LEdgEr-nEws T H E CHEROKEE COUNTY’S MOST TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE FOR 19 YEARS FREE Vol. 20, Issue 48 March 4, 2015 INSIDE: C H E R O K E E 103 E. Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188 • (770) 928-0706 • fax (770) 928-3152 • www.ledgernews.com Woodstock Middle School’s science bowl team named state champion Help Molly and others find their forever homes HOT TOPICS: n Chickens n Evolution n Dog park Cherokee County track athletes leap into 2015 campaign with strong showing at eighth annual Milton Invitational TOP STORIES 4 PET OF THE WEEK 21 SOAPBOX 7 SPORTS 13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 23 CLASSIFIEDS 25 Carson introduces the ‘More Take Home Pay Act’ CROSSWORD 24 LAW & ORDER 12 OPINION 6 RESTAURANT REPORTS 24 SOAPBOX 7 SPORTS 13 SPOTLIGHT 21 Snow fun and creations By Carolyn Mathews [email protected] State Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, has introduced a bill into the Georgia House of Representatives that would lower state income taxes while moving toward a “consumption” model of taxation where sales taxes would provide a larger share of the state revenue. “It’s your money, you keep more of it, you decide how to spend it,” Carson said, calling the current state tax system “broken.” “This is about lower tax rates for all Georgians,” he added. Carson said the bill would Carson cut state income taxes for Georgia families by $2.5 billion annually, eliminating tiered income tax brackets and creating a “flat tax.” Carson introduced House Bill 445 last week. The “More Take Home Pay Act” is designed to reform Georgia’s tax system by broadening the tax base, Carson said. “Georgia’s tax system is long overdue for common-sense reform,” he said. “The More Take Home Pay Act empowers Georgians to make more personal choices with their hard-earned income, shifting the power away from the state and toward the kitchen table. Ultimately, this bill answers the need for an updated tax system that is flatter, fairer and puts our families first.” Carson said the state ranks as the ninth worst state for income tax, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and 36th in business tax climate. SEE ACT, PAGE 11 ABOVE: Lukas Nordin, 6, spent last week making snow angels with 2-year-old Wyatt Nordin, not pictured. BELOW: Cousins Hayden Sumner, pictured left, and Autumn Shook prepare for a snowball fight. For more pictures from the community, see Pages 17-19. • pHOTOS SpECial TO THE lEdgER-NEwS SpECial Lexi Benson, of Canton, built herself a pint-sized personal snowman after last week’s storm. Blood, platelet donors needed By Carolyn Mathews [email protected] The American Red Cross is looking for Cherokee County heroes. In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero and donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive. Local citizens also can donate funds to help those who lose their homes to fire or other disasters. In fact, blood donors are especially needed at this time in the Atlanta area, because recent wintry weather has necessitated the cancellation of about 36 planned blood drives through the metro area, according to Kristin Stancil, spokesperson for the American Red Cross. Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people down the street and across the country. This year’s theme is “Not all heroes wear capes.” “The everyday heroes are those who donate blood, volunteer, take a lifesaving class, host a blood drive or make a financial contribution to help neighbors here in Georgia and across the nation,” said Jerry “J.K.” Tillery, of the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Services Regions. SEE DONORS, PAGE 11 www.HennessyHonda.com News 2 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn Jasper woman killed in crash Local teen missing Troopers say driver was traveling wrong way on Interstate 575 northbound By Jessica LindLey [email protected] A Jasper woman lost her life over the weekend after allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 575, near Airport Road. Troopers identified the victim in the fatal wreck as Kristen Adams. Georgia State Patrol responded to the two-vehicle accident just past 2 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 28, after a 2011 Toyota Corolla crashed headon into a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on Interstate 575 between Ball Ground and Canton. The GSP identified Adams, 28, as the driver of the Corolla and noted in an accident report that she was driving southbound, at about 70 mph, in the northbound lane. Adams was pronounced dead at the scene. The GSP report indicated that the driver and the passenger of the tractor-trailer did not sustain injuries. Traffic investigators still are probing the accident, and, according to the accident report, the results of a blood alcohol/ drug test are pending. By Jessica LindLey [email protected] Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a teenager who reportedly ran away from her Acworth home the weekend before last. Authorities said 16-year-old Saydie Noelle Bonilla left the residence on Feb. 21 without her parents’ knowledge or permission. Investigators suspect that Bonilla could be in the Norcross area or she may have traveled back to her home area of Bronx, N.Y. Anyone with any information on the teen’s whereabouts is urged to contact detectives at (770) 928-0239. Bonilla For any updates released after press time, visit www.ledgernews.com. Snow shuts down Cherokee for several days By Jessica LindLey [email protected] Residents in Cherokee County might have had a case of déjà vu 15% OFF Two Wheel Brake Service (does not apply to replacing rotors) Valid on Toyota, Lexus & Scion only & at Cherokee County Toyota only. Cannot be combined w/any other offers or coupons. Expires 3/18/15 last week after two winter storm systems hit the area only days apart. The first weather event, which occurred during the overnight hours of Feb. 23, came exactly one week after the Feb. 16 storm system that produced downed trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power and causing almost $100,000 worth of damage. It was, however, simply a precursor to a storm on Feb. 25 that produced as much as 7 inches of snow in the northernmost part of Cherokee County. Cherokee County was placed under a winter weather advisory at 9 p.m., on Feb. 23, and by the early morning hours of Feb. 24, almost an inch of snow had accumulated in some parts of the county. While the weather event last Monday did not result in any reported downed trees, schools were closed and government offices were delayed in opening by about two hours on Feb. 24 because of hazardous roadways. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management Director Renee Cornelison said more than two dozen accidents were reported last Tuesday morning, which resulted in three injuries. At least nine motorists were reported as stranded. The northbound lanes of Interstate 575, from Ridgewalk Parkway to about Sixes Road, also was shut down briefly on Tuesday morning due to numerous accidents. The winter weather advisory remained in effect for Cherokee County until about 11 a.m., Feb. 24. But, similar to the week before last, Cherokee wasn’t out of the woods just yet — a second winter storm moved into the area Wednesday afternoon, producing as much as 7 inches of snow in the northernmost points of the county. The Emergency Operations Jessica LiNdLey | Ledger-News As heavy snow began to fall in Cherokee County last Wednesday, public safety officials quickly began responding to calls for service. Woodstock Fire Department and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services are pictured. Center reported that accumulations totaled about 2 inches in Woodstock, 3 inches in Canton and Ball Ground, 6 to 7 inches in Waleska and about 3.5 inches in Macedonia. Since last year’s “snowpocalypse,” where thousands were stranded on interstates and secondary roadways around metroAtlanta, emergency management officials don’t seem to be taking any chances with the weather, and last week was an example of that. Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for about a dozen counties in the metro area, including Cherokee, around 2 p.m., Feb. 25. Within that hour, snow began to fall, and accumulations quickly occurred. Cherokee County’s EOC had been monitoring the forecast and worked around the clock to provide residents with up-to-date information as the storm moved into the area. The county’s road and bridges department, as well as city public works departments, prepared for the winter storm by spreading salt and gravel; although, snow accumulations still caused hazardous driving conditions on Wednesday afternoon. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office officials urged residents on Feb. 25 to get to where they wanted to be for the night by 4 p.m. “The fewer cars on the roadways when, and if, the snow arrives, the fewer accidents and stranded motorists we will have,” Lt. Jay Baker, with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, said last week. By Thursday morning, roadways still were deemed hazardous, and officials once more insisted motorists only travel if it was mandatory, as almost 50 accidents were reported on Feb. 26, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., which resulted in four non-life threatening injuries. The winter storm also left at least 39 Cherokee County residents without power and shut down Cherokee County schools through Friday. Most government offices resumed normal operating hours by Friday after two half-days or complete closures. Although precipitation subsided late last week, the EOC continued to monitor conditions because temperatures dipped back into the 20s Friday morning, causing black ice in some parts of the county. By Friday afternoon, however, temperatures had risen above freezing. news March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news 3 nnn Vets to observe 50th anniversary of Vietnam great nation,” said Robert “Bo” Wallace, a member of the Advisory Council for the Georgia National Cemetery and organizer of the event, which is sponsored by the cemetery as directed by the federal government. “Please, come stand with us if you are a Vietnam veteran.” He also invited those who would like to show their support to the veterans to attend. Wallace, a Vietnam combat veteran, said he was asked to organize the event by cemetery Director Margaret Helgerson. “It is important to remember the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to let veterans know that the American people By Carolyn Mathews [email protected] The first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam on March 8, 1965, as 3,500 Marines landed at China Beach to defend the American air base at Da Nang. They joined 23,000 American military advisors already in Vietnam. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of combat troops in Vietnam, a Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day will be held on March 7, at 11 a.m., at the Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton. “This is to give recognition to the Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice for this appreciate their service and sacrifice for this great nation and to let them know they are not forgotten,” Wallace said. “We, Vietnam veterans, are not only hurting due to what we endured in Vietnam but for the way we were treated by the American people when we returned home.” Wallace added that some Vietnam veterans also have experienced a lifetime of suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, a pesticide used to destroy foliage and crops. Several Vietnam veterans will speak at the ceremony, and there will be a color guard, honor guard and Patriot Guard Riders. Speakers include: Capt. Donna Rowe, a U.S. Army nurse, representing the women who served in Vietnam; Master Sgt. John Newport, USMC, 9th Expeditionary Detachment, representing the ground forces, including the rivers and coastal waters of Vietnam; and Col. Charles Finch, U.S. Army pilot (Catkiller) representing all air support in Vietnam. The observance will be at the ceremonial wall assembly area. The Advisory Council of the Georgia National Cemetery, whose chairman is Todd Copely, in cooperation with Helgerson, will participate in the commemorations. “This program means a lot to us Vietnam veterans,” Wallace QUICKInfo What: Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day When: March 7 at 11 a.m. Where: Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton Why: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of combat troops in Vietnam said. “It’s my honor to (organize this observance) for my Vietnam veteran brothers and sisters.” The Georgia National Cemetery is located at 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton. mIlItary n • Army Spc. Castillo O. Flowers has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values. Flowers is the son of Carol and Stell Flowers, of Acworth. He is a 2009 graduate of Kell High School, Marietta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Kennesaw State University. completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Agosto is the son of Alexie Agosto, of Woodstock, and Marie L. Villegas, of Waldorf, Md.; grandson of Aida and Marco A. Villegas, of Flushing, N.Y., and nephew of Celica Villegas-King, of Levittown, N.Y. He is a 2011 graduate of North Point High School, in Waldorf, Md. • Air Force Airman Kayla M. Castro graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Castro is the daughter of David and Rachel Castro, of Acworth. She is a 2011 graduate of El Cajon Adult School, El Cajon, Calif. • Air Force Airman Trace S. Nutt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Nutt is the son of Alex and Kim Nutt, of Canton. He graduated in 2013 from Woodstock High School. • Army Pvt. Travon S. Styles has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, • Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew A. Agosto graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman CorreCtIon n Comments in Cherokee Voice on Page 6 in the Feb. 18 edition should have referred to John F. Kennedy as president, not John F. Kennedy Jr. The Ledger-News regrets the error. 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They must then attend and complete their bachelor’s degrees at a four-year college or university. Raridon is the son of Scott and Stacie Raridon, of Canton. He is a 2014 graduate of Woodstock High School. • Air Force Airman Alex O. Cuevas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Cuevas is the son of Maria Rosales, of Atlanta, and Miguel Cuevas, of Canton. He is a 2014 graduate of Sequoyah High School. HennessyHonda.com “WHAT?” “HUH?” If you’re saying “What?”, the answer is North Georgia Audiology. 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The applicants, David Tinsley and Bob Postiglione, are seeking to construct a 50-foot tall billboard on Woodstock Parkway, fronting the northbound lanes of I-575; however, the city’s current code restricts such signs within 500 feet from properties zoned or designated for single-family residential. The Deer Run subdivision is located 426 feet (across I-575) from the proposed billboard location. Montclair At Ridgewalk is just outside of the distance requirement. “The applicant is seeking a variance from the distance requirement from single-family residential,” Community Development Director Jessica Guinn said. “The code does not differentiate between whether or not there is an interstate or any other right of way. It is 500 feet in any direction. It is very clear that the Deer Run subdivision is within that 500-foot radius.” The parcel currently is zoned LI (Light Industrial) within the Technology Park Overlay, which, Guinn said, would allow for single-family residential uses on the subject property. “Typically, billboards are permitted use under Light Industrial; however, in the Tech Park Overlay district, single-family residential use is allowed by right. There are a number of single-family subdivisions that are currently in existence in that Tech Park Overlay,” she said. Guinn said she did not see a hardship for the sign variance request and recommended Guinn denial. A representative for the applicants, Adam Webb, argued in favor of the sign variance request, mentioning that his clients do “raise constitutional statutory issues with the code in this case, such as zoning procedure and law.” “From the billboard across I-575, you would hit the back of five lots, not the homes, but the back of their lots where you have trees blocking the interstate,” he said. “Then you have the idea that there is a Tech Park Overlay in this district itself and that, theoretically, somebody someday could ask for a single-family home there, which is a silly notion given the massive commercial development in that area.” Webb said the property was Free Spa Package for Life! with Grooming Purchase + $10 OFF with coupon - Call for details tailored for a billboard, adding that it would pull motorists off I-575 and into the city, and Postiglione said there is a demand for a billboard at this location. “In my 37 years in the industry, I know billboards can be an emotional issue, but there are emotions and there are facts regarding what billboards do,” he said. “Billboards are revenue for the landowner, advertiser and potentially the city. Along the way, we are creating jobs.” After hearing from the applicant, Ward 2 Councilman Chris Casdia requested more time to review documents. The council unanimously agreed. Woodstock receives audit resuLts The City of Woodstock learned it had received an unmodified opinion on its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. “This means the city is in accordance with general accounting principles,” said James Whitaker, the city’s auditor. The city ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $3.2 million in assets in the general fund. The liabilities amounted to about $1 million along with $114,148 in deferred inflows of resources, which left the general fund with a fund balance of roughly $2 million. Of the $2 million, Whitaker said $357,346 was nonspendable and $1.7 million was unassigned. See WoodStock, Page 12 WMS science team headed for nationals By caroLyn MatheWs [email protected] A team of middle school students from Woodstock Middle School recently won its regional competition for the 2015 National Science Bowl (NSB), held at Armstrong State University, in Savannah, and is advancing to compete at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. The National Science Bowl will be held April 30 to May 4. Woodstock Middle School is the only middle school representing the state of Georgia at the national competition. WMS went undefeated in the subregional and regional competitions. This year marks the 25th time the national competition has been held. The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math. A series of 118 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school special Woodstock Middle School’s winning state science bowl team is made up of, from left: Coach Brandi Miller, Andy Jiang, Katie Gilliam, Camilo Rincon, Laney Broussard, Greg Carroll and Coach Heidi Switzer. teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since it was established in 1991, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year. Sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders made the A Team and the B Team through a try-out process in September and meet to practice regularly. “We are truly blessed and honored to represent Georgia in this national event,” said WMS Middle School Principal Mark Smith. “Our kids are incredible.” news March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news nnn news briefs n teacher recruitment fair set for saturday The Cherokee County School District will hold a teacher recruitment fair on March 7 in preparation for hiring needs for the 2015-16 school year. The district anticipates enrollment growth and teacher retirements, and, if the budget allows, continued reduction of class size. The fair, which is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Woodstock High School, is designed for teacher candidates graduating from educator preparation programs, as well as experienced educators who currently hold professional certification in Georgia or another state. Candidates will have opportunities to meet with school principals and other representatives. Interested applicants must apply online at www.cherokee. k12.ga.us. Click on the “Employment” tab. For more information, call (770) 479-1871 or email [email protected] cherokee.k12.ga.us. Loudermilk to host art contest this month Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., announced the kick-off of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, a contest that recognizes the artistic talents of high school students in the 11th Congressional District and nationwide. