Prayers go out to all affected in the Boston Bombings

I wasn’t sure what to say exactly, except that our prayers are with all those affected in the bombings in Boston. At times like this it’s hard to find the right words. There is one post that I found to be “just right” so here it is to share with you: Written by Patton Oswalt.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

Important news and dates


(new)April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! In 2011, 880 reports were made to the Bartow County DFCS Child Protection Services. Of these reports, 316 were actually investigated… only 1/3 of the reports made. These are the young faces in your community. Prevention means understanding the conditions that make children vulnerable and taking the action necessary to improve those conditions. Preventing child abuse means strengthening the ability of parents and communities to care for their children’s health and well-being. Prevention is only a phone call away.

Advocates for Children proudly serves as the official community-based Chartered Council for Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia. Network members have provided leadership for the prevention of child maltreatment in Georgia for more than 25 years, and we share the core principles of valuing children, strengthening families, and engaging communities. Advocates for Children sponsors community events and activities to build and strengthen awareness of child abuse and neglect issues. The effort to break the cycle continues all year, every year…don’t wait for April to raise awareness!! There is no excuse for child abuse. If you have questions about child abuse prevention or would like to be involved, contact Advocates @ 770-387-1143. If you ever suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 911 or Bartow County DFCS at 770.387.3710.

(new)Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential is launching a statewide essay contest in May as a part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Six winning essays will be awarded monetary prizes and the students will be recognized at GCAPP’s events. Winners will be announced the week of May 13. Essays must not exceed 500 words or one page and must be submitted to on or before April 30. Entries may also be mailed to 1718 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 465, Atlanta, GA 30309. All mailed entries must be postmarked by April 24. Visit for a registration form.

(new)Georgia Hope is currently providing Adult Services in Bartow County. If you know someone who is struggling with emotional or substance abuse issues, has a history of severe & persistent mental illness, multiple ER visits or hospitalizations, history of imprisonment, or chronic homelessness, please call 706.279.0405. Georgia Hope accepts MEDICAID or WELLCARE.

WellStar Paulding Physicians Center will host FREE Health Checks and Information on April 13th from 9:00 am – noon. The Center is located @ 148 Bill Carruth Parkway Hiram, GA 30141. For more information call 770-786-9527 or visit You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.


(new)From Foster Care Ministry

Bartow County needs foster homes and we believe the church is the solution to this problem. Foster Care Ministry will host an orientation on Thursday, April 11th @ A Better Way Child Advocacy Center, 113 Douglas Street in Cartersville. The meeting will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Donnis Steele @ FaithBridge Foster Care


From the Bartow Navigator Team

The Bartow County Navigator Teamwill meet April 11th at Oakland Heights Baptist Church 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a presentation by Canine Assistants with Susan Hopkins. Rising Hope will host a Two-gether marriage retreat for couples raising children with special needs on Saturday, April 27 -Sunday, April 28 in Chattanooga, TN. For more information contact Rising Above Ministries 931-526-7473

From Sam Jones United Methodist Church

Sam Jones UMC will hold “Making Decisions Now for Later” during the month of April. All seminars are free and start at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Mary Parker or Laura Herr

From Keep Bartow Beautiful

Keep Bartow Beautiful will be celebrating the Great American Cleanup during the month of April. To volunteer, call 770-387-5167 or email

From Cartersville Planning and Development

The ATCO Clean-up & Neighborhood Day will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am. This event is a part of national Great American Clean-up and Earth Day and will be the 3rd year ATCO Community is participating. Locally, the City of Cartersville and Keep Bartow Beautiful is sponsoring the first Neighborhood Day, which will include food, festivities and community resources. If your organization or agency is interested in setting up a table to provide educational information or interactive activities or you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Osborne, Cartersville City Planner @ 770-387-5614 or You may also link to the ATCO flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website – week of April 1.

From Bartow Resource Center

The 1st Annual 5K for Life and Healthy Relationships will be held Sat. April 27th @ Sam Smith Park. For detailed information, visit the event website at You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website – week of April 1.

(new) From Red Cross

Red Cross is offering a free CPR training at Excel Christian Academy on April 27th. The class will be 30 minutes long and will begin @ 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm. You must register with a coupon code CPRSATNWGA0513. To register, contact Training Support Center at 800REDCROSS or call 706-291-6648 for more details. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE this week.

