Category Archives: Stories

Sutallee Trace Trails

Sutallee Trace Trails By Katie Wheeler The Etowah Trails System comprises several trails that stretch from Boling Park in Canton to the area known as Rock Creek Estates and also west toward the Georgia National Cemetery. The trails explore undeveloped wooded areas that border along the Etowah River. Almost fifteen miles of paths pass through historic 1800s settlements, traverse…

Lights! Camera! Cherokee!

Lights! Camera! Cherokee! By Mike Mullet State tax credits for the movie business have made Georgia the new Hollywood. More movies are made in Georgia now than in California or New York, and Cherokee County has emerged as one of the state’s top filming locations. With a variety of scenic vistas, welcoming municipalities, and a…

Heart, Soul, and Sound

Heart, Soul, and Sound By Mike Mullet Speedy Smith spent more than forty years traveling the world with some of the biggest names in rock music, mixing concert sound for the likes of Aerosmith, Kansas, and the Zac Brown Band. Today you’re more likely to find him volunteering at Canton’s Action Church than running a…

Hayden’s Review

Hayden’s Review By Katie Wheeler On the west side of Cherokee County, surrounded by open land and horse farms, is a hidden gem of upscale dining. Locals, however, know that the Union Hill Bar and Grill is the Cheers of Hickory Flat. Union Hill Bar and Grill has created an elegant menu complete with a curated a…

County Kid Nice on Ice

County Kid Nice on Ice By Leana Conway Although football and its star players have traditionally been the “sports love language” of the South, times are changing. Cherokee County can now boast a professional hockey player as one of its notable sports figures. Woodstock High School graduate Zach Yoder signed with the Atlanta Gladiators, a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Duluth.   Zach isn’t alone…

To the Rescue

To the Rescue By Shannon Sickmon According to the American Horse Council, some 90,000 to 140,000 equines are deemed unwanted, and most are sent to slaughterhouses. Canton resident Casey Montana and her family ensure some of those horses have a home where they can live out their natural lives in comfort and safety.  The good…

Shop Local: Valentine’s Gifts

Shop Local: Valentine’s Gifts Art Jewelers  Art Jewelers is a family-owned business in Woodstock that provides high-quality gemstones, metals, and handcrafted jewelry. Started by a Canadian immigrant with a passion for fine jewelry in 1926, the business has grown and relocated, and the Woodstock store has been serving our community for thirty years, passing from one generation to another. Dave Meadows owns the business…

Carving a Lifetime of Memories

Carving a Lifetime of Memories By Rebecca Johnston Sara and Hines Manous have carved a lifetime of memories together during their sixty-one years of marriage, and memories are not the only thing Hines loves to carve. The talented artist is a master of woodworking. As a student at Canton High years ago, he made a cedar chest in Kleven Boston’s industrial arts…

Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light By Leana Conway For most people childhood is a time of sweet innocence, when they are blissfully unaware of some of the darker parts of life. For those people the curtain of reality is gently pulled back as they grow older. From all walks of life, however, some children have their childhood ripped away and are plunged into darkness by physical and sexual abuse. Thank goodness there is help, hope,…

Lake Lanier Islands

Enjoy a New-Fashioned Holiday at Lake Lanier Islands Author Shannon Sickmon If you need some diversion after a hectic year or want a new way to celebrate the Christmas season or New Year’s Eve, Lake Lanier Islands is a great option. The fun begins in late November and runs through early January.    Lake Lanier Islands, only a little more…