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Seniors Told, 'Go Fly a Kite!' -3,4 Methodists Attend Church Conference_sA "1 -IOA 61, NO. 14 sted Heists JOHN KUYKENDALL two people from have been charged with 21 of burglary by the County Sheriff's to Troup Sheriff Donny the department an investigation into in Feb. 2003. had been following leads in the case, but got a break with a to the "IYoup County giving us a tip led officers to JoAnn East of "The caller stated that East was going to Town Motel located on Franklin Road in to 'get rid of some Turner department dis- gators to the t the the investigators computer equip- view in East's ding to police F advising Ms. East ! u er Miranda rights, she mtessed that she and her >Yfriend had taken items ~m mini-storage buildings ~Hogansville Road," er said. Iavestigators with the ~ent reported that the r~ge buildings had been 21 times. her boyfriend, Alan Moore were and charged on of burglary. East has admitted most of the stolen r said. "Three loads of stolen Were removed from Hogansville and to the Sheriff's said other might be forthcom- investigation into continue. II The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grant lle Area Sim::e 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, APRIL 1,2004 By Clint Claybrook ALMOST READY- Workers put in a lot of hours to get the recreational facility pre- pared for the long-awaited opening. By Clint Clay'brook OPENING SET- Mitchell Hill of the Troup County Recreation Department stands in front of one of the baseball fields at the new Hogansville Sportsplex. Sportsplex Finally Gets First Games PRSRT STD AUTO U S POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE GA PERMIT NO 35 :~~ C~.AYlB~ .... ~ ............... The first games of the 2004 Softball and Baseball Seasons were played at the new Sportsplex in Hog~msville on Monday night and ded- ication of the facility has been sched- uled for later this month at the facil- ity, w here four baseball and softball fields, restrooms and a concession stand have recently been completed. The dedication is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. April 19. The,re are 14 teams signed up for this season and they will involve about 170 you ngsters ranging in age from four to 14 years, according to Mitchell Hill, the Hogansville center supervi- sor while Regina Dukes, the program manager for Hogansville, is out on materniqv leave, he said. There are three T-Ball teams and 10 PAGES 1 SECTION ,50 See SPOFITSPLEX, Page 2A Straight Truth: Gay Marriage A/rexzdy Illegal, Asserts Epps From STAFF REPORTS State Rep. Carl Von Epps this week asserted that he is opposed to gay marriage, fol- lowing a controversial house vote. Epps issued a statement this week, following letters to the editor of various news- papers in which readers questioned Epps' stance on Fry Dispute Erupts Super-Sized Argument Police sometimes get calls - especially ~the moon is full. ~bout this one on h 22, when the moon even full? report filed by a officer on an offi- ~Vas called to the local rail concerned about a raised by a cus- The complaint obviously wasn't of the major league variety: The officer wrote in his report that the incident involved "subjects in a white vehicle arguing over an order of French fries." "The order was straight- ened out and the customer left" before he arrived on the scene, the officer noted. In other police activity within recent days, accord- ing to police reports: *Jimmy Clark of 125 1/2 Granite St. was issued a cita- ]Run-Down :Structures Get Boot Strict Code Enforcement, Demolition Is Underway By CLINT CLAYBROOK The landscape in Hogansville is changing: City crews are at work demolish- ing several o~ the old, aban- doned houses that have been left unattended for years by absentee owners. And the city is also mov- ing to force landlords to ren- ovate some of their commer- cial buildings or face con- demnation proceedings which could result in the city tearing them down and billing the owners for demo- lition costs. And if the owners won't pay, the city can move to attach liens against the Company building on to "ante up" for the cost of tearing them down and haul- ing off the debris before the land can be sold. In recent days, the city has moved against the own- ers of a building practically in the heart of the city that partially collapsed sometime in the past and now is con- demned as an "unsafe struc- ture." The old Greene Oil See POLICE, Page 2A the same-sex marriage con- troversy. Epps said there "still seems to be a great deal of Epps confusion about Senate Resolution 595." Epps indicated that cur- rent state laws already pro- hibit gay marriage. "The resolution is not about whether you are for or against gay marriage," Epps Stated. "It is a resolution about whether or not to place the question on the ballot as a Constitutional Amend- ment." In order to get married in Georgia today you must be a, See EPPS, Page 2A Highway 29 is one of the lat- est structures to be con- demned by the city. And the owner of a lawn- mower repair shop that oper- ates in part of the building has been cited under the city's nuisance ordinance, meaning he'll have to clean up his oper- ation or face court proceed- ings. VICTOR DOTSON has what city officials say is a successful lawnmower repair business, but they are attempting to force him to clean up around the building, including getting rid of what appears to be dozens of old, no-longer working lawnmow- ers that spill out of the build- ~g praCticalIy into a'nea~:by street. Dotson rents the entire Greene Oil Company build- ing from its owners in Fairburn, City Manager Roy Jordan, who doubles as the city's building inspector, and the roof has collapsed in places and it appears about ready to crumble over the See CLEANUP, Page 2A By Cant ~aybrook TOO MUCH CLUTTER - City Manager Randy Jordan takes a look at some of the junk that's accumulated on the back streets of downtown Hogansville. Police to Hand Out 400 Free Gun Locks By Oi~ C'tayb~3k LOCKS A-PLENTY - Hogansville Police Lt. Johnwy Lockard accepts the 400 handgun locks ,~at were dona t- eci to the department as part of a campaign to keep guts safe from children. By CLINT CLAYBROOK A national sports shoot- ing organization has donat- ed 400 gun locks to the Hogansville Police Department and they will be given away free to resi- dents who want to help ensure that their handguns can't be accidentally fired by children. Ryan Williams, who works with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and is helping distribute the gun locks across the country, deliv- ered four cases of the locks to the downtown Hogansville Police Department on Monday. Police Lt. Johnny I_x~ckard said the locks will be given to any Hogansville residents who wants them as a way to help keep their guns safe from misuse by children. See LOCKS, Page 2A