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  • 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

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

    A Conservative 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Five Star Painting (click to Read More)

    Puts a Brand New Coat on a Weather-Beaten Profession

    By Gregory Flail

    Five years ago, Dan and Meredith McMillan had reached a crucial juncture in their lives. They were ready to make a change — a big change. Meredith had been a preschool teacher for several years, and Dan had been successful in his career as a business-to-business executive sales leader for a large communications corporation. Like many established professionals, Dan found himself faced with the

  • 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

  • Chattahoochee Tech Woodstock Campus (click to Read More)

    Serving Students and the Cherokee Community

    Chattahoochee Technical College is successfully serving the Cherokee County community as well as hundreds of Chattahoochee Tech students in many innovative ways at the college’s campus in downtown Woodstock. Located on the site of the former Woodstock Elementary School, which was built in the 1930s, the Chattahoochee Tech Woodstock campus underwent extensive renovations in 2013 to become a state-of-the-art college educational facility.

  • 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