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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005 Building Permits: City Already Exceeds Last Year's Total By CLINT CLAYBROOK If building permits are a good measure of municipal growth, then Hogansville is booming even bigger than most of the locals think- and some fear. A check of the number of building permits issued annu- ally by the city since 1995 shows that thee number has increased almost five fold. More importantly, per- haps, the city has already issued more in the first five months of 2005 than in all of last year - 158 through last week compared to 155 in 2004, according to City Manager Randy Jordan and records kept at City Hail. In 1995, there were only 33 permits issued by the city; that was down to 30 in 1996 and therewere only 58 issued ONLY $350 DOWN WITH PHONE CREDIT APPLICATIONS Your home, where you want it, whether you own your land or not. 1505 LaFayette Parkway LaGrange 706-804-2444 -QOAL ........ - - -----A ...... OPPORT JNITY HOU'.ING PIOtOSM ShowODuonsNolUnoludedinBasePrlCe LmdandLo, lmDrovemenlsNollncluded WilhADurovec Crodlt in 2001 and 68 in 2003. Information about the total value of new houses, commercial buildings and repairs, expansions and ren- ovations to existing struc- tures for the most recent years wasn't readily available earlier this week. But the numbers do show that there is considerable investment going on in Hogansville. Jordan says the figures might, however, be a little misleading. Prior to his appointment as building inspector in 2003 - several months before he was named city manager, enforcement was so slack that "If you (were planning on building or expanding or undertaking major renova- tion projects) you could buy a permit if you wanted to, and most people didn't." Code enforcement tight- ened with his arrival and some builders have found that if they don't comply with city codes on everything from electrical wiring to deal- ing with sediment control and run-off water, "stop work orders" will shut them down until they come into compli- ance. "A stop-work order is a powerful tool. If (builders) can't work, they're losing money," he said in a Monday interview. As impressive as the num- ber of building permits issued is, so is the impact they're having on city coffers. For Fiscal Year 2004-2005, the city was paid $16,0D0 for building permits. In the Fiscal 2006 budget, which was given preliminary approval by the City Council on Monday night, it's antici- pated that building permits will bring in $56,500. The increased number of permits shows that there is considerable money avail- able for investment in Hogansville, and that people are willing to spend it, City Councilman Jack Leidner said upon hearing of the increased number of build- ing permits issued. Land values are going up, also Leidner said: "Building lots that a few years ago were selling for $5,000 in the down- town area are now going for about $15,0007 Proof of developers and builders' willingness to invest here can be seen throughout the four subdivi- sions now under development within the city limits and at Deer Springs Subdivision about three miles north on Georgia Highway 100. There are 14 new homes going up in Hummingbird Estates on the city's south side. And one new pre-sold home is rising in Shallow Creek where four of eight completed new homes have already been sold. Several more new homes are rising rapidly in Huntcliff. 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'; -: ;:; .... :::  ....... : 76 IO 85 ", Waveri IF]all. Gk - 7()6-582-3 ! 94- Waverly Hall Farm & Tractor, Inc. has been in the same location since 1988! ;iiii !i!ii Continued From Page 1A June 4; turned around en route and went back home, according to Toni Striblin, chairman of the Hogansville Cultural Arts Society, which sponsored the show. "If it hadn't been for the rain, we might have had 150 vehicles," she said. Even so, she proclaimed the event a success. Some 400-500" people, many of them just passing through town stopped to walk through the school grounds, pausing to admire the vehi- cles. which ranged from Fords and Packards from the 1920s and 1930s to the 2002 Mazda Prot6g6 entered by Robert Ramirez of Peachtree City in the "New Modified" division. He's no newcomer to car shows; "So far, I've (won) in Florida, Georgia and Virginia with two firsts and three sec- onds," he said: Although he bought the car more or less "stock" off a showroom floor, but he's now added a TV, DVD play- er, and a Play Station among other enhancements. Does he drive the show car to work? Not on your life, he said: "l just leave it sitting at the house. I always drive a sec- ond car." He was a trophy winner here but Jeanette Moore won Best Foreign Car for a 1963 ail-originai 1963 Volkswagen. Chris May of Hogansville won "Best of Show" in motor- cyles with his 2003 American Iron Horse Chopper. Terry Hickman of Cleveland, Tenn., got the "Farthest Driven" award with his 65 C-10 Chevrolet Pickup. Larry Roberts of Pine Mountain Valley had the "Best of Show" car with his 1934 Ford Coupe. "Best of Show Truck" went to Ronnie Schuman of Senoia for his 1956 Ford F100 Pickup. Mike Cummings of Franklin won "Best Engine" with his 1941 