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Killed By Train -2,4 Local Students Received Diplomas at J Betty Carpenter Circle LaGrange College Con .............. -I04 n The PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 VOL. 60, NO. 25 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, JUNE 19 2003 10 PAGES 1 SECTION * 1 INSERT 50 By Clint Claybrook GYMNASIUM FALLS - The old gymnasium at Hogansville Elementary School is shown falling to a crew form Reaves Wrecking of Columbus, which finished the job this week. The site may become home to a new swimming Pool under the auspices of the Troup County Recreation Department. It was unclear this week if that decision had been made. New Bed and Breakfast Ok'd CLAYBROOK second ffast should *and woman who will be UPerating it promises pam- lered treatment and lower Irices than might be expect- ed for her guests. The Hogansville City COUncil approved Tuesday Jackie Byars' request operate the bed and at her 209 Oak home. There was no OPPosition from the council 0r from townspeople to the %w home-operated busi- The 10S-year-old ictorian home she and her sband Van own will be set P With four complete and !eParate bedrooms with dividual baths. The house as six fireplaces and the %UPle will be adding an in- 'rOUnd swimming pool. Amenities will include arden tubs, a screened 0rch and deck and there'll be, 0 a full Southern break- st" for their guests. The Byars bought the in 1998 and spent 17 months renovating contractor's help. She sees tourists "up and like and breakfasts" as her- customers. "Ill be able to find us By Clint Claybrook NEW BED N' BREAKFAST - Hogansville's City Council at a Monday night meeting approved Jackie Byars' request to operate a bedand breakfast out of her and husband Van's home at 209 Oak Street. It should be open by fall, she said. On the Internet and we'll have our own web site." Mrs. Byars hopes to expand her business by mak- ing it widely known that her bed-and-breakfast will be open seven days a week, not just the three that so many operators of them seem to prefer. The Byars also own Just For You Antiques and Soda Fountain downtown and Van Byars and Son Auction Company on Highway 29. 00itizens Question Budget For New Year School Board's budgets, there will be at least some increase in the millage rate. Pike is a former county commissioner and Hogansville City Council member. The city's proposed gen- eral fund budget calls for rev- enues of some $1.8 million, compared to $1.7 million this year. Combined with the Enterprise Fund Budget, which covers the city's utili- ties operations, ,projected revenues for next year are some $6.1 million. That com- pares with projected rev- enues of $5.8 million for the current budget year, accord- ing to the proposed budget, which is still under study by the admnistration and the City Council. CLAYBROOK Hogansville concerned about Possibility of property tax were told Monday that they won't feel the effect of reappraisal and rate be b [ O U t' Cause its Opert , Once the tax Mayor St. Clair list of the value of the taxable property in Troup County-is established. That roll-back would save the owner of a $100,000 home in the city about $8 a year, City Manager David Aldrich and Mayor Wilson St. Clair explained at a Monday night City Council meeting. Some city residents complained that they've seen three tax increases on their property in the last five years. Some City Council members could only nod their heads - they've seen the same increases. Comments and fears of property tax increas- es came during a public hearing on Hogansville's budget for Fiscal 2004, which begins on July 1. Because the city is expected to see some increase in property taxes because of re-evaluation or reappraisal during the last year, Hogansville is required to hold three public hearings on its budget. The proposed general fund budget will include approximately $19,000 in additional revenues, Aldrich pointed out. But that's because of reappraisal mandated by the state, not due to the city's actions, he noted. Well, by golly, Hogansville resident Thomas Pike said, he wants the City Council to make darn sure that city dwellers don't get told that "there's not going to be any tax increase" when in fact, due to reappraisal and due to the County Commission and County Local Firm'. Forged Check For $18,555 Totally Bogus By CUNT CLAYBROOK Hogansville Police and the Seminole County, Fla., sheriffs department are try- ing to find a woman they believe manufactured then cashed a check on a business here that was written for $18,565.63. According to a police report, a woman named Miranda Fashaw allegedly deposited the check, written on Bo-Tex Sales of Hogansville, at the Insight Financial Credit Union in Apopka, Fla. early this month. The check was written on June 2, according to the police report. Dale B. Smith, Bo-Tex Sales vice president, signed a state as part of the on- going sfigation in which he said, "I did not sign this check (and) this is not a Bo- Tex check." Them  apparently sus- picion t!iat aMay 16 check for $18,63.. made to Polyflex, went missing in the mail and perhaps information from that document helped make the phony check possible. Hogansville Police Investigator, Sgt. Johnny l.ockard said the case is a lit- fie unusual in that the alleged- ly forged check"had the right routing number and account number" from an old Bo-Tex account on a bank that was a predecessor to First Flag Bank. He said he thought the person who made the deposit in Florida made off with some cash, "but when they found the check was forged, I under: stand they reversed th charges" against the Bo-Tex account. Smith said in a statement to police that "on July 9, 2003, a Miranda Fashaw endorsed and deposited a phony check: made to look like a Bo-Tex- Flag (Bank) account check with a forged signature of mine." The case could lead to charges of first-degree for- gery and printing or execut- i in a fict;thuo,,'., neff if the Fashaw woman can be located, according to the police report. Council Approves Zoning Variances By CUNT CLAYBROOK A Hogansville woman's request for a zoning ordinance variance was approved by the City Council on Monday night, but with the stipulation that she must bring a building she wants to modernize up to code before it'll be approved as a residential structure. Marie Woods, who lives at 4635 Mountville Road, said she'd comply with the council's request, although it might take some time.'"I want to sell my house first, so I can complete" that work, she said. City Manager David Aldrich told her than the coun- ty's building inspector said the building she wants to renovate failed to meet the building code and had suggested that it would be expensive to bring the build- ing up to snuff. Nevertheless, Woods said, she intends to proceed with the project, i In other action, the coun- cil: Approved Terry Hopson's request that he be allowed to operate his general contract- ing business out of his home at 201 Elm Street. Gave first approval to a complex new zoning ordi: nance. It will take a public hear- ing and another vote to make the ordinance effective. Approved Sherman See "Zoning" page 2 Brother Feud; Snake Escapes! By CLINT CLAYBROOK ...... Brothers involved in a dispute during which a weapon one of them was holding discharged were out to kill a snake in one of their yards before the fuss began, one of their daugh- ters told Hoganville Police. A police report of that incident says that an offi- cer was called to 218 Boozer Street on June 9 by Harold Daniel, who told an officer his brother, Edward Daniel, "pulled a gun on him." But Edward claimed that his brother "hit him on the head" after Edward went into his house and came out with a shotgun and a .38-caliber handgun. Harold told the officer that he was just trying to "take the gun or let Edward shoot him," the police report says. The officer reported that the gun discharged sometime during the alter- cation but was apparently surprised to learn that Edward and cannot see." When he learned that, the officer, reported, "Both guns were taken from Edward and given to his oldest daugh-: ter. I advised the daughter that Edward does not need the guns if he cannot see." The daughter, Mary Daniel, told the officer that the brothers "were talking about a snake in Harold's yard and Edward got th guns so Harold could shoot the snake." Instead, she said, the brothers "got into a fuss over the land and the hous-" es." The snake apparently escaped. No charges were filed according to the report.