Old Canton High For Sale

     An old building in Downtown Canton that many people fought to save is going up for sale. The Cherokee County School District has put the old Canton High School up for sale.

     Bids for the building start at 2-and-a half million dollars. The deadline for selling it is December 5th at 10 a.m. Offers received after that time will not be considered.

     The school board is expecting to review the bids for a possible vote for december 17th.

     In the early 2000's the school board approved renovation to the building in 2 phases; One in May for 3.5 million dollars and the other in December 2013 for 1.7 million dollars. The total cost was about 5.3 million dollars. The historic high school was built in 1924 as the county's first high school serving all of Cherokee County. In 1999 the school board considered demolishing the building to make room for new offices, but community members, including the Alumni of Canton High School and the county Historical Society successfully lobbied to save it. School spokesperson Barbara Jacoby said if the district does not receive a bid of at least 2.5 million dollars, the board will continue to maintain the property and may put it up for sale again.

City of Woodstock Having an Eclipse Viewing Gathering

A total sun eclipse will occur on August 21st, and will be a sight to see in Georgia and across North America. The eclipse will be at peak viewing here in Georgia on August 21st from 1:05pm through 4:14pm. The City of Woodstock is holding a "Eclipse Viewing Party" in Downtown Woodstock from 1-4pm on August 21st. They say bring a chair or blanket

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Karen Handel Wins the 6th

While Domocrats hoped newcomer Jon Ossoff would be the beginning of a comeback against the GOP agenda in Washington DC, voters in the 6th Congressional District

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Arrests Made in Acworth Shooting at Chevron on Baker Rd

Jamel Hughes, 43 and Jennifer Foutz, 25 were charged following an investigation into a shooting on June 7th in Acworth. Officers responded to the shooting at 3453 Baker Rd. A white Buick Rendezvous and a white Buick LaCrosse appeared to make some sort of exchange, then shots were fired into the LaCrosse. A firearm believed to be used in the

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Residents in Towne Lake Fly American Flags in Spite of HOA

Don't expect to see fewer American Flags in one Cherokee County community. In fact, you'll see even more. The HOA at the Village of Towne Lake in Woodstock sent an email to residents, informing them that there were only 23 days in the year that they were allowed to disply the American flag. That didn't set well with resdients, many of them veterans, and they got busy. Instead of fewer flags,

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Cherokee County Residents to Receive Tax Assesment Notices

Many Cherokee County property owners are going to get a suprise in the mail.The Cherokee County Tax Assessors mailed out 107,000 Tax Assesment notices this past Monday. Commission Chair Buzz Ahrens said the tax digest shows an increase of 8.6% over last year. The County expects to bring in

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Cherokee Sheriff's Office Names New Public Information Officer

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office has a new Public Information Officer. Sheriff Frank Reynolds has appointed Sgt. Marianne Kelley to the position os P.I.O. Sgt. Kelley is a 19 year veteran of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Kelley graduated from the University of

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Officials Considering Moving Holly Springs Post Office

Officals are considering moving the Holly Springs Post Office. There will be a Public meeting held on Monday May 15th at 6:30pm to discuss the possible relocation. The meeting will be held at

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Former Holly Springs Police Officer Convicted on Five of Six Counts

A former officer with Holly Springs Police Department has been convicted on five of six counts of making false statements to police. A Cherokee County Grand Jury convicted Steven Shane Ladner yesterday. Ladner claimed in May of 2013 that he was "wounded by shrapnel from a grenade explosion in Central America when his unit came under firewhile he was on active duty in the United States Army and the he received a Purple Heart Citation due to his injuries" The United States Army

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Cherokee Marshal's Office to Conduct Traffic Operation on I-575

The Cherokee Marshal's Office will be coordinating a traffic operation detail on 575. The focus is to reduce the amonut of litter and debris coming from vehicles, and aggressive driving along I-575. The Cherokee Marshal's Office will team up with Woodstock, Holly Springs, Canton and Ball Ground Police Departments as well as the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and the State of Georgia Motor Vehicle Compliance Unit. Officers will be looking for

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Come Tour the New Northside Hospital Cherokee on Saturday April 22nd

You are invited to come out and tour the new Northside Hospital Facility on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 2pm. The tours will take place at the beautiful new building located at 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd in Canton.