From Georgia Department of Vocation Rehabilitation

A Veterans Jobs and Resources Fair will be held May 16th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Vendors, Employers, Federal, State & Municipal Agencies, Community Rehabilitation Partners & Private Providers are invited to register and participate. The Fair will be at the Sonoraville Recreation Complex 7494 Fairmount Highway, Calhoun GA 30701.To register as an employer, participant or provider contact: Carl H. McRae or (404) 232-1820 voice or Gene Washington, Project Coordinator or (404) 232-1783. You may also link to the Veteran’s Fair flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website -week of April 1


(new)The 1st Annual Northwest Georgia Management Conference will be held on April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ the Student Center on the Cartersville Campus of Georgia Highlands College. Co-Sponsored by the Employer/HR Committees of Bartow, Cobb/Cherokee, Floyd/Gordon Counties, Allatoona SHRM, Greater Rome SHRM, and Georgia Highlands College, Continuing Education. The program is packed with speakers, breakout sessions and a panel discussion. For more information contact Deborah Sexton at (678) 640 – 2692 or You may also link to the registration information on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.

The 9th Georgia Charitable Care Network Annual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Thursday’s activities will include the Awards Luncheon, a keynote presentation by Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, lots of timely workshops, and a reception hosted at Bartow Health Access’ new facility. Registration fee is $179. To register or for more information contact

Donna E. Looper @ 678.553.4939 or visits

Goodwill Career Center Job Fair April 11th


April 11th, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

(located inside the
Cartersville Goodwill store)
929 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy SE
Cartersville, GA 30120

For Additional information
Please contact:
Joan or Phyllis
770-276-7026 or

Hiring for these positions:

Accounts receivables/payables
Administrative assistants
Assembly & material handlers, Receptionist,
Billing clerks
Call Center – Customer Service
CDL Drivers
Counselors/Psychologist/Social Work
Customer Service
Data entry
Forklift operators
Food Demonstrators
Lawncare & Landscapers
Licenseed Therapist,
Machine Operators
Paraprofessionals: GED/HS diploma
Production Schedulers-1yr experience
Small hand tool & carpentry experience

Sign up to be a Super Star Sponsor in time for the Ric Mason Memorial golf tournament in May

I’m reaching out about United Way’s Super Star package in hopes to get more participation in all of our 2013 events and raise more funds for the 16 non-profit organizations and programs that we fund. Below is the list of events and information on the new prices for the package. We have dropped it $500 for this year. It is a really good deal and the Golf Tournament is just around the corner so sign up now!! If you need more information call 770-386-1677 or 678-438-2451.

SUPER-STAR Sponsorship Package
2013 United Way of Bartow County Special Events

SAVE $500 in 2013 Super Star Sponsor now $1500

Ric Mason Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament – May 13, 2013
Barnsley Gardens Resort
Local business leaders will tee-off to raise money for our community.
Great food and a fun gift bag will make this a memorable event.
Super-Star Sponsors receive free admission for a team of four ($1000 value) in all events!

Shooting for Support Clay Tournament – August 17, 2013
Popular with sportsmen in Bartow and surrounding counties,
this sporting clays tournament makes the competition fun and rewarding.
Super-Star Sponsors receive a team of 4 free shooters ($1000 value).

United Way Turkey Trot 5K – November 23 , 2013
Get a little exercise before Turkey Day with this fun 5K run and 1-mile walk.
Super-Star Sponsors receive admission for four runners ($100 value)
PLUS! Your business will be showcased on all advertising for all
United Way of Bartow County events with this Super Star package.


FREE CPR training at Excel Christian Academy April 27th

The Power to Save a Life Is in Your Hands!!
Learn in 30 minutes
No mouth to mouth contact Appropriate for people of all ages
Learn at Your Convenience
Attend this FREE training at Excel Christian Academy, 325 Old Mill Road, Cartersville, GA 30120:
Date: April 27, 2013
Time: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Location:Excel Christian Academy
Course Fee: FREE with coupon code CPRSATNWGA0513
Learn More
Contact the Training Support Center at 800REDCROSS to register please use the coupon code above for this FREE class or call 706-291-6648 for more details.

Bartow County 4-H rabies clinic April 20th

APRIL 20, 2013

9:00-11:00 am
Cartersville First Baptist Church
241 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville
(At the Corner of Old Mill Rd)

*Thank you to Pet Vet Clinic and Dr. Tally for their services.
Only 400 vaccines available…first come first served.

*Must keep all animals inside your car at all times and on a leash. Animal medical records not required. This is a community service project and fundraiser for Bartow County 4-H (770) 387-5142. This event will also provide financial support to Pet Vet’s Animal Angel Fund program.

It’s a Georgia Law! ALL DOGS AND CATS (3 months & older that are not pregnant) MUST BE VACCINATED. Here’s your chance to save money and protect your pet.