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NO. 17 • Tag in Arrest r BRYAN GETER A LaGrange man was for DUI Saturday Shell Mart locat- 54 E after police a vehicle, a 1980 Capri, in the park- with an expired tag. Joe Shaw, 45, of the driver police that have his license on Officer Edward Lee said ran a check and found out been sus- odor of alcohol com- present. told the officer that a couple of beers ear- arid he would take the breath test and the above the limit. was charged with ., driving in a suspended an expired tag. was transported to County jail. incident that on Saturday after- Lee Gates, 48, of 404 Road told police go pur- e case of beer. told police that Was to bring the beer to location for them to advised police that never showed up. procedures were In, a separate incident Occurred on Friday Page 2A Institute Honors Loyal Staffers -6A i ewis Grizzard Sah,*-- , 'Country Music [ I _ The viii Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2003 By Bryan Geter NEW TOOLS FOR THE JOB - HSgansville Police Chief Guy Spradlin (Above) enjoys using the new computer in the police department. Right photo: Hogansville new court clerk and dispatcher, Louise Harden, runs off copies of police reports• Bottom: Hogansville Police Officer Tommy Hatcher looks up some needed data on the new computer. Prepares to Be Callaway Principal GETER Callaway High School Principal Robert SI, was named the new principal with the 2003- ;chool year. announcement was then Troup County Board last week. position came open Principal Frank announced his earlier this year. who is from Ala., has been in County School for 17 years. coming to School when seven years ago, marketing for Years at Troup High d taught marketing County High in for nine years pre- to coming to Troup Roy said' Lynd was cho- and ed" interview Nichols said the position advertized statewide s were inter- by a screening com- that included High Staff and Assistant Ed Smith, director Margie conducted the final Lynd's goals are to main- tain traditions that we have established at CHS such as bonfires, homecomings and much more. "We want to improve the structional effectiveness of the school," Lynd stated, "We want to make the school's spirit we have here even better." Another goal Lynd has for CHS is to improve the academics for the school's middle 50 percent of stu- dents who normally receive a tech prep with distinction diploma. "I want them to receive the academic equivalent a regular college prep stu- dents gets," he added. Callaway High School presently has 660 students after starting the school year with 699. Lynd projects the school to enroll approximately 720 students for the 2003 2004 school year. Present Principal Frank Parsons is retiring after serving troup County schools for more than 30 years. Parsons, a 1967 LaGrange High graduate, taught his first year at Hillcrest Elementary school where he taught health, spelling, science and physi- cal education. From there, he went to Troup Junior High in 1973- 74 and from 1974-1995, he taught, coached and was See LYND, Page 2A "Wewantto make the school's spirit we have here even better," says incom- ing Callaway Principal Robert Lynd (Top). The Iongtime Troup educator will be replacing the retir- ing Frank Parsons (Left), Who has headed up the high school for the past three yeals. Hunts lean Fun -I0,4 PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE. GA PERMIT NO 35 10 PAGES . 1 SECTION . 1 INSERT • 50˘ Former Principal C00ts Fine, Probation By BRYAN GETER Former Hogansville Principal Peggy Smith, 50, was sentenced last Monday to 12 months probation and fined $500 for slapping a five year old autistic boy at school earlier in the school year. Smith was reassigned as a technical support special- ist in Tro County's Central Office ,the incident. Smith'as convicted last month of simple b/attery in a nonjury trial in State Court. By Bryan Geter Judge Jeannette Little FORMER PRINCIPAL - agreed to give Smith first- Former Hogansville offender treatment, which Principal Peggy Smkth was means she will not have a transferred to the Central criminal record if she does- Office after the incident probation• .v, _. • vear old autistic child last She had no prior record fall. before this incident occurred, tantrum, head-butted her m Smith admitted slapping the chin and tried to bite her the child after he threw a and struck her in the ear. Unemployment Rate Improving, But Slowb.00 By ROB RICHARDSON The four-county West Central Georgia area unem- ployment rate continues to improve, although slowly. According to figures just released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the Harris-Troup-Meriwether- Talbot area showed an aver- age jobless rate of 4.3 per- cent for February, compared to the 4.4 percent shown for January. Additionally, the area is in far better shape than it was a year ago, when it aver- aged a 5.7 percent unem- ployment rate in February of 2002. The area's numbers are also slightly better than the statewide unemployment average, wch was 4.5 per- cent in both February and January. The state rate was also 4.5 in February of 2002. Jobless rates improved in Meriwether and Talbot, but worsened slightly in Harris and Troup. "War and heightened security concerns continued to take their toll on our state's economy," said Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. "As long as these con- cerns continue to exist, con- sumer confidence is likely to remain low and employers will be hesitant to add new positions," Thurmond said last week. • Troup increased slight- ly to a 5.1 percent rate in February from a 5.0 rate in January. In February of 2002, Troup had a 5.8 rate. • The lowest rate of the four local counties during *Source: Georgia Dept. o1" Labor February was the 3.1 per cent recorded in Harris, up from the 2.8 Harris record- ed for January. A year ago, Harris had a 3.6 jobless rate. • Meriwether's rate improved to a 5.8 for February, compared to a 5.9 percent in January. In February of last year, the jobless rate for Meriwether was all the way up to 7.5 per cent. • Talbot dipped to an impressive 3.5 per cent rate in February, down from the revised January rate of 4.0 percent. In February of 2002, Talbot had a 5.9 percent unemployment rate. • Over all, the Chattahoochee-Flint region, which includes Meriwether, Troup, Carroll, Coweta and Heard, had a 5.0 rate for February, up from 4.7 per- cent in January. In February of 2002 it was 5.8 percent. • The Lower Chattahoochee district, which includes Harris, Talbot and six other counties, rose to a 4•3 jobless rate for February, the same as ill January. In February of 2002the district's rate was 4.7 per- cent.