The tour will be led by Northside Hospital satff, and will include the Emergency Department, ICU, Women's Center, cafeteria, among other areas. They'll be entertainment form local

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Cherokee County to Purchase Land for New Fire Station #9

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into a sales agreemnent for the purchase of land they hope to use for the construction of a new Fire Station #9.

Cherokee Fire Chief Tim Prather said the former volunteer station in North Canton is cramped and they are looking to purchase 10.8 acres across from the current station. They hope

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Woodstock Police Force Rolls Out BodyCams

The Woodstock Police Department has joined the growing list of law enforcement agencies embracing body-worn cameras in an effort to become more transparent to the community they serve. The cameras will attach directly to the Officer's uniform, and are required of any

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Northside Hospital Cherokee Opens May 6th 2017

Northside Hospital Cherokee's long waited replacement hospital will open for patients on May 6th. The new hospital is located at 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd. in Canton off 575 at the GA Hwy 20 exit. Construction is complete on the new hospital which will have 105 inpatient beds and twice the square footage as the

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Funeral Services for ET Booth Chorus Teacher Killed on I-575 Set For Tuesday

Friends and family will gather to say goodbye to beloved chorus teacher, Kevin Oliver White, who died in a traffic accident early Friday morning on 575 in Woodstock. The service will be held at Canton United First Methodist Church. The family will receive friends Monday from 10am to 9pm and Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. Kevin Oliver White is survived by his wife

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Cherokee County Man Indicted on Murder Charges

A Cherokee County man has been indicted on charges he fatally shot his wife while driving on Hwy 92 in Woodstock in December of 2016. Darrell Eaker is charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal damage to property. Eaker is accused of fatally shooting

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Ringgold Man Denied Bond For Murder of Woodstock Woman

A Ringgold man accused of killing his girlfriend inside her Woodstock apartment was denied bond. Michael Russell, 41, waived his right to appear before an Associate Magistrate Judge. He now faces one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of false imprisionment in the death of Christy Waller. The body of the victim, Christy Waller was found by her two

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Reinhardt University to Celebrate the Life of Coach Quentin Moses

Reinhardt University will hold a celebration of life for Coach Quentin Moses tomorrow at Reinhardt University. It will be held in the Brown Athletic Center Gym at 1pm. The service will include words from the Rev. Tim Emmett, pastor of Waleska United Methodost Church, and scripture readings by RU football players and music by the Reinhardt University Chamber Singers.

Moses died in a house fire on

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A Casino Could Come to Cherokee County

An Indian Tribe in Oklahoma wants to return to it's ancestral Georgia, and could bring a casino with it. The Keetoowah band were driven from Georgia during the Trail of Tears in the 1830's, and are hoping for a fruitful homecoming. The tribe wrote to Gov. Nathan Deal last month regarding building a casino, possibly in the Ball Ground Area. The casino company would

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Woodstock Police Chief Appoints Second in Command

Woodstock police Chief Calvin Moss has appointed his second in command and Captain to oversee important functions of the department.

Kevin Culpepper has been appointed to the assistant cheif post while Mark Hand has been promoted to the rank of Captain.

Culpepper previously held the rank of captain and commander of the Field Operations Division. Assistnat Chief

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Canton City Council Imposes Moratorium

Tha Canotn City Council took a bold action last night at their meeting, and imposed a 60 day moratorium on accepting any zoning or building permits for apartments. City Manager Billy Peppers told the council the city has over 4000 apartment units already zoned. Peppers said he has not had an application for any apartments in the last 6 months, but with the building boom

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Byron Dobbs named Cherokee County 1st Citizen for 2017

FIRST CITIZEN OF CHEROKEE COUNTY NAMED CANTON, GA (January 19, 2017)

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Byron L. Dobbs has been named the 42nd recipient of the First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. He was honored during the Chamber's 46th Annual Meeting held Thursday, January 19, 2017. A native of Woodstock and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County for 82 years, Mr. Dobbs retired from radio station WCHK in 1998 after 40 years and today works at WLJA 101.1 FM which he and business associate Randy Gravley own their corporation, Tri-State Communications. Throughout the years Mr. Dobbs has been involved with a variety of local organizations including the Board of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee County Historical Society, Sequoyah Regional Library, Emeritus Director of the Cherokee Sports Hall of Fame, Honorary Member of Ellijay Rotary Club, the A-Day for Reinhardt University Committee, the Cherokee Clean & Beautiful Commission and organizer of the Easter Community Sunrise Service at Cherokee Memorial Park which continues today.

