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Rockmart hosts Silver Comet Fest with 5K, duck race, more

Rockmart has a new tradition to take in after the turkey is eaten and the festive season becomes more and more abundant.

The Rotary Club of Polk County and the Rockmart Merchants Association presented Silver Comet Fest on Saturday, Nov. 27, in downtown Rockmart featuring arts and crafts, food, music and more.

The event kicked off with the first-ever Home for the Holidays 5K that partially took place on the Silver Comet Trail. Dalton Benefield won first place and Drew Thayer finished second.

Dancers from The Ballet Garden performed for visitors and local singer Isaac Streetman, who appeared on American Idol in 2018, performed with his band.

The festival continued through the afternoon with a charity duck race down the Euharlee River with proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Polk County to provide scholarships to local students and help with other service projects.

The first-place duck was purchased by Rhonda Bitner, who won the grand prize of $1,000.

Aspen Ruff sang for the crowd set up at the corner of Marble Street and East Church Street, followed by Them Mixon Boys who closed out the evening.

Parades kickoff area Christmas celebrations this week

Polk County will be full of holiday cheer by the end of the week as both Rockmart and Cedartown are set to hold their annual Christmas parades while a joyful noise is expected in Rockmart this weekend.

Rockmart’s Christmas parade will be held Thursday starting at 6 p.m., while Cedartown’s Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. Both parades will travel through each city’s historic downtown district.

Also this week will be two scheduled performances of the Rockmart Community Chorus at The Rockmart Theatre. The group will perform the program entitled “A Christmas Celebration” on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

On the parade front, Rockmart Cultural Arts Center Director Peggy Cline said they have gotten a great response from organizations wanting to participate and are excited to be presenting the traditional Christmas parade again after having to cancel last year’s because of COVID.

“Everybody is just so ready to get out and do something normal and fun, so we’ve had a great turnout,” Cline said.

On top of fire trucks, dogs, horses, scouts and more, Cline said the Rockmart parade — with this year’s theme “Celebration of Christmas” — will include both the Cedartown High School and Rockmart High School marching bands, with Cedartown leading off the parade and Rockmart announcing the arrival of Santa Claus near the end.

Businesses along Marble Street will be open Thursday evening and Santa will stop in front of the Rockmart History Museum, 133 S. Marble St., to light the Rockmart Christmas Tree and meet with kids of all ages.

Cedartown’s parade with the theme “Let It Snow” will kick off on South Main Street at 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music in Holloway Park in front of the old Polk County Courthouse beforehand, as well as a moment for Santa Claus to stop by and light the tree before getting in line for the parade.

The city announced last week that the honorary grand marshals for the parade are the community’s healthcare professionals for their “dedication, determination and perseverance you’ve shown this past year as you’ve looked the pandemic in the face and never backed down.”

All local healthcare workers are invited to be in the parade. They can wear their scrubs or work attire and assemble on the corner of Marietta Street and Main Street between 5-5:15 p.m. on Saturday. Signs noting where they work are encouraged.

More live music is scheduled after the parade, with Santa sticking around to allow children to get photos with him.

The Rockmart Community Chorus performances on Saturday and Sunday are the first for the group since 2019, and the group has been rehearsing since July.

Also happening at The Rockmart Theatre is The Academy of Performing Arts’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The new group, directed by Alli Streetman and Brent Costin, has been meeting on Mondays at the theatre since September with elementary through high school students.

Tickets for both shows are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the door by cash or check, or at the RCAC Arts Center Office by cash, check or credit card.

For any questions contact RCAC at or 770-684-2707.

Lim announces re-election bid as misconduct inquiry moves forward

Tallapoosa Circuit Chief Judge Meng Lim, who continues to be under an inquiry by a state commission for judicial misconduct, announced last week that he will seek re-election to the position in 2022.

