Photo by Sam Jokich

A proper sendoff

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and American Legion Post 532 held a memorial service on Oct. 17 for Richard Johnson “R.J.” Thomas at the Confederate flag site in Bellview. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a charter member and second lieutenant commander of SCV Camp 893, and a board member of the Valley River Humane Society. The program included bagpipes and drum, two color guards, a gun salute, the presentation of two flags to Mrs. Robbie Thomas and a few short talks, including “About R.J.” by Mike Berlin, adjutant with the Cherokee Guards in Murphy.

Across the Line


When Tucker Holloway stepped onto the football field in Rabun Gap’s opener against Christ School, all the stress and anxiety of the past few months washed away onto the field.

Kindergarten hand washing lesson

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Teachers in Cherokee County Schools do a great job of teaching our kids what they need to know, including how to wash their hands. Here's Ranger School Kindergarten teacher Shelby Golden with a lesson for everyone.