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Canton, GA 30114
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  • Community Partner: Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (click to Read More)

    Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR) began in February 2009 in Cumming, GA. Two friends and neighbors, LuAnn Farrell and Val Addington, realized there was a crisis in the southeast, and so many animals were finding themselves in high-kill animal control shelters with little chance of making it out. They decided it would be AAUPR’s mission to “Rescue One Until There are None.” After receiving 501c3 status, the growth of AAUPR began.

    While AAUPR was formed to help save the lives of...
  • Artist Profile: Brian White (click to Read More)

    Quadruple Threat

    By Tina Morris

    A Tennessee native, Brian White has been performing all his life, beginning in church choir and progressing to high school plays and musicals. Brian moved to Georgia after earning a role in a live musical show at Six Flags. While there, he auditioned for the Atlanta Jazz Theatre and was cast in their professional dance company. On scholarship with the company, Brian took thirteen dance classes a week to further develop his talents.

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  • Book Review: Caroline: Little House, Revisited (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    If you were a fan of the Little House on the Prairie series when you were growing up, you’ll be delighted to discover Sarah Miller’s Caroline: Little House, Revisited. And despite the author occasionally waffling between first and third person, Caroline feels like coming home. If you’ve read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s view of life on the prairie, you’ll appreciate the depth of Caroline’s view as an adult.

    Everything is there: the emotions of

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  • Community Partner: She is Safe (click to Read More)

    Keeping Girls Safe and Free

    In a defining moment that quite literally changed the course of her future, Michele Rickett discovered her life’s purpose while working in East Africa as a young woman. “Global slavery” was still a distant phrase when she began witnessing unthinkable injustices against African women and girls.

    In 2002, with her studies behind her and her children grown, Michele founded She Is Safe, which is a nonprofit organization that is headquartered in

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  • Active Shooter Training Principles: The Latest CRASE (click to Read More)

    By Frank Reynolds

    When I was about fifteen years old, my dad bought me my first rifle from Sparks Hardware in downtown Canton. My buddies and I would go camping every weekend during the summer, rifles in hand. When we ran out of ammo, we went back to Sparks and got what we needed. Back then, John Sparks’ philosophy was, “If you could see over the counter, you could buy your own .22 ammunition.”

    Times have certainly changed.

    My goal here is not to

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  • Whatever the Pest, You Can Rely on Canton Termite & Pest Control (click to Read More)

    Whether it’s ants, roaches, termites, mosquitoes, flying squirrels, or snakes, we’ve got it all in Cherokee County — and more. You can try spraying and smashing bugs as you see them. You can set out traps in the attic in hopes of catching whatever is living up there. Or, you can call Tim McWhirter and his team at Canton Termite & Pest Control.

    Many of your neighbors already rely on Canton Termite to deliver quality, dependable service at a fair price. Employees treat

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  • Savory Herb Gardening (click to Read More)

    By Joshua Fuder

    Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow because they often tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and have few insect and disease issues. Because herbs are relatively carefree, they have an obvious fit in a food garden, but they also work just as well incorporated into your landscape or in containers.

    Herb Culture

    Herbs prefer a well-drained soil with a pH between 6 to 7.5. If planting in our native soil, plan to

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  • Building a Sustainable Home (click to Read More)

    Things to Consider

    By Mike Reynolds

    A high performance, energy-efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power, and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well designed, well insulated, and if possible, it will have glazing oriented to the south for passive heat gain.

    Energy Efficiency, Insulation, and

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  • Artist Profile: Wanda Richardson (click to Read More)

    Quilter's Handdmade Blankets Honor Son's Memory and Give Back

    By Hannah Olson

    When her twenty-two-year-old son died, Wanda Richardson looked for a way to honor his memory and restore her mind. That is when she took up quilting with her mom and sister. Together, they took local quilting classes as a meaningful way to spend time together. Since then, Richardson has made hundreds of quilts for family, friends, and neighbors.

    “Quilting is not just having a blanket,”

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  • Book Review: Dawn's Early Light (click to Read More)

    By Farris Yawn

    There are certain events that are so momentous that they are forever burned in our memory. For those old enough to remember Pearl Harbor or the JFK assassination, they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment they heard the news.

    More recently, the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 on 9/11 is an event most will “Never Forget.” For three local Cherokee County residents, that dark day hit

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  • Meet the CSO K-9 Unit (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) Canine (K-9) Program is recognized as one of the most professional and capable units throughout the state of Georgia. With a team of five handlers and canines, the CSO K-9 Unit is capable of a wide variety of tasks including narcotics identification, evidence recovery, explosives detection, and patrol.

