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  • Book Review: Caroline: Little House, Revisited (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    If you were a fan of the Little House on the Prairie series when you were growing up, you’ll be delighted to discover Sarah Miller’s Caroline: Little House, Revisited. And despite the author occasionally waffling between first and third person, Caroline feels like coming home. If you’ve read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s view of life on the prairie, you’ll appreciate the depth of Caroline’s view as an adult.

    Everything is there: the emotions of

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  • Community Partner: She is Safe (click to Read More)

    Keeping Girls Safe and Free

    In a defining moment that quite literally changed the course of her future, Michele Rickett discovered her life’s purpose while working in East Africa as a young woman. “Global slavery” was still a distant phrase when she began witnessing unthinkable injustices against African women and girls.

    In 2002, with her studies behind her and her children grown, Michele founded She Is Safe, which is a nonprofit organization that is headquartered in

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  • Active Shooter Training Principles: The Latest CRASE (click to Read More)

    By Frank Reynolds

    When I was about fifteen years old, my dad bought me my first rifle from Sparks Hardware in downtown Canton. My buddies and I would go camping every weekend during the summer, rifles in hand. When we ran out of ammo, we went back to Sparks and got what we needed. Back then, John Sparks’ philosophy was, “If you could see over the counter, you could buy your own .22 ammunition.”

    Times have certainly changed.

    My goal here is not to

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  • Savory Herb Gardening (click to Read More)

    By Joshua Fuder

    Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow because they often tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and have few insect and disease issues. Because herbs are relatively carefree, they have an obvious fit in a food garden, but they also work just as well incorporated into your landscape or in containers.

    Herb Culture

    Herbs prefer a well-drained soil with a pH between 6 to 7.5. If planting in our native soil, plan to

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  • GrassRoots — Turf.com (click to Read More)

    "The Best Service Company Ever!"

    By Cyndi Braun

    Few people are as committed to lawncare as Josh Wise and his team at GrassRoots Tree & Turf Care.

    Fifteen years ago, Wise went into business for himself, establishing what would become one of Atlanta’s premier lawncare companies. Back then, Josh’s goal was to offer a different type of lawncare business, one based on quality service and treating customers like people, not numbers.

    That

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  • Building a Sustainable Home (click to Read More)

    Things to Consider

    By Mike Reynolds

    A high performance, energy-efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power, and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well designed, well insulated, and if possible, it will have glazing oriented to the south for passive heat gain.

    Energy Efficiency, Insulation, and

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  • Artist Profile: Wanda Richardson (click to Read More)

    Quilter's Handdmade Blankets Honor Son's Memory and Give Back

    By Hannah Olson

    When her twenty-two-year-old son died, Wanda Richardson looked for a way to honor his memory and restore her mind. That is when she took up quilting with her mom and sister. Together, they took local quilting classes as a meaningful way to spend time together. Since then, Richardson has made hundreds of quilts for family, friends, and neighbors.

    “Quilting is not just having a blanket,”

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  • Book Review: Dawn's Early Light (click to Read More)

    By Farris Yawn

    There are certain events that are so momentous that they are forever burned in our memory. For those old enough to remember Pearl Harbor or the JFK assassination, they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment they heard the news.

    More recently, the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 on 9/11 is an event most will “Never Forget.” For three local Cherokee County residents, that dark day hit

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  • Meet the CSO K-9 Unit (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) Canine (K-9) Program is recognized as one of the most professional and capable units throughout the state of Georgia. With a team of five handlers and canines, the CSO K-9 Unit is capable of a wide variety of tasks including narcotics identification, evidence recovery, explosives detection, and patrol.

    Not only are our K-9 teams looking for bad guys and illegal drugs, but they are one of our most popular

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  • In Honor of Women's History Month — Historical Women of Cherokee County (click to Read More)

    By Meghan Quinlan

    “Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes,” Qui Jin, Chinese Revolutionary (November 8, 1875 – July 15, 1907).

