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Former Etowah baseball star Drew Waters gets number retired

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Former Etowah baseball star Drew Waters returned to Eagle Peak on Tuesday to see his No. 7 jersey retired by the program.

The Kansas City Royals outfielder helped lead the Eagles to the 2017 Class AAAAAAA state championship, then was selected 41st overall by the Atlanta Braves in that summer’s draft. Waters was named the Cherokee County Player of the Year as a senior in 2017. He hit .510 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs before also earning the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year. In the 2017 draft, Waters became the highest-drafted high school player in Cherokee County history. Waters stayed after the ceremony to sign autographs and chat with fans, while also taking in the preseason scrimmage against Marist. He spent time pre-game with the current players and worked out with the current generation of Eagles, one year after they were the Class AAAAAAA runners-up.

After heading to Kansas City in a July trade last year, Waters made his major league debut Aug. 22 and went on to appear in 32 games, batting .240 with six doubles, five home runs and 18 RBIs.

History Cherokee's Harvee White will be hosting a learning session with Woodstock Parks and Recreation in observance of Black History Month at 7 p.m. on February 23.

The session will discuss the desegregation and integration periods of Cherokee County and Woodstock in the 1960s. It will be held at the William G. Long Senior Center Activity Center Expansion, located on 223 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. Coffee and dessert will be provided. The attendance fee for the event is $5. A link for registration can be found on tribune ledger news dot com. The attendance fee  is $5.

A Creekview High School student earned first place in a statewide business competition, and two other students from the school placed in the contest.

Junior Olivia Canada recently placed first in the job interview skills category at the DECA State Career Development Conference in Atlanta, the Cherokee County School District announced.

Creekview senior Andy Moncada and junior Genesee Wentworth placed fifth in the business growth plan category. All three now advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando in April. The Creekview DECA chapter is sponsored by Career Pathway — Marketing and Management teacher Ashley Jones. The students will be recognized by the Cherokee County school board and superintendent at a board meeting later this spring.

Local government leaders in Cherokee County and the cities of Holly Springs and Woodstock are working together to create an area plan for future development at the Interstate 575 and Sixes Road interchange, the county announced.

The area in question consists of about 100 acres in the southeast quadrant of the interchange. The land is divided among the two cities and the county jurisdictions. All three governmental entities’ comprehensive land use plans show the parcels as potential regional center and employment opportunities.

To this end, county commissioners unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium Tuesday on the acceptance of any new applications related to rezoning, development or construction in the I-575 and Sixes Road Interchange area.

Holly Springs City Council members are asking county officials to reject a company’s application for a proposed storage facility at North Rope Mill Road in unincorporated Cherokee County near the city.

The city council voted Monday to recommend to county commissioners that they deny a rezoning request for property in unincorporated Cherokee County within the Holly Springs growth boundary area.

The property in question is at 624 North Rope Mill Road, near Sixes Road. The request from Robert Stone is to rezone 11.1 acres from single family residential to light industrial with concurrent variances for an outdoor storage facility for boats and recreational vehicles.

The parcel lies within an area that Holly Springs, Woodstock and Cherokee County officials have identified as a potential jobs center, and Holly Springs and Cherokee County have passed moratoriums on new applications for the area. City staff will send a letter to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners expressing the city council’s concerns regarding the proposed rezoning, Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan said Wednesday. The application is scheduled to be on the Cherokee County Planning Commission agenda in March.

The city council also discussed an intergovernmental agreement with Cherokee County to conduct the city’s election. The city council will vote on this agreement at the Feb. 23 meeting.

A new active adult apartment complex has opened for residents ages 55 and up in the Riverstone area in Canton.

The Westcott consists of 120 one and two-bedroom units at 137 Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton.

The project, developed by Meridian Development & Construction Services, consists of 4.28 acres and a single four story, 167,000 square foot building. According to Meridian Development, amenities include a resident lounge with double-sided fireplace and multiple seating areas, indoor and outdoor gathering places, a heated salt-water pool with sundeck and cabana area, a pavilion with community barbecues, a fire pit, bocce court and putting green, a fitness center, dog spa, a Sky Lounge with both indoor and outdoor seating and fireplace, a beer, wine and spirits tap/self-pour system at three separate locations within the development, a private courtyard and themed men’s and women’s event rooms.

The staff includes a full-time enrichment director who will coordinate resident activities onsite and travel events to surrounding points of interest including hiking, museum visits, sporting events, cultural programs and more.

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts at $1,988, according to the complex's website.

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