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What were the test words of Bi“. Miran, Einstein? are rm Know... a. page 4~A The " HOGANSVILLE HERALD VOL. 77 -NO. 13 IN THE WOODS Tractors from Georgia Forestry Commission cutting fire breaks are a welcome sight at brush and woods fires but Sunday's three-acre fire off Lincoln Street resulted in a firefighting helicopter being summoned to the scene to extinguish the blaze. Brush Fire Considerable Attention By ANDY KOBER A set of circumstances caused a brush it; Hogansville tortiraw an inordinate amounkinterésiing experience. , - of attention Sunday and Monday. Troup County firefighters and the Georgia Forestry Commission responded to the report of a brush fire along Lincoln Street on Sunday. Though the brush fire was small, only about three acres, the topography present— ed challenges for firefighters. Adding to that, with low humidity the National Weather Service had issued a fire alert for both Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. A Forestry Commission tractor cut a fire _ break around the fire, but the fire jumped the break and continued burning out of con- trol. The eerie glow of the fire and sound of HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 By JACK BAGLEY A teacher at Callaway High School was arrested Tuesday after allegations were made regarding an alleged sexual assault. Shea Everette Spencer, 28, of Columbus ‘was taken into custody by Columbus. Police and transported to the Troup County Jail, where he was booked. Warrants for Spencer’s arrest had been issued by the Troup County Sheriff’s Department. Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 19.44 8PAGES 1 SETION' INSERT - 5c V CHS Teacher Arrested on, Sexual AssaultCharge According to a press release, Deputies said their Criminal Investigations Division opened aninvesti- gation on March 13 regard- ' ing allegations received that a teacher at Callaway High had been inappropriately touching a female student. The allegations, which came through the Department of Family and Children’s Services, claimed that the incidents had happened sev- eral times since the start of the current school year. Deputies said that dur- ing the course of the inves- tigation, they spoke with the teenage female victim and with the teacher to whom she had originally told the information. Other student witnesses were also inter- viewed, according to the press release. Following the inter: views, a warrant for sexual assault was issued for Spencer, and he was arrest- ed by Columbus Police. At press time, Spencer was being held in the noup County Jail on the charges. Photo By Andy Kober Generates vegetation most notably bamboo — popping during the night provided some Hogansville residents unfamiliar with brush fires an * Hogansville city officials utilized social media to keep residents advised of the situ- ation. On Monday morning, an airplane from Georgia Forestry Commission was flying around the fire. Then a firefighting helicop- ter,lwith a large flexible water tank sus— pended beneath it, responded to the fire. The helicopter drew water from Lake Jimmy Jackson, and dumped that water directly on the fire and the area surround- ing the fire. Shortly after lunch Monday, the fire was declared contained though hot ‘spots remained smoking for some time. Photo Submitted SWEARING IN Hogansville’s newest police office, Nathan “Gabe” Smith, is shown being administered the oath by Police Chief Brian Harr. Though now a certified officer, Smith will continue as the city’s code enforcement officer. Code Enforcement Officer Now Certified Officer 7 "93573 90603 8 Classified Advertising 7-A Community Calendar 2-A Did You Know...? 4—A Opinion/Editorials 3-A Real, Estate Section 6-A Sports I 8-A Tall Tales 4—A The Waybeck Machine 3-A By ANDY KOBER Hogansville Code Enforcement Officer Nathan “Gabe” Smith is now officially a certified police officer for the Last week Smith graduat- ed from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at Columbus State University. He wassubsequentlyadministered the oath by Hogansville Police. the Code Enforcement Officer, who also serves as Animal Control Officer, become an actual police officer is something new for the city, but‘makes good sense. “We decided that having our code enforcement officer as a‘ certified police officer would be more efficient than having a ,5, . . ,y I J ,_,;Ji.ii, I . COLUMNISTS: 9““ Aaron MoCollough 2-A Dear Dietitian 5-A Fern Tigner 2-A FEATURES: American History 4-A . . Andy.s mmmy 4_A Chis-S323 Harr. Businesses & Services 5—A civilian employee,” said Harr. “Many cases in the past that he had initiated or responded to resulted in criminalcase inves- tigations at which point a sworn officer had to also respond to assis ." While this helps with code enforcement and animal con- trol, it also benefits the police‘ department. As a certified officer. Smith can be called on to help police officers when needed. Plus, this could put him on a different career path. r ‘ Hogansville residents will continue to see Smith in the city’s code enforcement vehi- cle, though they can also antic- ipate seeing him in a patrol unit. Police Lt. Jeff Sheppard” will serve as his field training offi- cer. ' PhotoByAndyKober ONE LANE ROAD A section of Green Avenue was reduced to one lane of traffic over much of the last two weeks and repairs have been underway to the storm water system found under the street. The damage was caused during the flooding of December 2015 to early January 2016. The work was being performed by Crawford Grading and Pipelj; and excavation equipment in the top right of the photo. '” as m.“ e333. More Problems on Green Avenue By ANDY KOBER For Hogansville, the flooding of December 2015 and January 2016 appears. to be the gift that keeps on giving. City Manager David Milliron explained last week that Green Avenue, located in the village area, was deliberately left as the final project because there was the potential for many unknown issues once excavation began. V ‘ That proved to be a wise decision. ' On Friday, Mar. 22, a section of asphalt had been removedrand a large trench had been excavated to'a depth of five feet or more. A small stream was free-flowing along the bottom of the trench. More notably; no work .wasbeing per- formed. ‘ City Manager David Milliron explained that more problems had been found and the contractor, Crawford Grading and Pipeline of Luthersvil‘e, was in the process of swap- ping pipe The ier Green Avenue is actual— ly part 0. 3 storm water drain sys- tem. ~~ Milliron . ‘6! force of the storm water runoff c ‘ severe flooding had swept very lar‘gi :o the stormr’41‘ ' ~ . . with considerable. "a result we 0. aged pipe. $9. In addition, some of those large rocks became lodged in the pipe which served to obstruct the flow of water. That made the problem worse as the water was forced into a smaller stream which increased the pres- sure. That, plus the continued pounding, of the rock against the pipe caused by simple hydraulics resulted in more damage under the street. « ‘ ‘ The original project called for , . The Federal Emergency Management Agency working through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency approved an early estimate for repairs. Now that proj- ect includes replacement of 220 linear feet of pipe plus additional work with an estitnate significantly more. Milliron said that an attempt will be made to ascertain if FEMA will provide for the additional cost, but in the meantime repairs have to be made. it. : The city manager did report that Crawford Grading and Pipeline was exchangi- ing the pipe originally designated fought} project without charging the city a restéélt: ing fee and obtaining what is now rectum It is worth noting that Crawford Grading? Pipeline performs considerable wor Hogansville. , Work .was set to continue this week, “(tending on weather, might be completed hqfim of the week. “snore: Items press A in the original newspam p as / rill-in