Keep those grandkids coming

If you’re like most people – maybe still working but already dreaming of the day you’ll retire – you probably imagine quiet days with no schedule, no demands, and no responsibilities. But before you start making plans to move where there’s literally nothing to occupy your time, consider this: Kids get bored quickly.

That’s right, kids. Maybe you don’t have grandkids yet. Or maybe they’re still young enough to be easily entertained. But once they reach a certain age, you’re going to wish you had plenty of things nearby to occupy and entertain them. That’s what makes Cherokee County, Alabama, such an ideal retirement destination.

In addition to offering you the “off-the-grid” feeling of living in a friendly, rural community, you won’t be far from the things that will keep your grandkids begging to come for a visit:

● Pirates’ Bay Water Park in Leesburg offers a thrilling way to keep cool in those hot summer months. The kids can choose from tube slides, body slides, a water house, a splash pad, and even miniature golf and zip-lining. Of course, adults are also welcome to join in the fun.

 
● Enjoy an old-school drive-in theater experience at the 411 Twin Drive In. It’ll give the kids an idea of what movies were like back in our day and give everyone a chance to have a cool cinematic experience nearby.

 
● Weiss Lake is rated as one of Alabama’s top fisheries, best known for its excellent crappie fishing. But one of the lake’s best kept secrets is its tremendous bass fishing. Spend the day with the grandkids fishing for large-mouth and spotted bass any time of the year—all in water as shallow as inches to as deep as 30 feet. Bring heavy tackle, too, because Weiss offers rocks, stumps, ledges, and other habitats that let the bass grow BIG! In fact, striped bass weighing in at more than 25 pounds are caught regularly, so hold on for the fight of a lifetime.

 
● Terrapin Creek is a Class l-ll recreational stream that’s a great place for family friendly canoeing and kayaking experiences on more than 50 feet wide of floatable water. It’s also a great place for both fly fishing and bass fishing, including spotted, largemouth, and redeye. Local outfitters like Redneck Yacht Club make it easy to spend the afternoon on the creek without investing in – or hauling – a lot of equipment.

 
● Hiking and rock climbing are probably some of the easiest activities to find in Cherokee County. The Little River Canyon National Preserve offers a range of peaceful and challenging recreational opportunities including world-class whitewater paddling and exceptional climbing opportunities. Other grandkid-approved activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and flatwater paddling.
Adventure seekers and history buffs alike will also love Cherokee Rock Village. This 250-acre park features enormous boulders of limestone and quartz rising to 200 feet and measuring a whopping 70 feet wide in some places. From around 8000 B.C. until the Cherokee Indian Removal in 1838, Native Americans lived on this hallowed ground. Today, the park boasts natural arches, mountain springs, and gorgeous walking trails perfect for avid outdoorsmen of all ages!

 
● For those days when the weather won’t allow for outdoor activities, consider visiting one of Cherokee County’s many historic spots and museums (just don’t tell the kids it’s educational!). Stop by the Cornwall Furnace, which was the first cold blast furnace in the country to be powered by water. Or visit the Cherokee County Historical Museum to see one of the largest “Trail of Tears” exhibits in north Alabama.

 
Your retirement home should be everything you want it to be – relaxing, comfortable, and inviting. But why not choose a location the grandkids can appreciate too? Whether they call you Grandma, Meemaw, Granny or LoLo (that one’s mine!), just make sure they keep calling… and coming for a visit.

Cherokee County Public Library

LIbrary

Library Holidays: Monday, September 2, Labor Day. Fine Free week: 1st 7 Days of each month.
Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mkofyke for library news. Find us on Facebook @ Cherokee County Public Library!1. This week in Tech Workshops: Computer Troubleshooting, Friday, July 26 2:00 P.M. –4:00 P.M.
Next week: Android Phone and Tablet Monday, July 29 1:00 P.M.—4:00 P.M.
iPhone and iPad Tuesday, July 30 1:00 P.M.—4:00 P.M.
Facebook Wednesday, July 31 9:00 A.M.—11:00 A.M.
2. TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets the first Monday of the month: August 5th at 3:30 PM!