    Not only are our K-9 teams looking for bad guys and illegal drugs, but they are one of our most popular

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  • In Honor of Women's History Month — Historical Women of Cherokee County (click to Read More)

    By Meghan Quinlan

    “Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes,” Qui Jin, Chinese Revolutionary (November 8, 1875 – July 15, 1907).

    There are countless female heroes in Cherokee County’s past and present — pioneers, business owners, educators, nurses, and community leaders. Throughout history (and even today), being a woman meant always being in an uphill struggle for recognition or to have their voice heard. Women have shaped civilization in

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  • Women Firefighters — Strength Under Fire (click to Read More)

    By Michele Ice

    Women have been represented in fire service for almost 200 years. However, firefighting remains a male dominated field. The United States currently has over 6,200 full-time female career firefighters, representing about 6% of the firefighting community. In the Cherokee County and in north Fulton departments, women make up about 3% of the firefighter population. There are over 22 female firefighters in the area. What draws these women together is their love

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  • GrassRoots Tree & Turf Care (click to Read More)

    "The Best Service Company EVER!"

    By Cyndi Braun

    Few people are as committed to lawncare as Josh Wise and his team at GrassRoots Tree & Turf Care.

    Fifteen years ago, Wise went into business for himself, establishing what would become one of Atlanta’s premier lawncare companies. Back then, Josh’s goal was to offer a different type of lawncare business, one based on quality service and treating customers like people, not numbers.

    That business

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  • Howard's Auto Body (click to Read More)

    The Place to Go for Body Work

    By Cyndi Braun

    Motor vehicle accident? Fading paint? Restoration of a classic? Whatever your car needs, Howard’s Auto Body specializes in bringing it back to its prior glory.

    Quality body work is something Howard Vallimont has been doing for forty-some years, starting when he was a teenager. In 1996, he set up shop on Marietta Highway in Canton. Since then, the business has grown to include five body shop technicians and a

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  • Community Partner: Ian's Friends Foundation (click to Read More)

    Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) was founded in 2006 by Phil and Cheryl Yagoda after their thirteen-year-old son, Ian, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of two. In the months following Ian’s diagnosis, the Yagodas visited doctors and hospitals across the country in search of answers for their son’s treatment. When they learned how little funding was being allocated to research projects conducted in the field of pediatric brain tumors, Ian’s Friends Foundation was started

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  • Hickory Flat Volunteers Donate Fire Station to County (click to Read More)

    The former Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department transferred ownership of Fire Station 32 and its assets to Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services in January. Included with the donation was a 1994 Grummen fire truck.

    Attending the ceremony were Chief Tim Prather, Retired Chief Larry Barry,
    Retired Chief Tim Crossland, Board Members Mark Cornelius and Jack Tuszynski.

    Located on Sugar Pike Road in Canton, Station 32 has served the Hickory Flat area for...
  • LGE Community Credit Union Gives Back (click to Read More)

    LGE Community Credit Union recently presented a total of $170,000 to fourteen local, nonprofit organizations through the LGE Community Outreach Foundation. The fourteen organizations that received donations were Warehouse of Hope, Safepath Children’s Advocacy Center, City of Refuge, Next Step Ministries, McKenna Farms, Racheal’s Rest, CASA of Paulding County, Calvary Children’s Home, The Drake House, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta - Cobb County, Shepherd Center, MUST Ministries, Angels...
  • Instructional Lead Strategists Provide Support in CCSD Classrooms (click to Read More)

    Cherokee County School District (CCSD) launched multiple new initiatives this year to increase student achievement, and District leaders knew that teachers would need additional support, as they integrated these new programs into their daily classroom activities. To help teachers meet the challenge, CCSD created a new position called an instructional lead strategist (ILS) at each elementary school as well as targeted middle and high schools.

    These elite teachers underwent extensive...
  • Georgia Has Talent is Around the Corner (click to Read More)

    Mark your calendar for March 3, and plan to come out to this exciting community event! Each year, the Cherokee High School Beat Out Cancer Club organizes and sponsors this event, which showcases some of the best talent from around Georgia. This year’s show will feature singers, dancers, bands, martial artists, percussionists, and a beat boxer. Prior to and during the show, there will be an expansive silent auction with baskets full of items from local and national retailers. All proceeds from...