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HES students help veterans! School burne" 50 years ago! mllmml i i i! .5,4 PRSRTSTD AUTO 0. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMITNO. 35 VOL. 65, NO. 9 Formerly The Hogansville Herald . Serving the HogansmUe-Granttrtlle Area Since 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY; FEB. 28, 2008 10 PAGES 1 SECTION "50 %. By Angela Brown STANDING FOR THOSE WHO STOOD FOR US - An estimated 80 Patriot Guard Riders led the family from Faith Baptist Church to Meadoway Gardens Cemetery with American and Bulldog flags flying in the air. team, and j Hundreds lined I 'ck when played/ ets of LaGvange j theplayoffsc'atthe Georgiti sfletlce last Saturday to'pay uome in Atlanta. their respe ctstoSgt. Corey He attei ded the Marc Emmett Spates. Sgt. Spates, 21, passed away on: Sunday Feb. I0 in Diyala Province, Iraq. He was serving in his seer, end tour of duty in Iraq at the time of his death. After the funeral servic- es, an estimated 80 Patriot Guard Riders escorted fam- ily and friends of Sgt Spates to . Meadoway . Gardens Cemetery where a burial with military honors was Richt footb4dlcamp. At Troup High he was also a letterman of the Swim Team, and a member of Western Heights Baptist Church. After high school, he joined the United States Army in May 2004 and served his first tour in Iraq from January 2005 to January 2006. Family received friends atWestern Heights Baptist Church from 5-9 p.m. on held. Friday, Feb. 22. On Feb. 15 a memorial ! aieral servi6es were service was heldiraq by heidSaturdayFeb. 23 atFaith his uqit, 213 AcR ' Baptist Church with FOB CaldWell and was'led Revere l Greg Brown offi- by Lt. Col. Paul Colvert. ciating. SGT. SPATES was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and to honor his 10ve for this team, the family requested every- one to wear black and red for the funeral, Born July 3, 1986 in LaGrange, he attended Troup County Schools and played the saxophone in the band at Long Cane Middle School. He was:a lettermml 0fthe . / By Angela S~ AN EMOT|ONAL EYENT--- residentsof LaGrange gath- ered near the streets with American Flags,and Georgia Bulldogs flags to pay respects to. Sgt. Spates, along with his family and friends. SGT. SPARES leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife Celeste Spates of Hogansville; mother and step-father, Joy and Steve Thomas of LaGrange; father, Steve Spates of LaGrange; three brothers, Michael and Amanda Spates, Jacob Thomas and Patrick Thomas, all of LaGrange; grandpar- ents, Donald and Jackie Estes of Adairsvile; Sandra and John Simpson, Jolly Spates, and Argle and Debra Thomas, all of :LaGrange; mother-in-law and andstep- father-in-law, Cynthia and Greg York of Hogansville; father-in-law and step-moth- er-in-law, Scott and Susie Burke of Odessadale; three n phews, Michael Crowder, Crowder, and Corey Scott Spates; a niece, Georgia Spates; and his dog, Herschel and cat, Bruce. A angements were entn ed to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary located in 'LaGrange. THOSE DESIRING are urgedto contribute to either Western Heights Baptist Church, Children's Ministry orthe UniverSity of Georgia, Athletic Department. Attn: Georgia Bulldog Club, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, GA 30603, checks payable to the Arch Foundation in memory of Corey Spates. ByAngela Brown YOUNG AND OLD REMEMBER THE BRAVE- Residents got out of their cars and gathered silently at the edge of the streets to pay tribute for a fallen hero. HES TEACHER OF THE YEAR - Mindy Dukes was selected by her peers as the Hogansville Elementary School Teacher of the Year. By ANDY KOBER Ronnie Doche, Mayor of Lone Oak, has addressed the Hogansville City Council complaining that Hogansville was encroaching on his city's water service area. The Hogansville City Council has entered into an agreement with the Meriwether County Commis- sion to supply water to Meriwether County. While Meriwether County would be the customer, the county would be allowed to resell that ,water to customers in Meriwether County up to a limit of 200,000 gallons per day. Should Hogansville have more water available at a later time, that limit could be increased. This action was taken to supply the proposed Meriwether Industrial Park, which will be located just out- side of Hogansville, east of 1- 85 Doche said th oHogan ville,selling water to Meriwether County would be a "violation" of Lone Oak's Service Strategy Area and could result in Hogansville losing its eligibility for grants. Doche also Complained the Meriwether County Commission had signed the water contract with Hogansville without consult- ing the city of Lone Oak. "I have already contact- ed the Department of Community Affairs and RDC (Regional Development Council) to conduct some research on it," Doche report- ed. Doche said his city want- ed to be included in discus- sions on supplying water to the northwest area of Meriwether County, but indi- cated it appeared as though Lone Oak "had been put out of it." "I'd like for ya'll to come By ANDY KOBF ,R Precision Planning, of Lawrenceville, has been selected as the engineering firm to design Hogansville's Tower Trail walking trail project. The decision" to hire Precision Planning was based on the recon mendatioa of Lynn Miller, with the Chatt- Flint Regional Development Council, or RDC. The RDC wrote the grant that 'was approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recreational trails program. The city had advertised for design proposals andMs. Mill: er reported that five com- panies had submitted pro- posals. Precision Planning offered the lowest cost pro- posal at $21,000. Ms. Miller explained that $10,000 of the fee will be paid from the grant funds and the $i 1,000 balance will be locally raised. Among their many other projects, Precision Planning designed Hogansville's StreetScape project. The company designed the StreetScape project in LaGrange. Precision Planning also designed the StreetScape project, wet- See TRATL Page 2A By LUANN HENDRIX Mrs. Melinda "Mindy" Dukes has been chosen as Teacher of the Year at Hogansvflle Elementary School. Dukes was chosen by her colleagues for her dedica- tion, expertise, and caring spirit. She has dual duties at Hogansville Elementary School. She is the fourth grade Extension teacher and the Enrichment teacher for all grades. Dukes has an English degree and a Masters Degree from LaGrange College plus an Educational Specialist Degree from Troy State University. She has been teaching for 22 years; twelve of those at Hogansville Elementary School. She is a member of the Beta Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and a member of New Community Church ih LaGrange. Dukes comes from a fam- ily of educators, Her grand- mother was a teacher, both of her parents were teach- ers, and her father retired after 38 years in the profes- sion. Besides the lessons she learned from her father at home, he was also her high school principal and her ninth grade Algebra teacher. Dukes lives in LaGrange with her husband, Derrick and she has two sons Drew, a freshman at Bevfll State Community College, and Rob, a junior at Troup High School. When she is not devoting time to her students, she enjoys collecting depression glass, decorating cakes, bird watching, and reading. Her favorite pastime is watching her boys play baseball.