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Big Canoe Tour of Homes celebrates 26 years of caring

Annual event has raised more than $1,228,000 to assist local charities



                                                                                                    Val Doll / Photos
    The Collectors’ Corner offers a glorious selection of gently used home accessories, china, silver, glassware and antiques.


Submitted by Jean Lomax
Tour publicity

    The 2014 Big Canoe Tour of Homes will be held May 2-3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and until 4 on Saturday in Big Canoe, Ga. Tour-goers will visit four unique and well-appointed homes situated in four different neighborhoods.

Caged snakes found at Freehome shooting


Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release


Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. April 14, 2014. Cherokee sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm to 480 Hester Drive in the Freehome community in reference to a person shot. At the location they found David Welchel, 40 years old of

April 21 is deadline for May 20 Primary Election


Atlanta – Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21st in order to participate in the May 20th Primary Election.  This leaves just one week before the deadline.

“Historic Railroads of Georgia” photography contest announced



ATLANTA (April 8, 2014) – The "Historic Railroads of Georgia" photography contest seeks photos of historic buildings or structures associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.  This is the 5th-annual online photo contest held by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (HPD) to coincide with National Preservation Month in May.  The contest is held in partnership with, an encyclopedic resource on the state's railroad history.  Submitted photos may be used (with credit) to provide updated imagery for the site.  Entries will be posted to the Division’s Facebook page here ( as they are received.
Georgia's railroad industry dates back to the 1830s, and by the 1850s the state had more rail miles than any other in the "Deep South."  The rail network spans the state and has played a key role in shaping its history and growth.  Along with the construction of many miles of rail came a vast collection of supporting infrastructure: depots, office buildings, shops, signal towers, bridges, tunnels, and more.  Many of these resources survive today.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, choice of subject matter, and composition.   Submitted photos must depict historic resources associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.  This includes depots and other buildings as well as structures like bridges or tunnels.  A comprehensive list of depots is available at
The top entry will receive the following prizes:
-                     A copy of The Courthouse and the Depot by Wilber W. Caldwell, a narrative catalog of Georgia’s nineteenth century public architecture and a complete history of the hundreds of rural railroad lines that covered the state in this period.
-                     A copy of O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line.  Link's pioneering night photography documented the Norfolk and Western Railway as it converted its operations from steam to diesel in the late 1