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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Cedartown 16-and-under All-Star baseball team wins Dizzy Dean World Series
Posted: July 22, 2014

Make it two World Series trophies in one year for Cedartown Recreation Department teams. 

UPDATE: More than 1,700 have voted so far in Polk County runoff election
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 6:40 pm

The polls are closing soon and voters have nearly decided who will be the new Superior Court Judge in Polk and Haralson counties. 

Tuesday evening forecast: slight chance of shows late, low 70
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:02 pm

A chance of showers remains in the forecast for this evening, and look for patchy fog in the early morning hours according to the National Weather Service.

Man kept from jumping off Cartersville bridge
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Chief Thomas Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department has advised that officers of the Department responded this afternoon to a call regarding a man threatening to jump from the Church Street bridge. 

County commission adjusting millage rate
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Polk County Board of Commissioners has announced plans to increase property taxed levied this year by 4.68 percentage over the rollback millage rate.

Police urge residents to keep information on valuables
Posted: July 22, 2014

Burglary victims would stand a better chance of getting their property returned if they had kept a record of a few details.

Audit shows Cedartown city finances doing better since 2011
Posted: July 22, 2014

The City of Cedartown is doing much better fiscally than they were only a few years ago, but city manager Bill Fann said he wants to see more progress in keeping money in the city’s coffers. 

CRCT school scores show some classes struggling, others achieving
Posted: July 22, 2014

Polk County students from third to eighth grade all have one thing in common this year, according to CRCT results released earlier in the month for the school level: the kids know their reading and language arts. 

Cedartown author releases new thriller novel nationwide
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

CEDARTOWN — Author Mary Duncan announces the nationwide release of her new thriller novel, “Fatal Choices.”

Fish Creek Road now open
Posted: July 22, 2014

The “road closed” sign at the intersection of Fish Creek and Collard Valley roads has been removed.

Cedartown team comes home as champs
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Cedartown’s 14-and-under All-Star softball team returned home from Mississippi as world champions this weekend after an undefeated run in the Dizzy Dean World Series.

Catoosa Sheriff’s Office releases sketch of wanted burglar
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men they believe are linked to two burglaries that occurred about 24 hours apart last week, and have released a sketch of one of the men.

Burned pooch recovering at pet shelter following surgery
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Gail Posey is looking forward to a good outcome for one Cedartown pooch who has been through pain and suffering due to burns all down her back.

Adairsville police: Officer involved in fatal early morning shooting, GBI called in to investigate
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:48 am

Adairsville, Georgia-According to Interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman, on July 22  an Adairsville patrol officer fatally shot a perpetrator at approximately 12:45 a.m. The patrol officer was injured by the perpetrator and treated at a nearby hospital.

5 Things To Know About Georgia's Runoff Election
Posted: July 22, 2014

Voters across Georgia will decide 21 primary runoff races during balloting Tuesday, including a high-profile Republican Senate contest between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. Here are five things to know about Tuesday's election.

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U.S. SENATE RACE GETS TOP BILLING

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a scramble to win the Republican nomination for his seat. Senate seats are among the most coveted jobs in politics since senators enjoy the national prominence that comes with setting federal policy and face re-election less frequently than governors or members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue were the top finishers in a crowded Republican primary in May. The winner of Tuesday's Republican runoff will face Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November's general election.

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THREE GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL SEATS ON RUNOFF BALLOTS

Three Georgia congressmen — Kingston, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta — all vacated their House seats to run for a promotion to the Senate. Republican primaries for each open seat were so crowded that the GOP nominations must be settled by the top two finishers in the Tuesday runoff.

In southeast Georgia's 1st District, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler faces Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon backed by local tea party groups. The winner will be the GOP nominee to succeed Kingston, who held the seat for 22 years.

In northeast Georgia's 10th District, minister and conservative talk radio host Jody Hice of Monroe has tried to position himself as the ideological successor to Broun, whose fundamentalist Christian views played a big part in how he voted in Congress. Hice faces Mike Collins of Jackson, a trucking company owner who wouldn't be the first member of his family to serve in the House. His father is former Republican Rep. Mac Collins.

Former Republican congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, who helped lead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, is seeking a comeback in Gingrey's 11th District seat north of Atlanta. He's had stiff competition from state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville, a tea party-backed candidate who finished the May 20 primary more than 6,000 votes ahead of Barr.

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GOP RUNOFF WINNERS WILL HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE IN FALL CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Each of the three U.S. House seats on Georgia runoff ballots was drawn to give Republican voters a steep advantage. That means whoever wins those GOP runoffs Tuesday will be strongly favored to become the districts' next congressmen.

For example, the 1st District being vacated by Kingston is the most competitive of the three seats. Mitt Romney carried it by roughly 55 percent in the 2012 presidential race. That's good news for whoever wins the Buddy Carter-Bob Johnson showdown in the GOP runoff.

No Democrat is even bothering to run in Gingrey's 11th District, which Romney carried by about 66 percent in 2012. That means the GOP runoff winner on Tuesday — whether it's Bob Barr or Barry Loudermilk — essentially gets a free pass to Washington in November.

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DEMOCRATS HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ON CONGRESSIONAL SEATS

Not all Democrats have thrown in the towel when it comes to Georgia's three open congressional seats. Democratic runoff voters in southeast Georgia's 1st District still need to pick a nominee between Amy Tavio, a real estate agent from Savannah suburb Richmond Hill, and UPS supervisor Brian Reece from Savannah. Voters were split evenly — about one-third per candidate — between them and another rival Democrat in the May 20 primary.

The GOP runoff winner in Broun's 10th District will face Democrat Ken Dious of Athens — the only non-Republican to run for the seat — in the fall election.

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OPEN RACE FOR GEOGRIA'S STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

In another statewide race, voters must pick Republican and Democratic nominees for state school superintendent.

The incumbent, Republican John Barge, decided not seek re-election and instead failed in his attempt to challenge incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. That opened a general race for Georgia's top education official. Republican Michael Buck, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, and Richard Woods, a longtime educator in Irwin County, are running in the Republican runoff, while state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan and former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson are competing in the Democratic contest.

Monday 07/21/2014
Kingston, Perdue make final pitch in Senate race
Posted: July 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue are making their final pitch to voters on the eve of Tuesday's runoff, as their volunteers make thousands of phone calls in an effort to get people to the polls.

Kingston, the Savannah congressman, and Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, were flying around the state Monday to rally supporters. Kingston began his six-stop tour in metro Atlanta, joined by former Secretary of State Karen Handel and plans to end in Savannah.

Perdue began his seven stops in Macon, ending the day in Atlanta with his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the most important midterm elections this year as Republicans seek to claim a majority in the Senate.

Preventing heat related illness
Posted: July 21, 2014

July has arrived in Polk County and the temperatures continue to reach into the upper 80s and lower 90s.

Downtown Cedartown Association unveils new website
Posted: July 21, 2014

The Downtown Cedartown Association unveiled a new website this week. Accessible by logging on to www.downtowncedartown.com, the website presents useful information for visitors, residents and potential downtown investors.

EVHS plans Vets Memorial Service
Posted: July 21, 2014

Euharlee Valley Historical Society (EVHS) is planning a Veterans Memorial Service at historic Van Wert Church and Cemetery.

Cave Spring gears up for 2-day motorcycle rally
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 1:14 am

More than a thousand riders are expected to cruise into Cave Spring this week for a two-day motorcycle rally filled with games, camping, music, food and friendly competitions.

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