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  • Cherokee County ~ Quality of Life

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Cherokee County, In My Neighborhood in Cherokee County  |  January 22, 2014 11:40 AM  |  1,870 views  |  No comments

    Cherokee County

    Quality of Life
    Cherokee County was named for the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The late 1800s saw a boom in the marble and cotton industries as settlers discovered the abundant natural resources of the land. Years later, the county’s pristine land and precious resources are still valued and efforts are being made to ensure their preservation. The county’s adopted Township Plan has been heralded as the design of the future, providing room for quality growth while protecting the area’s many natural resources, scenic vistas, and comfortable residential lifestyle.

    Nestled at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cherokee County has the highest mountains and most undeveloped land in metro Atlanta. On the rise of the Piedmont, Cherokee County offers pristine woodlands, beautiful lakes and convenient access to metropolitan Atlanta, U.S., and world markets. Today’s Cherokee County is home to metro area commuters as well as its own collection of small industries. I-75 forms the county’s main economic and transportation artery, providing exceptional accessibility and connectivity to metro Atlanta and other Southeastern markets.

    County Offices
    90 North Street
    Canton 678-493-6000

    Chamber of Commerce
    3605 Marietta Highway
    Canton 770-345-0400


    Ball Ground
    Located in the northernmost portion of Cherokee County, near the Pickens County line, Ball Ground, like Canton, Woodstock, and Holly Springs, enjoys a great location along I-575. With just over 1,000 residents, this close-knit, friendly community is bound by an interesting heritage. Legend has it that the Cherokee Indians met here during an earlier century to play a game resembling lacrosse. Today, an entirely different community has gathered to enjoy the same great location. Contemporary Ball Ground is regionally known as a quiet, peaceful community. Local residents are most proud of their town’s charming downtown district. This turn-of-the-century area has changed little since the 1920s and is still brimming with several elegant historic homes. Ball Ground is also home to Gibbs Botanical Gardens, the Cherokee branch of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

    City Hall

    Chamber of Commerce


    Canton, the county seat of Cherokee County, was founded in 1833. It was originally named Etowah, for the Etowah River that flows nearby, but was officially incorporated as Canton in 1834. The name Canton was derived from the city’s failed attempt to emulate Canton, China’s prosperous silk-producing industry. Later, the town found success in mining both marble and gold. Eventually textile production and cotton crops became the region’s major industry. Today, newcomers will find an array of housing styles throughout the city including Victorian, traditional, and ranch.

    City Hall

    Chamber of Commerce


    Holly Springs
    A charming community founded in 1906, today, more than 3,000 residents live in Holly Springs. The name Holly Springs is derived from a cool spring lined with holly tress that once served as a local Indian gathering spot. Enjoying a prime location along I-575, Holly Springs residents can easily access I-75. This corridor provides immediate access to the entire greater Atlanta area. Highways 20 and 140 are located nearby as well. Although primarily a small, family-oriented community, in recent years, Holly Springs has shown commercial progress and has attracted a handful of impressive industries.

    City Hall

    Chamber of Commerce


    While discovering this delightful hamlet, newcomers to Waleska will quickly come to appreciate the community’s small town charm and friendly residents. Regionally, the community is best known as home to the highly recognized Reinhardt College. This private, four-year, liberal arts college was founded in 1883 by the Methodist Church and is nestled on a pristine 600-acre campus. A proud community, Waleska celebrated its centennial in 1989 with the theme, “øidden Beauty in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” This timeless motto aptly describes the charm and scenery of such a pleasing community.

    City Hall

    Chamber of Commerce


    Woodstock/Town Lake
    Woodstock is located in the southernmost part of Cherokee County, approximately 30 miles north of Atlanta Today, the Woodstock-Towne Lake area is also one of the fastest growing regions in Cherokee County. Even with the county’s increasing number of new subdivisions and nationally known retail stores, the area boasts a delightful downtown district brimming with charming, one-of-a-kind antique and gift shops, coffeehouses, tearooms, and salons. Both visitors and residents enjoy strolling through the area’s brick paved sidewalks lined with buildings over 130 years old. Home styles in Woodstock are diverse. Choices include elegant 100-year-old mansions, charming 1920′s bungalows, and contemporary master-planned developments situated around lush golf courses. Commuters in Woodstock find the metro area easily accessible via I-575 and Highway 92, which run diagonally and directly through the heart of the city.

    City Hall

    Chamber of Commerce

  • The Cherokee County School District has been named the top school system of its size

    Posted Under: General Area in Cherokee County, Schools in Cherokee County, In My Neighborhood in Cherokee County  |  March 18, 2013 2:39 PM  |  1,256 views  |  No comments
    The Cherokee County School District has been named the top school system of its size in the State by Georgia’s Green Ribbon Schools Program.
    For the State competition to qualify the U.S. Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon School District program, one school system was selected as the winner for each size division (small, medium and large), and CCSD is the winner for medium districts. The large district winner was selected to compete at the National level.
    The program honors schools and school districts where staff, students, officials, and communities have worked together to produce progress in three pillars of green school activity: 1. Optimal efficiency in energy, water, and waste management; 2. Healthy students and school environment; and 3. Environmental education.
    The Georgia competition is organized through a partnership involving the Georgia Department of Education, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia, Georgia EPD, the Clean Air Campaign and the Turner Foundation.
    Lt. Governor Cagle will commend CCSD and the other honored school districts and schools on the floor of the State Senate on Wednesday morning.
    “We are proud to once again support outstanding schools in our state that implement groundbreaking tools to reduce their energy costs. In these challenging times, school systems across the state continue to embrace these innovative ideas to reduce costs and focus resources on the classrooms where students learn,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “These efforts will allow us to redirect precious financial resources towards direct instruction, create a healthier learning environment for our children, and give our students career-relevant, first-hand experience in one of our state’s emerging industries.”
    The School District plans to create a new page on its website to showcase the green school activity practices that led to this honor.

