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PAGE 2-A HOGA.Xsvna.E HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004 Local Voting Mirrors State , Kerry, Bush, Perdue Flag Hogansville's Top Choices L : By CLINT CLAYBROOK ? ':"~ , Hogansville voters in the March 3 presidential prefer- , ence primary tracked almost exactly the totals across Georgia, according to returns filed at Registrar Shirley (;unn- Walton's office in LaGrange. John Kerry was the choice of Democrats m ttogansvitle: He received 140 votes in the Hogansville precinct, where residents here cast their ballots. , Their polling place was in the gymnasium at tlogansville Elementary School. Like most places in Georgia, the turn-out m ttogansville was light, at best: Only 354 people or 17.2 percent of those eligible to cast ballots in Hogansville did so, according to Gunn-Walton's figures. And only 30 Hogansville residents took advantage of "early" voting or cast "regular" absentee ballots, she said. Kerry led Democratic hopefuls in Hogansville just like he did statewide in Georgia: The Massachusetts Senator ; received 140 votes here tothe 71 cast for John Edwards. who also finished second statewide in Georgia From second plaCid, it.was a long way down to the totals of the bottom dwellers when the results were posted last week: Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, for instance, received only one vote in Hogansville',Carol Mosley-Braun out polled the : general here, where tbi'ee people voted for her. Howard Dean, the original front-runner among Democrats, also ~as:the choice of only three people in Hogansviale. President George Bush, the obvious nominee of his party. attracted 30 votes from Republicans in Hogansville. And folks here,Iike those across Georgia. thoroughly rejected the "2001 Georgia Flag," the brain-child of former Gov. Roy Barnes: F01~s here preferred the "2~3 Flag," which ' many refer to as t~a'~rdue Flag" by 178 to 79. Across Troup County, 3,489 people voted Ikw the Perdue Flag and 1,292 opted for the Barnes version, according to Gunn-Walton's f'~tres, : HARWELL, BROWN & HArebeLL, EC. ATTORNEYS AT LAW Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 & 13 Social Security & S.S.I. 12 Jackson Street Newmm, Georgia 30263 (770) 251-1567 251-0800 Fax 251-0810 E-ma~ geo~ xlewnanutilities .or g (~ 707 E. Boyd Rd. Hogansville (706) 637-4337 NeW OffiCe Hours: Mon-Tue. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. v HUMMINGBIRD CHEVRON 1870 F.Mail St. [I-8. Edt 281 - Hogansvllio ~7-9001 - Open 24-Hoursl 12-P|ck. Can ' COKE & Coko Products 2/'5" 21 I "ii'UF i ' PIZZA 12-Inch Pizza s74o All Toppings No Extra Charge~ f . , ,i i i i i . i 1608 Bass Cross Road at Hw : 54 Just Offi-85 Exit 28 Ho sville Alterations Draperies Shirts Laundered Leather Suede WeddingGowm MARCH SPECL4LS Pick- Up FREE Drop-Off Bag! 706-637'8733 Jay & Ellen Butts - Ow~e~:* i u ,i n, i H ,,11| ,, i ~ ct~t ct~mm~ DEPOT WORK CONTINUES - George Murphy, a carpenter helping with the reno- vation of the old depot in Hogansville, stands inside part of a railroad 'diner' that is being built adjacent to the depot and will be part of a 4,000 square-foot restaurant once the renovation work" The 'diner' is supposed to look like it pulled Gospel Performance Planned A night of old fashioned Holy Ghost Gospel singing featuring Unshackled, Jennifer Middendorf - 12 year old singing sensation, Linda Griffith and Dan Burdett, Young Spirit .and more. The singing will take place at Grantville Church of God, 30 Main St. March 27 at 6 p.m. For more information call Dan Burdett at 770-583-2260 or visit The lords Place Thrift Store in downtown Grantville. Home Organic.. t4 Resurgmq_. On the evening of I~ 8 two successive mee~J the Grantville Better ~ Town (GBHT) B~ Directors were held. The first m~ brought matters up by recognizing those original 7 members wl~ already left the Boar their service (G Cebulski and Claire E and by confirming thei ignations and the filli the vacancies with the Board members were elected as last officers. Next, The Incorporation ed to permit the B~ decide on the number members, which could any odd number bet~,~ and 15. The Board set thei bet for the new Board 1 and it accepted addid resignations (effective end of the meeting), ing these members(JJ Baggett and Darwin &! Palmer) for their servic~ then voted m new 1~ members to bring the ber up to 11. The second meeting, immediately after the was of this new Board. i This new Board (for~ I contains two members l! the original Board 01 Carey and Brenda Rap one (Alfredo Zavaleta, year's President) voted i fill out last year's Board,I 8 new Board members: l~ Rampersad, Becky Mu-q Angela Holder, Ann KeN Tricia Shelton, James Shelton, Tom Little, Robbie Albert. The new Board elected the new offb Alfredo Zavaleta .