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School board celebrates College and Career grants, board member Susan Berry’s final meeting of term

A celebration of the holidays and of Polk School District’s $3.1 million grant for the new College and Career Academy were center focus at the Board of Education’s final meeting for 2014.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
Saturday forecast: mostly cloudy skies, high 53
Posted: December 20, 2014

Early rain showers have left the area and will leave behind cloudy skies over Polk County today, with a chance of early morning drizzle coming on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Bussey’s Florist & Gifts provides feeling of home
Posted: December 20, 2014

Bussey’s Florist & Gifts is a holiday wonderland where shoppers can find something for everyone on their Christmas list.

Cedartown United Fund helping local families have a happy holiday
Posted: December 20, 2014

A lot of children in Polk County are going to have a Merry Christmas thanks to contributions to this year’s Cedartown United Fund Toy Giveaway for 2014.

Friday 12/19/2014
Calhoun home burns to ground
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:50 pm

A Calhoun home appears to be a total loss after a fire Friday afternoon.

Gas prices still slowly dropping
Posted: December 19, 2014

The price of crude shot up over $2 in late market trading today but as of 4 p.m. gas prices were still dropping around the northwest corner of Georgia.

Cedartown's Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' album makes AP's top 10 albums of the year
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:

1. "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith: Sam Smith's album was an emotional roller coaster — a ride you couldn't get off of even if you tried. The songs, anchored by his piercing voice, had the power to make you cry, smile, shiver and even dance. Tracks like the radio hit, "Stay With Me," and "Leave Your Lover" are intense and emotional, making for an honest, beautiful album that soothes the soul. There can only be only reply when he sings, "Oh, won't you stay with me?" That would be a resounding, "Yes."

2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole. The insanely talented rapper captures so much on his third album, tackling various topics from losing his virginity to growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina to contemporary rappers, who should take note. His rhymes are smart, and he is a powerful storyteller that, at times, echoes rap king Nas.

3. "LP1," FKA twigs: FKA twigs' ethereal and eerie album is heavenly. The English singer's soft vocals layered over weird beats make this 10-track set a must listen, thanks to addictive tracks like "Two Weeks," ''Numbers" and "Lights On."

4. "Sucker," Charli XCX: Let's boom clap for Charli XCX and her top notch album, "Sucker." The mix of rock and pop songs are confident and catchy, and prove that although Charli XCX was the side chick on songs like Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It," she's the real leading lady.

5. "Aquarius," Tinashe: Tinashe, who is also part of the alternative R&B movement, delivered an album that moved the needle this year. Though she had a huge hit with the addictive "2 On," the singer proves she's much more than a one-hit wonder on "Aquarius." Her whispery vocals glide over the songs' beats so nicely you'll constantly hit repeat. "Just Like Vegas" is only one of the many standouts.

6. "Evergreen," Broods: The parents of brother and sister duo Broods should be proud. The New Zealand group's album, "Evergreen," is a winner with instrumentalist Caleb Nott shining on the eclectic, alternative production, giving Georgia Nott a platform to showcase her calming vocals, especially on "Killing You" and "Mother & Father."

7. "My Everything," Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande has already launched four Top 10 hits from her second album, but there's so much more that bangs beyond "Bang Bang" on "My Everything." The powerful vocalist nails it with a cool blend of R&B and pop songs that's almost as good as her revering 2013 debut.

8. "Montevallo," Sam Hunt: Props to singer-songwriter Sam Hunt for blending country music with elements of R&B, electronica and hip-hop. It might sound wild, but it works on his debut album, mainly thanks to Hunt's swagger and sexy sing-talk vocal delivery. Sam Smith isn't the only Sam stealing hearts.

9. "Do It Again," Robyn and Royksopp: Swedish singer Robyn and Norwegian duo Royksopp 5-song dance EP is oh so good, and a tease. Full album please?

10. "1000 Forms of Fear," Sia: From "Chandelier" to "Elastic Heart" to "Eye of the Needle," Sia's latest album is just another laudable effort in her rich catalog, which is worth exploring if you've just discovered the gem this year.


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Decades of service at GEO awarded
Posted: December 19, 2014

GEO Specialty Chemicals - which has changed hands a few times over the years - has at least one employee who has stuck with it through good times and hard. Juanita Waddell was awared for 46 years of service at the company’s recent Christmas party upon her retirement this year after starting in 1968.

City of Cedartown, community rallies behind Our House
Posted: December 19, 2014

The City of Cedartown was pleased to present hundreds ofmuch needed basic care items to Our House, Polk County’s battered women and children’s shelter, as part of a recent collection drive.

Report faults Ga., other states on fighting disease
Posted: December 19, 2014

Half the states — including Georgia — scored a 5 or lower on 10 key indicators for preventing, detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, according to a new report.

Golden Agers meet for annual Christmas luncheon; 113 attend
Posted: December 19, 2014

The Golden Age group recently met for their annual Christmas luncheon with 113 in attendance.

Shaw receives ‘Lifetime Service’ award
Posted: December 19, 2014

There was a big surprise for one former City of Cedartown employee during the city commission’s last meeting for the year.

Standard Journal Pets of the Week, Dec. 17, 2014 edition
Posted: December 19, 2014

An adorable pup and kitty are looking for forever homes in Polk County in this latest edition of the Standard Journal Pet of the Week.

Column Extra: An Open Letter to Santa
Posted: December 19, 2014

Dear Mr. Claus,

Salvation Army in Polk County still strong force for good
Posted: December 19, 2014

The Salvation Army may not have an office in Polk County, but Capt. Douglas McClure said its roots run deep here.

FHF Hair Design helps with Christmas for 54 teens in Polk DFACS custody
Posted: December 19, 2014

F.H.F. Hair Design in downtown Cedartown did their part to give back during the holiday season to a group of kids who people typically struggle to buy for this time of year.

Friday forecast: slight chance of daytime rain, showers likely overnight
Posted: December 19, 2014

Rain showers are possible today, but are expected during the overnight hours and heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Some gas prices still below $2 at select stations in Northwest Georgia, Chattanooga
Posted: December 18, 2014

Gas prices continue their decline along with the price of oil, and some gas stations remain below the $2 mark in Northwest Georgia and into the Southeast Tennessee area around Chattanooga.

How court rules on ACA will affect many Georgians
Posted: December 18, 2014

Georgia would have the fourth-highest number of people affected if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the current implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a study has found.

New arrivals for the Polk County Standard Journal, Dec. 17 edition
Posted: December 18, 2014

Logan Hamrick and Zach Bright of Cedartown announce the birth of a son Rylan Scott Bright. He was born on Nov. 25, 2014.

Sweet surprise for local police officers
Posted: December 18, 2014

When Chief Jamie Newsome was told he needed to meet with a group of folks in the Cedartown Police Department lobby, he wasn’t sure what he would encounter.

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