You are the owner of this page.
A01 A01
Threat prompts PSD lockdown
• Snapchat messages posted by a disgruntled teenageer lead to the action and an arrest.

Zoriah Erin McCrae

The Polk School District took a threat made to a student online seriously enough to put schools on lockdown as the month began, and took one student into custody after schools were released well after dismissal time.

Rockmart Police announced late last week that they arrested and charged 17-year-old Zoriah Erin McCrae of Rockmart on two counts of terroristic threats and acts around 8:30 p.m. on March 1. Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells said she was also going to face charges of Disrupting Public School.

McCrae is expected to face additional charges as press time was coming up over the weekend. More will be announced as soon as they become available.

No explanation was yet forthcoming from law enforcement as to a motive for why McCrae sent messages through Snapchat last week to another student threatening a shooting at Cedartown and Rockmart High Schools.

School officials and law enforcement were quick to respond to a threat earlier in the day when the schools went into a lockdown situation as part of procedures for responding to the social media posting brought to administrators attention by students.

Polk School District's campuses remained on lockdown through late afternoon until around 4:15 p.m. following the usual dismissal, when officials finally felt confiident enough to lift the lockdown and allow students to go home.

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome also reported following the lifting of security measures that they took a male person of interest into custody for questioning, and the investigation continues into the incident.

The threat of a shooting was sent to a student via social media through an account name known only as "MAGG." That student then sought help identifying the sender, who threatened a school shooting at both Cedartown and Rockmart high schools. WGAA 1340 AM's Andrew Carter shared the screenshot made of the threat with the Standard Journal.

That threat read "I'm going to shoot your school up tomorrow (Thursday, March 1) around 1:30 so be ready" from a poster that went by "MAGG."

"MAGG" additionally said "In Polk County" when questioned by the student who received the post, and followed up "I'm shooting up Cedartown high school and Rockmart."

MAGG later stated "why did you screenshot" when the student asked for assistance in identifying the sender.

Police were quick to respond, getting local investigators on the case during the afternoon lockdown along with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome and Sorrells said their officers were dispatched to the schools to provide security during the full lockdown of the district.

Sorrells said in a press release announcing McCrae's arrest late last week that local agencies stepped up to help with the local investigators working together, along with state help and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The threat came just a week following the school district's posting of a letter to the community about their efforts to improve school security with the help of local, state and federal law enforcement officials.

Her continued request to parents and students are to report any threats made against a student or school to teachers and administrators as soon as it happens, and to have age-appropriate conversations with their children about school security, cautions about social media postings and use, and to avoid cyber-bullying of any kind and report its occurrence as well.

She also thanked parents and guardians for their understanding of the additional time students spent in school during the lockdown, and also thanked law enforcement for ensuring that students and faculty were safe and secure during the incident.

Polk School District's encounter with the threat of violence came just a day after the area was shocked by the events at Dalton High School, when teacher Randal Davidson barricaded himself in his classroom and later fired a single shot with a handgun through a window.

The shot sent student in a scramble out into the rain, or they hunkered down in a darkened gym locker room, authorities said.

Davidson was taken into custody without incident after a 30to 45-minute standoff with officers, Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said. A teacher since 2004, Davidson also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the Dalton High Catamounts football team, which has a storied past as one of the best high school football programs in Georgia history.

Police noted that Davidson didn't appear to want to hurt the students or faculty. He fired the gun at an exterior window when the principal tried to enter the classroom during the Feb. 28 incident.

Courthouses will get new security

A new policy is being enacted to ensure that Polk County's courthouses remain secure, according to an announcement from the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's officials posted a letter to their Facebook announcing the changes, which include new measures requiring courthouse staff meant to align with new "Peace Officer Standards and Training Procedures."

Sheriff Johnny Moats said in a follow-up interview that his deputies in charge of courthouse security in past months returned from additional training, and thus prompted the change.

"We're looking to tighten up our security measures and improve the way we operate," Moats said.

