digital sm630 East Main Street
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770-213-7095
Fax: 770-213-7106

 icon-fb.png Instagram Twitter

  • Crash Course (click to Read More)

    Tips to Avoid a Crash

    By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

    Cherokee County is currently considered the fastest growing county in Georgia. With that growth, we will experience more traffic congestion and vehicle-related crashes. The use of the word “crashes” instead of “accidents” in that previous sentence was intentional because most vehicle wrecks are preventable.

    Here are a few tips that may help you avoid being in a vehicle crash:


  • Community Partner: United intentions Foundation (click to Read More)

    The United Intentions Foundation (UIF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was founded in 2009 by Tim Ray, an entrepreneur and educational advocate, to assist others in learning how to transform worrisome thoughts into positive intentions. UIF provides unique tools, programs, and resources to help people attract what they truly desire by understanding that our thoughts create our reality.

    “My definition of living life intentionally is living in the present moment with your...
  • Happy Holidays and New Year From The Arbor at BridgeMill (click to Read More)

    The Arbor at BridgeMill Now Open

    By Cyndi Braun
    Opening by Katie Barber

    With the holidays upon us, it’s time for family traditions, get-togethers, good food, and warm smiles. 2019 will be a time for self reflection and open minds, while we prepare to write a new chapter in our lives. The Arbor at BridgeMill, a luxury senior living community just off Sixes Road in Canton, hopes that you’ll

  • Cherokee Veterans Community (click to Read More)

    Cherokee Veterans Community (CVC) was originally established in January of 2017, and it is the veteran’s ministry of First Baptist Church Woodstock (FBCW) on Highway 92. CVC was started by Marine Sergeant Tim King, a ten-year veteran with two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, four years in Japan, and he rounded out his military career as a recruiter in Atlanta.

    After leaving the military, Tim started having difficulties with many issues that he needed to resolve,...
  • Art Jewelers (click to Read More)

    Wowing Customers for Five Generations and Counting

    By Cyndi Braun

    The choices are endless. You can buy jewelry everywhere from chain stores with flashy ads, to retailers that specialize in electronics and clothing, to small family-owned shops.

    If you want a unique piece of jewelry made by local artisans, Art Jewelers is the place to go. Conveniently located on Highway 92 in Woodstock, Art Jewelers specializes in custom-designed, hand-crafted pieces and

  • 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...