Cherokee County Board of Education to meet Tuesday, Aug. 30

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 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. Recognize State 4-H Quiz Bowl Winners

4. Mr. Casey Young to Present 2015-16 SIR Report

5. Approve Superintendent’s 2016-17 Sick Leave Committee Representative

6. Approve 2016-17 Renewal of ATBE Automobile Fund Participation

7. Approve 2016-17 Renewal of ATBE General Liability/Errors and Omissions Liability Fund Participation

8. Approve Agreement for with CED Mental Health Center for Health Services

9. Accept Bid for Google Console License

10. Approve Energy Saving Budget for Cherokee County High School

11. Approve Energy Saving Budget for Gaylesville School

12. Personnel

13. Approve Professional Development

14. Review Job Postings

15. Other

The Board regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of a month at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

Police seeking suspects in Thursday night armed robbery in Polk

Polk County Police detectives are seeking help from the public in finding three men who got away with an undisclosed amount of merchandise and money from a Rockmart area convenience store Thursday night.

According to Polk County Police Assistant Chief Kiki Evans, Detective B. Brady is working the case following the robbery at gunpoint which happened around 10 p.m. Thursday night at Grand’s store at 998 Cedartown Highway. 

She said the men, covered from head to toe, entered the store and demanded cash from the register. 

They only left the store after holding up the clerk once the owner, who was working in the office at the time, came out during the middle of the robbery holding a samurai sword and scared the trio away, according to Evans. 

Despite a police search Thursday night including the use of K-9 dogs, no suspects have yet been found. 

Evans said video evidence from the store is still in the process of being obtained. 

Any information the public might have about this robbery should be directed to Brady by calling the Polk County Police Department at 770-748-7331. 

GNTC Prep Central Scoreboard August 26

Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Rome  –
Harrison  –
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Ridgeland  –
Pepperell  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Model  –
Sonoraville  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Armuchee  –
LFO  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Coosa  –
Coahulla Creek  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Cedartown  –
Rockmart  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Calhoun  –
Dalton  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
SE Whitfield  –
Gordon Central  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Shiloh Hills  –
Unity Christian  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Trion  –
LaFayette  –

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC. 

Man accused of having Xanax, running from police

A Rome man remained in jail Friday without bond after being accused of having Xanax and running away from police.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Joseph Jeahrome Beach, 34, of 2827 Maple Road, was arrested at 10:42 p.m. Thursday on North Broad Street.

Beach tried to run away after officers found two Xanax pills in a plastic bag in a cup holder in Beach’s car.

Beach is charged with felony possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of drugs not in the original container, driving without a license, improper headlights and obstruction.


GDOL to help Shaw Industries recruit in Calhoun

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Shaw Industries recruit 100 lift truck operators for its plant in Adairsville.

The recruitment will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College-Gordon County Campus located at 1151 Highway 53 Spur S.W. in Calhoun. GDOL staff will be on site to help screen applicants.

Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Salaries depend on experience.

Applicants are encouraged to dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for jobs.

For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.

For more information about the recruitment, contact the GDOL’s Rome Career Center at (706) 295-6051. The career center is located at 462 Riverside Parkway, N.E. in Rome, and it is open to serve the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Sand Rock opens volleyball season with tri-match sweep of Cherokee County, Spring Garden

CENTRE – The Sand Rock Lady Wildcats opened the 2016 volleyball season Thursday with a pair of victories over Cherokee County and Spring Garden.

The Lady Wildcats (2-0) defeated host Cherokee County 25-18, 23-25 and 15-13. They also earned a 25-21, 25-10 win over Spring Garden.

Haylie Pruitt led the charge with 19 kills. Erin Langley added 19 assists and five aces. Paige Norris contributed 19 digs. August Gilliland collected eight kills and eight digs. Savannah Blackwell tallied seven kills, 11 digs and four aces. Audrey Richardson finished with 13 assists.

Sand Rock plays in a tournament at Sardis on Saturday.

GUEST COLUMN: Migration has started

Where there are birds, there is migration. That birds of all sizes, from giant cranes to tiny hummingbirds, journey thousands of miles twice a year has always fascinated us. We wonder why birds migrate, how they store enough energy for the trip, and how they find their way.

Why birds migrate seems easy to answer. Who wouldn’t want to avoid a Canadian winter by spending some time in the tropics? But that doesn’t explain why they leave the tropics in the first place. Why does a bird fly thousands of miles north just to build a nest when it could build the nest where it spends the winter? The complete answer to that question is complex but mostly boils down to overcrowding and food supply. By flying north, birds can exploit the wide open, food-rich, bug-infested wilds of North America.

North America provides excellent breeding grounds, which produce millions of baby birds. And it is these baby birds that make migration really amazing — baby birds, not much more than a month old, somehow find their way south to their species’ wintering grounds. And they do it without the help of their parents or a map. The young birds spend the time immediately after fledging playing with their fellow nestlings, honing their flying skills, and learning how to find food. Then suddenly they are struck with a case of Zugunruhe — that’s German for “migratory restlessness.”

Instantly the fun is over and they start getting antsy. They eat constantly and nearly double their body weight. Then late one night, when the weather is just right, they fly into the black night sky and away from the only world they know.

