Ca­toosa adds some­thing ex­tra to Veter­ans Day Fes­ti­val of Flags

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RING­GOLD — Ring­gold Coun­cilmem­ber Ran­dall Franks has spear­headed an ef­fort to make sure six Ca­toosa County men re­ceived an ad­di­tional recog­ni­tion that was long over­due.

On the lawn of the Ca­toosa County Court­house stands its War Memo­rial erected in 1954 by the lo­cal Veter­ans of For­eign Wars post to honor the peo­ple killed in ac­tion from WWI and WWII. The lo­cal post made ad­di­tions to the mon­u­ment again in 1974 with names of the KIAs from the Korean and Viet­nam wars, he said.

“With the clo­sure of the lo­cal post in the early 2000s, the care of the mon­u­ment be­came the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Ca­toosa County,” Franks said.

Ran­dall Smith, Will Cham­bers, Josh Mor­berg Joshua Adam Scott and Ed Koehler — who have all died in wars and ac­tions since 2000 — will be added to the list.

The name of another vet­eran was added from the Viet­nam War era — Thomas A. Duck­ett.

“The VFW had left a space for him 43 years ago af­ter the Boyn­ton fighter pi­lot was re­ported Miss­ing in Ac­tion,” Franks said.

The Ca­toosa County News

3 more stu­dents jailed over on­line posts

WOOD­STOCK — Three Etowah High School stu­dents were ar­rested by school po­lice Fri­day af­ter post­ing on so­cial me­dia about an at­tack on the school Thurs­day that caused panic among par­ents and stu­dents.

The stu­dents face charges of dis­rupt­ing pub­lic school and ad­di­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, school district spokes­woman Barbara Ja­coby said.

The charges and ru­mors stirred by their posts, which school of­fi­cials said did not ap­pear cred­i­ble, come shortly fol­low­ing the ar­rest of two stu­dents — Vic­to­ria McCur­ley and Al­fred Dupree — who made threats against the school.

When stu­dents hear a ru­mor, Ja­coby said, they should re­port it to law en­force­ment or school ad­min­is­tra­tion in­stead of post­ing it on so­cial me­dia, which can hin­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Madi­son Ho­gan, Chero­kee Tri­bune

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