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Delayed harvest trout streams open Nov. 1



Beginning on November 1, anglers should head to north Georgia for fishing in one of the five
delayed harvest trout streams, according to the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Trout streams are designated as seasonal, year-round or delayed
harvest, with different streams offering varying populations of rainbow,
brown and brook trout,” said John Lee Thomson, Wildlife Resources
Division trout stocking coordinator. “The delayed harvest streams,
which have special regulations from November 1-May 14, are regularly
stocked from Wildlife Resources Division and from our partners in
conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Trout are catch and
release, which makes for high-catch rates and angler satisfaction.” 

The five trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations are: 

Toccoa River located on U.S. Forest Service land upstream of
Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County (from 0.4 miles above Shallowford
Bridge to 450 feet above the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access).
Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
(from Steele Bridge Road downstream to Georgia Hwy. 53).
Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi Lake (Unicoi State Park).
Chattahoochee River in Atlanta (Sope Creek, downstream of
Johnson Ferry Road, downstream to the Hwy 41 bridge).
A portion of the Chattooga River (from Ga. Hwy. 28 upstream to
the mouth of Reed Creek) on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South


Homecoming Parade for PHS


Pickens High School held their homecoming parade and a pep-rally bonfire Tuesday evening in Jasper. To see more scenes check out the Facebook page of the high school yearbook, Pickens Draca. Above, Mr. and Miss PHS, photo courtesy of Steven Wilkie. Also be sure to see the latest issue of the high school newspaper in this week's Progress and e-edition.

Researchers here this week to document Ga. Marble


By Victoria Woodcock,
Historical researcher with the "Who Built the Minnesota Capitol Building" project

    Over the last three years, a team of researchers has been uncovering the stories of the men and women who built the Minnesota State Capitol building between 1896 and 1907.  We have researched not only on-site tradesmen, such as carpenters and stonecutters, but quarry and railroad workers who supplied the materials for the statehouse. 

Y'all Watch - Pickens couple to be on Redneck Rehab


     Above, WHERE REDNECK MEETS THE LIMELIGHT - Pickens residents Heather (top row on right), Adam Matteson (bottom row on right), and son Titus (bottom row center) on the set of Redneck Rehab with host Tom Arnold (center). The Matteson’s episode airs on CMT this weekend.

     "My husband’s sister moved to Knoxville and she’s all into working out and shopping and just real high-maintenance,” said Pickens resident Heather Matteson, who will be featured on CMT's Redneck Rehab Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28. with her husband Adam, son Titus, and in-laws and niece. “We got her down here and showed her how to live off the land,” she said laughing.

Read what Adam and Heather Matteson said about their experience with this reality show in this week's print or e-edition.

Pickens Family Partners braces for crippling budget cuts

Super Heroes Run & Obstacle Course fundraiser planned to help struggling non-profit


Click the above photo to be taken to the Pickens Family Partners website

     “Ninety percent of the parents we serve are either victims of child abuse or neglect,” said Pickens Family Partners Executive Director Margy Lohman, who will be slashing her staff and cutting services after state budget cuts come the first of the year.


    “These parents have poor childhood histories, substance abuse, lack of coping skills and education, and are very isolated,” she said. “How are they going to parent? That’s my biggest fear. What’s going to happen to these families?”
    Pickens Family Partners opened in 1994 under the name Prevent Child Abuse Pickens. The goal of the non-profit is, and has always been, to prevent child abuse and neglect. They accomplish this through various programs, including First Steps (in hospital visitation for new parents), Parents as Teachers (an early school readiness program), and Healthy Families (home visitation and other support for parents with preschool children). 
    “We currently have anywhere from 65 to 70 families on the programs and close to 148 children. We are going to have to cut from 40 to 50 families from that,” Lohman said. “We know what will happen, the rate of child abuse and neglect will go up but we won’t see it for three years because they are that far behind in data. I told someone they will have to build another Hope House.”