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Free bat house building workshop at Little River Canyon National Preserve

Little River Canyon National Preserve is hosting a free bat house building workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Pre-cut kits will be available to construct during two different workshops: 10:00-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell voted ACM New Artist finalists
Posted: February 18, 2015

Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell have been named as finalists in the new artist of the year category for the 50th annual ACM Awards.

Red Cross 'heroes' to start fundraising events
Posted: February 16, 2015

This March, which is celebrated nationwide as Red Cross Month, a group of local “Heroes” is working hard to help the Red Cross continue its services in the Northwest Georgia communities. “Heroes” in Floyd, Gordon and Bartow Counties will be canvassing the area for volunteer fundraisers and donations to support Red Cross services.

CounterPoint Music Festival releases 2015 lineup
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 4:16 am

Widespread Panic will headline this year’s CounterPoint Music Festival, a three-day event officials expect will pump cash into the local economy.

Cedartown's Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' album makes AP's top 10 albums of the year
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list:

1. "In the Lonely Hour," Sam Smith: Sam Smith's album was an emotional roller coaster — a ride you couldn't get off of even if you tried. The songs, anchored by his piercing voice, had the power to make you cry, smile, shiver and even dance. Tracks like the radio hit, "Stay With Me," and "Leave Your Lover" are intense and emotional, making for an honest, beautiful album that soothes the soul. There can only be only reply when he sings, "Oh, won't you stay with me?" That would be a resounding, "Yes."

2. "2014 Forest Hills Drive," J. Cole: J. Cole: Another honest man: J. Cole. The insanely talented rapper captures so much on his third album, tackling various topics from losing his virginity to growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina to contemporary rappers, who should take note. His rhymes are smart, and he is a powerful storyteller that, at times, echoes rap king Nas.

3. "LP1," FKA twigs: FKA twigs' ethereal and eerie album is heavenly. The English singer's soft vocals layered over weird beats make this 10-track set a must listen, thanks to addictive tracks like "Two Weeks," ''Numbers" and "Lights On."

4. "Sucker," Charli XCX: Let's boom clap for Charli XCX and her top notch album, "Sucker." The mix of rock and pop songs are confident and catchy, and prove that although Charli XCX was the side chick on songs like Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It," she's the real leading lady.

5. "Aquarius," Tinashe: Tinashe, who is also part of the alternative R&B movement, delivered an album that moved the needle this year. Though she had a huge hit with the addictive "2 On," the singer proves she's much more than a one-hit wonder on "Aquarius." Her whispery vocals glide over the songs' beats so nicely you'll constantly hit repeat. "Just Like Vegas" is only one of the many standouts.

6. "Evergreen," Broods: The parents of brother and sister duo Broods should be proud. The New Zealand group's album, "Evergreen," is a winner with instrumentalist Caleb Nott shining on the eclectic, alternative production, giving Georgia Nott a platform to showcase her calming vocals, especially on "Killing You" and "Mother & Father."

7. "My Everything," Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande has already launched four Top 10 hits from her second album, but there's so much more that bangs beyond "Bang Bang" on "My Everything." The powerful vocalist nails it with a cool blend of R&B and pop songs that's almost as good as her revering 2013 debut.

8. "Montevallo," Sam Hunt: Props to singer-songwriter Sam Hunt for blending country music with elements of R&B, electronica and hip-hop. It might sound wild, but it works on his debut album, mainly thanks to Hunt's swagger and sexy sing-talk vocal delivery. Sam Smith isn't the only Sam stealing hearts.

9. "Do It Again," Robyn and Royksopp: Swedish singer Robyn and Norwegian duo Royksopp 5-song dance EP is oh so good, and a tease. Full album please?

10. "1000 Forms of Fear," Sia: From "Chandelier" to "Elastic Heart" to "Eye of the Needle," Sia's latest album is just another laudable effort in her rich catalog, which is worth exploring if you've just discovered the gem this year.


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Rock City begins 20th anniversary of Enchanted Garden of Lights
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Rock City’s annual Enchanted Garden of Lights prepares to shine bright for its 20th anniversary season beginning Friday, Nov. 21. Beautiful enhancements and new characters await guests nightly from 6-9 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 3.

Sesame Street marks 45th birthday
Posted: November 03, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't get to be the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching "Sesame Street" can still see old favorites like Big Bird, things on the street have changed since the show debuted 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969.

Polk Historical Society hosting encore performance of ‘Blind Tiger’ Thursday
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm

The Polk County Historical Society is hosting an encore performance of the film, “Blind Tiger, The Legend of ‘Bell Tree Smith’” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the West Theatre, located at 112 West Avenue, Cedartown, Georgia.

Cedartown actress to be featured in upcoming ABC series
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 4:33 pm

One of Cedartown’s rising stars is on her way to New Orleans this month for five months of filming on an upcoming ABC series.

Saferoom, shower facilities installed at Rock Village
Posted: September 08, 2014

In another major step for Cherokee Rock Village, crews are currently working on a restroom/saferoom facility near the park entrance to accommodate up to 60 people.

