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Court Fines Plentiful Page 2 II 1 Page3 !i III IIIIIIIIII II II III II II II I The "1 Formerly The Hogansville Herald s rea Page 6 Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 VOI... 59, NO. 9 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA -THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2002 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 1 INSERT 50 iddens New C_aach as0n ',h brad: 5till Alive on the Courts/ By Bry Geter .ON A ROLL- Callaway Lady Cavaliers Head Coach Evelyn Thompson instructs her squad during the first half 3ou n last Saturday aftemoon in the opening round of the state's class AA playoffs. Callaway defeated the nty Lady War Eagles, 56-35. They will play Friday in Rome against GAC at the Forum. II story, pictures 5A LaGrmge Assistant Picked From Over 40 Applicants By Bryan Geter The Troup County Board of Education selected a new head football coach for Callaway High on Thursday. Claude Giddens, 43, was selected from among more than 40 applients. Giddens was an assistant coach at LaGrange High School last season when the Grangers won the State Class AAA championship. Callaway's Principal Frank Parsons said he was excited about Giddens com- ing to Callaway. "We've got a guy who can get us where we want to go," he said. Giddens brings a lot of experience to Callaway. He was head coach at Highland Home High School in Alabama for five years with a record of 42-19 includ- ing three area championships and a trip to the state semi- finals. He  calls LaGrange home and the change will not cause him to have to relocate. He said he is excited about the kids at Callaway and their athleticism and their quality. He said Hogansville had a great football tradition and it continued at Callaway. "I have a great deal of respect for coaches Don Hendrix and Sonny Cummings," he stated. Giddens started his coaching career under Coach Steve James at Troup High in 1983 and stayed at Troup until 1990 when he went to Cartersville for one year. He returned to Troup a year later to coach under Jimmy Holley. He said each heads coach had an influence on him. "James gave me my first coaching job, at Cartersvilie. Under Mike Earwood, I picked up the offense I will run and Holley gave me an opportunity to grow as a per: son and a coach as he took me under his wing." He was the defensive coordinator under Steve Pardue last year at LaGrange. Callaway will hold spring practice in early May and said the team will run the Wing-T this fall on offense and on defense, he said, will be similar to what he did at S married to the former Denise Pruitt and they have two children, Whitley, 9 and Zach, 7. He is a graduate of Troy State with a B.S Degree in physical education and has a master degree in physical education from South Alabama. He said it is a great oppor- tunity and, "I am looking for- ward to it." Probe Car Theft Here, Bank Heist in LaGrange This the fifth bank to be robbed in this area in the last two months. Police believe the thieves also robbed two other banks in LaGrange, one in Valley and one in Hogansville. Police believe the holdup have two people involved - a robber and a get-away driver. Witnesses said a man wearing a olive jacket and black jeans and wool gloves entered the bank around 4 p.m. and had a chrome-plated pis- tol. This time the robber wore a knit cap but did not pull it over his face. He ordered the tellers to put the money into a black duffel bag and then ordered the two customers and workers to march in a line to the back room. Witnesses, who was at the drive- through, said the robber then ran out toward Harmon Street and got into a older model green Toyota pickup truck with tinted windows and went toward Eichelberger Drive. The witness said when he saw the people inside walking in a line, he drove away and phoned the police on his cellphone. CB&T Bank at Lee's Crossing was robbed on December 26, BB&T on Broad Street in LaGrange on January 17, Valley, Alabama on January 25 and January 29 at BB&T Bank in Hogansville. *The FBI, GBI and local law enforcement agencies are investi- gating the robberies. A Meriwether County woman :into Ingles in Hogansville on 10:30 p.m. and running and when she some 15 minutes later, the was gone. Dianne Harris of 271 St. police car running in the park- was missing when she A all oints bulletin was put out and it was 'located on the Upson Beach Road in Meriwether County around 3:30 a.m. Reports stated the car was set afire and burned. The value of the car is $8,000. The case is under investigation. Another bank was hit Friday afternoon in LaGrange. Police know now that at least two people are involved. This time it was the First Flag Bank at 1417 Lafayette Parkway. 'He Will Truly be Missed' Water Department Chief Sprayberry Stepping Down Due to Health The City of Hogansville is losing one of its top employees. W Hogansville's Water ano vDatewater Department Head, Bobby prayberry is leaving the position he ms held since September 2, 1991 due to sickness. abmFIs doctors is putting him on dis- _.ty after finding a blockage in his brain and seven blocka es in his arter- ies. g Sprayberry is also having numer- ous seizures which is keeping his blood presmxre unstable. Sprayberry told the Home News Monday that he has had two light StroHkeS and one heavy one, recently " Al.,gansville City Manager David urmn said Sprayberry was a good employee and he hated to see him go. "Bobby m a .... " good and dependable h-w hO  done an outstanding job '- ,Addrich said, "He will truly "I want him to stay as long as he can, he added, but I know he is sick. It was his decision to go out on disabili- ty," Aldrich said. Sprayberry brought much needed knowledge to the city's water depart- ment. He was over the water and waste- water departments for i0 years at Burlinton Industries prior to coming to Hogansville. In 1999, Hogansville's Water Plant was named the "Plant of the Year" by the state. Sprayberry has a quality staff that helps make his job a bit easier. Ron Buchanan has been named by the state as the "Top Op" operator in the department for two years consec- utive and Ronald Hill was named to this top award for one year. During the summer, when the state put a "ban" on water usage throughout the state during the drought, Sprayben'y reported that the Blue Creek reservoir was full and the city didn't really have a problem with its water. "We tryto give Hogansville the best quality of water," Sprayberry said. "We work for the city and the citizens of Hogansville," he stated. "I appreciate the job my employ- ees have done in this department," he said. "I especially appreciate City Manager David Aldrich for all that he has done for me and the city." "When he (Aldrich) came here, he said he wanted to get the city into the black," Sprayberry said, "Hogansville has been in the red ever since I have been here, and this year, the city is in the black." "I've enjoyed working for Hogansville and I appreciate the help everyone has given me," he added. Sprayberry, who is from the Rome area and a 1968 Model High School graduate, was in the restaurant busi- ness for 10 years owning four stores including selling pizza, barbecue and other items.. Aldrich said he would began look- ing for a new department head, saying he will start looking from "within" the city to see ff anybody wants and quali- fies for the job. By Br#m Geter LEAVING A LEGACY- ..Bo.y Sprayberry has been with the City of Hogansvi.e t or 1.0 years. But his going on disability due to sickness. The Water and Wastewater Head will be missed as he had one of the top water plants in the state.