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60, NO. 26 Ballfield Exploits Earn Trophy 50 Years Ag, - Cheap Pants The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2003 By Clint Claybrook HISTORY- Jerry Harmon shows his prized West Point Route herald, once used by the Atlanta & Point and its partner, the Western Railway of Alabama The familiar red logo graced everything from steam to blue and silver FP7 and GP7 diesels before the railroad became absorbed into what is now CSX, Restoration ........ " Full Throttle ;LAYBROOK The Old Train Depot in Hogansville is a face-lift and many renovation this one is the of a father-son that is operating state, federal or government assis- ("Assistance" here money). The restoration project raore a labor of love for Harmon and his Jim, a Newnan on railroad lore. about his model collection, Jerry it might take to put it in order - talking about some different pieces. Jerry, who spent 10 as a Marine Corps is an independent ice cream distributor. What they,re qut to do in Hogansville is preserve a bit of the town's history: They're converting the old passenger depot, which is the front part of the build- ing - part of it dates back to the 1890s - into a shop that will feature railroad memorabilia. They'll be asking other railroad buffs for pmces of memorabilia _ just for dis- play, or for sale. 'We're hop- ing this will be a focal point of history of Atlanta & West Point Railroad History." The old freight depot - the back end of tee build- ing - will be converted into a restaurant. A bar will be included. Overall, Harmon said, "We're trying to pay close attention tc putting the building back together the way you'd have seen it 100 See DEPOT, Page 2A - J Reason To Cheer tL__.. =,m --5A By Clint Claybrook LABOR OF LOVE - Jerry Harmon (front) and Dan Murphy pause to take a look at what's been renovated - and what still needs to be - at the old A&WP depot. By Clint Claybrook THE WAY - Chris Nelson of M&M Electric in LaGrange was busy early this week inserting the 1,000-watt into the reflectors that will be 85-feet up once the poles are in at Hogansville Elementary's football field. PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 1 INSERT 50 Old Tires: City Sets NewRules Ordinance Sets Penalties For Improper Disposal By CLINT CLAYBROOK A new city ordinance dic- tates how old tires are dis- posed of in Hogansville and provides penalties for folks who violate it. It give the city the power to clean up scrap tire heaps generated by businesses if business owners won't do it on their own. The new law was approved by the City Council on June 16 and was enacted, according to its own language "for the ptrpose of promot- ing the health, safety and gen- eral welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the city and to provide for the approved was a lot easier: Hogansville, for several months, has wrestled with the question of how to force res- idents to get rid of-or at least conceal from the public's view - old automobiles that have had some council mem- bers hot under the collar. Getting the tire ordinance There was no debate the night it came up for final passage. The "scrap tire ordinance" prohibits storing any such tires on residential property or dumping them on highway or street rights-of-way. It requires that "scrap tire generators" must have state and city identification num- bers, and must be issued per- mits to transport scrap tires. It says that city residents - excluding commercial busi- nesses and industries in the city - may get rid of old tires free of charge by taking them to the recyclig center, locat- ed at the city transfer station. Businesses will be allowed to take scrap tires to th transfer station_oates Spbified-by fhe s61Twst e department director. The ordinance is aimed, in part, at keeping down the threat of mosquitoes, at a time when the West Nile Virus is still making head- lines. Mosquitoes are notori- ous for breeding in aban- doned tires. Field Lights Arrive; Pool Still a Mystery be answered at the momer/t: Plenty of Hogansville folks are expected tO drive a few miles to Woodbury for next Thursday night's fire- works show at Lake Meriwether "If the weather is good, the crowd could be twice the size as it was last year," Kris Price of the Woodbury Recreation department said Monday. Last year's July 3 event dre.w an estimated 4,000- 5,000 spectators, according to the Meriwether County Sheriff's Department, which By ROB RICHARDSON is again co-sponsoring the celebration. This year's "July 3rd Lake Meriwether Celebration" will offer even more attrac- tions than last year. Although the massive fireworks display won't start until about 10 p.m. Thursday, the gates at Lake Meriwether will open at 5:30 for a variety of concessions and other attractions. Donations will be accept- ed at the gate to offset the cost of the fireworks. "We'd hope that folks will come have dinner here," said See FIREWORKS, Page 2A By CUNT CLAYBROOK The football field at Hogansville Elementary School is getting huge new high intensity lights as part of a renovation project that has already led to demolition of the old gymnasium on the campus. That field is where Hogansville Recreation Department teams play all their football games. And the tennis courts next to where the old gymnasium stood have also been reno- vated as part of the $525,000 three-year project that is funded by a special purpose local option sales tax. The question remains: Is there a swimming pool going to be built on the site of the old gymnasium? And apparently that 't !!, "Originally they (Hogansvilte officials) wanted a pool, then they kinda said they wanted another gymnasium therea" said Todd Trentler, director of the Troup County Recreation Department. "(Hogansville City Manager) David Aldrich is setting me up for a meeting with the City Council to talk about what they want." Some Hogansville resi- dents have suggested that a recreation center next door to the school might be prefer- able to a swimming pool, but it's unclear whether that pro- posal has gone to officials involved in the decision-mak- ing process, Aldrich was out of town on Tuesday an unavailable to comment about plans for a City Council meeting with the recao.dcpaCnt chief, Massive Fireworks Display Planned for Next Thursday