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/A . i , Serving the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 SPENDING TIME WITH MOM - Jennifer Ransom (L) is pictured with her sons Javion and Adrian who are both stu- dents at Hogansville Elementary School. They were attending the Muffins for Mom event hosted by the school PTO on Tuesday in honor of Mother's Day. Javion and Adrian got the opportunity to begin their school day having break- fast with their mom. ByANDYKOBER An' item of old business caused considerable conster- nation during last Monday evening's HogansviUe coun- cil meeting. The problem surfaced This would later be echoed by Council Member Scott Worthy. Woods reported that with the city's water connections to LaGrange and Coweta County, an engineering study indicated the water tower no during discussion of allow-,longer served a useful pur- ing AT&T to lease a spot for a cell phone tower. The project would also involve dismantling" and removal of a water tower cur- rently located on the site. The proposal had been discussed before, but during this meeting the proposal caused issues. City Manager James Woods broached the subject saying a final contract was r dy,: though City Attorney Jeff Todd had not reviewed the document. Woods asked the council to approve the contract pond- ing Todd's favorable review. Problems began when council members did not have copies of the agreement and the meeting was delayed while copies were made. Council member Bobby Joe Frazier said it would cost the city $24,000 to dismantle the water tower and charged the city ,was.supplementing pose in its current location. "Your city engineers chose to shut that tank off because it serves no pur- pose," Woods said. Frazier challenged that, saying he wanted to see the report. Copies of that report were not immediately avail- able. Woods explained the water tower parts would be numbered and stored. The tank could be erected else- where in the city for about $300,000, compared to an estimated cost of $500,000 for a new water tower. He added that if the water tower was determined to be no longer needed, it could be sold. Mayor Jimmy Jackson noted that discussions on the issue had already been held and the council had previ- ously decided to keep the water tower and store it. "We went through all this." Jackson said. AT&T;, "Not this contract," "Tlw (AT&T)have more Frazier retorted money. t e'll @ver have," More discussion followed said when the council tabled the Frazier said that resi- issue untfl the next scheduled dents of the area suffered meeting. from "low water pressure" Prior to the next council and said the water towermeeting, it is anticipated that should not be removed, copies of the engineering Woods said the fees being report will be made available paid by AT&T would pay for to council members. dismantling and removingCouncil members will the water tower in two years, also have time to review the and after that the lease would proposed contract with: generate revenue for'the city. AT&T. By ANDY KOBER The deadline for submitting an entry in the Hummingbird Festival Poster Contest is May 31. Anyone can submit a design tobe considered for tRe 2012 Hummingbird Festival Poster. The rules are simple: * The artwork must contain a hummingbird; The artwork must transfer to a t-shirt and still look good; The artwork must be two-dimensional, no smaller than eight by 10 inches or larger than 11 by 14 inches; and No computer graphics, glass or other reflec- tive medium is allowed. To enter the contest, contact Leah Leidner at 706-594-0757 or via email leahleidner@mac.com The winner of the Hummingbird Festival Poster Contest will receive free Hummingbird Festival t- shirts and posters with their design. The winner will also receive recognition in area newspapers, magazines, on the Internet, and dur- ing a local radio talk show. The winner will receive two free tickets to the Hummingbird Festival Dinner and Silent Auction held at Victoria Belle Mansion, a $120 value. WIENER ROAST AT HIGHLAND - Eli Freeman and Jessie McCauley got a lesson in roasting hot dogs during Children and Family wiener roast at Highland Baptist Church on April 27. in addition to hot dogs, the group also roasted marshmal- lows and made s'mores, All who attended had a great time. A special "thank you" to Ms. Cookie Rainwateri Children's Director, for organizing the e ent. PLANSTO RETIRE- Judge William F. Lee wrote a letter to the Superior Court Clerks to local media announc-. inghisdeci- sion. By JOHN KUYKENDALL,longer than anyone else in the history of the circuit, and to have served as District Coweta Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Attorney for the same circuit for five and William F. Lee, Jr. has announced he will :i one half years before going on the bench," retire and not seek re-election. ' Lee said;".I have enjoyed my work and have wrote a letter to the Superior Court doneto.serve the peepl.e." Clerks in the Circuit and to local media announcing his decision. LEES announcement was rather sudden, : but he explaine&why the decision had be I hereby announce that retzr- made, mg as Judge of the, Supermr Co of the "While I realize that the retirement is Coweta Judicial CirCuit on May Lee somewhat sudden, I have been contemplat- wrote in the letter, ing it for some time," he said. "With qualify- "It has been my honored to have served ing for election to this position coming up in in this position for almost 32 years; which is the last week of May, I had to decide whether to seek re-election or not. "I am 69 years-old, have been a lawyer for almost 45 years, and have been Superior Court Judge for almost 32 years. It is now time to retire ';I :have no desire tO serve as a senior: judge and will not seek to do so. Nor do I have: any desire to practice law. My only desire is to retire, "I thank the people of the Coweta Judicial l Circuit for allowing me to serve for so long in this most important position."