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1 By Deborah L. SmithIStaff ELLISON, PRESIDENT OF F.H.A.D. and his wife, Joanne, spoke to the congrega- St. Paul's C.M.E. Church in Lone Oak Sunday morning about how to form a neighbor- to fight drug trafficking. The Ellisons and their neighborhood group have suc- 'cleaned up' the Flint Hill community by organizing their efforts and establishing a to assist law enforcement in patrolling the streets. Citizens Fighting r Their Community 1_ fter h campouts and marches, under the everyL" Smithday that some- is right. They have utilized the luut supervision and protection of television media and newspapers mbat fatigues shows up rneighborhood. It's even 1 ]ly that such a foot soldier k RE I nave silver hair and be g a bull horn and spotlight @ons. ,lrt Ellison, and his wife r_O_ng with several other I.i, s r their Communityreg_ .t_s uniform to keep ' lglaborhood drug and tee. A.D. (Flint Hill Against forraed several years ,me senior members of  l-Iill o . . ;st- .rnmumty outrode _  and become terrified to take K mmunity. l' THE BACKING of :, they orga- task force to the streets, tak- and gener- them- dealers. made on my my family," corn- in your there is so o the street." lock yourself to feel safe from , then you are no You are out fight- his group are a cit- Special training. a proven crime and neighborhood of effort begins by doing local law enforcement. After organizing in regular meetings and planning the event, a large group patrols the streets, chanti- ng in front of known houses where drugs are being sold. This lets the criminals know that "we will keep silent no more". REGULAR PATROLS ARE formed, usually in two cars with a pair of volunteers in each car. Using a spotlight, video equip- ment and a cellular telep]one, they keep track of who's hing and going, their tag number and complete descriptions of cars and the people in them. Ellison has also been kn.own to help get their message out. Ellison, who is a part-time preacher and is approaching retirement from the Georgia Department of Rehabilitative Services, says he has confronted drug dealers on many occasions and he hasn't been harmed yet. He encourages a friendly, but direct approach with 'the enemy'. "Most of the time we're talk- ing to people that we all know who live in the neighborhood. We let them know that we're aware of what they are doing and we want it to stop." ELLISON AND his group are now speaking to other communi- to wear anemermcTtitwhwmrn their that clips to his belt, to signal other volunteers when there is a con- frontafion and he needs "backup" support. Utilizing walkie-talkies flaese citizen patrols of both m and women of all ages mak sure someone knows where they are at all times. Sometimes, the very people they are fighting will join in at group meetings and campouts, eager to keep the "other side" informed of the group's activi- ties. This doesn't discourage the members of F.H.A.D. "We want them to know what we are doing. If they realize how serious we are and that we're not going away, maybe they will get the message and move on before they face arrest and punishment by the law," says Jo Anne Ellison. THE ELLISONS AND their friends have taken a'leap of faith' in trusting that God will take care of them ff they stand up for what fight against drugs after this suc- cessful model. "The first place to start is in your own home. If there are young people living with you who aren't in school and aren't work- ing, but they a wearing expensive clothes and jewelry and driving a fancy car, then you know they have to be getting money some- where. If you don't put a stop to it, then you become part of the problem." Other members of the group who spoke to the congregation at St. Paul's C.M.E. church in Lone Oak Sunday morning stressed the fact that children and youth need to be warned of the dangers of drugs and those who deal in them. Their message to the parents and grandparents included encourag- ing children to stay in school, go to technical school or college and get a good job rather than be fooled into thinking that they can make "easy money" through deal- ing in drugs. C00VS Finish Second Track and Field Meet P aor hbadtCallaway Cavaliers e of Troup County etnber to set Tar clock ahead [hour Saturday [t before going I to sleep. also a good time ltteries m your d00to00to,. Iapc00 High Schools finished second last week in the ished first with 63 points. They track meet. were followed by the CAVS with The Lady CAVS finished the 56 points and LaGrange closely meet with 65 points to their cred- followed with 53. it. They were followed by Troup Aaron Chandler and High with 52 points and LaGrange Tomorrow Jenkins both had a pair High had41, of first-place finishes. Nate Taturn finished with a pair of THE TROUP TIGERS fin- wins. I This is how each individual athlete placed. Lady CAVS: Triple Jump - 1) Tomorrow Jenkins; 2) Detris Ward Long Jump -Detris Ward High Jump - Taylor Anderson 400m Relay - 1) Aaron Chandler; 2) Carlo Winston Hurdles - Tomorrow Jenkins 800m - 1) Aaron Chandler; 2) Carlo Winston CAVALIERS Shot Put - 1) Norman Boykin; 2) Ken Grissom High Jump - Courtney Greer 1600m Relay - 1) Nate Tatum; 2) Curtis Hopson 3,200m Relay - 1) Nate Tatum; 2) Curtis Hopson RWSIR Development Fund Board Names Members Roosevelt Warm Springs Development Fund is pleased to announce the addition of D. Gaines Lanier and Erik Vonk to its Board