Forsyth reunion held; memorial program given

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An interesting program, centering around the lives of 11 family members and their survivors, was presented during the 32nd annual Forsyth Reunion.

The featured group included William Hugh Shepard, Joe Allen Morris, Irene White Forsyth, Roger Joe Bone, Perry Bone, Travis C. Tant, Jennifer Hicks Potter, Deane Fennell Coffman, Dorothy Hayes, Tom W. Clark, and Ruby Tant Oliver.

Friendship Baptist Church, Braswell Mountain Road in Paulding County, was the meeting place of the descendents of Elijah Rose Forsyth. He was one of the founders of the church, which is located in a wooded area off Braswell Mountain Road. It has a well-maintained cemetery and plenty of parking spaces.

During the event, Kenneth Forsyth was re-elected president.

Genealogist Bill Sherwood of Clearwater, Fla. updated the group with changes in the 500-page genealogy book. He provided copies to family members.

Daughters of Arlin Douglas Forsyth of Rockmart presented the program. They used charts of “working tools” to depict phases of his life.

Harold McDurmon lead the group in repeating the Lord’s Prayer as the dismissal before lunch.

Picnic tables were laden by food, and the Rev. Ralph Bobo led in a thanksgiving blessing. Thereafter, family members spent time in fellowship.

Source: Cedartown Standard

Family Fun Fest slated in Rockmart

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An all day event of fun and entertainment is being organized for Saturday, Oct. 24 at Seaborn Jones Park in Rockmart.

The Family Fun Fest, hosted by churches and volunteer groups, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Activities will continue continue until 8 p.m., according to local organizers.

Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in the field day events.

Games will include ring toss, dart balloons, sack race, tug of war and others.

There will be food and live entertainment with popular and traditional songs presented.

For more information about this scheduled day of activities, interested individuals are encouraged to contact 678-685-1108.

Source: Cedartown Standard

New books at Cedartown library

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The following new books are now available at the Cedartown Library, located at 245 East Ave.

Adult Fiction

Nemesis – Catherine Coulter, The End Game – Catherine Coulter and Lt. Ellison, One Season of Hope – Jim Stovall, One Way or Another – Elizabeth Adler, The Silenced – Heather Graham, The Forgotten – Heather Graham, Tail Gait – Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, Blueprint- Barbara Delinsky, The Pilgrim – Davis Bunn, Wildfire in His Arms-Johanna Lindsey

Adult Non-Fiction

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop – Pauley Perrette, Darren Greenblatt, and Matthew Sandusky, From Jailer to Jailed -Bernard Kerik, We Could Not Fail – Richard Paul, Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind – Josh Karp, Design Mom – Gabrielle Stanley Blair, Real Estate Investing for Dummies – Eric Tyson, Windows 10 for Seniors – Peter Weverka, Reagan – H.W. Brands

YA Fiction

The Wicked Will Rise – Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die -Danielle Paige, The Replaced – Kimberly Derting, The Taking – Kimberly Derting, Rogue – Julie Kagawa, Sisters of Blood and Spirit – Kady Cross

Juvenile Fiction

Mountain Dog – Margarita Engle, Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 – N. Griffin, The Cottage in the Woods -Katherine Coville, Whatever After: Cold as Ice – Sarah Mlynowski, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp – Kathi Appelt, Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! And lives to tell about it – Tom Greenwald, Ungifted-Gordon Korman

Source: Cedartown Standard

SJ Pet of the Week from the Sept. 30, 2015 edition

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The Pet of the Week for the Standard Journal to end the month is a male kitten, ID # 29646498.

He’s a short haired, under 6 months old and according to volunteers has so far been friendly and cuddly.

Take him home today by calling Polk County Animal Control at 770-749-8908 today!

Source: Cedartown Standard

Fall Festival coming to Cedartown tomorrow

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A 5K, a parade and vendors galore will take over Main Street in downtown Cedartown Saturday for the 38th annual Fall Festival. 

The festival will kick off in Cedartown with the Cedartown Kiwanis Club’s 5K, which will kick off from the Cedartown Welcome Center on Main Street starting at 8 a.m.

Race registration will begin at 7 a.m., and costs $20 per person in advance, and $25 the day of the race. Those interested in pre-registration can do so at and search for Cedartown by location through to Oct. 2 to fill out forms online.

