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They're Open For Business I I IM  W Special Sectiol .: - ..... n ma • i"',52: AL ling Fun )ors -5,4 The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 4 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2003 20 PAGES • 2 SECTIONS • 1 INSERT ° Dies After Close Call With Train GETER A Hogansville woman died afternoon after either under or between two rail cars. Officers believe that Janie May 51, of 100 Baptist Drive, saw another train'coming on an adja- cent set of tracks as she crawled from the other tracks. The accident occurred on the stretch of tracks between Boyd Road and Main Street. CSX employee W.R. Beasley told police a black female had dart- ed out between his train and anoth- er a train that was stopped. He said he was not sure if the woman had been struck. Reeves was found lying face down in the gravel, conscious. Officer Cory Keele said he spoke to Reeves asking her what happened. Reeves said she saw the train coming and jumped out of the way. She told Keele the train did not hit her. EMS transported her to the West Georgia Medical in LaGrange where she was to b'e treated for minor cuts, bruises and a large bruise on her back. Troup County Coroner Jeff Cook said Reeves was alert and talking to the medical staff. "She got to the hospital and as they were about to start running tests, the lady died," Cook said. Reeves' body was taken to Atlanta for an autopsy. Lee Chair Sen. Dan Lee (R- range) has been named of the powerful and Redistricting Committee by President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson (R- Savannah). • Under nor- mal circum- stances, reap- portionment occurs only once 10 Gov. Perdue VOwed to redraw the lines communities are rep- ive among "We have counties now :have 16 representatives eight or nine senators - is ridiculous," Sen. Lee people of Georgia ’’ho their elect- so that they ._____ able to contact them wih lStions, concerns, and | n. Lee has continually Iced his opposition to the 'ent maps and the way the ess was handled follow- I the 2000 census when the mbers of Georgia's eral Assembly were obli- delega- Senate, and the House of following the session in , to change the to something more ls chair of the commit- have that power. redistricting is one Perdue's prior- ,. he has asked Sen. Lee, la his assistant adminis- floor leader in the to author the legisla- that will call for a new d of district lines for the ee's congressional delega- n, the State Senate and the °rgia House of Presentatives. This will mark the first [ ,. in Georgia s history that !tricting will take place iuout the U.S. Attorney neral's office requiring ! eneral Assembly to the maps. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: : By Bryan Geter KEEPING BUSY - Troup County Probate Judge Donald Boyd looks over papers concernintj the election. Boyd said he was neutral on whether to create an election board or leave it as it is. Boyd Remains Neutral On Election Board Idea tion board through the a local bill in the By BRYAN GETER general Assembly. Waller said elections shouldn't be the Troup County Probate Judge Donald probate judge's responsibility. Boyd said he would remain neutral on the Most large counties in the state have issue of establishing an election board in an election board, he added. the county. When a probate judge faces opposition, Boyd told the Hogansville Home News an elections board comprised of one Tuesday that if the County Commission Democratic, one Republican and the pro- wants to do that, then he would not fight bate judge as the chair, makes all the deci- it, but at the same time he's not going to sions and proofs the ballots. lobby for it. Waller hopes to persuade Boyd said he can't always give prompt Commissioner richard English to intro- service to all that enter his doors two to duce a resolution in favor od the election three months prior to the election because board. we have to be real tedious and make sure Waller said he hopes it will consist of everything is correct. "An election a big responsibility." Boyd one or two county commission appoint- ments, one Republican and one Democrat. stated, "Some last minute error can be dev- English said he has not given much astating, thought to the recommendation. Boyd noted most problems occurring He said he was for the seven-member in last November's election seemed to be board in 1987 that lasted only about five in counties with election boards, years. The local Democratic Executive Troup County Republican Party Committee chairman, Charles Waller said Chairman Tom Mills said he didn't see any- last week he would like to create an elec- thing wrong with leaving it the way it is. Charged in Raid on Meth Lab AN GETER :he LaGrange Police have arrested 9ects with the Friday metham- lab raid at 105 1/2 Cox Street Fuller, 45, of GrantviUe was with possession of metham- with the intent to distribute. raid with pos- session the drug incudes: • Jennifer Brown, 3L of 105 1/2 Cox Street; • Claud Wayne "Clay ' Atha, 28, of 105 1/2 Cox Street; • Kevin Slaughter, 18 of GrantviUe; and • Kandy Spradlin, 29, of 105 1/2 Cox Street Police said while investigating a report by the Department of Family and Children's Services on Friday afternoon, they smelled an odor of methampheta- mine cooking and saw in plain view sev- eral bags od suspected methampheta- mine inside the residence. Police said several hypodermic nee- dles were also found. Drug investigators and agents with the Environmental Protection Division See METH LAB, Page 2A Court Fines Run Into Thousands Cases Range From Leash Law To Disorderly Conduct Charges By VALINDA IVERY Judge Robert Whatley disposed of a large number of court cases in HOgansvitle Recorder's Court January 9th. Charges ranged from leash law violation to disor- derly conduct • Benjamin Clifton Addison, charged with seat- belt violation, fined $15.00. • Richard David Allen, charged with expired tag, fined $76.50. • Robert Lashun Allen, Jr., seatbelt violation, fined $15.00. • Wyle Bill Allen, Jr., charged with failure to use turn signal, operating a vehi- cle without a valid tag and tag light required, fined $229.50. • David Anthony Askew was charged with leash law violation and fined $50.00. • Christian Manzell Brown was charged with seatbelt violation and no proof of insurance and fined $s3.oo. • Quandas Raymond Brown who was charged with seatbelt violation was fined $15.00. • Willie George Brown was charged with disorderly conduct and fined $217.50. • Stacy Denise Buchanan, seatbelt violation, fined $15.00. • Ronald O'Neal Burston was charged with seatbelt violation and child restraint violation and fined $53.00 total. • Douglas Lamar Cameron, improper head- light, fined $76.50. • Bridgett N. Chapman was fined $38.00 for driving while license is suspended. • Ronald Arthur Chavez, Jr., failure to stop at stop sign, fined $76.50. • William Martin Chick was charged with headlight requirement and seatbelt restraint violation and fined $148.50. • Phillip Lamar Cook, charged with disregarding a stop sign and fined $76.00. • Shane Dasinger .was charged with speeding 53/40 and fined $76.50. • Jamal Davidson was charged with headlight requirement, no license on p.erson, no proof of insurance, safety belt requirement and safety belt (child) require- ment and fined $204.50. • Edward Eugene Davis, who was charged with driv- ing under the influence of alcohol and failure to main- tain lane, was fined $3,726.50. • Jackie E. Derring, tail, light required, fined $76.50. • George Joseph Dumon, safety belt violation, fined $15.00. • Jimmy Cornelius Dykes, See COURT, Page 2A By Bryan Geter FIGHTING FOR THE BALL - The Callaway Lady Cavaliers fight for the roundball aclainst rival Manchester in a recent game. * Sports, 8,