of Directors. "We are very fortunate to strengthen our membership with these two out- standing community and busi- ness leaders," said Bruce Williams, chairman. "Their unique talents will assist us in planning for a new century." D. Gaines Lanier earned his BS degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. With over 22 years of experience in the insurance industry, he has served as presi- dent of J. Smith Imier & Co. since 1976 and continues to stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry by actively participat- ing in several insurance organi- zations. Lanier was the first chairman of the Chattahoochee Insurance Company Limited and continues to serve on the Board for Springwood School and the Advisory Council for the School D. Gaines Lanier of Business at Auburn University. Today, Gaines Lanier serves as the chief executive officer of J. Smith Lanier & Co. Erik Vonk is a member of the Executive Board of Randstad Holdings in the Netherlands and serves as chief executive officer of Randstad Staffing Service in the USA. Vonk studied law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and has an MBA Eric Vonk from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He joined Randstad in 1992, following a 15 year career in banking, during which he held executive positions at ABN-AMRO in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.; the Chase Manhattan Bank; and Bank of Cantrade in Switzerland. Erik Vonk is currently writ- ing a book on flexible employ- ment. Submitted photo FDR AND ELEANOR CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY - In the photograph above, Little White House site manager Frankie Mewborn, David Woolner, Executive Director of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) and Dr. Tom Wentland, local character actor, appearing as FDR. Mr. Woolner heads up FERI, a group headquartered in Hyde Park, N.Y., whose mission is to promote and further the ideals and goals of both Franklin and Eleanor RooSevelt. Its membership is com- posed of Roosevelt family members and distinguished authors such as Doris Kearnes Godwin and historians such as Arthur Schlesinger. Mr. Woolner toured the museum, the house and other historic buildings as well as the pools complex. He was very complimentary of the appearance of the site and the high caliber of staff which he met here. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy having the opportu- nity to meet both FDR and Eleanor who is portrayed by Little White House staff member Nancy' Simko. Woman's Body Found Investigators from the Troup County Sheriff's Office are inves- tigating the death of a black female found in a wooded area on Sunday, March 26. The body of 39 year-old AYLA HALL Randy Lee Hall and Heather Denean Lambert-Hall of Moreland announce the birth of a daughter, Ayla Marina on February 21 at 4:16 p.m. at Southern Regional Medical Center. She weighed six pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. Maternal parents are Bill and Mary Lambert of Grantville. Paternal grandparents are Robert Hall of Cooksville and Brenda Barnes of Valley. Ayla is pictured above at 10 days old. Jacqueline Cassandra Moss was discovered in a wooded area near the 1200 block of Drummond Road at about 6:45 Sunday morn- hag by turkey hunters. Moss lived in the 200 block of Drummond Road. Moss was fully clothed and her car was found close to the location where he body was dis- covered. "At this point, we still don't know exactly what happened to Ms. Moss," Sheriff Donny Turner said. "We haven't found any signs of foul play, but we haven't ruled that out." The body has been sent to the state crime lab to determine cause and time of death. "Right now, we believe th body had been in the woods fm several weeks if not a couple o] months," Turner continued. "W just don't know why she was ther and what she died from." Investigators are asking any one who may have see Jacqueline Cassandra Moss i recent weeks to call the Troul County Sheriff's Office or Crim Stoppers at 812-1000. Students on Dean's List The following area students were named to the winter quar- ter dean's list at LaGrange College: Betty Annette Duffee, Sharissa Patosha Hall, Charlene Morse Hines, David Wayne Howard and Kimberly Embrey Powers. Students who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.6 while taking a minimum course load of twelve hours are eligible for this honor. A four-year liberal arts co] lege affiliated with The Unite. Methodist Church, LaGrang College offers 25 majors in th baccalaureate degree and grac uate programs in business admit istration and education. With a enrollment of about 1,000 stt dents, it is the oldest private co lege in Georgia. West GA Tech Offers SAT Classes SAT improvement classes are scheduled to begin on Monday evening, April 17, at West Georgia Tech. The classes, which will meet three Monday and three Thursday evenings through May 4, will fea- ture new test-taking strategies and helpful tips, practice on real SAT's, verbal and math content reviews, and test format familiarization. Classes will be held from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. TUITION, INCLUDING boot and materials, is $150 for studen registering by the deadline Tuesday, April 11. Late registran may enroll up until Friday noo April 14 for a fee of $155. For more information and complete schedule, contact Mx Kay Austin at West Georgia Te at (706) 845-4323, Ext. 5701.