Call 770-846-8558 for more information on race registration.

The annual Shriner’s Parade will kick off at 10 a.m., and the Cedartown Humane Society Dog Show begins at 11 a.m. Contact Charlotte Harrison at 706-252-4412 for more information.

For information on how to be a vendor or how to participate in other events, call the Cedartown Welcome Center at 770-748-2090.

Source: Cedartown Standard

Schools break in October for fall fun

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Fall break for Polk district school students is coming up the first week in October, giving everybody a chance to get out and enjoy the season of falling leaves and falling temperatures. Students will be out of school from Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9.

Here’s a round up of autumn day trips, between 8 and 90 miles from home.


B.J. Reece Orchards offers u-pick in their apple orchard through the end of October. In addition to picking apples (or buying them at the Orchard store) and enjoying beautiful north Georgia vistas, B.J. Reece offers hayrides and farm tours, petting farms, pony rides, apple cannons, and a corn maze. Plan lunch around the desserts you can pick up at the “from scratch” bakery on site, including fried apple pies, apple cider donuts and fresh made apple breads.

Driving distance: 92 miles. Open every day, including Sundays (in October) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, Georgia 30536. Call 706-276-3048 for more information. 

It’s a trip

If you have been putting up off making the trip to Paradise Gardens, that is, folk artist Howard Finster’s very personal casting of life in art, maybe now is the time.

The Gardens, just up the road in Summerville, attract visitors from around the world, but you only have to travel 58 miles to see the wonders this Baptist preacher wrought starting in 1951. Plus summer crowds will have moved on in October, giving locals who visit in the fall a little more elbowroom to enjoy Finser’s art.

Driving distance: 58 miles. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. 200 North Lewis St., Summerville; 706-808-0800. Self-guided tours are available. Call for information on other tours and special events. 

Throw me a line

Banning Mills has plenty of daredevil adventures for the hardier souls, but it also offers some family zips that your kindergartner can enjoy. The new Crazy Squirrel Village is an aerial adventure course with two tiers that allows children as young as 4 years old to participate on Tier 1, while older children and adults can challenge themselves on Tier 2.

The Forest and Woodland tours are also designed with families in mind and have a lower weight limit of 50 pounds so that some of the smaller ones in the family can participate. The Forest and Woodland tours are open to ages 8 and older.

If you have the teenagers in tow, there’s plenty of really scary, dare-devil zips they can try, including the Screaming Eagle zip which covers about 51,000 lineal feet (or almost 10 miles) of zip line (it’s in the Guinness Book of Records).

Driving distance: 47 miles. 205 Horseshoes Dam Road, Banning, Ga. (Whitesburg); 770-834-8149. Prices start around $25 per person.

A trip to Banning Mills can be booked for any day of the week, but you must call or email for a reservation before you go.

Off the paved trail

The closest trailhead for taking a hike on the Pinhoti Trail is only about 8 miles up the Cave Spring Highway from Cedartown, but it’s not a trail built for a casual walk like the Silver Comet Trail allows. The Pinhoti offers a rugged outdoors adventure with dirt paths winding through meadows, under and through tall pines, and alongside wild dogwoods.

The name Pinhoti is Creek for ‘Turkey’s Home’, and there’s a chance you’ll see, or at least hear, a few fine-feathered gobblers when you’re on the trail. The entire trail runs 335 miles through Georgia and Alabama, but a portion of the trail can be accessed in the Santa Claus Mountain area off of Highway 100.

Plan your route carefully if taking children; parts of the trail cross or share roadways. Open every day, no admission.

For information on trail heads and routes, call 770-748-3220 or go to the U.S. Forest Service website at and search for Pinhoti Trail “Santa Claus Mountain.”

Source: Cedartown Standard

Kelley pledges continued support for helping Rockmart grow

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State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th district, pledged his support to continued business growth in Polk County during a meeting of the Rockmart Business Alliance.

Kelley said he serves “all the people” and is pleased to see an emphasis on business expansion and growth by local leaders. He was greeted by Sherman Ross, Rockmart city council member, and remained for a brief session of event planning.

Ross gave an update on the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). He said the three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance is related to housing and local development.

“We are still in the initial planning stages,” he said.

Denise Bell, RBA member, asked, “What can we do to support local efforts?”

