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Farm City Committee earns two top awards

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.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
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.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
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.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
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.

Monday 04/07/2014
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.

Monday 03/31/2014
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.

Monday 03/24/2014
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.

Thursday 03/20/2014
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.

Monday 03/17/2014
Siran Stacy inspires students at SADD Conference with personal story of tragedy and triumph
Posted: March 17, 2014

“You can do it again!”

Monday 03/10/2014
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).

Tuesday 03/04/2014
Berry College biology professor to take questions about the eagles on Wednesday
Posted: March 04, 2014

Berry College Eagle Expert and Biology Professor Renee Carleton will host a live chat at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.  She will discuss our eagle family and take questions through email and twitter.

Monday 03/03/2014
Movie crew wants to shoot ‘Words from Ashes’ in Alabama
Posted: March 03, 2014

Steven Skinner of Springville, Ala. has a powerful story to tell. And he knows just how he wants to tell it.

Monday 02/24/2014
‘The Foreigner’ promises an evening of laughter
Posted: February 24, 2014

Get ready to laugh.

Monday 02/17/2014
Snow days
Posted: February 17, 2014

Cherokee County began thawing out Thursday morning, Feb. 13, following multiple ice and snowstorms which came through the area Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Thursday 02/13/2014
Snowy back yard snapshots of Little River Canyon
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Living on the edge of Little River Canyon is always an adventure. This week that adventure included three inches of snow on Tuesday, Feb. 11, followed by an ice storm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, followed by six inches of snow on Thursday, Feb. 13!

Poll: Valentine's bliss outweighs dread
Posted: February 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsure what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Nothing is the wrong answer.

An Associated Press-WE tv survey found only 17 percent of adults in committed relationships say they don't want a gift this Friday or are skipping the holiday.

Flowers and candy top the list of preferred gifts. But there are those who want something pricey like a car, jewelry or a vacation, and others who'd be fine with a teddy bear.

About a third say they'd most like to have intangibles such as time together, health or happiness.

Overall, the survey found that Cupid's arrow hits the target for most Americans.

Two-thirds of paired-off adults feel their relationships are perfect or nearly so. A scant 3 percent think their partnerships have serious problems.

All told, 68 percent of Americans are in committed relationships of some kind, and 11 percent aren't currently coupled but would like to be. Seventeen percent say they aren't seeking a relationship.

In this love-struck society, Valentine's Day holds strong appeal. About 6 in 10 say they're excited about Feb. 14, while a third say they feel more dread about the approaching onslaught of candy, flowers and dimly lit restaurants. Apprehension isn't limited to the lonely: Even 11 percent of those who say they are in a great relationship dread Valentine's Day.

Contrary to stereotypes, men are just as excited as women about Valentine's Day. In a more expected finding, men are more likely than women to say they're hoping for sex as a gift Friday (10 percent among men, 1 percent among women). Women are more apt to wish for flowers (19 percent vs. 1 percent among men). The survey found no significant gender differences on jewelry, chocolate or teddy bears.

A notable generational divide emerged on the gift front: Americans age 65 or older are more likely to say they'd like a card or note this Valentine's Day (17 percent of seniors want a card; just 1 percent under age 30 say that's their gift of choice). Perhaps there's a lesson for the young: Seniors are also most apt to say their relationships are perfect and to see time spent with their partner as a key benefit of their relationship.

The poll, conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, also explored how Americans find partners and how they prioritize pairing off vs. other life goals.

For the 11 percent of Americans currently trying to find a committed relationship, there are all kinds of tools available to help. But traditional methods — asking out someone you know or having friends set you up on a date — outpace technological ones. Forty-one percent have used an online dating service, while 19 percent have tried an app that connects them to people nearby.

Overall, about half of adults say getting married or finding a romantic partner are important life goals, while more than two-thirds consider saving for retirement, owning a home or success in a career their most important or a very important goal.

For those who've found love and feel their relationship could use a little work, 75 percent are willing to make a great deal of effort or more to fix those problems. Three percent say they're unwilling to work on their issues. Most of those, 72 percent, who see any kind of problem in their relationship attribute it to both partners equally. One in 6 says blame lies mostly with his or her partner. The bigger the problem, the more apt one is to blame a partner. Among those who say their relationships have only minor problems, 9 percent blame their partner, compared with 26 percent who report bigger issues.

One in 8 accepts the blame for any relationship problems. That peaks among married men, 21 percent of whom say their relationship flaws are their own fault, compared with just 5 percent among married women who see trouble in their relationships.

And what vexes Americans' relationships most? More than 4 in 10 of those who say there are problems in their current relationship cite issues with their sex lives, communication, romance or finances. Those in unmarried couples were generally more apt to see problems than married people, except for two areas: sex life and romance.

The poll was conducted in conjunction with WE tv ahead of the launch of the show "Marriage Boot Camp," from Jan. 17-21 using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It involved online interviews with 1,060 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for the full sample.

Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.


AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.


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AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com

Wednesday 02/12/2014
Wire fox terrier wins best in show at Westminster
Updated: February 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The bloodhound drew the loudest cheers. The Portie came with presidential connections. And the Irish water spaniel tried to earn another win for Seattle in the Super Bowl — of dogs, that is.

A little wire fox terrier called Sky stood in their way.

The 5-year-old Sky won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a season in which she was ranked the nation's No. 1 dog.

Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm after she was picked as America's top dog. He kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger's hand as the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden.

Rangel may've learned that trick from his dog.

"Her personality is she loves to kiss people and she connects with everybody," Rangel said.

This was Sky's 129th best in show ribbon overall — she became a Triple Crown winner in dogdom, having previously taken the National Dog Show and the AKC Eukanuba event.

And it was the 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at Westminster. No other breed has won more than eight.

The winner with the ginger-and-white coat and terrier goatee beat out an impressive lineup in the final ring. Joining Sky were a standard poodle, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher, along with the bloodhound, Portuguese water dog and Irish water spaniel.

"She has the 'it' factor. She owned this night," Leininger said.

The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.

Sky sat still backstage alongside the prized silver bowl after the biggest win in her career. By the weekend, the pooch might be pooped.

Sky was scheduled to tour the morning TV news shows Wednesday, eat a steak lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and also go up the Empire State Building.

And on Thursday night, she's set for her Broadway debut with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."

Neat treats for a dog with the champion's name of Afterall Painting The Sky. A special time for all those around her, too.

"It's like winning an Oscar," said Victor Malzoni Jr., one of the owners who is an economist from Brazil.

There were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.

Nathan the bloodhound was clearly the crowd's choice as all seven dogs circled around in the final ring. The min pin called Classie had won 121 times.

And Matisse the Portie had a great history. He is a cousin of President Barack Obama's newest house pet — the White House, that is.

But once again, a terrier prevailed. Terriers have taken 46 of the 105 best in show ribbons presented at an event that dates to the late 19th century.

Rangel, who lives with Sky in Rialto, Calif., has plenty of experience in winning. He guided Sadie the Scottish terrier to victory at Westminster four years ago.

This time, it was Sky's turn.

"She's a princess," he said.

Monday 02/10/2014
Board of Education proclaims February 2014 as Career and Technical Education Month
Posted: February 10, 2014

The Cherokee County Board of Education, during its Tuesday, Feb. 4 meeting, adopted a resolution proclaiming February 2014 as Career and Technical Education Month.

Monday 02/03/2014
Cherokee County caught off guard when predicted ‘dusting’ turns into heavy snowfall
Updated: February 03, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Cherokee County residents continued the slow process of thawing out late last week after a fast-moving surprise winter blast blanketed the area with snow in the late morning and early afternoon hours Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28.

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