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G o I d e n Olympics Golf Tournament Has, Nice Tumouti . Page 2A Th Sen00g the HogansviUe-Grant00le Area Since 1944 IIIl!!r!lD!lllU!lL!UIIJl8 Council Says No to McCamey, A,gain By ANDY KOBER , ' By Andy Kober BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE - The Boys and Girls Club in Hogansville already has 104 children in atten- dance and continues to grow. In addition to fun time, the children learn important concepts that could serve them well later in life. Shown here enjoying a game of foosball are, left to right: Arianna Cousins, 6; Micah Henry, 7; A.J. Render, 7; Paris Aldridge, 6; and Yasmine Hill, 8. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, call 706-884-1391. Children must be at least six years old to attend and proof of age is required. Area Singers SoUght for Competition By ANDY KOBER Organizers are seeking area tal- ent for the annual West Georgia Idol contest, scheduled to begin July 14. The third annual West Georgia Idol contest has been scheduled for July 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 4. A fund-raising project of the Hogansvilie Downtown Development Authority, the West Georgia Idol con- test is held in the historic Hogansville amphitheater. The competition highlights singing talent from the local area and beyond. Last year, the competition drew contestants from Alabama, Thomaston, the Atlanta area and more. It is a serious competition with judges drawn from among musical and recording professionals. Top prize in the West Georgia Idol contest is a $1,000 cash prize, the opportunity to record a demo CD, and the opportunity to perform live at the Smith Family Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Other prizes, including a People's Choice award, have previously been awarded as well. For those wishing to compete, there is an entry fee of $60, which covers up to fourperformances. After June 30, the entry fee will increase to $75. Participants must be 14-years old or older.. Mary Stewart, of William and Mary's Antiques, reports the Downtown Development Authority is already receiving registrations for the West Georgia Idol contest. For more information or to regis- ter, visit www.westgaidol.com Once again, the Hogansville City Council has offered a resound- ing no vote to Dr. Jimmy McCamey's desire to open another group home in the city. The tone of the public hearing and meeting was set early when Hogansville Mayor Jimmy Jackson said, "This is not a racial issue," referring to opposition to McCamey's desire to open another group home in Hogansville. Racial overtones concerning the issue have served to split the community and raise tensions. During Monday's Hogansville City Council meeting, the Hogansville Police Department had four offi- cers present, including Chief Moses Ector McCamey had named the proposed group home the Dream House Youth Services, Inc., and addressed the council during a public hearing held Monday evening on the proposed home. MCCAblEY said he was requesting a special use permit to uti- lize the old West End School as a group home. He indicated this was the culmination of six months of consultations with City Manager James Woods to meet all the guidelines and require- ments. It was noted that while the Hogansville Planning and Zoning had approved the plan, the final decision is left to the city coun- cil. McCamey said the home would be fuliy "accredited" and had completed a "good neighbors plan." Current condition of the old West End School and materials used in its construction have caused some concern and McCamey told that no lead paint was found in the building and that only a small amount of asbestos was found. He indicated the asbestos could be removed for about $3,500. McCamey reported that his original group home, located on Granite Street, has been in operation for over five years and said only two calls had been placed for the Hogansville Police Department. This would be questioned later. FORMER council member Charlie Frank Martin, a resident of.the neighborhood in which the group home would be located, Opposed the proposal ................ Martin said the Downtow n Development Authority opposed the group home and claimed to have a petition with 82 signatures of residents in the neighborhood opposed to the group home. A number of officials from the Troup County School System were present and also voiced opposition to the group home. One principal alleged that a student from McCamey's group home in Hogansville made death threats against her and the assis- tant principal. "He (student) spent 40 minutes explicitly describing how he would kill us," she told council members. She said the same stu- dent sexually harassed other students, faculty and staff at the school. The principal of LaGrange High School reported issues with students from the Center for Creative Growth, which is McCamey's group home in LaGrange. He said students came into the school and school officials had no information regarding their backgrounds, problems, or needs. He also cited a lack of cooperation with the staff at the group home and reported that staff at the group home did not answer or return calls, and that issue would surface several times. Dr. Janet Greet, principal of Callaway High School, also voiced opposition to the group home. As the smallest high school in Troup County, Greer said the influx of such transient students at Callaway High causes a disprgportionate impact on the school. Though he had already been allowed to address the council, McCamey interrupted the public hearing saying that some of the comments contained "inaccuracies". See GROUP HOME, Page 2/(* First Festival of Dreams. in Lone Oak A Success! The First Festival of Dreams has been held in Lone Oak, and organizers are already dreaming of how to repeat the successful The festival;as held June 2 on the Field of Dreams at Allen= Lee Memorial United Methodist Church. The church sponsored the unique festival which offered vow dor spaces at ao cost. Vendors brought a wide range of items to sell -sports memora- bilia, quilts, Avon, Tupperware, handmade scarves, live plants and produce. Hannah Flynn from the Greenville Lions Club brought brooms and mops, and there was a huge variety of food - pizza, hot dogs, chicken fingers, Italian sausage and Bratwurst and bar- becued ribs, chopped pork and chicken. Several churches undertook project to raise funds. Area non-profits also had a presence including the American Union Relief Society, the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance and Meriwether Adults Serving Youth. Allen-Lee members mounted a bake sale and a silent auction, and the youth and their leaders sold cold soft drinks, hot dogs and handcrafts. At the Margaret Vrfllingham house, which belongs to the church and is across the Field of Dreams from the church build- ing, a lively yard sale was accom- panied by tours of the historic dwelling. Music was also part of the day with the Atkins Family, Frozen Sun, Ralph Lynch and Friends and the Leftovers providing enter- tainment. Youngsters enjoyed simply being outdoors - romping on the grass on the Field of Dreams while parents and grandparents kept watch nearby. dreaming of how as they work to more involved in outreach to the com- munity. The church is located at 4270 Lone Oak RdJHighway 54 in Lone Oak - betweeaiLuthersvflle and Hogansvie. A LI'I'rLE HELP PLEASE! - John Strube unfolds a pretty pink chair for Emma Wargofcak so she can enjoy the Festival of Dreams in style.