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Local News Archives for 2023-06

Woodstock's July 4th Spectacular

  • WHAT: Woodstock’s July 4th Spectacular 
  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2023 
  • WHERE: Road race, parade, and festival in downtown Woodstock; fireworks in the area of GA-92 and I-575 

The City of Woodstock’s 2023 July 4th Spectacular takes place on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023. The day’s events include a downtown road race, a Main Street parade, a family-friendly festival, and a thrilling firework display after dusk. 

At 7 a.m., Main Street and Rope Mill Road will close for the Freedom Run. The 5K/1 Mile/Tot Trot has a new route this year and the start and finish line will be on Elm Street. Awards will take place on the Woodstock Arts Event Green. Register at woodstockfreedomrun.com. Roads will reopen at 8:45 a.m. 

At 9:45 a.m., Main Street and Rope Mill Road will close again for the parade. The parade will begin at Woodstock Elementary School and continue south along Rope Mill Road to Main Street. Floats will continue through downtown Woodstock to the Sam’s Club near GA-92. Roads will reopen around 11:30 a.m. The parade will take place rain or shine unless there is dangerous weather. State Champions River Ridge Girls Basketball Team will serve as the Grand Marshals of the parade.  

Following the parade, gather in the Park at City Center for a family-friendly festival that will take place until 3 p.m. There will be food, games, arts and crafts, music, and vendors.  

There will be a fireworks celebration in the area of GA-92 and I-575 after dusk. Woodstock Police Department has established an exit traffic plan and will be directing traffic following the fireworks.  

Woodstock’s July 4th Spectacular is produced by Woodstock Parks and Recreation and is presented by Carmichael Development. Sponsors include Bug Busters, Harry Norman Realtors, and The Steve Cannon State Farm Agency. For more information about the July 4thSpectacular visit the Special Events section of woodstockparksandrec.com. For information about the City of Woodstock, visit woodstockga.gov. For hotel information, go to visitwoodstockga.com. 

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About City of Woodstock, GA: Located just 30 miles north of Atlanta, Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 35,000 residents. Woodstock is a Georgia PlanFirst Community, a Platinum Level ARC Green Community, and a recipient of Georgia Municipal Association’s Live Work Play City Award.

Education First Fund (EF2) Realty Team surpasses $250,000 in donations for Cherokee County School District.

EF2 Realty Team reached a quarter of a million dollar mark in donations to CCSD via Partners in Education alliance and The Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 
This year’s EF2 Realty Team Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success at Towne Lake Hills. Through local business sponsorships and golfers, we were able to raise $23,500 for CCEF. We want to thank Lisa Marie Haygood and Kathy Strom for their help in facilitating the event. This year’s golf tournament proceeds have pushed EF2 Realty’s total donations to over $250,000 since the company started in 2018. Dr. Keith Ingram, co-founder of Education First Fund, states “I knew as a retired principal I wanted to help schools since they are an integral part of every community and can be the largest factor for why people move to a certain area.” EF2 donates $500 per closed real estate transaction to a partnering school. Clients choose the school they want to receive the donation and can even pick a specific teacher or program to receive $250 dollars of that donation. Realtors at EF2 have found that their clients truly appreciate the ability to make a difference and contribute to their community as well. While EF2 is committed to providing unmatched service and real estate expertise while navigating the home buying or selling process to their clients, you can bet they will continue to do all they can to ensure and promote a better community for all residents.

About Education First Fund (EF2) Realty 

EF2 was founded in 2017 by founder Bruce Swanson and Dr. Keith Ingram at Keller Williams Realty Partners in Woodstock. They lead a diverse team of top-producing agents who specialize in land development, equestrian estates, and first-time home buyers in the metro Atlanta area. With over 420 transactions and 120 million in real estate sold in 5 years, this team has a proven track record.

 

 

Education First Fund (EF2) Realty Team surpasses $250,000 in donations for Cherokee County School District.

