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Teachers get annual raises

Look for local teachers not only to get a raise in FY 2018 as the Polk County Board of Education approved a measure last week to fulfill a promise made by the state to educators.

State funds were set aside this year in Georgia's budget to give teachers across the state a raise, and with the vote from board members comes a 2 percent increase in salaries, set to take effect starting on July 1.

But another bit of help in the form of a program hoping to get kids interested in improving their own education is getting noticed.

Designed to help children in several schools around the county improve their grades, the No C's program throws a party for students in their classroom and everyone is invited, but after that the kids are asked to come back later on in the year only if they have all A's and B's.

They also speak with all the kids about self worth, how they are able to accomplish this goal, and have a couple character check ins between the parties.

The No C's program has now partnered with a Chick-fil-A's program that was merged together and called "we don't do average movement."

This programmed to focus on the children's character education and this is to show kids that being a good person really does matter.

Teachers get a curriculum that the teachers can use weekly and a monthly character principle that is sent home to all the students parents and meets all the guidelines of the 11 principles of a effective character education.

The resources used varied to videos to show the kids, letters in English and Spanish or the kids to take home, For the middle school and high school students there is recourses for students to lead other students.

For funding there is fund raising opportunities for the school along side the opportunity for businesses and churches to come sponsor.

For just the character curriculum it cost around $240 but for the party and the entire program; the maximum cost is

$2,000 for each school. T-shirts will be sold as a way to collect funds for this program at Rockmart middle school and Eastside Elementary.

Board members also approved the FY18 Budget as presented.

This year's budget includes $13 million in local tax revenue and $70,000 from other local sources, with a majority of the annual revenue coming from more than $46 million in money from the state, totaling $64 million in revenue. Most of that money will go toward funding teacher salaries and insurance, which with 2 percent raises tallied in was set at just over $45 million for the year.

Some of that additional state money this year is being used for the two percent raises.

The rest of the $17 million the school board could approve after a second public meeting held later this month includes $4 million for the school nutrition program, and $2 million in debt service. Most of the other costs incurred related to maintenance, transportation, general and school administration, central support, pupil services, media-related expenses and transfers of funds for programs.

$1.6 million of the $5 million the school board approved to use to finish the cost of the College and Career Academy building at Cedartown High School earlier in the year is also being paid back to the board in the FY 2018 budget.

After all the figures are tallied up and balanced, Polk School District will have an ending balance of $2.1 million left in the bank when they finish up the coming budget year.

The District has completed 83.33 percent of the fiscal year as of April 2017. Revenues were 0.24 perent less than expected. Expenditures were 13.93 perent less than projected. The general fund balance was $8,612,914.40.

SPLOST proceeds reported for April were $386,342.21. The Balance in the Construction 2014 Account is $320,864.78. The Balance in the SPLOST V account is $1,284,861.60. The Balance in the Construction 2016 Account is $1.00.

The Board gave their final approve the FY18 Budget as presented; This year's budget includes $13 million in local tax revenue and $70,000 from other local sources, with a majority of the annual revenue coming from more than $46 million in money from the state. Most of that money will go toward funding teacher salaries and insurance, which with 2 percent raises tallied in was set at just over $45 million for the year.

The CTAE FY18 Local Plan is a document encompassing all of our required data to be eligible for federal and state allocations under the CTAE umbrella. Each year this information must be submitted to Georgia Department of Education by May 15 and approved by the Board of Education at the following meeting.

Based on the review with the third party administrator for Workers Compensation, Arthur J Gallagher, the Board was recommended to approve the Workers Compensation as presented.

The Board renew the contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia System for the 4-H County Extension Program Assistant position at a cost of $4,882.

The Board approved to continue with Trammel Lawn Care services for 2017-2018 school year. This service was recently raised in price due to increase in travel in lawn care. The total cost for the lawn care service was $192,684.

For additional needs, such as new sprinkles, they will now be additional charged in supplement now instead of a overall flat fee.

Up coming community input meetings for the Superintendent search is now being held in Rockmart and Cedartwon. the meeting for Rockmart will be at Georgia Northwestern Technical College Auditorium at 446 Brock Road Rockmart at 6 p.m. The meeting for cedartown will be held at Polk County College and Career Academy on 167 Frank Lott Drive Cedartown, Ga 30125 at 6 p.m.

One Door Polk all filled up
Tallatoona CAP takes up final office space at Cedartown's cluster of social services

The City of Cedartown's bet on bringing social service organizations together under one roof has paid off after one more lease was approved during their June meeting.

Tallatoona CAP joins a long list of medical organizations, state and nonprofit social programs for a lease to be renewed annually, effectively taking up the last of the office space within the former Polk Medical Center according to city manager Bill Fann.

"I think we may have two real small possible office spaces left," Fann said.

He added that currently, One Door Polk is 98 percent full.

Fann said that the Tallatoona CAP offices were opened at the beginning of the month after they moved in on June 1, and that it joins the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Polk and Haralson County CASA and several others in a wing set aside specifically for social services.

