Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held Saturday, May 9

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The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 23 annual nationwide Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive on Saturday, May 9.

Stamp Out Hunger! is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, with the help of thousands of volunteers, letter carriers all across America collected more than 74.4 million pounds of non-perishable food – the second-highest amount since the drive began in 1992.

Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 9, before their letter carrier arrives. In the days leading up to the Food Drive, letter carriers will be delivering special bags, along with your mail, that be used to make your donations. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community food banks and food pantries for distribution.

While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100 percent fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.

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Blood drive will be held in memory of Margaret Statham on Tuesday, May 12

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A community blood drive for the American Red Cross will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the Nathan Dean Center, 604 Goodyear Street in Rockmart.

This event will be held in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mitchell Statham, who passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

She is remembered as a dedicated volunteer with ARC and a person who believed in making a difference in the lives of the people she met.

“Not only was she a joy to be around but loved life so that everyone who knew her was inspired,” said Doris Scott, blood drive coordinator.

Margaret had a passion for helping others and was a compassionate, caring friend, she said.

“I learned the value of donors from personal experience and people like Margaret,” Scott said. “I remember I once needed 5 pints of blood (at Rockmart-Aragon Hospital) and only 1 was available.”

Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at

Donors are remind that a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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Rep. Trey Kelley Honored by Georgia Health Care Association

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Provider Group Names Kelley Legislator of the Year for Leadership on Consumer Legislation

CEDARTOWN – Leaders of the Georgia Health Care Association recently honored Rep. Trey Kelley (R – Cedartown, District 16) for his leadership on legislation that impacts health care costs and protects consumers from unscrupulous attorneys. Kelley was named “Legislator of the Year” by the organization.

HB 342, which was passed by both houses of the General Assembly and has been sent to the governor, was carried by Rep. Kelley. The bill limits frivolous lawsuits aimed at nursing homes, which bog down the court system and contribute to rising health care costs.

HB 342 also cuts down on baseless, unfounded legal advertisements targeting local nursing homes. The advertisements, which are often paid for by out-of-state law firms, use alarmist and misleading language in an attempt to recruit potential clients for a firm.

“Georgia’s nursing homes and the people they serve appreciate Rep. Trey Kelley’s leadership on this important legislation,” said Bill Davis, chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Health Care Association. “Protecting consumers and enabling providers to protect their reputations is important at a time when there is a growing demand for long term and post-acute care services in our state.”

The Georgia Health Care Association honored Rep. Kelley at its Northwest Council meeting held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville.

Founded in 1953, the Georgia Health Care Association represents long-term and post-acute care providers located throughout the state of Georgia. The association is dedicated to enhancing the ability of providers to provide competent and compassionate care and advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly and disabled Georgians. GHCA’s more than 360 members serve more than 73,000 individuals annually.

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Standard Journal Area Calendar of Events from the May 6, 2015 edition

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A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at Maximum One Main Street Realtors, a new business located at 2 North Main St. in Cedartown.

A Comedy Mystery Dinner Show will be held at 6 p.m. June 27, at the Shriners Lodge, located at 109 Bells Ferry Road in Rome, Ga.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 and are available at Bradfords Drug Store in Cedartown. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Children Hospital.

The Bold and Beautiful Redhatters sponsor the event. The cast will include people from Cedartown and Rome.

For more information, call Patricia Smith at 770-546-4717, Mahalah Rudeseal at 770-856-3419, Tony Warren at 706-235-5900 or Roy Meyers at 706-346-8029.

Carroll EMC will accept applications for Bright Ideas grants through September 15, 2015. Public school teachers may apply for grants of up to $1,000 for educational projects in the classroom. Applications are available at

May events at Van Wert Elementary School include 5th grade CHAMPS graduation from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 and pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade field day, Thursday, May 14.

Eastside Elementary’s May events include a kindergarten production from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, and field day on Tuesday, May 26.

Davitte Lodge No. 513 will host the 24th annual Aragon Children’s Day on Saturday, June 6, for all children under age 16.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to play games and win prizes. A fishing rodeo is held and kids can try their luck at catching a big one. More than 350 youngsters attended the activities in 2014.

