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0 They found fun in the mountains -7,4 **************************-- POR ADC 310 299 20 JIM CLA PO BOX 1648 TIFTOfl GA 31793-1648 COMP this cat has the right ideal -/OA th "ll Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVIIAE, GA " PERMIT NO. 35 NO. 46 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2002 rl, ,, 10 PAGES * 1 SECTION 1 INSERT 50 / i Principal Accused Of Strild_ng Student Peggy Smith Charged with Simple Battery By JOHN KUYK_DALJ. Hogansville Elementary Principal Peggy Smith has been charged with simple bat- tery in connection with an inci- dent that occurred at the school on Wednesday, October 23. Smith has been accused of striking a 5-year-old autistic chil& Smith, 49, voluntarily turned herself in to authori- ties on Monday, November 11. She has been released on a $1,000 bond. According to reports, the incident in question began when the child, who can only speak four words understood by his parents and teachers, indicated by use of a flash card he wanted to take a break from his studies. The child has always used the flash cards to communicate with his teach- ers. A substitute teacher, Jennifer Wandless, took the child outside for a while. The child did not want to return to the classroom and sat down outside. According to reports, Smith noticed what was hap- pening and asked what was wrong. When she was told, she told Wandless to grab one of the boy's hands and she would grab the other and they would take him to her office. Once in th e office, the child ws told to sit down, but began to kick and swing his arms in an attempt to get away. His head made contact with the teachers chin and then, while sging his arms, struck her in the face. Reports state that Smith reacted by slapping the child back The boy's father is also a teacher at the school. The father was not immediately told about his child being slapped. He was eventually told by Wan. The Hogansville Police Department has been investi- gating the incident for the past two weeks. Smith has 26 years expe- rience as an educator. She has been the principal of Hogansville Elementary School for the past five years. According toTroup County School Supt. Roy Nichols, Smith has not been placed on leave because he does not feel the child is in any danger. However, Nichols report- ed the incident to the Department of Family and Children Services. He will also submit a report to the Professional Practices Commission, which licenses teachers and educators. AND FUNDS - Thursday, Nov. 7, a fund-raiser party was held at Hogansfle School for students who sold 10 or more items. Top photo: The top three were Paul Prescott, Shanese Florence and Bdanna Neese. About $6,000 was for the school's new playground. Many thanks to everyone who helped make fund-raiser a success. Bottom Photo: students enjoy the fund-raiser party. CMS Test Sco00s Up By BRYAN GE'tEFI Just-released results show that Callaway Middle School has scored "excep- tional" on the spring 2002 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The CRCT had been given to students in grades grades 1-8. Ttoup School System offi- cials are quite pleased at the achievement gains posted by the elementary and middle schools. %Ve are thrilled with the accomplishments in Social Studies from grades three to eights Troup County Assistant Superintendent Ed Smith said. "Children are committed to reading 25 books per year," Janet Solomon, Director of Secondary Curriculum grades 6-12 stated. "The effort of all the hard work is now paying off." $ee TE,, Page 2 4 ALL SMILES - Troup County CRCT Test Scores have the administration smiling. Troup County is near or at the state level after receiving results from the April CRCT Tests last week. Pictured above are (L-R) Janet Solomon, Troup County Director of Secondary Curriculum, 6-12 grades, Ed Smith TC Associate Superintendent and Tonia Contomo, TC Coordinator of Testing, Research and Evaluation. Stray Dogs " Alarm GETER to be a problem in She asked if the HPD could put out traps to help with the matter. She was advised to contact the city manager. Councilman Charlie t Martin has brought the up at the last tow meetings saying that morning when he is three stray dogs are he goes. Manager David assured Martin that are set to catch these animals, but since res- feed them, there has no luck in catching afternoon, Shorts of 4775 Road alerted that a pack of dogs were in her ured her feline. department twice but received none. *In a separate incident, Hogansville Police Officer Edward Lee said he Was meeting with Investigator Tony Lattimor on Sunday morning around la.m. at the police station when they heard four gunshots coming from Boozer Street. Lee said upon arrival, a fight was in progress. he stated a large crowd, between 150-200 was outside and they were unable to find out who were fighting. Three different fights brokeaut and police called in other agencies. It took police approxi- mately one and a half hours to clear the streets, but no arrests were made. See POt.E, Page 7Jr By Frances Robimton REMEMBERING THE HEROES- Laying the wreath at the Veterans' Day services are Botdaie Joe Langford and Ed Waryas. Tommy Thrower was Master of Ceremonies. Woman Hit W00th Beer While Fighting q.ady' By BRYAN GETER The Hogansville Police answered sever- al simple battery calls over the weekend throughout the city. Early Sunday morning, Peneka M. Reeves, 19, of 611 Elm Sweet told police she was fighting another lady when Robert L. Allen of 215 Brook Road struck her with a beer bottle and started kick4ng her while she was on the ground. Reeves told police that it felt like her knee was dislocated. Warrant procedures were advised. *On Saturday morning, between 2:30 a.m. and 3:15 a.m., Johnny Whitehead of 1314 Valley St., LaGrange, told police that he went to Boozer Street to purchase beer. Whitehead said when he got out of his car, someone came toward him and grabbed him while another punched him in the fac and then sprayed something in his face. Whitehead said he got away and ran to the police station. Warrant procedures were advised. *Also on Saturday evening, another sim- ple battery case occurred when Ben Thomas of 306 Pine Street reported to police that Timothy Edwards threw him out of his , ,,, ,,, See MAYHEM, Page 2A i1