A day of fishing is good. A day you catch a new state record – and beat the old one by more than 12 pounds – is great! Richard Barrett is the new state record holder for the blue catfish. His catch, weighing 93 lb, 0 oz, beat the previous 2010 record of 80 lb, 4 oz., according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
Barrett, of Axson, hooked this new state record blue catfish on the Altamaha River on October 14, 2017 using a live channel catfish they caught earlier in the day as bait. The fish was caught on the edge of a deep hole, and the angler told WRD staff that he was shocked when he got it to surface and thought there was no way he was going to get the fish in boat! WRD fisheries biologist Tim Bonvechio aged the fish at 14 years old, which indicates a good growth rate.
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Cherokee Sheriff Press Release. October 23, 2017. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office arrested Maria Elena Sullivan 26 years of age of Sandy, Utah on outstanding warrants on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:52pm. >
A Cherokee Sheriff’s Office sergeant was at Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton when he was notified by hospital staff that Sullivan had made some concerning statements to them. The sergeant checked Sullivan for warrants and was able to verify she had warrants for Murder, Child Abuse x3, and Endangerment of a Child. As Sullivan was being discharged from the hospital she was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. She is in the custody of the Cherokee County ADC with zero bond.
Jasper Council candidates (l-r) Doug Patterson, Dr. Sonny Proctor, Ryan O’Dea and Anne Sneve at Monday’s forum.
A Jasper City Council forum held Monday revealed that candidates have platforms that overlap in many areas, with issues like controlled growth, downtown revitalization, improved parks and recreation, more entertainment, job creation, and collaboration as top priorities.
Two council seats are up for grabs. Incumbent Anne Sneve, who is running for a third term, faces challenger Ryan O’Dea, a 15-year resident of Pickens County. Incumbent Dr. Sonny Proctor, who is running for his first full term after filling one year of an unexpired term, is running against native Pickens County resident Doug Patterson.
The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Early voting began Monday.
Volunteers aging out
The Old Jail at the north end of Jasper’s Main Street.
The Old Pickens Jail on Main Street was slated to be open for self-guided tours the weekend of the Marble Festival, but festival-goers who arrived around 2:30 on Saturday were met with a locked door on one of the few days the historical landmark is open.
The problem was a shortage of volunteers from the Marble Valley Historical Society, the non-profit that maintains the county-owned building. The few volunteers the 37-year-old organization does have are getting older and many have health issues. That Saturday, for example, the jail was manned with four volunteers in the morning but two had to leave. The rest of the afternoon was handled by member Bob Perdue and his wife who wasn’t feeling well.
Bent Tree’s new GM Tom Fowler
Tom Fowler, a Pickens native, has been hired as the general manager of the Bent Tree community, a place where he worked more than 20 years ago on the golf course.
Fowler began working on the Bent Tree golf course while in high school during the late 1980s and later worked as the assistant pro there during the 1990s.
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