Citizens of Cedartown and all of Polk County are mourning the loss of a beloved community leader .
Polk County Commission Chairman Billy Croker passed away Saturday afternoon after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.
In addition to serving on the county commission, Croker had also served as Chairman of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission as well as held numerous regional and state governmental agency positions.
He also owned and operated Croker’s Hardware Store in Cedartown for many years.
“Billy Croker was a loyal and committed man to Polk County,” said fellow county commissioner Jennifer Hulsey. “He loved his family very much and loved living in and being a part of his community.
“Billy was not one to brag about his accomplishments. He was more concerned to make sure that Polk County had the best, and he worked tirelessly to ensure that. He will be missed.”
The funeral for Croker will be held on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedartown. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
A full and complete obituary can be found here…CROKER OBIT
Units of the Polk County Fire Department, along with the Rockmart Fire Department and the Georgia Forestry Commission spent most of Valentines Day battling a woods fire near Braswell Mountain Road and Highway 278.
According to Polk County Fire Chief and EMA Director Randy Lacey, about 80 acres were consumed by the blaze Saturday afternoon. At this time, only two houses are near the fire, but were were not in any danger, according to Lacey. Fire trucks were stationed at the nearby homes in case the situation were to change.
Lacey said Polk County Fire got the call at just after 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon, and had been jointly fighting the blaze with Rockmart and GFC officials.
No word on the cause of the fire, but Lacey said that after several hours, the blaze was under control.
Units of the Polk County Fire Department were called to a Branch Road location to the report of a chicken house on fire.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found flames in the center of one of the buildings.
Polk County Fire Chief and EMA Director Randy Lacey says there were live chickens in the building at the time, but it is not known how many fell victim to the flames.
“As far as the size of the building, I’d say we had slight to moderate damage to the ceiling and walls,” Lacey said.
“We had it knocked down in about seven minutes.”
It is not known at this time the cause of the fire, but it is not considered suspicious at this time.
City Manager Bill Fann stressed that the proposed event center is in the infancy stage of planning. It has not been approved by commissioners and there is no set timeline of completion. “We basically presented the drawings to the commissioners last night to get their input. While all of the commissioners liked the drawings, nothing has been finalized or voted on and probably won’t be for quite some time. This was just a basic introduction to the concept,” Fann said. (more…)
According to an alert sent out by the Polk School District communications office, Van Wert was placed on lockdown status due to Polk County Police pursuing a suspect in the area.
School officials stressed that at no time were there any children in danger.
No word on the suspect or the circumstances surrounding the incident.
We are awaiting word from the Polk County Police Department on the situation.
According to reports, officers were dispatched by Polk 911 at around 7:00 PM Tuesday to a Russell Street residence on the report that a female victim had been shot by two masked individuals who broke down here front door.
When police arrived, they located the victim in the floor with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh. She was soon transported by Redmond EMS to an area hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. She was later released.
Cedartown Police say they would be interested in speaking to a person of interest in the case but do not have enough evidence to support any warrants being issued.
Detectives did not find any sign of forced entry at the residence.
Police say this incident is in no way connected to any other open investigation or incident by the Cedartown Police Department or any other agency.
Polk County Deputy Coroner Marty Robinson has identified the victim in Tuesday’s deadly crash as Richard Allen Jolly, 67, of a Culp Lake Road address.
Jolly was driving a white Chevrolet truck when he was reportedly struck by a tractor trailer at the intersection of Highway 278 and Canal Street.
Robinson said that Jolly was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was transported via Redmond EMS to Polk Medical Center and was later released. (more…)
Five individuals will face a long and serious list of charges after an early-evening vandalism spree in Downtown Cedartown on January 21 left one local driver unnerved and local business owners with thousands of dollars worth of damage to their property.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, Polk 9-11 received a call from a female motorist around 8 p.m. Wednesday night stating that her driver’s side window had been shot out while driving down Main Street. A small child was also present in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Both the driver and the child were unharmed, Newsome reported. (more…)
Cedartown Police say they have three individuals in custody in connection with a number of broken storefront windows and a couple of broken car windows in Downtown Cedartown Wednesday night.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, a pellet gun was recovered from a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the incidents.
“We do have people that were definately involved in custody and we have the BB gun,” said Newsome. (more…)