Using the stars, the earth’s magnetic field, and instinct inherited from their parents, they stream south. Some of them make short flights, stopping along the way to eat and rest; others fly nonstop. No matter the dangers that await them, they have only one option, to fly. Blackpoll warblers, for example, take off from Nova Scotia, fly hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean, turn right just east of Bermuda, and fly 86 hours nonstop to South America.

Bird migration is as diverse as it is amazing. The cardinal pretty much stays in the same place all year and the snowy owl only migrates when there is a food shortage. Juncos only fly as far as they must to find consistent winter food. The bobolink can’t get far enough south: it flies all the way to Argentina.

The 4-ounce, 15-inch long Arctic tern nests in the high Arctic but likes to spend its winter way down in Antarctica. It leaves North America in late summer and flies east across the Atlantic to Europe. Then it works its way south along the coast of Africa and finally on to Antarctica. By the time it completes the annual round trip it has flown nearly 22,000 miles.

Equally diverse is the time of day when different birds make their flights. There are birds that only travel at night, others that fly only during the day, and some that don’t seem to care when they fly. Most songbirds fly at night, which is unusual because the rest of the year they roost at sunset. Flying at night protects them from hawks and falcons that migrate during the day. Ducks and geese migrate either day or night.

Nighttime migration fooled many early naturalists who thought birds hibernated in a secret underground hideout. Other observers believed that birds flew to the moon for the winter. And once upon a time, people thought hummingbirds were not strong enough to fly across the Gulf of Mexico — and so rode the backs of larger birds across the Gulf.

A combination of length of day, temperature, and weather triggers the urge to migrate. When all conditions are just right, the birds make their move.

Huge flocks of them go for it at the same time — the beating of their wings and the path of their flight determined by genetic mandate. Radar has detected as many as 15 million birds flying south over Cape Cod on a single night. Can you imagine 15 million birds overhead? That would be the wrong night to forget to take your washing off the clothesline.

For those of you who don’t have radar, here is something fun to try. About 11 p.m. on a clear, moonlit night in September or early October, focus your spotting scope or binoculars on the moon. You will be surprised how many birds you may see passing the moon on their way south. I tried it and saw hundreds of silhouettes thousands of feet up in the night sky.

Give it a try. Migration has started.

In the meantime, practice saying, “Zugunruhe.” You know you want to.

Rome native Stanley Tate sits on the Berry College Board of Visitors. He retired as executive vice president and chief environmental officer of Southwire and now writes a nature column that appears in several Georgia newspapers. Readers may write him at


Standard Journal area new arrivals from the Aug. 24, 2016 edition

Kaci Holland and Matthew Wray of Cedartown announce the birth of a son Holland Thomas Wray. He was born on Aug. 6, 2016.

Jennifer Edwards and Christopher Edwards of Aragon announce the birth of a daughter Addison Faith Edwards. She was born on Aug. 5, 2016.

Carrie Crowley of Cedartown announces the birth of a son Clinton S. Crowley. He was born on Aug. 3, 2016.

Tiffany Shea Thurmon and Bradley Thurmon of Lindale announce the birth of a son Riley Thurmon. He was born on Aug. 2, 2016.

Breanna Perez and Brett Johnson of Cedartown announce the birth of a son Damien Elijah Johnson. He was born on Aug. 1, 2016.

Lori Shiver and Neal Shiver of Rockmart announce the birth of a son Liam Neal Shiver. He was born on Aug. 12, 2016.

Chelsey Byars and Matthew Byars announce the birth of a daughter Remy Ava Grace Byars. She was born on Aug. 1, 2016.

YOUTH SOCCER: 3 Arsenal teams enjoy tourney success

Three of the Rome YMCA’s Arsenal teams saw tournament action last weekend. The G14 and B16 were in the Chattanooga Fall Invitational with the B16s winning their division against teams from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Atlanta. The G15s won the U16 division in the Smyrna Adidas Mundial Series-Summer Cup.

The G14 lost to the Signal Mountain Storm 3-0 on Saturday. They were defeated by the Chattanooga FC Elite 6-2 with goals from Payton Brown. On Sunday they lost to GA Storm 7-0.

The G15 beat NGA 3-0 Saturday morning. They advanced to the final after defeating Chiefs Futbol Club’s U15 Blue team out of Atlanta, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon. The goal scorers were Haley Guerrerro (two), Amarantha Hernandez, Maggie Eddins, Anna Ruth Parker, and Jayden Boswell. Emma Couch earned the shutouts in goal for Arsenal.

The team then beat Hampton’s Thunder team in the championship coming away with a 9-0 victory. Scorers were Belle Bryant (two), Guerrerro (two), Boswell, Anna Dupree, Lauren Akemon, Eddin, and Ashley Medrano. Couch earned her third shutout of the tournament.

The B16 beat the Chattanooga FC Premier 7-0 on Saturday morning with a hat trick from Andreas Svardh, and goals from Christian Fonseca, Oscar Segura Cruz, Libni Ramirez, and Jordan Dupree.

In the afternoon they beat the Huntsville FC Maroon 5-3 with another hat trick from Svardh and goals from Luis Guzman and Dupree. Sunday they beat the Hernando (MS) Express 3-0 with a goal from Braden Camp on an assist by Svardh, and two goals by Svardh, one assisted by Dupree.

In the championship they beat SSA Chelsea Blue 3-0 with goals from Svardh, assisted by Fonseca, Dupree and Fonseca.