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'Love Waits' A Success -;n,..' ::~ -For Wi~ o=ck Fishermen 'Fowl II.n' in 1954 -44 Th "l Formerly The Hogansville Herald Sen g the Hogansville-Grant le Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U, S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 61, NO. 7 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2004 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 1 INSERT L ' CtJI~ CLAYBROOK Hogansville's former city man- David Aldrich, is said to be three finalists for the city Griffin. Griffin's former city during the sum- and Is now city manager of a personnel consult- t for the City of Griftrm told The City Manager Seeking Top Spot in Griffin "The interview- ing process hasn't been completed yet" and she is unsure of a target date for hir- ing a new CEO in Griffin, Sarah Coker told The Home News. If Aldrich lands Alddoh the Griffin job, he'll be moving up to a city that is approximately 10 times as large as Hogansville, where he held the city manager's job for some five years. Griffin's population is about 28,000; Hogansville's, per the last Census, was just under 2,800. A Griffin police officer was in Hogansvflle earlier this week doing a background check on Aldrich: He showed up at the Hogansville Police Department with questions and is also known to have interviewed Mayor Wilson St. Clair. Aldrich quit his approximately $69,000-a-year job here In October WEATHERING WEATHER - Workmen at the Shallow Creek Suixfivision were slowed a bit by the recent heavy rains, but they were back hard at work on Monday. ON THE BLOCK - ~re are three new sub- m various stages of development These three on the edge of Mallard's Lake Subdivision are ready - or almost ready - for the potentially of folks, mainly from the Atlanta area, that hopes to attract in the next few years. Housing Boom Up as Subdivisions Take Shape reefers were hard at work on 9ne of those homes on Collier Street earlier this week. *The Villages at Huntcliff, anoth- er Arnold-developed subdivision, this one on Highway 29, a stone's throw from downtown Hogansville, is ready for construction to begin and builders cguld be at, work there perhaps by month's end. ties is going as fast at that site as the weather permits. The "signs" of competition are escalating: Shallow Creek's develop- ers have a sign up at the Grantville exit off 1-85 north of Hogansville, and have also recently erected a new sign at sweet level on East Main Street in the downtown area, perhaps 75 feet "closer" to approaching traffic than the Mallard's Lake "lot for sale" sign which has been in place for month. Readers can look for more "pro- motions" aimed at "empty-nesters" and first-time home buyers in the com- ing weeks: Arnold is known to be con- sidering his advertising options. *And the developers of Shallow Creek Subdivision, near the city's southern border, are also racing to get construction started, also ~rhaps as early as the end of the month. Meantime, curb and gutter work and installation of underground utili- CLAYBROOK Competition aimed at new home is heating up in Hogansville, as developers race to complete new homes in three subdivisions by the City Council in recent ~ths. : *Of the three subdivisions, onlyone has a single house up and ready Occupancy: That is the Mallard's Subdivision on Collier Street, a At least two houses on the south of that subdivision are complete zu~! another is nearing completion - HelpPrepare Budget for City CLAYBROOK er's post at least until the City Council decides how well he did preparing the budget - "has proven his exceUence in his field of expertise," that being utilities and dealing with construction projects and a variety of city servic- es, especially utilities. And now the council will get a look at Jordan's ability to deaJ with the city's books - especially projecting where the city's revenues will come from and how its money will be spent over the next year. St. Clair and City Council members said recently before appointing the two CPAs to help work on the budget, that the process as well as the written budget itself can be confusing to peo- ple who don't specialize in that type of worL See PANEL, Page 2A Jordan, Hogans- city manager, or city manager at least until c~ty's Fiscal 2005 city is approved by the of June, will have some help in preparing the That is because of action City Council in recent to name a three-mem- Committee to work on and simplifying budget. , that committee Councilman Jack along with Andy and Bill Stankiewicz, of whom are certified accountants who live Wilson St. Clair earlier this week that - named two weeks to hold the city rhanag- after several months of aggrava- tion spurred by some City Council members who were on his case - some said unfairly-over questions about council members' travel expenses while on city business and one councilman's refusal to pay a deposit for utility service at his downtown business, a bill the coun- cilman said he was neverasked to pay. Aldrich, who still lives in Hogansville, had been on the job here about five years at the time and was credited with having turned the city's finances around during his tenure. In recent weeks, Randy Jordan, wrm was hired a city building offi- cial while Aldrich was still city man- ager, has been named city manag- er, contingent on how he handles the next fiscal year's city budget, which should be known by early summer. See ALDRICH, Page 2A BloodDrive Scheduled On Tuesday Supply 'Dangerously Low;' Citywide Effort Planned By CUNT CLAYBROOK The Red Cross says its supply of blood is running almost dangerously low and is encouragi.ng~l~ .~ Hogansville to help build back up the agency's supply. In a press release Monday, Feb. 9, the Red Cross said that the state's blood sup- ply "remains at a minimal level for safe patient care, Alt hough donor response has been good, there are little or no blood reserves on hand for any large-scale emergencies. A Hogansville church hopes to help do something about the problem. Ebenezer Presbyterian Church on East Main Street is sponsoring a Hogansville community blood drive on Tuesday Feb. 17 - that's next Tuesday - and the public is being encouraged to partici- pate. That drive will goon from 1-6 p.m. The Red Crdss needs ~t least a three-to-five day sup- ply of blood to be prepared for situations such as multi- ear accidents, industrial acci- dents or airplane or bus crashes. "Since early December the blood inventory has never risen above a day and a half supply. Currently there is less than a one-day supply of Type O blood, which is used exten- sively in hospital trauma cen- ters. "We have been operating on a day-to-day basis for the last two months, with every pint of blood collected being sent out as soon as possible to a waiting hospital. There has been no opportunity to build up our inventories for potential emergency use," explained Chris Hrouda, chief executive officer of American Red Cross Blood Services Southern Region, in Atlanta. "We have so very little blood in reserve we are in a vulnerable situation in which lives could be at stake." You can make an appoint- ment to give blood at one'of the donor centers across the state, including in Columbus and Atlanta, by calling 1-800- GIVE LIFE, where there is information about the closest donor center or blood drive. The Southern Region, which supplies blood to more than 140 hospitals and health- care facilities in Georgia, needs 1,200 donors to give blood each day in order to have enough blood for patient needs, according to the Red Cross. i i v cam oactcoo~ CREATIVE STUDENTS-Alice Gamer, a pre-K assistant in teacher Deann Reeves' homeroom at Hogansville Elementary School, shows off the variety of valentines put together in anticipation of Valentine's Day by those 3, 4 and 5-year-old students. Bottom Left: Brianna Neese, 5, shows off some of the student artwork at the School. Brianna's mom, Tami Neese, is a fourth- grade teacher.