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PAGE 8-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY JAN. 23, 2003 Callaway Boys Take Two By BRYAN GETER ne.m&apos;sopp:tpltaeiBng%dOnThol:: :dv2tdteht.siSehs:re ' we are ate dis The Callaway Cavaliers defeated the Greenville Patriots on Friday evening and the Jackson Red Devils on Saturday in key region games. Reggie Jackson scored 33 points on Saturday to lead the CAVS to victory, 64-60. Head Coach Terry Hayes said he was used to Jackson coming through in the clutch for his squad. The CAVS will be short a bit as the Monday. Callaway built a 10 point lead in the Hayes hopes to have Thomas back third quarter, but the Red devils fought in time for the region tournament, back to cut the lead to three, 39-36. hayes said the team was doing a one- Carl Epps scored nine for the on-one drill and Thomas caught his foot Cavaliers and Reggie Tigner added eight on a lob and came down on his team- points. mate's foot. Thomas is Callaway's second lead- ing scorer, only trailing Jackson. Hayes said that Thomas is the play- er that Callaway can least afford to lose. 'Thomas has the height" Hayes stat- The Cavaliers' record stands at 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the region. *Callaway will face rival Greenville on the road friday in a rematch and will host Lamer CounW on Saturday. Girls Win One, Lose One, Too By BRYAN GETER shot only 22 percent of its field goals. Jackson went ahead at the intermis- sion, 35-18 while making 72 percent of its shots. The Lady Red Devils increased its lead in the third quarter, 51-29. CaUaway came back in the final quarter, but it was a too little, too late. Shacarra Picket led the Lady CAVS The Callaway five game winning streak came to an end Saturday night as the Jackson Lady Red Devils defeat- ed the Lady Cavaliers, 57-45. The Lady Red Devils made 66 per- cent of its baskets and the Lady CAVS :::   ! ii  ::. $*::'. :  . .<;i :'::::":':fii' i'ii:; By Bryan Gete SAFE DRIVING - Pictured above is Ray Smith of Hogansville displaying the plaque awarded him recently as being the "2001-2002 Fleet Driver of the Year" by Amoco Fabrics and Fiber Company. The award was given due to Smith's safe driving record. Smith was given a plaque upon his retirement last August 31. The p[laque reads, "In appreciation for 27 .years of hard work and outstanding serv- ice - Amoco Fabrics and Fibers, 1-22- 1976 to 8-31 2002. Smith is a resident of Donaldsonville and had resided in HogansviUe for 11 years with his wife, Diane (Dee). They have four grown chil- dren. By Bryan Geter ENJOYING A DAY OFF - Wesley Able enjoyed his day off from school on Monday as it was a national holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Wesley is the grandson of Frances Robinson of Hogansville. with 14 points and Shari Cox added 10. The Lady Cavaliers defeated the Lady Patriots of Greenville on Friday evening. Callaway's record stands at 10-6 overall and 6-3 in the region. The Lady CAVS will face Greenville on the road Friday evening and hosts Lamer County on Saturday. Wrestlers Place 7th At Tourney By BRYAN GETER The Callaway Cavaliers wrestling team traveled to Bowdon last weekend and came in seventh out of 14 teams at the Bowdon Invitational. Bremen, a power in Class A, defeated Henry County for the championship. Ten wrestlers placed for Bremen in the event. Coach Eric Woods said this was the toughest test his team has faced this season. CaUaway's Jared Rhodes and Matt Stargill placed third. Jonathan Washington, Phillip Cannon and Spence Dixon all finished fourth. Jason Boatman and Nick Suddath scored points for the CAVS. Woods says his team is very young and still has a long way to go, "but we are making strides?' General Assembly Off to Rough Start By Rep. JEFF BROWN The first day of the 2003 legislative session did not start out well for Governor Perdue. Rep. Larry Walker at 9:30AM withdrew from the House Speaker's race when several legislators who had committed to him withdrew that support. Larry was run- ning as a coalition (Republicans and Democrats) candidate. Rep. Terry Coleman, the candidate of the Democrat Caucus, won which means the legislature is likely to be in grid lock more often than if Larry had won. The swearing-in ceremo- ny of Gov. Perdue at Phillips Arena was stirring. However, the three planes that flew overhead as we arrived and departed with various flag messages was a negative. The one that annoyed me the most was the banner that read, "Roy Barnes was a warm up;" an obvious threat to Gov. Perdue. Then on "lhesday the same planes flew over the Capitol while about 100 demonstrators waved the for- mer flags. I told one of the demon- strators that they are hurting their cause. Few, if any, of us will be intimidated into vot- ing a certain way. Also the Governor has already com- mitted that he will use his influence to get the legisla- ture to put this issue on the ballot in November, 2004. Our practice has been to consid- er ballot issues in the year they ard to go on the ballot (2004). Wednesday Governor Perdue delivered his budget address. Some early reac- tions are self centered. As an example, some teachers are unhappy that they aren't going to get a pay raise next year. They should consider they have had significant increases, well above infla- tion, for the past ten years. Contrast this to the mil- lions of unemployed, under- employed or those holding jobs that could be eliminated at anytime. Also Gov. Perdue is going to involve educators in education reform and more importantly he wants more decision making at a local level and in the classroom. I am a supporter of pub- lic education and I recognize teachers have a difficult and vital job; but so do most of us. We are in a recession and those of us fortunate enough to have good jobs, including most teachers, need to be thankful for that and realize this is a time where we need to subordinate self interests when doing so could help those being hurt by the reces- sion. Smokers, retailers, ciga- rette manufacturers, etc. are up in arms about a proposed increase in the tobacco and alcohol taxes. Republicans, and hopefully key Democrats, are working to reduce the budget to avoid any tax increases. While I don't like any tax increase, if you have to have one you couldn't pick a bet- ter one. Smokers cost tax- payers billions of dollars each year in health costs through Medicaid, Medicare and pub- lic health plans for teachers and state employees. Therefore it's a use tax. Also this tax will stop an estimat- ed 3,500 teenagers a year from smoking due to the increased cost. The part of the Governor's budget that gave me the most heartburn was the reduction in the home- stead exemption. We have increased this each year for the past four years. Gov. Perdue, unlike his predecessor, has invited the House and Senate to prepare an alternative budget. Since the Democrats have done budgets for decades, they should know where they are some hidden abuses. On the revenue side one example could be the 26 exemptions we have on the sales tax. On the expense side they have increased expenditures from 6.9 billion in 1992 to over 16 billion in 2003. Our House Republican Caucus has already formed task forces to try to improve on what the Governor proposed. In the last several days I've had a constituent call saying many gas retailers are not paying- what they should in motor fuel taxes. Another claims, the Georgia Technology Authority Gov. Barnes creat- ed has millions in wasted expenditures. A consultant has told me he could save approximately $500,000,000 per year in Medicaid costs. Believe me all of these are being fully investigated. The harsh reality is the Governor's performance based budgeting which will expose many programs that need to be reduced or elimi- nated will not start to kick in until next year. Secondly, he inherited a lousy budget process. Also we are paying the price for over spending in the prior two years when we knew we were in a recession. Finally, the Governor had from Nov. 6 to Dec. 16, 2002 to prepare this budget. Gov. Perdue did not sub- mit a perfect budget. Hopefully the legislative process will improve upon it, as it should. Nonetheless, I feel very good about our great state being led by a compas- sionate conservative. His life is spiritually based, he has an unblemished track record, knows state government, is very bright, believes in build- ing coalitions and has bound- less energy. HARW00LL, BROWN & HARWra00, P.C. 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