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  • The Bonus Benefits of Social Distancing (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    As I write this article, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis; the date is April 9. These past few weeks have been interesting to say the least. Each day brings new questions and even fewer answers. I am hopeful that when you read this, we will NOT be back to what was normal. I’ll explain later.

    A few weeks ago, I began to keep notes on the number of COVID-19 cases. On March 21, the U.S. had 19,658 known cases and approximately 219

  • Community Partner: CURE Childhood Cancer (click to Read More)

    Back in 1975, when CURE Childhood Cancer was founded at Emory University, the survival rate for children with cancer was less than 10%.

    Since then, research has improved the survival rate to above 80%. While that is great progress, it’s not enough when you consider that one in five children with cancer is still lost to this disease, which remains the No. 1 cause of death by disease for children.

    CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer by funding

  • Should I Shelter My Investments in Place? (click to Read More)

    By Jack L. Shampine, Jr., LPL

    Recent financial reports provide a catalog of the stock market roller-coaster ride starting at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic:

    February 19 — S&P 500 at an all-time high
    March 23 — Dow Jones down almost 40% since Feb 19, fastest drop in history
    March 26 — S&P 500 on track for best week since 1938 and Dow Jones on track for best week since 1931

  • Growth in Georgia's Film Industry Means More Georgia Jobs (click to Read More)

    By the Georgia Film Office Staff

    Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for seven years in a row, and Georgia’s film industry has been an important part of our state’s years-long success story. Film has spurred investment, empowered local small businesses, and put Georgians across the state to work.

    The industry continued to smash records in fiscal year 2019. The 391 film and television productions that were made in Georgia created another

  • Artist Profile: Jamie Trial (click to Read More)

    Sharing a Passion for Dance

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Lacking “natural flexibility, extension, and range of motion,” Jamie Trial didn’t see herself as a dancer. In fact, she says she hated ballet as a child. Only after she switched dance studios when she was 13 did she discover that dance is her passion.

    “Suddenly, at the new studio with teachers who encouraged me, I wanted to dance every day,” Trial remembered. “I dove in, and there was no going

  • Brandon Beach for State Senate (click to Read More)

    A Proven Champion for District 21

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    When State Senator Brandon Beach and his wife Shuntel put down roots in Alpharetta 26 years ago, they set out to do whatever they could to make their new community a place their children wouldn’t want to leave. That meant getting involved and helping the area thrive.

    “I knew that if our kids, Courtney and Hunter, grew up and there were no opportunities here, then shame on me,” Beach

  • Community Partner: Bethany Christian Services (click to Read More)

    Family changes everything.

    Bethany Christian Services believes every child deserves to be loved, connected, and safe. For more than 75 years, faith has inspired this organization to stand for children in Georgia and around the world. Staff members have a special place in their hearts for teens like Damon, who need what only a family can provide.

    A young man with special needs, Damon was often picked on and bullied at school. One day, when an altercation escalated, he

  • The Right To Be Heard (click to Read More)

    Empowering and Supporting Crime Victims

    By District Attorney Shannon Wallace

    Most people are aware that criminals are afforded many rights protected by law, starting with the right to remain silent.

    However, few people are aware that victims are also protected by laws that give them the right to be heard.

    Starting back in the 1980s, federal and state laws began to address the rights of crime victims. In 1982, the U.S. Congress passed a law to

  • The Benefits of Going Vegan (click to Read More)

    By Caroline Wimberly

    A 2015 peer-reviewed study by Canadian academics comparing bias against target groups found that vegans and vegetarians were viewed more negatively than any other group except drug addicts.1

    It’s fair to say that people adhering to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (often written jointly as “veg*n”) can easily feel estranged or ridiculed during social settings, holiday gatherings, or business meals. While there is much information about

  • Artist Profile: Diana Toma (click to Read More)

    Transparent, Ethereal, Delicate Painting

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Diana Toma works quickly, sometimes completing a painting in 40 minutes and only returning later to tweak her canvas.

    “It’s a creative unleashing,” she said, “a way of being when you’re not caught up in anything else. It’s delightful.”

