Grant promotes local Ag education

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Karen Hatch, teacher at Northside Elementary School, recently attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conference held June 17-19, 2015, in Louisville, KY.

Attending the conference was made possible by a CHS grant with the National Ag in the Classroom Foundation and by sponsoring from the local Polk County Farm Bureau.

At the conference, Mrs. Hatch attended workshops emphasizing teaching methods that can be used in agriculture-based lessons in the classroom. She has used similar lessons in the past and knows what valuable and exciting learning tools they are for students.

Mrs. Hatch has a new vision for Northside Elementary. Through funding and volunteers from Home Depot and Polk County Farm Bureau, she is planning to build a school garden that will create opportunities for students to become active participants with “hands-on” experiences that will cover all areas across the curriculum.

The plan is that it will be a tremendous opportunity not only for the students, but for school parent involvement as well. Collaboration with farmers and producers in the community will be an added highlight to the project. Mrs. Hatch hopes the lessons will teach students to become agriculturally self-sufficient in today’s society.

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Cedartown trick or treating scheduled for Oct. 30

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Downtown Cedar-town’s annual celebration of Halloween is coming up at the end of October on Main Street and will culminate in a costume contest.

The Downtown Cedartown Association will be holding its annual Trick or Treat on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with participating businesses handing out candy during the two-hour event.

Only children 12 and under are invited to participate in the trick or treating downtown, and a guardian should accompany them.

Once all the treats are collected, the Downtown Cedartown Association will hold a costume contest starting at 5:30 p.m. at the park in front of Polk County Court House #2.

The costume contest is also limited to contestants 12 and under. Prizes will be given out in several categories for in three different age groups, and one for best overall costume.

There is no charge to participate in the costume contest.

After the kids model their costumes for judges, the Cedartown Humane Society will hold a dog costume contest in the park as well.

There is also no charge for participation in that contest. Prizes will also be available for the dog costume contest.

Prior to and during the trick or treating on Oct. 30, Kiela’s Photo Lab and Frame Shop, located 210 Main St., will be taking Halloween photos from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Photos are $6 for a 5×7” shot.

For more information on the coming trick or treating, contact the Downtown Cedartown Association at the Welcome Center at 770-748-2090.

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First veterinarian in Rockmart will be honored Oct. 17

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The late Dr, Ralph King, Rockmart’s first veterinarian, will be honored during a ceremony at the Rockmart Historical Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

The event was scheduled as a feature during the Riverwalk Festival, which is planned in downtown Rockmart on the same day.

Members of Dr. King’s family are expected to attend the ceremony in his honor.

Equipment used by Dr. King is now on display in the museum with a brief history of his life of service.

A graduate of Dallas High School in 1952, he served in the United States Army until 1954. During his tour of duty, he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1961 from the University of Georgia.

After purchasing and remodeling a building in Van Wert, Dr. King began practicing veterinary medicine in June 1961. In 1965, more than 50 percent of his practice was for large animals, including beef cattle, hogs and horses.

Dr. King served clients in Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding, Haralson and Douglas counties.

Additionally, he tested cattle at the Livestock Market in Cartersville for more than 25 years. He retired after 32 years in January 1993 but worked part time until April 2002.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and involved in many community services, including the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and Polk County Development Authority. He was also a member of Gideon’s International and a member of the G.V.M.A., N.W.G.V.M.A. and A.V.M.A.

The public is invited to visit the Rockmart History Museum to discover the heritage of this area, which is preserved there.

This includes a large American flag with facts that visitors find interesting: According to the law of 1818, the 49 star flag became official on July 4, 1959 following the admission of Alaska to the Union on Jan. 3 of that year. Hawaii was admitted as a state on Aug. 21, 1959, but the flag was not changed until July 1960. Today, the flag has 50 stars – one for each of the states.

Other new displays include one that features a cheese wheel, donated by Lillian Sherman. It is placed near a wooden “dough” tray used by women to make bread in the 1900s.

