper work ethic has not been developed these past few years," Fetkenhour said. "In school there are requirements such as attendance, rules for certain assignments and deadlines just as there are in life. And when rules are not followed, there are consequences for your actions. And that may mean some may get some failing grades to start off with, but I believe they will wake up and realize 'we're going to have to get back to work. They're serious about this.'"

Polk County College and Career Academy Chief Executive Officer Katie Thomas mirrored those thoughts, and pointed out that in her 12 years of education in the district there have been six different superintendents, two of those serving in interim roles, and that this has been too much change at the top.

"We need someone who loves this school system, someone that loves this county, and someone that has a vested interest in what we do on a daily basis," Thomas said. "We need someone who is respected, and not someone who is coming in trying to gain respect, but has earned it."

Thomas added that the district needed healing from within, and someone that teachers can trust that problems and concerns in the classroom will be addressed and not ignored.

Cedartown City Commissioner and Northside Elementary teacher Matt Foster said much the same, and that voters in Polk County sent a clear message to the Board of Education when sending new members to serve during the 2016 elections.

He said he came close to leaving the district three years before during the tenure of Superintendent William Hunter due to the "toxic environment that was perpetuated by our leadership" on the board.

Foster said it was "not the time to bring in another person from the outside" and the board also needed to hire someone who would restore relationships with local municipalities, who felt forgotten by the former superintendent.

"I have all the confidence in the world that this person is already within our midst," Foster said. "She is not only highly qualified, but uniquely qualified to continue this path of restoration."

Others mirrored those thoughts, especially in hiring someone who local teachers and residents considered to have integrity and as pastor and teacher Jason Purser described as "someone children can look up to and trust, and someone parents can trust with their children."

Youngs Grove Elementary principal Wesley Styles also made clear that any new hire should first and foremost try not immediately change the way students are educated, and how teachers are told to provide lessons in the classroom, and that "just when we get good at something, they go and change it on us." He added that teachers are "gunshy" about bringing in a new hire from outside with mandates for yet another round of changes.

"The biggest complaint is we often jump on every bandwagon around," he said. "... We don't need fancy new programs or ideas brought into Polk School District. What we need is consistency of practice and process, consistency of implementation, and fidelity and professional development and consistency in leadership."

Other teachers mirrored those thoughts. Camille Whitfield, Angie Ward, Dr. Dorothy Welch, and retired teacher June Beck were among those advocating for a local hire and pleading for no more changes to the board.

Kevin King, who said he's tried and failed to address his complaints to the board, said that he felt the meeting was a breath of fresh air for local educators and also promoted hiring of candidates who understand the local problems facing Polk School District in the future.

However he also had some other issues he wanted to address tied to the hire of a new superintendent, and where the focus should be on priorities once a new hire is announced and fills the job. For instance, he wants a review of the electronics use policy in the classroom, better funding for athletics programs and more financial support for teachers in training and classroom supplies.

"I don't know a single teacher in the district who isn't spending out of their own pocket for supplies in the classroom," he said.

He also wants a hire with business acumen, and who also speaks Spanish to help better serve parts of the community for who English is a second language.

One former administrator in the Polk School District used her time to talk about the integrity of the new hire, and hoped the board understood any new hire has a direct impact on the future of the county as a whole in terms of providing for the future workforce.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon, who facilitated the meeting, also spoke but saved his comments for the end of the session. Instead of making the position of superintendent one controlled by the board and thus making the decisions of the board potentially unpopular with voters, he said the job should be one decided upon by the voters.

"A vote is the most fairest way to get a superintendent," Blackmon said. "You lay out the guidelines and let them apply, and then just like my Sheriff does, you let them hit the street and tell everyone why they want to lead the Polk School District."

Before the meeting closed, Cedartown Commission chair Jordan Hubbard, who has also served as a dual enrollment history teacher for the Polk School District and Georgia Northwestern Technical College during the past year, shared a final thought for local leaders that echoed through the College and Career Academy.

"It's time we give it to a well deserved lady who's earned her keep in Polk County," he said.


Broadband group seeks school muscle

Elected officials in Northwest Georgia working to bring broadband to under-served parts of their counties decided Monday it's time to bring the schools into the mix.

As classrooms are adding more technology — including the use of Google Chromebooks — many students still don't have internet access at home.

"It's a big issue, because the books are online," said Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Hulsey, who also is a middle school teacher. "Polk schools are engaged (with the problem), but they don't have a seat at the table."

