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C00A00LL, A Y Ii: ji A The "11 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U, S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE. GA PERMIT NO. 35 NO. 20 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2003 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 2 INSERTS 50 /, ' ..:iii,; ,ii!i, ,iil ' , k i /!i   :?i!:ii17!i ii! ili!=:?: iii !il, i i/ ,i,:i " ii i ii/11%) ilii iz Photos by Clint Claybrook CREAM OF THE CROP- Callaway High's Honor.Graduates will receive special recog- rliton at this Saturday's 9 a.m. graduation ceremonies at Callaway Stadium. Achieving Is prestigious deisgnation takes years of hard work and determination. Top photo: ern.le honor grads include Front row, L-R, Laura French, Paula Whitten, Jodie ewsome, Shalanda Lovett and Ashley Hunt. Back row, L-R, Holly Smith Caitlin E ggeman, Brady Polana, Jamie Rife and Syretta Shealey. Right photo: Valedictorian I: illip Buchan will of course get top attention and speak at the ceremony. Bottom  Ioto: Male honorgrads include (Front row, L-R) Dustin Moore, Valedictorian Phillip Uchan and Zach Smith. Back, L-R Chris Griggs, Corey Czarnonycz, Ricky Thrash, d 3seph Brown, Chad Tullos and Jake Walls. City Council Will Double Judge's Pay But Despite Increase in Work, Monthly Salary Still Only $600 By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville Municipal Judge Robert Whaley will shortly see his salary dou- bled-all the way from $300 to $600 a month. The City Council approved the increase at a Monday night meeting after it was pointed out that the pert-time judge, in addition to his usual duties, will now be hold "ettal hear- ilags" for the city's inmates being held in the Troup County Jail. Whaley's performing that service will mean the city will save money since the earlier its inmates are able to get hearings and post bond the less the city will have to pay to house and feed them in the jail ............ It c.osts tile city about $39.50 a day for each inmate held in the county jail, it was pointed out. Given that Whaley will likely be able to get more inmates out earlier, by say- hag some of the per diem expense, the city will actual- ly save money, council mem- bers were told. One city resident told the council that it's not just the city, but local taxpayers, par- ticularly the elderly, who need to save money. He questioned whether the city intends to roll back the current millage rate to off-set the approximately 5 percent increase the city would get from property taxes, based on last year's re- appraisal. He said that with both the County Commission and Troup County School Board considering raising millage rates, the city needs to look at rolling its rate back in order to eliminate any tax increases to the city. City Manager David Aldrich and others said the city won't make that decision for about another month, after two more hearing deal- ing with the budget and the city's millage rate. open at 9 a.m. Monday, serv- By CLINTCLAYBROOK ing snacks to those who attend the service, said Tommy Thrower, a former commander of the local American Legion post. The Hogansville American Legion Post will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at the Hogansville Memorial to the approximately 40 local peo- ple who have died in the nation's conflicts from World War I, through the Vietnam War. The program begins at 10 a.m. The memorial is almost directly in front of Flagg Bank and the bank will be a yor Clamps Down on Travel Expenses for Council Members '(LINT CLAYBROOK Wilson St. Clair said n City members no longer may advances for travel, after a resident raised questions the mileage and expense some members received for to Atlanta and Savannah: instructed the city clerk 111 CLAYBROOK ues Deon wanted since he - s of May 1 drug Hogansville, has been d )n warrants charg- him with trafficking distribution of mar- and aggravated on a poiice officer, to the Troup Sheriff's ne May 13, a sheriff's rat aa said. said that St. Clair there won't be any more advances," the mayor said. "They'll only get paid after they get back and turn in receipts." The questions about mileage reim- bursements and other expenses on the out-of-town trips were raised by Donnie Morris, a Hogansville resident. He questioned the expenses of Councilmen Jimmy Jackson, Bobby Frazier and Charlie E Martin, point- ing out that in some cases their expenses and mileage were higher than those .of Councilman Jack Leidner and City Manager David Aldrich on the same trips,' He noted that in some instances, some city officials had apparently \\; not reimbursed the city in cases where their advance travel money exceeded the expenses for which they had receipts. Some people at the meeting pointed out that Morris had sup- ported the city manager in recent weeks when Martin, Jackson and Frazier had attempted to fire Aldrich after accusing him, in part, of not properly managing the city's money. That claim has been repeatedly been denied by the city manager and others. The effort to get rid of Aldrich failed when the mayor vetoed that action, which had apparently been launced by Jackson. St. Clair was unclear whether questions raised about the Atlanta and Savannah trips had anything to do with the city's no longer approv- ing advance money for travel. on Drug, Assault Charges Cameron, fleeing the drug raid at 725 North Boyd Road, attempted to back his pickup away from the house at a high rate of speed and "nearly struck Investigator Wesley Gaddy with the door of his truck while Gaddy and Sgt. Rick White were attempting to arrest him. Cameron wrecked his vehicle after he struck shrubs and a tree and came to resent in a ditch near the scene. He escaped into a nearby wooded area. He is being held without bond in the Troup County Jail, authorities said. Drug agents with the sheriff's department said they "shut down a major cocaine distribution ring" located at 725 North Boyd Road, with that raid. They seized nearly three pounds of powder cocaitm with a street value of $121,000 and a half-pound of marijua- na valued at $2,400, accord- ing to a report by White. White said the raid result- ed from information that cocaine and marijuana were being sold at the home of Billy See MAN JAILED, Page 2A By Frances Robinson NOBLE EFFORT - Those participat- ing in the Torch Run in Hogansville recently included: Derrick Gladden, Salathia Crowell, Joe Hymen, James Gunter and Corey Keele of the Hogansville Police Department. Accompanying the runners were D.W. Geter Boone, Officer L. Ellison and Officer D. Gilkey. Those attending will get to see a new pavillion that members of the post have been building and hope to have completed in time for use during the Monday serv- ice. There will be patriotic music, speeches and a wreath-laying ceremony, Thrower said, Memorial Day Service Scheduled for Monday