On the Hartline Highway
Posted: September 03, 2014

A huge crowd consisting of state and local dignitaries, friends, colleagues and loved ones gathered recently at the intersection of Alabama Highway 68 and Highway 35 for the official dedication of the David L. Hartline Highway named after a local veteran and author for his numerous contributions to his community and veterans’ concerns.

Staying a step ahead of today’s students
Posted: August 25, 2014

Alabama hopes to achieve a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the year 2020. Dr. Thomas Bice, superintendent for Alabama Schools, discussed Plan 2020 during the recent Cherokee County School System’s Back to School Inservice for teachers held in the Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee Arena.

Listen to their stories!
Posted: August 18, 2014

Just let them tell their stories!

Loving the World’s Longest Yard Sale
Posted: August 11, 2014

Merlene Day received her birthday present in December but she couldn’t open it until August. That is because her family presented her with a present to celebrate her 80 years they knew she would never forget: a trip to the World’s Longest Yard Sale which stretches from Alabama all the way to Michigan.

‘Children’s Letters to God’
Posted: August 04, 2014

It looks like the next generation of actors and singers has risen to the occasion once again as TheatreCentre presents “Children’s Letters to God” which debuts this Thursday, Aug. 7. Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 7-9, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening at Centre First United Methodist Church.

A miracle in the midst of summer
Posted: July 28, 2014

One could call it a miracle in the midst of summer! Thanks to a generous anonymous benefactor, the First United Methodist Church of Centre was once again able to alleviate some of those back to school costs for local families.

Paradise Garden to display Finster serigraph collection
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden visitor center will host a curated exhibit through October 19.

‘Restaurant Impossible’ episode featuring The Fork to air tonight
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm


Commander David Hartline named Veteran of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year
Posted: July 21, 2014

Local Vietnam Veteran, author and State American Legion Leader David Hartline was recently honored as Veteran of the Year and Legionnaire of the Year by the Alabama American Legion.

Garden Walking Tour gave everyone the opportunity to stop and smell the roses
Posted: July 14, 2014

The Cherokee Rose Garden Club presented its 2nd Annual Garden Walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Carpenters for Christ are on another church raising
Posted: July 07, 2014

The Carpenters for Christ met at the Building site for Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church near Tuskegee, Ala. earlier this summer.

AAA: U.S. declared world's biggest oil producer; gas prices drift lower
Posted: July 07, 2014

The United States surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer this year. According to a report from the Bank of America Corp., the U.S. is projected to remain the top producer of 2014 because domestic output is forecast to increase and production growth outside the U.S. has been lower than anticipated.

Centre’s narcotics dog shows what he can do
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 1:41 pm

One of Centre’s latest acquisitions seems to be paying off big dividends!

Chickamauga’s Rags to Riches Band winning over fans with unique rock, blues sound
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 12:44 pm

There are some old school tunes mixed with a new school sound coming from a Chickamauga basement these days, and the group creating the music is quickly gaining a following around the area with its innovate take on blues and rock, as well as energetic shows at local venues.

Chesnut is latest graduate of West Point
Posted: June 23, 2014

Cadet D. Nathan Chesnut, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Chesnut of Leesburg, Alabama, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Wednesday, May 28 .

Centre Investigator Jeff Bryant awarded Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life in line of duty
Posted: June 14, 2014

The Alabama Fraternal Order of Police recently presented Felicia Bryant, widow of former Centre Police Investigator Jeff Bryant with the Medal of Valor for her husband’s sacrifice for his country and community.

Restoration and healing is something to celebrate
Posted: June 09, 2014

Like Job in the Bible, he was known in his community as a righteous man who loved the Lord and knew about the Lord. And through his heartaches and devastation, he learned to know the Lord.

Alabama to stage free concert in Fort Payne Sunday
Posted: June 09, 2014

FORT PAYNE, Alabama -- Country supergroup Alabama will perform a free concert in Fort Payne Sunday, June 15 - its first for the hometown folks since 1997's final June Jam.

McCord’s Crossroads Celebration includes food, fellowship, and a final speech from much loved veteran Billy Godfrey
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Just days before his death he had the privilege of doing what he enjoyed doing best and one of those rights he fought for as both a veteran and a citizen: Speaking His mind!

Armed Forces Day Celebration honored oldest Cherokee County veteran, others for sacrifice
Updated: May 23, 2014 - 10:37 pm

The rain may have taken away their parade. But it didn’t dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of local citizens as they honored local veterans as part of the Armed Forces Day celebration and cookout held in Centre City Park.

McCords Crossroads prepares for community celebration honoring current and past military service
Posted: May 19, 2014

The McCords Crossroads Homemakers are once again partnering with American Auctioneers to host the Second Annual May Community Celebration honoring veterans and military service to be held Saturday, May 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is a winner in Special Olympics
Posted: May 12, 2014

Once again, Cherokee County High School “Warrior” Stadium was the setting for the Fun Day 2014, giving Cherokee County’s special students the opportunity to participate in some friendly competition.

First Annual Run 4 Val draws over 30 bikers
Posted: May 05, 2014

Centre Fire Chief Kevin Ware said he felt privileged to be a part of the First Annual Run 4 Val event held on a recent weekend in Centre City Park.

