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I have been seeing live and dead snakes along the roads this past week.

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Standard Journal New Arrivals, May 20 edition
Posted: May 21, 2015

Samantha Kramer and Nick Gonzales of Cartersville announce the birth of a son Camdyn Dean Gonzales. He was born on May 10, 2015.

Registration begins for Summer Art Camps
Posted: May 21, 2015

Leigh Hulsey, director of the Cultural Arts Department in Rockmart, has announced the following events:

UPDATE: $3.5 million sewer and water project moves forward
Updated: May 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm


Follow your nose to Bar-L in Rockmart
Posted: May 21, 2015

If you can’t resist the aroma of wood smoke mingling with the smell of barbecue, there’s a good chance you’ll end up at the Bar-L-Bar-B-Que in Rockmart.

Rockmart Children Academy nears end of the first year of operation
Posted: May 21, 2015

Silence reins at the Rockmart Children Academy as a visitor walks down the long hall to the classroom of Erica Reynolds, teacher and assistant director.

Exchange Club awards more than $7,000 in scholarships to Rockmart, Cedartown students
Posted: May 21, 2015

The Cedartown Exchange Club held its annual awards ceremony last week to honor students at Rockmart and Cedartown High Schools.

Thursday forecast: mostly sunny and windy, high 75
Posted: May 21, 2015

Expect a mild and windy day in Polk County as the National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies and wind gusts as high as 15 mph, and more of the same during the overnight hours.

Bussey's Florist named 2014 Small Business of the Year award winner
Updated: May 21, 2015 - 2:28 pm

The winner of the 2014 Small Business of the Year for the Polk County Chamber of Commerce was announced as Bussey's Florist in Cedartown.

Board honors state champions at May meeting
Posted: May 20, 2015

The Polk County Board of Education honored two students during their May regular session on May 12 to celebrate their achievements as state champions in home healthcare and welding.

Youth have opportunity to win ARC scholarship
Posted: May 20, 2015

This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program.

Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events, May 20 edition
Posted: May 20, 2015

Fourth Friday Cruise In will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 22 on Prior Street in Cedartown.

Donors give in memory of Margaret Statham
Posted: May 20, 2015

Rockmart’s community blood drive for the American Red Cross - held in memory of Margaret Mitchell Statham - was a success.

Obituaries from the May 20, 2015 edition of the Polk County Standard Journal
Posted: May 20, 2015

Paisley Sutton

Medical marijuana bill passed; now what do we do?
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 12:32 pm

H.B. 1, the Georgia medical marijuana law, passed the Georgia State Assembly by a vote of 160 to 1 on April 15. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law almost immediately, on April 16.

Rockmart High School bids approved
Posted: May 20, 2015

Construction costs come in under past bid estimates

Cedartown sets example for state with Biz Builders program
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 11:00 am

The Cedartown Biz Builders program is doing more than offering opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into viable businesses, according to city manager Bill Fann. It is also bringing the city to the forefront as an example of successful economic development.

Wednesday forecast: mostly sunny, high 86
Posted: May 20, 2015

Warm weather and sunshine is expected for the midweek forecast, but count on a chance of showers later tonight and sunny skies for the rest of the week according to the National Weather Service forecast. 

Reminder: posting signs to utility poles dangerous, illegal
Posted: May 19, 2015

The City of Cedartown would like to remind residents that affixing signs, posters or flyers to utility poles is against the law. Violators can face a fine of up to $1,000 or face six months in jail.

The Tech Corner from the May 20, 2015 edition
Posted: May 19, 2015

Smart devices likely to cause Internet congestion

Burch joins Cedartown Humane Society board
Posted: May 19, 2015

Local attorney Benjamin Burch was recently elected to the Cedartown Humane Society’s Board of Directors. Burch is a partner at Mundy & Burch in downtown Cedartown. His firm does Social Security disability, family law, wills and estates, real estate, and bankruptcy law.

Cedartown commission proclaims, approves, in wide ranging agenda
Posted: May 19, 2015

Jefferson’s restaurant got no argument from the City Commission at its May meeting when the restaurant came before the commission for approval of its beer, wine and liquor pouring license. The commission unanimously approved the license and wished the restaurant owners well.

Fourth Friday Cruise In set for this Friday in Cedartown
Posted: May 19, 2015

The monthly gathering of cool cars in downtown Cedartown is set to start at 5 p.m. on Friday for the Fourth Friday Cruise-In.

Rockmart looking to future growth with land purchase
Posted: May 19, 2015

Rockmart officials are positioning the city for growth through acquisition of additional property for light industrial or commercial projects.

Tuesday forecast: partly sunny with a chance for afternoon showers, high 84
Updated: May 19, 2015 - 11:07 am

Another chance for rain is in store as the National Weather Service calls for partly sunny skies today, and highs in the mid 80s.

Breaking down drinking patterns in Georgia
Posted: May 18, 2015

Georgia has lower rates of heavy drinking and binge drinking than the national average, a recently released study found.

Cedartown recognizes employees during National Public Works Week
Posted: May 18, 2015

The City of Cedartown has joined the American Public Works Association in applauding the dedicated service that public works employees perform on a daily basis.