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the 11th Congressional District. All of the artwork submitted for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition will be featured as part of a special exhibition at the Cherokee Arts Center from March 25-April 3. A panel of local artists will serve as judges and determine the overall winners. The artwork must be delivered to Loudermilk’s Woodstock Office, located at 9898 Ga. 92, between March 17-20. The final deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. on March 20. For more information, call the office at (770) 429-1776. ‘Spring forward’ Saturday night David Farrow 10 OFF $ Appliance Repair & Parts 770-815-2745 Service Call One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other offer. www.davidfarrowappliancerepair.nitrosites.com 1/2 OFF on a 4 Wheel Alignment With purchase of 2 or more tires at the regular price. Valid on Toyota, Lexus & Scion only & at Cherokee County Toyota only. Cannot be combined w/any other offers or coupons. Expires 3/18/15 March 8, at 2 a.m., marks the start of Daylight Saving Time for 2015. Before going to bed March 7, don’t forget to set clocks ahead by one hour. Ralph Hudgens, the Georgia insurance and safety fire commissioner, reminds people that Daylight Saving Time is a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors. obituaries n Catalano Family-placed notice Mrs. Geraldine “Geri” Catalano, 73, of Woodstock, passed away Feb. 20, 2015. She was born March 4, 1941, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Rose and Jerry Bracciale. After high school, Geri married the love of her life, Peter, and started her family. During Pete’s 30-year naval career, they lived in many cities and enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally. In 1991, after Pete retired from the Hill Family-placed notice Wilburn “Will” Hill, 86, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Mr. Hill was born on Oct. 24, 1928, in Marblehill, Ga., to the late Earl and Ollie Hill. He was raised in Canton until enlisting in the United States Air Force. Mr. Hill proudly served his country for 20 years with tours at Holloman AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, England, Johnson Island and Hlavaty Family-placed notice A memorial service for Patrick Dennis Hlavaty will be held March 7, at 3 p.m., in the prayer Navy, they moved to Woodstock. She loved being with her family. Geri was an extremely loving and doting mother and grandmother. She was generous and kind to everyone she met. Her fondest memories were the summer vacations she would take with her family to their beach house in North Carolina. She bravely fought cancer and heart disease and worked hard to overcome her stroke. Geri was preceded in death by her husband, Pete. She leaves behind her son, Peter Catalano (Allison); daughter, Gina Forbes (Tim); and grandchildren, Zachary, Jake, Samantha, Peter, Sabra and Chloe. Geri will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Geri to either the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Suite 280, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144, (770) 429-0089, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude. org, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, (800) 805-5856. Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodstockfuneralhome. com. Okinawa. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he and his family returned to Georgia where he worked in computers at Robins AFB and Sperry Univac. After retiring as a contractor, he moved to Danville, Ga., where he pursued his hobbies of hunting and gardening. In addition to his parents, his sisters, Velma Hill and Helen Weaver, and his first wife, Clara Alberta Hill, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Mae Calloway-Hill, of Warner Robins; son, Steven Hill (Lorraine), of Athens; daughter, Joyce Groves, of Warner Robins; grandchildren, David Groves (Kelly), of Wyoming, Mich., Joseph Hill, of Lawrenceville, and Benjamin Hill, of Athens; step-children, Franki Hodge (David), of Warner Robins, and Susan Wells (Steve), of Reidsville, N.C.; three stepgrandchildren; five step-greatgrandchildren; sisters, Hazel Mauldin, of Canton, Mildred Atkins, of Ball Ground, and Earline Sweat, of Canton; and brother, Milford Hill, of Canton. Visitation and the funeral service were held March 2 at McCullough Funeral Home. Private interment was held at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given In Memory of Wilburn “Will” Hill to the American Heart Association, 5962 Zebulon Road, P.M.B. 359, Macon, Ga. 31210. Online condolences may be left at www.mcculloughfh.com. 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All loans have different qualifying areas, please contact us for more details. 5 OPINION 6 the cherokee ledger-news Managing editor: erika neldner They can’t win for losing ChErOkEE VOICE n ISSUE: Heavy snowfall blanketed Cherokee County last week, leading to many staying home. QUESTION: What is your favorite snow activity? “sliding on my sled.” “sledding.” Hector Castill, 11 Woodstock “throwing snowballs.” Dominic Harris, 12 Woodstock “snowball fights.” Jackson Harris, 11 Woodstock March 4, 2015 Leilani Hartwell, 10 Woodstock W hen severe weather hits, especially in the wintertime, it’s a no-win situation for those in charge of making decisions. Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere, atmospheric phenomena and atmospheric effects on weather, according to National Geographic. Weather reports are based on this study, as well as forecast models. It rarely is 100 percent accurate, but decision makers must rely on it heavily when choosing whether or not to close schools, government offices, etc. Last year, a late call was made, leaving children and teachers stranded at school or on buses, and people were angry. But, that storm came much faster than it was expected, and if school had been closed and it didn’t hit, people still would have been angry. Last week’s closure of school for Tuesday through Friday was met with nasty comments on social media. As we all know, a big winter storm hit Wednesday evening, but meteorologists with the National Weather Service were predicting the storm, which dropped up to 7 inches of snow in the north end of the county, would come in sometime between 10 a.m. and noon. That’s the information school district and government officials had when they made the call for the closures. If the storm had come in at the time it was predicted and school had not been canceled, officials would have taken a beating for that decision. They simply can’t win for losing. While there is a need for service — education for the schoolchildren or government offices open for routine business like obtaining building permits or renewing a car tag — much consideration must be given for not only the safety of children but also for employees. Local businesses also must take into consideration the safety of their employees. But, specifically to the school district, it serves the whole county and is responsible for more than 40,000 young l ive s. A n d , DIALOGUE just because south Cherokee roads are Erika fine for safe travel, roads Neldner in Waleska or n Ball Ground may not be. You can’t assume that just because your Woodstock neighborhood road is ice-free that the roads in Lake Arrowhead (some of the most treacherous in the county) are safe for travel. According to the school district’s policy for weather closures, it is a complex process that begins up to 72 hours in advance of a weather event. District staff works closely with the local public safety and government offices. The final decision is up to the superintendent. And, when that decision is made to keep students home and government offices closed, there are hundreds of county and city workers still out working hour-byhour to keep roads clear, answer emergency calls and more. One particular sheriff’s office lieutenant we at the paper know well worked 26 straight hours manning the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and doing media interviews. But, he was not alone. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, which activates the EOC, has several stations inside the office on Chattin Drive. There are seats for departments including roads and bridges, public works and more. The cities of Woodstock and Canton man their own EOCs at the Woodstock Fire Department and Canton Police Department, respectively. All three Emergency Operations Centers communicate and coordinate efforts across the county. The public works departments and roads and bridges department get out the salt and gravel trucks and treat the roads, making them as passable as possible in case you have an emergency and need to travel. Police departments utilize the four-wheel drive and off-road vehicles they have been criticized for purchasing – like Holly Springs’ and Nelson’s Humvees. And firefighters must drive those heavy engines along treacherous roads. When ice or heavy snow coat tree branches, causing them to fall into the road, these crews get out there and clean them up. And, we can’t leave out the Georgia Department of Transportation, whose crews clear the state highways, and the local power companies, who respond in the most treacherous weather to restore power to those who have lost it. These are often thankless jobs, so when they are doing their best to keep everyone safe, take a step back and send them a round of thanks instead of vitriol. LEttErs n Office should have been open Dear Editor, I could hardly believe (along with many other people) that the Cherokee tag office was closed today (Tuesday, Feb. 17) due to inclement weather. They don’t drive school buses or any other public vehicles. Everyone who had the “skiing.” ability to get into the office on Tuesday should have been there. I hope these employees are doing without pay for the day. Imagine a four-day weekend (with Monday off for President’s Day) with pay. What a bonanza for them, but what an inconvenience for people in Cherokee County who were waiting to pay their taxes. Someone needs to be held responsible for this flummox but, as usual, no one will pay. I’m just angry about wasting the time going there for nothing. Nancy Chizek Woodstock “sledding.” Maggie Parris Canton T H E Lee Blalock Canton C H E R O K E E LEDGER-NEWS Publisher DAVE CAUGHMAN Managing Editor ERIKA NELDNER ©2015 Lakeside Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved. Articles and advertisements may not be reprinted in whole or in part without the expressed written consent of Lakeside Publishing Inc. The Cherokee Ledger-News, published weekly on Wednesday by Lakeside Publishing, Inc., 103 E. Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188-4908. Periodicals postage paid at Monroe, GA and additional post offices. USPS 021-137. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The Cherokee Ledger-News P.O. Box 4932, Canton, GA 30114-9998. Phone (770) 928-0706 • Fax (770) 928-3152 Send e-mail to: [email protected] Write us at P.O. Box 2369, Woodstock, GA 30188-1379 Disclaimer: The views expressed on the Opinion page are not necessarily the views of the publisher or the staff of the Cherokee Ledger-News. Holly Springs or Hickory Flat? Dear Editor, I went through Hickory Flat the other day; no wait, it was Holly Springs. No, I’m sure it was Hickory Flat; my bad, it was Holly Springs. Anyway, the way Holly Springs has moved its city limits, you can go in and out of the city two or three times going down Hickory Road and Hickory Flat Highway. Maybe that should be Holly Road and Holly Springs Highway. The powers that be in Holly Springs just approved a development of 230 homes in Hickory Flat, excuse me Holly Springs, on 87 acres across the road from Sequoyah High. They said this “complies with the city’s future development map which identifies this property with the character areas of neighborhood center and traditional neighborhood.” Do what? Really? Just what does that mean? Are the powers that be in Holly Springs going to develop all the strips of land they have taken into the city this way? I wonder what kind of city services this neighborhood center will receive. Anyway, as you sit in the traffic going to work and coming home, while you sit there, on Hickory Flat Highway, think fondly of Holly Springs — for they are helping build neighborhood centers for the future. Luby Warren Canton ‘Are the powers that be in Holly Springs going to develop all the strips of land they have taken into the city this way? I wonder what kind of city services this neighborhood center will receive.’ OPINION March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news 7 nnn LetterS SOapbOx n n Help fight the mandates Dear Editor, Teachers are some of the most important citizens in our community. They spend 10 months out of the year with our most important resources: our children. They teach our children so much more than could come from a text book. From our teachers, our children learn how to be cared for by another adult. Our teachers enforce values like sharing, telling the truth, diligence and love of learning. And, unfortunately for some students, teachers are the only adults setting an example and imparting these values — they are shaping these precious youngsters into our future. For those of us in Cherokee County, we know how fortunate we are to live in a place where our teachers genuinely love our children. I have been studying the new evaluation system (Teacher Keys Effectiveness System) to which teachers are now subjected, and I am appalled. In my research, I’ve learned that end-of-year teacher evaluations will be based 50 percent on test scores. Matt Underwood, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Executive Director, discusses this in his article titled “Will Georgia’s new teacher evaluation system do more harm than good for students?” (http://atlncs.org/ underwood/weekly-updates/ will-georgias-new-teacher-evaluation-system-do-more-harmthan-good-for-students) As a parent, I can’t understand why someone thought it was a good ‘I urge you all to fight the mandates and protect our teachers: There is power in many voices.’ idea to make a teacher’s success or failure rest on the shoulders of children. While I do support the need to have accountability in the classroom, surely there is another answer. My children’s teachers are more than a test score. And, by the way, so are my children. There are 180 days in the year that cannot be captured with a test. Also included in the new evaluation system are student surveys of their teacher’s performance. (Information on that can be found at www.gadoe.org.) Items included in the survey are: “The work my teacher gives me is at the right level for me” and “My teacher gives students as much individual help as they need.” These two items are quoted from the third- through fifthgrade teacher surveys for students. I have serious concerns that 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds can make judgment calls that will affect a teacher’s end-of-year performance evaluation. Students at this age want to please their teacher and be done with a survey as quickly as possible. The one valid portion of the evaluation is the administrative observations. Veteran administrators are able to see a teacher pouring his or her heart into the classroom. They are able to directly validate the learning taking place in the classroom and if the teacher is making a positive impact on the students. The weights of these evaluation components are disproportionate at best. The worst part of all is that teachers can lose their teaching certificates if their evaluations are failing for two consecutive years. While I can’t change this federally mandated teacher evaluation system alone, I can do my part to protect our teachers from it. Without the data from the test scores, the data cannot be used punitively against the teachers. I believe in my teachers, and I know they are capable professionals who want to do their best every day to shape the future of our community. We trust them to care for and nurture our children five days a week for 10 months of the year. If we can trust them with our children, our community’s most valuable resource, why do we measure their success or failure with a single test score? It seems that we are severely out of balance. It’s time to protect the ones who shape our children and our future rather than succumbing to a set of unreasonable federal mandates. I urge you all to fight the mandates and protect our teachers: There is power in many voices. Paula Carpenter Macedonia Apologizing for the wrong things Dear Editor, It seems to me that Barack Obama is apologizing for the wrong things. He has apologized for America for almost everything, and his speech at the prayer breakfast sounds like much the same. Comparing ISIS cruelty that exists today in the name of Allah to the Crusades which occurred some 800 years ago when Christians fought back against Muslim aggression at that time is rather ludicrous and speaks volumes of where he stands politically and otherwise. Almost sounds like he is excusing the ISIS cruelties. These apologies are not needed as America has always stood up for freedom and has worked to correct wrongs. Constantly bringing up the past does nothing to further the cause of good relations. Doesn’t work in a marriage and doesn’t work in any effort to bring people together. If he must apologize for something, he should start by ‘Constantly bringing up the past does nothing to further the cause of good relations. Doesn’t work in a marriage and doesn’t work in any effort to bring people together.’ apologizing to the millions of babies aborted yearly in this country with his blessing and support. He could apologize to the millions who have lost health care insurance that they liked only to be forced into one more expensive and with less coverage. He could apologize to all Americans for his cover ups of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative groups, for his failure to uphold the Constitution, for his release of five hard core terrorists at a time when terrorism is on the rise, for his bypassing of Congress, for his failure to sincerely try to work with Congress (his way or no way), for his excessive spending (national debt up $8 trillion since he took office) and the list goes on. Then, he should do something about these actions since apologies alone are not enough. Individually, however, we as Americans must look at our own actions and behaviors in areas of morality since many have no problem with abortion and other areas that ignore the teachings of Christianity (America is still a Christian nation) and the practice of civility. It would help greatly if we elected leaders with the same sense of purpose, with a strong faith in God and the Constitution. John Cory Woodstock Tell Cherokee what you think. letters to the editor may be submitted by fax to (770) 928-3152, by email to [email protected], or by mail to 103 e. Main st., woodstock, ga 30188. all letters must be typed and include a phone number to verify authenticity. we reserve the right to reject publication. we reserve the right to edit for libel and brevity. the editor and publisher reserve the right to publish a sampling of letters that reflect an accurate representation of those submitted on the same subject. the content and accuracy of all information contained in a letter to the editor is the responsibility of the letter-writer. • They just said over the news that Georgia lawmakers are wanting to raise the tax on gas by 2 cents a gallon. They can’t stand to see the poor man get a break. • To the person complaining about BridgeMill chickens: If you are annoyed by the clucking of chickens, you may have a sensory disorder. Do other sounds in nature have the same effect? Do you get upset at the sound of rain, thunder or children playing? Maybe you would rather listen to the trucks at Publix every morning before daylight like I have to. … • Why is the ethics commission refusing to show Carolyn Cosby the so-called evidence they have against her. I think we still live in America, and she should be allowed to see it. • The governor’s task force did such a marvelous job keeping the ice off of the roads during the ice storm. He needs to establish a task force to keep the ice off of the trees and the power lines so we will not have power outages. • No, you’re not the only one having problems with Publix digital coupons. For the last four weeks, I’ve loaded them online, but they do not work at the checkout when I enter my phone number. • It is so cold I guess the albino squirrel went South. I haven’t seen him in the last day or so. • So much for global warming. • When Reinhardt University’s lights went out Monday night (Feb. 16), Waleska was in total darkness. As the old saying goes: Where, oh where would Waleska be if it weren’t for Reinhardt University? • I’ve only been cycling for a short time, but have been driving well over 40 years. During this time, I have encountered cyclists many times. It has never crossed my mind to do anything but shown them courtesy and respect. I do not understand why some people become enraged or infuriated when they see a cyclist on the road. With 35 percent of the U.S. being obese, we should be encouraging this. Cyclists are just like you but enjoy a healthy, happy, fit lifestyle. So next time you see one, please be courteous and share the road. • We were without power for 10 hours overnight (Feb. 16). A heartfelt “well done” and “thank you” to those emergency crews that worked hard under such horrendous conditions to restore power. • So, two Woodstock City Council members argued in favor of tearing down a historic building in favor of expanding a parking lot against the objections of the land owner, who was bending over backwards to save the historic building? What an amazingly short-sighted, 1970s mentality they have going on. • Game Saturday, Feb. 14, at Liberty, playing Ball Ground. The parents were rude. The kids from Sixes and their coaches were using terrible sportsmanship against Ball Ground. I’m just glad our kids and parents know how to act at a ball game and be respectful. No wonder kids do not know how to act with coaches and parents out of control. Grow up. • When is someone going to give us help in stopping the unidentified callers? • The Canton dog park is located on the left at 135 Juniper St. across from the Canton Mill Loft apartments. It is an appropriate size for small dogs. If you can’t find it on your GPS or MapQuest, you can call the city for directions. • Bravo to the person who has claimed evolution is not to be “believed.” While it remains a theory in its entirety, it has crept into our public and private educational system, taught and tested not only as the detailed editor of speciation, but as the gross manufacturer of the magnificence of the universe. To isolate natural selection as a fragment to be “understood.” But if anyone ever cared to delve into what is supposedly to be “understood” about evolution on a scale taking single-celled organisms to the indescribably complex beings that inhabit Earth today; and all that by random chance. Well, they’d walk away laughing. Too bad it’s become so mainstream, but so have a lot of things that weren’t planned by our Creator. Oops, not PC. • Evolution: A fairytale for grownups. • Congrats to the firefighters for their No. 1 rating. Way to go guys, and thanks for keeping our community safe. You all are awesome. • To the person wanting to pay the owner of the shooting range to “practice his shooting skills:” His shooting range would then be considered a business and he would need a license and insurance and we all know he wouldn’t do that. Why not just go to existing shooting ranges and shoot there? • Doctors don’t take Obamacare because Obamacare pays them nothing. After years of school and massive loan debt along with office overhead, they deserve to get paid. No one wants to work for free. Now that’s what you call revulsion. • To the person hoping beer, whiskey and football will be in Heaven — you need to study your Bible a little more — I feel sorry for you. • Kudos to our former mayor who is pursuing a vocation as a paralegal. Where there’s a will, there’s a sway. • Wow. Chickens are the same as a cat/dog? We do live in a strictly enforced community with homeowner covenants that you receive at closing. Fresh eggs, heck yes, I’d love some, but livestock is not allowed in our neighborhood. You chose to live in BridgeMill. You clearly chose a controlled neighborhood for a reason. We all did. Play nice. • Yep. You’re the only one having trouble with Publix digital coupons. It’s incredibly easy. • Many members of Congress wouldn’t have voted to invade Iraq if the Bush administration hadn’t lied to them, the UN and the American people. • To the person who wishes we “had a king like Jordan:” Do you wish to be an unemployed Sunni Muslim without a potable water supply? • Just saw a plow truck from Holly Springs coming through my neighborhood. Kudos to you guys. Greatly appreciate it. • Chickens are not permitted in BridgeMill per the HOA and the letter you received. Others are extremely annoyed, as well. Your suggestion to get a job that doesn’t require working from home? Really? How old are you? 12? The Ledger-News reserves the right not to publish Soapbox items based on libel or other considerations the editor and publisher deem valid. Comments may be edited for brevity. Please keep comments as brief as possible. Lengthy opinions should be addressed in a letter to the editor. To submit a Soapbox, call (770) 928-1055 or email [email protected] NEWS 8 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn Educational foundation hands out yearly grants By Carolyn Mathews [email protected] The Cherokee County Educational Foundation surprised Cherokee County School District teachers and students last month with a total of $15,000 awarded through its second annual round of competitive IMPACT Grants. The grants will fund projects ranging from a StoryCorps-inspired media center recording studio which students will use to archive a high school community’s oral histories to mobile gardening labs for first- and secondgraders to learn about science (and to love vegetables). Another grant will equip an elementary school with a 3D printer so students can see their engineering designs come to life. Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board Secretary $40 OFF Amanda Arnold said the day of surprise “Prize Patrol”-style grant presentations with oversized checks, balloons, bouquets of flowers and cheering crowds of students is the “highlight of the year” for the board. “It’s so inspiring to read the grant applications and realize the creativity and dedication of the teachers in CCSD classrooms … and it’s incredibly fulfilling to make those visions become reality through these grants,” Arnold, who represents Credit Union of Georgia on the board, said. “We appreciate every donation the foundation has received, as it allows us to show schools, teachers and students how much the community cares about them.” The grant application process was open to individual CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; teams of CCSD teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff; CCSD administrators; or CCSD department heads. Through public support, the foundation offers IMPACT Grants of as much as $2,500 per winning proposal, and eight grants were awarded this year. A ninth grant that still needs to be awarded will bring the total to $15,000, which is an increase from $10,000 awarded last school year. A committee made up of foundation board members reviewed the applications and selected proposals they determined would best strengthen academics, demonstrate a creative and innovative approach to education, provide meaningful and engaging instruction for students, and have a long-term benefit. The 2015 IMPACT Grants presented are: • Avery ES: Bringing Movement to Math, $2,399; teachers: Tori Sinco and Ashley West; • Canton ES STEM Academy: Flash Force 3D Engineering, $1,425; teachers: Daniel Cornn, Emma Griffin and Judy Wright; • Johnston ES: Walking Track, $1,325; Principal Kathleen Chandler and teacher Julie Peppers; • Mill Creek MS: Paper and Tape Festival; $1,880; teacher: Becky Stodola; • River Ridge HS: River Ridge Recording Studio, $1,900; media specialists: Keara Rubin and Leslie O’Bryant; • Woodstock ES: Gardening with first- and second-graders, $802; teacher: Debby Pinion; • Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy: homework help, $685; teachers: Kristin Guinther and Lisa Reidy; and • Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: SMArTE Space, $2,500; media specialist: Madeline Hall. Copies of the winning grant proposals are available electronically from CCEF for anyone who wants to learn more about them. As part of the process, winners will be required to submit a report sharing details about the success of their project funded by the grant. Since 2013, the foundation has awarded more than $45,000 in grants to CCSD schools, teachers and students. The foundation raises funds for these initiatives through sources including its annual “For the Love of Education” T-shirt sale, CCEF Golf Classic Tournament and the inaugural “Celebration of Education” Gala, which will be held on March 14. Donations to CCEF may be made by mail to P.O. Box 4754, Canton, Ga. 30114. For more information about the foundation, visit the website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org, email [email protected] or call (770) 704-4213. Purchase of 4 Tires Valid on Toyota, Lexus & Scion only & at Cherokee County Toyota only. Cannot be combined w/any other offers or coupons. Expires 3/18/15 SPEcial Avery Elementary School teachers Tori Sinco, left, and Ashley West, fourth from left, accept a $2,399 IMPACT Grant from the Cherokee County Educational Foundation for their “Bringing Movement to Math” idea to combine math and fun physical activity across the two grades they teach — kindergarten and fifth. Celebrating with them are CCEF Board Members, from left, Fundraising Chairman Kevin Williams, Vice President Billy Hayes, Colleen Blackwell, Debbie Rabjohn and Rod Drake. ABOVE, LEFT: Mill Creek MS: From left, Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board Secretary Amanda Arnold and Board Member Colleen Blackwell applaud Mill Creek Middle School teacher Becky Stodola, as Board Member Debbie Rabjohn and students cheer her on for winning a $1,880 IMPACT Grant to expand her annual Paper and Tape Festival. ABOVE, RIGHT: Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy teachers Kristin Guinther and Lisa Reidy hug upon learning they won a CCEF IMPACT Grant for their Homework Help program. • PhotoS SPEcial to thE lEdgEr-NEWS One Source For All Your Outdoor Needs Complete Landscape Service Retaining Walls • Plants • Mulching, Pinestraw & Rock Weed Control • Fertilization • Shrub Trimming & Care Paver Patios • Aeration & Over Seeding • Drainage Solutions Erosion Issues • Sod • Stone & Brick Masonry 678-294-5458 • [email protected] Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured March 4, 2015 NEWs nnn the cherokee ledger-news 9 10 the cherokee ledger-news NEWs nnn March 4, 2015 NEWs March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news 11 nnn Law & Order n • A Cherokee County assistant district attorney has filed a motion in Superior Court to revoke the bond of a Free Home woman charged with aggravated assault. Jessica Couch Couch is under indictment for allegedly shooting her boyfriend last April, according to court records. Authorities with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office charged Couch after being dispatched to a home on Hester Drive. She reportedly shot her boyfriend because she thought he was an intruder. Couch, authorities said, admitted to investigators that she had been using methamphetamine at the time of the shooting. Couch currently is out on a $22,200 bond, and a special condition of the bond order prohibited her from having contact with her boyfriend, court records show. According to ADA Holly Varner, Couch was located at the Hester Drive home with her boyfriend on Feb. 18. The state also alleges that “numer- ous firearms” were located in the home. The state has requested a hearing on the matter. • Woodstock Police responded to a local consignment store after two designer purses were stolen. According to the report, officers were dispatched to 12195 Ga. 92 and met with the owner of the store. The victim told police that two Louis Vuitton purses, valued at a total of $1,500, were stolen from the store. The report indicated that the theft might have occurred on Feb. 16. The victim described a possible suspect; however, the store did not have security cameras. Anyone with information is asked to call (770) 592-6030. DONORS: The American Red Cross has several blood drives set for this month FROM PAGE 1 “We thank and honor these everyday heroes who support the Red Cross,” Tillery said. This year, the Red Cross already has responded to seven singlefamily home fires in Cherokee County, said Sherry Nicholson, with the local chapter. “We provided emergency essentials like food, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene kits, emotional support and more for 26 people,” she said. “At the same time we’re responding to fires, we’re also working closely with local emergency partners in Cherokee County, metro-Atlanta and across the state to ensure that community needs are met during recurring bouts of winter weather,” she added. Nicholson said it is a recordbreaking year so far for fire response in Georgia. In January, the organization responded to 481 disasters, including eight large apartment fires and dozens of single-family residential fires across the state. Red Cross volunteers provided emergency food, clothing, lodging and other essentials to more than 1,150 Georgians in January. “While the numbers aren’t final quite yet, February is an equally busy month with 1,077 people assisted (in the state) as of Feb. 22,” Nicholson said. Nicholson’s figures did not include storm-related assistance during the final week of February, when the North Georgia was hit with winter storms. She said local citizens can help the Red Cross by donating to its program called #givewhatfiretakes. Visit www.redcross.org/ donate/home-fires for more information. Additionally, local citizens are urged to donate blood. People also can become everyday heroes by hosting a SleevesUp virtual blood drive or creating a team via the Blood Donor App. SleevesUp provides an easy way for Red Cross supporters to encourage those in their networks to give blood or platelets to honor someone’s life, celebrate a special occasion or simply bring people together to help save lives. Campaigns can be created online at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup. On the SleevesUp site, participants have formed teams in honor of loved ones or to celebrate their birthday, among other events. The Blood Donor App allows individuals to find a local blood or platelet donation opportunity, schedule appointments and track their donation history. Plus, it lets users create teams and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them. The Blood Donor App is available for download by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 or by visiting redcrossblood.org/ bloodapp. “It doesn’t take superpowers to be a hero for a patient in need — just a little time,” Tillery said. Blood donors with all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give. On the Red Cross Blood Donor App, at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1 (800) 733-2767, potential donors can make an appointment to donate blood. