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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Cherokee County Football Schedules (click to Read More)

    Public Schools

    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

    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

  • 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

  • Cherokee County Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch Named (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the 2019 group of Cherokee County’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. This recognition program focuses on Cherokee County residents under age 40 who are considered to be up-and-coming leaders over the next 10 years.

    “The Top 10 in 10 initiative is designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals,” said Pam Carnes, Chamber president and CEO.
    “We were extremely...
  • Next Step Ministries Announces Expanded Space (click to Read More)

    Next Step Ministries is excited to announce a newly expanded Trickum Road location in Woodstock, which will allow the organization to serve more clients with special needs in Cherokee, Cobb, and Fulton. This expansion to its original space will allow more flexibility, room for client growth, and needed space for its growing staff.

    New hours of operation are 8:00am-6:00pm. The additional hours and service space will provide more opportunities for client family members to rejoin the...
  • The Roger D. Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) is fortunate to have one of the finest training facilities in Georgia. The Roger D. Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center (RGLETC), named in honor of former Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison, was established in 2013 to offer specialized law enforcement training for agencies throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia.  

    The 42-acre campus is located in Canton next to the Cherokee County

  • Q: What Can I Do With a Liberal Arts Degree? A: Almost Anything You Want (click to Read More)

    By Jonathan Good, Ph.D.

    The engineering major asks, “How does it work?”

    The business major asks, “How much will it cost?”

    The liberal arts major asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

    Most liberal arts majors have heard some version of this joke, and it’s always annoying — in part because it’s somewhat true. The joke points to the dual purpose of higher education: does it exist to preserve “the best that has been thought and said” in our

  • Cherokee Search & Rescue (click to Read More)

    By Ashley Keegan

    It’s not only the motto, but also the guiding purpose of Cherokee County’s Search and Rescue team (Cherokee SAR). Volunteers are the lifeblood of this operation, but it’s not a typical volunteer organization.

    This team requires dedication, discipline, and a desire to serve the community in a significant way. After all, it’s Cherokee SAR that is called to assist when citizens from Cherokee County, and sometimes citizens of surrounding counties,

  • Exchange of Heart (click to Read More)

    Our Year With Maite

    By Mandy Marger

    Like most good things, sponsoring an exchange student was not planned. A local Facebook group published a post looking for a family to take in an exchange student in our school district. The year had already started, and her first family had not worked out as expected. After reaching out to ask for how long, my family quickly made the decision to help.

    Approval Process & Preparation
    Because of the emergency

  • The Providence Group (click to Read More)

    Building Hometown Pride

    By Marsha Cornelius

    “Urban walkable” communities are the future according to the New York Times. Mason Main, the modern transitional townhomes on Main Street in Woodstock, are just far enough away from the action to allow privacy, but close enough to provide a true connection to downtown. North of the roundabout, and directly across from the Woodstock library, these contemporary three-story units have a chic exterior with

  • Friends of Holly Springs Police Foundation Supports Detective for Police Unity Tour (click to Read More)

    The Friends of Holly Springs (FoHS) Police Foundation made two donations to Detective Sherron Conrad for the Police Unity Tour, Chapter XI. This is Detective Conrad’s eighth year to ride for the Police Unity Tour, and she is the only officer from Georgia in her Chapter as well as Cherokee County.

    “We were excited to present Detective Conrad with a check from the Foundation and one for a raffle held specifically for the Police Unity Tour,” said Foundation President Lori Flink. “We...
  • CCWSA Drinking Water Art Contest (click to Read More)

    Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is proud to announce the winners of the Drinking Water Week coloring contest. Students from all over Cherokee County submitted more than 750 entries, which made it difficult to choose the best entry from each grade. Winners received a $10 ice cream gift card.

    Congratulations to the winners:
    Kindergarten - Clara Sloan Bujeker, homeschooled
    1st grade - Michael Jo Prose, Ball Ground ES
    2nd grade - Jianelly Bermudez,...
  • LGE Community Credit Union Celebrates Newly Relocated Woodstock Branch (click to Read More)

    LGE Community Credit Union recently celebrated its newly relocated Woodstock branch, now at 12900 Highway 92.

    The event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, entertainment from local radio station B98.5, and free tacos from The Queso Truck, courtesy of LGE.

    Both Chris Leggett, president and CEO of LGE, and Pam Carnes, president and CEO of the Cherokee Chamber, gave remarks about the new location.

    “Providing value...