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Columnist hospitalized after being attacked at his home

August 12, 1997

CENTRALHATCHEE, Ga. (AP) _ A businessman who writes a humor column for a local paper was stabbed and shot and his house was destroyed by fire, authorities said.

Harold Miles, 67, told police he was attacked by two masked men who entered his home Monday. He said he managed to escape the burning home through a window.

He was hospitalized at Tanner Medical Center, which would not comment on his condition.

He writes a twice-weekly humor column for the Times-Georgian in Carrollton and owns a rental business.

Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry said Miles was shot in each foot and had numerous cuts, possibly knife wounds, all over his body. The motive for the attack was not known, authorities said.

Authorities were alerted when neighbors called 911 to report the fire at Miles’ home. They found Miles lying in the driveway, Henry said.

Wayne Garner, head of the state Department of Corrections, is a friend of Miles and spoke with him at the hospital.

``Harold is totally destroyed, and his house is gone. It’s just gone,″ Garner said.

Miles’ home was something of a local showplace, sitting atop a bridge over Centralhatchee Creek.

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