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New Gazebo Takes Shape -2A Our Past Bia Fun on qayground! -IOA The Hogansville Home Formerly The Hogansville Herald PRSRT STD AUTO U, S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVtLLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 NO. 19 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2003 10 PAGES , 1 SECTION 50 Wham! Storm Pounds Hogansville, But Utility Crews Keep Up ,....___ By BRYAN GETER The City of Hogansville escaped with less damage than neighboring LaGrange on Friday evening as the gtorm that has been deemed as the worst in Troup County ce Hurricane Opal in 1995. The main problem in Hogansville Friday evening Was the power outage "The power outage was over almost all sections of town, - , City Manager David Aldrich stated on Monday. The electricity was out beginning at 8:45 p.m. with sovae areas being restored by 10 p.m. while others had to Wait until 6 a.m. the following morning. d Water Department Director Ron Buchanan, whose epartment was on the job all night, said the biggest prob- m the city had was at the water plant near Hogansville Element,, arv School where a huge tree had fallen across me lines. Another place where much damage was done was on a newly renovated store building on Hwy 29 N. The roof Was blown across the highway onto the railroad causing a POWer pole to come down, thus losing power in that sec- tion of town. Few trees and many limbs came down throughout the city with debris scattered about due to high winds. No reported injuries were reported during the storm. The storm hit areas in "lYoup County from southward on the Dennis Smith Road near Pine Mountain northward on the Blue Creek Road in Hogansville. Showers and thunderstorm will stick around most of the Week according to the weatherman, but the weekend should be looking much better. Hogansville's City employees worked continually dur- ing the night to restore power. tCOmpanies employees, members of MEAG, were on hand POLE DOWN - The high winds caused a power pole on throughout the night and on Saturday helping to restore Hwy 29N to fall causing power outage for many city res- the power in the city. idents. By Frances Robinson _ E HIGH WINDS -The winds got rough in Hogansville n Friday caus ng sid ngs limbs and other debris to go ailing across streets and yards. Luckily no one was nUrt. By Frances Robinson NO ROOF -The newly renovated gas station on Hwy 29N lost its roof during the storm on Friday evening. Boyd Road ArsonProbe Underway House Engulfed in Flames; Police Find Link to Cocaine By BRYAN GETER Hogansville Police Investigators are consider- ing a possible arson in the first degree charge after a fire late Thursday night at 725 N. Boyd Road. Officers stated when they arrived the house was engulfed in flames and fire and rescue workers were called to the scene. The fire was extinguished and no one was in the house. The owner of the house, Billy Junior Daniel, 46, drove by during the incident and someone gave notice. Police spotted the vehicle at Jennings Homes in the park- ing lot. Reports stated that Daniel would not give his small bags of marijuana, a separate pound of marijua- na, crack cocaine, scales and packaging materials includ- ing papers with drug cartel symbols were found. The estimated value of the cocaine is $121,000 affd the marijuana has a street value of $24,000. In an unrelated inci- dent,Warrant procedures were advised for Jason Hannah after Angela Harris reported to police that he came by her residence two times at 108 Corinth Road on Friday around 6:30 p.m. using profanity and obscene ges- tures toward her and her kids. Warrant procedures for disorderly conduct were advised for Jason Hannah, 18, of 501 Johnson Street after name to ce. he entered the shop_ at 1606 arrived, he identified the subject as Daniels and he was arrested at the request of the West Georgia Task Force investigator. Troup County Sheriff's Department earlier had the house under watch after informants reported seeing marijuana and cocaine being sold there. Sheriff Donny Turner said we are shutting down a "major cocaine ring." He was charged with traf- ficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a commis- sion of a crime. During the investigation using K-9 "BOY" the officers were alerted to the chest of drawers in the house and the truck of a car parked outside. During the search, 40 hamburger, fries and a chair on the office floor. Two employees of the truck wash stated that Hannah threw the items and told them to make sure Don Bailey the owner, saw it. The employees said that Hannah was mad at Bailey. In a separate incident, Steven Jordan of 776 Corinth Road told police that as he crossed the railroad tracks at Hwy. 29 and Johnson Street, his vehicle's tire on the front left side struck an old rail that was left at the edge of the road by CSX rail- road when they were work- ing and replacing the old tracks recently. He stated that the rim was bent and the tire was flat. The damage was approximately $1s0. Burglarized While Occupant Goes to Church A Play Station 2, DVD player, Intendo 64, DVD movies and CDs were taken, she told police. *On the previous .Saturday, police responded to a possible drug activity at 103 Baugh Ave. Report state that Ms. Bailey and Ms. Hardy were having a ver- bal dispute. During the investiga- tion, Hardy continued to "cuss" very loud and a warning was issued and ignored. Hardy was arrested and trans- ported to the Troup County jail. Bailey told police that another incident occurred between 103 Baugh Ave. and 200 Baugh Ave. in which her son's bicycle was taken on April 29. The incident remains under investigation. In a separate case, police are investigating a burglary that hap- pened between February 28 to May 1 at the rental storage units locat- ed on W. Main Street. Beverly Hunter of 116 Hutchins Moody Road told police that owner of the rental storage, Mr. Askew, first noticed the entry and had replaced the lock until contact with Hunter was made. The case was turned over for investigation. *In a separate case that occurred on May 2, Jason Smith of 17 Park Meadows Apt. told police he had left his 1978 Chevy boom truck at the truck stop in Hogansville for Don Bailey at the truck wash to use to change a sign. Bailey had the keys to the vehi- cle. At some point, Bailey said that at some point an employee, Jason Hannah and his friend, James J. Holmes, took the truck for a ride and left it stuckin a ditch on Bell Road. Towing fees was $600. Smith stated he didn't want the two young men to go to jail, but did want them to pay the towing fees. Smith said if they didn't pay the fees, then he would prosecute. The case remains under itwes- tigation. Hogansville Police is investigating a bur- that occurred last Wednesday 205 Baugh Ave. y $530 worth of taken according Bailey, who lives at the who had been at church, a rear window was and she believed that is the burglar(s) entered. king a Splash Water Plant Operator Joe irulal Wins Industry Award for 'Outstanding Performance' GETER water plant opera- Vidal, was named District #4 OP" of the Year" recently and innovative year. given each year top water operator by the and Pollution Control District #4 consists of was nominated for this honor by his supervisor, Ron Buchanan, who said that Joe is the star of this operation. "He does a good job, Buchanan said. "he is dependable and knowl- edgeable. The city couldn't ask for anyone better." Vidal came to Hogansville from Roma, Texas five years ago with his wife and three children. His plans were to open a business in Hogansville, but said with a smile, "it never panned out." Vidal said he worked with the water department in Texas for sev- eral years. "Water was the only thing I knew," Vidal said. A friend of mine in Hogansville told me a position may come open at the water plant. In a few days in September, 1998, Bobby Sprayberry, who was the Water Department Director at that time came to see me and hired me. Joe's responsibilities include run- ning the plant, taking care of the paperwork, testing the water every two and half hours and running the wastewater plant on the weekends. "It's a lot of responsibility," Vidal stated. "Even more since the September 11 attacks, which put more focus on cries infrastructure." City Manager David Aldrich com- mended Joe on a job well-done. Aldrich said there are very few com- plaints about the city's water. "The quality we put out is excellent," Aldrich stated. Buchanan stated that the city has received the top award each year for the last six for either the drinking water plant or the wastewater plant. Being from. Texas, Joe said his favorite food is steak. By Brya Geter STANDING PROUD - Joe Vidal stands with the certifi- cate he was awarded for being the top 2003 water plant operator in District #4.