Local news

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The past week’s deep freeze before the start of spring in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia’s blueberries and South Carolina’s peaches and seriously damaged a number of other crops like strawberries and apples.

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A combination of factors could lead to Polk County having a higher level of risk during the coming spring and summer fire seasons as brush fires continue to plague the county following the 2016 drought.

  • Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen)
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The Senate took up a total of 35 measures last week and wrapped up legislative days 35 through 38. Only two days remain in the 2017 legislative session and they will be a whirlwind. Lots of amendments will be proposed and political games will be played.

Each year the Polk Farm Bureau sponsors an essay contest for students in sixth to eighth grades from all over the county. This year students were tasked with writing about Georgia’s specialty crops. Rockmart Middle School students met the challenge head on and swept the competition, winning …

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Members of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce will be seeing their annual rates increase slightly in the coming calendar year when their bills come due again, the first time the organization has increased in eight years.

Look for cloudy skies and mild temperatures for the day in the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, with chances of rain coming up for the weekend and into the beginning of next week. 

The Adairsville Police Department needs the help of Polk County residents in finding one of their own this morning. According to a press release from the department, their K9 officer Nero escaped from his home overnight in the Cedartown area around Denton Road. 

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A pair of Floyd Medical Center executives brought with them more information on a program that assistant superintendent Greg Teems brought to the Polk County Board of Education for looking at contracting out the school nursing program.

The Cedartown Performing Arts Center is hosting A Night with Local Artists coming up on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Deliveries of paintings began last week for the upcoming show, which features work from local artists including Cedartown High School students.

The Ayers-Beck Community Foundation held their annual banquet to hand out gifts to community organizations they help support annually through funds raised via the Doc Ayers-Ray Beck Charity Golf Tournament, this year being held at the Cherokee Country Club on May 12.

Look for chances of showers in this afternoon's forecast, but otherwise partly sunny skies for the day with a high in the mid 60s, with slightly cooler temperatures and chances for wet weather through the rest of the week and into the weekend according to the latest National Weather Service …

  • Ricky Ensley, Polk County Extension Coordinator
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One cost effective method of reducing pesticide use in the landscape and improving landscape quality is to use pest resistant plants. When planting or replacing plants this spring, consider using plant species that are resistant or tolerant of key pests.

Students from Cedartown High School once again take part in an international debate competition in Japan in the past weeks, this year with Kelsey Ivey, Nathan Garner and Kayla Greenaway bringing only a few meetings worth of debate prep to the topic of social media against international teams.

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