According to the City of Cedartown, a decision on this year’s Christmas parade will be made on Thursday at 12:00 noon. With the chance of rain showers in the area, the city is unsure if the Christmas parade will roll on as scheduled. A rain date has already been set for Friday, December 6th. WGAA will inform you as soon as a decision is made.
According to a release by the Georgia High School Association, Cedartown High School will be changing regions in fall of 2014. Cedartown will join Region 5-AAA sub region B. This will place Cedartown in a sub region with Pepperell, Adairsville and Rockmart. Sub region A will be made up of Callaway, Central Carroll, Haralson County and possibly a new school in the Meriweather County area. Region classifications are determined by the number of students a school is projected to have in the upcoming years. These newest numbers are projected for the fall 2014-2016. The new region will not go into effect until the fall sports in 2014.
As of December 4, 2013, the City of Cedartown will be installing a new software system. This new software has many features and improvements that both customers and the City will benefit from.
During the implementation of the new system, customers may encounter delays in the office and even though their staff has received training, there will be different obstacles that they must work through.
As always, their goal is to provide outstanding customer service to each and every one of their customers. They appreciate your patience and support as they improve their system to better serve you.
If you have any concerns, please contact the office at 770.748.3220 and they will be glad to assist you.
The Cedartown Bulldogs and Lady Dogs basketball teams will play host to the Haralson County Rebels Friday night. The Lady Dogs will go in to Friday night’s game 3-1 on the young season. The Lady Dogs last win came back on November 30th against Coahulla Creek by the final of 54-34. The Bulldogs will try to turn things around and pick up their first win of the young season Friday night. The 0-3 Bulldogs were handed the latest defeat back on November 30th when the Colts of Coahulla Creek outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 in the 3rd quarter to pull out the win. The Big AA will bring you all the live play by play action of Friday night’s varisty games between your Cedartown Bulldogs and Lady Dogs and the Rebels of Haralson County.
Downtown Cedartown will kick off the Christmas season with two events this week. The annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd. The tree, located in Passive Park on Main Street in front of Polk County Court House Number 2 will come to life when the lights are turned on at 6:30pm. The Cedartown High School Band and the First Baptist Church Ensemble will perform prior to the lighting at 6:00pm. The annual Cedartown Christmas parade will take place on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00pm. The parade will follow its traditional route along Main Street from South Main to Wendy’s. The rain date for the parade is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 6:00pm.
GEO Specialty Chemicals, located on Wissahickon Avenue in Cedartown will begin a monthly testing schedule for its siren. Testing will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. weather permitting. The first monthly test will be Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The weather looks good for tomorrow so the test should go on as scheduled. Siren sound should last about 20 seconds.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Aspen Products Inc., a major private label paper manufacturer, will open a manufacturing facility in Macon, creating more than 200 jobs and investing $13 million into the project.
“Innovative companies such as Aspen Products Inc. make an excellent addition to our ever-growing manufacturing network,” said Deal. “Georgia is perfectly positioned to support major manufacturers across the globe, and we have no doubt that the nation’s No. 1 business climate will help Aspen Products succeed.”
The 200,000-square-foot Aspen Products facility, located in Airport Industrial Park, will manufacture paper plates, cups, bowls and lunch bags. Production for the facility will start early 2014 and the hiring process has already begun. Persons interested in vacant positions should contact the Department of Labor.
“I believe Macon to be a perfect fit for Aspen Products,” said Shannon Walls, Plant Manager, East Coast Division, Aspen Products. “Everyone from our team that has been a part of this project has shared the same sentiment. We have been welcomed with open arms and made to feel like this new town was full of old friends. We very much look forward to getting production up and going and becoming part of the local community.”
Aspen Products serves major retailers, private labels and food service companies across the United States and has a large customer base in the Southeast. The company uses the latest technologies in production, design, graphics and printing to provide specially made paper products to its customers.
The Macon Economic Commission assisted with the project, along with Walt Farrell, project manager at Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), who assisted the company on behalf of the state.
“Macon’s location in Georgia and the Southeast region makes it an ideal location for industries to locate or expand, and our sense of community provides a great place for employees to live and raise their families,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “I am excited for Aspen Products to join our community and for their investment in our future as the hub city of the region.”
“Aspen Products’ decision to locate its newest facility in Georgia highlights the importance of maintaining a competitive business climate for manufacturers,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of GDEcD. “Our unmatched logistics infrastructure and ready-to-work talent pool are magnets for fast-growing manufacturing companies and we look forward to seeing Aspen Products take advantage of these resources.”
About Aspen Products Inc.
Aspen Products is a privately held company that has been a major supplier of white paper plates, design plates, cups, bowls and lunch bags for more than 30 years. Their success has been because of innovation in product mix, package design and value in disposable tabletop. All of their products meet or exceed the quality of the national brands as established in guidelines from the FDA.
Centrally located in Kansas City, Mo., the company’s plant facilities use the latest technologies in production, design, graphics and printing. They strive to maintain the highest service levels in the industry to all customers in Private Label, Consumer Retail, and Food Service throughout the United States. Aspen Products is your source for all disposable plate needs in uncoated, coated, design custom design or seasonal disposable tabletop.
Gov. Nathan Deal today fulfilled promises made by leaders 20 years ago and by himself during his 2010 campaign by ending toll collection on Ga. 400. Shortly after recognizing the first motorists to pay the toll on the Ga. 400 Extension 20 years ago, Deal surprised onlookers by asking Linda and Mike Weinroth to pay the last toll on the roadway. At 11:25 am, the governor collected one 1993 quarter and one 2013 quarter from the Weinroths and officially ended tolling on Ga. 400. Tolls had been originally scheduled to end after the evening rush hour.
