Polk County Jail report for Dec. 9, 2016

Polk County Jail report for Dec. 9, 2016

The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the Dec. 9, 2016 report. 

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Holiday ornaments for sale at Haney Feed and Seed in Rockmart helping Sheriff’s Toy Express program

Holiday ornaments for sale at Haney Feed and Seed in Rockmart helping Sheriff’s Toy Express program

A local elementary student is helping to raise money for a program at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office helping local youth have a merry Christmas which are on sale now at the family store in Rockmart. 

Stephen Haney, whose parents own and operate Haney Feed and Seed, came up with the idea to sell the ornaments last year and made more than $1,500 for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Toy Express program, which remains ongoing for signups. He’s raised more than $500 so far and will have ornaments on sale at Haney Feed and Seed through the beginning of the year. 

A fifth grader at Eastside Elementary School, Stephen said his goal was first and foremost to help people. 

“I just wanted to help needy people and get some money for them,” Stephen said. “Johnny (Moats) came in and bought some jackets for kids and needy people so they could stay for the winter. I just thought that was great and wanted to do something too.” 

He said it only takes a few minutes to make the ornaments, which are stamped with holiday images and then filled in with colored pencils. 

They sell for $3 each, or 2 for $5 and feature a variety of designs, from simple Christmas trees to messages about the holiday season. 

At the moment, Stephen is also enjoying a bit of celebrity among his friends at school, who have seen him featured on Atlanta-area news channels who have come to Rockmart to hear more about his fundraising efforts. 

“They think it’s cool,” he said. 

He also said he plans to continue the program at Christmas to continue to help the Toy Express program in the years to come, bringing out new ornaments next year for sure. 

Moats said he was thankful for Stephen’s hard work, and hope it sets an example for others in the community. 

“We need all the help we can get for these kids, and what Stephen has done is give us just a little bit more to use for these families at Christmas,” he said. “Our hope is people will see what he’s doing and decide to help out as well, since we have people coming in and applying for the program every day, and probably will be until Christmas.”

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One killed, one injured in wreck on Evergreen Lane in Cedartown

One killed, one injured in wreck on Evergreen Lane in Cedartown

A Cedartown woman was killed and the driver injured in a one car wreck at the intersection of Evergreen Lane and Cave Spring Road this afternoon, according to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier. 

He said that he pronounced Mildred Chapman, 81, of a Cedartown address, dead at the scene around 3 p.m. this afternoon following the wreck. 

Brazier said that Chapman and the driver, whose name has not yet been released, crashed into a large oak tree in the northbound shoulder opposite of Evergreen Lane. He did not yet have any information on a cause for the crash. 

He said the driver was pulled from the car and transported to Floyd Medical Center in Rome via Redmond Emergency Medical Services. He said her condition was serious, but had no more information than that. 

Check back for more on the afternoon wreck as information develops. 

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Aragon Christmas parade coming up on Friday, route finalized

Aragon Christmas parade coming up on Friday, route finalized

Rain came and washed out the potential for the Aragon Christmas parade to wind its way through the mill village over the weekend, but planners are hoping the weather will stay clear and allow for Santa to make a visit on Friday.

Officials reported the parade is set to start at 6 p.m. starting on Grove Street.

No other plans have changed for the first ever parade.

See the attached graphic for a map of the parade route.

A caroling by the tree event will follow immediately after the parade is over.

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Polk County Jail report for Dec. 7, 2016

Polk County Jail report for Dec. 7, 2016

The Polk County Jail releases arrest reports on weekday mornings. Click the attached PDF to find the Dec. 7, 2016 report. 

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Ensley: Helpful tips on caring for your Christmas tree

Ensley: Helpful tips on caring for your Christmas tree

Selecting a tree

  • Keep these points in mind when choosing your fresh Christmas tree.
  • Check the height of the ceiling in the room where you will display your tree. Select a tree that is at least one foot shorter than the ceiling height.
  • Needles should be pliable and adhere to the branches. Run your fingers over the branch along the needles. They should bend, not break or fall off.
  • Shake or bounce the tree to be sure that all needles are firmly attached. If the tree is fresh, few needles should fall. Some loss of old needles inside the tree is common.
  • Avoid trees that have a wilted look.
  • Make sure the handle of the tree is straight. The handle must be six to eight inches long to allow placement in the tree stand.
  • Check for insects and dead needles inside the tree crown. Have dead needles shaken or blown out when you buy the tree.

Caring for the tree in the house

  • If you don’t plan to put the tree up right away, cut one inch off of the base, put the tree in a bucket of water and stand in a shady place.
  • When you bring the tree indoors, cut ½ to 1 inch off of the base of the trunk and place in a tree stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
  • Don’t place the tree near a fireplace, heater vents, or other heat source.
  • ALWAYS keep the tree well-supplied with water. CHECK the water level in the stand SEVERAL TIMES EACH DAY. Tree may use several quarts of water a day.
  • NEVER let the water level fall below the base of the tree. If this occurs, the cut end can seal over preventing further water uptake. The tree will have to be taken down and a fresh cut made at the base to allow water uptake.
  • Adding aspirin, soda water, bleach, sugar, etc., to the water in the tree stand is no more effective in keeping the tree fresh as adding plain water each day.

Fire proofing Christmas trees

  • The best way to keep a tree fresh and fire resistant is to ALWAYS keep it supplied with water.
  • A fresh tree that is kept supplied with water presents little fire hazard. As long as the tree takes up water, and does not wilt, it will be relatively fire resistant.
  • DO NOT allow the water level in the tree stand to fall below the base of the tree at any time.
  • Fire Marshall approved treatments are available which can be sprayed on trees to reduce flammability. These may contain borax or other flame retardants. Check with the salesperson when you purchase your tree, or with the fire department for specific fire-retardant treatments.
  • Use only UL approved lights and nonflammable decorations.
  • Never leave home or go to bed with the Christmas tree lights on.

Insect problems

  • Aphids and other insects can enter the home on Christmas trees and emerge in the warm house.
  • Inspect the tree before bringing it indoors. Shake and bounce the tree on the pavement to dislodge insects and trash.
  • If you find insects, spray the tree with an indoor-outdoor aerosol insecticide containing pyrethrins before bringing the tree inside. These spray-can insecticides are available at grocery and discount stores.
  • If insects show up after the tree is in the house (look for sticky drops on carpet and presents) cover the area under the tree and spray the tree with an indoor-outdoor aerosol insecticide containing pyrethrins.
  • Be sure to FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS when using any insecticide.
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