Being recognized for his commitment to his community and profession is nothing new for Mr. Dobbs who has been honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ as Broadcaster of the Year, inducted into the University of Georgia’s Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service, Cherokee County Proclamation for Byron Dobbs Day, Byron Dobbs Day in the City of Canton, Georgia House of Representatives Resolution for Distinguished Career, Georgia Senate Bill commending his community leadership, and the Georgia State School Board’s Beacon Award. “The Cherokee County Chamber is honored to name Byron Dobbs as the 42nd recipient of the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. It is obvious, based upon his accomplishments, why he was selected,” remarked Bryan Reynolds, Director of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, and 2017 Chairman of the Chamber. The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016.

The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016. ###

Chuck Payne Wins Run Off for State Senate Seat 54th District

CHUCK PAYNE IS THE WINNER IN THE STATE SENATE DISTRICT 54 SPECIAL ELECTION RUNOFF OVER DEBBY PEPPERS. PAYNE TOOK 64% OF THE VOTE IN WHITFIELD COUNTY, 71% OF THE VOTE IN GORDON COUNTY, 75% OF THE VOTE IN PICKENS COUNTY, AND 68% OF THE VOTE IN MURRAY COUNTY.

List of Closings Due to Icy Conditions

FROM THE CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT...Based upon current hazardous road conditions in shaded areas throughout the County and on Cherokee County School District Properties, and after consultation with the Sheriff's Office and Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, the Superintendent of Schools has cancelled school for students and staff members for Monday, January 9.
 

FROM PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS... Due to inclement weather conditions, the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 9. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be cancelled.

Lumpkin County Schools will be closed Monday, January 9...12 month staff should report as road conditions allow. The Lumpkin County Board Of Education meetings have been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 11.

Whitfield County Schools will be closed Monday Jan 9th

Dawson County Schools will be closed Monday, January 9...12 month employees should report if you have safe travel.

Union County Schools will be closed Minday Jan 9th for students and Staff.

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Frank Reynolds Sworn In as Cherokee County Sheriff

Frank Reynolds was sworn in yesterday as the new Sheriff of Cherokee County at the Historic Courthouse in Downtown Canton. Reynolds won the summer election in a landslide, and will take office on Jan.1st. Sheriff reynolds graduated from Cherokee High School before graduating from Riverside Military Academy in Gainsville. He obtained associates and bahchelors degrees from Reinhardt University and a master of Justice Administration from Columbus State.

Reynolds served as a Captain with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, and before that was a member of the High Threat Protection Program in

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Cherokee County Detectives Investigating Road Rage Incident

Cherokee Sheriff's detectives are investigating a road rage incident that happened Saturday night around 10pm on Reinhardt College Parkway north of the Hwy 5 connector in Canton. A couple from Jasper and their teenage grandson were traveling

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Special Election for State Senate District 54 Today

Vote today to fill the State Senate Seat once occupied by Charlie Bethel. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Bethel to the Georgia Court of Appeals, leaving the seat for the 57th DIstrict open. Five people have qualified: Republicans Conda Goodson, Chuck Payne, Shell Underwood, and Wiliam Vinyard, as well as non-partisian candidate Debby Peppers. The district covers

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Hard Freeze For Our Listening Area Again Tonight

Please be aware that tonight will bring another hard freeze to our area, with lows in the low 20's and upper teens. No moisture will be involved in this event, but this is the kind of cold that is dangerous to people and animals. Please take time to check your home, and make sure that all

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Ross Harris Sentenced to Life Plus 32 Years For Hot Car Death of His 22 Month Old Son Cooper

The father convicted of leaving his 22 month old son, Cooper Harris, in a hot car to die in 2014 was sentenced to a life sentence plus 32 years on Monday. Found guilty last month on all eight charges, including malice murder, Ross Harris had been arrested hours after the death of his young son. Evidence in the case convinced the jury that Ross Harris had not forgotten his son in the car, but left him

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