“I made a promise that the tolls would end when the bond debt was paid and I am proud to stand here today to mark the end of that debt, and the fulfillment of that commitment,” Deal said. “I am happy to announce that Ga. 400 motorists can now keep their change.”
In July 2012, Deal announced that the state would pay off its outstanding bond debt and end tolls on Ga. 400 by December 2013. On Oct. 25, Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, began the demolition project, with restriping of what were previously the Peach Pass electronic toll lanes and removing and modifying “toll” related signage. Additional work this weekend will include placing concrete barriers between the Peach Pass and cash lanes and shifting traffic into the electronic lanes. By Monday morning’s commute, drivers will no longer drive through the toll booth area and will have three continuous lanes to use.
“This is a day that will go down in history. Ga. 400 has been an economic powerhouse for the Buckhead and north Fulton areas and beyond for two decades,” said Christopher Tomlinson, SRTA’s Executive Director. “I’m especially proud of the men and women that have served thousands and thousands of motorists through this toll plaza since 1993.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), which is managing the construction of the demolition project, said no heavy demolition work is expected to take place during the winter holidays. In January, work will begin to remove the toll booths, the canopy, as well as reinforcement and filling of the tunnel stairwells. The demolition project will be completed in the fall of 2014.
Ga. 400 Fact Sheet
Completed in 1993, the Ga. 400 extension has provided easy access to downtown Atlanta from north Fulton and Forsyth counties, with almost 120,000 commuters using the road each weekday. The tollway has contributed to incredible economic growth along the corridor. Below are a few facts about the Ga. 400 Toll:
- Exact Date the Tolls Began – Aug. 1, 1993
- Days the Tolls Have Been Open – 7,414 days
- Percentage of Coins Collected Yearly by Denomination (2012)
- Penny – .0002 percent
- Nickel – 1.8405 percent
- Dime – 6.3204 percent
- Quarter – 91.83 percent
- Half – .004 percent
- Dollar – .005 percent
- Number of Quarters Collected in FY2012 – 42,984,861. That’s 2,687 tons of quarters.
- Average Amount Collected Daily – $59,000.
- Total Length of Ga. 400 Extension – 6.2 miles. That’s one-tenth of the length of I-285.
- Cars Using Peach Passes or Cruise Cards – 45 percent (53,550 cars per day). That’s slightly more than the capacity of Turner Field.
Toll Plaza Facts
- 18 lanes (nine northbound and nine southbound)
- 14 cash lanes, four Peach Pass lanes
- Eight toll booths w/ cashiers (four in each direction)
- Six automatic cash machines (just the baskets, no cashiers)
- Tunnel – 600 feet across running under the roadway
- Nine stairwells used by cashiers to access their toll booths
Governor: Korean automotive manufacturer will invest $15 million into its first U.S. facility
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that KOPLA, a Korean-based automotive manufacturer, will open its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, creating 150 jobs and investing $15 million into the project by 2018.
“We are proud that Korea’s presence in our state continues to grow,” said Deal. “Our booming automotive industry and key business resources create a perfect location for KOPLA and we have no doubt that this state-of-the-art automotive manufacturer will continue to succeed.”
The 100,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on 20 acres of the Northwest Harris Business Park. Once in operation, the plant will supply engineering plastics resin to leading automobile manufacturers across the U.S. The company plans to utilize Georgia Quick Start, an internationally acclaimed workforce development program that offers customized workforce training, free of charge. The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will assist KOPLA with the hiring process.
“We are very pleased to be locating our first U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Ga.,” said KOPLA President and CEO Sangyong Han. “It is a perfect location, and the state and community support has been exemplary. We look forward to becoming a part of this thriving industrial community in Georgia.”
The Valley Partnership, the City of West Point Development Authority and the Harris County Development Authority collectively assisted with the project. Yoonie Kim, project manager at Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) International Projects team, along with Hee-jung Shin, project manager at GDEcD office in Seoul, assisted the company on behalf of the state.
“The City of West Point welcomes KOPLA to the Northwest Harris Business Park,” said West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson. “West Point continues to have success as a member of a team that includes the State of Georgia, Harris County, the Valley Partnership and the West Point Development Authority. KOPLA’s new facility will certainly have a positive impact here and we wish them much success.”
“We extend a gracious welcome to KOPLA and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with our newest corporate citizen,” said Harris County Commission Chairman Harry Lange. “The state and the local community continue to work well together, and this is yet another successful venture that brings jobs and capital investment into the region.”
“Georgia’s dynamic automotive sector has gained another quality international company,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of GDEcD. “KOPLA’s decision to locate its first U.S. facility in Georgia speaks to the strength of our logistics infrastructure and quality workforce.”
KOPLA CO., LTD is a leading producer of Engineering Plastics Resin in Korea. It has been operating in the market of techno polymer, especially in the field of Engineering Plastic Resin since 1997.
KOPLA® is the registered trademark for Engineering Plastic Resins such as Polyamide 6, 66, PBT, PET, PC, PP, ABS produced by KOPLA CO., LTD. The full spectrum of KOPLA resins for optimum performance in specific application areas includes grades with superior processing, grades reinforced glass fiber, grades filled minerals and grades with special modifier for impact resistance or flame retardant.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting for, and the House passed, the Keep Your Health Care Plan Act, which would allow insurance companies to continue offering health care plans in effect for 2013 in order to curb or possibly reverse the millions of cancellations that have resulted from Obamacare:
“My heart aches for the millions of Americans who are suffering today because of President Obama’s broken promises. While there may not be enough time for insurance companies to reopen health care plans that have been canceled, I voted for this bill with the hope that it might save even one family I represent from losing a plan they want to keep. After six disastrous weeks, I believe the best way to fix Obamacare is to repeal the law.”