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The "-'-'1 / Official Legal Organ, City of Hogansville Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the HogansviUe-Grantville Area J. Dan Stata THE CATCHER for the Cavaliers gets ready first pitch of the baseball season for Callaway High. rs opened the season Monday in the Pacelli High 1Tournament held in Columbus. Ben showed the plate as well with a homerun against Manchester The Cavaliers brought home a 6-5 win. Geter Editor Hogans Heroes Owner Nabbed in Drug Sting Early Tuesday morning, the GBI supervised West Georgia Multi jurisdictional Task Force, along with the Hogansville Police Department, shut down a methamphetamine lab operat- ing out of a well-known Hogansville restaurant, and arrested two individuals, includ- hag the restaurant's owner. Jeff Spader, 43, of Hogansville, proprietor of the Hogan's Heroes restaurant, and Jennifer Bisett, 20, a waitress at the restaurant, also of Hogansville, were arrested shortly after midnight, and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and posses- sion of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. "They were cooking the drugs where they were cooking the food," Hogansville Assistant Police Chief Michael Craig said. THE ARRESTS WERE the results of a four-month investi- gation into meth labs operating in the area. Task Force agents began conducting surveillance Struck By Train Out to Be 00gitive address provided and Gamble was there. Gamble was transported by Healthstar to the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange where she was treatedand dis- missed. Reports reflect the woman suffered visible injuries (all minor) to her left hand. Wisniewski said Gamble fled the scene because of the active warrants pending against her. He stated the woman was also intoxicated at the time of the incident. THE TROUP County Sheriff's Department was con- tacted and were waiting to arrest Gamble on an outstand- ing warrant after she was dis- missed from the hospital. Assisting the HogansviUe Police Department were CSX, Troup County Fire Department, Troup County Sheriff Department and Healthstar. Man OK After Tractor Accident A Hogansville man who was pinned under his tractor last Friday was listed in stable con- dition on Tuesday morning at the West Georgia Medical Center. James Bonner, 51, of Cornith Road was attempting to push a tree down in his yard with his tractor when it overturned pin- ning him underneath the steer- hag wheel. The Troup County Fire Department had to saw the steering column off the tractor to free Bonner. Prices Expected woman was Sunday night struck by a train l Streets ha and found herself the incident. Gamble, Street was walking across the tracks when a CSX her. the HogansvillePolice arrived at the victim had already the searched her, wit- police of the identity and her DAVIDWisniewski an officer to the Continue Upward Climb By John Kuykendall Editor Area residents have been paying more at the gas pumps lately, and that trend is expect- ed to continue, according to Wes Morgan, vice president of Morgan Oil Company in Talbotton. "We're getting increases in our prices pretty much on a daily basis," Morgan said. "That, of course, will reflect in the pump prices. "We've had pretty substan- tial increases over the past 30 to 60 days and I don't see anything stopping that right now." Morgan said prices have increased approximately .17 per gallon since December 21 Residents were paying between .89.9 (cents) and .92.9 per gallon around Christmas, but have seen the pump prices increase to over $1.20 per gal- lon ha recent weeks. Morgan says with the prices continuing to increase to suppli- ers, local gas prices could goas high as $1.50 per gallon by March or April. $Gnaon2 By Imh SmmqSl INCREASE - Area residents will be pay- pump. Experts say the price of oil is expect- ue its increase. In the photo above, Keesha Prather Precious COmmodity into her Ford Explorer. iii ii ii iii i - "They were cooking the drugs where they were cooking the food." Michael Craig Hogansville Police on the restaurant late Monday afternoon and followed Spader as he left the establishment. A traffic stop revealed that Spader possessed enough chemicals ha his vehicle to make 50 ounces of methamphetamine, valued at about $60,000. SHORTLY AFTER, a search warrant executed at the restau- rant, uncovered the lab operat- ing out of the same kitchen where food is prepared. