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The PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the Hogansville-Granttrille Area Vetoes Watershed Plan !27:v =,,,+ .  By Dan,. Stout/Staff HOGANSVILLE Nikki Barrett (left) with 2000 Queen Bridgette Chapman in dra- at Hogansville Elementary. Chapman Miss Ho gansville Chapman was Miss Hogansville at Pilot Club event. Year's pageant was the Hogansville Auditorium. The and entire school Sneak preview to the Crowd. is from and is a student at High school. Runner- for Miss were Jessica introduc- , Pilot Club Secretary Janie Russell was th of contestants ' Donna Arnold Hogansville Pilot were active in pageant is one of the best in the contestants were introduced individually. They were able to show their talents at singing, dancing, or in some cases, acting. Each young lady reported what their career chomes were after school. Many waqted to be lawyers or artists. One wanted to be a famous artist. Favorite food were pizza with macaroni close behind. The newly renovated audi- torium at the present day ele- mentary school was the topic of most conversations. The school buildings were Hogansville High School until 1995. Thg head football coach Don Hendrix was at the auditorium to watch his granddaughter, who was a contestant. Hendrix was proud of the renovations and pointed out that the original seats had been restored and upholstered. He said, "It was like magic" that the building had been restored and "was better than new." School principal Peggy Smith invites "everyone" to the Hogansville Elementary Open House this Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. Smith said, "Everybody needs tO come see our school now." THE CONTESTANTS for the 'Miss' title were: Bridgette Chapman, Jessica Shelnutt, Sandy Willingham; Juniors: Lauren Jones, Lena Drake, Ginger Gaddy, Becky Jones, Kelsey Head. Little Miss Contestants were: Amanda Jones, Whitney Jones, Amber Freeman, AprilMcClurg, Lacey Lynn Chapman. Wee contenders were: Iesha Thrash, Heather Newsom, Brenique Cameron, Kylie Bartlett, Holly Foster, Marina Wilkerson, Amber Johns, Jade Talley, Meagan Sharp Anna Leigh Howington. Tiny contestants were: Lacey Parker, Cedie Stitcher, Lizzie Arrington, Breanna Bonner, Sumer Herndon, Heather Hendrix. Precious title seekers were Gabriella Stribling, Kennedy Bartlett, Anna Marie Herndon, Kristina Zavaleta, Bayle Starling, Katlyn Dingier, Gracelyn Hawk and Ashlea Sharp. % Dan $1oCdStaff HOGANSVILLE WINNERS WERE: Tiny Miss: Lacey Parker, Wee Miss: Kylie Miss: Amber Freeman, Miss Hogansville: Bridgette Chapman, Junior Miss: Kelsey Miss: Ashlea Sharp. SL Clair Says No To Council By Bryan Geter Associate Editor Hogansville's Mayor Wilson St. Clair vetoed the second read- ing of a Watershed Ordinance moments after the council passed the ordinance by a 4-1 vote during the regular month- ly meeting Monday night. "I'm going to veto it. I want you (council) to give this some serious considerations. I have serious reservations about this ordinance," St. Clair said. The council wanted to changed the minimum setback requirements allocated by the ordinance. The ordinance called for a S0 foot setback. The council wanted to impose a 100 foot buffer (same as the ordi- nance) with a 75 foot setback. THE DIFFERENCES would have been made in Section 8- 11-3, titled Restrictions, Setbacks, and Buffers, which affects any property within the watershed of the city's water supply. The eralsoldress- es other issues including: (A) permitted residential uses: (1) minimum lot size per zoning district; (2) minimum natural buffer - 100 feet. (3) minimum setback from natural buffer for all structures, nitrication fields and impervious surfaces - 75 feet (4) no multi-family resi- dential or mobile home park uses allowed, unless otherwise provided for by zoning ordi- nance. Councilman Larry Dorrough said both the buffer and the setback would be 350 feet or nearly one and half acres. "I have a problem with that," he said. ST. CLAIR said he felt increasing the minimum set- backs could result in lawsuits since they would be more than required by the state ordinance. Councilman Ezra Whitmore stated he felt the ordinance should be accepted as it was without changing the setbacks. Councilmember Peggy Harris spoke out in favor of the change. "There's a lot of water out