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The "lie , / . kJ 411 JIM CLAYBURN PO BOX 1648 TIFTON GA 31793-1648 FOR AInU 310 22 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 E AIR! - Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the gardening season up and spruce up around the home. Inside The Hogansville Home News this week, that will give you all the information you need to get ready for the Spring season. Azaleas in the photograph above were captured on film by Hogansville Home News Michael C. Snider at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. Spring Break erway at RWSIR fifth straight year, a spring break not the same as Daytona but a destination the Alternative Program in which from all over the breaks at rather than congre- more traditional sites is the where stu- Illinois State University of New Hampshire Technical College and New Institute the last two projects as re- covered cleaning the cleaning out and trees many roadways, as well as assisting with evening shifts in physica ! therapy and recreation at both the Medical Rehabilitation and Vocational Rehabilitation Units. Heading up the program at Roosevelt Institute is Nancy Jones, the grounds mair, tenance manager, whose five-person staff benefits immeasurably from the service theyi receive }throught*h, Alternative Spring Brdak each March. This year, ,50 students (26 last week and 24 this week) and their team leaders from the four previously mentioned schools will complete over 2,100 hours of com- munity service at the Institute. According to Ms. Jones, they raise their own transportation funds and receive free room and board while staying in cottages at RWSIR. "It really helps us get things done we wouldn't normally have the time or manpower to accom- plish," she said. "Every year I develop a work schedule before they get here and they come in and enjoy working together to make a difference. They interact with the patients, students and staff, and we all have a great time working together and getting to know each other." Erica Brittain, aphysiealther- apy major from Wichita and the University of Kansas, indicated she enjoys the idea of "doing something good" with her free time, and Heidi Smith, an early childhood development major from New Hampshire Technical Institute by way of Bow, N.H., said, "I like to do volunteer work and this also gave me the oppor- tunity to travel and see a differ- ent part of the country. I really like that part, too." In fact, Alternative Spring Break has been so successful at RWSIR that Roosevelt Institute is being considered as a possible location for a June training con- ference called 'Break, Away.' "It would bring in site leaders from all over the country for mandato- ry training, so just being consid- ered says a lot about the job we've done here," Ms. Jones said. "It's a big compliment to my crew, the Institute and everyone involved. ,,- = UOENTsTAKING PART in the Alternative Spring Break program at Roosevelt Institute ng the RWSIR roadways as part of more than 2,100 hours of community service at The "i !ast two weeks. It's the fifth straight year Roosevelt Institute has taken part in the pro- nvolves visiting college students at various sites coast-to-coast Home Renovation Sparks Controversy By Bryan Geter Associate Editor After seeing the beauty, charm and tranquility of Hogansville, as well as the inviting streetscape, Brian Christner said he decided to move his family from Sandy Springs more than a year ago. "We were drawn not only by the streetscape, but more importantly the prospects for Hogansville's future," he said. "We wanted to be part of this renaissance." Very content living in the "City of Friendly People", Christner realized his present house would not be large enough to accommodate his family. So, when the house at 811 East Main Street was put on the market, Christner pur- chased it with the intentions of renovating it and "raising" his family there. THE HOGANSVILLE City Council approved a plan that would allow for an addition to be constructed on the left side of the one-story house at the February 3 council meeting. Christner found the house to be more deteriorated than anticipated when he began ren- ovations. The home was infest- ed with termites and damages were found from a previous fire, ........ Christner altered the orig- inal plans somewhat, attempt- hag to add an upstairs bedroom. Since this house is in Hogansville's Historic District, members of the Historic Commission, Suzanne Cook and Joan DeMarrais, asked City Manager David Aldrich to have all work stopped until the city council could meet and discuss the ren- ovations. COUNCILMAN LARRY Dorrough suggested allowing the Troup County Building Inspector to visit the home and make recommendations on the renovation project. "It was my impression that we would all abide by Mr. Dobbs' recommendation," Christner said after learning the council voted to stop the renovation project. Dobbs met with Cook and DeMarrais of the Historical Commission, Christner's wife, Sheila Christner, and her father, who is heavily involved with the renovation project, on March 22. After the inspection, Dobbs stated all work had exceeded building code standards and the work should be allowed to continue on the home. Dobbs agreed that some alterations had to made on the home due to the hidden fire damage and informed the city of his findings. Dobbs noted the front por- tion of the roof on the home was being preserved in a man- ner that would keep the front of the home from being altered. He stated due