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00ommunity News Hogansville Home News THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2000 - PAGE 1-B Probate Judge Sho00'down In Troup 0000orth Vows Oj00e i U Show Integrity Don North of the Hillcrest com- in northern Troup County has the race for Probate Judge of -iiat orth plans to run an office of ][ta'ity, ministry and public service t"aeaelected" d e Gwen |,, Former Probate Jug erescott hired him as clerk in 1988 d then promoted him to poll man- , county elections auditor, and ally special assistant to the elec- Superintendent. ,,.He assisted former Probate Judge Oebbie Wade in the last two elections. . NORTH feels being Probate office Jla.ore than a office, it is a ministry l _ th responsibilities to supervise elec- tS, probate wills, appoint legal ed dians for minors and incarerat- |lts and to issue marriage and s licenses. ! North has a strong desire to serve J 0tlp County as Probate Judge. He W he would have to resign his state o.: as a specialist with the State of rgia EPD if he chose to run. "ilf Feeling he is the "Best Candidate" ,| he job, North did resign his job ,en he qualified for the election. He said he has literally given up his livelihood on faith that he should be the next Probate Judge. HE WAS BORN in the Atlanta area and studied civil engineering at Georgia Tech. He served as water and waste- water superintendent for the City of Montezuma drom 1980 to 1983. He served a similar position in Manchester from 1983 to 1985. He then served as assistant super- intendent of the water department in LaGrange from 1985 to 1992. A special non-partisan election will be held on July 18 to fill the unexpired term of Judge Gwen Prescott, who resigned due to health problems. The same day, North will seek the Republican nomination in the Primary election. NORTH has been married for sev- enteen years to the former Alice Rhinehammer of Warm Springs. Together they have three children, Anna, 14; Benjamin,12; and Catherine, 5. The Norths attend the Courts of Praise Christian Center in LaGrange. DON NORTH says serving will be a f orm of 'ministry" DONALD BOYD had first indi- cated his plans last year. Boyd Throws Hat Into Ring, As Well On April 24, local businessman Donald Boyd qualifiedto run for Troup County Probate Judge in the upcoming special election and pri- mary, to be held July 18, Boyd initially announced his desire to become probate judge when Judge Gwen Prescott resigned last year due to health concerns. In order to temporarily fill Prescott's position from July to December, a special election will be held in conjunction with the gen- eral primary. Both elections will be held on the same day. A probate judgeship is one of four constitutional offices in Troup County designated as full time jobs. Duties include issuing marriage licenses and passports, acting as superintendent of elections and probating wills and guardianships for minors and incapacitated adults. "WHEN ELECTED, I pledge to be a full time judge with a commit- ment to maintaining the high stan- dards and excellent service that Troup County has grown accus- tomed to under the leadership of Judge Gwen Perscott," Boyd said. Boyd plans to expand the r01e of probate judge to include educat- ing the public about probate issues, including the importance of hav- inga will. "If you have a will, you decide who receives your assets or who becomes guardian for your chil- dren; if not, the state decides," he said. BOYD attended Troup County Schools and completed courses the Georgia Industrial Loan School and in the principles of banking at West Georgia College. He is a member of the Northside Baptist ChurchofLaGrange, where he serves as deacon and church clerk. Boyd has been in consumer finance industry for the past 27 years. HIS WIFE, the former Gayla Stewart, is employed with the Troup County School System. Boyd has three daughters and two son-in-law, all residents of Troup County. He is the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. W.T. Boyd. By Mike Hale/Staff STROKE SEPARATED THE PEBBLEBROOK TEAM from the Roosevelt-Warm team in the initial B. Harold Guy Challenge Match played Saturday, April 15 at k. Honoree B. Harold Guy and his wife, Margarite, pose with the Pebblebrook team Uded, from left to right, Jameal Youkhana, Floyd DuBose, Curtis Moore, Nancy and Williamson, Richard Stevens, Eddy Wells, James Hamlett, and Tony Waldo. Mike Hale Yecl for the Pebblebrook team. 00lfers Compete in first ever B. Harold Guy match, featuring teams blebrook Golf Club and Velt-Warm Springs Golf l[hhtfl staged Saturday, April tb. blebrook. Better known l c t' ll IL B. Harold Guy was Ule first club champions ]F aOOsevelt course and has  Pbblebrook member for [. years. The challenge ] iea was created in his ,d will be played in a semi- rapetition somewhat _l_ike IKer Cup and President s Dlayed. The first match featured ten players on each team with the low five scores being counted. The Warm Springs team, led by medal- list Steve Wood, who shot 74, took the trophy home with a total of 386; two shots better than the Pebblebrook five. Also among the low five scorers were Jud James with a 75, Max Meyer had a 77, Danny Sharp carded an 80, as did John Abney. OTHER PLAYERS ON the Roosevelt team with their scores were Ricky