On July 27, Chad Doughty, 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, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 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.
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.
Being that it was his first fish of the day, Doughty wanted to keep fishing. His co-anglers convinced him that he might have a new state record, so off they went to seek certified scales (scales certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, often found in marinas, grocery stores and at Georgia DNR Fisheries Offices).
“Congratulations to Mr. Doughty! What a tremendous catch and it just goes to show you never know what a day of fishing will get you until you get out on the water,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”That is two new state records and one record tied this summer — what are you waiting for folks, get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”
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Live and tape-delayed doubleheader high school football returns to the local radio airwaves, beginning with Friday’s Winder-Barrow-Jefferson and Apalachee-Woodland doubleheader.
AM1300 WJBB will send broadcast crews to every regular season and playoff game this season, according to station owner Jeff Batten.
“I’ve been eyeballing Aug. 29 since I bought the station in March,” Batten said. “There’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that energizes a local radio station more than high school football.” [Full Story »]
Gainesville High School is the clear choice this fall to earn a Region 8-AAAAA football championship.
In a preseason poll conducted by the Barrow Journal, the Red Elephants received eight of nine first-place votes and compiled 88 overall points. Clarke Central High School earned the other first-place vote.
Flowery Branch edged the Clarke Central Gladiators for second place, however, compiling 77 overall points. Clarke Central totaled 69 points.
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As part of the start of 2014 Summer Camping Program, Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega hosted a “Friday Fun Day” in late May.
Designed to give the summer camp counselors more hands on experience prior to the start of the camp season, it is also an opportunity for counties to take their youth to the 4-H Center and experience all the fun of camp in the course of just a day. Barrow County had one of the largest groups at the Fun Day this year along with Gwinnett and Greene counties.
For more information about Barrow County 4-H, call 770-307-3029 or visit their office at 90 Lanthier Street in Winder.
The Barrow Journal earned 10 awards from the Georgia Sports Writers Association for the 2013 calendar year.
The paper won first place for Best Special Section for its 2013 High School Football Preview. The section focused on the “Unsung Heroes” of local football teams. In the overall Best Sports Section category, the Journal won second place.
Jessica Brown swept the Best Photo category winning first, second and third. Bown’s first place photo was titled “Soccer Rivalry” from a girls soccer match between Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School.
The second place photo was from a WBHS competition cheerleading event titled “Cheer for the home team.” The third place picture was from Bethlehem Christian Academy celebrating its state baseball title in 2013 titled “Victory Celebration.”
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