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! lrl New Flag Honorn lUl OUI' 00tate heroes - rage 4 and its! rs - ick, )la, and i! More Houses Condemned- 3 Teacher of the Month - 8 Th Need A New Job or Home? - 6, 7 ip PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the Hogansville-Grantville Area ,a00l00ounCll " Hit 00ith Utility 00omplaints :, Y aryan Geter Residents bombarded the ;ons ogansville City Council Monday fren ht with complaints about util- bi. Dorothy Cameron told the LUJcil her husband died four ago and due to her age, she "I work in Atlanta every day td now we are on short time," _ e said. "I have a two month old 'andbby which will move in Lth me m two weh She said her utility bill was 00 last month and went to $817 is montl "Before my husband died, we t M storm windows, but it is u Cold in my house," she stat- te .Cameron said she used to set thermostat at 74 degrees but 0w heats at 68 degrees and s "plenty of clothes all the e." "I'm asking you for mercy, mL mpasion and a little t!me to Ymyb .... Yn ill, she asked. I m not [mng You to pay it, just give me I J ttle t,ne" ' "I .wish the city could do some- = tug, but we e;an't," Councilman kCf ra %qlitmore said. "We can't ! ,s ord it either, the city must pay ! e bill whether citizens pay or Amelia Chapman addressed with a high water bill believes a leaking increased her bill, as it has two previous times. "Do I get a rebate on water and sewage?" she asked. Chapman's bill was $364.56 last month; it rose to $618.47 this month. Chapman said she didn't get any of the cheap gas "the news- paper talked about, either." The council did give her cred- it on her sewage bill since the water had not been treated. She then spoke to the council about her concerns over the mill village where she resides. She said the porches and yards are full 'of jt/nk-and loud music is a problem. "People walk in the middle of the street and if you blow your horn, they just wavt you," Chapman said. She asked if city ordinances or law prohibit people from wal- ing on streets. Hogansville Police Chief Hilton Odom said if sidewalks are provided, it is unlawful to walk on streets. Mayor Pro-tern  Jimmy Jackson, who was acting mayor in the absence of Mayor Wilson St. Clair, said he has gotten several complaints about cable television. City Manager David Aldrich said may fill complaint forms at city hall and they will be for- warded to the cable provider. Councilwoman Peggy Harris stated white goods are being left on the streets, and requested police officers look for such items and report them for pickup in an effort to help keep city streets clean. By aVan  SOUND EFFORT FOR A GOOD CAUSE -The "Heavenly Strings" Gospel Singers of LaGrange were on hand Saturday night at the Spirit - Filled Church in Hogansville helping with a benefit singing for the Hal Edwards family. More than $500 was raised. A large crowd was on hand at the church to enjoy the gospel music and help with the Edwards' benefit. Pictured above is Chris Studdard and Ruth Roberts of the Christianairs and Ann George of LaGrange enjoying the concert. Mayor Wilson St. Clair Hogansville Mayor Back Home After Emergency Appendectom00 By Bryan Geter Hogansville's Mayor Wilson St. Clair is home and doing much better after having an appen- dectomy last Monday at the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. St. Clair told the Hogansville Home News Tuesday that Sunday night, January 29 after the Super Bowl, he started hurt- ing real bad, but didn't get med- ical attention until Monday morning when he went to the local doctor. He said after an examina- tion, the doctor sent him to the West Georgia Medical Center and he taken to surgery imme- diately. St. Clair said he is schedule to visit the doctor Wednesda and hopes to return to work o a part time basis, until he is corr pletely healed. St. Clair has been a fighter for more than 35 and presently seves as Trou County Assistant Fire Chief. This is St. Clair's first terr as Mayor of Hogansville. Flow of Ideas Sprayberry To Help New State Water_Program HELPING OUT - Hogansville Water Supervisor Bobb S ra yberry has been asked to help with the P.EA.K. Program which was desigml to help other cs iG  gia with their water systems. By Bryan Geter Hogansville's "Drinking Water and Waste Water Operations" has been noted as one of the state's top facilities for sev- eral years, winning many awards. Bobby Sprayberry heads the depart- ment and has an able crew which includes Ron Buchanan, Joe Vidal and Ronald Hill, all of which are certified. Last week, Sprayberry was asked to join the state's new program , "Operation P.E.A.K." (Providing Education Assistance and Knowledge for Georgia Operators). This program is a renewed effort to the already placed program, "Georgia's Peer Review Program." The Peer Review program utilizes an innovative approach to address environ- mental performance, system capacity and management of water and waste water facil- ities by utilizing the expertize of local pro- fessitrnals as "system evaluators." Since this program has been managed by volunteers, a heavy a burden and work- load have been placed on them. Recently, Georgia Water and Wastewater Institute (GWWI) assumed for- real management of the program. The renewed effort is called Operation RE.AJC and will significantly increase the o visibility of the program by utilizing aggres- sive marketing strategies that were not pre- viously possible due to time and monetary constraints. The Peer Review Management Team asked Sprayberry to join the team due to his knowledge of the industry. His job will be to evaluate the system and not to inspect it, according to Joel Peacock, Director of Operations for GWWI. Sprayberry along with approximately 50 of the most respected water profession- als in Georgia have been asked to join the program. The program is voluntary and will not interfere with Sprayberry's regular job. Hogansville City Manager David Aldrich gave his approval for Sprayberry to take part in the program. Hogansville's resident and zoning board member, Bobby Freeman said Sprayberry is "alright in his book." "He is dedicated to his job," he added, "and he does a good job." Former city manager and present zon- ing board member, Wesley Duffey said that Sprayberry knows what he is doing. "I know the kind of work he does, that is why I hired City Councilman Ezra Whitmore said Sprayberry was "number one" in his opin- ion. "He knows enough about the Hogansville water system to suit me."