    There are countless female heroes in Cherokee County’s past and present — pioneers, business owners, educators, nurses, and community leaders. Throughout history (and even today), being a woman meant always being in an uphill struggle for recognition or to have their voice heard. Women have shaped civilization in

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  • Women Firefighters — Strength Under Fire (click to Read More)

    By Michele Ice

    Women have been represented in fire service for almost 200 years. However, firefighting remains a male dominated field. The United States currently has over 6,200 full-time female career firefighters, representing about 6% of the firefighting community. In the Cherokee County and in north Fulton departments, women make up about 3% of the firefighter population. There are over 22 female firefighters in the area. What draws these women together is their love

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  • Todd Hayes for Solicitor-General (click to Read More)

    The Best Choice for Solicitor-General, Todd Hayes Leads with Experience and Integrity

    By Cyndi Braun

    “As Cherokee County continues to grow, so will the caseload in state court. Todd has the experience and knowledge to handle the challenges ahead. He has established working relationships with our judges and the entire court staff. He will be ready on his first day to lead the office into the future,” said Jessica Moss, current Solicitor-General for Cherokee

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  • Community Partner: Ian's Friends Foundation (click to Read More)

    Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) was founded in 2006 by Phil and Cheryl Yagoda after their thirteen-year-old son, Ian, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of two. In the months following Ian’s diagnosis, the Yagodas visited doctors and hospitals across the country in search of answers for their son’s treatment. When they learned how little funding was being allocated to research projects conducted in the field of pediatric brain tumors, Ian’s Friends Foundation was started

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  • The 2:10 Foundation (click to Read More)

    Supporting and Celebrating the Trades

    In 1979, Holly S. Hill was a teen living in northern New Hampshire with her parents and five siblings. Holly’s father, Fred, owned a local business with his brother, Bob, that provided heating fuels, furnace installations, plumbing, and other services. As a child, Holly admired her father’s ability to fix just about anything, and she often accompanied him when he was “out on a call.” Today, she reflects gratefully on how her father made sure

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  • Traffic Stop Protocol (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    We have all had that dreaded feeling when you see the police cruiser sitting on the side of the road, and you look down at the speedometer and realize, “Oops.” Although many of us have been pulled over at some point, many have not. So, what should you do if the police stop you?

    1. Don’t panic.  
    Some drivers abruptly stop in the middle of the road, creating a traffic hazard. Others may focus on their rearview

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  • Destination "I Do!" (click to Read More)

    Things to Consider When Planning Your Destination Wedding

    By Julie Senger

    So, your honey recently popped the question, and you’re excited to begin planning your future together! You want your wedding to be as unique and meaningful as your relationship is, so you decide to have your special day in a romantically beautiful place that has sentimental value to the both of you — but that place happens to be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where you, your

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  • Taking Steps Now to Pay for College (click to Read More)

    By Jessi Fearon

    The average college graduate’s student loan debt is $37,172. It will take the average person ten years to repay this debt — an entire decade! At this rate, many college graduates will barely have their student loans paid off before their own children start college.

    When money is tight, saving for college can be a challenge. However, completing college debt-free is possible. The following strategies will help families prepare their finances so that

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  • Plastic Surgery Center of the South (click to Read More)

    Helping You Look Your Best

    By Cyndi Braun

    It’s a new year, and time to take a good, long look at … yourself.

    Remember a few years ago when you noticed those tiny lines on your face? Are they not so tiny anymore? Or, did you lose a lot of weight recently (hooray!) but need help losing that excess skin? Do you have some other body feature that has always bugged you?

    Now is the perfect time for a change. Whether you seek a subtle change or major

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  • Artist Profile: Fantabulous (click to Read More)

    Silly Name, Serious Band

    With exceptional musicianship, powerhouse vocals, high-energy performances, and more than 100 years of combined professional music experience, the members of Fantabulous know how to get wedding, corporate event, festival, and club crowds on their feet and keep them there. Playing songs from the 60s to today — including pop, rock, country, R & B, rap, funk, and jazz music, their song catalogue has something for just about everyone. A sampling of the

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  • Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    Little Fires Everywhere is about the seemingly perfect community of Shaker Heights. But this utopia isn’t quite as perfect as it seems. The Richardsons are the perfect family with Lexie heading to college in the fall; Trip, the jock who excels at sports; Moody, the shy, quiet one; and Izzy, the black sheep of the family who causes her mother much consternation. But, they live in a great house, on a great street, and go to great schools until Mia and Pearl

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