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Woodstock Whataburger sees long lines but fast wait times on opening day

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 The first #Whataburger location in Cherokee County opened Thursday with drive-thru only services, and the district manager for the restaurant said that the lines were long, but fast moving.

For Thursday’s opening, private security and Woodstock Police Department officers were present at the restaurant.

Officers at #Whataburger said that traffic along Highway 92 continued to move smoothly throughout the day. Cones were placed near the entrance of the restaurant to allow drivers easy access to both Whataburger and Truett's Chick-fil-A next door.
The restaurant opened at 11 a.m. Thursday and will remain open 24/7. The Whataburger drive-thru features double lanes and digital menu boards.

Dining room access, ordering via the #Whataburger App and Whataburger.com, curbside and delivery will be available within the next few weeks.

The #Woodstock location marks the second metro Atlanta opening, after Whataburger opened a restaurant in Kennesaw in November.

Nine additional restaurants are planned for the Atlanta area in 2023, according to Whataburger. Planned locations include Cumming, Buford, Athens, Dawsonville and Snellville.

The Cherokee County School District announced Wednesday the winners of the district's first #Minecraft Programming Challenge.

One winner was selected for the middle school and high school division. This team was twin eighth-grade brothers Aidan and Andrew Dyke of Teasley Middle School.

For elementary school, the first-place winner was fourth-grader Brando Bellini of #Bascomb Elementary School, with fourth-grader Everett Hutchins of Sixes Elementary School placing second and fourth-grader Henry Oh of #Avery Elementary School placing third.

Winning students were presented with certificates and prizes by #CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister.

The challenge, organized by CCSD’s Office of Technology and Information Services, builds upon the school district’s nationally recognized use of "Minecraft: Education Edition," the school version of the popular video game, to further engage students in learning. For the past three school years, CCSD has sponsored different student challenges using #Minecraft, but this school year it offered the first competition focused on computer programming. Elementary and middle school students from across the district were challenged last semester to use code in Minecraft to program building a home.

The #Woodstock Summer Concert Series returns to the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater May 13, the city announced.

Mayor Michael Caldwell first announced the lineup Friday during his State of the City Address.

The first headliner in the series performing May 13 is county singer-songwriter #CraigMorgan, with hits like “Redneck Yacht Club” and “International Harvester.”

June 10, Woodstock is inviting Grammy-winning Australian-American artist #RickSpringfield, known for "Jesse's Girl."

Next, July 8, the amphitheater will welcome #UptownFunk, a #BrunoMars tribute band.

Concertgoers will enjoy some of the biggest hits from #VanHalen August 12 from tribute band #CompletelyUnchained.

Woodstock will close out the concert series September 9 with #DrivinNCryin'. The Woodstock Summer Concerts are free, held at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater. For more information head over to Woodstock Concert Series dot com.

 The Original Hot Chicken is bringing Nashville-style hot chicken to Woodstock at its grand opening today featuring renowned competitive eater Joey Chestnut, prizes and entertainment. 

The Atlanta-based Experiential Brands restaurant is located on 180 Parkway 575 in Woodstock and is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. 

#JoeyChesnut who was ranked as the world's best competitive eater by #MajorLeagueEating, will be attempting to eat the restaurant's mac and cheese for five minutes straight. He will be available for a fan meet-and-greet and signings afterwards. 

The first 50 guests will receive bags of free sponsored goodies. A chicken dance contest will start at 12 p.m. and crown a winner to a $200 gift card. Free food samples of varying hot sauces will also be available throughout the afternoon.

The event will host a live DJ as well as a live art installation by #Roodoodles, a South Carolina artist named #MichaelHaun who specializes in watercolor art of roosters. 

The menu includes chicken tenders, wings, sandwiches and waffle meals. The corn-flake-battered chicken is served with six sauce level options ranging from "No Heat" to "Xtra Hot." Meals can also be served with their signature "Come Back" sauce, a side of coleslaw, fries or mac and cheese. 

Among their dessert options are an array of milkshakes, banana pudding and fried Twinkies. The restaurant also serves six beer options. 

The Cherokee girls picked up their seventh straight win Tuesday night as it beat Region 5 seven A foe Wheeler 77-49.

The Warriors’ best stretch of the season continued as they have beaten teams by an average of 33.9 points since Dec. 30.

Cherokee,  which remained undefeated in the region and leads Walton and North Cobb in the standings, will search for a regular-season region sweep of each over the next two games. Continuing her stellar junior season, Toni Warren led Cherokee with 24 points against Wheeler. Alex Whitecliffe finished with 16 points, followed by Riley Simmons’ 13 points and Elle Kenney’s nine.

Beyond Warren, multiple contributors have stepped up for Cherokee. Whitecliffe, Simmons, Lyla Griffith and many more have rapidly improved for a lineup riddled with young talent.

Cherokee’s schedule played a role in getting its young lineup ready for region play. It matched up with River Ridge, Lumpkin County and Lovejoy in the first three weeks of the season, and those three teams have a 51-12 combined record.

The Sequoyah Regional Library System held a groundbreaking ceremony January 25 for the Hickory Flat Public Library expansion and renovation.

The project includes renovating the existing 10,000 square foot building, which opened in 1993, and expanding it by an additional 7,800 square feet. Construction on the project will begin this month, with an expected completion date of about 12 months.

When it reopens, the library will have more space for books and technology; larger areas for programs, meetings, collaboration and creation, and additional seating for study and quiet reading. Hollandsworth Construction is handling the construction.

The total construction contract for the project is $6.7 million and is funded through Cherokee County’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Additional funding includes $2 million from a Capital Outlay Grant, administered by the Georgia Public Library Service.

The building is closed to the public for the entirety of the construction. Those who have a Hickory Flat Library card can use it at any Sequoyah Regional Library System locations.

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