| President, Becky Murp~ Vice-President, Rampersad as Secretaryi Tr~ia These which ~ons~itu~ Executive Committee, meet soon to plan the 131 activities for 2004. Information on G~ including involvement il activities, can be obtai by contacting Alfr Zavaleta at alfredo zav~ ta@yahoo.com. Local Optimist Members Attend District Confereno TAKING PART- (L-R) Georgia District Governor Keith Pruitt, Dee Bradley, and Jack Padgett, Georgia District Chairperson for Optimist International Foundation. 33 years, held every office in the local club, and credited with establishing several local clubs in the district. Accepting the award on behalf of the family was Ida Jones. Ms. Jones later pre- sented the award to Rachel S. Shiver at the Feb. 16 local club meeting. The second Quarter Conference for the Georgia District Optimist International was held Feb. 6-8 a Holiday Inn, Jekyll Island. Attending from the Optimist Club of LaGrange were Dee Bradley and Ida Jones. Georgia district governor Keith Pruitt convened the conference carrying out this years theme - Yes We Cant. Imagine Georgia's Future! During the District Awards Banquet on Saturday evening Rev. Richard Kenneth Shiver was named to the 2004 Georgia District Hall of Fame (posthumous- ly). Rex'. Shiver (Feb. 19, 1941 - March 14, 2003) was a life member of Optimist International. He served as Lt. Governor and Governor for the Georgia District as well as on numerous commit- tees. He received the 1976 Optimist International Heritage Award, presented to him in Washington, D.C. He was an active member of the LaGrange Optimist Club for Other recognitions, eral sessions, as well as bl ness sessions were hi Activities were planned spouses, children and off guests. Dee Bradley part pated in the Preside~ March for the Opti~ International Foundati which is the backbone for$ grams that service chil~ and youth. Dr. Wayne Ates, huma and motivational speal gave the keynote addr during the Sunday morn breakfast. Some key points v "Always maintain a heal' sense of humor and a 1~ tively, optimistically, tude, and the importanc( effective communicati Three things to ask yours and remember for met health: Can you work l; ductively: can you 1~ unselfishly? And can ! laugh appropriately? proud to be an American .' about the future of this co try, live a life of service be proud to be an OpfimI~ Eyesores, Absentee Landlords Under Scrufin Continued From Page 1A City Council members were unani- mous in adopting a $1,000 administra- tive fee that will be accessed if a prop- erty owner chooses to fight - by taking the city to court - to preserve a build- ing that the city has condemned. That $1,000 will be used to pay for title searches and for attorneys' fees, Councilwoman Jean Crocker noted when the council voted on the new fee at its March 1 meeting. If the owner of a house or other struc- ture found to be unsafe doesfft fight the condemnation finding, then a $500 administrative fee will be charged, City Manager Randy Jordan pointed out that week. That money will be used for "title searches," because the city must be absolutely sure who owns a piece of property that is about to be condemned. About the only way the city can recoup the cost of demolishing a con- demned building is by placing a tax lien on it; that means the city must be paid before the property is sold and ensures Hogansville that it won't lose money demolishing a dilapidated building, regardless of where the o~aaer resides. In another action last week, the City Council voted to raise sewer tap fees from their present $450 to $800. But that doesn't mean that a devel- oper of a subdivision who installs his own utilities will have to pay $800 per house. He'll just pay the $800 for the where the entire subdivision's se~ lines are tied on the city's sewer mu Jordan pointed out. However, a person who goes out: builds a new house outside a subd sion, however, will have to pay the $ tap fee. Council members, at that same m~ ing, voted to reduce the tap fee for electric meter to $,50 for a customer has overhead service; there will another $100 fee if the city has to ins a new pole to service that customer.: tap fee for an electric meter was t merly $100. 'q'he tap fee is $150 if there is tmc ground" electrical service, Jor( noted.