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  • 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

  • Will You...? (click to Read More)

    Things To Consider When Planning a Marriage Proposal or Promposal

    By Julie Senger

    Love and romance are in the air! With Valentine’s Day coming up this month and prom season right around the corner, many are trying to come up with a unique way to ask someone they care about a very exciting question: “Will you marry me?” or “Will you go to prom with me?” While the answer to the second question is not a lifelong commitment like the response to the first question,

  • Community Partner: Next Step Ministries (click to Read More)

    When high school ends, students often wonder about their next step. Many young adults with special needs from Cherokee and surrounding counties find their answer at Next Step Ministries. This organization provides therapeutic daycare for people with developmental and acquired disabilities.

    “Our goal is to meet families at their point of need, caring for their special needs family members in a therapeutic, Christian environment,” says Lori Baker, founder of Next Step Ministries. “We

  • Ireland Restorative Dentistry (click to Read More)

    It's All About Your Smile

    By Patti Richter

    For some people, a health career can be just that — a career. For others, the ones we hope will provide our medical care, it’s a calling.

    Dr. Michelle Ireland, as a pre-med student at Judson College in her home state of Alabama, had been determined to study medicine. That’s why she paid little attention to a professor who urged her to consider dentistry. She explained that her experiences in a dental chair while

  • Artist Profile: Amanda Roark (click to Read More)

    Sharing Songs of Positivity

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    At only 22, singer-songwriter Amanda Roark is slowly but steadily making her dreams come true.

    “I work very hard,” she said. “But I know if I keep doing that, I’ll get to where I need to be.”

    Roark also knows she wouldn’t be happy if she wasn’t writing music and performing.

    “It’s my entire being. When you’re not doing what you love, it takes a part of you away,” said Roark.

    Inspired by

  • Artist Profile: Tristan Tuttle (click to Read More)

    Reflecting the Light

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Stained glass creator Tristan Tuttle has always been an artist of some sort. When she was a child, she sang and played bluegrass-gospel music in her father’s prayer meetings. At 15, she started teaching guitar, mandolin, and dog-house bass. After earning a degree in English, Tuttle became a freelance writer. Now, from her home studio in Ball Ground, she shares her vibrant spirit as the artist and owner of Reflecting Light

  • Community Partner: Art of Living Ministries Art Barn and Retreat House (click to Read More)

    After exiting I-575 in Ball Ground, you travel along a road that cascades slowly through a canopy of trees to open fields. As you descend the curving road, you admire the rolling landscape before making a turn into the driveway of the Art of Living Ministries Art Barn and Retreat House.

    Once inside the warmth of the two-story Retreat House, located on 40 acres at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, you find that the spacious Art Barn offers a welcoming atmosphere that

  • 2020 Vision (click to Read More)

    The Inexact Science of Predicting the Future

    By Mandy Marger

    The year 2020 sounds like a futuristic fantasy, and many in the past have imagined what this year would hold. Lots of “unbelievable” predictions, such as automation and wearable technology, have become commonplace realities. Other predictions have been less accurate.

    Thankfully, as a new decade begins, failed forecasts can only be enjoyed in our imagination or in science fiction stories. Here is

  • Our Brothers and Sisters in Fire and Emergency Services (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    As a law enforcement officer, I get to work with amazing people while serving our community. I’d like to take time now to recognize our brothers and sisters in Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, and the magnificent job they do every day.

    If you have ever been around a group of law enforcement officers and fire/EMS personnel, you will note the friendly rivalry between the groups. In law enforcement, we often kid our brothers and

  • North Georgia Vein & Wellness (click to Read More)

    Feel Better, Look Better and Be Healthier

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Now welcoming patients in Canton as well as in their Cumming clinic, North Georgia Vein & Wellness aims to improve the overall health of its patients. Using state-of-the-art technology and treatments, the clinic treats vein problems and hormonal imbalances and also provides aesthetic services.

    Get Your Legs Back
    While many sufferers tolerate heavy/achy legs, varicose

  • Book Review: Best Friends Forever! (click to Read More)

    By Farris Yawn

    Bullying has always been an issue in our schools, but it seems to have gotten much worse in recent years. While there has been much debate about the causes and consequences, veterinarian Michael Good has come up with a solution that may solve several problems at once for some children and animals.

    According to Dr. Good, “Through positive interaction with animals, we can help children as young as 4 years to develop a sense of empathy and appreciation for the

  • Book Review: Tell Me A Story (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    Cassandra King Conroy’s book, Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, is like sitting down after a big southern meal with the author and listening to her talk about growing up in Alabama and the journey that eventually led to Pat Conroy. A failed southern belle (as she describes herself), Cassandra faced a difficult road that eventually led to personal acceptance and rejection of the mold others tried to force her into.

    After a bitter divorce

  • Cherokee History Museum and Visitors Center’s New Location (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center recently relocated to a new building in downtown Canton.

    Members of the Cherokee County Historical Society moved the offices, archives, artifacts, and museum exhibits to 221 E. Marietta Street, which is the former Canton Police Department building, adjacent to Brown Park. The Historical Society had been based in the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse building for more than 15 years.

    The move to the new space marks...
  • Reinhardt Ranked in Top 10 of Best Colleges for Jobs in Georgia (click to Read More)

    The ultimate goal after finishing college is securing employment in a chosen career field, so selecting a college recognized for the success of its students is important.

    Reinhardt University was recently listed in the Top 10 Best Colleges for Jobs in Georgia by The organization used data from IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) and College Scorecard for their rankings.

    Reinhardt was ranked in the company with the University of Georgia,...
  • Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Give Motorists Their Time Back (click to Read More)

    When the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes opened in September 2018, it couldn’t have come soon enough for our region. Approximately 30 miles of reversible express lanes extend along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. On day 347 of operation, the system reached seven million trips – almost equivalent to every metro Atlanta resident taking a single trip in the lanes.
    Motorists taking advantage of the express lanes have enjoyed travel speeds 20% faster than the general-purpose...
  • CCSD Announces Teacher of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County School District recently rolled out the red carpet and shined the spotlight on superstar educators at the 2020 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.

    Befitting the event’s Oscars-inspired theme, with the opening of an envelope, Barry Dalton of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy was surprised with the news he was the 2020 CCSD Teacher of the Year.

    “Barry really impresses me with his dedication to the kids. He was ‘all in’ with social and...
  • Leading By Feeding Food Drive (click to Read More)

    The graduates of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cherokee from 2012-2019 were recently challenged to secure contributions for local food pantries.

    The Leadership Cherokee Leading by Feeding campaign generated 8,399 donated items, ranging from fruits and vegetables to diapers and paper products, which was a 171% increase in collections over the inaugural 2018 campaign.

    “Leading by Feeding supported those in our community who need a helping hand by...
  • Help Local Children Have a Holiday To Remember (click to Read More)

    Several Edward Jones offices in Cherokee County are giving back this holiday season by partnering with the Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to ensure local children have a holiday to remember.

    Each participating Edward Jones branch office is sponsoring five children. DFCS provided holiday wish lists for each child. The financial advisors and branch office administrators in each of the participating offices will partner with families, friends,...
  • Healing Hands Youth Ranch Closes (click to Read More)

    As 2019 comes to an end, the staff at Healing Hands Youth Ranch has announced that the organization’s doors have closed.

    “We want to say a huge heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of our volunteers, supporters, students, and families. We wish all the best to those who have been a part of our program. And above all, we thank God for allowing us this opportunity for the last 11 years,” said Healing Hands Youth Ranch’s Jennifer Simonis.

    Healing Hands Youth Ranch’s mission was to...