2008-05-29 / Front Page

Longtime county lawman retiring

By Kathryn F. Pickard News Reporter

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As a teenager we (teens) wanted to avoid Buster because that's one man who did his job honestly, It seemed he was out to ruin our mischievous fun, but as an adult now it's obviously he was trying to save our lives. You could tell he really liked us even though he'd hold a straight serious face as he'd try to put a scare in us. His famous scare probally to me was, " I'm watching you".
The way I view Buster, is that man is strickly business. I respect a man that takes his job seriously, I don't care what job a person hires on to do, he should do it as good as if he owns the company.
Clarke County has had it's share of great law officers. I believe in giving compliments where credit is due. Here's some names off top of my head of over qualified officers. If your name isn't here then maybe I don't know you or maybe with a lack of rest my thinking is cloudy. Ray Sheffield, Jack Day, Bobby Moore, Virgel Chapman, Leo Frazier, Royce Kelly, Buster Hough, and, Donnie Arnold.
I could also name some others if you like, that were smarta**es that didn't earn respect from a lot of us. The people I named above knew how to talk to us and I'll always repect them. A smart mouth don't help the situation at all. I'm sure it's hard for the good officers to keep from coming unglued at times with the smarta** teens they arrest. My conscious still bothers me to this day from one night I was drunk and handcuffed in the backseat of Donnie Arnolds patrol car and I started making racist remarks over and over. That's not my heart though, it was just a typical immature way of pressing the right buttons to piss someone off. We all know what buttons to press to piss off others. You know you're maturing when you quit pressing the buttons.
Buster, I hope you're blessed with many more years to enjoy your retirement.
Gary Frith