AAA: Gas prices continue to rise, average price highest since Dec. 2014
Posted: May 18, 2015

For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1 per gallon this past Tuesday. Today’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.

UPDATE: Cedartown police officer injured, building damaged on South Main Street
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 9:37 am


Monday forecast: chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 85
Posted: May 18, 2015

Rain is right back in the forecast for Polk County to start off the third full week of May, and look a chance of showers throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.

2 women charged in connection with Cartersville shooting death
Updated: May 15, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Two women have been arrested in connection with a homicide that took place on April 7 in Cartersville.

DNR reminds Ga. boaters to use life jackets, avoid alcohol
Posted: May 15, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is reminding people to wear life jackets during the boating season.

The agency says Saturday marks the start of "Georgia Safe Boating Week."

They say boaters also should follow state and local rules and laws on waterways, which include staying 100 feet away from people or objects in the water unless moving at idle speed.

The DNR also warns against drinking alcohol while boating and says it is a leading cause of incidents. In 2014, nine of the state's 12 fatal boating incidents involved alcohol.

Standard Journal Pets of the Week, May 13 edition
Posted: May 15, 2015

Two full grown pets are looking for forever homes this week as the Standard Journal Pets of the Week.

Polk Medical Center shows off student artwork
Posted: May 15, 2015

Polk Medical Center awarded students with certificates and gift cards after showing off their artwork at the hospital as part of a contest within the Polk School District.

Biz Builders takes shape for 2015
Posted: May 15, 2015

Editor's note: The Biz Builder program for 2015 held their first class on Thursday night. Check back in the May 20 edition of the Standard Journal for more on the program's opening evening. 

Friday forecast: rain likely, high 80
Posted: May 15, 2015

Rain showers are in the forecast for today - or at least a good chance of them - and are likely to continue through the weekend as the National Weather Service calls for warm weather despite the likelihood of wet weather.

Blood Drive at Polk Medical Center being held Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
Posted: May 14, 2015

It’s daunting to think how much blood is needed every day in our area hospitals. Blood is needed to treat and save the lives of premature babies, oncology patients, trauma victims, and surgery patients.

Local church honors pastor
Posted: May 14, 2015

The Morning Star Baptist Church, located on the Rockmart / Cedartown Highway, is planning a special occasion on Sunday, May 17.

Standard Journal New Arrivals from the May 13, 2015 edition
Posted: May 14, 2015

Kaylie Earwood and Andrew Earwood of Rockmart announce the birth of a daughter Annistyn Ryan Earwood. She was born on April 30, 2015.

Rockmart Middle School recognizes Top Jackets for 2015
Posted: May 14, 2015

Rockmart Middle School recently named their Top Jackets for 2015. The distinction for the students came after teachers nominated them based off of the criteria of being hardworking, punctual, polite and honest.

New life coaching business born from calling to serve
Posted: May 14, 2015

Some 30 years ago, when Vicki Lee Brown joined the Polk County 4-H as a fifth grader, she didn’t know it would be a decision that would shape her life to this day.

Sweets and deals to be had at Aragon’s ‘Picked Just for You’
Posted: May 14, 2015

Armoires and cupcakes? Four-posters and petit fours? “Picked Just For You,” an antique emporium and sweet shop that recently opened on the Rome Highway in Aragon, offers both.

Cheyenne wins first bid for One Door Polk remodeling
Updated: May 14, 2015 - 12:31 pm

The Cedartown City Commission awarded the first construction contract for renovations at One Door Polk to Cheyenne Construction of Acworth.

Thursday forecast: partly sunny with a chance of showers, high 84
Posted: May 14, 2015

A chance of showers is in store for this afternoon, but look for sunshine with a mix of clouds for the day and a high in the mid 80s again as the National Weather Service calls for a rainy weekend in Polk County.

Kelley comments on signing of H.B. 342
Posted: May 13, 2015

ATLANTA — State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) today commented on the signing of House Bill 342 into law by Governor Nathan Deal.

Bates called to serve at Union Grove Baptist
Posted: May 13, 2015

Pastor Joe Bates has been called as the pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church, located on Cason Road. He gave his first sermon on Sunday, May 2.

Polk 4-H members recognized, receive awards during program
Posted: May 13, 2015

Several teams and individual members were recognized during Polk County 4-H Awards Night.

Column: The Brain Drain
Posted: May 13, 2015

It’s nearly that time of year again when high school seniors in Cedartown and Rockmart will march into their football stadiums dressed in cap and gown to the celebratory march Pomp and Circumstance.

Obituaries from the May 13, 2015 Standard Journal
Posted: May 13, 2015

Ms. Strickland

Youngs Grove students named as All Stars
Posted: May 13, 2015

Five students from Youngs Grove Elementary School, Preston Beck, Zachary Carter, Allie Lackey, Cesar Molina and Rosalin Vasquez, were recognized as Classworks All*Stars. The contest recognized the work of 500 winning students from 180 schools and 83 districts across 14 states.

Polk School District's 2015-16 tentative budget approved
Posted: May 13, 2015

Includes one time payment for teachers, restored elementary school arts program and assistant principal positions

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