Those who are members of the public coming to Polk County Courthouse No. 1 or No. 2 in Cedartown already are required to screen through metal detectors and x-ray machines, but now court employees will also be required to screen through the front entrances as well.

Additionally, key card access will be limited to courthouse hours on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for employees, and the buildings will be locked down and no one will be allowed to remain inside following that.

Deputies will also be conducting searches of the buildings at the end of the day before they go off-duty to ensure no one is inside. Those who require emergency access to the courthouses during the weekends will now be required to be escorted by a deputy to be able to get into the building as well.

Access over the weekends will only be granted by either Moats or Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon.

"These changes have not been made to inconvenience anyone working within the courthouse buildings," the letter stated.

"These changes are strictly to make sure the building is more secure and that no weapons or contraband enter the building when deputies are off duty."

Moats added that as the county works to upgrade courthouse security cameras to a whole new system, that will also benefit courthouse security as well.

"The new security camera project is going to be a big help," he said.

The upgrades previously discussed in committees for the county commission are not to exceed $50,000. The new camera system is internet-based, which will allow those with access to view cameras setup not just in the courthouse, but any building they choose to utilize.

Additionally, they'll need new televisions being purchased separately, and a room is being set aside for a new security station in the courthouses to keep track of camera feeds.

Local residents are already required to go through front doors and have limited access to some areas of the courthouses for security purposes.

The new measures additionally come in response to recent tragic events in Parkland, Florida where 14 high school students and three teachers were shot and killed in a mass shooting, and other recent shootings like that in Sutherland Springs, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We don't want to think we're one of those counties that it can't happen here," Moats said. "So we're working to make sure that our deputies are alert and ready for the worst, and part of that is ensuring we have a lot more control over our doors and who is coming into the courthouses."

'These changes have not been made to inconvenience anyone working within the courthouse buildings. These changes are strictly to make sure the building is more secure and that no weapons or contraband enter the building when deputies are off duty.'

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Letter posted to PCSO Facebook site

Runway survey gets OK from PCC

The opening step in the process of extending the runway at Cornelius Moore Field is now underway following approval of an agreement between new airport consultants and the county, along with the first order of business for the company.

Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve Holt Consulting Company's master agreement with the county during a special called session of the board before month's end.

The vote — along with approval of the first task order calling for surveying of the ends of the runway with a not to exceed cost of $68,500 — allows for the extension project to move forward in an effort being pushed by the state Department of Transportation.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Polk County was one of 11 airport improvement projects back in January.

Commissioner Chuck Thaxton was quick to voice his concern about approval of spending for the surveying work should money in the state budget not be forthcoming as promised. If the funds were already included into the state's FY 2019 budget and didn't require amendment for inclusion, or the check already in hand to move forward, he said he would feel better about the project.

"It just concerns me, because we want the people of Polk County to feel like they're getting their money's worth," Thaxton said.

Denton pointed out prior to the vote that though the project was estimated to cost upward of $68,500 for surveying of the runway, but it wasn't likely to cost the full amount. One reason why is his hopes that because the state has cut down the timeline on the project that they'll cut down on the scope of the work needed for design purposes.

Especially since Denton pointed out a project that usually takes a year to get underway is being shortened to six months, with the county required to have a contractor who can get to work in place by no later than June 15.

Denton said that though the cost was thus far a moving target, he speculated the overall likely amount that it would take to extend the airport from the current 4,000 feet to 5,000 feet would be around $4.5 million. The county would be expected to match that cost upward of $1.25 million.

That would include the needed surveying work and later design work that will need to be completed by Holt Consulting Company before the county will be able to move forward on the runway extension. Denton said that all the work done by the county to prepare will go toward their required match of state funds for the airport extension.

An additional task order will have to come before the board before Holt Consulting will be able to complete drawings and designs, Denton said. The county will also only pay for the work they ask to be completed, not requiring any annual payments to Holt Consulting Company.

