Lifestyles

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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A collection of staff and students from Rockmart High School and Rockmart Middle School and staff from Rockmart Cultural Arts Center gathered at the city’s downtown theatre to put on the final public performance of Seussical Jr. that proved to live up to the summer shows.

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The Rockmart Farmers Market will be on a three-week winter break beginning after this Thursday’s holiday market and returning in mid-January, but executive director Shonna Kirkpatrick has big plans the weekly event before and after the holiday season ends.

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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To many, the beginning of the Christmas season is getting a tree decorated. The aroma, beauty, and the special adventure of having a tree are sensed by all in the home.

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Poinsettias adorned the tables of the last gathering of the 2017 year of the PREA (Polk Retired Educators Association), and was punctuated by the excited voices and seasonal dress of the attendees!

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Colton Dixon provided contemporary Christian and holiday favorites to an audience who were just happy he was in Polk County for the first ever event held by For Polk, a nonprofit group looking to make a difference in the community.

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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The holiday season without the traditional greenery can be a bit drab and artificial. Many landscapes may have a number of different greens that you may use and achieve a more natural Christmas. Pines, particularly the short leaf or Virginia pine, can be most pleasing.

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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 …

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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.

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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.