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Trout fishing opportunities year-round in N. Ga.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Feb. 26, 2013) – Trout-angling opportunities abound in the wintery swift-flowing waters of north Georgia’s rivers and creeks.


Home to some of the Southeast’s finest trout streams and three species of trout - rainbow, brown and brook trout - Georgia claims nearly 4,000 miles of streams, and more than half lie in the northern part of the state in the Chattahoochee National Forest.


“Georgia offers trout anglers with various opportunities throughout the year – including delayed harvest streams, seasonal streams and year-round streams,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia. law on seized assets one of the worst in nation?


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Liberals and conservatives have allied themselves to fight for significant changes in Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. These laws stipulate the circumstances and procedures required when law enforcement officers and district attorneys confiscate property related to a crime.

Jasper Bojangles honored with U.S. Chamber award



Submitted by John Everette
Fishman PR & Marketing

    Acorn Food Group, LLC, a Bojangles’ franchise group based in Jasper, Ga., was recently honored with a 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Bojangles’ is a Southern culinary staple known for its world-famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea. The group is being recognized for its dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.


School redistricting in the works


School board also approves offices for deputies at all elementary campuses

By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    The Pickens County Board of Education met on Valentine’s Day. It was decided that March 25 is no longer a school holiday. Students will attend classes as usual to make up for a previous snow day.
    According to the discussion, historical Tate Elementary is in danger of losing state funding because its population has dropped to around 260 students.    “We want to keep Tate going strong. It’s one of those things we would love to do,” said Superintendent Dr. Ben Desper.  


Plein Air contest to bring live, outdoor painting to ArtFest



Artist applications now being accepted 




By Angela Reinhardt

staff writer

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Jasper ArtFest organizers are breathing new life into this year’s event with the addition of an outdoor painting competition on Main Street in Jasper. 

“En Plein Air” is a French expression that translates to “in the open air.” In the art world it quite simply means painting outdoors, on location. 

ArtFest organizers added the Plein Air Paint Out Celebration in hopes of bringing an exciting element for event-goers, and to encourage more artists to get involved.