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FrankBonnin Smalitownpapers II PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-Grant lle Area Since 1944 VOL. 67, NO. 19 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 12 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 By ANDY KOBER Though the words were never spoken, the implication came across loud and clear. During Monday night's Hogansville City Council meeting the issue of police officers taking cars home was discussed again, and this time the command staff of the Hogansville Police Department was present. During a previous council meeting, a question was asked concerning how many police cars were being driv- en to the Atlanta area as take home vehicles. In fact three officers take police department cars home that reside in the Atlanta area, and they are Chief Moses Ector, Assistant Chief John Pearson and Probation Officer L.R. Wiley. During discussion on the issue, Mayor Jimmy Jackson asked the question, "I don't see why this is such a problem now?" The three officers were standing in front of the coun- cil chamber when Ector said, "With all due respect sir, If think yOU see the problemY The three individuals are all men, they all wore badges, and they are all black. A hushed silence fol- lowed. Before that statement was made, city manager Bill Hummingbird Festival Meeting Scheduled Planning for the 2010 Hogansville Hummingbird Festival has started. The next meeting of the Festival Committee will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Hogansville Public Library. This meeting is open to the public. Committee members and volunteers are needed, and everyone is invited to become a part of this popu- lar and fun event which is in its 13th year. The 2010 Hummingbird Festival will be held on October 15-17. By ANDY KOBER The Hogansville Mer- chants- Association has scheduled a Father-Daughter Dance for Saturday, June 19. The dance will be held at 308 East Main Street and will begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per cou- ple, which includes dinner and a gift, and there is no age limit. For reservations call 706- 637-8113. The Father-Daughter Dance is anticipated to become an annual fund-rais- ing event for the Hogansville Merchants Association. Stankiewicz reported on var- member's packet, specifics, he indicated that a ious findings regarding Stankiewicz noted send- wide variety of policies exist. police officers taking cars inganemailtoothercityman- Council member Thomas home. That report, along with agers requesting the policies Pike askedwhere the officers his recommendation, was and procedures in other live and it was noted that only provided in each councilcities. Without noting two Hogansvillepoliceoffi- Photo By ANDY KOBER LOOKING AHEAD -Amber Dow (left) of Grantville was one of the many vendors fea- tured at the Hogansville community-wide Antique and Yard Sale held last Friday and Saturday. Dow, of the Sikada Design Group, had a booth filled with a number of items including new Halloween decorations. Vickie Brown (right) is owner and operator of Victoria Belle SpeciaL,Events Center in Hogansville and is a leader of the Downtown Development Authority. By ANDY KOBER Some people questioned the wisdom of having an antique and yard sale on a Friday, The community-wide antique and yard but in Hogansville it was extremely success- sale coupled with the Handmade-Homegrown ful with customers arriving early and stay- Market heldlast Frid/iyand Saturday brought ing late. a verylarge crowd of shoppers to Hogansville The threat of rain had little or no impact over the weekend, on the second day of the antique and yard Held in Askew Park, the antique and yard sale, which was held Saturday. sale started the two-day event opening Friday morning. ALSO BEING held Saturday was the first Sponsored by the Hogansville Downtownof the Hogansville Handmade-Homegrown Development Authority, the antique and yard Market, located in the Calvin Hipp Memorial sale drew vendors from as far away as the Veteran's Park. Atlanta area. Though separate events, they combined to bring a crowd of shoppers to Hogansville FROM DESIGNER clothing and on Saturday, despite the threat of rain. Halloween decorations, to delicious fried pies The next Handmade-Homegrown Market from Cakes Maid, the selection of merchan- has already been scheduled. disc offered at the antique and yard sale was The success of the community-wide amazing. One vendor was even selling an air antique and yard sale could lead to more of hockey table, those in the near future as well. By ANDY KOB~ The Blood Drive is sched- church during the Blood uled to begin at 2 p.m. and Drive.Togiveblood, youmust First Baptist Church in will conclude about 7 p.m. be at least 17 years old. There Hogansville will be hosting a To schedule an appoint- is no upper age limit for blood Blood Drive on Thursday, ment, visit www.redcross-donation as long as you are May 13. blood.org or simply go to the in good health. cers reside in the city limits. Council member Scott For those that reside outside Worthy, who questioned take the city, Pike wanted to know home cars during the previ- how far away they live. ous council meeting, said, "I Pike also noted that a . am not against officers tak- number of cities responding ing cars home" but called for to Stankiewicz: were "a lot apolicygoverningthematter. larger than Hogansville," He alsoasked for an account- pointing out responses from ing of how far officers were I Grange, Newnan and other driving the cars going from larger cities, home to Hogansville and "It runs the gamut from back. larger cities to smallerEctor replied that when cities," Stankiewicz replied, all usage was calculated, the Pike asked for a survey average distance was 26.2 of cities ,more comparable miles. to Hogansville" and then said, Worthy then asked for .the "I will take it upon myself to mileage on the officer hay- do this." ing to drive the furthest dis- tance. MAYOR JIMMY Jackson "I live 41 miles from again reminded council here," said Ector, and noted members the current policy having been called into work of allowing take home cars during critical situations. for police officers was allowed by the council in 2006 at the request of the former police chief. "I was the only one here challenging that," said Jackson. "Everybody here approved that." Jackson then referenced asking council members Jack ST IE CZ said that three officers lived more than 40 miles from Hogansville and reported the cost of driv- ing the cars home amounted to about 29 cents per hour worked. He said a list of all distances officers were driv- ing home had been compiled Leidner, Jean Crocker, the and would be provided to former police chief and for- Worthy. ...... mer to cstah ............. It was notedthat out 5r!3"t6blice'6fficers, 0hi, two It was quickly noted that resided in the Hogansville IJeidner and CroCker were not on that committee. See CARS Page 2A Photo courtesy GAYLE DEVEREAUX TREASURE FOUND - Hogansville resident Wanda Lowe shows off this tutu at the Hogansville Handmade- Homegrown Market held last Saturday. First Handmade-Homegrown Market Deemed Huge Success By GAYLE DEVERFAkUX Brief periods of sunshine, a light breeze and periodic Hogansville's first Hand- mists kept everyone pleas- made-Homegrown Market antly cool. last Saturday was a huge suc- "A lot of vendors sold out cess. of their products and were "You could sense the very happy with the turnout," excitement as the vendors set said volunteer market coor- up for the market," said ven- dinators Meg van der Kruik dor Heather Isaac of Birds and Amber Dow. "Market of a Heather. "We were all shoppers were also happy thrilled to take part in such with the variety and quality an inspiring, worthy endeav- of goods available." or." "The vendors were pre- Market coordinatorskept pared and well organized," a wary eye on the weather noted Dow."I heard shoppers forecast, but on the whole, the weather cooperated..See MARKET Page 10A I