Ross encouraged the group to help keep the downtown and other areas of Rockmart clean.

He said city officials continue to address local housing needs for Rockmart citizens. Ross referenced recent approval of ordinances to improve conditions brought about by vacant and abandoned properties identified as dangerous or unsafe.

During the meeting, Laura Bates gave an update on plans for participation in the Main Street Program.

Main Street is defined as a national movement that has spanned three decades and taken root in more than 2,000 communities – a movement that has spurred $56 billion in reinvestment in traditional commercial districts, galvanized thousands of volunteers, and changed the way governments, planners, and developers view preservation.

Over the past 34 years, the National Main Street Center has overseen the development of a national network of 46 coordinating programs. The programs help cities, towns, and villages revitalize their downtown and neighborhood business districts utilizing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based organizing framework of good Design, Economic Development, Organization and Promotional practices that enable communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets.

Bates said plans are to launch the program during 2016 following initial planning strategies.

The group also reviewed the fall calendar of events with emphasis on the Festival of Treats scheduled for Halloween on Oct. 31, 2015.

During 2014, this event brought children dressed in favorite costumes to the downtown fun center along Marble Street.

Activities are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., but some youngsters may arrive earlier. Accompanied by adults, parents and family members, they bring baskets, buckets and other containers to be filled with treats by local merchants.

Jeri Purdy has assumed the leadership role for this event and plans to mark off spaces where games will be set up. Businesses are encouraged to participate. Those taking part are asked to sponsor a game for the kids and to give some type of wrapped candy to the little ghosts and goblins.

A costume contest for kids aged 0 to 11 highlights the event around 6:30 p.m. It is usually held on the steps of the building housing the Polk County Chamber of Commerce and Rockmart Historical Museum. First, second and third place winners are recognized.

The 2015 sponsor will be Liberty Tax of Rockmart, according to Barbara Cuzzort and Ralph Lowther.

A pet contest, traditionally hosted by Precious Paws, will be included. This event usually begins at 5:30 p.m. and is held on South Marble Street.

RBA members also discussed plans for the “Holiday Open House”, which will be held in November.

Stores will remain open until 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. The following stores have agreed to participate: What’s New Consignment, Queen Bee, The Puddle Duck, The Perch, Living Lovely, Smith Lockwood, J & L Discount, Rockmart Florist and Morgan Hardware. Others may be added before the scheduled event date.

The next RBA meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Theatre Building on Elm Street.

Source: Cedartown Standard

Friday forecast: rain likely with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, high 64

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Look for rain showers to continue today, and showers early in the morning on Saturday, but overcast skies through the weekend as the National Weather Service calls for rain throughout the rest of the weekend and clear skies next week. 

Today’s forecast calls for showers, and possibly a thunderstorm. Expect cloudy skies all day, with a high near 64. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers likely, mainly after 5 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly before 10 a.m. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a high near 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Source: Cedartown Standard

NORMAN AREY COLUMN: Boys, act as if you’ve been here before

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Norman Arey writes about the upcoming Georgia-Alabama football game in his column in Friday’s print edition of the Rome News-Tribune.

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ATLANTA BRAVES: Coppolella promoted to general manager for Braves

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves promoted John Coppolella to general manager on Thursday following three seasons as assistant GM.

Coppolella agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, which will include the first three seasons at Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park.

“When John Schuerholz took over as general manager 25 years ago, he won 14 straight (division) titles,” Coppolella said. “It has been nearly 10 years since he has been out of the GM chair and we’ve won one title. We want to get back to where we can go to five World Series in nine years, which is what was done here in the 1990s.”

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart announced the move.

The 37-year-old Coppolella enters his ninth year with the team.

“He is one of the bright and creative minds in our game today,” Hart said. “There is going to be no stone left unturned with John.”

The Braves made several moves this season they hope will put them in a better position for the future. They traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton before the season started, then dealt Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Chris Johnson during the season.

The moves left the Braves with more payroll flexibility, but the team collapsed in the second half and is 64-94 entering the final games of the season.

The promotion was expected. Coppolella has worked with Hart since October 2014 in all duties normally handled by a general manager, including player evaluations and contract negotiations.

“I never felt like he wasn’t the GM,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “He made all the moves as a general manager. Our relationship has always been as a manager-general manager. Now he gets the title.”

Source: Rome News