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What Would You Do To Improve in Cartersville in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Cartersville or Bartow County, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Cartersville and Bartow County to make it an even better place to live?

City and county officials, along with the local Chamber of Commerce, say they're focused on creating jobs. Last month, voestalpine broke ground on a $62 million auto parts manufacturing plant expected to create more than 200 jobs in an industrial park that sat vacant for some time and was refinanced with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.

voestalpine is slated to begin the and power train parts by the middle of 2013, company leaders said in a statement.

"Cartersville is centrally located in a southern 'automotive cluster' in close proximity to our customers," said Herbert Eibensteiner, voestalpine Management Board member and Metal Forming Division head. "Once the site has been fully developed, we will have 220 employees."

In local education, a group of citizens has its collective eye on the Bartow County school board and allegations of ethics violations by its members. In a September blog post on Cartersville Patch, former school board member Matt Shultz said the board "must be willing to censure any board member who fails to take the necessary action to protect the integrity of the school system.

"Serving as a school board member is an important public service and you must always put the system [and] children before your own desire for power [and] privilege. School board members essentially have no official individual authority and any action to the contrary should be considered self-serving," he said in response to communications between board members published on bartowforabetterboe.com.

What is on your Cartersville wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013? Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

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Gail Engelhardt December 31, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I'd clean up the corruption in this County starting with those that violate the public trust and those that have shown how self-serving they really are with their actions. Since the corruption runs rampant in Bartow it starts at the top and works it way down the chain of command. Most of the corruption is in our legal system as well as in our County Board of Education and their legal counsel. Let's start there. There is a reason why the taxpayers and parents are filing SACS and AdvancED complaints. They aren't doing it to cause trouble to stop the trouble it is making for the citizens (parents and children) in the County. Unfortunately, they've gotten away with it for so long, it has become the norm, but no longer we hope pray it will be stopped.
Jean Sommerville January 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Of primary importance for Patch is to stop always featuring the following in the subject line: Meth, DUI, Child Abuse, Rape, Sexual Misconduct. With the repetitive nature of your posts it makes Cartersville seem like the very dregs of society for the entire nation. It's so depressing. Because of this, I neglected to even read some of your posts for awhile and missed that Colin Firth was in Cartersville, or when the Xmas parade was. Why do you insist on showcasing the absolute worst? These stories can appear, but not always in the subject line or at the very top of the list of news reports. Often you share absolutely nothing about the Booth Western Art Museum, a true jewel of a place, or Spring Place Pottery and other charming independent local shops, or Tellus, or Etowah Indian Mounds, or the coffeehouse music at the Episcopal Church, or The Nativity performance at The Grand Theater. All of these I know from other sources - not from Cartersville Patch - and that is sad.

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