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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS -THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2005 DDA Will (00et Old Cop Shop By BRYAN GETER The Hoganville City Council Monday night voted unanimously to donate the old Police Department to the Downtown Development Association (DDA). Mayor Wilson St. Clair said he thinks the DDA can handle the matter better than the mayor and council• Councilman Charlie Frank Martin said it is a good way to go. St. Clair read a Proclamation in support of the project to "Keep Troup Beautiful•" Hogansville resident Donnie Morris presented the council witha petition with 250 names stating that Citizens of Hogansville have suffered the burden of the City&apos;s debt with it's high util- ity bills and taxes for long enough. He reminded the elected officials that they have acknowledged - "relief from this burden can only occur by growing our way out of debt." The petition stated, we pray that you don't continue to be influenced by those few who can easily pay their util- ities and who show little con- cern for the majority by con- tinuing to stop growth. He said you (council) have been presented with means to add new homeown- ers to the city property tax and utility roles enabling us to further share and dimin- ish our cost. The petition stated that the council should approve the PUD development as pro- posed by Main Street Communities, LLC. Jobless Rate Worsens Here Continued From Page 1A Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond noted that although new jobs are being created, it's not enough to equal the ones being lost. "Over thb last year, job growth in Georgia has not • kept pace with growth in the labor force, causing contin- JOB OPENING TEMPORARY SUMMER LAWN MAINTENANCE Apply at Office Hogansville _ Hau00ing00 ..... Authority 200 West Boyd Rd. Hogansville, GA 30230 706-637-8153 Equal Housing Authority ued weakness in the state's job market," Thurmond said. *The lowest rate of the four local counties during February was the 4.1 per cent recorded in Harris, up from the 3.8 Harris recorded for January. A year ago, Harris also 0 had a 4.1 jobless rate. *Meriwether's rate actu- ally declined to a 7.1 for February, compared to 7.3 percent in January. In February of last year, the jobless rate for Meriwether was 6.2 per cent. • Talbot was up to a 6.8 per cent rate in February, from the revised January rate of 6.6 percent. In April of 2004, Talbot _-ud a S,,0 percent unem- ployment rate. • The lowest unemploy- ment rate in the state was in Oconee County near Athens, at 3.3 percent. °The highest was Stewart County, with a whopping 11.8 percent. HARWE00, BROWN & HARWEI00, P.C. 12 Jackson Street Newnan, Georgia 30263 (770) 251-1567 • 251-0800 Fax 251-0810 E-mail: gbrown@mail2.newnanutilities.org ATTORNEYS AT LAW Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 & 13 I{m '!:#' Social Security & S.S.I. 'J!;! hk Gary W. Brown STK# 8473 CYLINDER,AUTO' 6 . ....... ;Z CRUISE, TILT, ALLOYS, CD ....... .......................................................... ,,,;--,,-,- s6 999 SAIUIDAY 9-7 PH, SUNDAY 1-5 PH • ALL SES PLUS TAX &TAG, i l=,,.., taLUllpS l FREE L By Clint Claybrook GOOD WORKS SALE - These women of St. James United Method st Church found lots of willing buyers at their annual yard sale on Saturday. Left to right are the Rev. Willow Heim, Lucile Brock, Karen Parham, Joyce Carswell and Carol Pittman. Church Yard Sale Exceeds Expectations By CLINT CLAYBROOK The ladies of St. James United Methodist Church could probably teach those folks who brag about stuff "sell- ing like hotcakes" a thing or two, if their yard sale last week was any indication. The annual event- normally staged near Easter - attracted so many peo- ple early Saturday morning, April 2, that there was hardly room for more shoppers to get into the building next to the sanctuary where everything from hand towels to used'clothing and pieces of furniture was up for grabs. The Rev. Willow Helm, the woman who had headed the local congregation for the last few years, said the goods on display were donated by "friends, neighbors, and members of the church" to help raise money of missions and other church operations. The event also gives Helm and her church members an opportunity to  ltlvite*-rewivters to the church in hopes of adding to the crowd of 35 that usually shows up on Sunday mornings. Helm arrived here as pastor "after about five careers" that included nurs- ing and working in retail. She said the early morning turnout for the sale was encouraging: "We've probably sold 75 percen of everything that was here." One of the attractions might have been "coffee and a biscuit for $1" early that morning. So why did Helm have to work through five other careers to make it to the pulpit? "Sometimes we don't want to give in to God's calling right away, but he keeps calling," she says with a laugh. And she keeps working at her new job - attending classes at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She isn't ordained, but is licensed by the Methodist Church. Church members love her so much and know that the job is sometimes wearying, "so we got her a rocking chair so when she's not preaching she can relax," one of her church members told a reporter visiting Saturday's sale. Among the items flying off the dis- play tables were cakes by church mem- ber Lucile Brock, who normally just cooks cakes and other pastries for peo- ple who know that's her avocation that borders on being a profession. She estimated that the 20 cakes baked especially for the sale might have brought up to $600 into the church cof- fers. Helm