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Concert will benefit Polk’s ‘Toy Express’

Rock Campground, RV, and Music Park, Frankie Hilburn, and six local bands have teamed up with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department to help in the Toy Express Christmas Concert on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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Saturday 11/22/2014
Something for everyone at Price Just Right
Posted: November 22, 2014

Carol Casey, owner of Price Just Right in Cedartown, finds a three-foot ceramic pig draws the attention of most shoppers.

Common sense can keep home safe during holidays
Posted: November 22, 2014

Common sense can go a long way to preventing holiday season crime, according to Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells.

Voices from the front lines: How nurses feel about Ebola
Posted: November 22, 2014

When the first Ebola patient to be treated in the United States was headed for Emory University Hospital this past summer, two of the hospital’s nurses canceled their vacations to be there.

Friday 11/21/2014
Collision on interstate in Gordon County leads to drug, counterfeiting charges for Atlanta man
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:

Churches set annual Thanksgiving service
Posted: November 21, 2014

The Rockmart and Aragon Ministerial Association has an-nounced the annual Thanksgiving service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the First Baptist Church in Rockmart.

Georgia again turns to Chubb against Buccaneers
Posted: November 21, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jamey Chadwell has confidence his Charleston Southern players won't be awed by their first visit to No. 9 Georgia.

The coach said that Charleston Southern, a FCS school, has visited other FBS sites.

Even so, Chadwell acknowledges he is concerned about the speed and size of Georgia (8-2). The Buccaneers' second-year coach said he is especially impressed with Bulldogs freshman tailback Nick Chubb.

Georgia will rely on Chubb after losing junior star Todd Gurley to a season-ending knee injury in last week's win over Auburn. Chubb took over as the starter during Gurley's four-game suspension before the Auburn game.

Asked how Chubb compares with other backs the Buccaneers have faced, Caldwell said "He doesn't compare."

"We've got some good backs in our league, no doubt, and we've faced some good backs," Caldwell said. "He is for a freshman, he's phenomenal. His balance, the strength he runs with, and then you add his speed, he is by far the best player that I think we've seen overall in really the time I've been here the last two years. He's pretty special, especially to be that young."

Chubb has rushed for more than 100 yards in five straight games. He ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with 1,039 yards rushing. He was named SEC freshman of the week for the fourth time after running for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' impressive 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn.

Georgia (No. 10 CFP) would earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game if Tennessee beats Missouri on Saturday night.

Charleston Southern (8-3) will be playing its second SEC East opponent, following a 21-20 loss at Vanderbilt on Oct. 11.

Georgia coach Mark Richt used the Vanderbilt game as evidence his players should not overlook Charleston Southern.

"Obviously they're not afraid to go into an SEC setting and beat someone's tail," Richt said. "They had Vanderbilt on the ropes already this season and we know that they're an outstanding football team. I've said this before and I mean it, it's hard to beat teams that are used to winning. And this team has got the fever when it comes to winning."


Here are some things to know as the Bulldogs try to improve their 38-1 home record against teams outside the SEC since 2001:

RUNNING WITH REYES: Charleston Southern has its own strong running back in senior Christian Reyes, who was last week's Big South player of the week after running for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-36 win over Liberty. Georgia gave up only 150 yards rushing to Auburn last week, but it allowed 418 yards rushing in a 38-20 loss to Florida on Nov. 1.

DON'T LOOK AHEAD: Richt had a quick negative answer when asked if he hoped to rest Chubb or other starters for next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech. "You can't. That's why people get beat," Richt said, adding that kind of talk would have players thinking they were getting ready for an easy game. Added Richt: "There's no reason to think that this game won't be a physical game. These guys are really good. The more I watch them, the more I see why they're winning."

WINNING WITH TAKEAWAYS: Georgia ranks second in the nation with a plus-16 turnover margin. It is the third-best margin in school history and its best in Richt's 14 seasons. The Bulldogs have scored 76 points off 22 turnovers. Georgia opponents have scored only six points off six Georgia turnovers.

MORE ON CHUBB: In his five games as a starter, Chubb has rushed for 815 yards with seven touchdowns. He has averaged 6.7 yards per carry in that span. He is the first Georgia freshman to run for 1,000 yards since Gurley had 1,385 in 2012.

MASON ON TARGET: Georgia senior Hutson Mason has completed 67.6 percent of his passes (150 of 222), a school-record pace. The Georgia record for accuracy in a season was set by Mike Bobo, now the offensive coordinator, when he completed 65.03 percent of his passes (199 of 306) in 1997. Other quarterbacks in the top five are Aaron Murray (twice), Eric Zeier and Hines Ward.

Biz Builder program hands out awards
Posted: November 21, 2014

The first ever Biz Builder Program wrapped up their 6 months of work with a graduation ceremony and the announcement of the People’s Choice and Shark Tank competition winners.

Educators concerned over retirement system changes meet in Cedartown
Posted: November 21, 2014

Teachers who are afraid an attack is coming on their state retirement money gathered at the library to hear what they can do to potentially stop lawmakers from making any changes to the system in place.

Rock City begins 20th anniversary of Enchanted Garden of Lights
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Rock City’s annual Enchanted Garden of Lights prepares to shine bright for its 20th anniversary season beginning Friday, Nov. 21. Beautiful enhancements and new characters await guests nightly from 6-9 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 3.

Group continuing work toward Silver Comet Trail spur between Cave Spring, Cedartown
Posted: November 21, 2014

Economic impact and other benefits of the Silver Comet Trail in Polk and adjoining counties continues to draw interest of local and area groups.

Friday forecast: sunny, high 59
Posted: November 21, 2014

The National Weather Service calls for a day of sunshine and temperatures almost to 60 in Polk County, but wet weather is right around the corner on Saturday night and Sunday. 

Thursday 11/20/2014
Reaction to the president’s immigration plan
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Click here to read the Associated Press report on President Obama's announcement and the full text of his remarks.

Gas prices continue slow decline - lowest prices near Tenn. border
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Gas prices around Northwest Georgia continue their slow slide downward, but remain higher than prices in communities near the Tennessee-Georgia border, according to GasBuddy.com.

Standard Journal Letter to the Editor, Nov. 19 edition
Posted: November 20, 2014

Local man upset with Polk County Commissioners following LOST lawsuit

Miura Manufacturing in Rockmart gets SHARP recognition
Posted: November 20, 2014

A luncheon was held recently at the Rockmart plant to celebrate Miura Manufacturing America receiving SHARP recognition.

Changes made in positions at district attorney’s office
Posted: November 20, 2014

There hasn’t been a lot of personnel changes, but there have been a lot of streamlining in the work of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, according to DA Jack Browning.

Expansion nears completion at Winthrop senior living home
Posted: November 20, 2014

Construction on a new expansion at Winthrop at Polk Senior Living in Cedartown should be completed in late February 2015.

Thursday forecast: sunny, high 55
Posted: November 20, 2014

Polk County is starting off the day with below freezing temperatures, but expect sunshine to warm the area up to the mid 50s today before getting cold again tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Bekaert fire causes extensive damage at Darlington Drive plant
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 8:22 am

It took about 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon for a thin wisp of smoke to become a black cloud rolling from the Bekaert Corp. plant in Rome.

Hutcheson Medical Center filing for Chapter 11 protection
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 10:25 am

A new chapter was added to the saga of Hutcheson hospital on Nov. 19.

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