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PAGE 2A ' HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011 Photo courtesy CARL VON EPPS HONORING THE FOUNDERS - Members of Theta i Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated its Founders' Day on Monday, Feb. 21, at Warren Temple United Methodist Church on East Depot Street. The sorority was founded in 1908 and the local chapter was chartered in 1967. The membership is made u p of ladies from Coweta, Harris, Meriwether and Troul5 counties, During this Founders' Day celebration the chapter present- ed the following community awards: Emerging Young Leader to Ms. Shekinah Hall, 8th grade ;]istudent at West Side.Magnet J" ........ 4/ =' i:ilil LaGrange,Mr'SChl;Edwin Health Physicallnitiatives Jones Educa- of to Is t.he Color at tion-instructor in the Meri- wether County School Sys- tem; Economic Security Initiatives to Mr..Willie Knight, CEO of Vision Financial Services; Global Poverty Open 7 days'a week 334-768-8463 Initiatives to Smith Chapel United Methodist Women of Newnan 'for their Meals on Wheels program; and Social Justice and Human Rights Initiatives to Ms. Vickie Taylor, parole specialist in Harris County. Pictured are the members of Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with Mrs. Benita Epps, President (front left) and Terri Bedgood, Vice President (front right). March 17 2 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Fun For The Whole Family- Hired Guns PlaYing Inside DJ. Playing Music Insipe sr , ..... 5 .... , 10 Yo ( With This Ad Food Only- Specials Not Included , A sign 1he of Spring is on the way... A rich history and elegant ~z:~::~: ' ~::~:i~:~ ~:~ ....... are only part of the appeal of The Gardens Restaurant, our fine-dining restaurant. Originally the Gardens' Golf clubhouse, this restaurant.offers a warm, tasteful setting and a lovely porch that overlooks Mountain Creek Lake and Lake View Golf Course. Here, guests enjoy incredible entrees, with locally grown food products as part of Callaway Gardens' regional, sustainable food initiative. Indoor and outdoor seating. 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call 706.663.2281 .... ::ii~:~;L~: :iiiii :.~;~:i~ ..: i~ is:~ ~. ::~:i:::T " Enjoy a FREE ' I ! - | " Chef's choice of dessert ' ,' I | " with an entree ' , !, I ! *Lm .~neperen'eeLptofo~,-des,~ei~s per-~ ,po'~ "uesda, th,o:.g, qat rdey'~ t,h,= Gardens Restauran! ~' ow ~rough Ma.~ch 3 P~ se pese ,,.-oup,,t, at time of a~ival A Huge "BOGO" Book Sale will be held at the Hogansville Public Library starting Monday, Mar. 14. The book sale will feature a fine selection of books for all ages will be available as well as VHS and audio tapes. The book sale will be held Purchase any one item and during normal Library hours the second item will be at half and will continue until price. Satuday, Mar. 19 Proceeds from the book For more information caU sale will help finance the 706-637-6230: Vacation Reading Program. from page 1A until July 31, 2010, she oper- ated a restaurant in the build- ing and ha.d storefront sig- nage and a special entrance for that purpose. If granted the permit, Byars said the restaurant would reopen, but would not be Open every day. "We will be open as a restaurant during the special things going on there," Byars explained. IN CLARIFYING some of the issues raised, Stankiewicz explained that is was not required for a restaurant to be open and operating before obtaining a "by the drink" alcohol sales license. He further explained the requirement of 50 .percent food sales was a compliance issue and not a part of the ini- is open every day. tial licensing process. Crocker then asked about Compliance would be deter- the type of food that would mined after the license had be served and Byars saidthey been approved the restaurant would be "home cooked operating, meals." Stankiewicz also said that Crocker subsequently according to the ordinance, motioned for the request to the restaurant had to be be tabled and the second opened within six months of came from council member the license being granted. Thomas Pike. A question was raisedWhen Mayor Jimmy regarding seating capacity, Jackson called for the vote, butafter a quick review of the council was split 2-2, with the ordinance, Stankiewicz council members Jack said he could not find a seat- Leidner and Bobby Joe ing requirement. But that Frazieropposedtotablingthe appeared to be a moot point request. Jackson voted for as the auction center is con-. tabling the request, creating siderably larger than the a3-2. building formally occupied Jackson cited clearing up by Pappa Grasso's, which had the "mysteries" as his reason beer and wine sales, to table the request. "What's the mystery?" COUNCIL member Jean asked Frazier, "I can't find Crocker asked aboutthe