Most Dangerous Animals in Canada

Most Dangerous Animals in Canada

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or just like to enjoy nature from time to time, you’re aware of the sense of inner peace it can give you to separate yourself from society, if only for a moment. However, when in Rome, you must do as the Romans do. Likewise, you must understand the nature of nature when you’re in the wilderness.

Animals and other creatures here have a primary goal: to stay alive. When they see potential threats, there are a number of defense mechanisms they can employ. That’s why it’s important for you to be aware of some of Canada’s most dangerous animals and understand how they behave.

  1. Bears

Grizzly BearBears are not uncommon in the country, and, for the most part, they don’t attack. However, attacks on humans have been on the rise since the 1960’s. These animals are large in size and far stronger and faster than even the most notable athletes. Therefore, if you find yourself face-to-face with one, it’s important to know what to do.

If you’re unarmed and have no means of protection, the best thing to do is play dead. Bears are not known to have a taste for human meat, and attacks are usually the manifestations of territorial or fear reactions. However, if you come equipped with bear spray, you can give yourself the upper hand. These products incapacitate the animal long enough for you to seek safety, and finding the best bear spray has never been easier with the help of the Internet.

  1. Mountain Lions

Mountain LionAnother creature that can quickly turn a fun day outdoors into a terrifying situation is the mountain lion. They aren’t your standard cat. In fact, according to Defenders of Wildlife, they can leap as high as 15 feet and as far as 40 feet. While they are typically solitary in nature, they are also highly territorial.

If you find yourself in the presence of a mountain lion, there are some tips you should follow to protect you and your companions including:

  • Make loud noises to frighten the animal
  • Try to make yourself appear larger by doing thing such as putting your arms up over your head.
  • If possible, get on the shoulders of one of your companions to present a larger appearance.
  1. Wild Dogs

Wild dogAnother common and potentially dangerous animal well-known to the Canadian landscape is the wild dog. They come in many shapes and sizes. From coyotes and wolves to foxes and more, it’s not uncommon to come across one as you enjoy the outdoors.

Should you find yourself in the presence of a wild dog, understand that they interpret direct eye contact as a sign of aggression. This can trigger them to attack. Rather, you should attempt to take a subordinate approach. Tilt your head downward, and, unlike with cats, lower yourself to show your submission. This will often cause the animal to lose interest in pursuing combat. For more information on how to survive a dog attack, Secrets of Survival offers lots of valuable information.

Knowledge is Key

knowledge is keyIgnorance can cause a number of small problems in your life. However, when you are blissfully unaware of how to react during an animal encounter in the wilderness, it could quickly turn into a matter of life and death. These tips and information can help you better understand your surroundings and make the most of a safe and exciting outdoor adventure.


Warriors dominate Saks, 30-7

Warriors dominate Saks, 30-7

CENTRE – Cherokee County High School football head coach Tripp Curry laid a challenge down to his football team.

He told them good football teams have good athletes, and great football teams have great athletes. But he wanted to know if the Warriors could be a dominating football team.

The Warriors responded to their head coach’s challenge on Friday night against the Saks Wildcats.

Behind two explosive runs by senior all-purpose player Jacob Graves and junior quarterback Tyren Dupree, and a smothering defensive effort that limited Saks to just 226 total yards, Cherokee County earned a 30-7 victory that puts them in prime position for a home playoff game – and, quite possibly, a region championship.

“We beat a good Carver (of Birmingham) team last week, and the lights just come on,” Curry said. “I kind of challenged them tonight, ‘Can you be dominant?”

The Warriors (5-2, 4-0 Class 4A, Region 5) got things going on their first possession. Graves, who finished with 118 yards on 12 carries, rambled 64 yards for a touchdown on just the fourth play of the game. James Sewell’s extra point gave Cherokee County a 7-0 advantage.

“We wanted to come out fast,” Graves said. “Our offensive line is where it starts. They block their tails off, and I love seeing green grass.”