    Diana says her natural inclination for painting is complemented by her willingness to push through fear and embrace the unfamiliar. Leaving her native Romania,

  • Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Oravec

    Things You Save in a Fire is a wonderful tale of love, forgiveness, and firefighting. As a firefighter, Cassie does her duty well. But as she is being honored for an act of heroism, her past comes back with a vengeance, and she does something that ends her firefighting career in Austin.

    But when Cassie’s mom asks her to come live with her for a year to help her recover, she is given a second chance at firefighting. However, this opportunity means

  • Brad Thomas (click to Read More)

    "A Voice for the People of Cherokee County"

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Concern for the welfare of other people defines Brad Thomas — from his service as a petty officer in the U.S. Navy to his activism as a resident of Woodstock. As the Republican candidate for State House District 21, Thomas speaks up for the unborn, for schoolchildren, veterans, property and business owners, and the elderly.

    His goal is clear: To help all citizens of Cherokee County

  • Community Partner: Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) (click to Read More)

    The Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA) is a nonprofit currently serving the entire state of Georgia with programs like Bag of Hope, which offers free care packages to newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients, and Survivors Teaching Students, which brings survivors into the classrooms of health professional students to educate them about women’s experiences with the disease. GOCA also leads education and awareness campaigns throughout the state by participating in health fairs, speaking

  • S.W.A.T. (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    When I began working for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in 1994, the agency did not have a formal tactical response team to handle critical incidents. Observing a growing need for such a team, former Sheriff Roger Garrison created a Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team in 1997.

    After a lengthy vetting process, I was fortunate to have been selected as one of the original 10 S.W.A.T. team members. I stayed on the team for eight years

  • Book Review: My Conversations With God II: Our Journey Through ALS (click to Read More)

    By Farris Yawn

    Although we do not usually speak about it, most people secretly live in fear of getting bad news from their doctor. The news can be even worse if it’s about someone we love such as a family member or friend.

    People react to such news in two very different ways. Some become angry and turn away from God. Others, especially if they already have a rich spiritual life, find that their faith gives them the strength to face their illness, and the peace to accept

  • Which Home Improvements Are Worth the Investment? (click to Read More)

    By Zack Bobo

    Want to put your home on the market but know it needs some updating first? Some renovations can be helpful, while others may steer potential buyers away. With renovations, the goal should always be to make your home more functional and aesthetically pleasing to your prospective buyers without breaking the bank.

    Here are some home improvement tips that are proven to have the greatest ROI (return on investment):

    Curb Appeal

  • Artist Profile: Kristie Brooks-Paige (click to Read More)

    Creating Spiritual Richness Through Shapes, Lines, and Colors

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Painter Kristie Brooks-Paige has always had an artist’s eye. On family road trips, Brooks-Paige eagerly soaked up the passing rural and urban landscapes.

    “My father would drive us to New York,” she said. “I was fascinated with buildings, with brownstones. I just love the shapes.”

    Today, her childhood fascination with shapes and colors finds expression in Brooks-Paige’s

  • GrassRoots Turf (click to Read More)

    Simply "The Best Service Company Ever!"

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Putting Customers and Employees First
    Josh Wise, founder and owner of GrassRoots Turf, says, “It’s easy to live up to our company’s motto, ‘The Best Service Company Ever!’ The key is to care — care about your customers and care about your employees. We consistently receive five-star ratings from our customers because our relationship with them is all about giving the best

  • Book Review: You Were There Too (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Oravec

    Have you ever dreamt about someone and then experienced déjà vu when you met them in real life? Do you believe that your dreams mean something? What would you do if your dreams seemed to be pulling you in a different direction from your current circumstances? Colleen Oakley’s new book, You Were There Too, explores how our dreams can impact our lives.

    Mia, a young artist, has just moved to Hope Springs with her husband, a surgeon named Harrison. They made

  • Human Trafficking (click to Read More)

    Myths, Realities, and How You Can Help

    By District Attorney Shannon Wallace

    It’s hard to imagine the horrors of human trafficking. Worldwide, people are forced into modern day slavery, subjected to threats and violence at the hands of traffickers, and obligated to have sex simply to survive. But it’s important to understand the myths and realities that surround this crime as well as ways you can help.


    Myth #1 – Human