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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hope Dealers Worldwide (click to Read More)

    The co-founders of Hopedealers Worldwide, Pete and Nadine Psareas, are no strangers to the heartache of addiction. Their son previously struggled with substance abuse that began when he was 15 years old, which eventually led to job loss, jail time, and alienation from his family. Over the years, he also lost several close friends due to heroin overdose. Today, their son has been clean and sober for several years, but he’s always conscious of how vital his lifestyle is to his recovery....

  • Cherokee Notes: 2019 Highlights and Future Growth Goals (click to Read More)

    By Harry Johnston

    Before I reflect upon my first year serving as chairman, I must mention that it has been great to work with fellow members of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. We haven’t always initially agreed, but we’ve been able to compromise enough that, so far, all votes have been unanimous. Buzz Ahrens built that cooperative atmosphere during his 12 years as chairman, and I hope to continue it.

    Here are my top long-term growth

  • Artist Profile: Brian Gamel (click to Read More)

    Lights, Sound, and Action

    by Cassie Langford

    Believing lighting and sound should enhance what is happening on stage, not distract from it, Brian Gamel hopes that what he does as a light and sound designer is for the sake of creating an immersive experience for the audience, not for the sake of highlighting his skills.

    Sometimes, his style is simple. For a recent production of Puffs at Elm Street Arts Theatre, he mocked the floating candlesticks that light the

  • Book Review: Pascal A Journey with Autism (click to Read More)

    by Farris Yawn

    Autism is something that impacts many lives. Most of us have friends or family members who are struggling with the challenges that come with having an autistic child or young adult.

    In Pascal: A Journey With Autism, Dr. Barbe Biloa-Many shares one young man’s trials with autism, as he and his family work to understand his diagnosis and treatment.

    Often told in Pascal’s and his mother’s own words, we learn the symptoms that led to his diagnosis

  • Book Review: Pascal A Journey with Autism (click to Read More)

    Autism is something that impacts many lives. Most of us have friends or family members who are struggling with the challenges that come with having an autistic child or young adult.

    In Pascal: A Journey With Autism, Dr. Barbe Biloa-Many shares one young man’s trials with autism, as he and his family work to understand his diagnosis and treatment.

    Often told in Pascal’s and his mother’s own words, we learn the symptoms that led to his diagnosis as well as many of the...
  • Volunteer Family: The Bakers (click to Read More)

    Each year, Family Life magazines is honored to spotlight a local family who goes above and beyond when it comes to helping their community through volunteer work. Collectively, James (Jim), Clementine (Clem), and Carolyn Baker have been valuable volunteers at MUST Ministries for over 35 years. MUST Ministries is a nonprofit organization that provides help to those in need by offering a range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, meals, groceries, clothing, job...
  • Public Safety: Child Exploitation (click to Read More)

    The Web’s Large and Creepy Spider

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    For those of us who grew up in Cherokee County without the internet or smartphones, our form of social media was cruising the McDonald’s parking lot on Friday and Saturday nights to see and be seen.

    Internet technology and cellular phone apps can be wonderful tools, but there is a very large and creepy spider on the web: child exploitation.

    The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has a team

  • Fifty States, Fifty Marathons (click to Read More)

    By Ellen Samsell Salas

    “It was an adventure. I can’t believe we did this,” says Canton native Ken Locke, who with his wife Amanda has accomplished a mighty feat.

    Fifty states. Fifty marathons. Together. In only eight years.

    Amanda downplays their feat saying, “It wasn’t pretty. We didn’t train. We didn’t eat right. We are not fast. We just went out there and did it.” Our attitude was, “let’s enjoy it,” says Ken. With times from four to eight hours,

  • Alpine Bakery (click to Read More)

     Taste the Love

    By Marsha Cornelius

    Cookie, Pastry, and Truffle Trays Along With Cakes, Pies, Delivery,
    and Gift Cards Make Your Holidays Special and Easier!

    Alpine Bakery is known for its delicious, visually stunning desserts. With the tagline “Taste the Love,” Alpine has been painstakingly pouring care and commitment into delicious desserts for over 15 years. A strictly “from scratch” bakery using only all natural ingredients means no bucket,...
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Cherokee (click to Read More)


    Nora Fleming is sure to bring joy to every table and every event! Why not have one neutral platter or home decor piece, and change the different “minis” for every occasion, season, or special event? Stop into Chamberhouse to discover the next best gift for you and your loved ones!
    145 W. Main Street
    Canton, GA 30114

    Key’s Jewelry

    Les Georgettes is a French concept that allows...
  • Community Partner: Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehavilitation (click to Read More)

    Only one metro Atlanta organization focuses exclusively on breast cancer survivorship. TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a game changer for female and male breast cancer patients on a shared, common journey to feel better faster, return to activities enjoyed before a breast cancer diagnosis, and ultimately, become cancer free. This nonprofit organization provides myriad critical services under one roof, including physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, exercise classes, and...
  • Cody Bolden (click to Read More)

    A New American Outlaw

    By John Midkiff

    Cody Bolden is as American as they come — a fan of country music, tasty pie, and good whiskey. He grew up in Georgia but spent every other weekend with his father on his family’s property in Alabama, affectionately referred to as “the farm.”

    When asked what that was like, Bolden said, “Georgia is home; it always will be, but it was nice to get back there. It was like camping with power, sitting at the pond, which

  • The Silent Patient (click to Read More)

     by Jessica Asbell

    Alicia Berenson, famous painter, killed her husband. That much is clear. But why? When the police found her at the scene of the crime, she was silent — and bleeding — because after killing her husband, she tried to kill herself. After doctors saved her life, she remained silent. But she did make a statement in a painting.

    While under house arrest and awaiting trial, Alicia painted a self-portrait titled Alcestis. A little-known Greek tragedy,

  • Soup's On (click to Read More)

    It’s that time of year when temperatures start to drop, and families crave something warm and hearty for lunch or dinner. Check out the following yummy recipes from the Family Life Publications staff. Pair them with a salad, your favorite sandwich, or a generous piece of crusty sourdough or French bread, and you will have a delicious meal for all to enjoy.


    Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

    Laurie Litke, Graphic