Senator attends Cook fish fry

Terry Richards | The Valdosta Daily TimesGuests line up for chicken and a low country boil Friday at the 11th Annual Cook County Courthouse Fish Fry at the Adel Church of God.

ADEL — Hundreds of Cook County residents turned out for shrimp, chicken, iced tea and a chance to hear from elected officials Friday.

Crowds packed the gymnasium at the Adel Church of God for the 11th Annual Cook County Courthouse Fish Fry.

The annual fish fry was inspired by former Sheriff D.J. Connell’s weekly fish fries with state troopers, judges, and others in the judicial circuit to promote fellowship, friendship and community continuity, said Cook County Probate Court Judge Chase Daughtrey

Among the featured speakers was Sen. David Perdue.

Perdue, a Republican, spoke about efforts to get hurricane relief on its way to South Georgia, Daughtrey said. An attempt was made to include that aid in the continuing resolution that ended the partial federal government shutdown but failed, he said. 

The Senate intends to take up the issue soon.

Daughtrey said the senator also talked about border security, including a trip he recently took to the Mexican border with the U.S. Border Patrol.

Perdue's group met three people who came across the border illegally and talked about how they paid cartels to smuggle them across, Daughtrey said.

Other invited guests included Rep. Austin Scott and Court of Appeals Judge Trent Brown.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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