Crews will reinforce retaining wall while Big Spring Park is closed for repairs

Cedartown’s Big Spring Park will be closed to the public over the coming weeks due to repair work along the historic waterway’s overflow channel.

The retaining walls that direct the spring’s overflow away from the water plant are deteriorating. Some parts of the 1930s-era retaining wall are visibly crumbling, while other parts have been completely eroded. Work crews will be at the park on Monday bringing in equipment needed to replace the retaining walls and starting work site preparations. Actual replacement of the walls is scheduled to begin the first week in October.

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JH Benefield & Sons Inc. contracting company will oversee the project. Both sides of the channel will be repoured with concrete and the small footbridge will be replaced.

During this time, the park will be closed to the public.

 
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KKK rally planned for Oct. 1 in Rockmart called off

A Ku Klux Klan rally planned for Rockmart’s Seaborn Jones Park on Oct. 1 has been called off, according to a press release from the Rockmart Police Department. 

The release stated that Chris Bailey, who originally applied for and received a permit for the October rally for the International Keystone Knights at the park, asked in writing for his name to be withdrawn from the application allowing the organization to hold their event. 

Bailey asked for his name to be pulled from the permit on Friday. 

“Mr. Bailey indicated that he longer wanted his name to be associated with the planned event,” the release stated. “Mr. Bailey understood that, once the permit application was withdrawn, the permit would be revoked, and the event would be cancelled.  A copy of the written request to withdraw the application is available at Rockmart City Hall and the Rockmart Police Department.” 

See the attachment on this story for the handwritten note. 

Here’s the full text of the press release: 

“The International Keystone Knights event originally scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Seaborn Jones Park has been cancelled.  On September 23, 2016, Chris Bailey, who originally applied for and was granted an assembly permit for the event, came to the Rockmart Police Department and formally withdrew his application for the permit.  Mr. Bailey indicated that he longer wanted his name to be associated with the planned event.  Mr. Bailey understood that, once the permit application was withdrawn, the permit would be revoked, and the event would be cancelled.  A copy of the written request to withdraw the application is available at Rockmart City Hall and the Rockmart Police Department.”

 

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Cedartown Library’s latest offerings in books and movies from the Sept. 21, 2016 edition

New books and DVDS are now available at the Cedartown Library, located at 245 E. Ave.

The list includes:

Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel

Puppet Master by Dale Brown Camp; Jim DeFelice

Texas Tall by Janet Dailey

Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

Love Is All You Need by Jennifer Arnold

Crash and Burn by Fern Michaels

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda & Jean Brunstetter

Word 2016 in Easy Steps

New DVDs at the Cedartown Library include:

Ratchet Camp; Clank

Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles

Wild Kratts: Predator Power

Wild Kratts: Bugging Out

God’s Not Dead 2

House of Cards: Season 4

A Haunting: Seasons 1-6

Rise of the Robots

Mystery Beneath the Ice

The Last Man on the Moon

American Eagle

Play Piano Today! A Complete Guide to the Basics

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Friday and weekend forecast: sunny, highs in the low 90s

Look for sunshine to dominate the forecast as the week comes to a close and through the weekend, with chances of showers returning to start next week according to the National Weather Service forecast. Otherwise its clear skies and highs in the low 90s for the next few days. 

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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Floyd fire scorches 150 acres northwest of Cave Spring

A woods fire that scorched close to 150 acres of timber land in an area northwest of Cave Spring was about 75 percent contained Thursday night, according to Wendy Burnett, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

“We don’t expect it to grow much more,” Burnett said.

The cause of the fire, which broke out around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is still under investigation.

Tommy Hawkins, assistant district manager for the GFC said seven tractor-plow units were on the ground plowing fire breaks around the blaze.

Burnett said that plow breaks had been established around 75 percent of the fire and that crews were going to stay on the scene throughout the night.

The fire consumed acreage between Buttermilk Road and Jefferson Road, west of Mud Creek. A dispatcher for the GFC’s central dispatch office said that no burn permits had been issued for Floyd County Thursday.

Cave Spring Fire Department and GFC personnel were dispatched to the blaze.

CSFD Lt. David Montgomery said traditional firefighting equipment could not get into the area, but the Cave Spring brush truck was able to assist. He added the blaze was at least a half-mile from the nearest residential structures.

Much of the fire was in the area known as the Coosa Valley Prairie where the Nature Conservancy has a substantial easement for the protection of a variety of rare and endangered plant species.

At one point during the early phases of response 911 dispatchers reported that flames were shooting 40 to 50 feet into the air.

Whorled sunflowers and Mohr’s Barbara’s Buttons are among the federally protected species that are found in the area. Malcolm Hodges, director of stewardship for the Georgia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

“There’s a list of about 50 different species, including some that are aren’t even described in science yet,” Hodges said.

