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.
Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law the elections bill, moving primary elections for state offices from July to May 20. House Bill 310 aligns state office primaries with the date of the primary for federal offices, which was set by a federal judge.
The court moved the date for federal elections earlier after ruling that the state’s runoff period must last at least 45, to provide time for military ballots. The primary runoff will occur July 22.
“The General Assembly acted swiftly on this issue, and I have as well, so that local election officials and candidates can prepare,” Deal said. “Given the federal mandate that we move up our primary date for federal elections, this is the best move for voters’ time and taxpayers’ money.”
Please reference the governor’s website for a complete list of signed legislation for 2014.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will expand its service center at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick. The company signed a lease with the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to develop a $25 million, 110,000-square-foot/10,219-square-meter maintenance repair and overhaul facility near its two existing hangars. The expansion is expected to create 100 additional jobs, a 50 percent increase in the size of Gulfstream Brunswick’s current workforce.
“We are honored when international companies such as Gulfstream choose to call Georgia home,” Deal said. “Our more than 20-year partnership with Gulfstream underscores its faith in our business climate and skilled workforce. This expansion will have a significant economic impact on Brunswick and Glynn County.”
Groundbreaking is slated for later this year. Construction is scheduled to be completed by May 2015.
“Brunswick played a significant role in what was a record-setting 2013 for our service organization worldwide,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “The growth of our fleet has increased the demand for aircraft maintenance and refurbishment. Expanding in Brunswick keeps us well-positioned to continue to provide the best customer service and product support available.”
Gulfstream Brunswick, located about 75 miles south of Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah, has been a company site since 1992. It is home to a service center and completions facility spread over approximately 55,000 square feet/5,110 square meters of hangar space. In 2013, its employees serviced more than 150 aircraft. The service center is a certified U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada repair station.
“This expansion would not be possible without the efforts of many, including Gov. Deal and his team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Glynn County commissioners, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the Glynn County Airport Commission,” said Jay Neely, vice president, Law and Public Affairs, Gulfstream. “We are very thankful for their support in ensuring this project’s success.”
Gulfstream is also expanding its Savannah facilities through a $500 million, seven-year plan that has already resulted in more than 2,500 new Gulfstream jobs in three years.
Often times, dreamers are high on ideas but short on results. That was not true of Martin Luther King, Jr., who had perhaps the most famous dream in the history of our great nation. He was a man of God, and he was a man of action. He inspired a nation through both his words and his walk, while donning the garments of non-violence and justice in place of a weapon. As we celebrate his legacy, we must admire the audacity of a man who risked and ultimately lost his life, because he would rather sacrifice it, than sacrifice his dream.
Dr. King deserves all the praise and honor that is afforded him in ceremonies like this one which take place each year around the nation. But I think more than just saying kind thoughts about him, we ought to take action ourselves. This is how we imbed truth into our words.
I think it’s time for Georgia’s leaders to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps and take action too. Not many states can boast a native son who has merited a national holiday. But we Georgians can. Dr. King lived during a time when the law required discrimination against some of our citizens. That’s why, working with the General Assembly in this 2014 session, I’m committed to finding an appropriate way to honor Dr. King on Capitol Hill.
We can also honor Dr. King by passing just laws that lift up the human spirit. When I took office, we saw too many exiting our prisons only to return to a life of crime. This is why for the past three years I have focused on rehabilitating those who are in prison, rather than leaving them locked up to become more dangerous criminals. In 2012 and 2013, we worked to make use of drug courts, mental health courts and other community-based measures to keep more of our state’s nonviolent citizens and youth out of our jails and into places where they can find help and get a hold of their lives. We have already seen some results, but we must ensure our reforms can last.
For this reason, we have begun the third phase of our reforms this year, and this one will prove crucial to the success of the others. For those men and women who leave our prisons changed, bearing a renewed vigor for an honest life, we see in them a sense of hope that has not existed in the past. We cannot allow that spark to become extinguished through lack of opportunity; it is in despair that visions become blurred and what is wrong may seem right. It is through providing a pathway to a law-abiding, taxpaying future that we correct their vision. We must give our rehabilitated offenders a real chance to get job skills and a fighting chance to gain employment, because right now stigma and prejudice have removed that opportunity.
As such, we want to even the playing field when it comes to getting a job, by putting in such measures as helping those released offenders find housing, and we want to give them a right to an in-person interview rather than rejection by resume. In many state agencies, where appropriate, we will give these job applicants time to explain their past, whereas most would normally be eliminated from the hiring process before ever getting that chance. We hope the private sector will follow suit to make our third phase, and thus all our reforms, as successful as possible. As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
These reforms aren’t just good for former inmates and their families. It’s good for everyone in this beautiful church, everyone in this city, everyone in this state. We are not only saving lives, we are also saving tax dollars.