Wadsworth (83), Jim Visser (88), Chad Banks (91), Casper Wood (90) and Red McDaniel (86). Leading the Pebblebrook team was Eddy Wells with a 75 while Johnny Williamson and Jamal Youkhanna carded 77's. James Hamlett finished with a 78 and Richard Stevens had an 81. Other Pebblebrook scores were Curtis Moore (83), Floyd DuBose (84), Tony Waldo, Mike Hale (85) and Nancy Wflliamson (98). At the completion of play the Roosevelt-Warm Springs team was presented an impressive tro- phy by the honoree. The trophy is now conspicuously displayed in the Roosevelt-Warm Spring Clubhouse. w_ By Mike HaleStaff ;,qDLD GUY IS SEEN HANDING OVER THE TROPHY to the winning team in the first l  I:: arold Guy Challenge Match staged at Pebblebrook on Saturday, Apn115. Steve Wood,  the team with a 74, is seen accepting the trophy on behalf of the RWSIR team. Playing evelt Warm Springs from left to right were Max Meyer, Jim Visser, Jud James, Chad , L;asper Wood, Steve Wood, Red McDaniel, Rick Wadsworth and Danny Sharp: RWSIR Volunteer Facin 2,000 Mile Cycle Challenge Waverly Hall resident, James Chapman, isn't afraid of a chal- lenge. In fact, as a paraplegic since 1967, the result of a car wreck, it's obvious the 56-year- old retiree has already encoun- tered and overcome some pretty formidable challenges along life's way. A long-time volunteer for the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, Chapman has one other rather unusual avocation considering his disability - cycling. Granted, his three-wheel "bike" doesn't even look like the more familiar two-wheel versions (especially with an upside-down looking bicycle,chain sticking up right where it seems the handle bars should be), but make no mis- take about it, this is a well-trav- eled vehicle and one that gets there via pedal power just like any other bike. The only differ- ence is Chapman's pedal power is derived from a well-developed upper body that seems to belie his age and dominate the hand- cycle's thin frame. Other than that, he's like any other well conditioned rider about to take on the grueling Bike 2000, a five-week, six-state effort from Tallahassee, FL., to Charlottesville, VA. between June 2 and July 7. In fact, he'll go just as far every day in basically the same amount of time as the other 1,999 cyclists who join him on the back roads of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. "I'm confident I can hang in there with them," Chapman, Navy veteran who's been riding for four years, said recently. "But don't forget, if they get too tired to ride, they can always get off and walk (push bike). Needless to say, I won't have that option." Myrtle Beach 10K Road Race May 13-15, and his practice rou- fine regularly includes trips back and forth over Pine Mountain between his home in Waverly Hall and the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs. "That's a 10 percent grade over the mountain and you won't find many grades steeper, so it makes for a good practice hill, especially with part of our rou- tine going through the mountains in North Carolina and Virginia," he said. Chapman expects to average between 80 and 100 miles per day. Someone will accompany him by driving his truck and camper to designated stops each night. Four rest days will also be interspersed among the 32-day ride. Striving at all times to avoid dehydration, Chapman will carry several water bottles as well as "a camel back" on his bike and attempt to keep them filled at all items. He will also have snacks and fruit available throughout, as well as several extra tires and wheels in his truck "just in case." He's even planning on carrying his ham radio for pertinent local information throughout the jour- ney. Among the larger towns he will be passing through will be Marianna, GL., Selma and Montgomery, AL., Americus and Savannah, GA., and Aiken, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Roanoke, VA. Other Georgia towns included on the ride will be Tifton, Douglas, Vidalia and Hinesville. Along with his wife, Brenda, who doubles as a RWSIR volun- teer, Chapman is well known in Warm Springs as one of the Institute Clowns (alias Speed Buggy) and he's often seen in the RWSIR Brace Shop, assisting in the maintenance of prosthetic and orthotic equipment. HIS PARTICIPATION in the event, which is being sponsored by RWSIR's Volunteer Services, follows similar 400-mile excur- sions across Georgia and Florida the last few years. "I've done Bike Georgia three times and Bike Florida last year, but they're both around 400 miles. This is the first time I've ever attempted one this long," Chapman said. As preparation for Bike 2000, Chapman will take part in the Submitted photo LOCAL HANDCYCLIST HEADED FOR BIKE 2000 - James Chapman, a long-time volunteer at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation and an avid cyclist, is getting ready for the five-week long Bike 2000. A paraplegic since 1967, as the result of a car accident, Chapman will be riding his handcycle 2,000 miles through six states along with 1,999 other bicycle enthusiasts. The Waverly Hall resident, who is shown here with his wife, Brenda and Carol Barnes, the director of volunteer services at RWSIR, which will sponsor Chapman's ride. He will embark from Tallahassee, FL. on June 2 and finish in Charlottesville, VA. on July 7.