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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Burns Law Group (click to Read More)

    "We're Cherokee's Firm"

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    “I try to remember that the most important thing to our clients is knowing someone with experience is working to resolve their issue.”
    — Daran Burns, founder of Burns Law Group

    As the lead attorney of the firm he established in 1993 in downtown Canton, Burns is passionate about taking care of clients and achieving the best possible outcomes for them.

    “What’s essential is not just

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  • 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

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  • CCSD Leader Named 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year (click to Read More)

    A Cherokee County School District leader has been named the 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year.

    E.T. Booth MS Assistant Principal Kathie Monti was one of two leaders announced as finalists for the award, presented by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. The award, which is open to middle school assistant principals statewide, recognizes “outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for...
  • 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

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  • Artist Profile: Micki Soresi (click to Read More)

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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Preservation Woodstock Announces 2019 Citizen of the Year (click to Read More)

    Preservation Woodstock named Reformation Brewery CEO Spencer Nix the Barbara G. Ingram Citizen of the Year. This award is presented annually to a Woodstock area resident who has made notable contributions toward the preservation of the city’s heritage. As part of this honor, Nix will serve as the grand marshal for the City of Woodstock’s Christmas Jubilee Parade.

    Preservation Woodstock member Steve Campbell nominated Nix in recognition of his role in restoring a historic building...
  • Healing Hands Youth Ranch Mission Accomplished (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...
  • 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...
  • River Ridge HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score (click to Read More)

    River Ridge HS junior Maya Osborne earned the top composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance and placement test. On average, less than one-half of 1% of the 1.8 million students who take the ACT each year earn the top score.

    “We’re so proud of Maya for this amazing academic achievement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “She’s an exemplary student, active in her school and community, and an all-around excellent Knight. Congratulations!”
  • 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...
  • Woodstock Launches Program To Incentivize Small Business (click to Read More)

    Woodstock City Council recently approved a new Small Business Occupational Tax Waiver for small businesses opening commercial locations in Woodstock.

    Under the program, newly organized businesses in a commercial location with fewer than 10 employees, which open in the city, qualify for the waiver of the application, inspection, and occupational tax fees for their first year.

    An occupational tax license, more commonly known as a business license, is required for all...
  • Men & Women of the CSO and Their Dedication to Serve (click to Read More)

    By Erika Neldner

    They are there when you need them. It may be a holiday spent away from family or the day someone’s child hits his/her first home run or has a dance recital, but when duty calls, the men and women of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office answer.

    CSO is the largest county government employer, with 378 sworn and 77 civilian positions. It also is one of less than 100 sheriff’s offices nationwide with the “triple crown”: the Commission on Accreditation for

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  • Public Safety: Think Before You Drive This Holiday Season (click to Read More)

    By District Attorney Shannon Wallace

    According to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28% of all traffic-related deaths involved drivers impaired by alcohol, and 16% of all crashes involved drivers impaired by legal and illegal drugs. In Cherokee County, the number of traffic-related deaths or serious injuries increased by 150% in the past two years, with 80% of serious injury and vehicular homicide cases closed thus far in 2019 involving

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  • Gifts of Holidays Past (click to Read More)

    When the staff of Family Life Publications was tasked with recalling a favorite childhood gift they’d received during the holidays, the responses were as unique as the personality of each individual. But a common thread did reveal itself among all the responses. Regardless of the gift, it was the loved one who bestowed it and the memories surrounding it that seemed to make it so special. Here are a few of our favorite things:

    Janet Ponichtera 
    Sales and

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