Lim, who has served as a superior court judge in the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit since January 2015, officially announced his intention to run for re-election in a press release that mentions his history as a Cambodian refugee and the valedictorian of his senior class at Bremen High School.

He began practicing law in 1998, and is the first elected Asian American superior court judge in the state of Georgia. He was re-elected to a second term in 2018. The Tallapoosa Circuit includes Polk and Haralson counties.

Meanwhile, the inquiry into formal charges of willful misconduct and conduct detrimental to the administration of justice made by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission against Lim continues to go through the proper procedures.

The charges, filed on July 22 with the Georgia Supreme Court, accuse Lim of 16 separate violations of the state Code of Judicial Conduct stemming from accusations related to Lim allegedly having a romantic relationship with a former Polk County Court Clerk’s Office employee and using his influence and personal relationship with a participant in the Tallapoosa Circuit Drug Court program to get him preferred treatment in 2016.

According to the filing with the state Supreme Court, an investigation by the JQC began last year after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigated a report of a domestic violence situation involving Lim’s family in Haralson County.

Lim was arrested on July 2, 2020, and charged with misdemeanor battery under the Family Violence Act, but a Haralson County grand jury failed to indict him on the charges.

The JQC filing states that information discovered during the GBI investigation into the domestic violence allegations led to further investigation of Lim by the commission’s investigative panel.

Lim’s attorney, Dennis T. Cathey, filed a response to the accusations to the JQC on Sept. 22 asking that all formal charges be dismissed. The response referenced the amount of time that had passed since the drug court incidents and Lim’s attempts since then to correct his errors.

It also insisted that Lim’s private life should not be under scrutiny in regards to his relationship with the former clerk’s office employee, and that he was formally separated from his wife during that time.

Motions are expected to be filed in the inquiry by Dec. 6, while a date for the final hearing of the JQC will be set for early next year.

Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 edition

The RCAC Art Gallery at 316 N. Piedmont Ave. is hosting an exhibit by local artist Susan Waters titled “O Holy Night” through Dec. 23. The second of two receptions will be held Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m. and will include a performance from Luther’s Mountain Bluegrass Band.

The Polk County Historical Society and Museum is continuing to offer free story time and kids craft on the first Saturday of the month through December. Geared toward children ages 3-9, a member of the community will read a book followed by a craft. Each story time begins at 11:30 a.m. at the museum located at 117 West Ave., Cedartown.

American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 is holding its 77th annual Empty Stocking Fund Drive. Members of the Legion, its auxiliary, and SAL will be at local businesses collecting toys and gifts for families in need throughout the holiday season. Applications for families can be picked up at the post, the Rockmart Library, or local elementary schools.

Second Baptist Church in Cedartown, 152 Evergreen Lane, is offering English classes to speakers of other languages in November, December and January. The free classes are on Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information contact

Tallatoona CAP is accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Heating Assistance Program for the Senior households 65 years of age and older and Homebound households. The general public can begin scheduling appointments beginning Dec. 1. Schedule an appointment online at, or by phone 770-817-4666, Option 2, or 770-773-7730, Option 2.

Tallatoona CAP is accepting appointments for the Low Income Home Water Assistance Program only for households with disconnected service or a past due account balance. Appointments can be scheduled starting Jan. 3 for households with disconnected service or a past due account balance, senior households 60 years of age (all household members must be 60 years of age or older excluding minor children), or households with children 5 years of age and under. All other households may begin scheduling appointments starting Feb. 1. Schedule an appointment online at, or by phone 770-817-4666, Option 2, or 770-773-7730, Option 2.

The Good Neighbor Center Food Pantry, 71 Woodall Road, Cedartown, is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. for anyone in need of food assistance. The pantry is located next to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. For more information call 678-901-9184.

The Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living holds a COVID-19 Peer Support call every Monday at 2 p.m. via the Zoom website and by phone. For the link and password, or if you need assistance, contact Christina Holtzclaw at 628-246-1825 or

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