Members of the 15-county Northwest Georgia Regional Commission formed a rural broadband advisory committee this spring, noting that high-speed service is key to attracting industry and jobs. As they delved into the need, however, they determined access is becoming a necessity for all.

Small businesses, local entrepreneurs and people with home offices depend on the internet, said Haralson County Commission Chair Allen Poole, who chairs the committee. And, for residents, it's a quality-of-life measure.

"Rural Georgia is going to be left behind if people like ourselves don't take the initiative to move forward," Poole said.

Meeting in the NWGRC headquarters in Rome on Tuesday, they agreed to contact the school superintendents in their counties and set up information sessions.

Plans are to join forces in urging state action during the 2018 Georgia General Assembly session.

"Politically speaking, schools should step up more than they're doing in our area," Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor said. "When you talk about education and kids, things happen."

President Donald Trump is promising some rural broadband funding in his infrastruc-

ture package, said Deana Perry with the regional commission, and state legislation that stalled this year is expected to be revived.

A major sticking point, however, is ROI — return on investment. For-profit internet providers are reluctant to extend fiber optic cable to areas with relatively few potential customers. That's where the electric membership cooperatives could help.

Nonprofit EMCs were formed in the 1930s to bring electricity to underserved areas.

Bruce Abraham, senior broadband consultant for ECC Technologies, said if state law were clearer, EMCs could piggyback high-speed internet service on their grids.

Abraham did a study for Carroll EMC about leasing or selling some of the fiber it's building to link its substations. The co-op serves Polk, Paulding, Haralson, Carroll, Heard and Troup counties and has a test area in Floyd.

The board of directors is considering the move — although it would mainly be for anchor institutions such as governments and hospitals that want their own networks.

A service provider also could tap on to the "middle mile" fiber and run its own lines to homes and businesses.

"We don't want to be a provider at this time, but we want to be part of the solution," said Carroll EMC Chief Operating Officer Jerome Johnston.

Scott Dodd of North Georgia EMC also attended the session. The utility serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties. Dodd said he also looked into becoming a service provider, but determined it to be too expensive at this time.

Abraham said that could change as state and federal policies change. Meanwhile, EMCs also could help by collecting hard data from their members and promoting the potential customer base to providers.

Tennessee's new broadband access legislation allows EMCs to get in the game, Perry said, and dedicates $45 million to an incentive program. And state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, will try to move his Senate Bill 232, the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, next year.

Also, the House Rural Development Council's May meeting focused almost exclusively on expanding broadband access. Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, is one of the 15 members tasked with finding ways to boost the economy in counties outside urban settings.

The council is holding meetings around the state through the end of the year. The closest ones to Rome — focusing on workforce development — are in Ellijay on Aug. 15 and Dalton on Aug. 16.


Coca-Cola museum turns one

If you've seen a out-of-town license plate in Polk County, chances are it was in downtown Cedartown.

That's because the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia - one of Northwest Georgia's most alluring tourist attractions-has been nestled neatly at 209 Main Street for an entire year now.

The museum is so alluring in fact that visitors from over 26 states and 6 different countries have ventured to Cedartown to for a tour of the collection.

And this week, some special guests will also be coming to the museum to share it's treasures with the world-at-large, as Fox 5 brings their morning show over for a live broadcast from downtown Cedartown.

The memorabilia doesn't simply tell the history of Coca-Cola, the variety of bottles, trucks and Coca-Cola themed-products throughout the decades of the company's history lends each item a story that makes up a greater tale both locally and globally.

Cedartown's premiere collection of memorabilia first started as a family hobby by the Morris' now gives a glimpse into how the Georgia-born soft drink played a role in the development of Polk County and small towns like it from the 1980s through contemporary times. The building itself is part of that tale, having been the former home to Cedartown's Coca-Cola bottling plant.

Last week on Tuesday, Director of Acquisitions Daniel Morris commemorated the anniversary of the museum's first year in business with a speech that highlighted the past, present, and future of Cedartown's connection with

Coca-Cola.

The museum is already a authoritative archive for the company in private hands, but Morris presented a list of rare and attention-drawing items the museum hopes to acquire in the years to come.

At the Tuesday meeting at the museum on June 27, the Morris' also told the Polk County Historical Society members they're considering having the elusive "Cedartown Botting Co." sign remade to give the building a nostalgic glow that will ensure no one passes the building without stopping.

