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_r"LT Z.-It I'I_ULiPJ:WV II.I,K .L-% " I i.;.L,,.,,..,=.,,Ir, i '!ii!'/, i 34 Golfers Participate in Golf Tournament 75 AND OVER AGE GROUP - Jack Ramsey placed Second with a score of 83. Ramsey was also the tournament director. Not pic- tured are Perk Hammett - First Place with 0 score of 82 and Jarey Downing - Third Place with a score of 91 at the Golden Olympics Golf Tournament held Tuesday, May 1 at the Hogansville Golf Club. 65 TO 74 AGE GROUP - (left to right) Charles Carmichael - Third Place with a score of 91, Harris Smith - Second Place with a score of 89 and David Myers - First Place with a score of 81. 55 TO 64 AGE GROUP - Pictured left to right Tony Maxwell - Second Place with an 81 and Lance Dorrouch - First Place with an 80. Dorrough won a second medal for having the lowest score LADIES DIVISION - Pictured left to right Maria Dannenbring - Second Place with a score of 117 and Candice of any participant. Not pictured is Larry Pike who placed third with Coiling - First Place with a 107. a score of 81. ('ouncil Says No To Group Home 707 E, B0yd Rd,, H0gansville (706)637.4337 Equal Housing OpportuniW TDD# 1-800-255-0056 Now HIRING JOBS STARTING NEXT WEEK Material Handlers, Quality Control Technicians, Assembly and Machine Operators **REQUIREMENTS** Must pass pre-employment national criminal background check Pre-employment drug screen Must provide a copy of HS diploma/GED Must have previous industrial experience and steady work history for last three (3) years. SURGE STAFFING 229 Davis Road Suite 700 LaGrange, GA 30241 (706) 407-4453 Lagrange@surgestaffing.com www.surgestaffing.com Continued From Page 1A McCamey said his group homes only served boys. He also took exception to claims that his group home staff mem- bers did not respond to school officials when needed. "No one has ever called me and said pick up a kid," McCamey said. "My phone is 24/7. No one from the school system has ever made any concerns to me as director of the program." However, the Hogansville Herald has left voicemails at the Center for Creative Growth telephone number and McCamey did not return those telephone calls. Nor has he responded to person- al requests for additional information. Speaking for the proposed group home, Berrien Geter challenged Martin's petition recording those in the impacted neighborhood opposed to the group home. Another woman complained that there was only one "black enterprise" in Hogansville, she would later voice being in favor of the proposed group home. Lamar Thomas, a resident of the neighborhood where the group home would be located was also in favor of the home. Allan Boyer, resident, business owner and president of the merchants association, voiced opposition to the group home. "The merchants are opposed to this," said Boyer as he cited issues with young people already residing in the city. "We've got enough kid problems with- out adding more." Another woman, supporting the pro- posal, questioned the issues raised by school system officials. She said it would cost less money to allow the group home than to build future prisons. McCamey interrupted the public hearing again, denying any correlation between group homes and increased crime rates. Brett Bryant, principal of Hogansville Elementary School, addressed the council. "We already have children coming to us with problems unlike anything that I've seen in 19 years of education," Bryant said. "We are already stretched in our capabilities in dealing with the issues we have now, how are we going to address these other potential issues." Former Hogansville city manager and HogansviUe resident Bill Stankiewicz also voiced opposition to the proposed group home. Stankiewicz supported McCamey's first group home located in Hogansville, which is main- tained in a house on Granite Street. Stankiewicz said there is a signifi- cant difference between a house "with eight to 10 people in it and a school build- ing with 60." "I submit to you that an old school building with 60 (boys) in it is not a group home but that is an institution and we don't need an institution in Hogansville," Stankiewicz said. McCamey interrupted yet again, challenging Bryant's comments and con- cerns saying that Hogansville already had problems with children. "We need more programs to help these children," he said. McCamey would later report the pro- posed group home would not initially house 60 boys. He said the first phase would include 30 boys or less, and that additional students would be added in phases. He also said the old school would be developed into suites for the boys. Council Member Bobby Joe Frazier asked HogansviUe Police Chief Moses Ector about issues concerning McCamey's group home located on Granite Street. Ector said the department had responded to 22 calls at that group home, with most of them being minor issues. Louis Dekmar, LaGrange Chief of Public Safety, was present at the meet- ing for another reason, but was ques- tioned regarding his experiences with McCamey's group home in LaGrange. Not prepared to speak on specific issues, Dekmar did say that some of issues involved lack of supervision by staff. "Getting cooperation from staff members was difficult," Dekmar said, and offered to provide more extensive records to the council. As the public hearing drew to a close, council members asked questions regarding the impact to the various schools and transportation require- ments. During the regular meeting, coun- cil members had to vote on the issue. Council Member Bobby Joe Frazier, who has long supported the group home proposal, motioned to approve the spe- cial use permit that would allow the group home. His motion died for lack of a second. Council Member Jean Crocker then motioned to deny the special use per- mit and Scott Worthy seconded the motion. The motion to deny the request passed by a 4-1 vote, with Frazier cast- ing the dissenting vote. .2 t