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There's still patches of snow on the ground and a just under 1,000 customers remain without power as the cleanup from the first winter storm of the season continues in Polk County. 

Note: This is the first batch of our annual Letters to Santa we publish in the Standard Journal to help Mr. Claus keep track of all the wish lists he has to fulfill. Check back in the Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 editions if you didn't see your letter this week, and here online on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. - KM

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 Nov. 3 through Dec. 1, 2017.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Winter has finally greeted Polk, and Cedartown’s annual Christmas parade is the perfect chance for locals to get involved in the holiday season.

  • 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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One of the ongoing discussions — still without an ultimate solution — is what the Polk County Commission will do to keep law enforcement officers on the job and fill vacancies within the organization in the months and years to come.

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What started as a brief update for the county commission saw swift action taken once questions were raised why a report on the Grady Road Landfill’s remaining capacity wasn’t completed for a summer deadline.

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The City of Cedartown’s changes to the alcohol control ordinance to allow for breweries, wineries and brewpubs need only clear one more hurdle after the Planning Commission gave their nod of approval to the plan.

The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 report. Also included in this morning's report is one from Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 we didn't get to put up.