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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVI HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, [AY 1, 2003 Su)port Our TrooJ)s Arnold Still Enthused About Mallard Lakes BENSON PROMOTIONS GOSPEL SING tLta ive SAT. MAY 3, 2003 7PM WARNER ROBINS CIVIC CENTER 700 watson Blvd. Warner Robins, GA By BRYAN GETER Since the arrival of John Arnold and his family to Hogansville in the early 1980's, several of his projects have been completed, but one of his favorites is Mallard Lakes on Collier Street off of East Main Street. When all the homes are built, Mallard Lakes will include 56 lots on "Ducks Walk Way" with a lake in the center and an asphalt walking trail around the lake with small arbors and gazebos in several locations. Arnold said prices for the homes will range between $150,000 to $175,000. Homeowners having access to the picnic area, fishing in the lake and walking trails. He said there will be five home models on the premises for potential buyers to choose from. Only two or three builders will be under contract to do the actual construction. INTRIGUING-- A drive down "Ducks Walk Mallard Lakes Subdivision off of Collier Street in offers plenty of sights. .00,,Cllll NOTICE You are now approved for an automobile loan even you have been previously rejected by other lenders or dealers. Call Jeff Ford for your pre-approval code! -800-772-4389 By BRYAN GETER John Arnold moved his family to Hogansville in the early 1980's from Roswell. He said there were no restoration activity in the town and it was in a woeful state of deterioration. He stated when he bought his home at 703 East Main Street in 1977, no other homes on Main Street Street had been restored and many were in need of maintenance. "As a matter of fact," Arnold noted, "no house had ever sold for more than $40,000 within the city at that time." Arnold said the house he purchased to live in had been converted into three apart- "IT WORKS! The calls are coming $ $ m, keep running my ad." Janet Lawand CEO Roosevelt Place Can Your Business Afford to Not Advertise? To Place Your Ad Call: Laurie Lewis or Mike Hale (706) 846-3188 ments and the front porch was almost overgrown with kudzu. He said it took almost a year to "gut" and restore the structure. Arnold said in the begin- ning as a Hogansville resi- dent, he built a few new homes on West Main and com- pleted an initial restoration of the beautiful old Grand Hotel. He said he realized that he had to commute to Atlanta for any volume in the real estate industry. Arnold said when he opened his Roswell office, the city had only 4,000 residents and one restaurant. He said Roswell and Alpharetta shared many sim- ilarities with Hogansville in the early 1980's. During those years, I experienced first hand the good and the bad of these communities growth, He stated. "Some resi- dents wanted the growth while some tried to stand in its Way," Arnold added. "When it is time for those forces of growth come into a community, there is no impeding it, but it can be har- nessed, shaped and molded to create a better city." Arnold noted that when the super discounts stores opened in area cities, it hurt the small local businesses in the once striving downtown Hogansville's Best Kept Secret ROGER'S BAR-B-QUE "A Southern Tradition Since 1945" Mon. - Fri., 11-9 Fri. & Sat., 11-10 Just off 1-85, Ext. 28 706-637-4100 Fax: 706-637-4114 DALLY LUNCH SPECIALS Home Cooked Vegetables Choice of Meat, 2 Vegetables Bread & Dessert, Only $4 95 Mort. thru Fri., 11-2 DALLY SUPPER SPECIALS Mon. thru Sat. 5-9 p.m. Do not wait to build your Dream Home. With Interest Rates bein SO LOW, There is no better time than NOW. . Homes are 100% Complete. 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So, he mentioned trades that would not be affected by the super discount stores such as antiques, crafts shops, art shops and etc. ARNOLD mentioned that Helen, Georgia was once a town in deterioration, but miraculously metamorpho- sised themselves from ugly caterpillars to beautiful but- terflies of commerce. He said they used the Bavarian theme which was consistent with the moun- require much Arnold said he marketing pitch with West Inns, Ingles, Kentucky Chicken, Taco Bell, ers. He als Thomas Pike desi completed all and the initial leasing 0 facilities at Hummingbird ONE Arnold said is not tains. he said that after much research and comparison, the Victorian theme was consis- tent with the time frame in which early Hogansville was blossoming and one which the existing homes and buildings were easily adapted. Arnold stated the the Mill Village is a significant part of the town history and many were deteriorating and some- times in a hazardous condi- tion. He said he had plans for these houses to be brought up to current building standards and embellished with the Victorian facade. He stated that the com- merce node of 1-85 and Hwy 54 (main Stt'eet):provided :' opportunity to draw restau- rants, motels and major gro- cery stores, but would :has never come a project he started in 1993 he called Park, a ed near It was Arnold ed the Villages of on Hwy 29N, division would need for entry level to attract the Arnold said underground utilities e incorporation of wiring for internet munication home develo[ a high standard developments in the This project is developed by tractor.Arnold said and most " sion that a Visitor ences. Job Expo May 14 in La The Georgia Department of Labor's LaGrange Career Center, West Georgia Technical College, and the West Georgia-LaGrange Employer Committee will sponsor a job expo next month for employers and job seekers in the area. Designed specifically for youth, veterans, college stu- dents and graduates, and other job seekers, the job expo will be held Wednesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Georgia Technical College's Callaway confer- ence Center, 303 Fort Drive in LaGrange. The employer committee is a business re who establish and working between the em mittee and the career t Applicants should updated copies of resume, dress and be available for views. For more about the job expo, Employment Representative Career Center at 4000, or West Technical College 812-5658. School Council Being Accepted This Schools in Troup County will be accepting for parent members of school councils during the April 28 - May 2. Contact your child's school for: Elections for parent members of school councils' held May 13-16 at: Ethel W. Kight Magnet School Elementary School, Unity Elementary School, Elementary School, West Side Magnet School, Newman Middle School and LaGrange High School. will be available in the school office. ! By ONE HAPPY FAMILY- B-Que Restaurant in H( changed owners recently, kept in the family. Randy Striblin bought the bu,, Randy's brother Eddie Pictured above are with their two children, Alana 4 and niece Julie, 3. left: Steve Pressley of La  sang several gospel songs restaurant last Tuesday ArnoM's Dreams, Visions Many Years in the