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Pickens County unemployment drops over past year

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By Meagan Hurley
Staff Writer
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Pickens County unemployment rates have dropped significantly over the past year, and have slightly decreased in the past month. 
    As of June, the Pickens County labor force was at 14,170, with 13,236 employed and 934 unemployed. But just a year ago in June 2013, the labor force was at a lower 14,106, with

Fugitive captured

From Pickens Sheriff Office

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Timothy Smith, a fugitive sought for the past two weeks, has been captured in Cherokee County. The Pickens Sheriff's Office would like to thank the many concerned citizens for their assistance, Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Jasper Police Department, 911, State Probation, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshall's and many others. 

         Smith was the subject of a search in southwest Pickens after leading deputies on a wild chase and abandoning a truck in the Salacoa Highlands area on August 4.

Price at the pumps continues to drop

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Georgia, August 11- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

Fire extinguished at Nelson marble plant

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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.

 

State record brown trout caught

 

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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.