says tl{at like other Hogansville churches, hers struggles to attract young people, but "It's just a pleasure to serve in a church where there's such great joy." Her church members believe in sharing - whether it's laughs or world- ly goods, so all the stuff left over from the Saturday sale will be boxed up and given to the Methodist Church in Corrinth, which will have its own yard sale in May. __ ...... <, . ..... ]00DR Observance Slated for Next Tuesday Christopher Roosevelt, son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and grandson of President Roosevelt visited his grand- father's Little White House this past week along with his cousin, daughter of Elliott Roosevelt, FDR's other son. They were joined by US Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and an international delega- tion of twenty six members who chose Warm Springs for their annual conference meeting of the Campobello International Park Commission. Campobello was the sum- mer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and today is a memorial not unlike ours in Warm Springs. Owned, funded, staffed, and administered by the peo- ples of both Canada and the United States, Roosevelt Campobello International Park is enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors each year. On hand to greet the del- egation at the Little White House was Site Manager Frankie Mewborn and FDR Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee Chairman, Abit Massey of Gainesville. • ONLY $350 DOWN 0000ITtl PHONE CREDIT APPLICATIONS Special Purchase 0nly Manchester, Warm Springs, Waverly Hall, ' and Talbotton Areas. 1505 LaFayette Parkway, LaGrange " .........  0 Wy 'L?:n? LC', Cn ? a  sN  'cl?, ? ? :COF r Ovl ........ 0 PHF'LYJ! ?r   "/ PLENTY TO SEE. The group was treated to a VIP tour through both museums on site. The group was treated to a VIP tour throughboth muse- ums on site and at the pools, the Little White House, lunch at the Bulloch House and a visit to the Roosevelt Institute that FDR founded. It was great to watch Chris Roosevelt and Senator Harkin enjoying the Little White House so much that their schedule was delayed 3 times in their quest to explore every inch of the historic site. They were simply happy just to be here. Senator Harkin remarked how much the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) meant to his hometown of 150 when he was growing up. Like many other Americans, they do not real- ize that this whole govern- ment program grew out of FDR receiving his first power bill at his new cottage in 1932. It was four times as much as he paid for power at his Hyde Park estate in New York. One man's power bill can lead to a nation getting affordable electricity. Finally, as the tour director was gathering his group together for lunch, the Roosevelt's and Senator Harkin were asked to sign the Guest Register. They placed their names along side that of presiden- tial candidates, congress- men, military officials and many, many more names that have contributed the service • of our country. Mewborn conversed about the anniversary of FDR's death on April 12, 1945 and the S0th anniversary of the Salk vaccine that was delivered on April 12, 1955. The group remarked how far our nation had come in the battle against polio and the efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. This led Frankie to speak about Dr. Jafari of the CDC's Global Immunization Branch who will give the keynote address next week at the 60th commemorative ceremony on the front lawn of the Little White House. His mission is the eradi- cation of polio and he just gave a speech in Washington DC about the anniversary of the Salk vaccine. The United States Marine Corps will present the Colors, there will be singing and the United States Army Infantry Band from Fort Benning will play music during the cere- mony that begins at 2:00 pm on April 12. Admission is free after 12:30 that day and as usual up to a thousand people are expected to visit the site where polio met its match and where President Roosevelt died. School Chief Search Narrows to Three The search for a new Troup County School Superintendent has been nar- rowed to three finalists. - The list includes Ed Smith, who at one time was the band director and a teacher at Hogansville High School. He has also previously served as band director and assistant principal at LaGrange High School and principal at Whitesville Road Elementary School• He is currently the inter- im superintendent who stepped in last year after his predecessor retired• Interviews of the finalists will be scheduled soon and then the Board of Education will name the new superin- tendent, said Jerrie Holmes, the school system's public relations specialist. "We don't know how many appicant s there were because we hired the Georgia Association of School Boards to do the search for a new superintendent," Holmes said. The School Board paid the asssociation to conduct the search. William R. Crawford of Newton, N.C. And Linda Hayden of Hawkinsville, Ga., are the other two finalists. Crawford is currently superintendent of Conover City Schools in North Carolina and has been in that job since 1997. He is a former teacher, principal and director, of employment and began his career in education in 1975. Hayden is superintend- ent of the Pulaski School System in Hawkinsville and has been in that job since 2003. She previously served as a teacher and principal and Assistant Supt. Of instruction in Griffin-Spalding County from 1997-2003. The would-be superin- tendents' applications and resumes are available and may be viewed by the public at the school board's office at 200 Mooty Bridge Road in LaGrange.