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were called in to clean up the lab. Approximately 20 gal- lons of ether and other products used to make methamphetamine were seized. Additional arrests are likely. THE WEST GEORGIA Multi-jurisdictional Task Force is comprised of representatives from the GBI, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Heard County Sheriff's Office, Meriwether County Sheriff's Office, Carrollton Police Department, Villa Rica Police Department and Bowdon Police Department. According to reports, Hogan's Heroes will be closed pending a Health Department investigation and further inves- tigation by law enforcement. Improvements to Electrical System Will Be Very Costly By Bryan Geter Associate Editor Bob Hatch of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) told the Hogansville City council Monday night it was going to take a lot of money to avoid electrical problems this summer. Hatch informed the city it would needed to spend approx- imately $80,000 per year over the next few years to convert two electrical circuits from four to twelve kilovolts to help avoid voltage problems during the summer. Hatch said Hogansville has about one-third voltage that most systems have and it was creating a serious problem. "Most systems this size have twelve volts," he said. The city experienced a prob- lem last summer because the voltage was too low, Hatch said. "If nothing is done," he said, "refrigerators could burn up, television screens could shrink and air conditioners could tear up." He told the council Hogansville has the same volt- age it had 50 years ago. "Today there are more air conditioners and the system is at the breaking point," he said. CITY MANAGER David Aldrich said the city shouldn't wait until budget time to begin the conversion since that would take the city into the heat of summer. "I like to know if they city is interested, so I can work out some prices and get bids out," Aldrich said. "Speed is of the essence. If we start now the project should be ready by the end of May or early June." Councilperson Peggy Harris said the city apparently did not have a choice in the mat- ter and would have to move for- ward with the project. The council agreed the improvements were needed. It was not determined when the project would begin or when it would be completed. "ONE AREA OF town, near Piggly Wiggly, is expecting to see the construction of 400 new homes," Hatch told the council. "That could cost a half million dollars or you can spread .it over a number of years, just doing a little each year until the project is completed." He said the city could start at the fire station on Lincoln Street and do a little upgrading at a time, which would cost about $80,000 annually. "The entire circuit would cost a half million dollars to con- vert," he said. He noted one of the three areas has already been convert- ed. "The area of Ingles and Carters has been converted and is in good shape," Hatch said. "There's a risk each summer as more voltage are used, the system goes up and up and the problems start," he said. "There is no quick way to solve the prob- lem." Hatch said now was the time to get the job done before hot weather strikes. "I think this is the most eco- nomical way," he added Councilperson Jean Crocker asked Hatch how long, it would take to complete the project Hatch assured her it would only take about two months. "You have got to make a deci- sion now before it gets hot," Hatch said. Frances Robinson/Staff PILOT CLUB DONATION - Eddie Robinson (right), president of the Hogansville Elementary PTO, accepts a check for $1,000 to be used for curtains in the renovated auditorium at the school, Presenting the check were (left to right) Sheila Rowe, Heather Newsom and Kylie Bartlett, Pilot Club Donation Helps Purchase Curtains at Hogansville Elementary The Pilot Club of Hogansville's largest fund-rais- er is the Miss Hogansville Pageant. Each year contestants are asked to sell ads for the pro- gram book. Proceeds from the pageant are used for various pro- jects throughout the year includ- ing, but not limited to, the Senior Citizens' Christmas Party, the Susan St. Clair Scholarship, and the Empty Stocking Fund. Last Wednesday, Heather Newsom, daughter of Be and Michelle Newsom, Kylie Bartlett, daughter of Be and Anissa Bartlett, and Sheila Rowe, of the Hogansville Pilot Club, pre- sented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Eddie Robinson, presi- dent of the Hogansville Elementary PTO, to be used for curtains in the renovated audito- rium at Hogansville Elementary School. Heather was crowned Miss Hospitality, and Kylie was crowned First Runner Up in ad sales for 1999. The next pageant is tenta- tively scheduled for late spring of this year and is open to all girls ages two and up.