3. Genealogy Class begins Aug. 5th. Mondays 1:00—3:00. Call, email, or just drop by to sign up!
4. Chair Yoga: Everyday stress? Join Linda Abernathy 2nd and 3rd Fridays each month!
11:45 A.M.–12:00 P.M. No special clothing or skill needed. August 9th and 16th and so on.

5. Green Bag Gardening Lunch Program
Third Thursday of the month through November 12:00 PM—1:00 PM

August 15: Remarkable Roses with Dr. Tina Jennings.
September 19: Harvesting and Preserving Herbs with Judith Rives
October: “The Bee Man” of Lookout Mountain, David Kelton

6. Lunch Date with Your State: Third in our series of four Alabama Bicentennial lunchtime talks. Friday, August 16: Alabama Bemis Bags Pieced into Quilts with Sarah Wright
12:00—1:00 P.M.

7. Code Club: Kids gain important tech skills and have fun as they learn to make websites, video games, apps, animations, and more! Self-paced learning on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. #librarycodeclub For information, call Dana or Rebecca at 256-927-5838.

8. Scrapbook with Friends: Bring your kit and join in! August 20, 12:00—3:00 P.M

9. Kids and Kin, a statewide supportive program for anyone caring for a relative’s children. 10:30 AM—12:30 PM Everyone welcome; contact Larinda Garrett at 334-465-0099 for more info.
July 23: From the Mountains to the Sea, Alabama is the Place to Be, Part 2; August 13 & 27: Plan Ahead, Be Prepared.

10. The Sew Joyful Quilters meet at the library on Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

11. Reading Around Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month, 11:00 A.M.

12. Download E-books and Audiobooks from our catalog site onto your supported device. Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mkofyke and click the “Links” tab to find RB Digital.

13. Cherokee County Public Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library! Use our computers to log in or start your free account and search a selection of databases that are unavailable elsewhere!

Retire to Cherokee County, home of Beautiful Weiss Lake & much more !

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Top 5 reasons to retire to Cherokee County

There comes a time in each person’s life when dreaming about the next vacation is no longer enough. It’s time to start thinking about that permanent vacation: retirement. And that’s when the questions start.
When can you afford to retire? Where do you want to end up? Who would you like to live near? Will you continue to work or volunteer? What kind of weather would you like?
These are all great questions, and they can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that just under half of all retired Americans choose to stay in their homes after retirement. But if you’re a part of that other half – looking for someplace where the grass is just a little bit greener – you may want to consider a place that offers all the conveniences of home plus the benefits of retirement life: Cherokee County, Alabama.

 
Here are the top 5 reasons to consider this northeast Alabama county that sits on the Georgia state line:

 
1. Your money will go further… and last longer. One of the hardest parts about planning for retirement is knowing how much money you’ll need. Knowing that you’re conserving what money you have through lower taxes and a lower cost of living can be a serious stress-saver. Cherokee County cost of living index is 84.7, making it lower than the average American county. And the county’s slightly above-average grocery cost is more than offset by its dramatically lower home prices (the average cost of a home in Cherokee County is just $113,000).

 
2. You get all four seasons. While some folks head for North Carolina or Virginia to take advantage of a nice brisk winter to complement the warm, sunny summers, it’s really not necessary to go that far north. Cherokee County sits in the foothills of the Appalachians and has everything from swimming-weather summers to sweet flurries of snow just in time for Christmas!

 
3. You’ll have easy access to great healthcare. Healthcare may not be an issue now, but it’s certainly something to think about in the long term. Located within a couple hours’ drive of three major cities, Cherokee County provides easy access to top quality healthcare in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga. And with so many hospitals and medical centers nearby, you’ll find specialists in almost every field close at hand.

 
4. There’s plenty to keep you busy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending your retirement in a rocking chair on the front porch. But if you start to get a little twitchy for something to do, you’ll find plenty of activity nearby. Both the Little River Canyon National Preserve and Talladega National Forest are partly within Cherokee County’s borders, so there are endless trails to hike, bike, or even just stroll. You’ll also find a wealth of historic sites, including the Cornwall Furnace and the historical museum. Weiss Lake and local rivers offer plenty of opportunity for boating and fishing. And if you get a hankering for the hustle and bustle of city life, you won’t be too far away (remember, Birmingham, Huntsville, Atlanta, and Chattanooga are all nearby. And it’s not too much further to Nashville and Knoxville).

