Things to do in Cherokee County Wednesday, July 27

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

The Party Bridge Match is played at the Fort Payne Senior Center. For more information, call 256-927-7754.

A Varsity Girls Volleyball Camp will be held at Gadsden State. For more information call 256-390-3565.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Ensley: Crape Myrtles – A summer sensation

Polk County Extension Office is located at 20 N. Main Street, Cedartown. Phone 770-749- 2142 or email

Crape Myrtles have put on their dazzling display lately. Crape Myrtles are a flowering tree that needs care.

As Crape Myrtle flowers fade, they turn to small hard green seedpods. Carefully cut these off, re-fertilize and water the trees to extend their season of glory.

Crape Myrtles may bloom again. Be careful not to cut off the new flower buds. They are probably forming just behind the old ones. For fertilization, use two cups of 10-10- 10 per 100 square feet of bed space. Spread it evenly around the plant and water it in.

Crape Myrtles need pruning of the unwanted branches at the base of the plant.

These “water sprouts” or shoots make the plant look unsightly and are best removed as soon as possible. Also, remove any weeds and renew the mulch around the trees.

We prefer to have two to four inch deep mulch around the tree out to the drip line.

Look out for pests. Aphids (aka plant lice) are 1/8 inch long and pear-shaped.

They suck plant juice and give off a clear residue, which sticks to plant leaves. This is called honeydew. A sooty mold grows on this residue. The mold can be scraped off with your fingernail.

Control aphids with regular sprays of insecticidal soap, malathion, cyfluthrin, bifenthrin or other labeled chemicals. Read and follow all label directions carefully.

A new chemical may give season-long control of aphids and other sucking pests.

Bayer Tree and Shrub Insect Control contains imidacloprid and can be used as a drench around many ornamentals. Control can last up to a growing season. Always read and follow all label directions when using any pesticide.


More facts about this colorful addition to local landscapes:

Crape myrtles need full sun — eight hours or more of direct sun daily — in order to thrive and bloom Crape myrtles will not be their best will less than eight hours of direct sun light. Gardeners should check the sun patterns in their yards before planting crape myrtles.

Crape myrtles thrive in slightly acidic soils with a pH of about 6 to 6.5. If the pH level is off, the plant will not use fertilizer properly and the gardener will be left with substandard crape myrtles. You should take a soil sample to your local Extension office for testing if you don’t know your soil’s pH.

Prune in late winter, fertilize in early spring

Gardeners should prune the trees so that they maintain a natural shape and to thin out branches and allow light into the canopy. You should not cut off the top of your crape myrtle trees. This pruning method is so drastic it is often referred to as “crape murder.”

Local Sports: Tickets available for Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame banquet

Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame banquet to be held on Aug. 13 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Gordon Campus.

The seven-member Class of 2016 will be inducted during the banquet and the 1952 Calhoun High football team, which won the program’s first state championship, will also be honored.

Tickets are $35 and that includes a steak dinner. Seats are limited. Tickets can be purchased by contacting one of the Hall’s Board of Directors. For more info on the Hall, visit

Rev. Dewey Ernest Bailey

Rev. Dewey Ernest Bailey, 96, of Cave Spring, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016 in a Rome hospital following a brief illness. Rev. Bailey was born in Dawson County, and was a veteran of WW II, having served in the the Army Air Corp and later the Fourth Armored Division at the Battle of the Bulge under Gen. George Patton. He was a member and a past pastor of the Cave Spring United Methodist Church, and chose to make his home here since 1965. He also served as pastor to other Methodist Churches in the area including Jackson Chapel UMC, Livingston UMC, Shannon UMC, South Broad UMC and his last pastorate Anna Kresge United Methodist Church in Cedartown. Rev. Bailey was also the Chaplin at Georgia School for the Deaf for over 40 years.

In keeping with his wishes, Rev. Bailey will be cremated and a memorial service for him will be held later at the Cave Spring United Methodist Church. Those arrangements will be announced at that time.

Rev. Bailey was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Reagan Bailey, and by his brother, John D. Bailey.

Survivors include his son, David Bailey and his wife Julie of Cave Spring, daughter, Mrs. Martha Jo McWhorter and her husband Dale of Franklin, Georgia, one grandson, and five great-grandchildren,

Rev. Baily was the son of the late John Earl Bailey and the late Della Chastain Bailey.

Final Fourth Friday concert loads of fun in Cedartown

Cedartown residents came out despite the heat to enjoy one final summer show on July 22, for the last of the Fourth Friday concert series for 2016.

The show featured the Redneck Romeos (above,) the monthly Throttle Jockeys car show, and much more.

Now that the series is finished for the year, the City of Cedartown will join with sponsors in organizing the coming year’s events for the season, which will start in early summer 2017.

Meanwhile, the Throttle Jockeys will continue to meet for their car cruise-ins on the fourth fridays of the month through the fall. 

Accio: New Harry Potter book releases at midnight on Saturday

It’s been a while, but a new Harry Potter book will be on the shelves this weekend.

“We have seen a lot of excitement about the release, because it’s been a number of years since something brand new came out,” said Renee Brown, manager at Barnes & Noble, 1442 Turner McCall Blvd.

