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" according to the Georgia State Hyundai Elantra crossed the dou- Benefield was taken to the West A two-vehicle accident claimed Patrol. ble-yellow center line and ran into GeorgiaMedicalCenteremergency ' Reports state that both drivers telife ofa Hogansville man Friday Robbie Lee Chancy, 42, of 244 a Bell South truck driven by room and was admitted, were wearing seat belts. 13fllllll[ I I  .................................... iI'iR . ---- ....... By Bryan LAST-MINUTE REQUEST - Even grown boys sometime like to sit on Santa's knee. Danny Geter of the Durand COmmunity told Santa what he wanted for Christmas last Sunday night.He must have been a good boy, for he has a big grin on his face. Shirley Yates of Mountville stands watching the two. ARhough Christmas in Hogansville is over, the memories will remain forever. I II I II I I .... Ir 11 . ttt ttt titttt[, ti Ill l IIIIIIIIIII II I L Probe Into Robbery Continues By Bryan Geter The armed robbery that occurred on Dec. 18 at the Gas Stop on Hwy. 29 is still an active case, according to Lt. Guy Spradlin of the Hogansville Police Department. The store owner told police that the robbers took more than $10,000 from the business. Kenneth Smith, operator of the store, told Spradlin that two men entet, ed-the-store and made co-worker Aubrey Daniel lie on the floor and made Smith open the cash register. Smith said he could not see their faces because they wore masks and gloves. Smith told police that a woman was about to enter the store, but when she saw what was happening, she ran. Smith the robbers grab bed the money and the phone and ran out the store. Jennie Tigner told police she saw the two robbers with guns when she was about to enter the store. She said she started run- ning toward Hogan's Heros, when she heard the men say "let's get out of here." She told police she then heard a vehicle crank up and speed away. Barry Chapman, who lives behind the station, told police that he had just come home five minutes before the robbery and he saw a black older model Chevrolet pick- up parked on the side of the road behind the gas station on Brazell Street. Officer Edward Lee said he also saw a black truck on that street and three black males were in it. Lee said they got a call that someone had been shot on Blue CreeK Road and enroute he noticed the black vehicle parked in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. When he arrived on Blue Creek Road, Lee said they realized the false call was made just to get the officers away from the Gas Stop. Lallaway Boys, Girls Both Find Victories in Tournament " Bryan Geter The Callaway Cavaliers and iy Cavaliers won a pair of games the Greenville Christmas trnament last Saturday night, December  in Greenville. After losing to Greenville, 58- 52. on Friday evening in the open- g round, the Cavaliers (5-3) defeat- ed Harris County 64-48 in the con- solation game. The CAVS led by 7 at the end of one quarter against the Patriots but gave way in the second frame and trailed by 31-24 at the break. Callaway was down 50-33 at the end of three against Greenville, but made it close in the final quarter. Brandon Thomas scored 18 to lead the Cavaliers and Reggie points and Jonathan Rutledge added Jackson added 14. 19. Callaway jumped out to a 37-24 The Lady Cavaliers (5-3) defeat- halftime lead in the game against ,ed Manchester 57-35 in the conso- Harris County and the Tigers never lation game of the tournament after really threatened in the second half. losing to Greenville in a close con- Jackson led the scoring with 20 test on Friday night. i I Plan for 2002: Optimism tlayor Says Hogansville Had a Good Year in 2001, and 'We're Going to Grow' Mayor Wilson St. Clair s very optimistic about the Uture of the city he loves: ]ogansville. St. Clair, who was re- lected in November, said in interview with the tOgansville Home News ?hursday that Hogansville on the move. "We're going o grow," he said, ',but we eed more housing to come." He said the city needs lean high-tech industry to paae here. "We'll be glad to lk to anyone that will call, e said. S , , t. Clmr stud, we lready have buildings and Ubdivisions gong up in !gansville and the =Utcliff and Audubon Park rJects aren't dead, either." St. Clair said !o .. gaasville has. a good police department with Chief Hilton Odom leading the force. He commended water department head, Bobby Sprayberry, for having one of the best water depart- ments in the state. Back in February, Hogansville's "Drinking and Waste Water Operations" was noted as one of the top plants in the state, not only for that year but for many years. Mayor St. Clair calls Sprayberry "Top-Notch" in his field. Zoning board mem- ber Bobby Freeman said Sprayberry is dedicated to his job and does a good job. Former City Manager and zoning board member Wesley Duffey, said Sprayberry knows what he is doing and "that is why I hired him." Former Councilman l l ENTHUSED - Hogansviile Mayor Wilson St. Clair expects a good year for the city. Ezra Whitmore says Sprayberry is "number one" in his opinion. "He knows enough about the water sys- Ill I I tem to suit me," he said. Spraybcrry gives credit to his department employ- ees, Ron Buchanan, Joe Vidal, Ronald Hill and Donnie Sanders. St. Clair praised the water, gas and street departments for doing a good job in2001. Even though three employees with these depart- ments retired, St. Clair believes Will Driver will do a super job replacing Skeet Kent, who "taught him well." The mayor said the city could use more help, but "our folks are doing a tremendous job to keep things going." St Clair said he is look- ing forward to working with the new city council in the year ahead. "It is a goodyear tolearn the ropes," he added. "Everything will be okay." Newcomers to the coun- cil will be Jack Leidner, Bobby Joe Frazier and Charlie Frank Martin. They will join cotm- cilpersons Jimmy Jackson and Jean Crocker. St. Clair said City Manager David Aldrich has done a good job in managing the city. St. Clair said, "we have paid off all lawsuits the city had pending against us and we haven't had a lawsuit against us in the past four years." Aldrich vowed back in January, 2001 that he'll get the city back into the black - even if it is only by one dol- Ill II lar. He kept his vow and Hogansville is operating in the blaclt He said the present coun- cil inherited a shaky finan- cial situation when it took office. In January, Aldrich said the biggest problem that Hogansville had was the bond issue, but he said he was a fighter and each year the bond has been cut. Aldrich said it would take a while, but the city is head- ing in the right direction. "We have cut costs where it conld," he reiterat- ed "and took care of the basics and infrastructures," Aldrich said the city is up to date with all payments. It has been a good year in Hogansville. St. Clair said the Hummingbird Festival was the biggest and best ever.