“You never know with our bunch who’s going to establish the rhythm early,” Curry said. “We kind of established it early with a big, long run by Jacob, but with our bunch, we never know who is going to break one. We’ve got four or five guys who can do that, but what we want to know is who they want to take away. Tonight we thought they were trying to take away Quartez (Henderson). They were double covering him, so when they double covered him, we ran a sweep that way and that pulled another guy out and Jacob broke.”

After a Wildcat punt, the Warriors added another score – this time on Sewell’s 28-yard field goal that put Cherokee County in front 10-0.

It was Dupree’s turn in the second quarter to electrify the home crowd. He broke off a 60-yard run for a score, and with 3:17 remaining in the first half, Saks (3-3, 2-2) was down 16-0.

Dupree, who also completed 9-of-17 pass attempts for 79 yards, finished the game off in the second half with touchdown runs of 2 and 15 yards. In between, Saks scored its only touchdown on a 4-yard run by quarterback Laderrick Bell.

The Warrior defense limited Bell to 71 yards on 17 carries and the score. He only completed 6-of-24 pass attempts for 113 yards with two interceptions – one to Henderson and the other to Chris Roden.

“Any time we had a chance to make a play, we didn’t make it,” Saks head coach Jonathan Miller said. “They’re a really good football team. We got behind them a few times and we’d either drop the ball or overthrow it. We had chances to make plays, but we just didn’t get it done.

“They’re starting 10 seniors and that makes a difference. We’re kind of in the opposite boat than them right now, but you’ve just got to deal with that. They’re got a really good defense, and we knew coming in it was going to be a struggle to move the football. We still had some opportunities to get them concerned a little bit, but we didn’t get the job done.”

Since beginning the season at 0-2, the Warriors have now won five in a row. For the most part, they’ve completed the toughest portion of their schedule. They have White Plains (0-6) at home next week and travel to Ashville (2-4) on Oct. 14 before ending the regular season against Jacksonville (6-0) on Oct. 21.

Even though things look favorable for the Warriors the rest of the way, they’re not taking anything for granted.

“You can’t be anything but happy now, but we’ve still got to continue to work,” Henderson said. “We just want to keep it rolling. We’re focusing on one week at a time. We want to be region champs, but that’s on down the line. Right now, we’re focusing on White Plains and trying to pick up where we left off from tonight.”

“The last couple of years, we were that team that wants to beat everybody else. Now we’re that school everybody wants to beat,” Curry said. “I’m happy with the way we’re playing, with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. Things are going good.”

Howard Steve Anderson

Mr. Howard Steve Anderson, age 86, of Rome, passed away at his residence Tuesday September 27, 2016.

Mr. Anderson was born in Calhoun, GA. January 22, 1930. He was the son of the late Alexander Stephen Anderson and Annie Mae Quinn Anderson. He was also preceded in death by his wife Lisa Anderson and his sister Georgia Cordelia Anderson.

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He graduated from Rome High School in the class of 1948. He was also retired from the United States Navy.

Survivors include his brother, Jack Anderson and his wife Jean, Phil Anderson and his wife Patricia; sisters, Jane Spacagna and Jean Ann White and her husband Mickey all of Rome. Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be conducted Monday morning October 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Floyd Memorial Gardens with Rev. Lee Smollar officiating.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2

Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2

Saturday, Oct. 1

The Centre Fall Festival will be held beginning at 7 a.m. along Main Street in Centre. The event will feature arts and crafts booths, a parade with antique cars and other exhibits, entertainment and more.

The 411 Yard Sale will be held Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 along U.S. Highway 411. Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

In college football action, Kentucky plays at Alabama, Lousiana Monroe plays at Auburn.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Viisit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Sunday, Oct. 2’

The McNew Family Reunion will be held at Lebanoan Chaole Cemetery. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Centre Church of God invitres everyone to Sunday Bible School at 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. First

The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Edge, a contemporary worship service that welcomes each person as he or she is and challenges us all to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ, meets at 8:45 a.m. at Centre First United Methodist Church.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Cedartown man charged with burglary

Cedartown man charged with burglary

Cherokee County deputies arrested a Cedartown, Ga. man after receiving a call reporting a burglary at a local business this Thursday, Sept. 29.

