Lifestyles

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The Rockmart Farmers Market has finally begun the promised Holiday Markets, and alongside winter vegetables, the market is greeting the county's artists and artisans with open arms. Rockmart's Water St. is now the perfect place for locals to grab organic foods and homemade crafts, and since …

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Polk’s local chefs may have noticed the cooking classes at the Rockmart Farmers Market missing lately, but Farmers Market Executive Director Shonna Kirkpatrick was simply waiting for the perfect time to unveil the new holiday cooking courses.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The Rockmart Farmers Market is now in full holiday mode, and crafts makers have taken to selling handmade goods alongside local farmers on Rockmart’s Water Street every Thursday from 2 through 6 p.m. The chilly winter weather invites locals to get their fruits, vegetables, sweets, and crafts…

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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Why are pecans falling off? Many gardeners have hopes of getting lots of pecans from their trees. Unfortunately, they are often disappointed. Pecans growing in yards do not always produce nuts. Insects and diseases may keep nuts from filling out or make them fall before they mature.

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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Late October and early November are the planting seasons for spring flowering bulbs. The best time to plant is when the soil temperatures fall below 60 degrees F, usually late October to early November.

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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Pansies grow well in October in Northwest Georgia due to our temperatures. The ideal temperature range for pansies is 40-degree nights to 60-degree days.

Did you know that cotton still grows in Polk County? Dan Casey is one of many farmers who continues to plant the fiber locally in his fields on Collard Valley Road.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Rockmart High School’s theater department took audience members all across the galaxy with the opening night performance of “The Little Prince,” and with plans to compete at the annual One-Act Competition on Oct. 26, the group hopes to share the little prince’s story with both regional and s…

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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There’s plenty to be doing out in the yard and garden this fall season, and soon the leaves will start changing and dropping, and then winter will be here before you know it.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The finale of the Rockmart Farmers Market six-week cooking course proved to be a tremendous success for students Lily Anderson, Zac McComb, and Kelley McComb who used their newly cultivated skills to prepare an even more tremendous meal of roast chicken, roasted veggies, Caesar salad, and Mo…

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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We find that the weather has been unusually warm for September. Some parts of our county are very dry. How do you survive a drought?

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Sarah Crile of Cedartown recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

  • Melanie Dallas, LPC
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Suicide has always been puzzling and tragic. Psychiatrists, psychologists and especially those who have lost a loved one to suicide often don’t understand how an individual might perceive daily life to be so unbearable that he or she would choose death. And when suicide occurs, the tragedy i…

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Whether it’s marching under the Friday night lights with her flute in hand rocking out to 1980's rock ballads, or by traveling around Polk and other parts of Georgia in search for the beauty that is hidden within these very parts she lives, a local young artist uses her photography and music…

The following public health food inspection scores were provided by the Polk County Health Department and are available online anytime at http://ga.healthinspections.us/georgia/search.cfm?county=Polk. These scores were reported from Sept. 1 through Sept. 20, 2017.

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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Our office has been getting samples and calls about a light green flaky material growing on shrubs and trees. The light green flaky material is — lichens.

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Artistic expression comes out in people for a lot of reasons, and one local creative is using canvas and paint as a way to show off her passion for people from all walks of life, even those made up by others.