Primary Healthcare and Highland Rivers Health both continue to be anchor tenants for One Door Polk as well.

"I thought that at some point we'd have to rent some space to a service like heating and air company, or professional services company, or even a retail outlet," Fann said. "But to be able to fill this entire facility with nothing but social services agencies just amazes me."

City commissioners approved the new lease unanimously, and also approved continuing to rent space to another agency.

The annual lease for the Area Agency on Aging to start on July 1 was given unanimous consent by the Commission during their June 13 session. They had previously moved in at the end of 2016.

The Area Agency on Aging, which is a division of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, helps local seniors find services and support in times when they need help.

The Polk County Foster Parent Association and Georgia Northwestern Technical College are among some of the others who have space in One Door Polk as well.

One Door Polk began life in 2014 after Polk Medical Center moved.

Living with juvenile diabetes, local youth looks to give back

"This is what makes my blood sugar go down," said Maddox Guice as he held up and showed off a number of items following a special presentation at Aragon City Hall last week.

Maddox, a rising fourth grader at Eastside Elementary School, carries around these items in a bag with him everywhere: replacement pump parts for his insulin pump, an emergency shot used for if his blood sugar dips too low ready to go, and a blood testing machine that's wirelessly connected to his insulin pump that remains on his side constantly.

He also carries around a stuffed bear, an educational tool that helps remind him where it's safe to inject himself.

This array of medical equipment is what's helping keep Maddox a happy, healthy child as he continues his daily struggle with Type 1 diabetes.

And it was for this reason that Maddox and his

mom Amy were up at city hall last Friday being given a proclamation from the city honoring him and others who suffer from what is also known as Juvenile diabetes.

City clerk Sandy Norman read the proclamation, which was in part also due to Maddox and his family's work to raise money to help with research into Type 1 diabetes, which has no cure.

"We couldn't figure out what was wrong with him at first, but I can remember the day that he was diagnosed," she said.

He's been treated for Type 1 diabetes since 2015, which typically develops early in life and remains throughout, caused by an autoimmune disease that affects the pancreas' ability to produce insulin.

So what Maddox and thousands of others like him across the world do is regulate their sugar through insulin injections, which start as shots in the stomach but in Maddox's case are regulated through a pump attached to his abdomen with a port.

Maddox and his family are also involved in raising money and taking part in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's walk in Atlanta, coming up this year on Oct. 21, 2017.

He's set a goal to individually raise $1,000 for the walk, and has also designed a t-shirt he is entering into the contest this year in hopes to win.

Maddox and Baldwin traded t-shirts during the ceremony, one for each to wear during upcoming special occasions. Maddox was given a Aragon BBQ t-shirt, while Baldwin received one that Maddox designed for this year's walk.

'Heathers' musical fun throwback to 80's

Police ID dead woman found in tent

A woman was found dead in the woods behind the Ingles Market in Rockmart at Nathan Dean Parkway and Highway 101, according to police.

Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells confirmed Lisa Dawn Wisener, 47, was found around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday, June 15, in a tent behind the grocery store.

Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier said pronounced her dead after he arrived on the scene at 4:40 p.m.

Brazier said there was still no certain cause of death.

Wisener's remains will be sent to the GBI Crime lab for further examination, he added. No signs of foul play were seen at the scene, Sorrells said.


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 for more information about vendors and upcoming classes.

The Polk County Police Department is once again hosting a blood drive to help Blood Assurance meet the needs of the community. Give a pint during the upcoming drive in the Board of Commissioner's meeting room at the Polk PD headquarters at 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Road on Tuesday, June 27 from 9

a.m. to 2 p.m.. Schedule an appointment today at

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

The Yorkville Baptist Church Vacation Bible School starts on June 19 and continues through June 23 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. nightly. Call 770-316-9242 for more information. Yorkville Baptist Church is located at 6273 Highway 101 North, Rockmart.

Join Pine Bower Baptist Church for their upcoming Vacation Bible School, being held nightly from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 starting at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

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 on June 26.

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 for more information.

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

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 June 28.

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

The next spaghetti dinner at American Legion Post 12 will be tonight 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.

A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Post 12 on Flag Day, Wednesday June 14 at 9 a.m. This year the ceremony will be conducted by Boy Scout Troop 23. The public is invited. If you have old or worn Flags, please bring them to ceremony, or to the Post to be properly retired.

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 or visit

The general public is invited to participate in Spring Creek Baptist Church's one-day mini Vacation Bible School will be coming up on Sunday, June 25 at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 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 Tues-days and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 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 or call 1-877-210-KIDS. Visit for more information.

The Highland Rivers Health Governing Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the Cherokee County Recovery Center located at 191 Lamar Haley Parkway, Canton, Ga., 30114. The Finance and Corporate Compliance Committees will meet at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. For additional information or directions, please call 706-270-5000.

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 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 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.

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.

Lutheran Services of Georgia's Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia's foster care system. Sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia office in Rome, located at 336 Broad Street. For more information, contact or call 706-506-0649.

Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. Call 800-431-1754 or visit the Narconon website at

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