Willis. The show and auction raised $1,107 each for the American Cancer Society and the Hogansville Cultural Arts Society, according to Mary Davenport, who helped stage the show and also won trophies for the 1968 Camaro Super Sport, 1970 Super Beetle and the 1963 Falcon Ranchero she and her hus- band entered. "We think we would've had over 200 vehicles if it had- n't rained all week" and until about 11 a.m. Saturday, she said. "There were hordes of families" who showed up, plenty of good food, lots of enterainment for children and plenty of enthusiasm for making the show an annual event, Syriblin said. "We're looking forward to doing it again next year." The auction was ruff by Jason Brooks, the On of Jackie Byars and her hus- band. Marine Glad to be on Home Soil Continued From Page 1A his first chevron during Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S. C. He calls that part of his four year tour "interesting," adding that the before-dawn to after-dark training days carved 45 pounds off his frame during his 13 weeks on the island that Marines can afford to boast about surviv- ing only after they've "grad- uated." Jason ,doesn't get into graphic detail when talking about his days in Failujah, but you get the point: A ragged Iraqi flag was shot up by his buddies, perhaps including him, during an assault on a mosque that was deadly for his platoon as well as for the mosque's defenders. At least one of two "Jim Bowie Knives" that made up part of his combat kit still bears bloodstains. An inter- viewer doesn't ask the source. He talks about a fellow Marine who was shot 13 times in one firefight, survived, then got shot again on his first day back involved in the urban Warfare in Failujah. JASON arrived home with "46 days terminal leave" on the books, which means he won't have to report back to duty to be released. "I'll get my DD-214 in the mail," he says vith a grin. That is the document that will testify to his active duty, over- seas and combat service. His Marine Corps Blues - ihe blue dress uniform with the red stripe down the trousers legs denoting a non- commissioned officer, glows with the "Expert" badges he earned on the firing ranges with the M-16 Rifle and the .45-caliber pistol. There are ribbons denot- ing his combat tours, a Presidential Unit Citation and other achievements, among them the Good Conduct Medal. By Clint Claybrook RIBBONS TELL STORY - Jason Carden checks out the ribbons on his Marine Corps dress blues, which tell of his overseas and com- bat service, among other awards. What would it take for him to go back to the Marines? More than the $20,000 re- enlistment bonus the Marines offered him. Maybe more than the $200,000 some ex-service- men are earning annually for service in Iraq with Certain private security firms. "I just need a break," is his explanation. ' WHEN HE STARTS to look for work in the civilian world, it may be in law enforcement. But not today, thank you: First he's trying to re-learn his fishing talents after older brother, Greg out-fished him on their first few outings since Jason's return. How deadly is Iraq for the men down in the sand trying to root out the insurgents with M-16s, handguns and grenades? Plenty: His platoon, for instance; made up of a few more than 40 Marines, lost 32 men to combat injuries, 14 of whom were killed in action. His battalion lost 221 to wounds and 51 were lilled. Jason says he has no prob- lems with his memories of his days and nights, in combat,. and a personal journal and small camera he had in Iraq will keep the memories fresh. If he doesn't brag about his exploits in combat and coming home unscathed despite some near-misses; neither does he talk in the superlatives of U.S. civilians about "spreading freedom" or other big issues. That seems befitting of a young man who did his duty and in keeping with the tra- dition of the nation's war- riors, who when combat is their calling are more con- cerned with keeping them- selves arid their buddies alive. BUT he does disagree with some of the country's so- called "leadership" in his assessment of how long America's fighting men and women will remain in Iraq. "Forever," is his best guess. "We're not about to give up the opportunity for (more) bases in the Middle East." His parents are proud of their families' involvement in the military since World War II. Carol's father, Joseph Gilbert, of LaGrange, was involved in the fighting for Okinawa and Jason toured some of the sites of the World War II battles on that island, now home to several Marine posts, while he was there. And John's brother Andy was in the Army during the Vietnam War, but spent all his time overseas in Germany. Now Carol has more memtos for a shadow box that holds some of the family's medals and other memora- bilia: Her son's tons of now- worthless Iraqi money, a cap- tured flag and a helmet taken off one of the insurgents who didn't make it back to their homeland among them. Jason describes those as the "insurgents who might not get their seven virgins" but have gone on to other realms anyway, many of them dis- patched by his old outfits. The lines at the beginning of this article are from the poem "Requiem" by Robert Louis Stevenson. !,,1 [I llllll !:lilildl I'1 li ;I