For more information, call 770-684-5207.

Bellview Baptist Church, 2333 N. Bellview Rd., Rockmart, will host homecoming and revival services May 18-20.

Zion Quartet will be featured during the homecoming service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18.

Revival services will begin at 7:30 p.m. Speakers will include Stacy Dyer, Georgia Baptist Convention, John Leming, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church and Alex Schwartz, worship leader at Beulahland Baptist Church.

Pastor Justin Carter invites the public to attend these meetings. For additional information, call 770-684-3941.

The National Association of Letter Carriers are helping stamp out hunger with a food drive scheduled Saturday, May 9, which will include staff with the post office in Cedartown. Donated items will be presented to the Samaritan House.

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Thornton Recreation Center Activity Room, 102 North Floyd Park Road in Rome, Ga.

The meeting site is located across from Armuchee High School on Highway 27 North. It is open to the public.

Camp Antioch (Polk-Haralson Christian Life Center) offers a free Student Study Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday afternoons on regular school days.

Free wifi is available for students needing to log on to the Internet for study purposes (walk-in welcomed). Homework Helpers can be arranged if you call ahead to let us know the grade level and subject at 770-846-7760.

All Carroll EMC offices will close Wednesday, May 20 for a day of employee training. During the closing, make payments at the kiosks, automated phone payment system (770-832-3552), online at or via the free Carroll EMC mobile app. To report a power outage, call 1-877-9-OUTAGE (1-877-968-8243) or report it online or via the mobile app.

The Tallatoona Head Start program in Rockmart is now accepting applications for limited space in their Head Start and Pre-K programs.

Those interested can schedule an appointment with Family Advocate Ashley Goddard at 770-684-5770.

Head Start is a federally funded program for pre-school children from low-income families. Children who attend Head Start or Pre-K participate in a variety of educational activities, receive free medical and dental care, have access to healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting at no charge.

There is an income eligibility requirement and children must be at least 3 by Sept. 1, 2015 to participate in the Head Start program or 4 by Sep. 1, 2015 to participate in the Pre-K program.

Keep Polk Beautiful will host a Community Recycling Day on Saturday, May 9, in Cedartown. Industrial or business recycling will not be accepted.

Polk residents are invited to bring household items to Home Depot, 1500 Rome Highway in Cedartown, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9.

The following items will be accepted: used tires ($5 per tire with a limit of 4 per household – standard automotive only), fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, flashlight batteries, ink cartridges, sorted household plastics, aluminum or household paint (limit 5 gallons).

Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise,. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get him or her the help they need.

Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals; 800-431-1754 or

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Huddle House gospel singing benefit raises money for funeral

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Several gospel groups performed during a benefit singing held at the Huddle House in Cedartown on Saturday, May 2. The event was scheduled in memory of the late Dustin Hood, 18, who passed away recently. Proceeds raised will go to Gammage Funeral Home to pay for funeral expenses, according to organizers.

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Polk community shows up big for Relay for Life

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The annual Polk County Relay for Life once again brought hope and purpose to the fight against cancer last weekend, as hundreds of people gathered at the Polk County Fairgrounds to celebrate cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost to the disease. The Polk County event is one of more than 5,000 Relay for Life events held around the country simultaneously.

The event centers around teams, some of whom have been making the event for years, who walk the track. Teams are formed by groups ranging from medical offices and real estate agencies to sports teams and neighbors.

The “relay” part is that at least one member of the team is on the track throughout the event.

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in communities in the United States, along with communities in 19 other countries, gather to raise funds for cancer research.

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City of Cedartown launches mobile version of website

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The City of Cedartown launched a mobile version of their website on Monday.

According to statistical data from Google Analytics, 63 percent of viewers access the site via a smartphone or tablet.

“Having an easy to navigate, easy to view mobile site is a very important aspect when considering web reach and impact,” said Aimee Madden, Public Information Officer for the City of Cedartown.

Google, the popular search engine, recently changed its ranking algorithm to reflect mobile and tablet-friendly websites.

