An early morning fire claimed the lives of two Cedartown men on Monday morning. Fire crews were dispatched to reported explosion of a house on Young’s Farm Road around 12:30 a.m. Fire crews were told by 911, there were suppose to be at least one person inside the building and neighbors could hear screaming just after the explosion. Upon arrival of the first fire crews the shop still building was fully involved, eliminating the possibility of an immediate rescue. Firefighters from Young’s Station, Blooming Grove, Antioch, Prior Station, Lake Creek and Fish Creek Department’s battled the blaze for nearly four and a half hours. When firefighters were able to approach the remains of the building, they found two bodies just feet from the door of the building. James Thomas Sharp, age 33 and Charles Franklin Wells Jr., age 18 were killed in the explosion. The bodies have been sent to the state crime lab for an official cause of death. The Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Polk County Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team are both investigating the accident to try and determine the cause of the explosion.
WGAA regrets to announce the long time “Voice of the Bulldogs”, Frank Burgess Sr. has passed away. Burgess was described as the “man with the golden voice” and provided play by play for the Cedartown Bulldogs for decades. He Will Be Missed
The funeral arrangements for Mr. Frank Harold Burgess, Sr. will be conducted on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at eleven o’clock in the morning at First Baptist Church of Cedartown with Dr David Taylor, Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating and Mr. Frank Burgess, Jr. and Mr. Bill Lundy speaking.
Mr. Burgess will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral hour at First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Northview Cemetery with full Masonic Rites by the Caledonia Lodge #121 and West Georgia Masonic Memorial Club.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 19, 2011, from six o’clock in the evening until nine o’clock in the evening at the Gammage Funeral Home.
The family is accepting flowers, however donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 101 North College Street, Cedartown, GA 30125; The American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd. NW, Suite 280, Kennesaw, GA 30144; or the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, PO BOX 183, Cedartown, GA 30125.
Six Cedartown residents are behind bars after a drug bust Friday night at three Cedartown homes. Polk County Police Department’s Narcotic Enforcement Team headed up the raid that landed four people in jail on cocaine charges. The following people were arrested and charged with cocaine possession and possession of drug-related objects: James Anthony Redwine age 57, Reginald Ivan Billings age 32, Demetrius Eugene Darden age 34, and Alice Marie Messer age 49. (more…)
The Cedartown Fire Department responded to a house fire in the early morning hours of Saturday. The fire broke out at 204 Collard Valley Road around 4:45 a.m. Upon arrival of fire crews the house was 50% involved. Firefighters dis-connected power and entered the house from a North entrance. Fire in a bedroom spread to the attic space and had broken through the eves of the North side of the residents. Fire crews were able to gain control of the fire within 20 minutes. After an investigation, it was discovered the fire was caused by an electrical short in the bedroom wall where the fire originally broke out.
A single car accident left one person dead and one person in jail Friday morning. The accident occurred around 5:50 a.m. Friday morning on Cashtown Road between Cashtown Loop and Old Collard Valley Road. Brian Williams, age 18 was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident. The driver of the vehicle, 19 year old Joshua McCall has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, too fast for conditions and possession of alcohol under the age of 21. According to reports the car speed through a curve, struck a tree and then flipped. Two female passengers were transported to Floyd Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Polk County schools will hold open house the Monday and Tuesday prior to school starting. School in Polk County starts on Wednesday, August 24th. Open house schedule is as follows: (more…)
The Polk School District Board of Education passed a tentative budget at a special session meeting Monday night. The board elected not to make any additional cuts to the budget at this time. The board will spend the next few weeks deciding if they will raise the millage rate or add more furlough days. Board members Tara O’Neal and Crystal Sproull spoke out in favor or raising the millage rate. O’Neal compared the millage rate of Polk County with surrounding counties. Both Floyd and Haralson County have a higher millage rate than Polk County. Those counties also raised the millage rate recently, while Polk County hasn’t raised the millage rate since 2003. (more…)
The Boys and Girls Club in Cedartown will close in August for repairs. The building located at 321 E. Queen Street is being closed to make repairs to water leaks. The leaks are coming from issues with the cement block walls and the roof. Some rooms located in the building are unusable when it rains due to standing water in the rooms. The walls of the building will need to be drilled out, then sealed and repainted. Cedartown City Manager Robbie Rokovitz is making arrangments for the building to be repaired. A summer camp is currently going on at the Boys and Girls Club and will conclude on August 5th. At the conclusion of that camp the Boys and Girls Club will close until further notice.
The Polk School District Board of Education may be one step closer to voting on a budget for FY2012. The board held a retreat on Saturday at Youngs Grove Elementary School to continue work on a budget. The board met last Monday and asked the public to contact them with their ideas for making up funds the school district lost. Ideas ranged from more furlough days, to raising taxes. Even if the board was able to pass a budget tonight, they may also have to pass another spending resolution. The board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Central Office.
Polk County Fire crews had to deal with hot tempartures as they battled a house fire Saturday afternoon on Wimberly Hill Road. Firefighters from Fish Creek, Lake Creek, Young’s Station, Antioch and Aragon Fire Departments were called to the blaze around 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival of the first fire crews the house was fully involved. Firefighters received assistance from the Georgia Forestry Commission, as well as Redmond EMS. No one was believed to be living in the home at the time and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.