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  • Improv (click to Read More)

    Things You Learn While Having Spontaneous Fun

    By Christopher Brazelton

    Improvisation, the theatrical form where dialogue and action are made up on the spot, is not-so-suddenly all the rage. It has been a hit for a while and is a very accessible form of live performance for its audience.

    Why improv? On the outside, audiences seem to be drawn to this form. But performing can be a very intimidating starting point to begin a life on the stage — no script,

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  • Easterseals North Georgia Children Services (click to Read More)

    Easterseals, a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is celebrating a massive milestone, as the national organization marks a century of impactful work helping youth with disabilities and special needs live, grow, and play in their communities. Since its founding in 1919, Easterseals has a long and storied history fueled by the success of its namesake Easter Seals postage stamp campaign, which prompted the expansion of services to Georgia and nationwide in the 1930s.

    Easterseals...
  • Blue Birds of War (click to Read More)

    By Farris Yawn

    In author W.R. Painter’s book, Blue Birds of War, he offers a raw and honest account of his over 37-year career with the Air Force and the Department of Defense. He served two tours in Vietnam, participated in the Kosovo Airlift and Desert Storm, and participated in missions throughout Central and South America.

    Painter does not hold back when describing the horrible things he saw and does not gloss over his own actions in combat. He also

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  • Nelson Elder Care Law: Protecting the ones you love (click to Read More)

    Assisting North Georgia Seniors in Planning for Their Golden Years

    By Gregory Flail

    Since 2014, the Nelson Elder Care Law Firm has provided the highest quality services in elder law, estate planning, as well as probate and estate administration.

    Recently, the mother-and-son legal team of Cindy and Josh Nelson earned accolades from their clients, their community, and their peers. Last year, the firm was the sole recipient of the Excellence in Customer

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  • Girl Scout Gold Award Fairy House Demonstration Day (click to Read More)

    Ambassador Girl Scout Analise Black is working on her Gold Award, which is the highest level achievable and equivalent to the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout designation. Her project focuses on the decrease in the use of the imagination in elementary-school-aged children due to the prevalence of screen time/technology in their lives.

    Black’s goal is to provide families with ways to use their imagination. As part of her Gold Award project, she is creating a Fairy House Trail at the Cherokee...
  • Two Families Receive Keys to New Habitat for Humanity Homes (click to Read More)

    Recently, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia dedicated two Woodstock homes for the Roodbarani/Kiaei and Perry families. Through the rain, mud, and heat, these families worked side by side to complete their required sweat equity as part of the Habitat homebuyer program.

    Both homeowners’ daughters, all around the same age, also participated on the build site. The girls developed a friendship that may last a lifetime.

    Neither of these builds would have been...
  • Woodstock Fire Department Deploys Thermal Imaging Technology (click to Read More)

    The Woodstock Public Safety Foundation recently presented 18 thermal imaging cameras to the Woodstock Fire Department. These cameras, which provide firefighters with images of victims trapped or overcome by smoke, will be attached to every self-contained breathing apparatus.

    “Every Woodstock firefighter will now be equipped with one of these valuable tools when fighting fires,” said Fire Chief Dave Soumas. “This will help better protect citizen lives and first responder lives as...
  • Artist Profile: Chase King (click to Read More)

    By Atiya King

    When walking into Chase King’s art studio/workshop, visitors’ eyes zigzag everywhere, ping-ponging off the walls lined with fascinating works. Between the kaleidoscope of colors, the intoxicating scent of oil paints, and the mesmerizing artwork, viewers will have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves.

    Even though art appreciators may be tempted to pick up every picture, examine it, and find the meaning, etiquette suggests avoiding this

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  • Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    Daisy Jones & The Six is about a fictional band in the 1970s that broke up one evening after a fantastic concert. No one knows why until someone does a series of interviews with the band. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s inventive way of telling this story feels like a Where Are They Now? special on VH1. As we hear from each member of the band, the full picture comes together.

    Reid captures the thrilling highs and the crushing lows of what

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  • Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith F3 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary (click to Read More)

    On July 4 at 7:00am, more than 100 men celebrated the one-year anniversary of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith (F3) Cherokee. Men throughout the county converged at Sequoyah Park for a huge boot camp style workout to celebrate the anniversary.

    F3 is a national network of peer-led workout groups for men. Every workout is free, open to all men, and outside (rain or shine, hot or cold). F3 Cherokee has workouts that meet Monday through Saturday in all parts of Cherokee County. Most...
  • CCSD Gets New Police Chief (click to Read More)

    Buster Cushing, who recently retired as a major with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and just returned from the FBI National Academy program for law enforcement leaders, was sworn in as the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Police Department’s new chief.