“This means that businesses or organizations can have great looking desktop website, but unless Google ranks it as “mobile friendly,” their chances of showing up in an organic Google search decline remarkably,” Madden said.

Some of the components that Google classifies as mobile-friendly include: quick load time on a mobile device; large, easy-to-read navigation tabs and buttons and no need to “pinch in and out” to view content, among other things.

The City’s mobile site was built by analyzing the top viewed and visited pages on their desktop website, Madden said. These pages include the City’s online work order form, the code enforcement and zoning page, the employment page and the news page.

There are other features on our mobile site that are user-friendly. These include links to Facebook and Twitter, a Google map of City Hall, instant telephone connection, email contact, hours of operation and RSS news feed.

Viewers also have the option to click over to our full desktop view if they desire.

“We have the ability to change and add most any type of information to our mobile site, should we see a need to tweak any of the information that currently appears,” Madden said.

The mobile version of the site can be accessed by visiting on any non-desktop device like a Smartphone or tablet.

“Users on these devices are automatically directed to the mobile site,” Madden said.

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Public hearing set for May 11 on Blanche Road rezoning

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The Cedartown Planning Commission held a public hearing at its April 27 meeting to take comment on the application of Vantage Development, LLC, to annex and rezone 20.92 acres for the purposes of building an apartment complex on Blanche Road.

Vantage has applied for approval to annex the property, across from Cedartown Middle School, into the city limits. The developer is also asking the city to rezone the property to PD-1 Residential for the purpose of building a apartment complex.

No public comment was given before the Planning Commission and the commission moved the application on to the Cedartown City Commission for a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 11, in the council room of the Cedartown City Hall at 201 East Ave.

Vamtage is also the developer partnering with Northwest Georgia Housing Authority on the conversion of Willingham Village in Rome to privately owned Section 8 voucher homes.

The project file containing the application, plats, deeds, legal descriptions, or other documents may be reviewed at the office of the City Clerk at City Hall.

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Polk Co. VICE Unit to get new officer

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Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd is beefing up the county’s VICE unit to combat an alarming increase in thefts in Polk County.

Dodd told Public Safety committee members during their April 30 meeting that he is re-assigning an officer to Vehicle Interdiction and Crime Eradication, or VICE, unit. Dodd set the unit up last year to address the growing number of thefts occurring in his jurisdiction and to combat crime overall in the department.

In a memorandum to the committee, he said that the VICE unit has been “very successful over the past 18 months in arresting many thieves and burglars, and recovering thousands of dollars in stolen property.”

He noted that during that time VICE has had only one assigned officer, with officers outside the unit helping in investigations of suspicious activity they encountered on patrol.

Adding a second officer will help combat the growing problem of thefts and burglaries in the unincorporated areas of Polk County.

According to statistics provided by Dodd in the memorandum, theft was at the top of the list of the 10 most reported on crimes in Polk County in 2014. Some 784, or 37 percent of crimes reported, were theft reports. Another 253 cases, or 12 percent of the most reported crimes, were reported and investigated as criminal trespass and damage to property incidents, or those activities where suspects went onto a property or tried to access property to commit theft or burglary.

Polk County Police reported 234 burglaries last year alone.

The memorandum also categorized the thefts by the value of the property stolen: Vehicles topped the list at just under $375,000 in stolen property, thefts of a general nature totaled $348,000, and the next three categories, all related to burglaries, combined for a value of $440,000.

In total, the amount of vehicles, consumer items, fraud, theft of livestock and forgery amounted to $1,190,294 in lost property for victims of crime in the unincorporated areas of Polk County.

Dodd said it is important to add an officer who can give his or her full attention to the thefts, and to help recover stolen property for county residents.

“This unit is not responsible for dispatched calls, so the officers can dedicate more time to the suppression of crime,” he said.

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Tuesday forecast: sunny, high 82

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The first full week of May is promising to be clear and sunny as the National Weather Service calls for temperatures in the mid 80s and no chances of rain until the weekend.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high near 82. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Calm wind.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

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

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

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