 
5. Don’t forget the small-town charm. Small towns everywhere have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and charm. But a small town in the South? There’s no way to top that. Cherokee County is home to plenty of cities, towns, unincorporated communities, and even a ghost town. With friendly folks and gorgeous scenery everywhere you go, you’re sure to feel like a local in no time!

 
Perhaps the best part of retiring to Cherokee County is that you can get away from it all without really going too far afield. Still not convinced? Book a weekend –or even a week – to check out the breathtaking scenery and friendly Southern charm. You won’t want to leave!

July is Motels & Campgrounds Month

Bay Springs Country Inn,  Marina & Campground

Bay Springs Country Inn

130 County Road 112 Centre, AL 35960
(256) 927-3618

Cherokee County Park Board  – Cherokee Rock Village

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101 West Main Street Centre, AL 35960
(256) 927-2757

Chesnut Bay Resort & RV Park 

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4480 County Road 44 Leesburg, AL 35983-4818
(256) 526-7778

Cowan Creek Resort

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5360 County Rd 22 Centre, Alabama 35960
256-475-3950

Curley’s Cove

Curley's Cove

8840 County Road 44 Cedar Bluff, AL 35959
(256) 779-4240

Day’s Inn

Days Inn

1585 West Main Street Centre, AL 35960
(256) 927-1090

Joyland RV Park

55 Keener Drive Leesburg, AL 35983
(502) 775-6565

Leesburg Landing & RV Park

Leesburg Landing

100 Riverside Street Leesburg, AL 35983
(256) 557-9377

Lighthouse Restaurant & Motel – Opening Soon TBA

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2290 Hwy 68 East Cedar Bluff, AL 35959
(256) 779-8400

Little River Lodge & Cherokee Cabins

Little River Retreat

1975 County Road 275 Fort Payne, AL 35967
(205) 338-1954

Little River Marina and Lodge

Little River Marina and Lodge

1780 County Road 102 Cedar Bluff, AL 35959
(256) 779-6461

Riverside Campground

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1210 County Road 131 Cedar Bluff, AL 35959

the Secret Bed & Breakfast

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2356 Alabama Highway 68 West Leesburg, AL 35983
(256) 523-3825

Weiss Lake Lodge – Home of the Big Fish

Weiss Lake Lodge

998 Cedar Bluff Road Centre, AL 35960
(256) 927-1501

Cherokee Co Public Library

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Library Holidays: July 4th, Independence Day Fine Free week: 1st 7 Days of each month.
Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mkofyke for library news. Find us on Facebook @ Cherokee County Public Library!

1. Summer Storytime continuea Tuesday, June 4th with special guest Sarrell Dental. Songs, crafts, and reading fun through June!

2. The Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories” continues, Fridays from 10:00—11:00. Attend special programs on Fridays and read books to earn prizes.
Friday, June 14: Aliens, Astronauts, and a Turtle in Space with Barry Mitchell
Friday, June 21: Dr. Bond and the Science Guys
Friday, June 28: A “paws-itively” stellar day with Sixth Day Creatures

3. Rebecca Homan, Margaret Steincamp and Sherry Nickles will be at the library on Wednesdays 9-11 A.M. to help anyone interested in becoming a member of DAR. (Daughters of the American Revolution.) They will do this each Wednesday in June. Come and visit!

4. Green Bag Gardening Lunch Program
Third Thursday of the month through November 12:00 PM—1:00 PM
June 20: Tool Care and Sharpening with the Cooperative Extension’s Eric Schavey
July 18: Saving Seeds with the Sand Mountain Seed Bank’s Charlotte Hagood.
August 15: Remarkable Roses with Dr. Tina Jennings.

5. TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets the first Monday of the month: June 3rd at 3:30 PM!

6. AARP Smart Driver Course: Monday, July 8, 2019 9:00 AM –3:30 P.M.
$15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for non-members. Audit the course for free. Call to sign up!

7. Code Club: Kids gain important tech skills and have fun as they learn to make websites, video games, apps, animations, and more! Self-paced learning on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. #librarycodeclub For information, call Dana or Rebecca at 256-927-5838.

8. Lunch Date with Your State: Third in our series of four Alabama Bicentennial lunchtime talks. Friday, August 16: Alabama Bemis Bags Pieced into Quilts with Sarah Wright

9. Kids and Kin, a statewide supportive program for anyone caring for a relative’s children. 10:30 AM—12:30 PM Everyone welcome; contact Larinda Garrett at 334-465-0099 for more info.
June 11 & 25: the Simply Awesome Summer Program; July 9 & 23: From the Mountains to the Sea, Alabama is the Place to Be, Part 1 &2; August 13 & 27: Plan Ahead, Be Prepared.

10. Chair Yoga: Everyday stress? Join Linda Abernathy for a 15-minute stretch session!
2nd and 3rd Fridays each month. 11:45 A.M.–12:00 P.M. No special clothing or skill level required. June 14th and 21st, August 9th and 16th…and so on.

11. The Sew Joyful Quilters meet at the library on Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

12. Reading Around Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month, 11:00 A.M.

13. Scrapbook with Friends: Bring your kit and join in! June 17 and July 9, 12:00—3:00 P.M.

14. Genealogy Class begins Aug. 5th. Mondays 1:00—3:00. Call, email, or just drop by to sign up!

Cherokee County Public Library

LIbrary

Library Holidays: Memorial Day, May 27th 5/21/2019; July 4th , Independence Day
Fine Free week: 1st 7 Days of each month.
Visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mkofyke for library news. Find us on Facebook @ Cherokee County Public Library!
1. The Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories” starts Friday, May 31 from 10:00—11:00. Attend special programs on Fridays and read books to earn prizes.
Friday, May 31: Constellations with JSU’s Niki Wayne.
Friday, June 7: Come by and Explore Our Universe with the McWane Center.

2. Summer Storytime begins Tuesday, May 7th. Songs, crafts, and reading fun through June with special guests!

3. Green Bag Gardening Lunch Program
Third Thursday of the month through November 12:00 PM—1:00 PM

June 20: Tool Care and Sharpening with the Cooperative Extension’s Eric Schavey

July 18: Saving Seeds with the Sand Mountain Seed Bank’s Charlotte Hagood.

August 15: Remarkable Roses with Dr. Tina Jennings.

4. TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets the first Monday of the month: June 3rd at 3:30 PM!

5. AARP Smart Driver Course: Monday, July 8, 2019 9:00 AM –3:30 P.M.
$15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for non-members. Audit the course for free. Call to sign up!

6. Lunch Date with Your State: Third in our series of four Alabama Bicentennial lunchtime talks. Friday, August 16: Alabama Bemis Bags Pieced into Quilts with Sarah Wright.

7. Code Club: Kids gain important tech skills and have fun as they learn to make websites, video games, apps, animations, and more! Self-paced learning on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. #librarycodeclub For information, call Dana or Rebecca at 256-927-5838.

8. Kids and Kin, a statewide supportive program for anyone caring for a relative’s children. 10:30 AM—12:30 PM Everyone welcome; contact Larinda Garrett at 334-465-0099 for more info.
May 28: Understand the Effects Stress and Trauma Have on Children; and the Simply Awesome Summer Program June 11 & 25.

9. Chair Yoga: Everyday stress? Join Linda Abernathy for a 15-minute stretch session!
2nd and 3rd Fridays each month. 11:45 A.M.–12:00 P.M. No special clothing or skill level required. June 14th and 21st, August 9th and 16th…and so on.

10. The Sew Joyful Quilters meet at the library on Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

11. Reading Around Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month, 11:00 A.M.

12. Scrapbook with Friends: Bring your kit and join in! June 17 and July 9, 12:00—3:00 P.M.

13. 3:30 Thursday Drawing Class: Last Day: May 30.