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Creekview High Math Team Adds Up Another Victory

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- The Creekview High School Varsity Math Team, coached by Henry Oglesby, won the Cherokee County Math Tournament held at Reinhardt University on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Creekview seniors Zach Youngblood and William Burke also placed first and second, respectively, as individuals.

This win over second-place Etowah High School qualifies Creekview's Math Team for the state competition for the third year in a row.

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Sequoyah High Students Named to All-Star Cast

CANTON, GA -- Two Sequoyah High School students -- senior Elizabeth Mitchell and sophomore Nicholas Stinson -- were named to the Region 7AAAA One Act Play "All-Star Cast" on Saturday, Nov. 6.

This year's Region One Act was held at Creekview High School in Canton.

Sequoyah's production of "Do Not Go Gentle" placed third in the competition. It also received the "Best Set" award, which the school has won for the past five consecutive years.

Sequoyah was the only school in Cherokee County to place in the competition. It has landed in the top three at the Region One Act competition for the past 20 years.

Public Invited to Share Thoughts on Georgia Public Education

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Everyone who is interested in learning more about public education in Georgia, or in making suggestions that may help Georgia lead the nation in improving student achievement, now has the opportunity to speak directly with a Board of Education member.

On Monday, Nov. 29, Robert "Buzz" Law of the Sixth Congressional District will lead an open public hearing at Autrey Mill Middle School (4110 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 30022) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Teachers, parents, students and concerned citizens are invited to take part in this important event. Those wishing to speak at the meeting are asked to sign in when they arrive.

For more information, contact Jackie Clarke Dodd either via email or at 404-657-7410.

The Tragedy and Triumph of Matthew Blaylock


We first told you about Cherokee High School football star Matthew Blaylock last year.

Blaylock was paralyzed from the waist down after he dove into the shallow end of a community pool the night before graduation.

Since then, he's come a long way.

As a running back for Cherokee, Blaylock broke a numerous amount of school records -- and for a long time was getting recruited at the next level.

"I was getting letters from Vanderbilt, Marshall, Auburn, and Alabama," recalls Blaylock. "But my head got blown up, and I was ego-trippin'. My ego was to the roof."

And that's when this church-going honor student started drifting in a different direction. He began partying, losing focus, and seeing his grades slip -- and eventually, seeing those letters from the big-time colleges disappear.

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Kids Collect Candy for Troops

CANTON, GA -- The Avery Elementary School PTA sponsored a post-Halloween "Cubs Candy for Troops" collection drive on Veterans Day.

Avery students collected their excess trick-or-treat candy and other sweet donations to send to the men and women of the United States Armed Services.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 2A Preview

CLASS 2A

Favorite: Carver-Columbus

Predicted Final Four: Carver-Columbus, Calhoun, Buford, Swainsboro

Easiest Draw: Swainsboro. The Tigers get 5-5 Brooks County and then 8-2 Morgan County or 7-3 Vidalia. Swainsboro gets to avoid Region 6 until at least the quarterfinals and gets the weakest playoff team out of a strong Region 1.

Toughest Draw: Elbert County. Though they are in the same quarter bracket as Swainsboro, their draw is much more difficult. In Round One, the Blue Devils play the toughest four seed in Lovett. In Round Two, Elbert County would most likely play 9-1 Dade County. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils would probably play undefeated Swainsboro.

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Boil Water Advisory for Canton

Update: The Boil Water Notice has been reissued for Wednesday, Nov. 10.

CANTON, GA -- The City of Canton advises all residents and businesses along Marietta Highway from Cherokee High School that a Boil Water Notice has been issued.

The notice remains in effect until 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures in the affected areas are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking or preparing baby food.