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  • The Kragor Difference (click to Read More)

    Creating Exceptional Smiles and Lifelong Memories

    By Anna Teal

    A smile is worth more than a thousand words at Kragor Orthodontics, and it is the best first impression you can provide. This is a foundation for the Kragors’ practice and a testament to their patient-centric approach. The practice is well known in the community as a haven for those looking to improve their smile in a friendly, comfortable, and clean environment. The staff creates beautiful smiles,

  • CCSD High Schools Make “Best High Schools” List (click to Read More)

    All six Cherokee County School District (CCSD) high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list.

    The magazine’s prestigious list is based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates, and success of disadvantaged students.

    The six high schools are led in the rankings by Etowah High School, which placed at 1,995 out of all high schools nationwide. Five of CCSD’s high schools – Creekview, Etowah, River...
  • Book Review: The Family Upstairs (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Oravec

    What would you do, if, as a child, your parents invited someone to stay at your house for a few days because you had so much room? And then, what if that person became a permanent resident, bringing along her boyfriend and another family as well? And then began to take over your home? This is the premise to Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs.

    The story begins with 25-year-old Libby, who has just been informed that she has inherited the home of her

  • Community Partner: The Younique Foundation (click to Read More)

    Research suggests that one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18 — that’s an estimated 41.5 million adult American women who are survivors.

    Think of the women you know and love — your mother, your sister, your college roommate, your best friend, your gym partner, and your co-worker who helps keep you sane when life is scary. One of every four of these women is statistically a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and may have been carrying feelings of shame, guilt, and

  • Protecting Vulnerable Adults in Cherokee (click to Read More)

    By District Attorney Shannon Wallace

    As children, we are taught to honor and respect our elders. Unfortunately, some people fail to heed this advice and, instead, target senior citizens. In recent years, we have seen a rise in opportunists who abuse and exploit seniors as well as other vulnerable adults. Elder abuse is a crime in Georgia, and something we take very seriously in Cherokee County.

    Elder abuse occurs when trusted family members, friends, or caregivers

  • Artist Profile: Mavis Manganelly (click to Read More)

    Chasing the Beautiful

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Although friends and family say they knew she would be an artist someday, north Georgia painter Mavis Manganelly took a circuitous route before embracing her calling.

    Born in Cuba, she lived in Russia as a child and again as an adult, then immigrated to the United States, living first in Arizona and later in Georgia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Havana and a master’s degree in

  • Family Life Short Story Contest (click to Read More)

    Congratulations to our Winners!


    By Katy Wheeler

    It’d been quite a while since I’d upgraded. A long overdue enhancement, I’m guessing at least five years in the making. Hardly anyone is immune to being enamored by the hypnotic spell that a brand-new cell phone seems to cast. I was no different.

    When I plucked the shiny new phone out of its box, I could hardly contain myself. All the latest

  • Mosquito-Free Makes Backyards Home Again (click to Read More)

    Local Businessmen Taking It to the 'Skeets

    By Gregory Flail

    Few places are as dear to the hearts of north Georgia residents as their backyards. Backyards are more than just a plot of land; they are an extension of the home — a place for children to play, pets to roam, and families to enjoy good weather with friends and neighbors.

    The only serious threats to this lush paradise are the harmful insects that favor Georgia’s long summers. The mosquitoes in

  • The Bonus Benefits of Social Distancing (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    As I write this article, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis; the date is April 9. These past few weeks have been interesting to say the least. Each day brings new questions and even fewer answers. I am hopeful that when you read this, we will NOT be back to what was normal. I’ll explain later.

    A few weeks ago, I began to keep notes on the number of COVID-19 cases. On March 21, the U.S. had 19,658 known cases and approximately 219

  • Community Partner: CURE Childhood Cancer (click to Read More)

    Back in 1975, when CURE Childhood Cancer was founded at Emory University, the survival rate for children with cancer was less than 10%.

    Since then, research has improved the survival rate to above 80%. While that is great progress, it’s not enough when you consider that one in five children with cancer is still lost to this disease, which remains the No. 1 cause of death by disease for children.

    CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer by funding

  • Should I Shelter My Investments in Place? (click to Read More)

    By Jack L. Shampine, Jr., LPL

    Recent financial reports provide a catalog of the stock market roller-coaster ride starting at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic:

    February 19 — S&P 500 at an all-time high
    March 23 — Dow Jones down almost 40% since Feb 19, fastest drop in history
    March 26 — S&P 500 on track for best week since 1938 and Dow Jones on track for best week since 1931

  • Growth in Georgia's Film Industry Means More Georgia Jobs (click to Read More)

    By the Georgia Film Office Staff

    Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in which to do business for seven years in a row, and Georgia’s film industry has been an important part of our state’s years-long success story. Film has spurred investment, empowered local small businesses, and put Georgians across the state to work.

    The industry continued to smash records in fiscal year 2019. The 391 film and television productions that were made in Georgia created another

  • Artist Profile: Jamie Trial (click to Read More)

    Sharing a Passion for Dance

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    Lacking “natural flexibility, extension, and range of motion,” Jamie Trial didn’t see herself as a dancer. In fact, she says she hated ballet as a child. Only after she switched dance studios when she was 13 did she discover that dance is her passion.

    “Suddenly, at the new studio with teachers who encouraged me, I wanted to dance every day,” Trial remembered. “I dove in, and there was no going

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

    A Proven 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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