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t SEE SEVERE WEATHER STORY PAGE 3A Your Mc::ndaHwlnmm ...., ':i lll!l|illUlUlllll ,,,,, ,, ...... , .......... ....... ,,,,,,,,lllllmilillllll, .= g: :":]--T Y ~NN~-I -'~ ! 7 '~" -.7.'v '~ ::T 2~i ..":.'L'.-."T:- W-. '~5:%'4 .(!2~ - Sen g the Hogans le-Gran Area Since 1944 H , : : O' I| By ANDY KOBER Hogansville City Manager James Woods reports that a recent visit from a USDA repre- sentative could mean that fund- ing is near for a new sewage plant. THE project has been dis- cussed for a number of years and most recently an agreement was tentatively made to handle waste water from the Meriwether Industrial Park, provided the new sewage plant is constructed. Woods said that after the meeting he felt "very positive" concerning the city's chance of getting a combination loan and grant to fund the project. More definitive information could be available as soon as July 1. Council member Jack Leidner called the funding the "last piece" needed to go forward with the project. The project would ultimately increase the'city's capability to handle waste water from the cur- rent 650,000 per day to 1-1/2 mil- lion gallons per day. O ByANDY KOBER TALKING practice. IT OVER - A Hogansville More Photos Page 3,4 player stands at the pitcher's ?-. mound with Photo lk~mittmd lly Tony B. Lmm his coach during a recent Donald Cou~son Stacey Echols Jerry Hammett Ashley Keith By TONY:B. LOWE 13 and 14 year boys' baseball league, The sound of "crack," "strike," that include a total "foulbaU" and "keep your head up" of around 140kids. is a sign that baseball season is fast The Hogansville approaching, teams are as fol- The Troup County Parks and lows: Recreation is preparing to open the T h e 2013 season on Saturday, MarchB 1 u 23rd in LaGrange. Wahoos, a 4 The Hogansville Parks and and5year Recreation Department teams sea- old son start days are staggered, but team coached they are also fast approaching, by Marcus This year, department will be Rakestraw, will field nine separate teams that range open on Monday, from 4 and 5 year old T-ball up to March 25th at 6 p.m. in Hogansville. 10tol2year old girls fast pitch and The Bees, a 6 and 7 year old Coach Pitch team led by Michael Taylor, will open on Tuesday, M ch 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hogansville Sport Complex in Hogansville. The Sand Gnats, a 6 and 7 year old Coach Pitch team led by Jeremy Bartlett, will open on Monday, March 25 *Vat 7 p.m, at the Hogansville Sports Complex in " Hogansville. see BASEB L, " I " By .TONY B. LOWE Willie Harold Johnson, former mayor of Hogansville, passed away Saturday morning at West Georgia Health Center. Locally, Johnson distinguished himself as the first African American to win and serve as the mayor for the city. As a Hogansville original, he was fondly called "Mike," "Mr. Mike," and "Mr. Mayor" by many who knew him well, but to his family he was a husband, a dad, and a granddad. Johnson served as Hogansville in different states and countries. While Lucy and Julian, the oldest and youngest child, were both bern in Georgia, Stanley was born in: Japan. After high school, Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War to the Vietnam War. In fact, he served one active com- bat tour in Korean, and two active combat tours in Vietnam. His service to the nation spanned from racial segregation to full racial integration. Johnson had proudly explained The Troup County Sheriff's Office and Hogansville Police Department arrested four people while seizing drugs at a Hogansville motel Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 9, the Hogansvilie Police Department was request- ed to provide assistance to Troup County Sheriff's Deputies seek- ing a wanted person. Officers Devin P tillo and Brett McLaughlin responded to the call, located at the Garden Inn and Suites on Bass Cross Road. Upon arrival, law enforce- ment officers began questioning two men spotted in the parking lot and a third man seen in front of a room. During questioning, officers allegedly learned that.a girlfriend of one of the men was in one of the rooms. When officers went to the room they found two women -.in the room. TWO deputies and Officer McLaughline reportedly entered the room and began searching it. According to the report, one of the officers found a cigarette box in the bathroom which con- tained a chewing gum package. That package reportedly con- talned two small plastic bas ,, which held, suspected metham- phetamine and suspected mari- juar Also allegedly found in the room were scales and a smoking utensil. Donald Courson, Stacey Echols, Ashley Keith, and Jerry Hammett were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijua- na with intent to distribute, and ssion of drug related objg . In addition a warrant from the U.S. Marshall's Service was served on Echols. ByANDY KOBER issues with roofs, flooring, plumb- ing, electrical, heating and air con- Mayor from 1995 until 1997. Mike was born in 1-933 tothe late Mary "Mac" Johnson of Hogansville, where he was a life- long member of St. Mary United Methodist Church and a graduate from West End High School. Because he tirelessly served his family, church, community, and nation, his life can be summed up with one word - service. William Harold Johnson . After marrying Miss Annie W. Russell, his high school sweetheart, his young family traveled along side him around the world. The family often joked about how dren were born either that he served in the U.S. Army's T h e last all black unit, the.95 : an-.tcy -. :1 DASH .... pro- Battalion, Company "B"- Fo/'t [-:gram :in Campbell, Kentucky.. [ LaGrange is After almost 22 years in the | s e e k i n g Army, Johnson retired at the rank I: homeowners of Specialist-6 in 1973, and_accept- /.i- n ed civilian employmem, t te: [=. Hogansville Veterans that need help improving their -:. ......... { i{ii - are toaddress In addition, ditioning, windows, exterior sid- ing and handi- capped accessibili- ty. structural issues See DASH, Page 2A