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  • The Elder Family Provides a Respite for Children in Need (click to Read More)

    Respite foster parents become like an aunt and uncle figure to foster youth. As a respite foster parent, you can have an incredible impact on a foster child without the full-time commitment of having them live in your home. In addition to the impact on the child, respite care allows foster parents to take a breather and recharge.

    Greg and Virginia Elder have been respite foster parents with Goshen Valley for over two years. They wanted to share their story in hopes that it will...
  • The Balanced State of Your Sheriff’s Office (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    As of October 1, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) has concluded its fiscal year, and I’m happy to report that we are under budget once again.

    The Sheriff’s Office participates in an annual budget process similar to county-managed departments. However, the sheriff is a constitutional officer and is not considered a department of county government. The sheriff submits an annual budget proposal to the Board

  • Artist Profile: Steven Lester (click to Read More)

    Get Inspired by Artist Steven Lester

    by Dawn Major

    Inspired. You hear that word a lot. You see “stay inspired” on coffee mugs, T-shirts, and bumper stickers, but what does it actually mean to be inspired? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “inspired” as having an “extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.” Steven Lester — painter, husband, and father — is someone who has this quality. When asked what inspires him, Lester said, “I

  • Book Review:In the Pines (click to Read More)

    by Farris Yawn

    In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, we all look for ways to slow down a bit, and take a breather. In her new collection of short stories and poems, Anita Roper Foster gives her readers a chance to do just that by sharing a glimpse of a simpler time in the rural south.

    Her stories are funny, shocking, and at times sad. Foster’s characters come alive in the short time you get to spend with them. From a young girl seeking acceptance from a distant

  • Tips to Help Minimize Crime (click to Read More)

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    Each year, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) completes an annual report of the previous year. The report contains detailed information from each division within our organization, which can range from criminal activity to community outreach programs. We use this statistical data to monitor trends in criminal activity and where to best reallocate our resources to better serve our community.

    Although our Uniform Patrol Division (UPD)

  • Community Partner: All About Cats Rescue & Adoption (click to Read More)

    All About Cats Rescue is a local nonprofit organization that strives to rescue cats and kittens from high-kill shelters. These cats are typically abandoned, abused, and/or homeless cats, or sometimes rescued from hoarding situations. This organization helps them find the purrfect forever home. All About Cats Rescue provides full vetting and medical care for its cats: spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, and rabies shots as required by law. Their volunteers work diligently to get cats

  • Special Effects Makeup and Its Many Uses (click to Read More)

    By Pete Mitchell

    When I visited Blood Mansion (the country’s first nonprofit haunted house) back in the early seventies, I was frightened by the setting, the people, and actors inside, but a visit backstage opened a door for me. I eventually became involved in this new style of Halloween entertainment and gained insight into production.

    For Medical Training

    After doing makeup, acting, and producing rooms for Blood Mansion, I worked at

  • October is Cyberbullying Awareness Month (click to Read More)

    How Can We Help Our Children Be Resilient?

    By Rod Metcalf, Ed.S., L.P.C., N.C.S.C.

    As a school counselor for 23 years, I’ve watched as parents, myself included, have become more and more protective of their children.

    To some degree, it’s warranted, for it often seems that our children are growing up in a more dangerous and hurtful society than when we were kids. At the same time, we often go too far when trying to protect our children from making mistakes

  • Woodstock Pediatric Medicine (click to Read More)

    Where Patient Care is #1

    By Cyndi Braun

    Whether your child is sick, due for a check-up, or in need of a flu shot, Woodstock Pediatric Medicine offers quality care in an independently owned practice established more than twenty years ago.

    The practice’s six board-certified pediatricians and two nurse practitioners treat childhood illnesses while promoting good health, wellness, and disease prevention for children through age 21.

    Services include

  • Chamber Recognizes Winners of Mayors’ Recycling Challenge (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green Committee has concluded their Seventh Annual Mayors’ Recycling Challenge, which challenged cities in Cherokee County to encourage their residents to recycle during the months of June and July. Santek Waste Services of Georgia and Waste Management partnered with the Chamber on this event.