Arrested, according to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver was Bradley Scott Short, 45, who was charged with was arrested and charged with third degree burglary and fourth degree theft of property.

Deputies responded after receiving a call about a burglary in the Piney Community and located the suspect and his truck along the side of the road near the burglary scene and were able to recover some of the stolen items, according to a press release from Sheriff Shaver. 

Short is now awaiting bond in the Cherokee County Detention Center, Shaver said.

GNTC Prep Central Scoreboard Sept. 30

GNTC Prep Central Scoreboard Sept. 30

Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Pepperell  –
Model  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Darlington  –
Mt. Zion  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Armuchee  –
Cossa  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Cedartown  –
LaGrange  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Dade County  –
Gordon Central  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Christian Heritage  –
Trion  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Calhoun  –
Haralson Co.  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Sonoraville  –
Bremen  –
Team First Second Third Fourth Final
Bowdon  –
Gordon Lee  –

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Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC. 

College Football: Lamb has big passing day in Mountaineers’ win at Akron

College Football: Lamb has big passing day in Mountaineers’ win at Akron

Several former local football standouts have gone on to the next level to play college football and many are making an impact for their teams this season.

More than 30 players that graduated from either Calhoun, Gordon Central or Sonoraville can be found on college football rosters throughout the nation, and several of those saw action in their team’s most recent game.

Here’s a roundup of the former local players who appeared in the box score and how they did last week:

TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun

Lamb had a big day through the air with 280 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing in the Mountaineers’ 45-38 win at Akron on Saturday. The redshirt-junior quarterback also had 23 rushing yards, including a one-yard touchdown run.

ADAM GRIFFITH, Alabama, Calhoun

Griffith made two field goals on Saturday, from 28 and 48 yards, in the Crimson Tide’s 48-0 home victory over Kent State. The redshirt-senior kicker was also 4-for-4 on extra points and handled six kickoffs with an average distance of 63 yards with three touchbacks. He was named Special Teams Player of the Week along with two teammates by the coaching staff.

JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun

Wilson, a freshman linebacker, tied for the team lead on Saturday with four tackles (two solo, two assists) in the Terriers’ 31-0 home win over East Tennessee State.

BLAINE ANDERSON, Shorter, Calhoun

Anderson, a freshman defensive lineman, had three assisted tackles in the Hawks’ 47-7 loss at Delta State on Saturday.

MATT EDGAR, Lindsey Wilson, Sonoraville

Edgar, a senior kicker, made one PAT and successfully held on 11 other extra-point attempts in the Blue Raiders’ 84-0 win over Cincinnati Christian at home.

DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central

Prather, a redshirt-junior defensive lineman, had one solo tackle, which was a tackle for loss, in the Mocs’ 41-21 home win over Samford on Saturday.

CARTER EDWARDS, Berry, Calhoun

Edwards, a senior defensive back, had one solo tackle in the Vikings’ 41-3 home win over Sewanee on Saturday.

TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun

Fuller had one solo and three assisted tackles for a total of four in the Tigers’ 41-3 loss at Berry on Saturday. The sophomore linebacker also fielded a kickoff and returned it 12 yards.

KOLBY REYNOLDS, Mississippi College, Calhoun

The freshman defensive back Reynolds had one assisted tackle on Saturday in the Choctaws’ 27-26 home win over Cumberland.

THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun

The sophomore receiver Lester had two catches for 27 yards with a long of 22 in West Georgia’s 27-23 road win at Albany State on Saturday.

MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central

Reynolds, a sophomore quarterback, had 66 yards passing on 8-of-17 throws with one touchdown as well as five yards on the ground in the Dragons’ 38-7 loss at Tuskegee on Saturday.