For more information atout the museum, email Pat Sampson at

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New Arrivals from the Oct. 14, 2015 edition of the Standard Journal

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Jacqueline Wood and Brandon Wood of Cedartown announce the arrival of a daughter Braelynn Rose Wood. She was born on Oct. 2, 2015.

Amanda Pollard and Charles W. Pollard of Cedartown announce the birth of a daughter Miracle Darlene Pollard. She was born on Oct. 3, 2015.

Marlita McCurley and Philip McCurley of Bremen announce the birth of a son Bradley Keller McCurley. He was born on Oct. 2, 2015.

Tina M. Lanier and Thomas H. Sexton Jr. of Rome announce the birth of a son Leland Ryan Sexton. He was Oct. 5, 2015.

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Farm Spotlight: Russell at Holden Produce in Euharlee

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Editor’s Note: Fourth of a series spotlighting local and area farmers, who participate in the Rockmart Farmers Market.

Russell Holden learned to garden from his mother who, he will tell you admiringly, was a Native American that gardened barefoot.

After roofing for 43 years, Mr. Holden retired and took up farming.

Holden’s Produce grows a wide variety of crops from spring through autumn in his backyard and on several acres of farmland he leases around the corner from his home in Euharlee.

Along with the varied garden in his backyard he has many fruit and nut bearing trees including pear, apple, pecan, and fig. Around the corner grow rows and rows of beans, okra, corn, and tomatoes alongside wild blackberries, muscadines, and cantaloupe.

Most of his chickens, turkeys, and other varied fowls live on the leased land but the baby chicks get started in the backyard.

Russell spoke of how much he enjoyed working the land and that he spends most of his days growing the things he brings to market each week.

When shopping at The Rockmart Farmers Market from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, stop by Russell’s booth and see how his harvest is going.

The market is located beneath the oak trees on Water St.

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Homecoming at Taylorsville Baptist this Sunday

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The Taylorsville Baptist Church will host Homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Rev. Doug Harris will deliver the message. Guest singers will be Nikki Shaw and the Children of Promise.

The TBC choir, under the leadership of Music Director Brother Chris Thomas, will also sing.

Pastor Tommy Harris invites everyone to attend. After the worship service, lunch will be served in the Robert C. “Bob” Harris Fellowship Hall.

The church is located at the corner of Church and Main Street in Taylorsville, Ga.

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Law enforcement extra vigilant in protecting community during Halloween

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As children go door to door Trick-or-Treating this year, residents in both Polk and Haralson counties can rest assured that local law enforcement have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our youth.

All law enforcement agencies within the Tallapoosa Judicial Court System met today at the Polk County Emergency Management Building in Cedartown to discuss safety of the community during Halloween.

“Halloween and trick-or-treat has always been a time of extra caution with all law enforcement,” Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said. “This year, we met in order to ensure that we are all keeping an eye on sex offenders during this time.”

Newsome said representatives from the Department of Community Supervision (formerly the Department of Probation and the State Board of Pardon and Paroles), the Bremen Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedartown Police Department, the Rockmart Police Department, the Polk County Police Department, the Aragon Police Department, the Tallapoosa Police Department, the Office of the District Attorney and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation participated in the meeting.

“We gathered to identify and make sure we all knew who the sex offenders in our jurisdictions are and who our highest risks are based on their past offenses. A list of sex offenders was distributed to the group, according to jurisdiction, and all chiefs committed to making personal checks on each and every one during Halloween,” Newsome said. “Every one of us gathered today, and every officer in our respective departments, are dedicated to making sure that everyone has a safe Halloween.”

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History gets real for 4-H’ers

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Shannon Williams has been in 4-H since the 5th grade. She graduated from Cedartown High School last year and began her college career this fall at Georgia Northwestern.

In her junior and senior years in high school, Shannon competed in the annual 4-H District Project Achievement events. She wrapped up what she thought would be her last DPA competition in July.