A countdown to the store’s midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II” starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Staffers have planned numerous activities such as a costume contest, trivia, a Muggle Wall where fans can post their photos and memories of the series, coloring sheets, a sorting hat and giveaways.

Social media will also be a key part of the event, with a store-wide search for the beloved Dobby the House Elf’s socks. Those who find the socks can post a picture on their favorite site with a specific hashtag to be entered to win a prize. Players will be told what hashtag to use during the party.

Fans also may go to the store now and enter to win a set of prints of seven limited-edition Harry Potter book covers. The winner will be announced during the festivities Saturday.

Tickets for the line to purchase the book will be given out starting at 7 p.m. and the lineup will begin around 11 p.m., Brown said.

“I will be greeting customers at the front of the store and explaining how the lineup process will work, as well as directing them to the activities,” Brown added.

For fans who can’t attend the midnight release, the store will also have some of the activities set up during regular store hours Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The celebrations will continue into the fall as well, as the store commemorates the release of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition” in October and the theater release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in November.


GUEST COLUMN: Clinton has tough act to follow

Who could forget it?

Donald Trump and wife Melania stepping away from the golden Currency Exchange entrance within Trump Tower and riding an escalator down, down amid a cheering crowd and the thumping tones of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

It was a pure Trump moment — announcing the death of the American dream and his plan personally to revive it by running for the presidency of the United States.

That was more than a year ago — June 16, 2015, in fact — and it marked a political season like no other. In a country where politics has been media-driven for generations, this has been one long media paroxysm now about to shake Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has quite an act to follow as she takes center stage.

In the birdshot of cable news, social media, and internet broadcasting, both candidates are clearly defined: Trump, real estate mogul, brash celebrity, and master media manipulator; Clinton, experienced stateswoman, cautious chameleon, and policy wonk.

Trump puppeteers reporters and broadcasters at will — even as he disses them to his supporters, kicks them out of news conferences, and skips lightly over their hapless efforts to question what he does and says.

Clinton, bruised by 25 years in the spotlight, buffeted by one purported scandal after another that never pans out, is now deeply wary of the media, cautious in her public statements, fearing her words will be twisted yet again.

“Clinton by and large was and is a model of the old media rather than the newer,” said Randall Miller, professor of American history at St. Joseph’s University. “She’s been around. She’s old news.”

Clinton’s issue now is how to become new news.

“We never see the Hillary Clinton who is spontaneous and funny and real,” notes Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communications and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “There is a difference between the person described by friends and associates and the person we see in public.”

The difference? The media.

“Donald Trump is in the media so often we have a sense of who he is, warts and all,” Jamieson says.

That may be because Trump has used the media forever and now has turned the 2016 campaign cycle into his own reality show, as essayist and historian Neal Gabler has argued.

Trump is the star, the media are enablers or villains, and everything else is a foil — other candidates, their wives, policy, politics itself.

“The big story (of 2016) is Donald Trump, as a person, as a successful candidate,” said Miller. “He’s changing the process of electing a president. Everything is blown up. It’s unprecedented.”

The media environment was already in meltdown regardless of Trump. Social media has exploded. Traditional newspaper readership has shriveled. Newsrooms have shed reporters like falling leaves. Television has had a decline in viewers.

More than any other candidate, Trump has seized opportunity in this turbulent moment, going from about 3 percent in the polls the day before his June 2015 announcement to winner of the brass ring. And he’s done it by breaking the rules — no traditional fund-raising, lending his own money, eschewing traditional advertising, generating huge crowds at appearances, enjoying endless hours of free news coverage, sending an unending stream of often snarky tweets, and sometimes seeming to invite violence at campaign rallies.

Trump is not a candidate; he’s a walking news event.

Perhaps never before have the traditional media seemed so flummoxed and enthralled. …

Thomas Patterson, professor of government and the press at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, in an analysis of the campaign run-up in 2015, says Trump has satisfied the journalistic need for the new and unusual like no other candidate in recent times.

“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee,” he says. “Journalists fueled his launch.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, often twinned in the media with Trump as an outsider, uses media in a traditional way. He presents himself as a candidate, not a star personality. He has used social media, but in a conventional media fashion — to raise money and convey ideas.

Sanders, says Miller of St. Joseph’s, “is benefiting from social-media tweets of his supporters spreading the word; Trump is generating the tweets.”

Journalists have struggled, seeking to frame this Trump phenomenon. Why has he not run aground on statements or behavior that would have destroyed candidates in the past?

Howard Dean was squashed for a simple, rally-the-troops howl to disappointed supporters after coming in third in the 2004 Iowa caucuses. But in 2016, nothing seems off-limits for Trump.

Gabler points out that “the more outrageous (Trump) is, the more attention he gets.”

Trump’s rise “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” CBS chairman Les Moonves famously told Wall Street analysts in February. …

The larger point is that Trump is a celebrity. People have been watching him for decades.

Long before “The Apprentice,” there was Donald Trump, man about town; Donald Trump, wheeler-dealer; Donald Trump, rich guy; Donald Trump, divorcé. His nickname, “The Donald,” came from his very public breakup with wife Ivana, played out on the front pages of the nation’s tabloids.

