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ogansvil The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the HogansviUe-Grant00le Area PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 t y Moves Closer th Demolition ans for Homes . Council got the night as they made dilapidat- m the city which the city to. as "eye-sores" unsafe.,, City Manager David 1 of ech house have etters written to the decision an incorrect address. said he :;hould be held Dorrough said the hear- give the COune il an opportu- citizen complaints and agreed and been 'scheduled for OWners of the prop- voi,:e their opin- ust Cause why they should the houses. statics a hearing least 10 days, but no s, Prior :o a hearing. scheduled to be with the regular had been demoltition or ren- any of the homes. Were :nterested," WOuld have proba- SOught permits.,, He told the council it was important to remember this is only the first phase of the condemnation project. "After we get this batch taken care of," Aldrich stated, "we will come up with a list of others. Hopefully, by April or May we can start on yet another batch." Aldrich said he wants to hold the number of homes on each list to eight, but no more than a dozen at the time. He said the project will be done by streets in alphabetical order. "I think this is a fair way to do it," he said. IN OTHER BUSINESS, the council approved the second reading of a "Sign Ordinance." The purpose of the sign ordinance is to permit signs that will not, by their size, location, construction or manner of display, endanger the public safety of individuals; confuse, mislead, or obstruct the vision necessary for traf- fic safety; or otherwise endanger pub- lic health, safety or welfare. There are restrictions such as light- ing, height and positioning. Lighted, neon or luminous signs giv- ing off light resulting in glare, blinding, or any adverse effect on traffic will not be allowed in the city. The light from illuminated signs shall be established in such a manner that adjacent properties and roadways are not adversely affected and no direct light is cast upon adjacent properties and roadways. No internally illuminated ground or pole signs can be erected within 50 feet of any dwelling within a residential dis- trict. No sign shall be erected if it con- tains, or is illuminated, by any flashing intermittent or moving light or lights except an electronic message board sign. No sign shall be erected which sim- ulates an official traffic control or warn- ing sign, as to confuse or mislead the traffic or hide from view, any traffic or street sign or signal. OTHER RESTRICTIONSrequire no sign can be erected which obstructs any fire escape, means of egress or ventila- tion or prevents free passage from one part of a roof to any other part thereof. And no sign can be erected, attached, painted or drawn on any tree, rock or other natural feature, retaining wall or utility post along the public right of way. All types of signs including pole, ground, wall and flush mounted canopy, hanging canopy, roof, window, and ban- ners have standards and regulations placed on them as well. Business and non-business signs, such as announcing, commemorative directional, identification and instruc- tional signs all have requirements. Temporary signs also have require- ments that must be followed. The new ordinance calls for strict enforcement with penalties for any vio- lations of the ordinance. A complete copy of this ordinance can be viewed at HogansviUe City Hail during regular business hours. By m GmO# Is Spring almost here? If you go by the blossoms on this large Bartlett pear tree in Hogansville, you may answer yes. Admiring the beauty and the aroma of the blossoms are (left to right) Ricky Samples, Frances Robinson and Guy Spradlin all of Hogansville. ident Fatal for Hogansville Man man di[ed fr around om injuries he } a Single car accident 29 just south of Mason, 74, ,of Street was pro- at the scene by Coroner Wimtp Was enroute t:o Hogansville in a pickup when the CONTROL of in a curve, crossed lane, entered t struck a culvert, to Police reports. front-end pene- Hancel Mason trated the dirt approximately three feet," the investigating offi- cer wrote in his report. Mason was trapped in the vehicle. "The Coweta County Fire Department was called to the scene to clear the way for the EMT's to remove Mason from the vehicle," according to dispatch reports. POLICE STATED IT IS unclear what caused the accident. There were no skid marks lead- ing to the point of impact, indi- cating Mason may have been unconscious prior to the accident, according to police. Ricky Samples, of Samples Wrecker Service, said Mason was strapped in his seatbelt and he was still wearing his glasses when he arrived at the scene. "Jaws of Life" was used to pry open the door of the vehicle by emergency personnel. Due to the By Bryan C.,NWS# LIFE OF HOGANSVILLE MAN - Hancel Mason, 74, of Hogansville died last in this 199,l Chevrolet pickup after failing to negotiate a curve near Grantville. Were used to open the door and then remove the roof from the truck to free Mason. dead at the scene. damage sustained by the vehi- cle, the top of the truck was also removed to help free Mason from the vehicle. Mason was retired from Uniroyal and was currently employed part-time at Ingles Supermarket and Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing immensely. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; one son, Terry of Snellville; two daughters, Janice McLaughiin of Marathon, Fla. and Lynn WiUiams of Port St. Joe, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Yvonne McKibben of Hogansville and Rhonda Broach of Grantville; and a sister, Sarah Beall of Hogansville. Funeral services were held Friday at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial followed in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Youth of Troup County Learning to Save Lives Ten members of Law Enforcement Explorer Post 118, sponsored by the Troup County Sheriff's Office, spent their Saturday morning being certi- fied to save lives. The young people were trained to perform CPR by David Boyd and Crystal Boyd, teachers with the American Heart Association. Boyd, an Emergency Medical Technician, is also a candidate for Troup County Coroner. The young men and women, ranging in age from fourteen to seventeen, learned Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation as part of their annual training. They were also instructed on emer- gency first aid procedures. "Knowing how to save a life, if you ever have to, is something that is a valuable tool," Sheriff Donny Tamer says. "We hope that they never have to use the skills they are learning now but it's good to know just in case." "CPR saves lives, I've seen it first hand," Boyd says. "Everybody needs to learn CPR, from young people to adult. It is important." EXPLORER POST 118 is a volunteer organization that pro- vides young people with a chance to learn more about a career in law enforcement. Two former members of the post, Stewart Smith and Ley Wynne, are now deputies with the Troup County Sheriff's Office. "A lot of the things I learned as an Explorer were taught to me again when I went through basic mandate training in Columbus," Deputy Smith says. "Most people don't realize this but Explorers go through some of the same training as deputies do. The five years that I spent with Explorers prepared me to become a deputy, I don't think that I would be where I am today without it." Smith now serves as an asso- ciate advisor with the post. Boyd says anyone who is interested in learning CPR can contact him at AMR or call the local office of the American Heart Association. Sheriff's Office Seeking Leads in Recent Burglary Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff's office are ask- ing for leads in a recent burglary which occurred on Whitfield Road in LaGrange. The homeowner told deputies that someone forced their way into the residence on or about February 25 and took a number of items. The items removed from the home include: a Remington six- teen gauge automatic shotgun, two thirty-eight special hand- guns, one radio shack scanner, one RCA antenna and one VCR. If anyone has any informa- tion on this theft or the items taken, please call Troup County Crime Stoppers.