At DPA, 4-H’ers make a presentation on a topic they have studied over the year. They pick a category — everything from history to fashion to veterinary science — and delve into it. They keep a record book and portfolio of everything they do related to their topic. For example, some of the students who are studying historical subjects will document last Saturday’s Civil War memorial at the Van Wert church in their record books.

For her past two tries at DPA, Shannon says she picked topics that weren’t too intimidating. When she finished her last competition, she says she found herself wishing she had pushed herself a little bit more and studied something she was really interested in before she left 4-H.

“I was thinking about it, what I would do if I could do this again, ‘This is what I would do,’ and then my mother told me I would be able to do it again,” said Shannon, whose late birthday in August made her eligible for another year.

“I’ve always wanted to do history, but I’ve never had the confidence just to go with it. I did things like family resource management, where you talk about budgeting. When I found out I could do one more project this year, I thought, ‘I’m going to do what I want to do and I’m going to do history.’ “

Greg Gray of the Polk County Historical Society took Shannon and two other students studying history for their projects, Dakota Peterson and Katelynn Borders, on a tour of the Historical Society Museum last week.

Dakota, an 8th grader at Rockmart Middle School, is studying the Vietnam War, Katelynn, a 7th grader at Rockmart Middle School, is researching the Holocaust.

In addition to history, the students’ 4-H sponsor, County Extension Program Assistant (and Shannon’s mom) Dora Williams, has been busy getting her charges around the county and beyond to get what they need for their projects.

She accompanied Robert Fennell, an 8th grader at Rockmart Middle School who is studying animal companion science, to Petland in Rome where he chose a Starburst parrot for his companion.

Victoria Barrett, a 9th grader at Rockmart High School competing in the veterinary science division, investigated the bunny rabbits at Petland.

“The staff was just great,” Williams said, “one of the girls working there used to be in 4-H,”

Zoey Myrick, a 10th grader at Cedartown High School, taught a sewing class last summer as part of her project in the Fashion Revue category. Williams took her to a fabric store in Rome to pick out material for her portfolio.

“Right now,” Wililams said from the 4-H office on North Main last week, “she is here helping another student make alterations in her prom dress.”

Shannon is still pondering on her history topic. She has narrowed her choices down to presentations on feminism, the Trail of Tears, or the Civil War.

Last July, she saw “Unto These Hills” when she visited Cherokee, North Carolina. “It pretty much told the entire story of the Cherokees, and about Tsali, a man in the village who enabled everyone to stay on their native land instead of having to move west, and I thought it was really, really cool.”

If she does the history of feminism, which she defines as “the belief that men and women should all be equal,” she said she’ll start with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s declaration of women’s rights in Senaca Falls, N.Y., in 1848.

“That’s really where it all started,” Shannon said.

Whichever topic she uses, she says she’s glad she’ll get to present on something she loves. “It’s the only subject in school that didn’t confuse me, honestly. I love history.”

For more information on the 4-H program visit the Georgia 4-H website at or contact the Polk County Extension Service at 770-749-2142 or

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Murphy-Harpst CEO retiring with gratitude

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After completing the “best five years “ of his working life, Chuck Troutman will retire as CEO of Murphy Harpst Children’s Center in the coming year.

Troutman will officially step down from his role at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center in February 2016, he said in an interview last week.

He said working at Murphy-Harpst has been a blessed last stop before retirement.

“Talk about a crowning experience of my career. The last five years I have been a part of a team that has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of the children we serve. Their faces and names will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

Troutman has worked in nonprofits, primarily in fundraising and nonprofit management for 40 years.

He worked with the American Heart Association for 30 years in roles that included national director of CPR training, executive director of two state affiliates and most recently, as deputy director for the five-state Heart Association Southeastern affiliate.

He worked three years for a greater Atlanta hospital system

When he interviewed for the job at Harpst Home, his background really wasn’t a “perfect fit,” Troutman said.

