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Having Birthday?. Page 3 il L .... The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-GrantvRle Area Since 1944 Cbssir00 Bargains Page 7-9 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO 35 NO. 25 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2002 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Spradlin in, Odom Out As City's Police Chief By Bryan Geter TALL - This sign, along with one the on Hwy 54 near 1-85 at Key West Inn and a billboard on helped to boost business in town over the Business owners gave much credit to signs being in place. Signs Credited Sudden Crowds Did you notice all the people in town last According to Emmett Askew, 'rhere were more in town Saturday than at any time since the gbird Festival." Maybe it's the new billboards and signs recent- erected. On May 27 the billboard promoting on Interstate 85 went up. last--Twsd__ay many local merchants had erected on the two boards on either side near McDonald's and the Key West Inn. The billboard on Interstate85 is sponsored by Grand Hotel, Victoria Belle Special Event v and the Hogansville Antique Mall. The Main Street boards are sponsored by, in the above, Askew RealW, Clemens & Co. Dianne's Country Cooking, Ray Cheatham Bank, Mack Reynolds, Attorney and Hogan's Heroes,Van Byars Auction and and William & Mary's Antiques & Sports The signs also promote the city and the Festival. Bill Stankiewicz, Festival Chairman and Hogansville Antique Mall said, "We the increased traffic at the businesses at Interstate and we needed a way to get those downtown. The signs appear to be doing that." Glenda Gordon, proprietress of the Grand Hotel the billboard on 1-85, "So many visitors to City told us we had a beautiful and charming but they had never heard of Hogansville. The Interstate seemed to be part of the to that problem." Cheatham, who has owned a business on Street for the past 68 years stated, "It's won- to see the bustle again. I remember when ha't walk on the sidewalk on Main Street afternoon. I'd like to see that again." "Advertising and promotion is the key," opined Cotmcil member and business owner Jack "We are competing with towns like that has done a superior job with the Town Program," he continued. "We to our tax base by adding new homes in our financial challenges. And having visitors shows them that Hogansville is a ter- # the Hogansville City Voted in to give consent to the Cable to AT&T Comcast the board had several for AT&T Broadband LeVoyd L Carter, II. Charlie E Martin the city's service is going "I have been disgusted I missed the NBA play- to the fact the cable was "he said. the first that problems here back decision makers, which s the company's vice-pr'esi- said, "It is no way you By Bryan Geter The Hogansville City Council last Friday named Investigator Guy Spradlin to serve as interim police chief for the next six months. The action came a day after Chief Hilton Odom announced his retirement. Hogansville City Manager David Aldrich said he hated to see Odom leave. "He is a good man," Aldrich said, "I have enjoyed work- ing with him and wish him the best on his retirement." Odom, 60, was questioned during the Hogansville City Council meeting two weeks ago by Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier concerningthe police department. Frazier asked Odom if the patrol cars were equipped with certain necessary items such as car jacks, first-aid kits, flashlights and guns. Then, Frazier asked him when was the last time his department made a drug raid without outside help. But Councilman Jack Leidner id he di't know of anyone who didn't like Odom and wishes him well on his retirement. Leidner said it is time for HPD to move on and into new things. He said the city spends $600,000 annually on police protection and "if we are going to get our money's worth, we'll have to move on and use a more innovative management process." After 35 years in law enforcement, Odom retired last Thursday and headed to the mountains to relax and be initiated into the Shriners at Helen. Then he will attendhis son's wedding this week in Gatlinburg. Odom started his career in law enforcement in PJEADY TO  - Hogansville new im Police  Guy n is no r .to the depadrnent. He has been a Hogansville policemen as well as a department inv.e.