"They're only going to do the work that we approve and pay for them to do," Denton said.

He added the hopes were the county would know for sure if the state's budget included the funds promised for the runway extension by the end of March, when the legislative session closes and a budget has to be on Deal's desk for signature before the fiscal year's end.

Thaxton said before he gave his vote approving the requests in the special session that he wanted a in-depth discussion of where funds were going to come from to cover the county's match for the project. Commission chair Jennifer Hulsey said that it would be taken up during the county's upcoming work session on March 5.

"We need to let the public have this discussion as well," Thaxton said.

Denton did point out the runway extension could be completed using some leftover funds set aside in the 2014 Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax fund meant for economic development and infrastructure.

Now that the county's wish has come true for the extension, Denton said he's finding out just how fast the state is moving to get the project completed. He found out in mid-February of the required June 15 deadline for having a contractor in place to take on the state funds.

"It was fortunate that we were selected, and one of the reasons I think we were was that we've been pushing this for a long time, and had what was essentially a shovel-ready project in place," Denton said.

It has been a project long in the making, one that Denton said was proposed since long before his arrival to the county in the late 2000s.

Commissioner Scotty Tillery and Denton both argued the extension of the runway would provide a lot of benefits, from allowing for Learjet-sized passenger jets to land locally for business use, along with turboprop aircraft as well.

It also moves the airport into a new tier-status for the state, making it not quite a regional airport but one that is capable of handling additional traffic.

Tillery, who is also an airport committee member and former chair, hopes the longer runway will also attract mechanics and new aircraft owners to take up tie-down or hangar rental spaces for storage of their planes, meaning increased revenue generated through fees from the airport along with sales of aviation and jet fuel.

The extension is the latest project at the airport undertaken through the state's DOTAviation division. In past years, funds have been set aside in the state budget to increase the glide path around Cornelius Moore Field due to updates to FAA regulations, requiring land purchases and cutting of trees around the facility to guarantee safe air approaches.

A fencing project, cleaning of hangars and repair work, and the hire of county airport managers have also been part of a program of updates as well.

Commissioners Marshelle Thaxton and Hal Floyd weren't able to attend for personal reasons the special called session and thus didn't participate in the vote.

State Rep. Trey Kelley said that money is being set aside in the state budget for Gov. Deal's proposed spending on airport projects, but that will be finalized later this month before the state legislative session concludes.

The old rugged cross

'Hap and Leonard'

Judge seeks out open hearts for foster youth

A lot of people get hurt by just a single person suffering from drug addiction. The addict loses control of their lives and logic, unable to see the pain they cause to family, the anger that wells up in friends and the growing danger stoked on by day after day of buying baggies filled with death to feed a killer habit.

There is a group in this conversation that is hurt most of all by addiction, and must live with decisions out of their control for the rest of their days. They get tangled up in the chaos of people who are hindered by the haze over their brains caused by the use of methamphetamines, or opioids, even sometimes marijuana.

While their parents are getting high, more often than not the children are left forgotten. They are left to themselves to wonder why the adults care so much more about what they are doing behind closed doors or out in the open than those innocent eyes who only want love from their moms and dads.

A lot of the time, that's when a state agency gets involved and separates children from their parents, hoping to ensure that youth don't end up taking up the cycle of addiction their parents started down.

The state reported that 13,516 children were in the Department of Family and Children's Services custody statewide as of December 2017, according figures from the department. Substance abuse ranks as the second highest reason statewide for children being removed from their parents custody and into the state's care, totaling in at 2,951 in 2017 alone.

The numbers represent a reality that Juvenile Court Judge Mark Murphy faces in his courtroom all the time, when families are called before his bench in one of the front lines of combating drug addiction in Polk County.

His court continues to face a growing trend in the county of having to remove children from the custody of parents who are unable to properly care for their sons and daughters due mainly to methamphetamine addictions, adding to the growing number of youth who are in the Department of Family and Children's Services custody throughout the state.

