1. Weather: Expect a beautiful Friday in Canton! The National Weather Service predicts sunny skies and a high of 61 degrees today. Tonight, the low temperature will be around 32 degrees.
2. In Case You Missed It: A 77-year-old man had to be extricated from his car by firefighters after a nasty accident on Highway 369 yesterday afternoon. Find out more about the wreck and see dramatic photos of the aftermath at this link.
3. Happening Now: Have you made weekend plans? If not, check out this week's edition of the Get Out Weekend Planner! There's a lot of neat stuff happening around us this weekend!
4. Looking Ahead: As you may or may not know, next Monday is Presidents Day, which is a national holiday. Find out what institutions in Cherokee County will be closed on Monday at 10 a.m. In addition, Cherokee schools will be closed all next week for Winter Break.
5. On This Date in History: On Feb. 15, 1898, the USS Maine, an American battleship moored in Havana, Cuba during the Cuban revolt against Spanish colonial rule, exploded and sank under circumstances that are still unclear to this day. The American press used the sinking of the Maine to rally public support for a war against Spain, claiming Spanish treachery sank the battleship. The resulting Spanish-American War was a resounding victory for the United States.