The tabloids have taken down many past aspirants, but they promoted Trump and his celebrity world, a world in which anything goes — if it boosts circulation or ratings or, most of all, titillates or nourishes feelings of moral superiority.

Trump “has no sense of vulnerability,” says Jamieson — in stark contrast to Clinton, the more conventional candidate. Clinton, perhaps because she has weathered decades of criticism, often comes across as wary in public, Jamieson notes.

He says Clinton does not seem willing to provide access to the media. She avoids news conferences and minimizes interviews. Her media coverage, on the whole, is not flattering — as many analyses have shown. The contrast between Trump and Clinton could not be more stark.

“One candidate is compulsively accessible,” Jamieson says. “The other won’t have a press conference. She’s unwilling to take the risk.”

Trump knows that, to his base, he is untouchable.

“It’s the celebrity,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and professor of public affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. “His unpredictability. His use of language we’re unused to in politics. He’s making these statements and drawing huge crowds. Who knows what he’s likely to say?”

The big question for Clinton is will she take the risk and open up in public, says Jamieson.

“This election,” says Madonna, “is defying everything we’ve seen.”


Things to do in Cherokee County Tuesday, July 26

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

The Centre City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Centre City Hall on Main Street in Centre. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Tuesday, July 26, 2016 and will be held at the Central Office. The Board Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and items on the agenda include: 1. Adopt Agenda 2. Approve Minutes 3. Accept Exclusivity of Beverages Bid for Gaylesville School 4. Personnel 5. Approve Professional Development 6. Review Job Postings 7. Other 8. Robbie Stokes to Meet with Board The Board regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of a month at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Kimoto Tech announces $6 million investment in new production line

Cedartown’s Kimoto Tech, Inc. announced in a press release on Monday, July 25, a $6 million capital investment project that will allow the film-coating company to progress with the advancement of new technologies and sustain their global competitiveness.

The Cedartown Development Authority approved a memorandum of understanding to allow Kimoto Tech to move forward with selling bonds to pay for their equipment purchases locally, along with an agreement to allow for a tax abatement from several of the local authorities when selling the bonds.

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Kimoto Tech, owned by of Kimoto Co. Ltd, headquartered in Saitama, Japan, is making an investment mainly in new equipment for a production line in the 110,000 square foot manufacturing and corporate office facility.

Cedartown is also the site for Kimoto Tech’s 13,000 square foot Research and Development Center.

“We are very excited about Kimoto’s capital investment project,” said Cedartown City Commission Chairman Larry Odom. “Kimoto has been and continues to be a successful model of an industry that not only excels in their field, but also serves as an example of a fine community partner and neighbor. The commission and the City of Cedartown looks forward to working alongside Kimoto in this project and in the future.”

The investment will include the addition of a Class 1000 Clean Room Compact Coating Line and multiple technology upgrades to the existing coating line.

“These improvements will permit Kimoto Tech, Inc. to support new advanced touch screen, display, electronic and IoT (Internet of Things) markets,” explained Kimoto Tech Inc., President Miguel Leal. “The rapid advancement of technology in recent years has changed the landscape of manufacturing considerably. Kimoto Tech Inc., is making every effort to remain relevant with ever changing demands for optical grade and specialty coated films. These two enhancements to our Cedartown manufacturing operations will permit Kimoto Tech Inc., to remain competitive in domestic and international markets.”

Leal said one line will be getting a $1 million equipment upgrade following several years of 8 major upgrades to the line. A previous production line shut down prior to economic hard times was moved out, and the rest of the investment will be spent on equipment purchases and facility upgrades for what Leal called the “compact line.”

New equipment has been ordered and is being produced, Leal said, and should be delivered and begin full operations in April or May of 2017, depending on how long upgrades take to complete.

He also said the parent company in Japan had previously considered a $30 million upgrade to the facility in Cedartown, but the value of the Yen made that too risky of an investment for them to consider.

The capital investment project was made public during tonight’s meeting of the Cedartown Development Authority. Kimoto Tech acknowledged appreciation for the significant contributions for this project by the Development Authority of Polk County, the Cedartown Board of Commissioners and the Cedartown Development Authority.

“These vital public institutions are making this investment possible through tax incentives in support of local industry,” Leal said. “Capital investment by public corporations coupled with local government support of industry will always remain key ingredients in sustaining a vibrant community. Kimoto Tech, Inc. wishes to express gratitude to all members of these two organizations for assisting Kimoto Tech, Inc. in establishing a future within Polk County and the State of Georgia.”

Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr also expressed gratitude to the local boards and commended Kimoto for continuing to build on a decades-long operation.

“We are excited that Kimoto Tech, Inc. has continued to grow and thrive in Georgia for nearly 30 years,” said Georgia Department for Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “The local support from the Cedartown Board of Commissioners, the Cedartown Develop-ment Authority and the Development Authority of Polk County is a testament to the importance of providing resources to our existing industries as they are the backbone of our state.”

Kimoto Tech opened their operations in Cedartown in 1985.