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The Hogansville ome News Thursday, April 18, 2002 Claims by 12 Percent Georgia Department of Labor announced that initial claims for unemployment insur- benefits declined by 12 percent in March. Initial dropped to 37,659 in March, down from 42,764 a of last year, initial claims totaled "Initial claims register newly unemployed work- said State Labor Commissioner Michael "and it's a positive sign for our economy these numbers are down. But, we continue to serv- for thousands of the unemployed. "For example, about 36,000 laid-off workers have for federal extended benefits, so that tells us we have a lot of workers who have been out of work than six months." Atlanta was down 2,528 or 12.8 percent, from 19,759 !7R31. Columbus was down 397, or 35.8 percent, from 1,110 Recogn/zed/n Pat/Oinder Report and Mrs. Harvey Lemmon of Woodbury have nationally by the American Angus for having three registered Angus cows in the Association's 2002 Pathfinder Report. Only 2,014 of the more than 35,000 American Angus members are represented in this year's to John Crouch, executive vice pres- Set to Autograph New Book Here Taylor-Foster was set to host local author Smart who will be signing copies of his new book. He become a world famous author, but he always pre- his latest work locally. The books are always Editions. First Editions often become collector's First Editions can become quite valuable SOught after. It is usually easy to recognize these the words First Edition are printed on the fly Weods' current publisher is G.P. Putnam & Sons. has First Editions of the latest work tdd to your collection or to begin one. appear from 10 a.m. until noon April 17. Drive to Help Mini-Grants Last fall the Meriwether County Chamber of sponsored the first annual "Million of fund drive. The purpose of this drive was funds which could be used to fund or supple- and activities for which money is not through regular channels. Over $5,500 was and the non-profit Meriwether Educational Part . Improvement Foundation, Inc. was of the money will be awarded in mira-grants remain as "seed money" for the Seventeen applications were received from activities, and civic clubs. The will review the applications and the recipients April 22. Booth Vounteer for Fair Pickin' Fair has extended an invitation MeHjher County Chamber of Commerce for booth. This is an excellent opportu- to showcase our county. The Chamber will be sell- cards with pen and ink drawings Little White House, the Meriwether County Authority and Chamber of Commerce Georgia Hall, Hotel Warm Springs and (now Ivy on Broad) and the coy- The packages will consist of one of each drawings. The draw!rags were all done by people to man the booth r or Sunday. If you would be willing to promoting Meriwether County, call the Chamber office at 655-2558. to Draw Crowd Hundreds of Georgia firefighters from statewide scheduled to attend the Georgia Forestry (GFC) 14th Biennial Georgia Fire held Wednesday, April 24, at the 1 Fairgrounds in Perry from 8:00 a.m. to p.n] are available at Georgia Forestry or by calling (478) 751- olle Gordon Cite00for Re#sterea Angus Gordon of Greenville has been r the American Angus Association for hav- registered Angus cow included in the Pathffmder Relmrt 35,000 American Angus members are represented in this year's Business News A/ways We/come00 businesses in Meriwether, and West Central Georgi Items may be to Business News Desk, Star-Mercury, Grimes P.O. Box 426, Manchester, Ga. 31816. Ma00nchester Business Group Sets Membership hmcheon The Manchester Business Association, in a continhing reorganiza- tion effort, will have a spring member- ship luncheon on Thursday, April 18 at 12 noon. The Bray Room at Meriwether Bank and Trust Company will be the site of the luncheon. The Association wants to complete a 2002 Performance Survey with mer- chants providing valuable information as to how the Association may serve their needs. A discussion of the survey and mer- chant needs and wants will be part of Thursday's program. All merchants and prospective mem- bers are encouraged to attend the lunch- con. A representative should be sent if a conflict prevents the owner from attending. Membership forms have been mailed out to past members with five levels of participation being offered. What's in a Name? Area's Railroads Have Gone Through Variety of Identities By Rob Richardson The historic AB&C caboose that arrived in Manchester this week rep- resents just one of the many railroad names that has graced the area. The vintage wood-sided caboose was brought in by truck from Florida and lift- ed by crane onto special dis- play tracks at the Manchester Mill. Railroads remain one of the major industries of the West Central Georgia region as well as one of the area's biggest employers. The area is served by the two biggest railroads in the south, CSX and Norfolk Southern. And even though the tracks ate pretty much in the'same Slt they were a  century ago, the railroads themselves have gone through a lot of name changes. Historian/railfans such as Larry Goolsby have no trouble keeping them straight, but here's a run- down of the name changes the area has seen on the side of the locomotives. Reporting marks are let- ter and number combina- tions on the side of rolling stock that enable railroads and shippers to keep the cars straight. The reporting marks usually are initials of the railroad's