    His longtime friend, Cherokee County State Court Judge A. Dee Morris, conducted the ceremony, which was attended by Cushing’s family and a crowd of local law enforcement leaders including Sheriff Frank Reynolds and Chief Deputy...
  • Woodstock Senior Building Inspector Awarded Georgia Inspector of the Year (click to Read More)

    The Building Officials Association of Georgia recently honored City of Woodstock Senior Building Inspector Jake Hill with the 2019 Georgia Inspector of the Year Award. The award is presented to a Georgia building inspector whose contributions to the code enforcement profession are meritorious and worthy of recognition. Hill has demonstrated professional abilities and has furthered the cause of safety in the built environment in Woodstock.

    Hill has served in the building department...
  • Woodstock Police and Fire Departments Announce Upcoming Citizens’ Public Safety Academy (click to Read More)

    The Woodstock Police and Fire Departments are now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Citizens’ Public Safety Academy, scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 15.

    Citizens’ Public Safety Academy is a series of educational classes designed to strengthen the relationship between citizens and the Woodstock Police and Fire Departments, as well as spotlight the responsibilities of public safety personnel and the inherent risks associated with the professions.

    Some of...
  • Woodstock Selected for Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (click to Read More)

    The City of Woodstock was recently named one of four recipients of Georgia Tech’s 2019 Georgia Smart Community Challenge. Georgia Smart is a competitive one-year program that supports local governments within the State of Georgia by providing grant funding and access to technical assistance, expert advice, and a network of peers.

    Participating communities leverage Georgia Smart resources to explore, study, and plan for the use, deployment, and integration of Smart Community

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  • 2019 July 4th Spectacular Parade Float Winners (click to Read More)

    Enchant A Party received Most Original Float. Dance and Music Academy won Best Holiday Float. The History and Heritage Award went to Cub Scout Pack 994 from Hillside United Methodist Church, and this year’s People’s Choice Award went to The Home Depot - Woodstock for their entry, “Let Freedom Ring.” Congratulations to the winners.
  • Community Partner: Matiak Foundation (click to Read More)

    Serve to empower

    The Matiak Foundation was formed out of a desire to serve the community in a greater way than what could be done through the Matiak’s family-owned business, R & D Mechanical. The Matiak Foundation is a servant leader in the Cherokee County community, providing resources, education, and opportunities for success.

    One of the desires of Matiak Foundation is to establish a skilled trades training center and apprenticeship program for Cherokee County.

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  • Art Jewelers Diamonds & Design (click to Read More)

    Designing Talents
    Hidden Gems Found at Local Schools

    By Marsha Cornelius

    Art Jewelers in Woodstock held a contest last year where they invited high school students from Cherokee and other surrounding counties to participate in a jewelry design competition. Public, private, and homeschooled students were invited to compete.

    At a value of $1,500, the winning design was produced in precious metals and stones and awarded to the winner at no cost. The

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  • Cherokee County Football Schedules (click to Read More)

    Public Schools

    Cherokee
    8/23 North Forsyth
    8/30 @ Sequoyah
    9/6 North Hall
    9/13 @ Kennesaw Mountain
    9/20 Cartersville
    10/4 Etowah
    10/11 Roswell
    10/18 @ Woodstock
    11/1 @ Walton
    11/8 @ Lassiter

    Creekview
    8/23 @ Cambridge
    8/30 Woodstock
    9/6 @ Allatoona
    9/13 @ Osborne
    9/20 Dalton
    10/4 @ Sequoyah
    10/18 River Ridge
    10/25 South Cobb
    11/1 Sprayberry...

  • CCSD Prepares Students for STEM Careers of Today and Tomorrow (click to Read More)

    By Barbara Jacoby

    The Cherokee County School District (CCSD), in keeping with its focus on preparing students for the careers of today and tomorrow, is dedicated to enhancing STEM education.

    Careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – are on the rise internationally, with high demand for workers equipped with the knowledge and skills to fulfill them.

    As part of a national effort to keep America at the forefront of STEM, in

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  • The Cherokee County Justice Center (click to Read More)

    By Frank Reynolds

    The Cherokee County Justice Center, named in honor of Chief Superior Court Judge Frank C. Mills III, is located in downtown Canton. It is home to a variety of courts including superior, state, probate, magistrate, juvenile and the clerk of courts. The current courthouse was built in 1994, and prior to that, court was held in the historic marble courthouse next door.

    Of course, I remember Judge Mills and the old courthouse rather well. It was he

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