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The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 report. Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no report on Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24. Those reports will be available on Monday, Nov. 27. 

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Need some holiday tunes to help get the Christmas spirit flowing? The Rockmart Community Chorus invites everyone who needs some cheer to take part in their annual musical tribute to the season. Downtown’s Rockmart Theater will be filled with the sound of some holly, jolly songs during their …

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Aragon’s November city council meeting sported a light agenda consisting of mostly new business, mainly looking to take care of a number of small items as the calendar year winds down and the holiday season approaches.

The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 report. Also included is the Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 report. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, arrest reports will not be available for Thursday, Nov. 23. 

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The holidays have come to Rockmart and several businesses are getting in on everything Christmas has to offer. Now and Then antiques, Precious Paws, and Smith and Lockwood were just a few businesses sporting decorations and discounts in the name of the holidays.

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A group of local business owners, community organizers and managers of all stripes came together one last time in 2017, but this time to take a deep breath and celebrate all that they accomplished from late summer through to mid-fall.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The Cedartown City Commission has finally given a name to a public space that has been simply known around town as "that park in front of the court house" by honoring a hometown star who lit up stage and screen with his shining presence.

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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.

  • 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…

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Rockmart's second annual Mr. Big Jacket competition brought the school three new champions in the form of Mr. Big Jacket Ethan Gober, Jr. Mr. Big Jacket Jackson Norris, and audience choice winner Cade Holder.

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The Polk County Commission breezed through a busy agenda during their November session as they greeted a new member to a now full board for his first meeting as the 2017 calendar year near an end.

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The Grady Road Landfill is a hot topic once again, this time with the Polk commission concerned about an ongoing problem that has Waste Industries seeking answers due to a pollution notice published in past weeks.

  • 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.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Need some help covering the food this month? Looking to help those in need but don’t have a lot of time? Want to help eliminate hunger while just going about your day? Got some free time you want to put towards helping the needy eat?

The Cedartown Exchange Club took time out on Nov. 3 during their annual awards ceremony to honor a pair of Polk County’s finest who are always willing to rush into the flames to help save lives.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most expensive time of the year. Not every family can afford mountains of presents, extravagant dinners, or warm clothing, but with the help of Stockings of Love, Christmas Bazaar, and Victory Baptist Church, not every family needs money to…

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The Coosa River in Rome and Floyd County is listed twice on the annual Dirty Dozen list released Tuesday by the Georgia Water Coalition. Once is for the effects of toxic discharges from power plants and the other is for the lack of funds to determine how to clean it up.