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Local blood drives in the Cherokee County area during the coming month include: • March 12: Kings Academy, 471 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; • March 16: Canton American Legion, 160 McClure St., Canton, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; • March 16: Reinhardt University, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska, from noon to 5 p.m.; • March 19: Woodstock High School, 2010 Towne Lake Hills, Woodstock, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; • March 20: WellStar Towne Lake Urgent Care, 120 Stonebridge spEcial The American Red Cross is hosting several blood drives in Cherokee County throughout the month of March, which is Red Cross Month. The organization recently sent out a plea for blood and platelet donations following winter storms across the country. Pkwy., Suite 310, Woodstock, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and • March 23: Etowah High School, 6565 Putnam Ford Drive, Woodstock, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org on Twitter at @redcross. ACT: Bill is result of comprehensive study FROM PAGE 1 “As a result, Georgia had the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country as reported in December 2014,” Carson added. Speaker of the House David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said he was looking forward to an open debate on Carson’s proposal. “We need a tax structure that encourages families to save and businesses to invest so that Georgia can remain competitive with our neighboring states,” he said. “This bill will go through the committee process and, as always, constructive input is welcomed.” Carson said he didn’t expect the bill to pass this year, but that it is a framework that legislators can refine, vet and strengthen in order to pass the measure in 2016. “This is a huge shift for Georgia,” he said. “It’s a tax structure based on simplicity and fairness.” The bill, Carson said, is the result of a comprehensive study of Georgia’s current tax system and Hennessy Honda .com how it impacts the average household. He said proposals in the bill, if passed and signed by the governor, would: • cut the income tax burden on Georgia families by more than $2.5 billion; • allow those households making $29,500 or more to pay less income tax, according to provisions in the bill; • allow households bringing in $48,000 (the median Georgia household income) to keep $400 extra annually; • reduce income tax rate to a flat 4 percent over a period of three years (2016: 4.5 percent, 2017: 4.25 percent, 2018: 4 percent). Currently, Georgians pay 6 percent of their income according to a tiered system; • keep itemized deductions and personal exemptions while doing away with many special interest loopholes; • raise the general state sales tax by 1 percent on Jan. 1, 2017, which will raise from the current 4 percent to 5 percent and include digitally delivered goods that are taxed in many other states; • phase in a grocery state sales tax over a four-year period (2016: 0 percent, 2017: 3 percent, 2018: 4 percent, 2019: 5 percent) with each additional penny on the dollar contributing $130 million to the state budget. Food stamp purchases would be exempt from grocery tax; • implement a flat communications service tax beginning on Jan. 1, 2016: state telecom: 5 percent, state cable: 5 percent, state direct broadcast satellite (DBS): 7 percent, local telecom: 1.25 percent; school telecom: .75 percent, and local cable: 2 percent; and • increase the current cigarette excise tax over three years (2017: 45 cents; 2018: 55 cents, 2019: 65 cents). The bill also would eliminate a jet fuel sales tax exemption for Delta airlines, according to news reports. The bill is now in committee. DIVORCE CHILD CUSTODY Cherokee County Law Firm • Free Consultation NEWs 12 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn WOODSTOCK: City Council recognizes employees’ years of service FROM PAGE 4 “If you go to seminars, you will find out that a fund balance for the general fund should be somewhere between 20 and 25 percent. As of June 30, 2014, the city had an unassigned fund balance of 11.62 percent and a total fund balance of 14.12 percent,” Whitaker said. “Now, that is not the 25 percent, but the city has made great strides in the last two or three years.” Comparing previous years, the City of Woodstock had a negative fund balance of $602,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012; a positive fund balance of $957,000 for FY 2013; and a positive fund balance of $2 million for FY 2014. The total revenues for FY 2014 amounted to about $15.8 million and total expenditures came out to roughly $13.6 million, resulting in a net revenue of $2.3 million. The city did transfer $1.2 million out to capital projects fund for debt service, which left about $1 million income for the year in the general fund. Whitaker credited the city’s financial department for the audit results. “The city had made great strides in improving its system and improving its net income figures over the years,” he said. “I contribute that to the city’s accounting personnel. They are implementing a budget process that discourages overspending. There is significant oversight by the city’s chief financial officer.” The city did have one finding in its audit, which Whitaker said was related to a journal entry that was made to wipe out a balance. “Sometimes, for water and sewer bills, the billing is done a month ahead from the prior month. So, in July 2014, you have billing that related to June. That billing amount was not made for June, and that is the only reason you see that finding,” Whitaker said. In other business, the council: • expressed, through a resolution, its support for Senate Bill 63, which would allow craft breweries and brewpubs in the city to be able to sell their products for off-site consumption; • recognized Ofc. Jeremy Johnson as Woodstock Police’s Employee of the Fourth Quarter; recognized the promotion of Danielle Greene from TAC to coordinator of the records/court department; and recognized Explorer Post 1609 for their placement at the annual Winterfest competition last month; • recognized George Williams, with Woodstock Fire; Nancy Petersen, with Woodstock Police; and Lt. Robert Kline, with Woodstock Police, for 20 years of service. In commemoration of Arbor Day, the Parks and Recreation Department will plant three trees in the spring in their honor; • appointed Renee Gable to Ward 6 of the Woodstock Planning and Zoning Commission; • unanimously approved the Feb. 9 regular meeting minutes; • approved, 6-0, a sign variance request for Wendy’s located near Trickum Road and Ga. 92. Guinn said the company is rebranding and is seeking to construct a new monument sign at a more central location on the property. The council approved the sign with stipulations that it be no taller than 15 feet and that it has a solid base; • approved, 6-0, a sign variance request for property located at 881 Ridgewalk Pkwy. (Outparcel No. 5). The requested variance was from the land development ordinance, which limits the height for multi-tenant monument signs to 12 feet. Because sign height is measured from the top of the nearest curb to the top of a sign, and due to the topography of the property, the top of the sign will be 17 to 18 feet above the Ridgewalk Parkway; • approved, 6-0, applications for conditional use per mits at 1425 Londonderry Drive in Woodstock. The applicant, W.T. Standard, requested one permit to allow for the expansion of the existing legally non-conforming use “automotive repair facility — major” onto the adjacent parcel to the east. The second conditional use permit was for allowing an “automotive/truck – sales, service, parts” in order to operate an auto brokerage business; • unanimously approved the consent agenda which included awarding the Rope Mill restroom construction bid and contract to RD Construction Company, extending the senior living moratorium, a temporary alcohol license and road closure for Trailfest 2015, the surplus and disposal of a dump truck, road closures for the FreedomFest 5K, a major budget amendment to expand the parking lot at Woofstock and awarding banking services to Hamilton State Bank; • approved, 5-1, with Councilwoman Liz Baxter opposing, a major budget amendment for a disc golf course at Dupree Park; and • entered into executive session for the purpose of personnel, litigation and real estate. Upon returning to the regular meeting, the council approved, 6-0, a settlement agreement with three property owners annexed in next to Hennessy Honda on Ga. 92 in order to dismiss a lawsuit that had been filed. The council also approved the first reading of a deannexation ordinance for the three properties. cherokee sports For Scores & News Throughout the Week, Follow Us ... @CLNsports LedgerNewsSports March 4, 2015 SportS Editor: Brandon MichEa | 770-928-0706 x203 fax: 770-928-3152 PreP BaSeBaLL 14 PreP SPrINg SPOrTS rOUNDUP 15 PreP TraCK & FIeLD 16 thE chErokEE lEdgEr-nEwS FOLLOW US ON TWITTer @CLNsports PreP TrACK & FIeLD n Just getting warmed up County track squads open season with strong showings at Milton Invitational By Brandon Michea [email protected] GreG Spell | www.G-roxphotoS.com Cherokee’s Christian Vines sprints to an 11.42-second, third-place finish in the boys’ 100 meter at the eighth annual Milton Invitational, Feb. 27-28, in Milton. For a complete photo gallery from the meet, visit www.g-roxphotos.com. Getting their first action of the season, Cherokee County track squads wasted no time in showing signs of even better things to come, as local athletes combined for 89 top-10 finishes, including six titles, at the eighth annual Milton Invitational, Feb. 27-28, in Milton. Claiming three of the top spots at the 44-event meet, which included all of the regularly held competitions, additional distance events and an expanded number of relay races, were Etowah senior Leena Morris, freshman Skylar Wallace and the boys’ 4x1,600-meter relay team. Creekview’s Camille Farhnbauer, Sequoyah’s Derrion Rakestraw and Woodstock’s Tatiyana Rayford also came out on top. Morris, the reigning Class AAAAAA state champion in the shot put, recorded a 40-foot, 6-inch trip to the circle to best a 39-07 effort by Region 5 rival Tatiana Taylor, of Walton. The Cornell signee also took second in the discus with a 113-06. Climbing to the top of the podium with the Lady Eagles’ standout thrower, Wallace, who took 11th in the girls’ 100-meter with a time of 13.35 seconds, ran the only sub-1 minute time in the 400, charting a 59.41 to finish .71 seconds faster than Brookwood’s Caitlin Tate. Capturing the county’s only relay title, the Eagle boys’ 4x1,600 team ran a 19:19.87 — 2.03 seconds faster than runner-up Harrison. Like Morris, Farhnbauer was making her first prep appearance since winning a state title (AAAAA) and opened her 2015 campaign with a 5-02 to lead a girls’ high jump field that included three other county performers in the top 10 — Woodstock’s Hannah Braxton (seventh), River Ridge’s Halei Rich (ninth) and Cherokee’s Morgan Wilson (10th), all of which topped out at 4-06. Farhnbauer, who has signed with the University of Georgia, also managed a sixthplace time of 1:03.85 in the 400 and was 13th in the 300 hurdles (53.76). Highlighting Woodstock’s effort, Rayford kicked off her weekend with the fastest time in 13 PreP SWIMMING n Case, DuVall earn top honors By Brandon Michea [email protected] GreG Spell | www.G-roxphotoS.com One of four county females to place in the top 10 in the high jump, River Ridge’s Halei Rich (pictured) placed ninth with a height of 4-feet, 6-inches. Clearing 5-02, Creekview’s Camille Farhnbauer won the event, while Woodstock’s Hannah Braxton (4-06) and Cherokee’s Morgan Wilson (4-06) were seventh and 10th, respectively. the 100 meter hurdles with a 15.29 — .67 faster than Chamblee’s Elena Brown-Soler. Not far off a sweep of the hurdle events, the Lady Wolverines’ senior charted a 49.01 in the 300meter event and trailed only fellow Heat 5 runners Brianna Isles (48.48), of Brookwood, and Monique Keene (48.81), of Chamblee. Rounding out the list of local winners, Rakestraw had to turn away a pair of rivals in Cherokee’s Brittain Brown and Andrew Harris to win the boys’ long jump. Topping out at 21-01.25, the Chiefs’ junior standout was 3.5 inches better than Brown (20-09.75) and 4.5 inches ahead of Harris (20-08.75). Just missing titles were Cherokee’s William Molette and Montrell Washington, River Ridge’s Tanner Hicks and Etowah’s Kingsley Green. Bested only by Kell’s Darius Bredwood (43-07), Molette’s 41-09.25 was second in the boys’ triple jump, while, with a time of 23.08 in the boys’ 200 meter, Washington was .08 behind St. Pius’ Chris Echols. Hicks (52.43) also found himself .08 behind the winner, Kell’s Dominique Lewis, to settle for runner-up in the boys’ 400. See WarmeD, Page 16 On the heels of their respective state-title winning performances, Woodstock junior swimmer Lauren Case and Etowah senior diver Madison DuVall were named Class AAAAAA’s Co-Female Athletes of the Year by the Georgia High School Swim Coaches Association at the organization’s statewide spring meeting on Feb. 28. Along with successfully defending her spot as 6A’s best in the 200 Freestyle, swimming a 1:45.96, Case claimed the title in the 100 Butterfly, as well, charting a 53.13 to join Sequoyah alum Taylor Roy as the only county swimmers to capture a pair of state titles in one meet on Feb. 7. Case also helped the Lady Wolverines take 13th in the 200 Medley and 11th in the 400 Free relays. The University of Georgia-bound DuVall, meanwhile, repeated as 6A’s dive champion, overcoming a slow start to take over the top spot on her final dive on Feb. 5. PreP GIrLS BASKeTBALL: CLASS AAAAA eLITe eIGhT n Buzzer-beater halts Lady Chiefs’ run By Brandon Michea [email protected] A deep run into the Class AAAAA quarterfinals came to an end for the No. 4 stateranked Sequoyah Lady Chiefs, as a drive and dish in the closing seconds from Stephenson’s Davion Wingate led to a buzzerbeating lay-in by Terrianna Cave that gave the sixth-ranked Lady Jaguars a 55-53 victory on Feb. 24, at the War Lodge, in Hickory Flat. The loss closed out Sequoyah’s best season since its mid-1990s run that included five-straight state quarterfinals appearances from 1992-96. The Lady Chiefs, who collected the program’s fifth all-time region championship — first since 2005 — finished the year 27-4. Up 26-22 at the half, thanks to an 11-3 run to start the second quarter, Stephenson (27-5) extended its advantage to 28-22 early in the third frame on a pair of Chloe Culpeper free throws. Sequoyah, however, surged back to take the momentum behind the efforts of freshman point guard Alyssa Cagle. Sending the Lady Jaguars’ Miracle Gray stumbling to the floor with a crossover, Cagle hit junior Megan Garcia for a 3-pointer from the left elbow. A Kelley Hartman free throw 30 seconds later, followed by a pull-up jumper and a lay-in by Cagle then gave the Lady Chiefs their first lead, 30-28, since the end of the first quarter. By the end of the third, with another Garcia 3, a Lauren Hartman 2 and a pair of buckets each from Kelley Hartman and Cagle, Sequoyah went into the final frame up 43-40. That lead, however, was shortlived, as Rhein Beaman, one of nine Lady Jaguar seniors, knocked down a 3 to start the fourth and Wingate converted a three-point play to put the visitors on top, 46-43. The Lady Chiefs briefly reclaimed the advantage, 49-48, on back-to-back baskets by senior Tori Rogers and Lauren Hart- man, only to watch Stephenson score five-straight to go on top 53-49 with 2:55 remaining. Drawing Sequoyah back to within one, freshman Peyton Satterfield sank a 3 at the 2:28 mark, before Lauren Hartman converted 1-of-2 free throw attempts to pull the count even at 53-all with 45 seconds to go. Holding for the final shot, the Lady Jaguars put their faith in Wingate, who attacked the lane from the right in the closing seconds and drew three defenders as she pulled up on the left side of the lane, allowing Cave to slide into the block for the catch and shoot game-winner. Posting her second doubledouble in three state tournament games, Lauren Hartman finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Cagle played beyond her years with a 12-point, five-assist effort. Complementing her twin in the paint, Kelley Hartman racked up seven points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks, and Garcia and Rogers netted nine and seven Brandon michea | ledGer-newS After putting up 74 and 80 points, respectively, in the first two rounds of the Class AAAAA state tournament, Stephenson was held in check by Sequoyah senior Kyli Schmitt (11) and Lady Chiefs defense in the quarterfinals on Feb. 24. A lay-up at the buzzer by the Lady Jaguars, however, proved to the difference, as Stephenson escaped the War Lodge, in Hickory Flat, with a 55-53 victory. Sequoyah finished its season 27-4. points, respectively. One of nine Lady Jaguars to find the bottom of the net, Wingate led all scores with 16 and Cave finished with 14. Continuing its season, Stephenson went on to defeat Forest Park, 55-44, in overtime on Feb. 28 and will face No. 2 Mays for the AAAAA title this Friday, at 7 p.m., at the Macon Centreplex. sports 14 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn PreP BaseBall rOUNDUP n Eagles score 18 to outslug Sequoyah By Brandon Michea [email protected] Brandon Michea | Ledger-news Bryan Peet and the Etowah pitching staff held No. 1 nationally ranked Lambert’s offense in check most of the afternoon — limiting the Longhorns to four unearned runs on four hits, six walks and five strikeouts through seven innings — but could not hold on in the eighth, as Lambert pulled out a 7-4 victory on Feb. 28 in Woodstock. After nine runs through the first two innings almost was not enough, Etowah had to pour a little more on, before finishing off rival Sequoyah, 18-8, in six innings in their season opener on Feb. 21 in Woodstock. Highlighted by two-hit, fiveRBI efforts from both Robbie Knox (2-for-4, double) and Tyler Adams (2-for-3, two runs, grand slam, double), eight different Eagles collected at least one hit, six drove in at least one run and seven scored at least once. Batting leadoff, H.D. Dillard finished 3-for-5 with four runs and a pair of RBI, while Jake Ferentinos, who hit second, went 2-for-2 with four runs, three RBI and three walks. Bryce O’Brien also collected a pair of hits for Etowah; Tristan Mooney (RBI, double) and Nick Tumlin scored two runs apiece; Andrew Keene was 1-for-2 with three runs and two walks; and Sawyer GipsonLong plated two runs. Taylor Lobus (two innings, two hits, one run, two strikeouts) got the win on the mound. For Sequoyah, which used a four-run third to cut the Eagles’ lead to 9-5 before watching the home team pull away later, Bradley Adcock (2-for-3, RBI, stolen base) posted the Chiefs’ lone multi-hit game; Austin Smith (1-for-3, run) drove in two runs; Randy Shelton (1-for-3, two runs, double, stolen base) and Dawson Pfost each had one RBI; and Daniel Seres doubled and scored a pair of runs. Following their win over SHS, the Eagles battled reigning Class AAAAAA state and national champion Lambert into extra innings before suffering a 7-4 defeat on Feb. 28 in Woodstock. A lead-off single by Dillard, who stole second and advanced to third on a Longhorns’ error, allowed Etowah to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly RBI by Knox. Brandon Michea | Ledger-news In the midst of a two-run rally against Lambert in the bottom of the seventh, Etowah senior center fielder H.D. Dillard pulls in safely at third base. Dillard went on to score the game-tying run on a single by Tristan Mooney. Lambert struck back with two in the fourth, before the Eagles pulled even in the fifth. In the seventh, a one-out double by J.D. Dutka, followed by an intentional walk and an Etowah error loaded the bases for the Longhorns, who pushed ahead, 4-2, on a two-out, line-drive single to left by Eric Furphy. Putting together a rally of their own, the Eagles capitalized on back-to-back hit batsmen — Nick Rosemund and Dillard — with one out and a two-out error by Lambert to cut the deficit to 4-3. Mooney then plated Dillard with a single to left to make it 4-all, before the Longhorns closed out the frame. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Lambert took over in the eighth, sending nine batters to plate, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk and a pair of EHS errors, and proceeded to retire Etowah in order in the bottom of the inning to escape with the victory. Dillard (2-for-3, two runs, stolen base), Rosemond (2-for-2, run) and Livingston Morris (2-for-4) each finished with a pair of hits for the Eagles, while Knox and Mooney and one RBI apiece. Making the start but receiving a no decision, Lobus worked four innings of one-hit, two-walk, two-strikeout ball, allowing two unearned runs. Out of the pen, Max Ryan delivered two innings of scoreless relief, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three, and Bryan Peet (.2 innings, one hit) nearly got the Eagles out of a jam in the seventh. Clemson commit and Under Armour All-American Seth Beer (1-for-4, two runs, RBI; three innings, four hits, one unearned run, three strikeouts), Georgia Southern signee Furphy (1-for-3, two RBI) and Ian Kimbrell (2-for4, two RBI) led the Longhorns, who entered the year once again ranked No. 1 in the country, while Auburn signee Jeremy Johnson, Georgia Tech signee Kyle McCann and Georgia commit Tucker Maxwell were held in check and combined to go 0-for-8 with three walks. • • • Wolverines pull away from Sequoyah Producing a nine-hit attack, the Woodstock Wolverines improved to 5-0 on the year with a 9-4 victory over county-rival Sequoyah on Feb. 28 in Hickory Flat. The Wolverines got things going in the third, using back-toback doubles by Nolan Tressler (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI) and Johnathan Meuse to score Adam Pedraza, Tyler Shields (2for-4, two runs, stolen base) and Tressler for a 3-0 WHS advantage. After Woodstock tacked on one more in the fourth, Sequoyah got on the board in the fifth, stringing together a two-out rally to score three runs on a walk to Dawson Pfost, singles by Spencer Pfost and Randy Shelton and a two-RBI double to left by Daniel Seres. Responding to the Chiefs’ surge in the sixth, however, the Wolverines took advantage of an SHS error and singles by Shields and Bear Trimbur (RBI) to go on top 5-3, and got a two-out, tworun double to center from Meuse (2-for-4, three RBI, two doubles) to lead 7-3. Capping the Woodstock’s output in the seventh, Will Long belted a two-run shot to left, scoring Chandler Adams, who had singled, to extend his squad’s lead to six. Dawson Pfost (two walks) and Spencer Pfost each finished 1-for-2 with a run scored for the Chiefs, while Seres, who doubled in Adam Patterson (1-for-3, run, double) in the bottom of the seventh, ended his day 2-for-2 with three RBI, two doubles and a pair of walks. On the mound, A.J. 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We were in an unfortunate situation with the weather, but we cannot blame anything for a loss or give credit to just one person for a win. This is truly an amazing team that is going to work hard no matter what our circumstances. “We were able to come out and quickly organize and come together as a cohesive unit. I can’t tell you how hard they have worked and how proud I am of them.” With the Warriors’ defense limiting Walton’s attack throughout the afternoon, the Raiders took advantage of a favorable call to put its first score on the board. Attacking from the left side, Walton striker Tai Livant drew contact from a CHS defender inside the box and flopped to the ground to get the penalty call from the referee coming in from the opposite angle. Chris Jensen then converted the PK attempt to capitalize on the call, putting the Raiders on top, 1-0, with 5:16 remaining in the opening half. Creating a little breathing room, Walton (4-0-1), which moved up the No. 1 in this week’s state rankings, netted its second goal near the mid-way point of the second half. In each of their previous three meetings with Walton, the Warriors suffered 5-0 defeats. The Raiders also won 7-0 in 2011. “I think that battling Walton to a 2-0 score, with a questionable PK, showed the boys what I have been telling them all year — They are a high-caliber team and they Brandon Michea | Ledger-news Despite winter weather cancellations allowing them to get in just one practice over the two-week stretch leading up to their Region 5AAAAAA opening bout against No. 2 state-ranked Walton last Saturday, Gary Dubiel and the Cherokee Warriors held their own against the Raiders, battling to a 2-0 defeat on Feb. 28 in Canton. need to believe in themselves,” Gustin said. “We have areas that definitely need improvement; but that aside, we should be able to compete with any team we play, and we should be a contender even in our tough region.” Prior to the Warrior boys’ tight battle, the Cherokee girls were able to turn away several attacks by the sixth-ranked Lady Raiders in the first half. Walton, however, did manage a pair of goals over a 1-minute and 5-second stretch that sent it into intermission with a 2-0 lead, then pulled away over the final 40 minutes for a 6-0 victory. Fresh off the basketball court and into the net, Lady Warriors’ keeper Bailee Gilbreath, who head coach Chrissy Syrois said had a total of 15 minutes taking live shots in her one practice on Feb. 23, made 16 saves. Saturday was Cherokee’s first game action since the Warriors swept Kell on Feb. 13 at home, with the boys winning 3-0 and the Lady Warriors taking a 3-1 decision. In the Cherokee boys’ victory, Wessly Soronellas scored a pair of goals and Jose Segura netted one. • • • Lady Grizzlies rally past Woodstock in opener Creekview found itself down by a goal twice but rallied back each time, including netting back-toback scores over a three-minute span in the second half to down rival Woodstock, 3-2, in its season opener on Feb. 10 in Canton. After Woodstock headed in its second goal of the night for a 2-1 edge in the second half, the Lady Grizzlies pulled even when Samantha Rolka fed Kayleigh Artise for a score with 16 minutes remaining. Three minutes later, it was Samantha Amoss setting up the final score of the night, crossing the ball to Paige Poulos, who banged it home for what proved to be the gamewinner. Amber Luck, on an assist Brandon Michea | Ledger-news Kaleigh Killeen (8) and the Cherokee Lady Warriors kept No. 6 Walton within reach into the second half, before the Lady Raiders pulled away for a 6-0 victory on Feb. 28 in Canton. It was just the second match of the season for Cherokee, which has had four bouts postponed due to weather, while it was the fifth match for Walton. from Gracie Williams, scored the Lady Grizzlies’ first goal to make the count 1-all in the opening half. • • • GIRLS TENNIS Lady Wolverines take two-ofthree at KMHS tourney Bouncing back from an opening round loss to host Kennesaw Mountain, the Woodstock Lady Wolverines knocked off North Cobb and Lowndes County, 3-2 each, to finish 2-1 in their annual appearance at the Kennesaw Mountain Invitational, Feb. 27-28, in Kennesaw. In defeating North Cobb on Friday, the Lady Wolverines swept singles’ play behind the efforts of No. 1 Gabrielle Wood (6-2, 6-3), No. 2 Paige Steppe (6-3, 6-1) and No. 3 Rebecca Strickland (6-4, 6-0), while it was Steppe (61, 6-0) and Strickland (6-1, 6-4) and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Kara Landsiedel and Wynne Johnson (6-4, 7-5) that charted Woodstock’s wins over Lowndes on Saturday. Playing Line 3 singles, Megan Hackett earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory for Woodstock against KMHS, and Johnson and Taylor Nelson battled for a 7-5, 6-3 decision at No. 2 doubles. • • • GIRLS LACROSSE Lady Warriors rout Forsyth Central Opening the season with a bang, Tess Allen netted five goals and Kaci Ried registered four goals and seven assists and the Cherokee Lady Warriors blasted Forsyth Central, 19-1, on Feb. 23. Zoe Callaro also scored four goals to go along with three assists and eight draw controls for the Lady Warriors, while Daniella Singleton finished with three goals and three assists, Maddy Morrison scored twice, Morgan Sigler had one goal and Cierra Towe made two saves in goal. sports 16 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn PreP TrACK & FIeLD Etowah’s Ryan Beachem placed third in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles (15.95 seconds) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (42.06) at the Milton Invitational, Feb. 27-28, in Milton. With all six county programs in attendance, local athletes gathered 89 top-10 finishes, including six titles, at the eighth-annual event. Closer to home this weekend, Woodstock will host its annual invite Saturday starting at 9 a.m. n 8th annual Milton Invitational Showcase Feb. 27-28 @ Milton High School (cherokee county top 10 finishers) Girls 100M 9. Kennedy whiting, woodstock ...... 13.30 Girls 200M 3. Arielle hunter, woodstock ........... 26.93 Girls 400M 1. skylar wallace, etowah ............... 59.41 5. Arielle hunter, woodstock ........ 1:02.57 6. camille Farhnbauer, creekview ... 1:03.85 Girls 800M 3. Kingsley Green, etowah ........... 2:29.20 6. madison Fowler, etowah .......... 2:31.91 8. caitlyn Farrell, cherokee .......... 2:33.19 9. Aleah Johnson, sequoyah ........ 2:33.26 GreG spell www.G-roxphotos.com WARMED: FROM PAGE 13 The University of Georgia-bound Green, meanwhile, was just off the pace of Walton’s Avery Bussjager (18:10.86) in the 5,000 meter, finishing in 18:13.42 for second, and placed third in the 800 with a 2:29.20. Also charting third-place finishes were: Cherokee’s Christian Vines (boys’ 100M, 11.42) and the Warrior boys’ 4x100 relay (44.47); the Creekview boys’ 800-meter sprint medley relay; Etowah’s Ryan Beachem (boys’ 110M hurdles, 15.95) and the boys’ 4x800 relay (8:38.91); River Ridge’s Michael Lewis (boys’ triple jump, 40-07.25); and Woodstock’s Arielle Hunter (girls’ 200M, 26.93) and Alexandra Melehan (girls’ 5,000M, 18:34.46). Joining Morris in what proved to be a successful weekend of throwing events for the locals, eight other county females placed 12th or better. In the shot, Cherokee freshman Ellie Johnson made her debut with a 28-04 for eighth, followed by Woodstock’s Bailey Blanton (26-04, 10th) and Creekview’s Briana Purves (26-02, 11th), while Creekview’s Lexi Cromer (88-06, fifth), River Ridge’s Olivia Reeves (87-09, sixth) and Cherokee’s Nicole Fualtieri (84-06, seventh) landed in the top 10 in the discus. Creekview’s Caitlyn McFarland (67-02) and Cherokee’s Katreana Pascal (66-09) were 11th and 12th, respectively, out of 27 discus competitors. All six county programs will be back in action this weekend, helping to make up another large field of competitors at the Woodstock Wolverine Invitational on Saturday. Events are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Girls 800M Sprint Relay 11. etowah ................................. 2:06.27 Girls Discus 2. leena morris, etowah ...............113-06 5. lexi cromer, creekview...............88-06 6. olivia reeves, river ridge ...........87-09 7. Nicole Fualtieri, cherokee ...........84-06 Girls Shot Put 1. leena morris, etowah .................40-06 8. ellie Johnson, cherokee ..............28-04 10. Bailey Blanton, woodstock........26-04 Girls High Jump 1. camille Farhnbauer, creekview .....5-02 7. hannah Braxton, woodstock .........4-06 9. halei rich, river ridge ..................4-06 10. morgan wilson, cherokee ...........4-06 Girls 1,500M 4. madison Fowler, etowah .......... 5:18.33 Girls Long Jump 5. Kirstyn eagle, cherokee ..............15-01 7. tatiyana rayford, woodstock ......14-10 8. lexi williams, creekview .............14-09 Girls 1-Mile 8. Kyla resnick, etowah ............... 5:42.31 Girls Triple Jump 10. maria Bryan, creekview ............31-09 Girls 3000M 9. macki walsh, etowah ............ 12:18.81 Girls Pole Vault 4. Alexa Johnson, sequoyah ..............9-00 7. Kelsey Keith, etowah.....................8-00 Girls 5000M 2. Kingsley Green, etowah ......... 18:13.42 3. Alexandra melehan, whs....... 18:34.46 7. hannah everest, woodstock... 20:05.20 8. molly morris, creekview ........ 20:39.14 Boys 100M 3. chris Vines, cherokee ................. 11.42 10. Brittain Brown, cherokee .......... 11.71 Girls 100M Hurdles 1. tatiyana rayford, woodstock ...... 15.29 Boys 200M 2. montrell washington, cherokee ...23.08 Girls 300M Hurdles 3. tatiyana rayford, woodstock ...... 49.01 8. Julia turbyfield, etowah............... 52.63 9. Kim weot, etowah ...................... 52.72 10. charley Amissah-reyes, rr ....... 53.06 Boys 400M 2. tanner hicks, river ridge ............ 52.43 9. Andrew harris, cherokee ............ 54.34 Girls 4x100 Relay 8. etowah ...................................... 52.39 Girls 4x400 Relay 8. etowah ................................... 4:28.19 Girls 4x800 Relay 4. etowah ................................. 10:23.33 6. woodstock ............................ 10:27.34 Girls Distance Medley Really 5. cherokee............................... 14:23.10 9. woodstock ............................ 15:31.78 10. etowah ............................... 15.32.70 Boys 800M 5. John Baumgartner, woodstock ... 2:04.23 Boys 1500M 4. Zac cantrell, creekview ........... 4:23.73 5. Nick cooke, etowah................. 4:28.67 6. John Baumgartner, woodstock ... 4:31.68 9. owen Bailey, woodstock.......... 4:46.43 Boys Two-Mile 12. marc reiser, etowah ............ 10:42.13 Boys 5,000M 6. michael perona, etowah ........ 16:00.90 8. owen Bailey, woodstock........ 16:12.04 10. Blake Beavers, etowah ......... 16:38.39 Boys 110M Hurdles 3. ryan Beachem, etowah .............. 15.95 10. william molette, cherokee ........ 18.22 Boys 300 Hurdles 6. ryan Beachem, etowah .............. 42.06 8. ryan worsham, cherokee ........... 44.18 Boys 4x100 Relay 3. cherokee.................................... 44.47 8. woodstock ................................. 45.42 10. etowah .................................... 45.76 Boys 4x400 Relay 5. river ridge.............................. 3:42.86 10. etowah ................................. 3:47.16 4x800 Relay 3. etowah ................................... 8:38.91 Boys 4x1,600 1. etowah ................................. 19:19.87 8. woodstock ............................ 20:32.36 Boys Distance Medley Relay 7. cherokee............................... 12:35.19 9. woodstock ............................ 12:52.46 10. creekview ........................... 13:05.16 Boys 800M Sprint Medley Relay 3. creekview ............................... 1:42.81 5. etowah ................................... 1:43.64 8. cherokee................................. 1:44.65 Boys Discus 9. michael Bean, cherokee ...........111-01 Boys Shot Put 4. Dwayne tiller, cherokee ..............45-05 10. travis head, cherokee...............43-01 Boys Long Jump 1. Derrion rakestraw, sequoyah ...21-01.25 2. Brittain Brown, cherokee .......20-09.75 3. Andrew harris, cherokee .......20-08.75 8. stephen Anderson, sequoyah .18-10.25 Boys Triple Jump 2. william molette, cherokee .....41-09.25 3. michael lewis, river ridge.....40-07.25 6. Asher Davis, cherokee ...........40-03.25 8. Jordan Usher, sequoyah ..............40-01 9. stephen Anderson, sequoyah ......38-01 Boys Pole Vault 7. Noah Danger, sequoyah..............10-00 10. Joe Dipietro, creekview ..............9-00 March 4, 2015 cherokee Life MORE SNOW DAYS PHOTOS 18-19 YOUNG CHEROKEE 20 the cherokee ledger-news 17 SUBMIT YOUR STORIES TO “YOUR LEDGER-NEWS” @ WWW.LEDGERNEWS.COM Organization keeps senior citizens informed By Jessica LindLey [email protected] A nonprofit organization committed to enhancing quality of life for Cherokee County’s seniors by reducing crimes through education is gearing up for its annual fundraising extravaganza. The Cherokee Triad-S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together), which mirrors the National Triad, was created in 2006 by the Canton Police Department to educate and assist senior citizens in the community. Its mission, according to Chairperson Dale Walz, is to “alleviate fear of victimization, build confidence, enhance the delivery of law enforcement services and improve the overall quality of life to our senior population.” The S.A.L.T. Council is represented by members of the Canton, Woodstock and Holly Springs police departments, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Woodstock Fire Snow Days Department, senior services of Cherokee County and Woodstock, the District Attorney’s Office, the American Red Cross, senior living communities and senior volunteers. “Triad volunteers,” Walz said, “develop and implement crime prevention and education programs for older adults with the assistance of law enforcement agencies and local fire departments and emergency management.” SEE SALT, PAGE 20 YOUNG CHEROKEE n Young Cherokee items are submitted by local schools, as well as colleges and universities across the country. A Winter Wonderland blanketed Cherokee County last week, leading to children being out of school for four of the five days after returning from their winter break. Many families across the county took advantage of the snow days to spend quality time and make some frozen creations. Cherokee Ledger-News readers responded in great numbers when asked to share their snow day photos. For more photos submitted by CLN readers, see Pages 18-19. • The following area residents were among 338 students who graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with nearly 3,000 students. From Acworth: Jessica Benson received a Master of Arts in education in early childhood education and Matthew Spangenberg received a Bachelor of Science in education in exercise science/wellness. Erica Law, of Woodstock, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. • William Redding and Anna Zaldivar, both of Woodstock, made the fall 2014 dean’s list at Georgia Southwestern State University and were among 486 students recognized for scholastic achievement. ABOVE LEFT: Marina O’Keefe, Haley Hutchison, Bailee Gilbreath and Dalton Hutchison built an igloo in the River Green subdivision. LEFT: Shelley, Erin and Jackson Lawson recently used their inner “Frozen” to build their very own Olaf, who also is believed to like warm hugs. BELOW: Nick, Kurt, Denise and Alec Riggin are pictured enjoying the snow in Towne Lake. • Photos sPecial to the ledger-News • The following local students graduated from Georgia College, in Milledgeville, at the end of the fall 2014 semester: From Acworth: Hannah Beam and Alexander Rinaudo; from Canton: William Benzur, Cameron Carter, Cynthia Long and Rachel Ulloa; from Woodstock: Rebekah Belisle, Ryann Bristow and Kyle Schmidt. • Joshua Saye, of Acworth, was among the 135 students receiving degrees from Piedmont College in Demorest. Saye earned a Master of Arts degree in art education. • Alexander Meyers, of Woodstock, has been named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. To be named to the dean’s list, Muskingum students must attain strictly prescribed levels of academic performance in their overall grade point average. • Several local students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Arizona State University. They include Joshua Jones, of Ball Ground; Julianna Medina, of Woodstock; and Brittany Ortiz and Anthony Pierce, both of Acworth. Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the honor. SEE YOUNG CHEROKEE, PAGE 19 Snow Days LIFE 18 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn SpEcIaL Whitley Diamond, Colin Diamond, Macey Raines, Jeremiah Raines, Tanya Howard, Ronald Poole and Blake Newcomer are ready for summer with their snowwoman. SpEcIaL Spencer Leigh Thanepohn, of Ball Ground, is pictured enjoying the beauty of nature. Caleb Dixon, 8, built this snowman in Canton. SpEcIaL SpEcIaL David Wentworth Jr. is pictured with Allie Mae, 5, and Genesee, 9, and their snowman in Ball Ground. SpEcIaL Lane Ludy, 8, of Ball Ground is pictured with his Stormtrooper snowman. SpEcIaL SpEcIaL Maddison Dixon, 10, built a few snow animals in Canton last week. Arguably the best part of snow is playing in it. Tiegan Selby, of Canton, is pictured making a snowball last week. Canton got about 3 inches of snow. FREE Appetizer or Dessert with purchase of any entrée. Valid thru 3/31/15 770-516-6779 | 6424 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock SpEcIaL Tammy Hawthorne, Michael Hawthorne, Haley Hawthorne and Blake Hawthorne are pictured with their sporty snowman in Waleska. Snow Days LIFE March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news 19 nnn Brandon MIchEa | LEdgEr-nEwS Cherokee Ledger-News Sports Editor Brandon Michea helped his boys, Cooper and Gray, build a Buckeye snowman. SpEcIaL Rylan Doyal, daughter of Kayla and Walton Doyal, enjoyed her very first snow day last week. SpEcIaL Trystan Torchia, 3, said he had a blast building this snowman in Acworth. SpEcIaL Luke Iverson used his basketball jersey and creativity to make an R.M. Moore Braves snow mascot. SpEcIaL Miles Boyd, 3, went night sledding in Canton. LEFT: Jeff Reed, with Reinhardt University Media, snapped this photo of a student photobombing a selfie with a snowball attack. • photo SpEcIaL to thE LEdgEr-nEwS $30 OFF SpEcIaL Madison Rappaport is pictured eating a snow cone made out of the snow. Timing Belt Replacement Valid on Toyota, Lexus & Scion only & at Cherokee County Toyota only. Cannot be combined w/any other offers or coupons. Expires 3/18/15 LIFE 20 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn young cherokee n • Acworth resident Emily Jones, a junior nursing major at Harding University, in Searcy, Ark., is among more than 1,200 university students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2014 semester. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes. • Two local residents graduated from Arizona State University. They are Garrett Crysler, of Canton, and Anthony Pierce, of Acworth. • More than 1,800 students made the fall 2014 dean’s lists at the University of North Georgia (UNG) for achieving a 3.5 grade point average, carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester and having no grade lower than B. Local students Hennessy Honda .com included: from Woodstock: Camille A. Ellise, Brock Anddrew Overy, Catherine Esther Vollenweider, Gregory Randall Murphy, Heather Lynn Perona, Sydney Allyce Roth, Meagan Audrey Anstett, Jonathan Michael Packer, Dan Eugene Barker, Natassia Alexandra Basto, Hannah Layne Rampley, Jackson George Ameye, Vincent Rocco Merino, William Pierce Blanchard, Tyler S. Ritchey, Samuel Joseph Young, Andrew Brycen LenhartFrey, Emily Marie Mcdaniel, Caroline Michelle Gessner, Nicholas James Wood, Jacob Daniel Garcia, Rebecca Lauren Bearden, Taylor Bronwyn Estep, Ozioma Sharon Obele, Morgan Alexandra Gerber, Tyler James Calder and Makenzie Rose Pfaller; from Waleska: Lindsey Glynn Cline; from Canton: Noah David Manning, Jordan Marie Andrews, Larry Keith Glover, Amanda Synclaire Lopez, Savannah E. Turner, Ethan Michael Crosby, Taylor Miranda Boles, Megan Faith Brinkerhoff, Claire Elizabeth Post, Kelley Marie Threlkeld, Kamiryn Michelle Mason, Carley Sue Roberts, Dillon Criswell Heard, Alexandra Marie Sellers, Keri Noel Deegan, Mary Catherine Blackwell, Lauren Ashley Brown, Kathryn Elizabeth Hunter, Lauren Haley Pounds, Courtney Michelle Ashworth, Caroline Michelle Dennard, Benjamin Elwin Carraway, Adriana Marie Escribano, Connor James Fraser, Isaac Allen Osmer, Sarah Susan Berry, Alyssa Kelly Aldridge, Aminda Grace Everett, Anne Marie Collines, Jonathan Edward Buelow, Thomas Norman Tyler Coggins, Haley Madison Huebner, Richard Nathaniel Wilson, Angela B. Vaughn, Josh Worley, Charles Dillan Pierce, Connor I. Mckenzie, Megan Elizabeth Graves and Destinee Brooke Moody; from Ball Ground: Makenzie Leigh Spivey, Ashley Morgan Caylor, Evan Griffith Tatum, Olivia Rose Lullie, Abby Taylor McCormick, Colton Howard Fowler, Roy Lee Fowler, Coran Elizabeth Tatum and Wesley Jarrett Sparks; and from Acworth: Brent Wesly Anderson, Amanda Leigh Hamilton, Avery Victor Greer, Emma Alexandra Stiles, John Christian Nicholson, Timothy Connor Sealock, Moo Seung Park, Kailey Ann Boyer, Tonya Anna Dakake, Kelsey Morgan Stover, Anna Jessie Dorothy Finnegan and Julia Ashley Steine. • Two Cherokee County School District students were selected for the State Superintendent of Schools’ 2015 Student Advisory Council. Adekunie Temi Adekunie, of River Ridge High School, and Elizabeth Hughes, of E.T. Booth Middle School, are among the 64 students selected from across Georgia by State School SuperinHughes tendent Richard Woods. The council will meet three times this winter and spring to talk about the impact of state policies in the classroom. The students were selected from more than 1,000 applicants and were chosen for their views on public education and possible improvements. “It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students,” Woods said. “These students feel the impact of our decisions every day, and, if we’re going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table.” • Chelsea Burel, of Canton, was named to the dean’s list at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Ala. Students earning a GPA of 3.5-3.99 are named to the list. • Samantha Burke has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. Burke is a biology major, from Canton, at the Loudonville, N.Y., school. To be named to the dean’s list, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89. SALT: Event to draw hundreds of seniors FROM PAGE 17 The council meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m., at the Canton YMCA, located at 151 Waleska St., Canton. Meetings are open to all senior citizens and typically do not exceed an hour. Cherokee Triad-S.A.L.T. also will host seminars occasionally, such as one on identity theft scheduled for March 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the William G. Long Senior Center, located at 223 Arnold Mill Road, in Woodstock. “We do these as often as we can,” Walz said. “We try to solicit anyone who might want to educate the seniors.” In addition, Cherokee TriadS.A.L.T. also provides aid to seniors through several programs, including a two-phase plan to support senior citizens in distress or in need of health care assistance. The first phase of Rescue and Restore allows first responders to step in with financial resources when a senior is found to be homeless or in distress. “Each police agency is given money, or availability to money via a credit card, so if they find somebody at night who is wandering around, they can put them in a hotel for a night or give them food,” Walz said. “We have done that for six adults this winter, to date.” The second phase of Rescue and Restore provides funds to Bethesda Community Clinic. “We give any money that we raise quarterly to the clinic to help seniors or veterans to pay for medical treatments or dental visits if they can’t afford it on their own,” she said. “In the last eight months, Triad has paid for 28 seniors/vets medical expenses at Bethesda Community Clinic.” Cherokee Triad-S.A.L.T. also plans to introduce a third program: Elder Empowerment. “The DA is going to start an elder abuse task force in Cherokee, and we hope to partner with them in trying to help seniors not make bad choices,” Walz said. Elder Empowerment will provide senior citizens with the tools necessary to avoid being taken advantage of, whether it is financially or through elder abuse. “They need to be aware of the problem, and they need to know the questions to ask,” she said. “They need to know that if someone is knocking on their door to help them remove trees, they shouldn’t let them in the house.” In order to provide such services to senior citizens in Cherokee C o u n t y, t h e council relies on fundraising events such as luncheons at assisted living centers and its Senior Extravaganza, scheduled from April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Building, 7545 Main St., Woodstock. “This is where we have 70-plus vendors cater to the needs of seniors, whether it is medical, dental, eyes, insurance,” Walz said. “It is all free for the seniors. They come and get information and hopefully learn something.” For more information about Cherokee Triad-S.A.L.T., its services and the upcoming extravaganza, visit www.saltcherokee. com. FOR ELECTRICAL PEACE OF MIND ... CALL 24 YEARS Certified Service & Repair HOME ELECTRIC SPECIALISTS Ceiling Fans s Surge Protectors s Receptacles s Security Systems Whole House Generators s Home Safety Inspections CALL TODAY trained operators are standing by 770-735-1136 All technicians are highly skilled & Trained 100% Money Back Guarantee 2 Year Warranty on parts & labor hhelectrician.com March 4, 2015 cherokee community ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 23 CROSSWORD 24 CHEROKEE RELIGION 22 RESTAURANT REPORTS 24 CLASSES • Papa’s Pantry will host its comprehensive employment strategies series, at 6551 Commerce Pkwy., Woodstock. March 10 and March 24, job seeking, laying the foundation; March 11 and March 25, resumes; and March 12 and March 26, interviewing. All classes are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other classes include Couponing, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Time Management, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Basic Word, March 16 and March 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Computer Basics, March 9 and March 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A kids’ camp will be offered March 31-April 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Call for details. Call (770) 591-4730 to schedule any of the classes. For more information, visit www.papaspantry.org. • Serenade Heights is hosting free classes that include free dinner and childcare. March 12, is about finding extracurricular sports of kids that are affordable; March 26 is “Soil to Supper,” learning gardening tools; April 9 is about learning effective single parenting; and April 23 is “Powder Puff Mechanics.” All workshops are held at New Victoria Baptist Church, 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.serenadeheights.org/moms/ events. • The AARP Smart Driver Defensive driving course will be available March 14 at Canton First UMC, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton, and at three Woodstock locations in April: Tuesday, April 7, at the Benton House, 3385 Trickum Road; Friday, April 17, at the William Long Senior Center, 223 Arnold Mill Road; and Saturday, April 25, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road. The course is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost, includes a guidebook and is $20; AARP members receive a discounted price of $15. Registration is required and classes fill up quickly. For more information, call Paul Galanek at (770) 591-9347. • Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock, will offer a nutrition class March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Cooking classes will be taught March 11, March 19 and March 25. For more information or to register, contact Terry Wright at (678) 663-4411 or [email protected] gmail.com. LIBRARY • The Sequoyah Regional Library will host the following story times this month: (family story time) March 10, March 17 and March 24, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at RT Jones, and at 10:30 a.m. at Rose Creek; (lap-sit story time for ages 1 to 3) March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at RT Jones, at 10:30 a.m. at Rose Creek, and at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Woodstock; (family story time) March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Ball Ground, 10:30 a.m. at Hickory Flat and at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Woodstock; (family story time) March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28, at 10:30 a.m., at RT Jones. For more information about other events and library hours, visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY • The Friends of Cherokee County Public Libraries will be holding its book sale at Woodstock Public Library March 26-29. The library is located at 7735 Main St., Woodstock. Preview for Friends members is March 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (memberships sold at the door). Public sale is March 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 25-27, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and March 29, from noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected] SPECIAL EVENTS • The Volunteer Aging Council is holding a Spaghetti Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 12. There is a $5 cover charge. Enjoy a hot lunch and help raise funds for the seniors of Cherokee County. The luncheon will be held at The Lodge at BridgeMill. RSVP at (770) 479-4639 by noon on March 9 in order to attend. • Etowah High School senior Hannah Moore will host a Shot Stopper Goalkeeper Clinic March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Hobgood Park soccer field. It is for ages 12 and younger. The cost is $10. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. Register at shotstoppergkclinic. weebly.com. The clinic is Hannah’s senior project. HEALTH • Northside Hospital will offer free skin cancer screenings March 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Medical Associates of North Georgia, 320 Hospital Road, Canton. Appointments are required. Call (404) 531-4444. Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered March 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Medical Associates of North Georgia, 320 Hospital Road, Canton. Appointments are required. Call (404) 531-4444. FUNDRAISERS • The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency is hosting “Some Bunny Special” this spring to collect pre-filled Easter baskets to be given to 300 children in need in Cherokee County. The collection runs through March 28 and can be dropped off at 7545 Main St., Building 200, Woodstock. For more information, contact Lindsey Collett at (770) 924-7768 or [email protected] • A Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer awareness event, “Shopapalooza,” will be held, March 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Road, Canton. Several vendors will be present to shop 21 FIND MORE CALENDARS & EVENTS @ WWW.LEDGERNEWS.COM pet of the week Cherokee Spotlight Spotlight items must be typed and submitted to The Cherokee Ledger-News by noon the Wednesday before publication date. Send items by fax to (770) 928-3152 or email to [email protected] Please be sure to include the address of the event and a contact number. For the complete Spotlight calendar, go to www.ledgernews.com. the cherokee ledger-news n for gifts, and there also is a silent auction, as well. For more information, call Mary Wiechert at [email protected] or (404) 431-3777. • The Little River Elementary PTA is hosting a fundraising 5K and fun run March 7, at 8 a.m., to benefit St. Jude Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.lrepta.org or register at www.active.com. All pre-registered participants will receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag. • Little Miss River Ridge, a natural beauty pageant fundraising event for the high school, is being held March 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Divisions are from birth to 14 years old. Cost is $50. For more information, contact Chelle Worrell at [email protected] com or Lori Stuart at [email protected] windstream.net. • The Cherokee County Educational Foundation will host its inaugural Celebration of Education Gala March 14. The cocktail hour and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, awards and entertainment begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. The black-tie optional event will be held at the Northside HospitalCherokee conference center, 1134 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton. To sponsor the gala, contact Barbara Jacoby at [email protected] or call (770) 7044228; to purchase tickets, contact Amanda Arnold at amanda. [email protected] • The BridgeMill Sixes Service League will host its 14th Annual Spring Fling fashion show March 28, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Historic Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy., Canton. Tickets cost $40 an dare available at www.bssl.org or from an BSSL member. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will help children and families in Cherokee County. BLOOD DRIVES • The following American Red Cross blood drives will be held in Cherokee County: March 4, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth. Make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org, by calling 1 (800) 733-2767 or by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. GARDENING • The UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County will be presenting the following seminars: March 21, 10 a.m., “Beginning Vegetable Gardening,” presented by Diane Smith, Cherokee County Senior Services, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Pre-registration is required by March 18. Call (770) 721-7803; and March 21, at noon, “Organic Gardening,” presented by Marc Teffeau, Cherokee County Senior Services, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Pre-registration is required by March 18. Call (770) 721-7803. For the full Spotlight calendar, including volunteering opportunities and support groups, visit www.ledgernews.com. Molly 16093 Molly is a 45-pound, 3-year-old Labrador Retriever mix-breed dog. She is up-to-date on her shots, has been spayed and will be microchipped at the time of adoption. Molly has been staying at the shelter since Jan. 16. Visit her at the animal shelter. Adoptions cost $100 for cats and dogs, which includes spaying or neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and a free office visit at a participating veterinarian. The shelter, located on Univeter Road in Canton, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (770) 345-7270 for more information. 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SPECIAL SERVICES • Hickory Flat Church of God, 947 Bailey Road, Woodstock, is having a special intercessory prayer service on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. The service, “Fire on the Altar,” is primarily a prayer service, but not a typical one, as it is intermingled with worship. • Bascomb United Methodist Church is hosting Children’s First services March 29, May 3 and June 7. All services are at 9 a.m. and are geared at keeping children in the service with adults and allow them to be leaders in the service. • Timothy Lutheran Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, will host the following special services: Wednesdays in Lent are: March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The evening service is preceded by a family dinner in the fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday is April 2, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday is April 3, at 7:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday is April 5, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; no Christian education hour. Breakfast is 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (770) 928-2812. • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock, will offer Lenten midweek services on March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25 at both noon and 7:30 p.m. All are invited. For more information, visit gslutheran.org or call (770) 924-7286. • Church of the Messiah, 415 Charles Cox Drive, Canton, will host the following Holy Week services: March 29 with two Palm Sunday worship services, at 9 a.m. (blended traditional and contemporary music) and 11 a.m. (contemporary music, simultaneous children’s service). A nursery will be available. On Maundy Thursday, April 2, a simple soup meal at 6:15 p.m. will be followed by a worship service including footwashing and Holy Communion in observance of the Last Supper at 7 p.m. In addition, a prayer vigil will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until Friday at 6:30 a.m. On Friday, April 3, the church will observe Good Friday with its annual outdoor walk through the Stations of the Cross beginning at noon followed by Holy Communion. And, on Sunday, April 5, its early Easter Celebration service featuring blended traditional/contemporary music and Holy Communion will begin at 9 a.m. The contemporary service will begin at 11 a.m. with children’s worship held at the same time. An Easter egg hunt will follow the 11 a.m. service. A nursery is available. For more information, call Kelley Sangrey at (770) 479-5280 or email [email protected] churchofthemessiah.net. • Woodstock Christian Church, 7700 Ga. 92, Woodstock, will host the following special services: Palm Sunday Easter Cantata, March 29, during the morning service; Good Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., for a worship in song, communion and a small message; and Easter Sunday, April 5, at 7 a.m., with breakfast following in the fellowship hall, at 9 a.m., early service; at 9 a.m., Sunday school; and at 10 a.m., regular service. Full nursery and children’s ministry available at the early and regular services. An Easter egg hung will be held this year, on April 4, at 11 a.m. For more information, call (770) 926-8238 or visit www.woodstockchristian.org. • St. Paul AME Church, 390 Crisler St., Canton, will host the following Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday, April 2, footwashing service and love feast at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m.; Easter sunrise service, April 5, at 7 a.m. with breakfast following. An Easter worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (770) 479-9691. SPECIAL EVENTS • St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, will host its annual Lenten Fish Fries every Friday night until March 27 in Davis Hall. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Plates cost $7 and include tilapia filets, baked beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, a drink and dessert. A child’s plate is fish, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, a drink and dessert. All proceeds benefit the church’s outreach program that helps less fortunate families in Cherokee County. • Woodstock United Methodist Church will host a free Italian dinner for the Woodstock community on Monday, March 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the church’s Latimer Hall. The menu includes homemade lasagna, salad, garlic bread, beverage and a selection of homemade desserts. The dinner is free but donations are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend the lasagna dinner should call the church by Saturday, March 7, at (770) 516-0371 to RSVP with the number attending. Latimer Hall is located at 103 Towne Lake Pkwy., one block off Main Street in Downtown Woodstock. • Sutallee Baptist Church, 895 Knox Bridge Hwy., White, will host guest speaker, the Rev. Alan Morris, of North Central Area Missions, March 8, at 6 p.m. Morris will be bringing students from Alaska with him. Ralston Flowers will be leading the youth worship band. The event is open to the community. For more information, visit www. sutalleebaptistchurch.com, email [email protected] for call (770) 479-0101. • St. Paul AME Church, 390 Crisler St., Canton, will host family and friends day March 22 at 11 a.m. For more information, call (770) 479-9691. • Saint Elizabeth Orthodox Church, 2265 E. Cherokee Drive, Woodstock, will be holding a free traditional egg decorating class on March 28 at 10 a.m. Learn how to decorate a traditional Eastern European style Easter egg using the batik method. The class is two hours long; all materials are provided. Reservations required. Limited seating. Registration closes March 14. Light traditional Lenten foods will be served for lunch. Register by emailing [email protected] or by calling (770) 485-0504. • Heritage Presbyterian Chancel Choir will perform David Clydesdale’s “How Great Thou Art” at 7 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 29. This cantata is full of emotion starting with the final days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and His triumph over death. Heritage Presbyterian Church is located at 5323 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth. For more information, call the church office at (770) 926-3558 or heritagepres. com. • Waist Management for Victorious Living meets every Tuesday night, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at New Victoria Baptist Church on Bells Ferry Road. The meetings include sharing healthy tips, recipes and a Zumba workout. The even is free. Optional weigh-in is at 6:50 p.m. • The Christian Motorcyclists Association Canton holds its monthly meeting the fourth Saturday of every month at Family Tradition Restaurant, 7830 Ga. 140, Canton. The group eats at 8 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Ken Rice at (770) 789-6343 or Rick Faulkner at (850) 259-4800. • City on a Hill United Methodist Church, 7745 Main St., Woodstock, hosts a coffee bar at 5:14 p.m. on Saturday nights. Enjoy a free coffee bar while enjoying worship service. For more information, visit www.coahumc.org. • Hickory Flat Fellowship, located at 5301 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton, holds a youth group meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the blue building. The first Saturday of the month, the church hosts a men’s breakfast at 8 a.m. For more information, email Pastor Scott Smith at [email protected] REVIVAL • St. Paul AME Church, 390 Crisler St., Canton, will host a youth revival March 19-20, Thursday night at 7 p.m., the guest preacher will be the Rev. Reginald Cleaver; and Friday night at 7 p.m., there will be a block party, followed by Youth Explosion at 8 p.m. For more information, call (770) 479-9691. OUTREACH • Timothy’s Cupboard, located at 556 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, is in need of volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8:30 a.m. to help distribute boxes of food. Boxes generally weigh 30 to 60 pounds. Volunteer time can be credited toward community service. If interested, call (770) 591-5155 and ask for Norm or Marge. For more information visit www.timothyscupboard.org. MONDAY KIDS EAT FREE! (restrictions apply) $3 OFF 16 Wings (dine-in only) TUESDAY TEAM TRIVIA at 7:30 pm WEDNESDAY $3 OFF 16 Wings (dine-in only) Ladies Night $5 Martini THURSDAY FRIDAY See Religion, Page 23 $3 OFF ANY ONE BINGO at 7 pm ENTREE with purchase $5 Margaritas & Long Island Iced Teas of a beverage SATURDAY Most Pints $2.75 & Pitchers $10 Ladies Night $5 Martini SUNDAY $3.99 Brunch Entree (until 2 PM) $4 Bloody Marys $2.75 draft / $10 pitchers Miller Lite & Bud Light Dine in only. Cannot be combined w/any other discounts or specials. One per table. Expires 3.15.15 Bedoe’s Bar & Grill COMMUNITY March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news 23 nnn arts & entertainment Arts & Entertainment items must be typed and submitted by noon the Wednesday before the desired publication date. Send entries to [email protected] com or fax them to (770) 928-3152. For the full A&E calendar, go to www.ledgernews.com. ON STAGE • Etowah High School, 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock, will present “Legally Blonde – The Musical,” March 19-21, at 7:30 p.m., and March 22, at 3 p.m. • Sequoyah High School will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” March 19-21, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s auditorium located at 4485 Hickory Road, Canton. Admission costs $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets, call (770) 345-1474 ext. 108. • Creekview High School, 1550 Owens Store Road, Canton, will host “Little Shop of Horrors,” March 19-21, at 7 p.m., and “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking,” May 14-16, at 7 p.m. AUDITIONS • Together In Harmony is a community chorus seeking new members. The goal is to provide opportunities for singers and members of the community to experience a wide variety of choral music. For more information, visit the website at www.togetherinharmony.us. To schedule an audition, contact Kaye Mero at (404) 625-4264. DANCE • Cherokee Rhythm & Smooth, 6238 Old Ga. 5, Suite C-3, Woodstock, hosts a Friday Night Dance Party, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $10. A beginner level lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.crsdance.com or call (678) 918-2314. • Zumba classes are held at the Union Hill Community Center, 1780 AJ Land Road, Canton, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per class. Contact Jennifer at (407) 334-5010 for more information. Hennessy Honda .com • Zumba Gold for seniors is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Cherokee County Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. It is free. For more information, call (770) 345-6730. For the full Arts & Entertainment calendar, visit www.ledgernews. com. cherokee religion • Love Community Church and There’s Hope for the Hungry distributes free boxes of food for those in need on the first Thursday of each month, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Food Depot parking lot at Bells Ferry and Ga. 92. • Hillside Community Church and There’s Hope for the Hungry distributes free boxes of food for those in need on the second Thursday of each month, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at 12487 Fincher Road, Canton. For more information, call (678) 858-6706. • A free community dinner is held every third Thursday of the month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on East Cherokee Drive. There also is a free food distribution every fourth Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon. • First Baptist Church Canton offers food distribution through its food pantry. Food distributions are held the first Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next distribution date is March 7. • Woodstock Church of Christ, 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock, opens its clothing closet to the public without appointment on Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All clothing is free of charge. • Never Alone Outreach, located in Woodstock, provides food and clothing assistance to Cherokee County families who are in need. To apply for assistance visit neveralone.org. FUNDRAISERS • First Baptist Canton will host its spring consignment sale March 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early entry at 8:30 a.m. on Friday for a $10 donation, and Saturday for a $5 donation. Gently used clothing, shoes, books, movies, toys, room decor and more. Many items half-price on Saturday. For additional information, visit www.fbckidssale.com. • Union Hill United Methodist Church Youth Group is hosting a silent auction and dinner on Saturday March 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the church, 2000 AJ Land Road, Canton. Donations are accepted at front door. Many items and baskets to be auctioned off, including paintings from local artists. There will be a sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Jessica Emmett. For more information or to donate items, contact Helen Doss at [email protected] • Next Step Ministries and Gold’s Gym of Woodstock will host the second annual “Run, Walk or Roll: Take the Next Step 5K” in support of NextStep’s Programs for people with special needs, March 21, at First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Ga. 92, Woodstock. Registration begins at 7 a.m., race time is at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. For more information, call (770) 592-1227 or [email protected] or visit www.nextstepministries. net. • Harvesting Hope Ministries is seeking monetary and toy donations to bring hope to children with kidney and liver diseases, as well as those needing transplants. Money raised goes toward purchasing care packages, including toys, games, puzzles, coloring books, gospel tracts and Bibles, to be delivered to patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information or to donate, visit www.harvestinghopeministries.org. Donations also can be made at any Regions Bank under the name “Harvesting Hope Ministries.” • First Woodstock United Methodist Church holds a thrift shop every Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the lower level of Latimer Hall, 109 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock. For more information, call (770) 928-3855. For the full Religion calendar, including preschool registration, visit www.ledgernews.com. WILKES FINANCE CORP. Hometown Lenders Since 1966 Three Ways to Apply: By Phone, in Person, or Online We Do All Types of Loans: •Vacation Cash •Consolidation •Car Repair •Emergency •Starter Loans •Auto Purchase •Home Improvement •Motorcycle/ATV CALL PHYLLIS Manager at 770-924-7773 www.wilkesfinance.net/application_acworth.htm **All loans subject to our liberal credit policies & limitations** SALE! SALE! SALE! SALE! OUTREACH • Heritage Presbyterian Church in Acworth on Bells Ferry Road, operates a clothing closet for people in need of clothing in the Cherokee and Cobb areas. This clothing is given out free of charge, and it relies solely on donations from parishioners and people in the area. For the donation address, contact the church office at (770) 926-3558. The church can provide donors with a tax donation form. COMMUNITY 24 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn WEEKLY CROSSWORD PUZZLE – bY MYLES MELLOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 14 9 10 25 28 30 36 40 31 37 38 51 56 32 33 34 StarbuckS 6766 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton Inspection date: Dec. 15 Current score: 90-A Previous score: 91-A Violations: Observed employee not washing their hands when coming to work or after handling money (corrected). Observed buildup on the floor and between/behind equipment; must keep restaurant clean. 42 44 45 48 47 Inspections are provided by the Cherokee County Health Department. Violations are divided into two categories: Risk Factors/ Public Health Interventions (RF/PHI) categories and Good Retail Practices (GRP) Categories. Grades of C or U will require a follow up inspection. To contact the health department, call (770) 479-0444. 39 41 46 restaurant reports 26 29 43 13 22 24 35 12 19 21 23 11 16 18 20 55 8 15 17 27 7 49 52 53 57 50 54 58 59 63 60 64 61 62 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 *Enjoyed this Crossword Puzzle? Let us know by emailing [email protected]! ACROSS 1. Cores 6. Tacky chic 10. Enhances 14. Courtyards 15. Sea position 16. Hawaiian tuber 17. Mags 20. Increase, with “up” 21. Poetic palindrome 22. WWII battle site 23. Crackers 26. Mandela’s org. 27. Stimulant ingredients 29. Kuwaiti, e.g. 31. Land of leprechauns 35. Profits 37. Indonesian roamer 39. Australian runner 40. Rags? 43. Addition 44. Affectation 45. Cow fuel 46. Some beans 48. Campaigns 50. Some bays 51. Family dog, for short 53. Psychoanalyzed? 55. Cooling-off periods? DOWN 1. Perry Como’s “___ Loves Mambo” 2. Any thing 3. In Aruban fashion? 4. Cool 5. Vendor’s mistake? 6. Linked series of writings 7. “Aladdin” prince 8. Exec’s note 9. Gotcha moments 10. Immediately 11. “Two Years Before the Mast” writer 12. Attracted 13. Bean used to make miso Due to wrong clues in last week’s crossword, there is no solution in this week’s issue. This crossword’s answers will be in the March 11th issue. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused. 42. Brio 47. Sirhan Sirhan, e.g. 49. Fuse mishaps 52. Back when 54. Churchill’s “so few,” (abbr.) 55. Creep 56. Bird beak part 57. The America’s Cup trophy, e.g. 58. Gull-like bird 61. Neuter 62. To be, to Tiberius 64. Paranormal ability 65. Line 18. Time piece? 