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March 11, 2004

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Depot Diner Taking Shape -24 Brazils M Iw 50th An# , -3A -..,~ . .Vl,Ors ........ .,tudents -5,4 , [] The lie Formerly The Hogansville Herald Seraring the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 N PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO 35 61, NO. 11 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 1 INSERT .50 3ple to le best Birthday Use for Dr. Seuss Author On March 2 Dr. Seuss, ~amous children's author i~ustrator, would have .~.~mla:~'i~l 100 years old. Elementary )50 Down students and staff his birthday and with special activ- Beginning on March 2, ~daAccofdi dressed to cele- ~o~.~cen~ his books. Tuesday 400 DO~ in the Hat day. Many classes made hats wore red bow ties. The Cat in the Hat vis- classrooms and shared classic story. On Wednesday, stu- crazy socks and "Fox In Socks." was "My Many and stu- wore the color that how they felt that Friday was "500 Hats of Cubbins" wore silly Each day a guest read- Seuss story over SChool broadcast sys- goal in writ- s to make read- ~_ fun for children. |rlu'ough these exciting ~etivities, students were ~eminded that reading is MOt only valuable, but fun well. THAT HATISWHERE IT'S AT- Keiaushane Cameron models the appropriate headgear during Hogansville Elen~ntaw's ce4ebration of famed author Dr. Seuss. More photos, 10A ansville Council Targeting ntee Landl6rds, Eyesores "C~LAYBROOK L Hgansville is cracking [,,,,a on absentee landlords an effort to rid the city of I dilapidated buildings that ve been neglected for ars and have been allowed into disrepair. The first three or four buildings found unsafe and to be health hazards by City Manager Randy Jordan- who doubles as the city's building inspector - have been con- demned and given good weather, cry crews will prob- ably begin tearing them down within the next few days. Last week the Council "administrative fee" that will be used to help the city recoup part of the cost of having many of its old houses and rundow~:eemmercial build- ings -" such as an abandoned laun~ in the Mill Village - demolished and the debris hauled off. City .... " ....... adopted a new See ~-S, Page 2A rork Progressing Smoothly Dn City's New Police Station L~gansvme,s new police ~*uquarters building can ~.w .be seen rising out of the Lg footings for the build- Were poured on Monday, " arch l, Police Chief Guy 'r~dlin said at a Ciw Council ~eung that night. ' aStd now the walls fram- the basement are going and earlier this week i< rkmen were setting the )~ ms for the pouring of what !be the concrete floor in basement of the building. :,EStimated cost of the ~ taty, Which will include 10 ! P'~, is some $375,000. i tne facility will replace .eta'rent police building on Street downtown, I t ch is so tiny that there's . Space even for suspects [[ be interviewed out-of the r'-~enee of other people. ~. On the main floor will be: ~L. ~y port" - a covered .rang where prisoners can L be brought in and out and kept out of the weather; the 10 offices; a conference room/training room; a break- room and five restrooms. The basement will be used for storage. Police Chief Guy Spradlin won City Council support for constructing the new build- ing a few months back, citing growing pains, over-crowd- ing and the generally run- down condition of the old downtown facility. One reason council mem- ber's so readily agreed to the chief's proposal was that the new headquarters will be built entirely with seized drug funds - money that was conirLscated over the last year from suspected drug-run- ners and users who were caught inside the city limits. Several of the biggest "busts" came on Interstate 85, which is known as a cor- ridor for drug-runners sup- plying Atlanta and points east and north of Georgia's biggest city. Spradlin and his officers seized more than $1 million from druggies or their sup- pliers in the last year. In addi- tion to funding the new build- ing, that money will support the city's new Boys and Girls Club for the first year. Some of the drug money -or revenue from the sale of automobiles, weapons and other items connected to cap tured drug-carriers or users - has also gone to provide the police department with all new high-tech -equipped patrol cars over the last year. Hogansville will save even more money on the new headquarters building because "We're acting as our own (general) contractor and subbing everything out," said City M.~ger Randy Jordan. "We tried two or three times to bid the project out, but we never did get a decent bid so we decided to act as the contractor ourselves. "We're giving ourselves four months" for construc- tion time, he said. Couple Faces Drug Charges Search Follows 'T s' By JOHN KUYKENDALL A Hogansville couple has been arrested and charged with possession of suspect- ed methamphetamine (meth). Jason Jimmy Johnson, 39, and his wife, Amanda Christine Johnson, 21, were both arrested and charged with possession of suspect- ed meth. On Friday, March 5, agents with the Troup County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 373 Power Plant Road, Lot 1, in Hogansville at approxi- Troup County Sheriff Donnie Turner stated that the department had received tips that drugs were being sold from the home. "Upon arriving at the home, agents observed Jason Johnson run into the resi- dence," Turner said. "Agents made contact with both Jason and Amanda in the couple's bedroom. "After searching the bed- room, agent~ found a large number of small zip-lock packaging bags, a set of dig- ital scales, a tin container and a taped medicine bottle which had possibly been used to store meth. Agents also found a glass pipe in the bed- room which we believe was tised to smoke meth. "In the kitchen, agents found another glass smoking pipe on top of the refrigera- tor which we also believe was used to smoke meth." The couple was charged and transported to the Troup County Jail. GOOD SHOWING- Feb. 26, 27 and 28 students from the Stars & Strips D~_nce Studio in LaGrange attend- ed a Contest of ~ampions at Walt Disney World. They won three first place trophies and a third place trophy. Their director is Carolyn Evans. From the bottom, going clockwise are BdannaNeese (kneeling), Tiffany Hewett, Megan Richardson, Heather Richardson and Jackalin Neese. ,L, t, ,,, By c,.t c~/ixook GOING UP - Workmen seen here are getting ready to pour the concrete floor in Hogansville's new police headquarters buildin~ which is rising out of the red clay on Lincoln Street. George Patrick is at the front of the, line of workers; Willie Terry is on the Bobcat loader. ..... '