- gater for more than four years. Spradlin took the reins last week after former Chief Hdton Od retired. LaGrange and spent the past 25 years in Hogansville. He joined the Hogansville Police Department in August, 1977 after being an officer for the LaGrange PD for more than 10 years. He became the Chief in 1997, overseeing a depart- ment of ten officers and four di Aldrich said he didn't think the council was in any tremendous hurry to hire a new chief. Spradlin, 34, said the council told him that at the end of six months, they will re-evaluate him for possibly becoming the new chief. Spradlin, who is married and had two children, has been in law enforcement for 14 years. He worked for the Newnan PD for more than eight years, came to Hogansville for one year and then worked for Coweta County Sheriffs Department for eight months before returning to Hogansville PD four years ago. Spradlin said his goal is to bring the moral up at the police department and enforce the city ordinances. "My goal is to get drugs out of town and get the crime . rate down in Hogansville.," he said. "I want a safe environ- ment for our kids to grow up in," he stated. "I am asking the citizens of Hogansville to help by call- ing when there are burgla- ries, thefts and drug prob- lems," he added. Spradlin said he also plan to establish an in-house drug unit to fight this crime. Spradlin said this promo- tion came as a "big surprise." Parker said this house contained several items that belonged to her brother, Jinuny Parker of Tampa Fla., who is helping his sister re- model her house. She stated a neighbor saw a man who he identified as one who was helping Parker's brother as the one he saw walking around the house while they were gone. When questioned, the man, Josh Sherrer, said he only came to get gas but his brother, Jermey Shorter, told Parker the knife was at his grandmother's house, but he didn't know anything about where the gun went. The value of the firearm is $250. The ease was turned over for investi_gation. ' Councilmen Grill Cable TV Attorney should be out of service from Friday until Monday. Federal law say no one should be out for more than 24 hours." Mayor Wilson St. Clair said, "Some of the problems with our cable is that we are at the end of the line and we can't get any coopera- tion." Carter, who works for AT&T BroadBand, said he will commit to the citizens and the City of Hogansville to solve the cable prob- lems. He said he can't get it done over night, but he said he will solve the problems. Carter said this Franchise will send a representative to this area who will know what is going on so we can provide better service. Councilman Jimmy Jackson asked Carter what he would do about the bill when the server is off-line. Carter said he would address the problem with the city manager to get the people's credits to them when the problems do occur. One citizen complained that the cable line stayed unburied in her yard for a year before her husband took it out of the yard. Carter said the company has 10 days to bury the cable after it is installecL Former Councilman Ezra Whitmore asked Carter what the merger of AT&T Broadband and complete, citizens will be able to get through for service much quicker. In other business, Aldrich told the council that his departments have been busy fixing water leaks all over town. He said the cause of these breakage is that the ground is heating up and expanding and pipes are bursting. . He asked the citizens when they Comcast Corp. do for Hogansville HeassuredWhitmorethatare "headway" in the area of water," resentative will be in Hogansville . Aldrich stated, "and the yffld to get things done. is in better shape, also." Carter said the merger should St. Clair told Aldrich that his be completed by the end of the year. departments are going a great job. He said the merger has already taken nearly a year. -Jackson asked the city manag- Carter said once the merger is er how the inventory at theeity barn was coming. "We have no idea what we l'ave over there," Jackson said. Martin said the city has pastdue utiET bill dating as far back as I0 years and asked Attorney Dan Lee how far could they go back to col- lect. Le anmvcn'ed, four years. said he thinks the city should get involved to try and col- lar since the firm they hired is not see water leakages, to call city  doing to good of a job. He  ff the ty collected the and let them know so th could get pastae premiums, they could save them repaired_ "We are making significant on what  are paying the firm. Martin also asked ff it would be legal to have the community work- ers help with the trash and limb pickup over the city. Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier asked what could be done with the tractor/trailer rigs coming through town making so much noise. The Hogansville Police Department handled several calls over last week includ- ing two burglaries. .On Tuesday, Mary Nell Rosser of 100 Cranston Drive told police someone entered her house and took seven bed covers valued at $45 and five By Bryan Geter pair of socks valued at $3. This incident was turned over for investigation. *In a separate incident, Debra Parker of 104 Maple Drive told police that two months ago, her family went to Atlanta to visit friends and upon returning, she noticed a hand gun and a knife were missing from a rooming house behind the main heuse. Police Probing Two Burglaries