19. Time div. 24. Catch 25. Alain Robbe-Grillet novel, with “The” 27. “Who ___?” 28. Kind of molding 30. Aardvark’s tidbit 32. Worthy of comment 33. Candidate’s concern 34. Certain posers 36. Quail food 38. Disney workers 41. Fed. construction overseer 3 7 7 4 1 8 5 5 2 7 6 4 6 7 5 7 9 6 5 1 3 8 7 1 6 5 9 By Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan HOW TO PLAY 8 Enter a digit from 1 to 9 in each cell where: 1) Each horizontal row contains each digit exactly once. 2) Each vertical column contains each digit exactly once. 3) Each subgrid or region contains each digit exactly once. 7 3 6 8 Previous Puzzle Solved S u d o k u 59. Bit in a horse’s mouth 60. Ripen 63. Mags 66. Algonquian Indian 67. Brown shade 68. Fat units? 69. Frau’s partner 70. Blabs 71. Nobel, for one 1 7 3 4 5 2 9 6 8 2 4 5 9 8 6 9 8 6 7 1 3 4 5 7 1 3 2 8 3 7 5 2 4 6 9 1 6 9 1 2 4 5 3 1 9 8 7 6 2 7 8 3 5 4 7 8 1 2 4 9 3 5 6 3 5 6 4 2 9 7 6 1 3 5 8 8 1 4 2 9 7 Gold club at bradShaw Farm 303 Bradshaw Club Drive, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 16 Current score: 95-A Previous score: 94-A Violations: Observed garbage can lid open and must be kept closed (repeat). Observed garbage on the ground and/or pad around dumpster and must keep area clean (repeat). Observed back door in poor repair and must be corrected. hampton Inn 710 Transit Ave., Canton Inspection date: Dec. 16 Current score: 91-A Previous score: 91-A Violations: Observed waffle batter and sliced melon fruit without times marked on the items when using time as a control (corrected). papa p’S 2295 Towne Lake Pkwy., Suite 160, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 16 Current score: 91-A Previous score: 97-A Violations: Observed improper handwashing techniques when employee was washing her hands (corrected). taco mac 1810 Cumming Hwy., Suite 1100, Canton Inspection date: Dec. 16 Current score: 87-B Previous score: 90-A Violations: In-use ice cream scoop stored in contact with soiled container — scoop and holder were removed for cleaning (corrected). Observed overfull (one was covered) pans of cooked chicken and cooked beef in a cooling state in the walk-in. Person in charge had employee divide the pans for more rapid cooling (food temps within range) (corrected). Observed line cook wearing soiled apron. Person in charge instructed employee to change apron (corrected). Equipment, on cook line especially, has significant buildup of food debris and must be cleaned and maintained. Establish cleaning schedule. Floors on cook line, prep area and dish machine area have low grout and are in need of re-grouting. Also, replace base tiles that are missing under dish machine. Walls and floors under and around equipment are soiled and must be maintained (corrected). amF woodStock laneS 108 Woodpark Blvd., Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 17 Current score: 91-A Previous score: 90-A Violations: Observed hand towel dispenser broken and must be repaired. All handwashing sinks must have hot water, soap and towels to dry hands. Observed the metal scoop lying down on a tray. Ice scoop must be stored properly with handles up (corrected). Observed buildup of food stuffs on the bottom of the backroom freezer. All equipment must be kept clean of all food debris. Observed the dumpster doors were open. All doors to the dumpster must remain closed with not in use to Top RepoRT StarbuckS 12400 Ga. 92, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 17 Current score: 98-A Previous score: 89-B Violations: Observed the ice scoop lying down on a tray. Ice scoop must be properly stored with handle up (corrected). Observed gasket/seal on reach-in cooler unit in poor repair. Must repair cold holding unit to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. prevent from attracting rodents. chIna Fun 1075 Buckhead Crossing, Suite 110, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 17 Current score: 89-B Previous score: 91-A Violations: Observed grill cook and dish washer with no knowledge of how to wash their hands (corrected, handwash education given). Observed buildup of food debris and grease between and behind equipment and must keep restaurant as clean as possible (repeat). the place at towne lake 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1102, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 17 Current score: 90-A Previous score: 91-A Violations: Bar employee with no knowledge on how to wash her hands (corrected, proper handwash education given). Observed ice scoop improperly stored touching the ice (corrected). Observed single-use containers improperly stored on the floor (corrected, turkey pans discarded). GuSton’S GrIlle 12195 Ga. 92, Suite 156, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 18 Current score: 94-A Previous score: 90-A Violations: Observed black mildew on ice machine’s door. Ice machine must be clean. Observed door on the walk-in freezer with missing gaskets and sealed with some sort of spray foam. Cooler/freezer door must be repaired (repeat). J.d.’S bbQ 6557 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock Inspection date: Dec. 18 Current score: 88-B Previous score: 84-B Violations: Observed pork butt stored in the warmer at an improper temperature of 115 degrees and must be held at or above 135 degrees (corrected). Dumpster not on a concrete pad and must be corrected. Observed floors and ceiling in need of repair. Observed new back storage addition not approved by this office and must contact the Cherokee County Environmental Health office. mcdonald’S 8008 Cumming Hwy., Canton Inspection date: Dec. 18 Current score: 86-B Previous score: 92-A Violations: Observed grill cook handling raw frozen burger and then fail to wash her hands before touching clean equipment and utensils. Observed improper handwashing techniques when grill cook washed her hands (corrected). Last score not posted; must post inspection reports. Observed storage items improperly stored on the floor and must store 6 inches off the floor for cleaning and pest control. Observed mop sink and dish sink plumbing system in disrepair and badly leaking water; must be repaired. Observed cove floor base tile broken along the back wall in the dish room and must be repaired. Observed black mold on the back wall in the dish room and must be cleaned. Classified MarketplaCe Reaching more than 40,000 homes in Cherokee County! to place an ad: call 770-928-6224 or visit www.ledgernews.com Classified Rate: 15 words or less minimum is $15.95. Each additional word over 15 words will be 75¢ per word. All ads must be prepaid prior to insertion. All major credit cards are accepted. Sorry, no refunds. Deadline is Friday by Noon, the week prior to desired publication. Errors & Omissions: Please check your ad the first day it runs. We are not responsible for errors after the first insertion. If you find an error, call 770-928-6224. We will correct it as soon as possible. We assume no financial responsibility for errors nor for omissions of copy. Liability limited to cost of portion of space occupied by error. Ad Placement: The newspaper reserves the right to place the ad in what the newspaper deems as the appropriate category or classification. Avoiding Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft: Please be cautious when responding to advertisements. Never give out your bank account information, social security number, credit card number, driver’s license number, medical insurance number, or any other personal information until you have verified the source. March 4, 2015 the cherokee ledger-news ANNOUNCEMENTS REWARD Cow statue stolen from my home on East Cherokee Drive, Woodstock. If you have any information, plaese contact the Cherokee County Police Department and an reward will be given for it’s return. Georgia Document Destruction, Inc Drop-Off Service $5 per box-$20 min charge 770-516-6500 CLASSES YARD SALES Balanced Water is looking for an experienced Pool Tech to service pools. Please visit our website balancedwaterpools.com Cello and Piano Lessons • Taught by Rachel Smith at locations in Waleska and Canton • Affordably priced! $23/30 Min., $30/45 Min. or $40/hour (negotiable) MOVING SALE. Tools, Beds, Tables, Chairs, Desks, Flatscreen TVs, Kitchen appliances, collectables. Rain or Shine. Fri/Sat. 9am-5pm 151 Wentworth Dr. Holly Springs Contact Rachel at [email protected] 7th Annual “Flea” Market An Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue PET SITTING March 2015 Dates: 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st Fridays, 10am - 4pm Saturdays, 10am - 4pm at Space Shop Self Storage, East Cobb 3148 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta 30062 $IIRUGDEOH3HW6HWWLQJ In Your Home Reasonable Rates Bonded & Insured CLASSES Autumn Lynn’s Swimming Lessons Private Pool ~ Canton area. Infants, Adults ~ Small Classes All Qualifications ~ 37 yrs. experience 770-479-9593 $5.00 OFF WITH THIS AD &DOO ZZZ$IIRUGDEOH3HW6LWFRP PET SERVICES Gently used furniture, jewelry, collectibles, sales samples, antiques, pet supplies, baby & children’s clothing & toys, & more. Email [email protected] Visit www.MostlyMutts.org VEHICLES FOR SALE Motorcycle, 2006 Black Goldwing 1800, 83K, luggage rack, highway bars, have title, $13,000 OBO. 770-639-2165 after 4:00pm 1972 GMC Truck, Sierra Grande long bed. Beautiful truck in all respects. Power steering, power brakes, cold A/C. One owner, purchased in Canton, GA. $9,850.00 OBO. 770-926-8951 HELP WANTED Driver/Concrete Pump Operator needed. MVR required. Willing to complete other activities. Good Pay! 770-644-0066 or [email protected] Drivers w/CDL: Lease to Own a Freightliner One All-inclusive Payment, Earn $1,400+/week! Contract rates up to $3/mile. Call: 1-888-796-4576 Boot Camps/ Personal Training/ Weight Loss FitnessOneEighty.com 678-294-1551 Violin Lessons Taught by Miriam Smith at locations in Canton & Waleska Affordably priced! Only $23 per lesson Contact Miriam at 404.723.7922 or [email protected] MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Shell camper cover, black, for Ford Ranger Stepside, $200.00 OBO. 770-639-2165 after 4:00pm Sofa & Love Seat for Salegold color, good condition, $500.00 Canton, GA (Lathem Town, Freehome area) Please call 678-947-0652 Total gym, attachment, books. Orig $750.00, asking $350.00 OBO. 770-639-2165 after 4:00pm HELP WANTED Drivers- Solos, O/OP’S & CO: Round trip Dedicated Lanes and Get Home Weekly! Top Dollars, Great Benefits, Newer Equipment! Plus-Monthly Bonus Program! 855-200-3671 Drivers, CDL-A: Home EVERY Weekend! ALL Loaded/Empty Miles Paid! Dedicated Southeast! Or Walk Away Lease, No Money Down. 1-855-321-4565 Drivers: CDL-A: WOW! Check-out our New Pay Package, It’s Awesome. More per mile! Monthly Bonuses! Stop-Off, Layover, Detention, Short-Haul PAY! 877-704-3773 Experienced Stall Cleaners Wanted. Horse Farm in Canton, GA Please Call 770-740-8432 Image Maids of Canton Now Hiring 25-35 hrs/wk. Must be available M-F 7:15am-6:00pm, pass background and drug screening. Call 770-627-4670 for interview or visit www.imagemaids.com. J B Stevens is now hiring experienced heavy equipment operators. We are an equal opportunity co. For more info call 770-532-6871, fax resume to 770-532-6875 or email to [email protected] Maid Supervisor - Must be able to be in field for cleanings. Scheduling. Marketing New Business. Quickbooks helpful. Call 770-881-3393. N.GA Millwright is looking for machinist, welders, forklift drivers and mechanics. Please call Brandon @ 423-413-8520. Leave a message if no answer. NO NIGHTS, NO WEEKENDS! $340/week Growing company- immediate openings! Great benefits including Health Insurance. Free Breakfast and Paid Vacation. You’ll work on a 3-4 person TEAM in COMPANY CAR Monday through Friday. Drivers license and good driving record required. THE MAIDS Call 770-993-3523 J&M Tank Lines Holly Springs Terminal Now HiriNg ( More HoMe TiMe) $3,000 SigN oN BoNuS CLASS A CDL DriVerS wANTeD Needs clean MVR; 25 yrs of age; 1.5 yrs TT Experience in the last 3 yrs. Tanker Endorsement not required. OTR will only be out 2 or 3 days a week. Call for more details. $50,000 Life Insurance part of employment package. BCBS Health Benefits, Safety Bonus Program & 401K % match. APPLY oNLiNe at JMTank.com or call Jacquie at 770-345-2881 Optometry practice needs tech M-F for Canton/Roswell area. No experience required. Fax resume to 678-384-9948. OTR and DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED! Canton, GA company – 2 years experience required, Med/Dental Insurance available. OTR Drivers= $1,000 Signing Bonus! Call 770-479-1086x1 Service Route Position Available PT/FT, Clean driving record a must No experience necessary Enjoy outdoor work Must come into the store to fill out an application North Metro Pool & Spa 6409 Old Highway 5 Woodstock, Georgia 30188 770-928-6879 Automotive General Service Technician Must have experience, tools. Great pay with benefits. 678-947-6000 CNA’s wanted. Must be current on all certifications. Please call (706) 253-0131 for information. Custodians Wanted Commercial Cleaning of Schools. Background Checks Required. Call 678-493-9176 for interview between hours 9 am to 3 pm. Location: 200 Mountain Brook Ct, Blding D-105, Canton, GA 25 HELP WANTED Great Pay - Great Hours Earn $300 - $400/Week + Mileage Paid Weekly Mon - Fri 8:00 - 4:00 Paid Training/Holiday Bonuses Need car w/insurance We do background & drug checks Clean homes in Cherokee County Only! Merry Maids 770-592-4444 Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique hiring all positions! Guest Service Specialist, Spa, Hairdressing & Technical Departments. Apprentices/Assistants. Come in to apply OR go to three-13.com/employment.html OR call to request one at 770-426-0313 Woodstock business expanding and opening new locations. Need Full and Part time help. Call Mary 770-847-0732 THE CHEROKEE LEdgEr-nEws Sales Representative We are looking for a self-starter to sell advertising for The Cherokee Ledger-News. The right candidate will cold call, follow-up on sales leads and service accounts consistently and with professionalism. Desired skills and experience: • • • • Minimum high school graduate. College degree preferred. Two plus years experience in sales. Must have the ability to work professionally with the public in person and over the phone. • Strong computer skills. • Excellent organizational skills. • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment. Very competitive compensation plan. Email cover letter and resume to: [email protected] We do background checks. REAL ESTATE - FOR SALE 5 Magnificent Acres in Woodstock Beautiful elegant brick home. Private, gorgeous, stocked lake. Professionally landscaped. Large upscale barn/workshop. Fenced pasture, stream, long road frontage, many outbuildings for livestock. Sacrifice $498,500 OBO. Call 770-926-8951 137 Magnificent Acres near Jasper Unsurpassed Beauty. Lake, crystal clear stream. Established pasture, large trees, completely fenced. Double road frontage, mountain view. Paved road in area of beautiful farms. SACRIFICE: $5,950 per acre. OBO. 678-445-3654 Classifieds 26 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 nnn AUTO CARE CLEANING Free Estimates! Free Estimates! 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We Beat Home Depot, Lowes or Any Other Written Estimate 770-926-5749 [email protected] FIRST CHEROKEE REALTY, INC. James Bagwell, Broker 2800 Marietta Hwy, Canton, 30114 770-479-2167 22 acres, Hickory Flat Hwy, 1,314-ft road frontage, good location for office, multifamily or single family development. $2,750,000. Call Danny 2 story, 4BR/2.5BA, master on main, family rm w/fireplace, kitchen, breakfast area, sep. DR, bsmt, kitchen-level garage, front porch, back deck, well maintained yard, Creekview school district. $289,900. Call Susan A Local Full Service Plumbing Company Protect your investment and choose the experts. Choose RPS for all your plumbing needs. Family Owned & Operated • All Work Guaranteed Licensed & Insured 678-249-4063 www.robertsplumbingservices.com MOBILE HOMES FIVE ACRES, 4-side brick home, 3BR/ 3.5BA, family rm, separate DR, screened porch, basement garage, plus detached 30x32 garage/workshop. $495,000. Call James 2BR/1BA, frame home w/front porch, and great location. $57,900. Call James Ranch, 2BR/2BA, family rm, eat-in kitchen, patio, fenced yard. $127,750. Call James 4BR/3BA, split level, kit, brkf area, sep. DR, garage, fenced backyard, 3/4 ac lot, convenient to Reinhardt Univ., shopping, restaurants & I-575. $189,900. Call Lee ACREAGE Clean, quiet, furnished 3BR/2.5BA house to share, Woodstock. $425.00/month, cable & utilities included. 404-663-4322 8.5 fabulous acres in Canton, GA. Unbelievable long range views. Irreplaceable! Sacrifice $11,500 per acre or OBO. 770-926-8951 Advertise in the Cherokee Ledger News ledgernews.com 28 the cherokee ledger-news March 4, 2015 PAY NO DEALER FEES 10 Toyota Yaris 12 Toyota Corolla L $10,988 08 Toyota RAV4 $11,975 $12,988 11 Honda Civic Coupe EX $14,988 08 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6 $14,988 11 Scion tC $15,988 13 Dodge Avenger SXT $15,988 Auto, 49k mi, CD, MP3, Black Sand Pearl, #50742A Manual, 42k mi, CD, Sandy Beach Metallic, #50428A Auto, 74k mi, CD, Savannah Metallic, #6046P Auto, 50k mi, Alabaster Silver Metallic, #6034P Auto, 77k mi, Classic Silver Metallic, #50630A Auto, 54k mi, Magnetic Gray Metallic #6002P Auto, 30k mi, Leather, CD, Redline 2 Coat Pearl, #50108A 12 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan 07 Toyota Tundra V8 4WD 11 Subaru Forester 2.5X 11 Toyota Tacoma 13 Toyota Corolla S 13 Kia Sportage LX 11 Volkswagen Routan $15,988 4x4 $16,988 4x4 $17,988 $17,988 $17,988 Auto, 29k mi, Sunroof, Bluetooth $18,988 $18,988 Variable Trans, 74k mi, Green Opal Metallic, #50631A Auto, 82k mi, Super White, #6047PA Auto, 74k mi, CD, Camellia Red Pearl, #50270B Manual, 63k mi, CD, MP3, Brown, #6009P PKG, Magnetic Gray Metallic, #6017P Auto, 25k mi, AM, FM, XM, Clear White, #6016PA Auto, 48k mi, Navigation PKG, Tanzanite Metallic, #50613A 13 Chevrolet Equinox LT 08 Toyota FJ Cruiser 14 Toyota RAV4 LE 12 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner TRD Sport 12 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 12 Honda Pilot Touring 14 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium $21,988 Auto, 30k mi, Sunroof, Pandora PKG, Black Granite Metallic, #50720A $22,988 Auto, 87k mi, CD, MP3, Black Diamond, #6010P $24,988 Auto, 27k mi, CD, Backup camera, Magnetic Gray Metallic, #6026P $27,988 Auto, 35k mi, CD, Backup PKG, Silver Streak Mica, #50121A $28,988 Auto, 43k mi, Sirius, Bluetooth, Bright White Clearcoat, #50417A $30,988 Auto, 33k mi, Moonroof, Rear DVD PKG, White Diamond Pearl, #50554A $34,988 Auto, 8k mi, Leather, Sunroof, Navigation PKG Silver, #6041R Add tax, tag, and additional customer requested options. 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