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It's that time of year again when Rockmart and Polk County come together and celebrate all things summer and local with the annual Homespun Festival. 

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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Rainy weather and high humidity are the ideal conditions for turf grass diseases. Watch out for early signs and symptoms to minimize the damage. Here are the two most common diseases that we have taken calls about in our office.

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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A partnership between an area college and the Polk School District hopes to produce better outcomes for local students as they get ready to take on the next level of education.

Look for sunshine to continue to dominate the forecast in Polk County as the National Weather Service calls for a mostly clear day, and temperatures getting up into the lower 90s but feeling closer to 100 again for the day, and more of the same as the week nears its end. 

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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There are many days and months throughout the year that are designated to promote awareness of health issues. There's Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, and Feb. 3 celebrates National Wear Red Day for American Heart month.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The latest session of the Rockmart City Council remained light once again with only a few items to vote on, from looking at zoning requests to getting ready for the city's upcoming municipal election.

Look for rain again in the forecast as the week starts in Polk County, with chances of wet weather continuing through the early part of the week and clearing up for sunny skies and more hot temperatures around the corner according to the National Weather Service predictions. 

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By 1967, Americans had begun to realize that the Vietnam War, the country’s first “unpopular war,” wasn’t going to end anytime soon. Troop levels had reached nearly 500,000, and still to come were the 1968 Tet Offensive, the riots in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention, the My Lai …

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The adult Polk County special Olympics team has been training hard for the upcoming Winter Olympics and their bowling competition in August, but traveling, eating, and living always had a fair share of expenses. While the bowling trip is secured-the paper work is done and the entrants are re…

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There are children who daily in Polk County by no fault of their own ending up in foster care and have no one in their lives to support them through a tangled and difficult process.

The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the July 13, 2017 report. Today's report also combines arrests from Wednesday, July 12. 

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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I have been noticing Japanese Beetles on several different types of plants for the past two weeks. Most gardeners know this enemy well.

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Summer’s hardly begun,” says Polk County Health Department Nurse Manager Malindy Ely, “but it’s not too soon for parents to check some of those mandatory back-to-school tasks off their list now and beat the rush.” Ely’s referring to certain screenings and vaccinations, all of which may be ob…

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Editor's note: This story has been updated online from the print edition to reflect discussions held by the Polk County Board of Commissioners about the Polk County Police Department audit during their Monday work session. We'll include additional coverage in the July 19 edition of the Stand…

Expect some mixed clouds and chances of rain again in the National Weather Service forecast, but mainly sunshine is expected for the day as temperatures reach near 90 for the day, and are expected to climb closer to feeling like 100 before the end of the week. 

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