Visitors to Peek Forest Park will notice new informational signs located throughout the park. On January 18th, the Cedartown Tree Commission is partnership with the W.D. Trippe Foundation, the Ayers Beck Golf Tournament, The City of Cedartown and Helms Painting installed seven informational signs throughout the downtown Cedartown park. The signs have information about trees in the park, as well as other local trees. The welcome sign was also update with a QR code that always visitors to snap a photo of a lead on a plant and learn information about that plant through a program call Leafsnap. According to Tree Commission Chairman Marily Bunn, the next phase in the project will be to install a larger sign at the park entrance with a map of trees and markers, as well as additional information about local trees. 2014 marks the 20th year Cedartown is being recognized as a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Registration is now underway for the 2014 Cedartown Youth Baseball Season. Registration will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am until 1:30pm and 5:30pm and 7:00pm at the cabin at Northwest Park. Registration will also take place on Saturdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the Senior Building. For more information on Youth Baseball please call 470-865-2990.
Local attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” Morris has announced his candidacy for Judge of Superior Court for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. Morris is a graduate of the University of the South and Georgia State University. Morris began practicing law when he joined Parker and Lundy Law Firm in 1998. Morris has also served as an Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson Counties since 2007. Morris has been involved in several community organizations over the years including serving as President of the Cedartown Kiwanis Club, Campaign Chairman for the Cedartown United Fund and is currently serving on the Cedartown Walk of Fame Committee. Morris looks to replace retiring Judge Richard Sutton who announced his intentions to retire back in late 2013. Voting for Superior Court Judge will take place in the May 20 election.
Both Cedartown basketball teams were handed loses on the road this past weekend. Friday night CHS traveled to Jasper Georgia to take on the Pickens County Dragons. The Lady Dogs were defeated by a final score of 32-50. The leading scorer for the Dogs was Tia Covington who finished the night with 13 points followed by Lexy Barnett who added 7 points to the effort. The Dogs were defeated by a final score of 44-75. The leading score for Cedartown was T.J. Ector who finished the night with 8 points followed by Tyrell Pace and Quan Neal who both added 6 points. On Saturday CHS traveled to South Paulding High School to take on the Spartans. The Lady Dogs lost a heart breaker by a final score of 56-53. Sophomore Lexy Barnett once again lead the charge for Cedartown finishing with 16 points followed by Sha Jones who finished with 11 points. The Dogs were handed a big lose by the Spartans 81-23. T.J. Ector once again lead the scoring effort for Cedartown by finishing the night with 8 points followed by Mason Cox who finished the night with 6 points. Cedartown’s next game will be a rematch with the South Paulding Spartans, but this time they will be on Cedartown’s court. Cedartown will play host to the Spartans on Saturday, January 25th. Tip off of the girls game is scheduled for 3:00pm.
The following are closed for Monday, January 6th:
-Polk County Schools
-Cedartown Nutrition Center
-Lundy Christian Academy
-Worldview Child Care
-First United Methodist Church Preschool
-Stepping Stones Daycare
-Floyd County Schools
-Rome City Schools (Monday and Tuesday)
-Carrollton City Schools
-Paulding County Schools
Polk County Fire crews responded to a house fire early Sunday morning. The call was dispatched just after 5:00am Sunday morning. The house on Cook Road in the Potash Road area of Polk County was reported to have fire in the attic of the home. Upon arrival of fire crews heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the roof of the home. According to the homeowners the fire started in the kitchen area of the home, possibly in the exhaust fan located above the stove. The homeowner awoke and went into the kitchen where she saw heavy smoke around the stove and when she pulled the stove away from the wall, flames were visible. The homeowners were able to make it out of the house and no injuries were reported in the fire.
In local sports news the Cedartown Lady Dogs and Bulldogs didn’t quite get off to start in 2014 they had hoped for. Both teams were in action Friday night as the hosted Gilmer County and again Saturday as they hosted Coosa. Both the Lady Dogs and the Bulldogs were handed loses Friday night at the hands of the Gilmer County Bobcats. The Lady Dogs lost by a final score of 54-45 against the visiting Lady Bobcats. Cedartown trailed the Lady Bobcats 29-28 at halftime. Senior Arkeria Boozer would finish the night as the Lady Dogs leading scorer with 13 points followed by Junior, Tiara Penson who finished the night with 9 points. Things weren’t any better for the Dogs as they lost to the Bobcats by a final score of 54-41. Quan Neal was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 13 points followed by T.J. Ector who finished the night with 9 points and Mason Cox who finished the night with 8 points. Saturday the Lady Dogs would pick up a win against our friends from just north of us. The Lady Dogs defeated the Lady Eagles of Coosa High School by a final score of 54-26. Freshman Tia Covington would lead the scoring effort for the Lady Dogs with 18 points. The Dogs however would not be able to make the turn around like the Lady Dogs as they would drop a game to the Eagles by a final score of 81-54. Cedartown lead much of the first half after jumping out to a 4-0 lead early in the first period. T.J. Ector and Quan Neal would once again lead the scoring effort for the Dogs finishing with 15 and 14 points respectively. Cedartown’s next game will be on the road as they travel to Temple High School to take on the Temple Tigers Tuesday afternoon. Tip off of Tuesday night’s games are scheduled for 6:00pm.
According to reports the two EMS providers in Polk County may be looking to combine into one single service. Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are expected to submit a formal request within the next few weeks to combine the two hospital’s EMS service into a single provider. Redmond Regional Medical Center’s EMS service currently covers Polk County, Floyd County and Chattooga County, while Floyd operates in designated zones in Polk and Floyd County. Hospital leaders have been discussing some type of merger for several months and recently notified their employees of the possible merger by email. It is unclear at this time exactly what kind of merger would take place if the request was approved. The two services may be combined into one service or an outside service may be brought in to take over the services. Both hospital managers are hoping to have an approval to move ahead in the merger process within the next six months.
Cedartown may be getting its first real dose of winter weather Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to fall into the upper teens and in the high 20′s Thursday night and into Friday morning. A cold front just behind a line of rain is a formula for possible icing and snow. There is a 20% chance of snow flurries for Thursday night. The winter weather is expected to return to the area next week with some over night temperatures dropping into the low teens. WGAA will keep you up to date on any ice on roadways or road closures with winter weather moving into the area.
Rockmart Fire crews responded to a house fire with possible entrapment New Year’s Eve night. The call originally came in from a grandmother inside a house on Polk Street and reported that she and her grandchildren were trapper inside the home. A full county fire alarm was also dispatched which sent 4 Polk County fire stations to the fire as well. Upon arrival of Rockmart Police officers all the residents inside the home had evacuated without incident. The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the home and was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported in the fire.