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Five Place In Contest Need a Good Crab Race? PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogap=sville-Gran le Area Since 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, APRIL ~, 2004 10 PAGES * 1 SECTION Q, ~graduates who finished high in Hogansville 61 years ago g a reunion in October, ooking for classmates. owing are comments about ~orts to put together this year's Oct. 28 the graduating class held its 60th class reunion International Cafe in High Class of 1943 Planning Reunion Hogansville. That year we had 32 students to graduate. We have lost 12 that we know of. They are Maxine Argo, Joyce Ashmore, Mordis Bussy, Betty Jo Doris, "Tappy" Mabel Handy, Freddy Houston, Edward Johnson, Charlie Keettle, Geraldine Hight, Charles Magnon, Margaret Neighbors, and Perry Parker. The 20 that are left, as far as we know, are Mar), Amis, Fred Bass, John Cronston, Jr., Bonnell Eley, Edith Hill, Betty Houston, Gloria Ann Huggins, Lauriel Hunt, Mary Leverett, Harold McLorty, Dorothy Norris, Wyolene Robinson, Rut-h Sherman, Bill Smith, Buarie Lee Smith, Dozier Smith, Sara Smith, Ruby Smith, Annie Real Webb" Herman Driggers. We don't know for sure~ahout Webb. Our class officers were John Cronston, president; Edward Johnson, vice president; Mary Leverett, secretary; Charles Magnon was valedictorian; Gloria Ann Huggins was salutatorian; Dorothy Norris was treasurer. We hope to hear from everybody at the next reunion to be held at the same place this year. We have not seen Ruth Sherman since we all graduated in 1943. We were glad to see her last year. She said she would be glad to come back for this year's reunion if all went well with her. Reservoir Security Tightened City Raises Safety Issues After MotorBoat Incident ay oint OF THREE- Richard Woods looks over a plaque Hogansville Sportsplex that will honor him, along and i i Opens |, [Neu,. Sportsplex | ..... sents some $875,000 of i| By CUNT CI.AYBROOK Hogansville's share of a ~|~ Special Purpose ~1 ~[ Hogansville and Troup Option Sales Tax approved ~|: County officials gathered by Troup County voters in ll~: on Monday afternoon, April September 2001. I[|:: 19, to dedicate the There is more to come: l| Hogansville Sportsplex. A new gymnasium that will HI At the same time, those accommodate recreation l| officials paid tribute to league teams as well as I:| three long-time youth 1 league coaches who were |: saluted for their efforts in II helping the youth of the !1 .ogansv e area. ill The event marked the Ill completion of the new I|-Sportsplex, which is home I to fora" baseball fields that will accommodate teams | ranging from six years told | to their early 'teens, | The Sportsplex at 2062 LMobley Bridge Road repre- individuals is planned on a lot adjacent to Hogansville Elementary School. The Sportsplex project included construction of two new baseball/softball fields, lighting of all the fields at the complex - the old fields there had no light- ing - and covering of the dugouts. A new concession stand See SPOgl'SPUD(, Page 2A I mlffying Starts Monday; I D SwRchParfies l~~ time because that party's phi- I]~ CUNT CLAYBROOK losophy more closely agrees m~ with his own. ll~._ At least two Troup County i~Ficials who were elected as |R~.mocrats last time around 1Pve indicated they ~II be l~g under the [~epublican emblem in this I[ [lear's elections. Troup County Tax Commissioner Gary Wood said recently in announcing his bid for another term that he too is switching to the Republican party. l.~cal officials whose offices are up for grabs in the July 20 party primaries and the November general elec- tion include Sheriff Donnie Turner; Probate Judge Donald Boyd; Superior Court Clerk Jackie Taylor and County Commissioners Buck Davis, Morris Jones and Ken Smith. The posts of State Court Judge Jeanette Little, Coroner Jeff Cook and School Board members Diane Matthews, Sheila Rowe, John Darden and Debbie Burdette will also be up for grabs this year. ![They, like other state and officials who are seek- election or re election this !~r, must qualify with ~robate Judge Donald Boyd ~-tween Monday, April 26 ~ld Friday, April 30. [ The office hours during [thich would-be candidates ~m qualify are 9 a.m. Mon0ay I ~rough noon Friday. District Attorney Pete who serves , Carroll, Meriwether Heard counties as well Troup, said in a recent that he'll be a Republican this By oJnt GETTING READY-These two youngsters shown warm- ing up just after dedicatin of the new Hogansville SporLqplex on Monday are among the many who will get to enjoy the new facility on Mobtey Bndge Road. By CUNT CLAYBROOK Hogansville officials, concerned about a weekend flap over visitors using a reservoir, have agreed that in the future it will be secured at night with a locked gate. City police will routine- ly patrol the reservoir dur- hag the daylight hours. City Manager Randy Jordan suggested the change at a Monday night City Council meeting. He said that a city ordi- nan, ce prohibits the use of motors on the reservoir, but that over last weekend, some visitors thought to have been from Heard County were caught with a motor boat fLsh- ing in the reservoir. They objected to taking the craft out of the water after being told that its use was prohibited "because that is our source of drinking water," and police had to be called, Jordan said. NO ARRESTS were made, but that event trig- gered the City Council dis- cussions that led to Jordan being directed to install a lockable gate at the entrance to the reservoir. It was also suggested that signs be posted emphasizing the ban on boats with motors and that city police lock the gate at 5 p.m. daily and patrol the reservoir during the day motors are being used there. Jordan said that people apparently can swim in the reservoir, "but they are not allowed to put a (boat with a) gasoline engine in that lake. Gasoline could contaminate our drinking water. POLICE CHIEF Guy Spradlin told the council that his department can unlock the gate.at 8 i~.m. daily, and lock it at 5 p.m. His officers can routine- ly patrol the reservoir and if violators are found, "then we can prosecute them," he said. "I hate to do it," Jordan said of installing a gate that can be locked, "but there's no wa t control it" otherwise. Officials are also con- cerned about the use of four wheelers at the reservoir and poihted out that their use is also prohibited near the reservoir. On another water-related issue, Jordan told the coun. cil that he has begun talks See RESERVOIR, Page 2A sV c~ c~Axook THIEVES COULDN'T STOP 'EM - Workers were back on the job at the site of the new police head- quarters building on Lincoln Street Monday. Thieves who stolen neady $700 worth of lumber from the site a few days back didn't slow work on the project, Thieves Steal Supplies From New Police Station By CUNT CLAYBROOK Some bold thief or thieves made off with building mate- rial valued at $876 from - of all places - the site at 117 Lincoln Street where Hogansville's new police head- quarters building is taking shape. Police Chief Guy Spradlin reported the theft in a report dated April 16. The report said the lumber was taken some- time between 8:45 p.m. on April 1S and 8 elm. the next day. "We replaced it the same day," Spradlin said Monday night. There's a bit of irony in the case - a thief or thieves steal- ing, in effect, from the folks charged with catching them. That compounds the irony of drug dealers or drug run- hers inadvertently funding the new home of Hogansville ,,m,, police. The headquarters building, estimated to cost some $375,000 is being funded entirely with confiscated money taken from drug deal- ers or drug runners caught in Hogansville over the last year, meaning in that case that law breakers are funding a mod- ern headquarters for the peo- ple who caught them. On top of that, seized drug funds also provided the means of purchasing new police cars over the last year-all equipped with video cameras that record traffic stops and arrests made by cruising police officers. Police are banking in part on a video tape from one or more police cars helping dis- prove allegations of mistreat- ment by a former Hogansville resident that are claimed in the man's lawsuit against thecity and the officers involved.