The Georgia Forestry Commission notified Hodges early Thursday afternoon that the fire had gotten onto the Conservancy easement.

Hodges said a Weyerhaeuser forester had made arrangements for the GFC plows to avoid ecologically sensitive areas.

 
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The Tech Corner for Sept. 21, 2016

The Tech Corner is a weekly technology news and advice column presented each week courtesy of Melvin McCrary at Ga. Computer Depot in Cedartown. 

Netflix Urges FCC to End All Data Caps

Netflix cites section 607 of the Telecommunications Act, which says that the FCC must regularly check whether broadband and other “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.”

According to Netflix, having data caps makes it more expensive to watch online TV; therefore, data caps are an unreasonable restriction to all would-be customers being able to make the most of the Internet. It says that data caps of any kind on fixed-line broadband are unreasonable, while caps on mobile broadband shouldn’t be too low.

Most Connected Seagate Central devices infected by Monero Mining Trojan (Including Desktop External Drives with FTP)

Sophos recently reported about a Trojan that installs a cryptocurrency mining program called NsCpuCNMiner32.exe on an infected computer and then spreads itself to other computers and FTP sites. This mining program will mine the digital coin called Monero, which has become popular among criminal underground sites due to it being less traceable than bitcoin.

This Trojan has spread to almost all Internet connected Seagate network attached storage devices. This is because the Seagate Central devices by default have a world writable Public folder that if connected to the Internet allows anyone to store files on it. When the Trojan is executed it will scan the Internet for FTP sites and attempt to login using common user names and passwords. (If you have any kind of network storage device, change the user and password from the factory default.)

Mining Trojans can cause physical damage to Computers. Once started, the miner will use most of the computer’s CPU power at all times! This causes the computer to become almost unusable, and also causes physical damage to the processor due to the heat generated. It is very important that victims remove this Trojan as soon as possible.

Cruz Fights Global Internet Giveaway

On Thursday, the Commerce Department, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) decided to turn over total control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. This would appear to be a welcome effort to privatize a former government function, but it relinquishes the U.S. government’s role as the arbiter and guarantor of Internet freedom and turns over full control to a group subject to the anti-freedom impulses of the international community, including the United Nations.

In a 2010 speech to graduates at Hampton University in Virginia, Obama complained that too much information is a threat to democracy. “All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”

Free speech restrains the tyrants and socialists who would steal our freedoms. The Internet is the direct descendant of the pamphleteers who energized the American Revolution. This time it’s not the British coming as tyrants, but the government and the FCC.

ICANN has long had authority over Internet functionality, but under a contract repeatedly awarded to it by the NTIA. This full transfer of Internet control to globalists is part of the fundamental transformation of America. The Internet is not broken and there is no need to fix it, much less turn it over to a group subject to the whims of foreign dictatorships and those to whom the free flow of information is considered a threat. Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy have recognized this threat and have introduced the Protecting Internet Freedom Act.

On Wednesday, Republican Texas Sen. Cruz and Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy introduced legislation to prevent the transfer of functions related to the Internet Domain Name System unless specifically authorized by Congress.

“The administration is months away from deciding whether the United States Government will continue to provide oversight over core functions of the Internet and protect it from authoritarian regimes that view the Internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress freedom of speech,” Cruz said in a statement. “This issue threatens not only our personal liberties, but also our national security. We must act affirmatively to protect the Internet and the amazing engine for economic growth and opportunity the Internet has become, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

The lawmakers suggested the plan would “allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the Internet.”

It used to be that three networks controlled the information we saw and heard. Thanks to the Internet, talk radio, and cable news, we have access to formerly unheard and suppressed voices. News and commentary no longer has to get past the gatekeepers at CBS, ABC, NBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Samsung Will Reduce Galaxy Note 7’s Battery Capacity to 60% Via Automatic Update

This is in response to the batteries in some models overheating and causing fires in some cases.

Why 4K Ultra HD TV Has Great Picture Quality

The future of television has arrived. Once you see the incredible images that 4K Ultra HD TVs deliver, you’ll be convinced. The extra resolution of 4K images adds better definition and clarity to the picture. The result is images that look incredibly life-like, more like looking through a window than watching TV.

4K is especially effective on very large screens – so ideally you’ll go for a 65-inch set or even bigger. 4K resolution clearly improves picture quality at any screen size. The effect is more noticeable if you’re moving to 4K from a TV of the same size. Let’s say you have a 50-inch HD TV and you upgrade to 4K: you are cramming four times the number of pixels into the same amount of space. That makes for a noticeably denser picture with finer detail. 4K is considered by the film-making community as being able to reproduce the sort of resolution and ‘finish’ you get with 35mm film.

