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Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Gladiators, Metro Atlanta's minor league ice hockey team, recently gave back to Ball Ground Elementary in a "beary" great way.

In January, several Ball Ground families attended the Gladiators' "Teddy Bear Toss" game against Florida Everblades.

To show their appreciation, the Gladiators visited the Cherokee County school last week with a fantastic gift: 300 stuffed animals for the community.

Ball Ground Elementary principal Doug Knott and Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy Jay Baker assured that the toys, donated by the legion of Gladiator fans, will be put to good use in and around Ball Ground.

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

CANTON, Ga. – Take a family trip and participate in a remote history lesson at the same time. Visit the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville to see the last standing artifacts from the Mississippian Native Americans. This group inhabited the area from 1000-1550.

According to Georgia State Parks, only about nine percent of this site has been excavated and examination of the surrounding artifacts revealed that the Etowah Indians were a society that was rich in ritual and habit.

Historians think, one of the mounds excavated was used as a “platform” for the home of the priest-chief. Seemingly, the priest-chief needed to live on a higher elevation than his tribe to “monitor” his people. Another excavated mound was a tomb for a nobleman in the tribe.  

Visitors are able to tour the museum, the ruins and listen to docents as they share their interpretation of what the community once was.

Sequoyah High senior signs letter of intent

Sequoyah High senior signs letter of intent

CANTON, Ga. -- Lisa Mitchell, a senior at Sequoyah High School in Canton, has signed a letter of intent to play college basketball in the fall.

Mitchell is now the newest member of the girls' basketball team at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

In the picture, Lisa is seated with her mother Susan. Standing behind them are (l-r) Elliott Berman, principal of Sequoyah High; Dr. Rick Bragg, head girls' basketball coach at GCSU; and Todd Miller, Sequoyah High athletic director.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

Creekview High seniors nominated for Dooley Award

CANTON, Ga. -- Two outstanding seniors at Creekview High School in Canton have been nominated for the Vincent J. Dooley Award scholarship.

Presented by Athletes for a Better World, the Dooley Award is given annually to one female and one male student athlete who exhibit scholarship, character and teamwork.

Haley Huskins and Grant Eddy, the nominees from Creekview, were recognized at a reception before the Sunday, Apr. 10 Atlanta Braves game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Huskins is a member of Creekview's region champion varsity softball and track teams. She is also student government president and yearbook editor, and maintains a 4.28 GPA.

Eddy is a four-year wrestling letterman who currently holds every Creekview career and season wrestling record, including 184 career victories.

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

Track star completes record-breaking CTC career

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech track star Andrew Archer officially finished his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in early March.

But this doesn't mean that the 22-year-old Bahamas native is done as a collegiate runner or contributor to the CTC program.

Archer posted a school record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the Texas meet, breaking the mark that he set earlier in the indoor season.

Though he cannot officially compete during the spring outdoor schedule, which began on Thursday, Mar. 24 at Emory University, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs.

He will also maintain his leadership role.

"I'll still train with the team," Archer said.

Canton gearing up for grand opening of dog park

Canton gearing up for grand opening of dog park

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton residents and canines alike are getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of the city's only off-leash dog park.

The Canton Paw Park (135 Juniper Street, 30114) will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Apr. 16.

Pet owners and their furry friends from Canton and beyond are invited to attend the festivities, which will begin at 11 a.m. Dogs must be up-to-date on their yearly vaccines.

Canton Paw Park had its ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Mar. 10. Cherokee Chamber of Commerce members and local residents braved the dreary weather to welcome this new addition to the county.