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POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE GA PERMIT NO. 35 NO. 13 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004 10 PAGES 1 SECTION * 1 INSERT ,50 Waste Removed Growing Concerns Troup Agent Help R.INT CLAYBROOK For the first time in three years, Troup residents - includ- ; those in Hogansville - have a "farm agent" from the of Georgia Service to help with everything best kind of lawn for their yards. because David has been hired by Troup and counties: He farm agent but he is the paid counties. to after spending 30 as a vocational He came to the area t the Bryan Extension Service a misnomer today, farming on the wane the Southeast. modern-day Page 2A Team Clears Debris at House Believed Used for Meth Lab By C~a BLAZING NEW FRONTIERS- David Moulder is not the first farm agent to serve mul- tiple counties in Georgia, but he is the first in the state to be paid jointly by two coun- ties. By JOHN KUYKENDALL A hazardous waste team from Atlanta was called to Hogansville on Thursday, March 18 to remove and dis- pose of contaminated items believed to have been used to produce methamphetamine (meth) from a residence. The Troup County Sheriff's Department, fol- lowing a tip, executed a search warrant at 194 West Hopson Road around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The department had received information that Maria Paige Blakeney, 32, was in possession of and sell- ing and manufacturing meth at the residence. "The agents made contact with Blakeney when she was arriving home and attempt- ing to enter the residence," said Investigator Wesley Gaddy with the Troup County Sheriff's Department, the tigatiorL The officers searched Blakeney and found numer-" ous zip lock bags commonly used to package meth and approximately eight grams of suspected finished meth which was packaged in four separate bags. According to Gaddy, one of the bags con- tained what officers believed to be the "ICE" from of metl~ The agents then entered the home and a search of the residence uncovered the fol- lowing items in the kitchen: rock salt, methanol and aquarium tubing. These items are commonly used to produce the drug. In the bedroom of the home, officers found two plastic bags which contained coffee filters that appeared to have been used in the extraction and drying process of the cooking pro- cedure to manufacture the drug. "After detecting a strong chemical and ether odor com- ing from a locked storage building located at the rear of the residence, agents found a tote bag that con- tained atwo gallon glass jar inside the building," Gaddy said. "The jar contained what is commonly referred to as the "brain," which is actual- ly methamphetamine oil. Just outside the storage building, agents found a one gallon gas can filled with ether." Blakeney was charged and possession of suspected methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Officers also discovered that Blakeney was wanted for failure to appear in court as a result of a previous arrest for cn_minal attempt to man- ufacture methamphetam_ine. Because the items used to produce the drug are very unstable and hazardous, agents contacted the haz- ardous waste.team to remove and dispose of all the items. of Missing Contracts Muddles Streetscape Project Plans "The check's in the mail" is said One of the world~ great lies. Tuesday, Hogansville offi- must have been wondering ff fs )ject had fallen into they were supposed- r FedEx from the engineering firm near hag for a colby of those documents, said Hogansville City'Manager Randy Jordan, and DOT is even clos- er to the Pr~ion l~anning offices than is Hog~nsviRe. And Tuesday was the day that Mayor W'flson St. Clair and other Hogansville officials hoped to sign the contracts and let the Phenix City firm know that it was supposed to begin work within the next few days or weeks. But first, DOT had to agree that everything was up to snuff in the contract. And Dan Lee, Hogansville's city attorney, was also supposed to look it over. still hadn't arrived by 1 city officials award a $269,498 contract to a Phenix City, AI~, Work on the long-awaited The state Department of Hogansville Streetscape Project, was also still look- which is supposed to make the down- town area more attractive - and more user-friendly to the handi- capped- could still begin with a mat- ter of days. Ripping up the old sidewalks and pouring of the first load of concrete couldn't come any too soon for city officials, who have seen the project pushed back, then again, and then once more. One three-week delay occurred after DOT made the city redesign a crosswalk at Highway 29 at Main Street, to incorporate a signalized pedestrian cross walE Jordan was still hopeful early 26 could remain on target, If that holds, it is hoped that work, which will include essential- ly rebuilding the sidewaU~,, rework- ing the crossing at Main Street and Highway 29 and a new 5,000-foot- long sidewalk on Highway 29 from the Piggly Wiggly to the Dairy Queen can begin within a few days, maybe by April 1. City officials lmpe the work can be substantially completed in time for the July 4 parade. Brooks Construction's bid was some $263,000 below the bid of J.H.C. Corp. and almost $169,000 Tuesday afternoon that the docu-less than the $431,891 bid by ments would he delivered that day Ear-thscapes Inc., also of Phenix by FedEx so that plans for a pre- City. construction conference on March Part of the work will include se Violation, Stolen Flagpole Police in Hogansville Busy " he stopped the Oldsmobile fCUNTCLAYBROOK Cutlass at 11:53 p.m. On March 22 because of an An alert " Hogansville "improperly transferred officer who spored a (license) plate," but made the city street without a arrest after discovering that to check it out: all VIN plates had been vehi- removed from the car. after it out that all theVIN *Another traffic stop, this identification num- one for violation of the state Highway 29 on March 16. *In unrelated incidents, police: *Charged Phillip Wayne M Millmn, 26, of 423 Power Plant Road with disorderly conduct and issued a warn- ing about criminal trespass when an officer was called to Carters Manufacturing on Industrial Road on a com- plaint about "an employee being out of control." *~re told that a flag and a flag pole were stolen from the side of Phfllip Newell's residence at 512 Askew Street on the night of March 18. Newell valued the flag and the pole at $10 each, according to that report. was impound- of .the missing Nathan Lamar 23, of 8119 Forrest Grantville, was with improperly a license plate. Kenneth Knox that law regarding tinted win- dows, resulted in a Hogansville woman being charged with having a sus- pended license, according to another police report. In that case, Janie Lynn Huffman, 36, of 105 Marshal St, was charged with driving with a suspended license after she was stopped at the corner of Ware Street and installation of new street lights on decorative poles downtown. Another part will include mak- :~ ing downtown sidewalks more accessible by the handicapped, which will also give them better access to the downtown shops. How far behind schedule is the Streetscape Project? It depends on the meaning of "tentative," you might say: The City Council had "tentatively" hoped that the work could being in September 2003, after the city forwarded plans for the project to the DOT in July of last year. The work will be paid for pri- marily With federal highway funds, which ~ be administered by the state DOT. POLICE BUILDING - Recent good weather has altowed for real progress on the new IX)~ headquarte_ rs. The building is fi~ ~ red ~ ~ ~ln Street, near the city garage. IWO workmen are ~ wo~ on a ~ wall.