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See Your Friends In 'News In Pictures' -3A It's 'Out ofT Says Lewis ( A ar Starts th Music -SA -, >,r, nil: 9hts The "11 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 OL. 60, NO. 2 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, JAN 9, 2003 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 S 00SFigures. orc/ ,00,!mprove JiXy ROB RICHARDSON The unemployment rate reproved in November for ost of the four-county West , r, 7 Central Georgia area. , ,  According to figures just Pt:O.eleased by the Georgia . epartment of Labor, the arris-Troup-Meriwether- L--'-- Palbot area showed an aver- "'ge jobless rate of 4.3 per- eat for November, com- pared to the 4.7 percent hown for October. eg And the region is in bet- r shape than it was a year o, when it averaged a 4.8 rcent unemployment rate n November of2001. . The area'#fiumbers con- -'5,,tnUO-to a llttllt .... ierthan the statewide unem- ployment average, which as 4.5 percent in t, ,.fiNovember, down from the .tmc 0 t"7 recorded for October. ii.. i The state rate was 4.2 in pie NOVember of 2001. Jobless rates improved in Meriwether, Talbot and Oup. In Harris, the rate !tayed the same as in 5Ctober. Although pleased with e numbers, State Labor ,:Oramissioner Michael I?hurmond is concerned bout unemployment bene- fits that were cut off at the md of December. "I am concerned for the Ousands of Georgia's long- erra unemployed workers who are exhausting their aeaefits without being able find jobs. I strongly urge esident Bush and the U.S :Oagress to extend benefits," said Thurmond. Troup improved to a .6 Percent rate in November #rona a 4.9 rate in October. vv In November of 2001, PrOup had a 4.5 rate. The lowest rate of the tDJkfOtir,,_, local counties during -Ovember was the 2.7 per recorded in Harris, the as Harris record- October. A year ago, Harris had L3.1 jobless rate. ; *Meriwether's rate with a 5.8 compared to percent in October. In November of last year, jobless rate for was 6.1 per *The Chattahoochee- til, c ,t region, which includes riwether Troup, Carroll, bweta and Heard, had a 4.5 rte for November, com- E ,ed to a 4.7 percent rate in 0(ltfiober. In November of 01 it was 4.2 percent. By Frances Robinson RIDING TIME - Hank Butler (front) and Wesiey Able began the new year with a ride Truck Stop Reopens Monday By BRYAN GETER After eing closed for several months, Nobles Truck Stop will reopen next Monday under the name of SBS American Truck Plaza. Adarsh Kumar, a native if India, purchased the busi- ness from the Noble fami- ly, recently. Kumar brought a busi- ness, Elder's Grocery locat- ed on E. Main Street, a year ago and sold it to another Indian businessman, George Joseph. Kumar plans to change from Marathon to Phillips 66 oil products. He is leasing the restau- rant to Anthony Smith, who has hired his aunt Faye Smith, to operate the eatery. Kumar said he paid $1.8 million for the truck stop. He added that he has never ran a truck stop before but he likes busi- nesses that he and his fam- ily can operate. %Ve are look- ing forward to the chal- lenge," he stated. Another business is expanding its ways. The International Cafe, owned by Ricky Banks of Hogansville, presently located at the Hummingbird Station, is hoping to be relocated by the springtime. Renovations are under way on the old Wayback Steakhouse located on the backside of the Hummingbird Station for the move. Steven Wilson, Jr., who owns the Hummingbird Station, is overseeing the construction. The Great Wall of China has been purchased by Guo Xiu Huang and expects to open as soon as a food per- mit is issued by the county. George Joseph, of India, has purchased R&S Convenience Store and a license for retail alcohol was issued by the- Hogansville City Council on Monday evening. BACK IN BUSINESS - Nobles Truck Stop will open on Monday under a new name and ownership. The owner, Adarsh Kumar (R), is pictured above with his son, BenSingh Kumar (C) and brother, Sam Kumar. The new name will be SBS American Truck Plaza and is located at Bass Crossroads at 1-85. Creekside Seeks $58k For i00es City Is Asked to Pay 'Part or All' for Work By BRYAN GETER Patrick Gehren repre- senting Creelside Developers told the Hogansville City Council Monday evening that it would cost $58,000 to install under- ground electric lines in the subdivision. Gehren said that only $30,000 was budgeted for the installation and the owners have instructed him that they were not going to spend $58,000. "I am asking the city to pay part or all of this since it will be in the best interest of the city," Gehren said. "Pay what you would pay if it was to be overhead les." "I think the CiW would save money," he added. Gehren said he thinks the project is worth the $58,000, but the owners say it doesn't make economic sense. "They have spent more money to rejuvenate the sub- division than was expected," He stated, "and now we are making progress on the acceleration and decelera- tion lanes." "I think we can do what we said we would do with the overhead lines," Councilman Jimmy Jackson stated. "Other developers will come and ask us for the same thing." Mayor Wilson St. Clair said he wanted to see what it will cost to go overhead with the lines and underground as well. Jackson stated that he would like to see the propos- al on paper. The subdivision was orig- inally named Village at Huntcliff, The new owners changed the name to Creekside. Gehren said the first phase will consist of 60 homes. When completed, there will be 460 homes, he added. The City of Hogansville was fined recently $1,250 by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a 60,000 gallon sewage spill that occurred between November 8-11 at the Creekside Subdivision. Aldrich said there was a blockage in a line causing the spillage and the city quickly responded and corrected the problem. By Bryan Geter PROGRESS IN THE MAKING - The subdivision that has been plagued by problems from its beginning, Huntcliff which is now Creekside is seeing some head way DOT workers are busy installing the acceleration and decelera tion lanes at the entrance to the subdivision Police Rescue Abused Dog; Arrest Humans for DUI By BRYAN GETER The Hogansville Police made several arrests over the Christmas and New Year hol- idays. On December 29, police answered a call and about a dog that had gotten away. They were trying to find a cable for e dog that had gotten out of a fence on Dickinson Street. Officer Summerlin came across a cable and pulled upon it only to find a small English Bulldog attached to the other end. Officers observed the animal and said its ribs were showing and couldn't walk for falling down. Police put the dog into the patrol car and took it to the police station. A veterinarian was called in LaGrange. The dog was observed for several days and taken to the vet where it was diagnosed as malnour- ished, dehydrated and very See POLICE, Page 2A ,5,,,. Police Investigate 23 Theft 18 Burglaries in December BRYAN GETER The Hogansville Police had a ..' ',, y monm auri g December as ))P,ltlll y had a number of calls for serv- Police made 70 escorts, assist- ed motorists 27 times and answered noise complaint 27 times. There was one assault call, four battery calls, 16 disorderly conduct and 14 domestic violence calls. The police department investi- gated 23 thefts, 18 burglaries, seven During December, police issued entering auto., six criminal trespass 128 citations and another 86 warn- cases and one forgery, ings. They made 37 alarm calls and Officers arrested 33 for misde- had 25 suspicious person calls and meanors, 10 for felonies and two 15 suspicious vehicle calls in juveniles, : December. Some 59 incident reportswere made and 12 accident reports were made. The department served 34 state/bench warrants and four city/probation warrants. The refuse ordinance was bro- ,,ken by six people. lit