days one." of operation, but Byars said The issue could be on the that had not been determined agenda for the council meet- and reminded council mem- ing scheduled for Monday, bets thatnoteveryrestaurant Mar. 21. from page 1A proceed for a second Georgia Department of Natural Resources grant that will help fund Phase Two of the Tower Trail walking trail project. The grant, in the amount of $100,000, will be used toward construction of other facilities at the walking trail. City leaders have already discussed extending the trail to Oak Street, which was part of the original design. Other trail related goals have included landscaping mation of the Hogansville along the trail, construction Community ,Volunteer group of restrooms and other that will help clean up the city. amenities. Elaine Carr is serving as chair Deriving its name from of the group; the distinctive water tower Approved applying for on the property, the Tower a Community Development Trail walking trail is already Block Grant in the amount being regul ly enjoyed by of $500,000 to be used in residents and visitors, addressing sewer infiltration Phase one of the walking and inflow issues, primarily trail was fundedbya $100,000 on the west side of the city; grant from Georgia DNR Was assured that city along with money provided water is safe to drink, despite by the Hogansville the claims of one city. resi- Charitable Trust and an dent;and anonymous donor. * Learned that City Clerk Lisa Kelly has received her IN OTHER business, the Certified Municipal Clerk Hogansville City Council: certificate from the Was advised on the for- University of Georgia, from page 1A Hogansville Community Improvement Association was incorporated in 1970 as a non-profit corporation. The head start program and var- ious other programs have been held in parts of the old school building. O'Berian Geter operates a day care program in a part of the old school building. The program is called West End Center School, Inc. MCCAMEY then alleged- ly produced a signed state- ment from G, eter. Cited as being from The West End Center School, Inc. and Hogansville Community Improvement Association, Inc., the agreement reads, "Received this date Ten and 00/100 (sic) from West Georgia Child and Family Life Center, Inc. for proper- ty located at 301 Pine Street, Hogansville, GA. This prop- erty will continue to be used by The West End Center School as a day care center in building A on said proper- ty." The statement was signed by Geter and dated Mar. 3, 2011'. According to Stankie- wicz, McCamey presented the signed document as a bill _ of that "t o new, different- ar HoweYe :,:. the -West additional use shall be ,G4eorgna ntt.*Fam ly allowed' or illitiafed' on aid Life Center "does not own the property to sell it and neither does The West End Center School, Inc. Stankiewicz reports the owner of record of the old school, the corporation known as Hogansville Com- munity Improvement Asso- ciation, Inc., was administra- tivelydissolved in 2005 for nonpayment of state fees regarding the registration of corporations. At one time the Hogans- ville Community Improve- ment Association had a func- tioning board of directors responsible for making deci- sions regarding the corpora- tion. Stankiewicz noted that some of the original board members are now deceased. AS NOTED, the old West End School property had not been zoned when it was sold. While researching the issue, city officials also discovered the old police station/city halt building and old fire sta- tion, both located on East Main Street, had never been zoned. On the advice of City Attorney Jeff Todd, the city council members established a 90-day moratorium limit- ing the use of all three parcels to their current use. The moratorium notes parcels until the moratorium has expired." Stankiewicz said that notices of the moratorium were sent to all three prop- erty owners. This serves to delay an effort by McCamey to estab- lish a group home in the old school. During the 90-day period, the city will have time to establish zoning on all three unzoned parcels of property. SINCE closing as a pub- lic school; the old West End School has largely fallen into a state of disrepair. Some residents of the immediate area are quick to blame the city for the condi- tion of the buildings, but the city has 'not owned the old school since 1994. The section of the old school that houses the day care has been maintained. But other sections of the old school are in poor condition, progressing from missing windows, to missing doors and exterior walls that have been overgrown with brush. In fact, small pines have taken root and are growing on the roof of a least one sec- tion of the old school. McCamey has yet to return telephone messages regarding his plans to bring a grouphome to HogansviUe.