GABE FREEMAN, West Georgia, Calhoun

Freeman, a senior linebacker, participated in the Wolves’ 27-23 win at Albany State on Saturday but didn’t record any stats.

DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun

McCracken, a sophomore long snapper, saw action in the Owls’ 36-28 win at Duquesne but didn’t record any stats.

TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun

Frix, a junior long snapper, participated in the Bulldogs’ 45-14 loss at Ole Miss on Saturday but didn’t record any stats.

NOTE: If there is a former local player getting on the field for their college football team and we left them out, let us know by emailing

Cherokee County Board of Education to meet Wednesday, Oct. 5

Cherokee County Board of Education to meet Wednesday, Oct. 5

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 and will be held at the Central Office.

The Board Meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and items on the agenda include:

1. Adopt Agenda

2. Approve Minutes

3. Receive July 2016 Financial Report

4. Review Accounts Payable Report

5. Approve Energy Saving Budget for Spring Garden School

6. Approve Out of State Travel with Students

7. Personnel

8. Approve Professional Development

9. Review Job Postings

10. Other

The Board regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of a month at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

Polk County joins cities in extension of burn ban past Oct. 1

Polk County joins cities in extension of burn ban past Oct. 1

Residents in the unincorporated parts of Polk County hoping to get rid of brush starting on Saturday will have to wait a while longer to light the fires as Polk County joins the cities of Rockmart and Cedartown in extending the burn ban. 

The decision was made during Polk County’s Public Safety meeting on Saturday citing concerns from Georgia Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Senior Denise Croker and Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey. 

Lacey and Croker cited too dry of conditions as their reasoning for wanting to extend the ban, which Commission chair Stefanie Drake Burford agreed to without hesitation. 

The ban will be extended indefinitely, or as Lacey put it “until we get a good amount of rainfall.” 

Rockmart and Cedartown extended the bans as well this week, also citing dry conditions as their reason. 

Croker said a recent fire near Cave Spring burned 500 acres and was enough reason to keep the ban in place. She also said there’s been an increase in accidental fires sparking in Polk County due to the drought. 

Lacey and Croker ask all residents in Polk County to take careful steps to prevent fires from starting for the time being. 

18 graduate from Rome’s Citizens Police Academy

18 graduate from Rome’s Citizens Police Academy

Eighteen residents graduated Thursday from the Rome Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, and celebrated the end of the eight-week course with a party in the department’s training center on Callier Springs Road.

“Thank you so much for coming … for giving us a chance to open up your eyes and let you see us from a different perspective,” Chief Denise Downer-McKinney said.

The free academy, coordinated by Capt. Rusty Blair, is offered on an irregular basis but has been a staple of the department for at least two decades.

Lowell Brown was one of the graduates this time around.

“There’s so much I didn’t know about what they do,” he said. “We studied about the K-9s, the SWAT team, use of deadly force. We learned how to shoot a gun and we rode in a squad car.”

Participants met once a week for three hours at a time.

Other elements they learned about included the criminal investigation division, crime prevention and community relations.

Brown said a 3-D simulator where they had to decide how they’d apprehend criminals was especially memorable. In one case they shot the criminal.

“When (police) are faced with that kind of situation they don’t always have time to reason with them,” Brown said. “There were so many things I hadn’t thought of. You see the police and think ‘I’d better slow down,’ but there’s so much more than that.”

“I have nothing but praise for the Rome police — and Floyd County, too,” he said.

Greg Shropshire, a member of 100 Black Men of Rome, was another participant who was awarded a certificate during a short ceremony before the students and their police instructors shared cake and snacks.

Shropshire was among the community leaders who met with police in July — following the police ambush in Dallas in response to the deaths of two black men — to discuss how to strengthen bonds between police and residents.

Downer-McKinney said Thursday there are good and bad police officers, as in every profession, “but I feel we have a lot of the good.” However, she told the class the department is committed to weeding out any who don’t meet their standards.