Catching a big fish is awesome, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record? Chad Doughty, age 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27. Doughty, using a rooster tail with spinning tackle on 6 lb line, even had to abandon his kayak to “run down” the fish as his spinning reel almost ran out of line.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, this 20 lb, 14 oz, 31 ½” catch beat the existing state record, established in 2001 by 2 lb, 8 oz. A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.
Teachers at area schools worked this week getting their classrooms ready for the thousands of students expected in class Monday morning. Tate Elementary kindergarten teacher Regina Klaric is pictured prepping her classroom Tuesday.
Police Chief Greg Lovell said back to school means a heavy traffic load for downtown roads during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.
“The peak of the traffic begins about 7:30 a.m. and it can run all the way up to 8:10 a.m. from both Jasper Elementary and the two middle schools.”
photo/ Jay Minor Sheriff Donnie Craig with Gov. Nathan Deal as he is sworn in as president
of the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes.
Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig has been named the president of the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. He was sworn in at a ceremony by Gov. Nathan Deal in July.
UPDATED -- The fugitive sought by sheriff’s deputies Monday has likely left the area or is hiding somewhere deep in the rugged woodlands near the lake at Salacoa Highlands, waiting on dark.
Pickens deputies were continued to heavily patrol the roads around the Henderson Mountain area late yesterday but it appears Tim Smith has given them the slip.
Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.39/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price websiteGasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 18.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.