EF2 Realty Team reached a quarter of a million dollar mark in donations to CCSD via Partners in Education alliance and The Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 
This year’s EF2 Realty Team Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success at Towne Lake Hills. Through local business sponsorships and golfers, we were able to raise $23,500 for CCEF. We want to thank Lisa Marie Haygood and Kathy Strom for their help in facilitating the event. This year’s golf tournament proceeds have pushed EF2 Realty’s total donations to over $250,000 since the company started in 2018. Dr. Keith Ingram, co-founder of Education First Fund, states “I knew as a retired principal I wanted to help schools since they are an integral part of every community and can be the largest factor for why people move to a certain area.” EF2 donates $500 per closed real estate transaction to a partnering school. Clients choose the school they want to receive the donation and can even pick a specific teacher or program to receive $250 dollars of that donation. Realtors at EF2 have found that their clients truly appreciate the ability to make a difference and contribute to their community as well. While EF2 is committed to providing unmatched service and real estate expertise while navigating the home buying or selling process to their clients, you can bet they will continue to do all they can to ensure and promote a better community for all residents.

About Education First Fund (EF2) Realty 

EF2 was founded in 2017 by founder Bruce Swanson and Dr. Keith Ingram at Keller Williams Realty Partners in Woodstock. They lead a diverse team of top-producing agents who specialize in land development, equestrian estates, and first-time home buyers in the metro Atlanta area. With over 420 transactions and 120 million in real estate sold in 5 years, this team has a proven track record.

 

 

CALEA Re-accreditation Comment Portal

CANTON, GA (June 22, 2023) – The Cherokee Marshal's Office is a nationally accredited agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). 

To retain this distinction, the agency is required to maintain compliance with applicable standards, keep its proofs of compliance up to date, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards. CALEA has created a public access portal to receive comments, commendations, and other information regarding the Cherokee Marshal's Office quality of service or other information relevant to the accreditation process. 

The link for the portal can be found on the CALEA corporate website (www.calea.org), the Cherokee Marshal's website (www.cherokeegamarshal.org), or the Cherokee Marshal's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cherokeemarshal).

Cherokee County History Center Joins Library Experience Passes

 The Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) and History Cherokee announce the addition of the Cherokee County History Center to the SRLS Experience Passes. Beginning Monday, June 19, 2023, SRLS library card holders can check out an admission pass to visit the Cherokee County History Center. The admission pass is valid for up to four people. It can be checked out at any of the SRLS library locations, in Cherokee, Pickens, and Gilmer counties. Each library will have one admission pass available. 

“We are excited to have the Cherokee County History Center join our collection of Experience Passes,” said Angela Cortellino, SRLS executive director. “Experience Passes offer our patrons free or reduced admission to museums, parks, and other cultural institutions across the state. Now, with the addition of the Cherokee County History Center pass, the Sequoyah Regional Library System offers 11 Experience Passes to places such as the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Zoo, and Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. It is wonderful to add a local venue to our Experience Pass collection” 

“Everyone should be able to visit the Cherokee County History Center,” said Stefanie Joyner, executive director of History Cherokee, “but we understand that not everyone has the means to do so. Partnering with the library system and the Experience Pass program provides the opportunity for people who might not otherwise be able to visit.” 

The Cherokee County History Center opened in November 2022. The History Center features six galleries, including a temporary exhibition gallery, that tell the story of Cherokee County and its people from prehistoric to modern times. Each gallery includes photographs, artifacts, and hands-on features to enhance the visitor experience, making the History Center a great place to visit for both adults and children. 

SRLS library cards are free to all citizens of Gilmer, Pickens, and Cherokee counties. To sign up for a free library card, you can visit your local library or apply online at sequoyahregionallibrary.org/library-card/. In addition to books and audio books, community members can use library cards to check out movies, music, board games, teaching tools, Wi-Fi hotspots and more. Patrons also have access to computers, printers, digitizing equipment, and 3D printers. All SRLS library locations offer year-round programs and events for children and adults. Visit your local library today to see all of the exciting offerings for all ages. 

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