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CANTON: Once thriving downtown is shrinking

CANTON, Ga. - Some folks are getting nervous about the economic future of downtown Canton.

The seat of Cherokee County was once a thriving textile town. You can tell from the historic photos hanging on the wall of the Bus Stop Barber Shop.

But after 42 years of cutting hair, owner Wayne Sutton is worried because so many businesses around him are disappearing.

"I think everything's leaving and it's going to hurt downtown," Sutton said Monday.

One of downtown Canton's two banks will close its doors in just a few weeks.  The downtown post office shut down earlier this year.

Cherokee County Commissioners abandoned their downtown headquarters just a few years ago.  Now there's talk the Cherokee County School System is thinking about moving its headquarters.

Canton's mayor admits it's been an uphill battle to fill the growing vacancies.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

CANTON: Northside gets OK to build new Cherokee hospital

CANTON, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has ruled Northside Hospital can build a new $250 million replacement hospital in Canton, without having to go through the Certificate of Need (CON) process.

The state confirmed the project is exempt from CON law based on legislation enacted by the Georgia General Assembly in 2008 that exempts urban healthcare facilities that propose to build a new/relocation facility, as long as no new or expanded clinical health services will be offered in connection with the relocation.

In September, Marietta-based WellStar Health System Inc. filed to block the project, arguing, among other things, the new Northside Hospital-Cherokee would expand services. The state rejected WellStar's claim.

"In light of this affirmative decision, any further objections or appeals by WellStar would simply be an attempt to delay the project," Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital-Cherokee, said in a statement.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Vinings Business Association Hosts Annual Oktoberfest

Vinings Business Association Hosts Annual Oktoberfest

 Robert Meyring believes in giving back to his community in extraordinary ways.  Prior to starting the Meyring Law Firm in 2007, he started a professional neighborhood landscape service that beautified hundreds of Atlanta homes.  He continued to operate the neighborhood service throughout Emory Law School and sold it shortly before entering the practice of law.

Owen Malcolm Named President of Sanders Financial Management

Owen Malcolm Named President of Sanders Financial Management

Founder Emily Sanders Continues as Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer


Sanders Financial Management, an Atlanta-based financial advisory and investment management firm, today announced the promotion of Owen Malcolm, CFP, to President of the firm.  The firm’s founder, Emily Sanders, will continue as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer and adds Chairman of the Board to her titles.


The changes were made at the firm’s October 16, 2011 Board of Directors meeting.  Malcolm brings 11 years of experience with the company to his new position.  He has managed the day-to-day activities of the firm for several years and will continue to do so in his new role.


$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.