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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Law focuses on protecting athletes following concussions
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 9:09 am

All athletics come with some inherent risk, especially for younger participants in the midst of their developmental years.

Wednesday forecast: sunny, high 83
Posted: July 30, 2014

Polk County woke up to temperatures that feel more like fall this morning, but don't expect the cool off to last too long according to the National Weather Service.

Former soldier goes on trial on charges in wife’s death
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

The trial of a man accused of killing his wife in their Aragon duplex in 2011 continues this morning. 

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Gordon sheriff investigates shooting death in Red Bud community
Posted: July 29, 2014

Gordon County authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man found inside a vehicle, Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a press release.

Georgia pushes adults to finish college programs
Posted: July 29, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia education officials launched a new campaign Tuesday encouraging adults who started but never earned a college degree to finish. Those people are essential to meeting the state's ambitious goals for more residents with post-high school education and to the state's economy long term.

According to a projection by national nonprofit Complete College America, 61 percent of jobs in Georgia will require education past high school by 2020. But about 1.1 million Georgians between 25 and 64 have some college credit but no degree or certificate in the latest U.S. Census results.

The challenge for Georgia's technical colleges and state universities is first reaching those students and then providing the support they need to earn a certificate or a diploma.

The "Go Back Move Ahead" campaign announced Tuesday creates a call center potential students can contact for a referral to a specific campus. From there, campus staff have to form a support system for returning students, said Houston Davis, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Georgia.

Each campus in the state university system and technical college system has assigned a point person for returning students. They plan to emphasize flexible class schedules or help students find campus satellite locations and online options.

"A marketing campaign is a shiny object to catch attention," Davis said. "What's really important is that we are able to serve that student."

At a news conference Tuesday announcing the program, two students who returned to higher education as adults in Georgia encouraged others to try it. Mark Smith began classes at Valdosta State University "as a 45-year-old freshman" after a career in the Air Force. He wasn't certain he had the technical or academic skills to complete a degree program.

Smith, who now works for the university as an adult admissions counselor, said the student success center provided tutors and other services that helped him finish.

"Life has come full circle," he said.

Officials with both Georgia higher education systems say they're competing with aggressive marketing by for-profit programs as students look for affordable and quick options. Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, said financial or family issues often are the cause of students dropping out of college and the idea of returning can be overwhelming without strong guidance from a school's staff.

"It seems as if governors, legislative bodies, industry leaders — all of them are recognizing you need to have a population in the country with post-secondary credentials or we're not going to meet employers' needs," Tate said.

Leesburg, Ala. man charged with second-degree arson
Posted: July 29, 2014

A Leesburg, Alabama man has been arrested on second degree arson charges after allegedly setting fire to a residence on County Road 7.

Women spend 11 fake $100 bills in Calhoun
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Three women used counterfeit $100 bills Friday to buy $1,100 in prepaid Visa and T-Mobile cards at a Calhoun store, a man told Calhoun police, according to the Calhoun Police Department incident report.

Trail of mud tracks lead to stolen property
Posted: July 29, 2014

Two Cedartown Polk County residents were arrested after a trail of mud led officers to items stolen from a neighbor, according to Polk County Police Department reports.

International Mission Society holding special event for Seventh Day Adventist reform movement centennial celebration
Posted: July 29, 2014

The International Missionary Society (IMS) for the Seventh Day Adventist Church Reform Movement General Conference has a special exhibit over the next week in honor of those who perished during World War I for standing for their beliefs. 

Handguns at Hutcheson? How will broader gun-carry law affect hospitals?
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Georgia’s new gun law could prove expensive for the taxpayers of Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties.

Passengers injured in Highway 278 wreck taken to Atlanta, Rome hospitals
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 6:01 pm

A woman was airlifted to a Atlanta area hospital following a wreck on Highway 278 in front of the Department of Driver Services near the U.S. 27 bypass, according to Capt. Felix White of the Cedartown Fire Department.

CASA seeking volunteers, new board members for organization
Posted: July 29, 2014

A local group who provides advocates for children in court are still seeking volunteers and now new board members to join and help the growing organization.

State releases End of Course Test scores
Posted: July 29, 2014

High School students in Polk County are having trouble with math, according to results from End of Course Testing released by the state this month.

County board views future projects
Posted: July 29, 2014

The Polk County Board of Commissioners is considering future projects at the airport, relocating the 911 Center and making needed improvements at Courthouse No. 1.

Aragon council to make hard financial choices
Posted: July 29, 2014

Financial decisions will top the agenda of a called Aragon council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 in the City’s Municipal Building, located at 2814 Rome Highway.

Tuesday forecast: sunny, high 85
Posted: July 29, 2014

Polk County should expect a nice day of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80s, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday 07/28/2014
State sales tax holiday this weekend
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Georgia’s sales tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

Teen arrested, charged with 20 counts of burglary
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Gordon county authorities about 6 a.m. Saturday were dispatched to a number of closely grouped private residences in the Dews Pond community in response to reports of thefts from a number of automobiles, Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a press release.

AAA: Gas prices fall to lowest level in four months
Posted: July 28, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (July 27, 2014) — Gasoline is selling at the lowest price since March amid rising gasoline supplies and falling oil prices. The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline are on a 30-day streak of declines. Prices in Georgia and Tennessee have fallen 34 and 32 consecutive days respectively.

Monday forecast: chance of morning showers, high 88
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

Polk County is waking up to a muggy morning, but expect a chance of showers this morning followed by some sunshine and temperatures up near 90, according to the National Weather Service.

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