to the two- story addition being con- strueted on the rear, it will be higler in elevation than the front of the original residence. "I was shown the drawing of the addition that had been superimposed on a photograph of the residence," Dobbs said. "The owner's plan is to create a double gable look with the rear (new) gable over addition being on the same roof pitch and one side of the roof being on the same plane as the front (existing) gable." Dobbs also indicated the construction currently under- way is adequate and at is meet- ing all required construction codes. The Hogansville Historic Preservation Commission argues that even though Dobbs found the structure to be sound, he is not an architect and is not qualified to discuss any his- toric significance of the home. The Historic Commission with members DeMarrais, Cook, Jane Strain and Render Parham present, unanimously voted not to approve an Application for Approval for the second story addition on the home. Council Denies Building Permit By Bryan Geter Associate Editor The Hogansville City Council voted 3-2 at a called meeting Monday to deny a building permit to Brian Christner of 811 East Main Street that would allow reno- vations being done to his home to continue. Councilmen Larry Dorrough and Ezra Whitmore voted in favor of issuing the permit. Councilman Jimmy Jackson was hesitate, but final- ly joined Councilpersons Jean Crocker and Jean Harris in a vote to deny the permit. Mayor Wilson St. Clair voiced his opinion strongly in favor of the permit. "He (Christner) brought a real lemon and is trying to make it livable," St. Clair said. St. Clair said the city could- n't afford another lawsuit, not- hag it appeared as though if the permit was denied the city could find themselves in court defending its decision. Whitmore said he feels Christner had not made a good decision in violating the guide- lines set by the council. St. Clair agreed saying, 'they know they did wrong.' SUZANNE COOK, a mem- ber of the Historic Society, told the council the owners of the home continued work on the home after being told by the council to halt construction until a decision could be made. The council was presented with photographs ahowing work being done and told these pho- tographs were taken after Christner was ]told to halt the renovation project. "There is another upstairs room being added," she said. "The work is continuing and some additional work is being done." Christner denied the alle- gations, stating the pho- tographs were not taken when the Historical Committee indi- cated. He also waved the ordi- nance toward the council say- ing the historical society could not pick and choose what they wanted and didn't want. JOAN DEMARRAIS, chair- man of the Historic Society Commission, said that every- one's interests could be accommodated if the work con- tinued in the right manner. "They have set a bad exam- ple for others to follow," she said. "They haven't followed directions or guidelines." "The Troup County Building Inspector told me if he was on the Historic Society Committee he would approve the permit to .allow the renova- tion to continue," Christner said. CHRISTNER WARNED the council that things could get "a little nasty" before this was over. Christner said he made a mistake by purchasing a home in the Historical District. Shelia Christner told the council as far as she knew the home "was not a historical home." Harris asked if the founda- tion of the house could support two stories. Dorrough said he had already asked Dobbs and was told the foundation was strong enough to support the addition. "Facilitate if you will." Cook said, "If you override us that will be okay. There is no need for this chicken fight." Whitmore said he failed to see anything to hinder the con- struction. DeMarrais told the council to approve the building permit and let the work continue. "In the future, do it right," she said to Christner. Tip by Informant Results in Arrest A Hapeville man is facing charges of possession of sus- pected cocaine with intent to distribute, after Troup County Sheriff's deputies executed a Search warrant at a Hogansville home recently. Cecil Lamar Robinson, 53, of Hapeville was arrested and charged him with possession of suspected cocaine with intent to distribute and felony obstruction of an officer after a search war- rant was executed at 205 Holmes Street in Hogansville on Friday, March 24. AGENTS LEARNED through an informant, Robinson was trav- eling from the Atlanta area to his mother's home (Lilla Mac Robinson), and drugs could be found on the premises. After agents conducted a sur- veillance of the residence, they witnessed Robinson making three suspected drug transac- tions from the home. When officers executed the warrant, they ordered Robinson to lie down. Officers stated he refused to do so and a struggle ensued. According to police reports, Robinson attempted to remove a ball of tin foil from his pockets and place it in his mouth during the struggle. Agents were eventually able to subdue Robinson and recover the tin foil. Inside the ball of foil, agents discovered 173 rocks of suspect- ed crack cocaine and 19 bags of suspected cocaine. Officers estimated the approximate street value of the suspected drugs at approximate- ly $4,00o. MEDICAL RESPONSE crews were called for on scene to treat injuries sustained during the struggle. Robinson was taken to the hospital by deputies, where he was treated and released. Robinson was then transport- ed to the Troup County Jail where he is being held without bond. --Brian Geter