New Arrivals from the Feb. 22, 2017 edition of the Standard Journal

New Arrivals from the Feb. 22, 2017 edition of the Standard Journal

The following birth announcements were submitted by Floyd Medical Center between Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, 2017. Congratulations go out to these new parents in the Standard Journal reading area.

Brandon Michael Wolfenbarger was born on Feb. 7, 2017 to Amanda and Michael Wolfenbarger of Rockmart.

Judson Lee Gowens was born on Feb. 8, 2017 to Joshua and Chesney Gowens of Rockmart.

Milan Lenny Bahena was born on Feb. 9, 2017 to Carmen Barrientos and Giovanny Bahena Lagunas of Cedartown.

Ella Reese Akins was born on Feb. 9, 2017 to Meagan and Adam Akins of Cedartown.

Alissa Miley Brooks was born on Feb. 9, 2017 to Briney and Robert Brooks of Cedartown.

Damien Lamar High Jr. was born on Feb. 9, 2017 to TeCorian Rowland and Damien High Sr. of Rockmart.

Sariah Cash was born on Feb. 11, 2017 to Nicole and Mark Cash of Cartersville.

Matthew Aaron Hancock was born on Feb. 13, 2017 to Jessica Cowan and Bryan Hancock of Rome.

River Knox and Spencel Joel Chambers were born on Feb. 13, 2017 to Lorene Wines and Jonathan Chambers of Cave Spring.

Stella Charlee Nicole Cox was born on Feb. 14, 2017 to Deanna Busie and Christopher Cox of Aragon.

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Column: Take a moment to appreciate a tree

Column: Take a moment to appreciate a tree

Last week, students at Westside Elementary School took part in an activity meant to help them learn the value of one of earth’s greatest resources: trees.

Children got to meet Smokey Bear and the Cedartown Tree Commission came along too to promote tree planting with the children at the school in an annual celebration locally of Arbor Day which ends with local youth helping to plant a tree on their campus.

Oh Arbor Day, that annual celebration of the giant redwood and the swaying loblolly, a moment out of the chaos of each year to say all across the world that we are about trees.

The day came and went without much in the way of real notice by most people out there, who look at trees as just part of the background landscape in their yards, or lining the roadways to and from work.

Most of the time, trees only get noticed whenever they fall in the street or cave in a roof following severe weather moving through the area, and then they are considered more nuisance than dead organism.

We forget that trees are living, breathing creatures who occupy this earth along with the rest of us humans lurking around across the surface. In fairness, they are useful and stationary organisms who like plants have no sentience, and therefore become made into a variety of products or burned away to clear acres of land for farming, or roads, or office developments.

Trees become lumber to create structures for living, fences for enclosing and fiber for the toilet paper we should all thank Joseph Gayetty for inventing daily.

Paper, playing cards, Post-It notes, peaches, plastics and plenty of other things are the many products that start out life as a tree of some kind.

I have in the past gone on about the value and need to plant more trees all across the world, repopulating our lost forests and helping in the fight against climate change.

Many of you probably didn’t care to celebrate Arbor Day, and I don’t blame you. February isn’t exactly an ideal time to be outdoors digging into the ground to plant a tree.

That’s exactly what I want you to do. The world is better off with more trees growing, not less based simply of the contributions they make in sequestering carbon and converting it into breathable air.

The more trees we have, the better off we’ll all be. Especially when you might not have any other resources available to you in the future.

If thinking that way makes me a tree-hugger, well then I guess I’m guilty as charged.

Take for instance the plight of a lady who called me the other day asking about the coverage of the landfill and seeking advice with what to do with her property.

I asked her whether she had a lot of trees on hand, and she said that her family used to cut the area for timber from time to time but that she had gotten too old to manage such an operation, and wanted to leave it behind for the next generation to figure out.

That’s a good call, and I think I gave her good advice: at the very least, land is always got a value to it, much of that having to do with the trees it holds.

We should all remember that none of us would be here without trees, wouldn’t get to our jobs, have food on our tables, roofs over our head and so much more without the noble and giving tree.

So get out there and take a few minutes to get a sapling and dig a hole, for the tree you plant today could pay dividends tomorrow, and maybe one day help save the world.

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School bus crash reported on Johnson Lake Road

School bus crash reported on Johnson Lake Road

A school bus has been involved in a wreck with a Cadillac on Johnson Lake Road near where it intersects with Bradshaw Drive and Cornelius Road.

According to Polk Co. EMA Director Randy Lacey: 

There were fourteen students the driver on a bus and none of the students were injured. EMS is on the scene evaluating everyone. A passenger in the Cadillac complained of injury and is being checked out.

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Retired volunteer firefights honored

Retired volunteer firefights honored

The Polk County Board of Commissioners showed their appreciation to three volunteers who have decided after many years of dedicated service to retire from the Polk County Fire Department. Chris Hindmon, Robin and Lyman King were presented with proclamations showing appreciation of their service of more than 20 years for each.

Public Safety Director Randy Lacey and Commissioner Jennifer Hulsey presented the trio with the proclamations on Feb. 13 during the county’s regular meeting.

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Polk Drug Task Force arrests four in Feb. 17 after finding drugs, cash during search in Cedartown

Polk Drug Task Force arrests four in Feb. 17 after finding drugs, cash during search in Cedartown

The Polk County Drug Task Force released information this afternoon about a bust late last week that sent four to jail in Cedartown and netted the seizure of drugs and cash during the execution of a search warrant. 

According to the press release, Zeric Quantay Walker, 27, of 216 Daisy Circle McDonough, along with Trimance Walker, 33, of 420 Pace Street, Cedartown, Labrent Derance Walker, 30, of 237 Houseal  Street, Cedartown, and Sequoia Wilson, 27, of 154 Vance Avenue, Cedartown were all taken into custody when the Drug Task Force entered the house at 420 Pace Street in Cedartown. 

The trio of Walker’s were all charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and obstruction/hindering law enforcement. 

Wilson was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance. 

The press release stated that Drug Task Force agents went into the Pace Street address on Feb. 17 looking for drugs and cash. This came after an investigation that began in mid-January into the area which “is historically known for being an open air drug market,” according to the release. 

Agents found undisclosed quantities of crack cocaine, ecstasy, controlled medication and a firearm. Officers also found a large amount of U.S. currency. 

Zeric and Labrent Walker both remained in jail without bail following denial by the Polk County Magistrate Court. Trimance Walker was still in jail but bond was set at $85,000 before he could be released. Wilson was released on bond. 

The Drug Task Force was assisted in the arrests and search by the Cedartown Police, Polk County Police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Polk County Board of Education set to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Polk County Board of Education set to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Polk County Board of Education will be gathering for a special called meeting for another executive session following Saturday’s meeting at their attorney’s office. 

The board will meet at the central office at 6 p.m. for the purpose of going into executive session, and then to come back out and address personnel matters on the agenda following. 

Board members are meeting again following a special called meeting over the weekend held at 10 a.m. Saturday that went immediately into an executive session. 

This meeting was held prior to the Cedartown Police Department releasing a report on Saturday morning about an incident between Superintendent Darrell Wetherington and his estranged wife Jennifer at Westside Elementary School, where she is a teacher. Click here to find that story. 

Check back for more information Tuesday following the meeting for more.  

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