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l NO. 3 Callaway nsvil The Formedy The Hogansville Herald Senying the Hogansville-Gran Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD ~ AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2004 8 PAGES 1 SECTION wo0 Named to House Appropriations Committee Representative Carl ~hasbeen by House Speaker Coleman (D-Eastman) to on the budget writing Appropriations of the state's various agencies and departments. All fiscal related matters must originate in the House, making it the first stop for the Governor's proposed state budg- et. "Rep. Epp's outstanding serv- ice to the House makes him an able and respected choice for this position," said House Speaker Coleman. House Appropriations and the policy and priorities Girls Opens Flair CLAYBROOK Bright colors, and more important- bright smiling faces are you'll see on a visit the Hogansville Boys Girls club, which with fanfare on The club, located in of the old West Side the Boys and Girls Georgia. It opened within days the Hogansville City agreement to .operatin& funds or the first year from rug monies seized by the [OgansviUe Police ~Partment - which )ffered the money for that PUrpose. City Councilman 2harlie F. Martin, who ~nt months probing the ~Otential for the club in ~Iogansville and more convincing others to ~lp fund it, cut the ribbon Pening the faciliW on Jan. An open-house that vas attended by several bther city officials and t members On Monday, Jan. 12, Cochran, who is the club for the and Girls Club West ~ CLUB, Page 2A f..__ "His demonstrated leader- ship and ability will contribute greatly to the effectiveness of the Appropriations Committee and the House generally." Epps will also serve on the ay cam oavto~ 13/ROOM - Children's bright smiles reflect off the brightly covered rug on the faolity 's TV room;~ ~ ~ gather to watch move, ~en t0U~e rat~, and k~un. ay cam ct~a~ck FOOSBAIA., ANYONE? - Foosball is one of the entertaining games that you~sters can enjoy in the club's game room. Others arebilliards and ping pong. !exas Firm Investing $1 Million Here ~ L~AYBI~N3K Worth, announced this week that the company will employ up to 30 people ~. within perhaps the first year, and that ~.A S9,000-square-foot building on number will grow, according to the hew ~msville' Industrial Road is about to e new life: Earlier this week, employ- hy~ellsWere moving in the equipment that used by Conner Industries, Inc., the wood products that the com- ~cross the country. According to an announcement from xas-based Cormer Industries, that will spend about $1 million on new ment and renovating the building e next 10-12 months. The metal building, in use most sy c.m OaWrook NEW HOME - This huge metal build- ing on Industry Road will be home to the new Conner Industries, Inc. plant in Hogansville. future will be for the production of wood products. plant manager, who was on the job early this week. He said employment could peak at about 50. A company spokesman in Texas said that Conner makes a variety of wood products, including parts for wood pal- lets, "although we don't make pallets," the wood part of the frames used in ship- ping refrigerators and such things as the grooved banding used by companies that ship big loads of piping. Much of the company's work is "cus- tom-ordered" by companies its sells to. - ently as warehouse space for John t ~ Sprayers will continue to ware- I ~ some of that company's supplies Community Health Sub- Committee of the Appropriations Committee. "I am grateful to have been entrusted with this responsibili- ty which, during these difficult fiscal times, is truly humbling," said Epps. "I look forward to serving the committee and the people of my district in this capacity.'~ "I am also happy to have been added to the Community Health Sub-Committee, and plan to focus intently on searching out solutions which increase the level and quality of health care provided to the citizens of Georgia." Epps 15 Jailed After Raid For Crack Cops Also Claim Gambling At South Lee Street House By CUNT CLAYBROOK Troup County sheriff's deputies arrested 15 people at a house at 448 South Lee St. in HogansviUe on Saturday, Jan. 10 after raid- ing a house there and finding crack cocaine, gambling going o,n and one convicted felon in possession of a rifle. About ~ that morning deputies raided the house after receiving information that two of the people arrest- ed were selling