Dr. King knew about banding together to change lives for the better. He said, “I have a dream this afternoon that the brotherhood of man will become a reality in this day. And with this faith I will go out and carve a tunnel of hope through the mountain of despair. With this faith, I will go out with you and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
Now, I want to stress that this will require determination on the part of those released. They will have to work hard and stay clean. The reforms aren’t a handout. They help those who help themselves. And I have seen the liberating power of a job for men and women who know what it feels like to lose freedom.
While the first two criminal justice reforms are primarily the work and responsibility of state and local governments, this third leg will require the private sector, including those in our religious community, to play a much larger role. It is in that respect that I ask for your help to make our current efforts go smoothly.
Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do what’s right.” … Well, I think we’re doing what’s right. I appreciate your partnership in this quest for justice, and I appreciate the chance today to celebrate the life and legacy of a proud son of Georgia, who stands tall as one of the greatest Americans to ever live.
Mr. Big Dawg 2014 was held on January16th at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium. Fifteen Cedartown High School students participated and the winners were as follows:
Mr Big Dawg 2014 Griffin Whitfield
1st runnerup Dylan Mesta
2nd runnerup Israel Battle
Mr Big Dawg, Jr Tanner Mehrkens
1st runnerup Sam Shelley
2nd runnerup Miles Minge
The emcees for the night were Mr Santa Maria and Mrs Ahren Lee
The Community Relations Commission of Polk County will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Music will be provided by the M.L. King Community Choir. The choir is under the direction of Marvin Williams. The keynote speaker will be Bishop David Braziel of the Church of Lord Jesus in Rockmart.
In addition, the Community Relations Commission will host a Community Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Cedar Lake Christian Center, Ledbetter Building, in Cedartown. The speaker will be Dr. Suzy Tywman of New Victory CME Ministries. Cost to attend the breakfast is $10.
More information can be obtained regarding either event by calling 706-346-5494.
South Main Street between Central Street and Canal Street is scheduled to be shut down Wednesday, Jan. 15, between 8am-5pm for water line repairs and improvements, according to Kelvin Garmon, water and maintenance superintendent for the City of Cedartown.
However, the temporary closure is dependent on the weather. “We are planning on getting this done tomorrow as quickly as possible as long as there’s no rain. If it rains, we will have to reschedule for another day,” Garmon said. “If we do have to change dates, we will be sure to let the public know what that new date will be.”
The water line improvements are part of a Community Development Block Grant, Garmon explained, and will be beneficial for residents. “The work we will be doing will improve water pressure and also set the stage for better resources for city fire protection,” he said.
Residents and businesses along the planned closure route were previously notified of the temporary closure.
Cedartown, Ga. – January 14, 2014: Three Cedartown City Commissioners were sworn into office Monday night during the first commission meeting of 2014.
Newcomers Matt Foster and Jordan Hubbard, along with re-elected incumbent Larry Odom, took the oath of office in front of a crowd of more than 70 people gathered in the city commission meeting room on Jan. 13. The oath was administered by Superior Court Judge Richard Sutton. The three commissioners were elected to office in November 2013 and will each serve a four-year term.
Foster is employed by the Polk School District as a fourth and fifth-grade social studies teacher. He is a graduate of Cedartown High School and the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he earned a degree in political science and also studied at Oxford University in England. “I am very excited to be working with this team and I am looking forward to great things in this city’s future,” Foster said. This is Foster’s first time serving as a city commissioner.
Hubbard is the owner and operator of Studio Fit, a business located in downtown Cedartown. He is a graduate of Cedartown High School and a 2010 cum laude graduate of Shorter College, majoring in history and political science. He also holds a master’s degree in history with a focus in Southern history. “I’m excited to be on this board,” Hubbard said Monday night. “And I am glad to be a part of the City of Cedartown.” This is Hubbard’s first time serving as a city commissioner.
Odom, who is beginning his third term as a city commissioner, is also a graduate of Cedartown High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in management. Odom, a decorated combat veteran, retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel and went on to serve as the manager of the Polk County 9-11 Center. He later retired from that position. “I am excited about the two new gentlemen on this board and I am looking forward to working with them and the entire board. 2014 will be a great year for Cedartown,” Odom said.
The Cedartown City Commission is comprised of five members, and includes Dale Tuck, Gary Martin, Foster, Hubbard and Odom.
Also at the meeting Monday night, Tuck was appointed as board chairman and Odom was selected as chairman pro-tem. Both appointments were unanimous.