The only evidence of the neon double sided sign existing is in an old photograph and the sign's current whereabouts are unknown.

There also exists a set of rare coca-cola bottles the museum hopes to acquire. There exist only 6 of these bottles, and all 6 are owned by 2 individuals. This does mean, however, that the museum knows where the bottles are.

If possible, Morris would like a fully functional soda fountain inside of the museum.

In regards to present, the memorabilia museum recently put on display a collection of diamond themed coke bottles that were in circulation from 1959 to 1969. The collection is over 200 lots and is stored inside 1920's store cabinets.

Another impressive, newly acquired piece is a Tiffany style leaded glass globe. The globe dates from 1907-1915 and there are only 10 of these globes known to exist.

Hanging above the museum's mahogany soda fountain is a 1920's coca-cola lamp shade. The lamp shade is done in a Tiffany style and is considered hard to acquire by collectors because of their frailty. While the World of Coke in Atlanta only has one of these lamp shades, the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia has three.

The work of Haddon Sundblom - the artist behind the Coca-Cola's two iconic ad campaigns Santa Claus and Sprite Boy - is displayed proudly in the museum. The museum managed to acquire an original oil painting by the artist that was used in a 1946 coke calendar.

The Cedartown Memorabilia Museum is located inside one of two of the original remaining bottling plants. The plant was shut down in the 1970's and later became a lumber company before once again returning to its vacant state. The building was nearly bulldozed, but is now open as a museum after nearly 40 years of emptiness.


Rethink Rockmart seeks to tackle blight

The Rethink Rockmart group met for another addition of their monthly meetings in an effort to improve the community as part of Rockmart's commitment to the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing.

This time, the agenda was filled with topics ranging from dangerous structures, tethering regulations, and a review community clean-up efforts which took place in June.

At the forefront of topics, and a major reason Rethink Rockmart exists, is the Dangerous, Unsafe, and Vacant or Abandoned Building Ordinance and how the group plans to deal with the poorly maintained structures within the city limits.

When properties are poorly maintained, they become health hazards that also bring down property value for neighboring homes and businesses. A rotting, abandoned property almost ensures nearby homes will drop in value, and pose risks to residents if access is gained by children or homeless looking for dry places out of the weather they can go unnoticed.

The consequences of leaving abandoned properties untouched has seen increases in the number of vacant house fires, decrease in property values and overall blight on local neighborhoods, with people passing by daily wondering aloud "when is someone going to tear down this house?"

Thankfully, The Abandoned Building Ordinance has set clear guidelines on what makes a building a community nuisance.

Rethink Rockmart is helping to make sure that the rules are followed and

perpetrators are being dealt with via court should they fail to control their unruly property.

To avoid being listed as a nuisance or dangerous, buildings must have all doors, windows, and openings be weather tight and secure against entry.

All roof and roof flashing must be in solid enough condition that no rain will destroy walls or other parts of the building. The building must be structurally sound and free from rubbish, garbage, and debris.

Walls should be strong enough to bear large weight, and the foundation must be able to support large weight. The outside of the home must be free of loose, rotten materials and holes.

Any balconies, canopies, signs, awnings, or fire escapes must be in quality shape.

The Abandoned Property Ordinance is now two years old, and Rockmart City Council member and local businessman Sherman Ross - one of the Rethink Rockmart creators - expressed that the community needs to "clean up, enforce, and be willing to take people to court over this. We need to build a culture where investors are willing to come here."

The gathering also discussed a tethering ordinance Rethink Rockmart would like to have passed.

Tethering refers to tying up an animal, typically dogs, to trees or other posts outside. In 2016, Cedartown passed an ordinance proscribing the amount of time a dog could be tethered and mandated the dog have access to food, water, and shelter.

Rockmart's city council brought up the issue previously after Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society President Charlotte Harrison previously brought the issue before members during the winter months, and has sat without any resolution.

Tethering is still legal in Rockmart, and Rethink Rockmart is encouraging citizens to contact their councilman and voice their opinion on whether an ordinance should be enacted to regulate tethering.

Citizens can contact the city council at www.rockmart-ga.gov/29/City-Council.

The Rethink Rockmart group also critiqued their clean up day from earlier this month.

The event consisted of the Rethink group and volunteers scouring local neighborhoods for trash and working to control overgrown brush back in June. The event was met with primarily positive response because not only did the group and volunteers finish cleaning and various citizens took up arms and helped with work despite not being a part of the group.