As of the end of the year in 2017, 88 more children had been removed from their parents care and into that of a family member or guardian willing to take them in, into a foster family's care, or into state or privately run non-profit facilities like the Murphy Harpst Children's Center here in Polk County.

Murphy said some 64 percent of those who went into foster care had parents with some kind of substance abuse problem.

"It's primarily meth, from time to time we'll see some prescription drug abuse (in parents,) and sometimes marijuana abuse," Murphy said. "But it's mainly still meth."

These case sdon ' t start without someone first noticing a problem and deciding to report it. DFCS will get a call from a concerned citizen about child neglect or abuse against a parent, which will begin an investigation in the department into whether claims against a parent are merited.

The local office for last year had 633 child protective services cases assigned to case workers. And that workload was about double what a usual case worker in family and children's services face nationally, or as much as four times some of those in the metro Atlanta area, Murphy said.

Children in the state's care sometimes get placed in family homes, but Murphy said that twothirds of those 88 who were placed into state custody are having to move outside of the area. One problem he said is the local shortage of foster homes, a problem that can be easily fixed if people are willing to open their homes to children who are in need of help.

Polk County is among the higher levels in the state of children who end up outside of the area in foster care, with at least 41 percent of youth in the state system being placed elsewhere in the state.

That means that parents who are trying to get back on the straight and narrow and beat addiction have less chance to see their children while still in foster care, Murphy said.

Reunification is the best outcome, he said. So the goal of the juvenile court isn't to separate parents from their children permanently, but to develop a case plan with parents who are struggling to overcome their addictions in his court, and to get children and parents reunited and out of the foster care system.

A good portion of the time case plans work out, with Murphy reporting 62 percent of cases ending with parents being able to take custody of their children again.

Yet that doesn't always work out. Out of 68 children in foster care by September of last year, Murphy said 13 of those were those who were coming back into the foster care system after their parents had successfully gotten their children back, but then relapsed back into bad behaviors. He added that 8.8 percent of those who have come back into the system are back in within 12 months of being reunited with their parents.

"That's tough," he said. "A lot of it is due to a parent's relapse, and as we all know sometimes that is part of addiction recovery. Hopefully oversight and additional treatment will help those people."

For those youth remaining, 13 percent of them end up being adopted, 10 percent end up with their grandparents as guardians and 15 percent of children end up exiting the foster care system without any resolution in their lives at all.

Children automatically are allowed to remain with their foster parents through the age of 21 and have to go through a process to remove themselves completely from the state's system. Murphy said that they work with young adults transitioning into their new lives to ensure they are able to handle responsibilities usually taught by parents, and secondary education assistance, among other areas.

"As foster kids, you have a lot of limitations," Murphy said. "It isn't easy to get a car and a license to drive yourself around. There's travel restrictions on foster kids, and they'll feel like their friends at school have more freedom than they do."

With those who are never reunited with their birth parents following separation by order of the court, there's additional benefits like help from the state in planning for their future, but what can't be erased are the memories they have of their parent's drug use.

It is this part of each child's story, slightly different for every case, that touches Murphy and makes him want to see a change. He recognizes that as much as the parents face challenges in trying to escape drug addiction, so do the sons and daughters of those who are tied up in the disease of no choice of their own.

"They're born into some instability already in their family homes," Murphy said.

Fixing the issue of instability problem is one of his top priorities, and his hopes are that to get families in a position where they can live together in harmony, the first item on the list to work on is tackling mental health issues as one of the steps for helping people overcome addiction.

"We've come to learn that a lot of parents who get hooked drugs are selfmedicating for a mental illness, because either they can't afford the medication they need or they don't understand that they need help or don't have access to a mental health treatment program," he said.

Additionally, he said the DFCS staff here is chronically overburdened, and needs help to overcome the increasing number of cases in the Tallapoosa District.

"There's less time for oversight and connecting parents and their children with services that will get them back home together," Murphy said.

