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Extremely dangerous suspect sought in Henderson Mountain area


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.

Gas prices down 18 cents in past month


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
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. 

Pickens mother fears for son’s life; pleads for help

Updated: Body of missing person found in Gordon County.



John Wood Jr.

          Pickens resident Sherry Ainsworth said her 22-year-old son John Wood Jr. was set to move to Arkansas from his apartment in Calhoun, Ga., this past Saturday, but the distraught mother said she hasn’t seen or heard from him in over a week.

             “I’m sick with worry,” said Ainsworth, who tearfully described an unsettling series of events that were uncovered after she filed a missing persons report with Gordon County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, July 28. “It’s not like him at all to not call for so long. We talked every day to the point that I had to tell him, ‘Son, I need to get some work done.’”

State record brown trout caught



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.