The various community clean-up signs also seemed to inspire local citizens to clean as Ross reportedly saw "more people simultaneously cutting grass than ever before."

After going to retrieve the signs, Ross noticed the areas were clean even though he had not assigned any volunteers to those streets.

Other business featured at the meeting included the group's use of social media and future plans to advertise their plans on it. Rethink currently has almost 100 followers on their Facebook page, and the group is hoping to grow even more popular so advertisements truly hit home.

One of the prominent activities the group is advertising and encouraging on social media is the donation of old cars citizens may not use anymore. The group has detailed 3 separate car donation companies. Those interested in following Rethink Rockmart can search for them on their Facebook page.

Rethink Rockmart meetings, always the last Thursday of each month. The next community clean up is slated for October 14, with more information to come for those interested in participating.


AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The First Baptist Church of Cedartown is holding a Patriotic service in honor of service men and women within the congregation and around Polk County. City and County officials are invited to take part in the service being held Sunday, July 2 at 11 a.m. Visit fbccederartown.org for more information.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. from now through Thanksgiving. Visit Rockmartfarmersmarket.com for more information about vendors and upcoming classes.

Polk County Police Office Andy Anderson is hoping the local community will help raise money for the Helping Hands Food Pantry by purchasing raffle tickets for a Rivergrille Rustler 40-inch vertical smoker. Single tickets are $2, or 3 for $5. Contact Anderson at the Polk County PD at 770-748-7331, or stop by the office at 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown, or at the Polk County Sheriff's Office today. Sales end on July 13, with a drawing to fol-

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

low on July 14. Being at the drawing is not necessary.

The Little Mission House offers free adult and kid size clothing, diapers, and baby supplies to families in need. It is located at 2330 N. Bellview Road, Rockmart, across from Bellview Baptist Church. They will be open July 11 and 25. 10am-6pm both days. For more information you can call 770-684-3941 or check out www.bellviewchurch.org.

Coming up in July is Rockmart and Polk County's annual celebration of all things local and summer, the Homespun Festival. Check out more information about the 40th anniversary of this year's event at polkgeorgia.com, learn about this year's sponsor Redmond Regional Medical Center, or find out how to take part in the July 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and July 22 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The festival organized by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce includes the Homespun 5K Race, the Kiwanis Car Show, and find out more about weather alerts and pet policy at the festival. Questions? Call Mandy Mallicoat at 770-684-8760.

Fairview Baptist Church in Rockmart will be holding Vacation Bible School in Seaborn Jones park, downtown Rockmart on July 15, 2017. It will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be Bible study, crafts, music and lunch for ages 6-14.

Help out the Polk County State Special Olympics team with their efforts to raise money by stopping by their produce stand in downtown Cedartown today. The stand - located at One Door Polk at 424 N. Main St., Cedartown - provides a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale with the proceeds going to support their practice costs, jerseys, and competition fees to compete at the State Special Olympics Masters Bowling competition in Warner Robbins in August. The stand is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and run by local volunteers. Call 706-302-0462 for more information.

The Cedartown Band Boosters are getting their football program guides ready for the coming season, and remind the general public that those wishing to buy advertising space in the 2017 Bulldog Football program need to submit money and the ad no later than July 28. Contact Carolyn Peek at Cadertown@gmail.com, Alinda Dawson at adwson.evergreen@gmail.com or Misty Puckett at misty@mtetravel.com.

The Georgia Legal Services Program's Claire Sherburne will be on hand at One Door Polk in Cedartown every fourth Monday to help those in need of provide free civil legal services to persons with low incomes. This includes cases related to housing, employment, education, domestic violence, consumer fraud, wills, and more. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next date will be in July. Check back for more updates.

AARP is organizing a Driver's Safety Class in Cedartown starting on July 20 at the First Baptist Church. This class-room-only course will cover a variety of driving areas. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. All ages are welcome. Those interested should contact Gloria Brown 404-558-5255 for more information, or email gbrownga99@aol.com.

The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society today. Head over to the organization's office at 608 Adamson Road, Cedartown on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fill out an admission and prepay for the surgery. Those wanting more information can call 678-361-7304 for more information. Vaccines and tests are available for extra cost as well. The next clinic date is coming up in July, see more in the coming week's edition of the Standard Journal.

