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HOGANSVII.LE HOME NEWS - MAY 24, 2001 PAGE 3, Springfield Holds Re Springfield Baptist Church, Poplar at Baptist Dr., Hogansville, invites you to worship in our Spring Revival and Pastor&apos;s 12th Anniversary Service. The Spring Revival begins Wednesday, May 23rd and continues through May 2Sth at 7:30 night- ly'. A guest pastor will speak each night. The 12th anniversary of Pastor Joseph McGuire wilt be celebrated on Sunday, May 27 4:00 p.m. Our guests and speaker will be Pastor B Johnson and the Greater Mount Calvary Bapti, Church of Atlanta. Your prayers and support wi be greatly appreciated. Plebe plan to attend. i By Bryan C-,eter REVIEW - Sandra Lea (c) shows her new release, Whirlwind, to Hogansville's Mayor St. Clair (I) and John Amold at Arnold's home on Main Street. k Out? BookAuthor Warns r Bryan Geter A Virginia woman has a book about the Bank Scandal which in east Tennessee in late 1970s and early 1980s he Butchers headed for Hogansvitle. Sandra Lea, who now lives Knoxville, said it took her 10 to research, compile and the book, Whirlwind, that of the third largest bank in the nation's history: C.H. and Jake Butcher both years each in prison fraud, Lea said. Lea said they got out of either 1993 or 1994. She said they are in "bank- for life" and owe more $1C),000,000 in East. She said they are in Georgia doing, "pretty much the did in TennesseeY Lea said the money made in should go to those they Tennessee, but it is Jake Butcher was the 1982 Knoxville Fair and had an aspira- of becoming President of United States. He ran unsuc- for the Governor of the 14, 1983, the Massacre as it is called by "folks" in East Tennessee occurred. This was the infamous day when the doors of the United American Banks were closed. "Ninety-three banks closed that day," she said. "More than 200 citizens, who had invested or deposited their life savings and invested their children col- lege education, committed sui- cide." Lea said this was the most devastating event to hit East Tennessee since the Civil War. What took 20 years in East Tennessee to do, she said, has only taken seven in Georgia for them to almost match. Huntcliff developer John Arnold of Hogansville formed a partnership with C.H. Butcher in early1999 after being intro- duced, by Arnold's fraternity brother, Tommy Luther, who quit the banking business to work for Butcher. Luther was made the president of one of Butcher's companies, Southern Value. Butcher, Lea said, formed several companies under his wife, Sheryl's name. Lea said Arnold and Main Street Communities,  and Southern Value each had 45e/t interest in the property and I0% would go to Tom Luther. Lea said violations of agree- ment occurred and Arnold filed bankrupty to protect his inter- est as he thought they were try- ing to edge him out on July 31, 2000. Donnie Fisher of Colorado, who Lea said is a partner with Butcher at Canton Partners in Canton Georgia, stepped in to try to and stop bankrupty pro- ceedings In March, 2001 the case came out of bankrupty and Fisher initiated the foreclosure proceedings and the property was sold on the Troup County Courthouse on May 1, 2001. Fisher purchased the note from Community Bank & Trust of LaGrange. Since Fisher and Butcher are long-time friends, Lea said she thinks Fisher will sell Huntcliff to Butcher. Lea continued saying since Butcher now has control of the Village at Huntcliff, within a year, there l be a huge trail- er (mobile homes) park out there. She said her book, Whirlwind, which has a chapter about Hnntcliff and John Arnold in it, sold out its first prilating in two weeks. The book is in its third print- ing now, she said. The book is sold at Books- A-Million and will soon be at Barnes and Nobles in Atlanta. She hopes to talk with the Clemens Books Company in Hogansville about having the book available for sale locally. Lea can be contacted at P.O. Box 6306, O.akridge, Tennessee, First Remember the sick, shut-ins and bereaved as you pray daily. Deacon of the Week: Mike Cruce. Worship with the Word was by Kendra Palmer (Joshua 24: 14-15). The special music Sunday morning was by"Echoes of Praise" (Sondra Lee, Lynn Campbell, Carol Braswell and Myriam "lhrbyfietd). The Adult Choir special music Sunday night was "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus." Happy belated birthday to Mrs. Louise Wilson on her 97th May 13. Congratulations to Sarah Palmer, A.J. Lancaster and Shaina Spradlin, who are graduating from Callaway High School; Jonathan Douglas, who graduated from Heard County High School; Amanda Williams, who graduates from a high school in Tennessee; and Sarabeth Chandler, who recently graduated from Georgia State College and University at Milledgeville. May 20 was the first of a series of sermons on Sunday mornings by Rev. Willis about the Christian family. The text was from Ephesians 5:22 -6:4 entitled "ttome Base." On Sunday night we had guest speaker from Gideons International, Wilbur Whatley of Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church and a native of Glenn. Rev. Willis is continuing Baptist Doctrine Study on Wednesday nights, Amazing Grace, God's Initiative, Our Response. Mrs. Helen Stephens jour- neyed with the VSP group that includes Rev. Jimmie L. Willis and his wife Kathleen to points of inter- est in Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The trip was from May 14-19 ........ 5TWand Mrs. Lewis Phillips and Patti attended the . llSth Homecoming of Bethel Christian Church in Waresvflle Sunday, May 20. Associational Mission Emphasis Week in Georgia Baptist churches is May 21-27. Dr. Billy Burks, the Associational Missionary for the Western Baptist Association is a member of our church. His leadership of the 58 churches in WBA is much appre- ciated and we prayerfully support him and his work for the Kingdom of God. Rev. A1 Patterson will give a slide show and talk about his mis- sion work in Jamaica on May 27 at 7:00 p.m. He is.e Associational Missionary from the Copper Basin Baptist Association in Copperhill, Tennessee. We will have City Employees Appreciation Day June 2 at our church, 11 a.m. with a covered-dish lunch to follow in the church fel- lowship hall. This is for the mayor, city coun- cil, policemen and all employees of the city.Vacation Bible School is at our church June 17-21 with tl" theme: "Truth Trackers and tl" Secret of the Stone ly 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. John 19:6. Dr. Grady McMurtry Christian Worldview will be our guest speaker inars on June 24 at the church. 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