full name. Manchester was first home to the AB&A - the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic. Later the road became the AB&C, with 'Coast' replacing 'Atlantic." The reporting marks changed again when the Atlantic Coast Line absorbed the railroad. Even Hie Ptmm SHORT-LIVED - The Seaboard System grew as an out- growth of the Family Lines but soon evolved into CSX. Rle Ptmt FALLEN FlAG CABOOSE - The Norfolk Southem line through Greenville once hosted the Central of Georgia's freight trains 89 and 90 as well as the Atlanta to Columbus Man O-War streamliner. By Mike CSX PREDECESSOR - The vintage caboose brought into Manchester last weekend was once used by AB&C. today, 'ACL' is still painted on the bridge near Meadows Motors in Manchester. *In 1967 the ACL merged with arch-rival Seaboard, forming the Seaboard Coast Line. 'SCL' began showing up on cars and engines, although repainting took a long time. *In the mid 1970s, the SCL and L&N began using the 'Family Lines' identity, with a common locomotive paint scheme that was also applied to several other jointly - held railroads: the Clinchfield, the Atlanta & West Point, the Western Railway of Alabama and the Georgia Railroad. In the 1980s, the rail- road changed its identity to Seaboard System. But because the Sand Springs short line railroad had already claimed the 'SS' reporting marks, the Seaboard System used SBD on the sides of freight cars. But the name and paint scheme was short-lived,as the consolidation with the Chessie System resulted in the emergence of CSX Transportation. Today, large CSX logos dominate the sides of the : *Although CSX domi- nates the area, Norfolk Southern operates a train from Columbus up through Pine Mountain, Durand and Greenville to the Mead plant north of town. The line, which once extended up to other con- necting tracks to Atlanta, was best known as the Central of Georgia route of the Man O'War passenger tram. *But the CofG was pur- chased by the Southern Railway in 1963, and SOU reporting marks changed gain with the 1982 merger with Norfolk & Western to form the NS used for Norfolk Southern. Meriwether's heavy rail traffic attracts so many rail buffs that the city of Manchester built a train- watching deck- right along- side the AB&A / AB&C / ACI, / SCL/FL / SBD/CSX tracks. AgSouth Distributes $846,000 Locally Bill Spigener, President of AgSouth Farm Credit, recently announced that the cooperative recently distrib- uted more than $10 million in patronage dividends to its member borrowers for the year-end December 31, 2001. Members in the Greenville area received more than $846,000 of the total $10 million distribution. Spigener said, "We're very proud of our patronage program_ In the past 14 years, the association has distributed more than $88 million to our patrons, a record unmatched by ally other area lender." Spigener credited the dis- tribution to the financial strength of the association and the commitment of the association's directors and staff. The Association Board of Directors has also approved the distribution of $5.2 mil- lion in allocated surplus from 1996. These checks will be mailed to it's borrowers later in April. 'We are especially proud of our continuing five-year revolvement of allocated sur- plus, especially with the fluc- tuations in market price and harsh weather our farmers have had to cope with in the past few years. AgSouth is a strong cooperative, and we're very pleased to be a financial pillar for the ag community," said Spigener. AgSouth Farm Credit is an agricultural and rural lending cooperative owned by more than 3800 members in 59 counties in the south- eastern and western portions of Georgia. AgSouth provides loans for real estate, agriculture and rural homes and also has a leasing program for auto- mobiles, equipment and buildings. The association has more than $550 million in assets and branch offices in Statesboro, Sylvania, Rincon, Vidalia, Douglas, Blackshear, Baxley, Jesup, Covington, Griffir Madison, Carrollton, Greenville and Thomaston. Shorewood Packaging Plant to Close International Paper announced recently it plans to permanently close its LaGrange Shorewood Packaging facility. In'a meeting with employees, Shorewood Executive Vice President Howard Liebman said this was a very difficult decision to announce. "LaGrange is one of the original Shorewood Packaging fflities and has prodimed cutting-edge commercial packaging. They have a hAstory to be proud of. I just wish things could have turned out differently," Liebman said. Several bus'mess factors influenced this facility profitably," said Chris Turk, the final closure decision. The tectmol, LaGrange facility manager. ogy in LaGrange can no longer support ' "This is a great team and we are a viable, stand-alone facility in the face encouraging employees to sign up for of a poor economic environment and mounting competitive pressures, "Current economic conditions make it unrealistic to continue operations at the facility, and unfortunately the Business has decided that the only alter- native is to pernumently close,"Liebman added. "I am proud of this workforce and the efforts they have made to operate opportuaities available at other Shorewood and International Paper locatns." This announcement will impact approximately 147 commercial packag- ing employees. A number of corporate employees located at LaGrange, including the cus- tomer service department, will not be impacted.