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Bids for fixing sewer lines in Cedartown rejected

Fann: Project to be reviewed by city engineer for cost savings, head back out for contractors to price

The City of Cedartown will have to wait a while longer before spending a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements after the low bid came in well over what was expected for the cost.

City manager Bill Fann explained to commissioners during their regular session for September the low bid pricetag of $1,011,100 was well over what the city was willing to spend.

And that was the low bid, coming in from Metals and Materials Engineers based on a 270-day construction period.

Higher bids than that came in for the project, well over what the city expected. Unity Construction Company wanted $1.1 million, and Site Engineering $1.2 million based on the bid information provided by the city. C.H. Kirkpatrick and Sons told the city the pricetag for the sewer lines to be replaced was as high as $2.4 million.

Fann said that project was expected to come in around $650,000 for the overall pricetag, with $500,000 of the spending coming from the grant alone.

“Obviously, we can’t afford that,” Fann said. “So with the recommendation of the city engineer, we want to reject these bids and go back out with it after we have a chance to review the plans with the city engineer.”

Commissioners then voted to reject the bids unanimously, allowing the project to go back out to bid once the city engineer is allowed time to look at the drawings and see if there are any savings that can be had.

“We’re hoping to change the scope of the bid somewhat without losing any of the grant money that we’ve received,” Fann said.

The grant was announced back in August 2015 by the city who received it in order to replace 6,000 linear feet of sewer lines, replacement or rehabilitation of manholes and reduction of storm water inflow/infiltration into the sewer system in an area with some of the oldest, most fragile infrastructure in the city primarily in a residential area south of Goodyear Park near Cedar Creek.

Many of the lines — made of either cast iron or clay — have deteriorated and broken, which leads to frequent blockages and overflows.

Fann said during the Sept. 12 meeting that several other contractors have showed interest in bidding on the project once it goes back out through the process.

“They’re also asking to bid on the events center when that project goes back out as well,” Fann said.

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Ensley: Killing fire ants

The Ensley family has had several encounters with fire ants recently.

Fire ants are more active in the fall. They like temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees.

Just as families prepare for the winter, so do insects. Insects have an instinct to survive and reproduce. To survive winter they must make preparations. Fall is an excellent time to disrupt fire ants.

Here are some tips from our UGA entomologists to tell us how to combat our enemy – the fire ant.

Cold is tough on fire ants. If we can weaken fire ant colonies now, they may not survive the winter.

Fire ant tunnels are constantly collapsing. A colony needs lots of ants to replace these, to dig deeper and to collect food. Colonies with fewer ants cannot respond well to the stresses of winter and may die off.

Treating ants now reduces their chances of winter survival. Fire ants are more likely to pick up insecticide baits in the fall. They are also deep in the ground. To kill them it is critical to treat when queen and young are close to the surface.

One last advantage of fall treatment is that many of the mounds are young and small. Fire ants reproduce year round but are most active in the spring. These new colonies take about six months to show up. Now we have lots of small unnoticed mounds in our lawns. If we do not kill them now, they may become the big mounds we see next spring.

How do you treat them? Use a two-step program.

Step one:

Broadcast bait over the entire lawn. Do this when ants are actively looking for food. This will kill about 90 percent of the fire ants but it may take a while. Some bait requires weeks to work. It is better to wait until the bait has had a chance to work before proceeding to the second step.

Step two:

Individual mound treatments.

With dust products, no water is needed and they act fast. Dust products leave a residue. Liquid drenches and generally eliminate mounds within a few hours and leaves little surface residue after application. Granular products are fast acting and usually require putting granules on and around the mound then sprinkling 1 to 2 gallons of water without disturbing the mound. Read and follow label directions closely.

Organic. Pouring 2 to 3 gallons of very hot or boiling water on the mound will kill ants about 60% of the time. Otherwise, the ants will probably just move to another location. Very hot or boiling water will also kill the grass or surrounding vegetation that it is poured upon. Other natural or organic methods include mound drench products containing plant derived ingredients and biological control agents.

For further information about fire ants, contact the Polk County Extension Office at 770-749- 2142 or uge2233@uga.edu.

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Giving back, community spirit is focus of this year’s Cedartown Christmas Parade

It’s a phrase heard often around the holidays, and for the majority of us, we believe it to be true: It’s better to give than receive.

But how many of us actually live out that statement? This year, those wishing to participate in the annual Cedartown Christmas Parade will have the chance to live out that phrase and give to local organizations in need. The theme for this year’s parade, “The Christmas Giving Tree,” is designed to encourage local charitable giving while gussying up one of the season’s most iconic staples – the Christmas tree.

“We wanted to bring something new to the table to get people excited about the Christmas parade,” said Cedartown City Human Resources/Accounts Payable Manager Heather Venable. The parade committee felt that by focusing on the spirit of giving, both parade participants and the community will benefit. “It’s a great feeling to know that you’re helping someone when you give. What better time to do that than during the Christmas season?” she said.

