Gun found in Minden pond

Low water levels exposed weapon

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 8:27am

 Sammie Williams came to Turner's Pond hoping to fish for bass, just like he's done his entire life. But with the pond three feet below its normal level, he says he'll have to find another fishing spot. The Minden pond is at its lowest point in six decades. George Fithen's lived on the water for years and says he hasn't seen it this low since it was drained in the 1950s.

And the receding water is exposing some items that have been emerged for years. A child playing in the area found a gun sticking up from out of the mud on Wednesday. That gun is now in the hands of Minden police, who are checking it against any unsolved crimes.

Fithen says he's noticed a slight dip in the number of visitors lately. He chalks that up to the scorching summer temperatures. And the only ones who don't seem to be affected? The flock of Canadian geese that call this pond home. Fithen says their numbers have increased in the last several weeks as the muddy banks have created more room for them to spread.

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