    The winning city for total pounds recycled, most pounds collected per capita, and the highest percentage increase over last year were recently...
  • Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Becomes Class 2 Fire Department (click to Read More)

    Recently, Fire Chief Tim Prather presented the results of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) review of the Cherokee County Fire Department (CCFD). The CCFD review was conducted earlier this year. Effective December 1, 2018, the CCFD’s new Public Protection Class will be Class-2/2Y. Prather emphasized that the credit for this success is to be given to his entire department.  “It took each and every one of us working together and doing our part to reach this accomplishment. This is huge...
  • Woodstock Visitors Center Renovations Recognized as 2018’s Most Creative Community Public Relations Initiative (click to Read More)

    City of Woodstock’s tourism professionals were recently recognized at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. The annual industry event brought together more than 400 tourism industry professionals from across the state.
    The Woodstock Visitors Center was awarded the Al Burruss Award for Creative Expression, recognizing the renovation that took place at the Center earlier this year. Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin...
  • Sheriff’s Office Recognizes 2018 Deputies of the Year for Field Operations and Corrections (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office recently held its very first Deputy of the Year competition. A competition was open for a Field Operations Deputy of the Year and an Adult Detention Center/Court Staff Deputy of the Year, since daily tasks for the two sectors differ. Fourteen deputies from different areas within the agency were selected by their supervisors to compete in the competition.

    The Deputy of the Year competition was based on who best performs his/her daily duty assignments....
  • Heron Pond Subdivision Donates Money to Georgia Burn Foundation (click to Read More)

    Representatives from Heron Pond Subdivision, located off Highway 92 in Woodstock, recently presented a check to the Georgia Burn Foundation at Cherokee County Fire Station 7.

    The Georgia Burn Foundation partners with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities, and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

    Ray Villemez, safety coordinator with the subdivision, presented a check in the amount of

  • Northside Hospital Cherokee Offers Genetic Counseling, Testing for Cancer Risk (click to Read More)

    To prevent future cancer diagnoses, Northside has expanded its Cancer Genetics Program to Cherokee County, with locations in Canton and Holly Springs.

    About ten percent of all cancers are hereditary, which means that some people are born with a broken, or mutated, gene that greatly increases their risk for certain types of cancer. The most well-known examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, but there are dozens of genes that have been discovered and linked to almost every type of...
  • Service League of Cherokee County Re-Branding (click to Read More)

    The Service League of Cherokee County has adopted a new brand identity that reflects its ever-growing mission of helping the children of Cherokee County. Founded in 1935, the Service League is the oldest volunteer service organization in Cherokee County. The new identity design, created through a partnership with Grant Design Collaborative in Canton, celebrates the Service League’s “rich heritage of caring for children” including the signature green that Service League members wear in their...
  • Woodstock Students Named to State School Superintendent’s 2018-19 Student Advisory Council (click to Read More)

    Woodstock HS junior Zakwan Khan and E.T. Booth MS eighth grader Ila Prabhuram are among the 120 students statewide selected to serve on the board of middle and high school students.  

    Members were selected from over 1,000 applicants submitted by students statewide, based on their community service and answers to essay questions about public education and how it can improve. The students will talk with Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods about topics including how State...
  • CCSD Partner Up School Partnership Development Event (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is asking local businesses and organizations to Partner Up with CCSD.

    Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about partnering with CCSD schools by coming to this free event anytime between 4:00 and 6:00pm on Thursday, October 11, at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton). Participants can visit tables of school leaders, who will be grouped by geographic area, to...
  • Artist Profile: Jonathan Peyton (click to Read More)

    The Unsung Folk Singer

    By Atiya King

    On a day in which the typical fickle Georgia weather can’t decide what it wants to do, Woodstock-based singer-songwriter Jonathan Peyton opts to spend his afternoon in a cool, music-filled coffee shop in the heart of his hometown. It’s just the type of place one would expect to find a musician. His seriously slept-on, 9-track project gives listeners a glimpse into his heart, soul, and past. “I’m learning to heal/When I lose

  • Book Review: Sold on a Monday (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    How far would you go if you were desperate to eat? Would you go so far as to sell your children? In Sold on a Monday, Kristina McMorris writes about the heartbreaking tragedy of families in the 1930s who sold their children, so they could eat.

    Ellis Reed stumbles across two brothers playing in front of a sign that reads, “children for sale.” Stunned, Ellis takes a picture of them and develops it in the darkroom of the paper where he writes a