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Morning Briefing: Great Pumpkin Festival This Weekend

It's Friday, Canton! Here's what you need to know to finish your week.

1. Weather: The National Weather Service expects the patchy fog in our area to burn off by 10 a.m. Afterwards, the high temperature in Canton should be 78 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Tonight's low will be near 54 degrees.

2. In Case You Missed It: The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man killed at the Pilgrim's Pride chicken plant on Tuesday. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Last month's job figures are out, and Cherokee County had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Find out what is driving the low jobless number and how the figures stack up to past trends.

3. Happening Now: The family of Canton resident and Milton High School coach Michael Scott needs your help. Scott has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and the family is struggling to make ends meet. Learn how you can help the Scott family at 8 a.m.

4. Looking Ahead: Don't forget! The Great Pumpkin Festival is tomorrow at Cannon Park! The winner of the Great Scarecrow Contest will be announced and there will be lots of family-friendly fun to get you psyched up for halloween! Canton-Sixes Patch will be there, so say hi!

5. On This Date in History: On Oct. 26, 1977, the last natural case of smallpox is detected in Somalia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization consider Oct. 26 the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox in the wild.

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