A night of song is coming up at the Outreach Tabernacle at 1351 County Road 31, Muscadine, Ala. on Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m. central. The evening's performers include Sacrifice of Rossville, Ga. and the Yarbroughs of Bremen. Free refreshments and $50 will go to whoever brings the most in attendance. Contact Pastor Rouzelle Sanders at 770-712-1032 for more information.

Signups are underway now for the Celebrity Dance Challenge 5K Walk/Run being held on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The 7 p.m. race is being held to raise money for Team Tuck for the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge, which benefits the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. Visit Studio Fit for registration forms or Cedartown Insurance Agency, or call Gwen Tuck at 770-630-1270 or e-mail gtuck62@aol.com.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will coming up on July 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Meal is spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad for $5, all you can eat. This is open to the public. Trivia with Tom and Betty starts at 6 p.m. Participate for a chance to win free a dinner. Bring friends and enjoy the fun.

The Boaz Ministry in Rockmart's new food bank located at 708 W. Elm St., Rockmart, will be open in June on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. No fee is required or donations accepted to obtain food assistance. All that will be required is a photo ID.

The Polk County Alzheimer's Support group will meet monthly on the first Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Polk Medical Center. Those interested can join for fellowship and lunch following in the hospital cafeteria. For more information call John Giglio at 678-246-8188.

The Church of God of the Union Assembly, 32 Prospect Road, Rockmart, is encouraging members of the community to join them for praise and worship each Sunday and Wednesday. Praise and youth services are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and services start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday following Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Call Pastor Jesse Starnes at 678-757-4572 for more information.

The Polk County Beekeepers meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cedartown Library 245 East Ave. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, new beekeeper or want to learn all are welcome. For more information email polkcountybeekeepers@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/polkbees.

Cedartown First Baptist Church will hold their Fall Kickoff celebration during a two-day event starting on Saturday, Aug. 19 with a Tailgating party starting at 4 p.m., and worship with Dr. Daniel Heeringa, pastor of First Baptist Church of Houston, Texas. Following on Sunday, Aug. 20, there will be a 9 a.m. breakfast in the fellowship hall, worship services headed by Dr. Heeringa at 11 a.m. and a 6 p.m. concert with The LeFevre Quartet. Admission is free, all are invited to attend. A love offering will be taken up. Visit fbccedartown.org for more information or call 770-748-3120.

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

The Polk County Extension Service's annual twice-weekly vegetable market will begin this year on June 27. They will have fresh veggies and fruits on hand from vendors on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Peek's Park in Cedartown. Call the extension office at 770-749-2142 for more information or to learn how to participate.

Cedartown Supper Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Held at 71 Woodall Rd. Seventh-day Adventist Church. Enjoy a vegetarian supper and participate in a lecture on healthy, happy living. Free and for all ages. Each evening provides a different menu and lecture topic. For more information call 678-901-9184.

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

Interested in becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent? Open your heart to a child in need and find out how you can help. Join others who seek the love of a child every second Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Polk Co. Department of Family and Children Services office, located at 100 County Loop Rd. in Cedartown. Information Sessions are held to explain what is required to become a foster or adoptive parent in the state of Georgia. For more information please call Robin Forston at 404-895-6517 or e-mail robin.forston@dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information.

Rivers of Living Water is hosting its 8th Annual "Your Best" talent show coming up on Saturday June 24, 2017 at Rivers of Living Water at 5 p.m. There will be a $100 drawing at the talent show. Admission for the talent show is $10. For more in-formation please contact Courtney Ripoll at 770-689-7838.

Join Paul Craighead at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center gallery for weekly pottery classes. They are held Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $15 each, and $12 for a Thursday class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Materials are included in the cost of the classes. Call Paul Craighead at 770-843-5302 with questions. Registration open at the beginning of classes.

Celebrate Recovery continues to meet in the First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St., Monday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. A large group gathers at 7 p.m. and small share group at 8 p.m.

Victory Baptist Church will be hosting their annual Stockings of Love Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Visit their website at www.vbcrockmart.com for more information.

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group in Polk meets the first Monday of each month at First Baptist Church of Rockmart, 311 E. Elm St. The facilitator is April Williams. For more information call 770-546-5188.

Lutheran Services of Georgia's Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia's foster care system. Information Sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6 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 information, contact aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.

The Sit N' Stitch craft group at Rockmart First United Methodist Church is taking a summer break and won't be meeting again until after the Labor Day holiday. Contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032 for more information.