General news and features
photo by Ralph Dennis
An early Wednesday morning fire was extinguished at the marble plant in Nelson by crews from Cherokee, Pickens and the City of Canton. Some damage was reported to an older building that was not being used but was being renovated. Shown above is the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services ladder truck in action. Tim Prather, from Cherokee County fire, said in all about 40-50 fire fighters were involved.
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.
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.
Leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of Pickens County stand beside an artist rendering of their new Youth Center to be built at Roper Park. B&G needs $500,000 to break ground after already raising $1.7 Million to serve pre-teens and teens through the center. The B&G leaders at Rotary Club are: Michele Brackin, B&G executive director; Don Russell, B&G founder; and Ron Thompson, past board chair.
By Max Caylor
Boys & Girls Club publicity
“The teens of Pickens County need a place of hope where they can experience life enhancing programs and develop academically,” stated Boys & Girls Club founder Don Russell speaking to Rotarians. Teens would have their own area in the Boys & Girls Club new $2.3 million facility at Roper Park with land donated by the county.