there to protect," she said. "We are taking the land without compensation." St. Clair said, "Lawsuits will come as a result of that." "We can't worry about court," Harris said. "We've got to protect the water." "Wehave to do what is best for the City of Hogansville," said Councilman Jimmy Jackson. "The state is the expert in this matter," St. Clair said. "WE WANT to go above the state requirements," Harris rebutted. St. Clair again stated he had reservations about the ordi- nance in its present state. Whitmore made a motion to adopt the ordinance with the requirements set by the state and Dorrough seconded the motion. However, the motion failed by a 3-2 vote. HARRIS then made a motion to go with the ordinance with the requirements set by the council. Jackson brought the motion to vote by a second. See VETO, Page 2A I I By Bryan Geter/Staff JOAN DEMARRAIS, chairperson of the Hogansville Historical Society, advised the City Council Monday night the renovation project at 811 E. Main Street has met their approval. She said the historical committee compromised a bit and and owner Brian Christner and his contractor William Hill will install a new roof line. After a new applica- tion is approved, construction should continue. Speeding Cars Cause Outrage By Bryan Geter Associate Editor A concerned citizen, Bobby Freeman, told the Hogansville city council Monday night that nothing is being done to deter speeding on West Main Street. Freeman said the Hogansville Harrisonville. "Somebody is oing to hurt if he00 RADAR USE in the area was discussed. Odum stated radar can only be used when an officer has 500 feet or more of visibility and the road grade can not be more Police Department"is doing noth- , than seven to eight degrees. ing about the speeding." "The speed limit is 45 miles "You never see them over there," he said. Freeman said he spoke with Assistant Chief Mike Craig approximately a month ago about the speeding. He said Craig assured him the department would contact the Georgia State Patrol and ask for assistance to deal with theproblem. HOGANSVILLE Chief Hilton Om said Craig did contact the Georgia State Patrol and they had agreed to help patrol the area. "They don't have the man- power to send officers up here and patrol all the time," Odum said. "Since we are all here," Freeman said, "we should be able to resolve this matter." He added, most of the speed- ers are entering town from per hour at that location and we have to allow drivers up to 10 miles over the speed limit," he said. Mayor St. Clair asked Freeman what he felt could be done to deter the speeding. "Just do what is right," Freeman replied. The council discussed lower- ing the speed limit in the area. CITY MANAGER David Aldrich stated in order for the speed limit to be lowered in the area, the city would have to peti- tion the Department of Transportation. St. Clair said he felt the city should petition for a speed limit change. Members of council agreed. See Speeders, Page 2A Man Killed In Fistfight A 47-year-old Hogansville man died Sunday night after a fight on Robert Taylor Road near West Point. Troup County Sheriff Denny Turner says no one has been charged in the inci- dent but the investigatiqn is continuing. Deputies were called to 1172 Robert Taylor Road shortly after S:00 Sunday afternoon and found Steven Douglas Hornsby lying on the ground. Witnesses say Hornsby had been in a fight with 39-year-old William Noal Allen of Priscilla Drive when Allen hit Hornsby with his fist. According to statements from the witnesses and from Allen, Hornsby fell to the ground after he was hit and then was kicked several times. Allen says he then walked away from Hornsby. A witness then called Hornsby's mother to come and pick him up. "From what we have been able to find out, Hornsby was still alive when his mother arrived," Sheriff Turner says. "She was trying to get him in her car to take him to the hospital in Valley when he died." Allen was not at the scene when deputies arrived but did voluntarily come to the Sheriff's Office later in the evening for questioning. "We have not charged Allen yet and may not charge him," Tamer continued. "We have been in contact with the District Attorney and we will continue our investigation." The body is being sent to the state crime lab in.Atlanta to determine a cause of death. l