Hiring additional caseworkers will help with providing better services, but Murphy said much of the work has to be done by those who he faces on the other side of the bench, since many of the parents who end up in Juvenile Court aren't facing any criminal charges.

"It's a reckoning day for a lot of these parents," he said.

He added that a focus in recent years on Accountability Courts are useful, and

Murphy said the first step to ensure that parents are getting treatment in order to see their children has been taken, with a grant application in to establish a Family Treatment Court, specifically under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.

"It'll be similar in many ways to the Drug Court we have, but without the threat of going to prison," Murphy said. "The incentive for our parents will be that if you stay with the program, you're going to get more frequent visitation as you meet these certain milestones faster as you engage in drug treatment and mental health treatment that you need to be a safe parent."

It's a first step the court is taking to try and curtail a major problem in Polk County. Education will be among another step, making sure the community understands the signs of drug abuse in a parent and the risks faced by a child.

However those who see a problem now and want to ensure a child is kept safe is encouraged to call the DFCS child abuse reporting hotline at 1-855-422-4453.

Additionally, Murphy is encouraging local residents to take part in the solution to reuniting families in Polk County by acting as a foster parent to a child in the system. There is a process and required classes, but those who really want to help can find out more information can visit


The next West Georgia Spay/Neuter Clinic is coming to the CedartownPolk County Humane Society this Wednesday, March 7 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 pickup will be held on March 28.

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

Roman Festival Brass will be presenting a concert this Sunday on March 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Cedartown First United Methodist Church. The concert will be a celebration of Music In Our Schools Month. Special guests will be members of the Cedartown Middle School band program who will join Roman Festival Brass on one of the selections. The concert will also feature several soloists from Roman Festival Brass.

Rockmart First United United Methodist Women are having an Attic Sale in the Fellowship Hall this Friday March 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday March 10 from 8 a.m.. to 2 p.m. The Church is located at 135 W. Church St. in Rockmart.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s local Theta Omicron Omega chapter will be hosting financial expert Greg Carter for an event in Cedartown this Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Carter will go over how individuals can plan for college and retirement, their estates, or find the best life insurance deal and more. Admission is free, refreshments will be serve. Join the group as part of their 6 Keys to Building a Solid Financial House program at 415 Wissahickon Ave., Cedartown.

"Fashions Fur Friends" Charity fashion show and luncheon is coming to the Cherokee Golf and Country Club in Cedartown on Saturday, March 17. The event will showcase the latest wares at GG's Boutique and Salon in Rockmart, and this year funds raised will go to the Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society. Sponsors include Precious Paws, Autozone and Mike Hunter Travel Partners. Tickets are $20 and available at GG's, or by calling the store 770-684-2851 in Rockmart, Joanne Burke in Cedartown at 706-777-8249, or Cory Huskins in Rome at 706-853-1925. Huskins can also be contacted by anyone who wishes to donate a raffle item or door prize.

Victory Baptist Church's Spring Revival starts on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11 a.m., and continues that evening at 6:30p.m., then continues Monday through Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. with guest Evangelist Bob Pittman.

Take a drive to Temple this weekend for the Mt. Carmel Chicken-Que and Yard Sale starting at 8 a.m. for the sale, and 10:30 a.m. for the chicken for $6 a plate. This year's event at Mt. Carmel Church is being held in memory of Patricia Lively. Join in the fun at 235 Mt. Carmel Church Road, Temple. All money goes to church activities.

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be held on Wednesday, March 21. Come enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast and salad for $5. Dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Find the Rockmart post at 1 Veterans Circle off West Elm Street.

The Good Neighbor Center Food Bank in Cedartown is looking for volunteers to help once a week on Monday's from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will help with event tasks such as registering recipients, preparing food boxes and stocking shelves. Training available. Please call 678-901-9184. Food bank is located at 71 Woodall Road.

The Polk County Historical Society meets monthly at the Hawkes Library on College Street in Cedartown on the last Tuesday of the month. This month, the meeting will be held on March 27. For more information visit or call 770-749-0043.

