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Liberty ES helps pets in need

Liberty ES helps pets in need

CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Animal Shelter is participating in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, and Liberty Elementary School is completely on board.

Students at the Canton school have raised $618.45 for the shelter so far.

To win the challenge, the shelter must rescue 300 homeless pets this summer. It costs $23.53 for the shelter to adopt out one cat or dog, so the Liberty students' donations saved the lives of 26 pets.

Learn more about the challenge at aspca.org.

Cherokee Schools police chief honored

Cherokee Schools police chief honored

CANTON, Ga. -- Mark Kissel, police chief for the Cherokee County School District, received the 2013 Judge Andrew A. Mickle Outstanding Instructor Award.

The honor, which is given annually by Georgia State University, recognizes part-time instructors in the school's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

"I congratulate Chief Kissel for being selected to receive this award and for his accomplishments," department chair Brian K. Payne said in a statement. "This award serves to recognize the important contributions of a dedicated instructor like Chief Kissel to the teaching mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology."

10 Cherokee students named Ga. Scholars

10 Cherokee students named Ga. Scholars

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten exceptional students from five Cherokee County high schools have been named 2013 Georgia Scholars.

Only 115 high school seniors statewide received the honor. To qualify, a student must exhibit excellence in all areas of his or her life, including academics, community activities and home.

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All Georgia Scholars receive special seals on their diplomas.

Cherokee County's Georgia Scholars include:

Cherokee HS
Jessica Simmons
Taylor Wilson

Creekview HS
Victoria Cochran
Madeline Ryan
Abigail Sherrod

Etowah HS
Allison Guebert
Hannah Keith
Madison Miracle

Sequoyah HS
Victoria Gordon

School is (almost!) out in Cherokee County

School is (almost!) out in Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Cherokee County Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Creekland MS Academic Bowl team going to nationals

Creekland MS Academic Bowl team going to nationals

CANTON, Ga. -- The Academic Bowl team from Creekland Middle School has qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournament 2013 Middle School National Championship.

The team, headed by captains Miranda Bourdeau and Will Touchstone, will head to Chicago this weekend for the tournament.

Academic Bowl tests students' knowledge on such topics as curriculum, sports, popular culture and current events.

Creekland Middle's Academic Bowl team is coached by band director John Carter.