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Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

CANTON, GA -- Students from Sequoyah High School will perform a one act play, Susan L. Szeder's "Do Not Go Gentle," at the 2011 Georgia Thespian Conference at Columbus State University.

Only 35 schools in the state were invited to perform at the conference. Sequoyah High is the only Cherokee County school that will be represented.

Sequoyah High's production of "Do Not Go Gentle" placed third in the 2010 Region 7AAAA One Act Play Competition. It also received the award for Best Set, a prize that Sequoyah High has taken home for five consecutive years.

The Georgia Thespian Conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Columbus State University Theater.

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Author, Former K-9 Policeman to Visit Canton Bookstore

Author, Former K-9 Policeman to Visit Canton Bookstore

CANTON, GA -- Former K-9 police manhunter and local author Jeff Schettler will be at Yawn's Books & More (210 East Main Street, Canton, 30114) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11:00 a.m.

He will be promoting his 2009 book, Red Dog Rising, and presenting a slideshow about his work.

Schettler is a well-known dog trainer and retired K-9 policeman who wrote Red Dog Rising about his 11 years of groundbreaking work with Ronin, his Bloodhound K-9 partner. The pair was once attached to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team's K-9 Assistance Program.

In his talks, Schettler accounts how he trained the first bloodhound in the Alameda (California) Police Department and solved some of the most notorious and high-profile crimes in the state in the 1990s.

Veterans Ceremony, Wreath Laying at Canton Cemetery

Veterans Ceremony, Wreath Laying at Canton Cemetery

CANTON, GA -- Every year, a campaign known as Wreaths Across America holds a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation's veterans.

The 2010 Georgia ceremony will take place at the Georgia National Cemetery (2025 Mt. Carmel Church Lane, Canton, 30114) on Saturday, Dec. 11. Wreath placements will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at noon. The best way to get into the cemetery is from the entrance south of Knox Bridge/Highway 20.

The Civil Air Patrol, veterans service organizations and local citizens are coordinating the event to honor members of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marine, prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

Wreaths Across America has been sponsored by the Worcester Wreath Company since 2006.

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.

Popular Author to Speak at Cherokee High School

CANTON, GA -- Cherokee High School (930 Marietta Highway, Canton, 30114) and the CHS Book Club are proud to welcome author Simone Elkeles on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Elkeles is the author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Leaving Paradise, Return to Paradise and many others. She will speak to CHS students during the day; parents and community members are welcome to attend a second session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Perfect Chemistry appeared on the American Library Association's 2010 list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. The series has also been featured by the CHS Book Club. Books will be available for purchase and signing during Elkeles' visit.

Canton Thanks the Military

CANTON, GA -- On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Canton community is sponsoring a "Thank You Military" day to honor the men and women who have honorably served the country, as well as those who continue to serve.

Sponsored by Canton's Main Street Program, the event will take place at Cannon Park (130 East Main Street, Canton, 30114) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and bring signs, banners, flags and so on to show their appreciation for the greatest American heroes.

Thank You Military day will be held in cooperation with the city's annual Veterans Day parade, which is sponsored by the American Legion in Canton.

Fourth Friday Stroll in Historic Downtown Canton

CANTON, GA -- It's time to take one last stroll through Canton before the weather cools down.

On Friday, Oct. 22, the East Marietta block of Canton's Historic Downtown Loop will be holding a Fourth Friday Stroll from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be chefs, artists and live music to keep the crowd entertained until dusk, when the fun moves to Brown Park (251 East Marietta Street, Canton, 30114) for a showing of the movie Avatar.

It is recommended that moviegoers bring blankets and chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase during Avatar.