First Annual Val's Run is huge success
Posted: April 28, 2014

Even after his death, former Centre Police Chief Val Courtney continues to influence others to improve their health and their minds.

Home and Garden Show is a hit
Posted: April 21, 2014

Spring is here and so are those pests that may have been dormant throughout the winter. For this reason, Extermco is here to serve you.

Farm City Committee earns two top awards
Posted: April 14, 2014

A Farm-to-Fork dinner at Cullman’s “Farm Y’all Festival” helped the north Alabama county earn Best Farm-City Committee in the state at the Alabama Farm-City Awards April 3 in Birmingham.

Earl Brackin Band to perform at Dalton State
Posted: April 12, 2014

The Olympic games have historically been an effective way of bringing people from all corners of the world and all walks of life together. The Earl Brackin Band, a bluegrass group from Dalton, was invited to play at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and after a pit stop in Moscow, performed at the Winter Games this past February. Now back in the U.S., the group will perform a free concert Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Dalton State College in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

Women's event coming to Hamilton Medical Center
Posted: April 12, 2014

DALTON – Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) annual “For Her” women’s event will combine varied aspects of health and wellness with some pampering. The event is free.

Calhoun Little Theatre prepares for production
Posted: April 11, 2014

The Calhoun Little Theater will present “The Hallelujah Girls,” a Southern comedy by well-known playwrights Jessie Jone, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten on May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center in downtown Calhoun.

Trail system connecting landmarks takes next steps
Posted: April 11, 2014

A unified trail system connecting landmarks in Calhoun and Gordon County is one step closer to reality.

Kal-el the lion at Ala. animal park and rescue turning 7
Posted: April 10, 2014

As king of the jungle it is only right to celebrate his birthday. Kal-el turns 7 this weekend and we are having a celebration. Lion talks and party at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th.

Sinking cancer's battleship
Posted: April 10, 2014

No one knows for sure how many years Gordon Hospital has been involved in Gordon County’s Relay for Life, but most agree that it has been there since the beginning in 1994.

Dalton State offers one-stop shop for speedy admission
Posted: April 09, 2014

DALTON — Individuals wishing to begin or resume a college education are invited to attend Dalton State College’s Quick Admit Day Friday, April 18, to facilitate the application, enrollment, and registration process. Quick Admit Day will be from 8 am to 5 pm, on Dalton State’s main campus.

BBQ, Boogie and Blues events: Better Start Living bicycle ride
Posted: April 09, 2014

If you’re not looking to binge on pork during the Third Annual BBQ, Boogie and Blues festival on April 25-26 in downtown Calhoun, grab your bicycle helmet and get ready to ride.

Triceratops skull found with mummified skin now on exhibit at Tellus
Updated: April 08, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Cartersville, GA, – Tellus Science unveiled its latest dinosaur fossil on Tuesday April 8, 2014: the skull from the most complete Triceratops skeleton ever found.

TheatreCentre’s Passion of the Christ returns
Posted: April 07, 2014

Beginning this Tuesday, April 15, TheatreCentre will open The Passion of the Christ: It Is Finished. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening in the Centre Armory Building, 635 Armory Road in Centre. Admission is $10.

Local citizen honored for years of service to scouting
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 1:42 pm

The 2014 Cherokee County Boy Scouts’ American Values Breakfast was held Tuesday, March 18, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room.

Team Cherokee wins state Robotics Competition
Posted: March 24, 2014

Team Cherokee won first place in the State VEX IQ Robotics Competition on March 8 at Jacksonville State University. The team now moves on to the world championship in Anaheim, California.

Students play for their piano teacher’s 100th birthday
Posted: March 20, 2014

Alma Elizabeth Milam Groves celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 22 at Lindale United Methodist Church. 
Groves was born in Taylorsville on Feb. 22, 1914, daughter of Felix Allen and Bertha Mae Milam.
She has resided in Lindale since graduating from Taylorsville High School in 1930. 
Groves graduated from Shorter College, and served as the pianist, organist and choir director at Lindale United Methodist Church for many years. 
She is also a retired school teacher, and taught private music lessons well into her 90s. Groves was a longtime member of the Rome Music Teachers Association. In honor of her 100th birthday celebration, her former music students were invited to play piano selections at the church.
Her husband was the late Robert Franklin Groves Sr., and her only child was the late Robert Franklin Groves Jr. 
Mrs. Groves was one of eight children, and her sisters Evelyn Milam Braden, Doris Milam Yother and Adine Milam Shepherd, all of Rome, attended the celebration.

Siran Stacy inspires students at SADD Conference with personal story of tragedy and triumph
Posted: March 17, 2014

“You can do it again!”

Lions Club Pancake Day, March 15 at the ROC
Posted: March 10, 2014

The 2014 Centre Lions Club Pancake Day will be this Saturday, March 15, from 6 a.m. until noon.. The event will be staged at the Centre First Baptist Church recreational outreach center, located at intersection of the U.S. 411 Chesnut By-Pass and Alabama Highway 9 (across the highway from the former Centre National Guard building).