“I was absolutely not the best trained. I had no experience in behavioral health care but I think the search committee saw something that was special about the fit. They were looking for solid nonprofit management experience and someone who could lead a larger nonprofit.“

In the past 5 years, the Murphy Harpst development team has finished a multi-million dollar capital campaign to build a gymnasium and two new dormitories, renovated two existing dormitories and renovated the agency’s on-campus school. Troutman credits these financial successes to thousands of donors who provide gifts to Murphy Harpst.

With the opening of the new dormitory in November 2015 every one of the 57 children on campus will have their own private room and most will have private baths.

“If I had known at the beginning what I know now, the dormitories would have been the priority,” Troutman said.

“These kids need a place to decompress, and they really deserve a private room setting. Our population is a challenging one. If you can imagine living in a cottage with 12 to 15 other people, all of whom can be behaviorally challenging, that’s a lot of people. We previously had only seven private rooms and we are turning that into 57.”

Five years into the job, Troutman feels like his talents have, after all, been a good fit with what the home needed. “I’ve had a wonderful team of people who knew the business to work with along the way,” he said, including headmaster Marvin Williams, former superintendent of Polk School District, residential director Karen Gibson, and Niesha Turner who runs the counseling side.

As VP for Development, Emily Saltino has raised millions of dollars to keep Murphy Harpst a viable organization for many years.

“I can’t tell you how valuable our direct care staff team is here. They work day in and day out; they have the toughest job in the agency. The 24/7 care of these young people is a daunting task. But the positive results in the lives of the children is well worth the effort.”

With 140 employees, Murphy Harpst is one of the largest employers in the county. The agency celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014.

“Since 1984 our niche has been to provide a home and therapeutic services to heal the young people who have had multiple failures in the traditional foster care system of care. Murphy Harpst believes that every child has intrinsic value. We’re trying to help our children to experience all those things we wish for our own families,” Troutman said.

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center is a therapeutic residential treatment center. The children, mostly between ages 12 and 21, are wards of the state and are referred to the agency by the Department of Family and Children Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The agency serves over 300 children a year: 57 children live on the campus, another 30 children receive counseling as outpatients, and the agency provides specialized foster care to another 40 children in homes of foster parents in Northwest Georgia. Troutman noted that there is a great need for foster parents in Northwest Georgia. He encouraged people interested in becoming a foster parent to contact Murphy Harpst.

Troutman, 61, says he is happy with the growth of the agency, but he is surprised at the level of personal growth he has experienced there.

Previously, he says, he knew his work translated into positive results for communities and individuals, but the feedback came in the form of statistics — the number of new patients served, scientific achievements and lives saved from heart disease, stroke and cancer.

“Most of my work was remote and while it’s great to raise money for research you don’t know the people you are helping,” he said.

Here, “the work that we’re doing is in your face every day. We’ve got a young lady discharging today that I can recount for you some real hurdles and turmoil she’s been through. I can remember visiting with that young lady in the emergency room, I can remember those very precious moments as we were telling her ‘you do make a difference. We do care.’ ”

Troutman added, “We have a 70 percent success rate returning children to a lower level of care where they had previously failed.”

Troutman and his wife, Angie, grew up in the Carolinas, he in Concord, N.C. — the NASCAR capital of the world, he notes — and Angie in Columbia, S.C. Angie is a full-time volunteer at the home and is “twice the asset I am,” Troutman says.

They are retiring in Mexico to live in a house they built there over the last few years. Once settled, Troutman says he expects to snorkel, sail, and learn to fish. He will also be looking for an opportunity to do some volunteer work with a local nonprofit.

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Thursday forecast: sunny, high 80

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Sunshine remains in the forecast through the rest of the week and weekend, but look for temperatures to start dropping Friday night and into the weekend, with highs only in the mid-60s according to the National Weather Service. 

Today’s forecast calls for sunny and clear skies, with a high near 80. Calm wind.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 45. North wind around 5 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 42.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

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