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  • Summit Financial Solutions (click to Read More)

    Going Beyond the Numbers

    Q&A with Joe Parker of Summit Financial Solutions

    By Cyndi Braun

    Located in Towne Lake, Summit Financial Solutions provides personalized financial services for professionals, working families, individuals and small businesses. Through a team of tax and financial professionals, the company is committed to “going beyond the numbers” by tailoring financial plans to each client’s specific needs. Services include tax preparation

  • When You Retire, Will You be Able to Stay Retired? (click to Read More)

    By Morgan Hill

    This is a question on the minds of many people as they get closer to retirement. Income planning is one of the key components to a peaceful and fulfilling retirement. Here are some basics about income planning for future retirees:

    •  To be able to retire, we need income.
    •  To stay retired, we need reliable and sustainable income.
    •  To preserve our standard of living, we need increasing income.
    •  During income

  • The Importance of Senior Socialization (click to Read More)

    Explore Your Options

    By Nathan Brandon

    So, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that people are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that people are living longer than ever before. If you’re over 65, you probably perceive this as good news. The Baby Boomer generation, now aging into the Social-Security-eligible population, has been referred to as the “pig in the python” by those who track population trends. Suddenly, the percentage of our

  • CCSD Students Volunteer to Help Homeless (click to Read More)

    Cherokee County School District students recently volunteered with Give Homeless Hope to help those in need. The students weathered very cold temperatures to help provide 70-80 homeless children and adults with a meal, toiletries, warm hats, gloves and other items to help them through their difficult circumstances.
  • Cherokee County Farm Bureau (click to Read More)

    Cherokee County Farm Bureau encourages students in 9th through 12th grade to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest. The artwork should be drawn in black ink or dark, soft-lead pencil, on an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of white paper. The artwork should be camera ready. The 1st Place County winner of the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Art Contest will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card; the 2nd Place County winner will receive a $75 Wal-Mart gift card.

    “Agriculture generates an annual...
  • Downtown Woodstock’s Pie Bar recently won a $10,000 award on an episode of Sugar Showdown on the Cooking Channel. (click to Read More)

    “We were so excited to participate in Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown that winning was honestly just a perk,” owner Lauren Bolden said.

    Cody and Lauren Bolden auditioned for the show by submitting a video. They practiced for the show by setting a timer while they baked their pies to be sure they could get them done in the allotted amount of time. Lauren and Head Baker Olivia Pisano baked their beloved peanut butter pie as well as a margarita pie to woo the show’s judges into...
  • Building upon the success of their first eight Sunbrook Academies, Sunbrook Academy at Woodstock is now open at 9626 Hickory Flat Highway. (click to Read More)

    Their cutting-edge preschool learning environment is based on their proprietary Foundations™ curriculum, which has been proven to help children thrive in kindergarten and beyond. They offer flexible programs and daycare for children from ages six weeks to twelve years. In addition to their preschool and Georgia Pre-K curriculums, they also have programs for school-aged children including before school care, The After School Zone and summer camp.

    They are committed to providing a...
  • Meet Steve Miller, New Mayor of Holly Springs (click to Read More)

    After twelve years, Holly Springs has a fresh voice in the mayor’s office. 42-year-old, former U.S. Marine Steve Miller has many goals he’d like to achieve in his new role, but his most important goals are to:

    • Repair the relationship between Holly Springs and the county by opening the lines of communication between council members and county commissioners.
    • Handle Cherokee County’s rapidly growing number of residents that are moving into Holly Springs, as many current...
  • Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Selects 2017 Teen & Adult Leadership Cherokee Classes (click to Read More)

    The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County, so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow.

    Members of Teen Leadership Cherokee include: Katelyn Provost, Woodstock; Caroline Booth, Etowah; Taylor Glass, Etowah; Erin Franchini, Creekview; Amelia Westmoreland, Sequoyah; Katie Gilliam, Woodstock; Rolo Lopez, Cherokee; Abigail Smithwick, Creekview; Jamila Otieno, Etowah; Hannah Galloway, Cherokee;...
  • Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Holds Grand Opening for New Station 3 (click to Read More)

    The official grand opening and Hose Uncoupling Ceremony for Cherokee Fire’s station #3, located at 270 Crown Avenue in Canton, was held last month.

    Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely welcomed those in attendance including District 2 Commissioner and former Cherokee County Fire Chief Raymond Gunnin, Holly Springs Mayor Steve Miller and Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners “Buzz” Ahrens and many other local officials and community leaders.

    Cherokee County...
  • Artist Profile: Lorra Kurtz (click to Read More)

    Mixed-Media Artist: The Whole Ball of Wax

    By Brandi Price
    Lorra Kurtz was originally planted in Texas, but lucky for us, she’s bloomed in Georgia. After a career in business, Lorra transitioned into the artistic world by interior design. At ADAC, a design center, Lorra channeled her creativity into high-end furniture showrooms.

    After having twin sons, Lorra plunged deeper into art out of necessity. She made handmade cards and scrapbooked, but she found...
  • Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can (click to Read More)

    By Jessica Asbell

    It’s likely that you know Lauren Graham from her role in Gilmore Girls or Parenthood. Her book, Talking as Fast as I Can, boasts the tag line: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between. Throughout her book, you’ll find Lorelai Gilmore’s wisecracking sense of humor. But you’ll also find Lauren Graham, the actress who connected with her role so well that she felt like she brought the character to life. Talking as Fast as I Can is an ode to

  • Book Review: Close Enough to Touch (click to Read More)

    By Annell Gerson

    What if you were allergic to other humans? What if someone’s touch could send you into anaphylactic shock? What does such a life look like; what does it feel like? Close Enough to Touch, Atlanta author Colleen Oakley’s newest book, takes readers inside Jubilee Jenkins’ heart, where we experience this lonely malady first hand.

    Jubilee is a normal, healthy baby until she is three. Then, large, painful, itchy welts begin appearing all over her body. Three

  • CCSD Makes AP Honor Roll for 4th Consecutive Year (click to Read More)

    Cherokee County School District high school students not only continue to beat state and national averages on college-level Advance Placement (AP) exams, but CCSD also has earned national recognition for its AP achievement for the fourth consecutive year!

    CCSD is one of only ten school districts in Georgia named to the College Board’s elite AP Honor Roll for 2016, and this was CCSD’s fourth consecutive year to earn the prestigious distinction. With a passage rate of 70% among the...
  • 3-Day Cycling Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race Comes to Woodstock & Ball Ground (click to Read More)

    Formerly held in Gainesville, organizers behind the Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race has decided to bring this Pro/Am stage to Woodstock and Ball Ground on March 3-5. Race director, and former professional cyclist, Nathan O’Neill, stated, “These two cities are active and progressive cities, and they absolutely exhibit the qualities we know are important to the growth and accessibility of cycling.”

    “We have an active, built-in cycling community in Woodstock and surrounding...
  • Local Church Receives Funds to Stock Food Pantry (click to Read More)

    The Jay Weaver Food Pantry, a ministry of Heritage Presbyterian Church, was awarded $6,272.50 as part of the Georgia Theatre Company’s 13th annual Cinema for a Cause. The money will be used to stock school food pantries in local schools in Cherokee County.
  • CCSD Celebrates Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet (click to Read More)

    The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) celebrated outstanding educators with an elegant dinner, tributes and gifts at the 2017 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration, thanks to the support of community partners.

    Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulated CCSD 2017 Teacher of the Year Brian Carnes of Sequoyah High School as well as all school-level winners during the event.

    “Our School District’s Teacher of the Year...
  • Cruise Planners in Roswell (click to Read More)

    Travel Agent magazine, a top travel industry publication, has named Michael Consoli of Cruise Planners in Roswell as a Top 25 All Star winner for 2016. Consoli was one of only a handful of travel professionals honored as an “All Star,” which highlights the best of the best in the travel industry.

    Consoli is indeed a top producer; as a franchise owner at Cruise Planners, he has repeatedly earned recognition as a top producing agent for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean...
  • Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital (click to Read More)

    Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 15th Annual totes 2 tots Drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state:

    Friday, January 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, at all 26 GCS locations in Georgia.

    More than 13,000 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of...
  • Chattahoochee Tech Brings Cyber Security Degree Program to Woodstock Campus (click to Read More)

    Beginning in the spring, Chattahoochee Technical College’s (CTC) cyber security program will expand to its campus in downtown Woodstock.

    National employment projections show a growth of eighteen percent across all industries from 2014 to 2024, with a 36% increase in computer system design and related service industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    It will take 68 hours (about two years) to complete the cyber security degree program, while the diploma...