  • New outlet mall in Woodstock breaks ground

    Posted Under: General Area in Woodstock, Shopping & Local Amenities in Woodstock, In My Neighborhood in Woodstock  |  May 2, 2012 6:59 PM  |  2,263 views  |  No comments

    New outlet mall in Woodstock breaks ground

    By Sonia Moghe


    A new outlet mall will be coming to Woodstock in August of 2013, making it the closest outlet mall to Atlanta.

    The Woodstock site was chosen because of a newly constructed exit off of I-575 at Ridgewalk Parkway, which is undeveloped.

    Gary Skoien, with Horizon Group Properties, said the location could attract about 4 million shoppers a year.

    "It's going to be closer to the population base, it won't be as difficult a drive for a lot of people in the market to come visit here," Skoien said. "It'll certainly be closer for tourists who are coming to visit Atlanta."

    The mall will be called The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, and it'll initially be 370,000 square feet.

    Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques said he believes the outlets will bring in about 2,000 jobs.

    "It's going to be a plus for the entire area - it's going to raise property values for the entire area, I just know it," Henriques said.

    But with four other outlet malls already in the Metro Atlanta area, is adding a fifth too much?

    "We do worry about it but Atlanta's a large enough market to handle it without causing any problems," Skoien said.

    Stores that have already committed to joining include:

    Brooks Brothers, Carters, Cole Haan, Converse, Guess, J. Crew, Le Creuset, Levis, Michael Kors, Naartjie Kids, Nike, Puma, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Talbots, Under Armour, White House | Black Market, Vans.

    Fred Yancy, Broker
    Crye-Leike Realtors
    (678) 799-4663

  • Postpone your Foreclosure 3-9 months

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Woodstock, Foreclosure in Woodstock  |  January 2, 2012 11:33 AM  |  792 views  |  No comments
    Postpone your Foreclosure 3-9 months

    If you have been unable to secure a loan modification, are worried about what to do next, and need more time to figure it out, we may be able to postpone your foreclosure 3-9 months allowing you more time in your home for FREE.


    We understand how you feel. In fact, many homeowners we have helped with this program were in the exact same situation as you. By having more time to carefully consider their options and arrange a thoughtful transition they made better choices for themselves and their families.


    Program HR 3648 is a FREE nationwide initiative whose mission is to:

    1.  Help homeowners avoid foreclosure by informing them of their rights & options when facing foreclosure

    2.  Help homeowners receive the mortgage debt forgiveness the new foreclosure laws encourage

    3.  Help homeowners save their credit from the effects of foreclosure


    We do NOT charge any fees to you whatsoever. Under Program HR 3648, you receive all consultations, information, and support services free of charge. I am the Program HR 3648 Specialist for Cobb or Cherokee County assigned to your area. We are currently helping hundreds of homeowners receive the help they need to stop a potential public foreclosure.



    To find out if you qualify and get the free assistance and additional time you need, call (678) 799-4663 today.


    There are many homeowners in Cherokee and Cobb County who need assistance, and we are currently limited in the number of homeowners we can help. Time is of the essence – the longer you wait, the less likely we will be able to help you.


    Call (678) 799-4663 and find out immediately if you qualify


    Visit Program HR 3648 website

    NOTE: If your Trustee’s Sale has already been scheduled, call (678) 799-4663

    right away so we can postpone your foreclosure immediately.


     Fred Yancy, Broker
    Crye-Leike Realtors
    HR3648 Specialist
    (678) 799-4663

  • LRE Special Education Students Become Entrepreneurs’

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Woodstock, Schools in Woodstock, In My Neighborhood in Woodstock  |  October 21, 2011 4:37 AM  |  1,824 views  |  No comments

    Little River Elementary Special Education Students Become Entrepreneurs’ for Good Cause

    October 21, 2011, Woodstock, GA - Little River Elementary School Special Education Students have been tasked with a Community Service Project which has brought out the entrepreneurial spirit in all of them. The students, aged 5 through 12, have worked hard to create a 24 page high quality, professionally bound cookbook from their favorite recipes. The children, donned with hand-made chef hats, eagerly prepare food in the school's "life skills center". Through this project, the children will learn valuable life skills that will carry into adulthood.

    The students will be selling their cookbook at the Little River Elementary School Fall Festival, on Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 3pm. The money raised will go to support the Little River Elementary School Special Education Department with much needed school supplies and teacher education materials. The cookbooks will retail for $16 for soft cover and $22 for hard cover. Orders can be shipped directly to gift recipients for an additional $4.

    Fred Yancy, Broker
    Crye-Leike Realtors
    (678) 799-4663

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