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THE VlLL Official Legal Organ, City 8 !:, 9 [ XO2 0,:i uzr nq, r- "[ L) u TZ? HERALD of Hogansville 1.9 Million Upgrade Starts at HES By Dan Stout Associate Editor Daniel Construction Company from LaGrange has started the long awaited reno- vations at Hogansville Elementary. Demolition is underway in the project to transform a high school into a structure for small- er kids. The contract was approved by the Troup County School Board Tuesday of last week. The f result of a sales tax hike that voters passed almost two years ago. The one percent sales tax will be levied until a total of $44 mil- lion is collection. The renovations of Hogan- sville Elementary is the first school to be funded by the sales tax. A large portion of the Hogansville work will involve the school's auditorium. Principal Peggy Smith and School Board member Sheila Rowe have followed this aspect closely from the start. Rowe points out that, "The auditorium is important to the school, the community and the city as well." The Troup County school board's building plan also includes expansion of Callaway Middle School. This project is expected to be one of the last funded by the SPLOST Photo by Shannon K. Brinknwn Day Home Event m Flat Greek Stables was a big success. Christine Garner, age 25, rides Melancholy Blues. Christine finished second in Open Training DMsion. She works veterinary technician in Pine Mountain. The horse contest filled all le motelsand hotels in Hogansville. Governor Names CaUaway Principal to Reform Panel 4t aut Editor 8" .Georgia Governor Roy Barnes has named 8te.Phanie Phillips-Hardy Callaway High e_hOol Principal to an Education Reform '-ummission. GOvernor Barnes has said that education is ty, accountability, and coordination of school systems. Hardy was nominated for the panel by lame duck superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins. She has been principal at Callaway since it opened its doors three years ago. Phillips-Hardy was raised in Meriwether County and attended Greenville High. The 64-member panel started meeting Monday of this week in College Park. Hogansville Subdivision City Council Phased Out l/Dan Stout Associate Editor The Hogansville City Council was taken to task Tuesday night of this week as to just what they meant by Phase I. Council had scheduled two public hearings to consider the first or initial plats of Huntcliff and Victorian Glenn subdivi- sions. Both the public hearings and regular meeting that followed were well attended. Mayor Wilson St.Clair did a valiant job keeping the audience focused on the relevant issues. During the hearings everyone who wished to speak was allowed time to interject their thoughts. The problem on Huntcliff started right out of the chute. This400plus lot subdivision will be located behind the Piggly Wiggly/Hogansville Hardware Store area. The proposal has been'with the city for over six months. During that time a variety of maps, plats and reports have been accumulated by City Manager David Aldrich. There have been changes and items deleted from the orig- inal proposal. Phase I or part A did appear to be inconsistent on different documents. Dennis Austin spoke clear- ly on the legal problems saying, "You open yourself up to prob- lems." Austin lives in the area of the proposed development. Thomas Pike and John Hardy Jones spoke at length about the value of Huntcliff to the business community and the city. No one was opposed to either subdivision. Both will have underground utilities and should be serviced easily by present city utilities. Jones said of Huntcliff, "I pray to God that the city coun- oyce Linch Retires at ogansville Elementary J. Dm Stout Asstxte Ed#or Joyce Linch, a long-time favorite at Hogansville Elementary, will retire July 31 of this year. Linch has worked in the field of educa- tion for 31 years, the last five years of which were at Hogansville Elementary as assis- tant principal. The logistical task of moving the school and students from the Crocker building to its present location was one of her many accomplishments' Linch has been instrumental in imple- menting numerous exciting and education- al programs that enhanced the curriculum for Hogansville Elementary students. An example is Heritage Day.' This is a happening that involves the community .with the subject matte r the kids are study- lng. In a way, history comes alive for the stu- dents. Heritage Day heavily involves sen- ior citizens from Grantville and Hogansville. It is a vroa, ram that has gone on for the last five years. Other areas that Joyce Linch was involved include: DARE, Partners in Education, Reading Rescue, Troup Reads, Chapter I and Disciplined Based Arts 'Education. Linch coordinated the art and music teachers. Many times live musical shows would come to the school. Various types of artwork and sculptures could be found in the hallways. Students made trips to the Montgomery, Alabama and Howard Finsters' Paradise Gardens art museum. Last week's Herald contained a story on a visit to the Hogansville Art Museum. Senior staff reporter for the Herald, Frances Robinson, said "rbe school and the community will miss her a great deal. She will be difficult to replace." Principal Peggy Smith has worked with Linch over five years. She remembers Mrs. Linch as "an outstanding, devoted and car- ing educator. We will miss her." Linch plans to travel, continue violin and piano studies and spend more time with her family. cil approves it. It could be a real boon." Joyce Wade was nicknamed the "Sidewalk Lady". She raised this request at every appropri- ate opportunity. Council member Peggy Harris pointed out that some of the lots for Huntcliff were less than the required 7500 square feet. Other members of the audi- ence choir that offered com- ments were Suzanne Cook, Claude McKibben, and Alan Jones. At the end of the hearing, council member EzraWhitmore produced a plat that met the approval of all concerned. The regular meeting briskly approved the following without a dissenting vote: 1. Second reading of PUD (Planned Uvelopment); 2. Georgia Municipal Association by law amendment (new districts); 3. Huntcliff and Victorian Glenn Phase I plats; 4. Public hearing on city budget June 21 at 6:30; 5. City to maintain ambu- lance license. II II I IIIIIIIII II I Farmers Market to Open June 12 The Hogansville Chamber Committee will sponsor a Farmer's Market this Saturday, June 12 starting at 7:30 a.m. The Lasater Realty activity lot will be the location. Everyone is welcome to come and sell their garden veg- etables and produce. There will be no charge for a space. Items sold must be home grown, hand made, or horemade. For m0re information call Suzanne Cook at 637-8411. School Board Appoints New Superintendent ay j. am staa teEditor Dr. Roy D. Nichols, Jr. will be the new lYoup County School Superintendent as of July 1. He received a 6 to 1 vote by the school board. The only dissenting vote was cast by Shelia Rowe who repre- sents the Hogansville area. She voted for Joyce Morgan who has been with Troup County education for 20 years. Nichols has 17 years expe- rience as a school superintend- ent. Some of that time was with the Marietta City School System. Nichols will have a three-year contract that will pay him $110,000 annually. J. Dan Stout/Staff Hogansville Police Officer Deron Jenkins reported to work Monday for his first day on the force. Jenkins has 6 years experience with the Fulton County Police. i