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School board member Robert Rechsteiner banned from event after harassing transgender wrestler

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Robert Rechsteiner, a Cherokee County School Board member and retired professional wrestler known as Rick Steiner, was banned from a Los Angeles convention last weekend after being accused of verbally harassing a transgender woman. Gisele Shaw, a pro wrestler who came out as trans last year, reported on Twitter that Steiner made derogatory statements toward her at WrestleCon, including calling her a "man," "a piece of trash," and "filth." Steiner has not responded to requests for comment. WrestleCon issued an apology to Shaw, and Steiner was prohibited from participating in the remainder of the event. Impact Wrestling, for whom Shaw was representing, issued a statement in support of her. A representative of Cherokee County School District did not respond to a request for comment; the district is on spring break this week.

Cherokee High School theater students, under the direction of Jodi Burn, have received multiple honors for their performances in various competitions. Their production of "Charley's Aunt" was awarded first place at the Regional One Act competition, and named runner-up at the State One Act competition, the school's first placement on a state level since the 1980s. Wyatt Darnell received the Best Actor award at both the regional and state competitions, while Lily Richard was honored with the regional All Star Cast award. The two also won first place in the Regional and State literary meets in the category of Dramatic Duo Interpretation. Cherokee High School junior Emmanuel Mwangi  also earned awards in Dramatic Interpretation.

Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration in Georgia has opened a new headquarters to comply with Georgia House Bill 202. The facility was purchased for $1.5 million by the Board of Commissioners in August 2022 and is located at 193 Lamar Haley Parkway in Canton. The new building meets the requirements of the new law by providing more viewing areas, parking spaces, and storage. It also brings all operations under one roof. The building was previously used by the Cherokee County Division of Family and Children Services. Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration Director Anne Dover expressed gratitude towards the county's property maintenance staff for making the project successful.

The BBQ and Brews festival scheduled for April 8 in downtown Ball Ground has been postponed due to weather. The free festival has been rescheduled to May 20, noon to 10 p.m., and will feature area barbecue vendors, live music, craft beer, retail vendors, and a free kids area. The festival organizers made the decision to postpone the event due to the 97% chance of thunderstorms predicted for the original date.

The Cherokee Humane Society Thrift Store is set to reopen on April 15th at a new location at 12156 Highway 92 in Woodstock. The store will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and will receive donations and schedule pickups. The humane society's thrift store had to move recently due to construction. The store's general manager, Barbara Holland, said the new location will help the Humane Society "Save, Alter, Adopt, Vet, Vaccinate and Eliminate Euthanasia." Donations can be made by calling 770-592-8072. For more information, visit https://cchumanesociety.org.

The lineup for the River Rocks Concert and Festival in Canton has been announced.  

A store manager at the Canton O’Reilly Auto Parts store, Josh Graham, was recognized by the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Search and Rescue Team for his support during Yvonne Oliver's time as a K-9 Handler. Oliver presented Graham with a personalized plaque and two challenge coins for his efforts. The recognition highlights the importance of having supportive employers, such as Graham, for volunteers like Oliver, who have full-time jobs and run calls during work hours. Cherokee County Search and Rescue Team is composed of volunteers who are committed to serving the citizens of Cherokee County.

As we enjoy the  2023 Masters, Times-Journal Incorporated sports editor John Bednarowski joins the show to take us on the final part of his tour of Augusta National presented by Ingles. 

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