The parade is planned for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

Those wishing to participate in this year’s parade by entering a float must follow the theme in order to be considered for prizes. “In order to be eligible to win prize money, your float must have at least one Christmas tree on display. It can be a real tree, artificial tree, a tree made out of recycled items – it gives you a chance to be creative. It doesn’t have to be expensive to catch the eye of our judges,” Venable said.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories and all entries will be judged based on the year’s theme. Category one will be a church division with a $500 first place prize, a $300 second placed prize and a $200 third place prize. Category two will be an open division with a $500 first place prize, a $300 second place prize and a $200 third place prize. Category three is “Most Outstanding” with only a first place award of $500.

As to the giving aspect of the theme, it’s not required, but strongly encouraged. “Many of our local organizations get wiped out during the holiday season. The donations that are collected from the parade will go a long way in helping our neighbors,” Venable said.

The organizations benefitting from the “Christmas Giving Tree” include: The Samaritan House, Our House Battered Womens Shelter, Life Matters Outreach and the Cedartown United Fund. “We have talked to every organization listed above and they were so excited and so appreciative,” Venable said. The organizations, along with a suggested item donation list, are included on this year’s parade application.

Donated items can be dropped off at City Hall, 201 East Avenue, now through Dec. 5.

There is no fee to enter a decorated float in the Christmas Parade, however, a new policy has been adopted regarding businesses who wish to participate in the parade for advertising purposes only. Businesses who do not decorate their parade entries (cars, trucks, vans) must pay a $25 fee. That fee can be avoided if businesses decorate their vehicles so that the decorations are visible to both sides of the parade route.

Floats cannot feature a Santa Claus (he’s making his grand appearance at the end of the parade) and candy cannot be thrown (for children’s safety reasons).

This year’s parade route will begin at Marietta Street and disperse at East Queen. In order to lessen traffic congestion, parade participants should not stop to park or unload at East Queen. The parking lot behind the old Wendy’s restaurant can be utilized, as well as the parking lots of One Door Polk and the Boys and Girls Club.

Applications can be picked up and turned in at City Hall, 201 East Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The deadline to enter is Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. For more information and to access an application form online, visit www.cedartowngeorgia.gov or contact 770-748-3220.

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EVHS seeks funds to continue restoration of historic church

Members of Euharlee Valley Historical Society (EVHS) and other volunteers continue efforts to restore and preserve old Van Wert Methodist Church, which was built in 1857.

It is identified as one of the oldest structures in Polk County and records indicate Rev. William Wesley Simpson built it. The building survived damage from the Civil War and the cemetery is the final resting place for casualties of that war.

Since 2005, President Greg Gray and the dedicated volunteers working with him have earned recognition for their work to preserve the church and cemetery.

One resident wrote, “They (EVHS) saved the neglected, dilapidated and decaying structure from extinction . . .. President Greg Gray, secretary Nancy Feek and other members are drawn together for a common goal. Each seems to share a love for the old church and are committed to its restoration . . .the late Jean Latrello, a native of Illinois, also championed the cause . . .”

The Van Wert Church and adjoining cemetery are historical gems. The age of the structure and the fact that it was the center of religious and social life for early settlers to this area make it worthy of saving. Add to that history the church’s links to the Rev. Samuel Porter Jones and to small Civil War skirmishes nearby and the interest broadens.

Noted is the fact that worshippers gathering each Sunday morning at the Rockmart First United Methodist Church, the Rockmart Presbyterian Church, the Rockmart Church of God and Baptist churches, First Baptist, Calvary, Fairview and Van Wert have reason to point with pride to the old Van Wert Church. Each of these congregations shares a common history with the church. A direct link exists for the First United Methodist Church since it evolved from the Van Wert Methodist Church, while the other congregations used the facility as an early meeting place prior to their permanent structure being built.

During a recent meeting of Euharlee Valley Historical Society, members announced: “we need your help in spreading the word. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to help raise funds at https://www.gofundme.com/2m4byxra or you can send donations directly to: EVHS, PO Box 364, Rockmart, Ga. 30153.

The group was given the first look at a new publication dedicated to preservation of the old church. Hopes are that it will bring in additional revenue.

They discussed the need to involve representatives from local and state historical preservation departments.

The idea is to spark new interest for funding the restoration work, including the cemetery that still has standing markets from the days Welsh miners were helping provide building material for local business and residential growth.

Focus will be given to contacting and inviting a representative from regional agencies that can provide an individual with expertise in preservation of the building and steps the group can take for assistance.

Other topics discussed included the use of the church as a wedding venue, the Welch tea in Rome on October 1 and the annual memorial service on October 8.

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