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Canton's Awesome Reputation

 Canton's city manager, city clerk, city council members, and I recently attended the Georgia Municipal annual conference in Savannah. It was my eighth time going to this gathering, which is attended by elected officials and staff members from all of Georgia's 537 cities. The conference provides several days of accredited training on a variety...
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Construction Continues on Holly Springs Town Center Project

Although sometimes tough to see when driving by, the Town Center Project construction team has been hard at work this summer, prepping underlying infrastructure that is critical to support vertical construction. This initial phase of the project encompasses clearing, grading, excavation, earthwork, building retaining walls, and installing various u...
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Public Art Initiatives Bloom in Canton

Completed earlier this spring by professional artist Madison Beaulieu, the blossoms on the new wildflower mural at North and Lee Streets in downtown Canton instantly became a free gathering spot of connectivity and accessibility to art for everyone – outside the walls of a museum or gallery. Providing opportunities to encounter art and to engage wi...
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A Bit of Ball Ground History

What do you know about the place where you live? Do you know how or when it came into existence? The older people get, the more they seem to appreciate history, especially the history of the city they call home. This month, I celebrate my 37th anniversary serving as Ball Ground's city clerk. In those 37 years, I have learned a lot about this great ...
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Because It’s June

American sportscaster and writer Al Bernstein said, "Spring being a hard act to follow, God created June." This month follows the spring storms as the gateway to summer, and June also heralds another great season of community events and exciting developments in the "Coolest Small Town in America." To be honest, it is difficult to know where to star...
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Behind the Design: Holly Springs Town Center Project

The construction of the Holly Springs Town Center is the culmination of years of work and thoughtful planning. One of the most critical elements of that process was the project's design. The City had a strong vision for a Town Center that would not only become an exciting new destination for residents and visitors, but would also remain true to the...
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More Myths About School Zone Cameras

Last month's "Canton Notes" column covered three myths about school zone cameras. To continue to confront misinformation about these traffic-control devices, here are three more myths circulating about the school zone speed cameras.Myth No. 1: The police are not involved.The statute requires a police officer to review each citation to ensure that i...
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Ball Ground’s Upcoming Warm-Weather Events

Springtime is an especially happy time for those who love to play in the dirt, and if there is anyone who loves to play in the dirt, it's the members of the Ball Ground Garden Club (Anetsa-Ga-Da). Members have been busy getting ready for the 6th Annual Plant Sale and Festival on May 21, which will be held at the Ball Ground Botanical Garden, 215 Va...
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Myths About School ZoneCameras

 Given the misinformation being spread about these cameras and the legal process tied to them, it is a good time to review what the law is — and what it is not. Myth No. 1: You can only get a ticket if the lights are flashing.Not in the City of Canton. The area designated as a school zone is a school zone for the entire school day. The flashin...
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Women’s History Month Get to Know Canton’s Councilwomen

Commemorating and studying the often overlooked role of women in American history first began as a week of national celebration in 1982. Since 1987, March has been designated Women's History Month, which is a time to honor and acknowledge the historic, societal, and cultural contributions of women in the U.S. The 2022 Women's History Month theme "P...
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Ball Ground’s Elected Officials Are Positioned to Serve Residents

 Ball Ground is off to a great start this year. In January, we welcomed two new council members, Dennis Nelson and Kristine Rogers, and Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts, III, is back for another term. Vicki Benefield was sworn in as council member last November to fill the unexpired term of Frank Homiller. Even though Benefield, Rogers, and Nelson h...
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Canton Shines in 2022!

Another new year is well underway in the Coolest Small Town in America, and it's off to a great start. I am honored and excited to announce the City of Canton has received the 2022 Visionary City Award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trend magazine. The award recognizes cities that have exhibited success in planning and for...
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Canton Resolves To Maintain Forward Momentum This Year

The team at the City of Canton has all eyes on projects that benefit the community in 2022. As we welcome the new year, here are some of the things we're most excited about.Sandy McGrew, Ward 1"In 2021, City Council formed an Environmental & Sustainability Board. I'm eager to help build the purpose and process of this board and its goals. I hop...
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Reflecting on Ball Ground’s Growth

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind" is a line from the famous song, "Auld Lang Syne," written by Robert Burns in 1788. When translated into standard English, "Auld Lang Syne" has several different meanings: "old long since," "days gone by," or "old times." As we look back on the not-so-distant "old times" of Ball Ground,...
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A Park on the Rebound

Solvitur ambulando. It is solved by walking. We've all been there. Maybe it was a work issue. Maybe it was a family disagreement. Maybe it was when you had an article due for Canton Family Life, and you were right up against a deadline. We've all been at that point where we need to put our feet on the ground and go for a walk. Fresh air, sunshine (...
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Ball Ground’s March of the Toys Parade for Toys For Tots

Fall has arrived, and with it comes changes to our weather with opportunities to enjoy cooler temps outdoors. There's no better place to do that than Ball Ground. You're invited to enjoy the lovely Ball Ground Botanical Garden. It's a great place to take those long overdue family photos or just sit and relax. If you're into hiking, then you will de...
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Shoring Up Canton’s Future

 As you may have heard, the City of Canton is in the process of purchasing the remaining 325 acres of undeveloped property at The Bluffs that surrounds the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir. Pending the final survey and title work, the purchase will hopefully be completed by the time this article is published. Originally intended as a technology par...
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Art-ify It! New Canton Cultural Arts Commission to Promote Art

The newly appointed Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) plans to use public art in parks, at events, and through other community art initiatives to "art-ify" the city at large. "Art-ify" is a fun and creative term meaning to make more beautiful and meaningful through art. "Art can and should enhance Canton and the lives of its residents and visi...
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Construction Begins on Holly Springs Town Center A New Live-Work-Play Destination

On September 3, City of Holly Springs elected officials, staff, and project partners broke ground on the Holly Springs Town Center near the intersection of Hickory Road and Holly Springs Parkway. The long-anticipated new development will further energize downtown Holly Springs with a walkable, Main Street-inspired destination that weaves together c...
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Mapping Our Way to Economic Success

The term "economic development" is broad and holds different meanings for different people. Just a few weeks ago, I met a Cherokee County resident while hanging out at Canton's Green Line Brewery. While we were discussing City of Canton goals, he kept putting "economic development" in air quotes whenever he said it. He had fallen for a couple of co...
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