Members are invited to join the Cedartown Exchange Club weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club for meetings and dinner. New members from across Polk County are encouraged to get involved by contacting club president-elect Edward Guzman at 770-546-2482 to take part in the organization that is involved in a wide range of community projects. Visit their website at to learn more. Annual dues are required to be a member.

Join the First Baptist Church at Cedartown at 101 N. College St., for a night of gospel music featuring Gold City on Sunday, Feb. 25 starting at 6 p.m. The event is free, but a love offering will be collected during the concert. All are invited to join.

The Cedartown-Polk County Humane Society will be holding their spring Rabies clinic on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Cedartown Boys and Girls Club, 321 E. Queen St. $10 each for cats or dogs to get vaccinations. Call Charlotte Harrison at 706-252-4412 for more information.

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, or visit

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 AM with Sunday School followed by worship service at 11AM. Our doors are open to all and we are looking forward to seeing you. For more information visit our Facebook page, Harmony Baptist chruch, Cedartown.

Order T-shirts now through the Polk County Police Department to help raise funds for the trust of Isaac Hearne. Contact 770-748-7331 to find out more details.

Also selling T-shirts is Sherry Anderson, with the next order being finalized today. Call the City of Aragon 770-684-6563, or through Anderson directly at 678-901-2065 for more information.

Save the Date now and get involved today in the Polk County Chamber of Commerce's Community Showcase, the business community expo and resource fair that is back and better than ever. Visit, e-mail or call 770-684-8760 for more on how to take part.

Live Oak Baptist Church is holding a revival starting on March 4 featuring the Rev. Billy Swift, the New Liberty Baptist on Sunday night, and Dr. Tommy Steele of Concord, N.C. to deliver sermons on Monday and Tuesday nights. Wednesday night will finish with the message delivered by Rev. Steve Swafford from Fullerville Baptist Church of Villa Rica. Pastor Anthony Osborn and members of the Live Oak Baptist Church invite the community to join in. Call 770-241-2961 for more information.

In charge of community relations at your local church? The Polk County Chamber of Commerce would like very much to talk to you. They are presently in the process of organizing an updated directory of area houses of worship in the community and are hoping for the help of those organizers who want to get their information to as many people as possible. E-mail Mandy Mallicoat at or call 770-684-8760 for more information about being included in their updated church directory.

Shiloh Baptist Church will be holding their 170th anniversary celebration coming up on Sunday, March 18 with their 11 a.m. service. Those with a connection to the church past or present who would like to participate can contact Pastor Jamie Newsome at 404-425-8510 for more information.

The Rotary Club of Polk County meets weekly at the Richardson Field Depot in Rockmart for lunch at noon every Tuesday and are encouraging members and potential new members to take part. Contact Missy Kendrick with the Rotary Club at 770-584-5234 for more on how to participate or become a member. Annual dues are required to be a member.

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

The Sit 'n Stitch crafters group meet each Wednesday except the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a sack lunch along, a project of your own to work on, or help out with a mission project and enjoy fellowship with other crafters learning the art. No special skills are required for participation, only a willingless to learn and have fun. For details contact Madeline Brown at 678-435-5032.

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

The Polk County Police Department's Officer Andy Anderson is teaming up again with Blood Assurance to hold a blood drive at the Police Department headquarters, located at 73 Clines Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown on Monday, March 12. Times for the drive will soon be announced and more information to come. Visit to learn how to give blood today. Call Anderson at the Polk County Police Department at 770-748-7331 to learn how to help in blood donation efforts.

Check out the Rockmart Farmers Market at the Silver Comet Trailhead behind Southcrest Bank on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. after the holiday break. Visit for details about vendors and upcoming classes.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are providing 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.

The Ferst Foundation Community Action Team meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., alternately in Cedartown and Rockmart. Call 404-862-1273 for the meeting location. Find out more about how to help improve childhood literacy in Polk County at

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.