cocaine at the house and a report that gam- bling was taking place in a 12-foot-by-12-foot building located next to the house, sheriff's investigator Wesley Gaddy reported. "Upon entering the build- ing," agents made contact with approximately 12 male sand two females gathered around a table covered w~h playing cards and money," according to that report. OFFICERS FOUND a plastic bag filled with approx- imately 10 rocks of crack cocaine", another bag con- raining three small yellow zip lock bags of crack cocaine" and several other plastic bags. They "also found a Remington .11-caliber rifle in the corner of the room next to Michael Cameron, who is a convicted felon," according to a report from the sheriff's department, and "in a vehi: cle parked next to the build- ing, agents found a plastic bag containing more of the small zip-lock bags." Officers also seized approximately $3,831 from individuals, the card table and a gun which was lying next to Douglas Cameron," according to a report by the "Willie Harold Jackson was arrested outside of the building for possession of cocaine after agents found a crack pipe" in his possession, the report said ........... The report indicated that the raid followed a report that Michael Cameron and Douglas Cameron were in possession of and selling cocaine at the house. THOSE ARRESTED, according to the sheriff's department, included: Michael~ Anthony Cameron, 39, of 448 S. Lee St, Hogansville, for possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, gambling and keeping a gam- bling place. Douglas Lamar Cameron, 41, of 92 Zebra Lane, Grantville, for posses- sion of cocaine, gambling, and keeping a gambling place. Derrick Cornez Cameron, 29, of 606 Elm St., Hogansville, for possession of cocaine and gambling. Robert Lashun Allen, 23, of 215 Brooks Read, Hogansville, for possession of cocaine and gambling. Larry Donnel Cotton St., 48, of 508 Boyd Road, Hogansville, for possession of cocaine and gambling. Anrique Cameron, 36, of 342 Laurel Lane, LaGrange, for possession of cocaine and gambling. * Robert Lee Cameron, 61, of 225 Hwy 29, Hogansville, for possession of cocaine and gambling. Barry Rutledge, 39, of 605 W. Main Street, Hogansville, for possession of cocaine and gambling. Jimmy Cameron, 49, of 343 Tin Bridge Road, ~:equipment, but its primary use in the Conner Industries, located in Fort See CONNER, Page 2A sheriff's office. See RAID, Page 2A State Vows to Help Stul ed WestPoint Workers ~ifelong Hogansville area resident Margie ~dit~j Purgason, 69, an. 5. She retired as ~supervLsorfrom ~r~aytex/mparel and was a devoted member of Cor~th C~urch, where she !.~e~ as a Sunday school ~ea~r and a Vacation !st scho are or. Oeauls, 8A By ,JOHN KUYKENDALL Company officials from WestPoint Stevens notified the labor department on Friday, Jan. 9 that the com- pany plans to close its Dixie Plant and Dunson Plant, both in LaGrange, on March 9. The closing of the two plants willeliminate $50 jobs, 200 of which would be elimi- nated at the Dixie Plant locat- ed at 710 Greenville Street and 350jobs at Dunson, locat- ed at 101 Fulton Street. Both man- ufacturing facilities employ work- ers from Troup County lrhunno~ and many sur- rounding counties. "The plant closures at WestPoint Stevens create a difficult situation for the workers and their families," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. "I want them to know that they are not alone in dealing with the problem. We, at the Georgia Department ofLabor, arepre- pared to assist them. "Our staff will work with the employer and the com- munity as the layoffs occur ees file claims for unemploy- ment insurance and give. them access to services designed to get them back to work as quickly as possible." Thurmond also said that employees who might need additional skills willbeassist- ed by the Labor Department in Fmding appropriate train- ing. The Department of Labor to determine how ~ conducts jol? searc, h,work. assist the affected employ- shops, career counseling and ees. We will help the employ- provides resource centers in each office. Some job seek- ers may also be eligible for occupational/skills training, on-the-job training, GED preparation and testing, and supportive services. The area is served by the Georgia Department of Labor's LaGrange Career Center, located at 1002 Longley Place in LaGrange. The telephone number is (706}~. ~ The site may be accessed at www.dol.state.g&us. i: