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"the suspect removed the r case and walked out door and put it into 1990s Toyota, pickup" to the police "got in the truck and away." In an unrelated incident, Cato reported that took a red from underneath Cato's Restaurant on r 29 South. told police he'd been from under the and left the Checks, Graves CostMore It CLINT CLAYBROOK Folks who write hot to the City of will pay more in check charges" in The Council voted Monday night the fee from $20 And folks who want ed on weekends see a higher charge for service. The City Council gave approval at its regular night meeting to that fee from $200 to The "grave opening" will remain $200 By Cllnt Claybrook TIMBER! - Professional Tree Surgeon employees were hard at work Monday after- noon, felling some of the 20 trees they were removing from the Head Housin!;I Complex property in Hogansville. The removal of the diseased trees will make wa'/ for playground equipment, said Johnny Nunis, owner of the LaGrange company. Complaints Continue City Officials, Residents Unhappy With Service of a free long distance num- By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville residents- at least a handful of them - at a Monday night City Council meeting let a repre- sentative of Comcast, the Cable TV provider for the city, know just what they think of the reception and service they get. And none of them had anything good to say. Mayor Wilson St: Clair 'has recently been a some- what vocal critic of the Cable TV service. He said Monday night, for example, that maybe with the coming of a high-tech fiber optic system to the city, "We'll get a cable sstem that the city can be prod of, becasue we haven't had one yet." City Council has agreed to let Comport LLC build a new fiber-optic system here that will, in time, provide those who choose its service with telephone, Cable TV and high-speed Internet service. Comport LLC and Scientific Atlanta represen- tatives were at the council meeting, as was Andy Macke, who is director of govern- ment and community affairs for Comcast Atlanta. Scientific Atlanta will pro- vide engineering services for the system Comport will build. Macke acknowledged that it was prior news stories about Comport LLC's plans that attracted him to the meeting -the fiber optics sys- tem Comport plans would be a competitor for Cable TV subscribers in Hogansville. Macke assured the crowd that his company intends to give good service, and said he'd take complaints about poor reception and the lack ber for service problems back to Atlanta with him. As for the mayor's com plaints? "He's entitled to them," Macke said, emphasizing that Comcast's goals include becoming a part of commu- nities the company serves. A FEW PEOPLE at the meeting said they have trou- ble with reception on three different channels and then have to pay for telephone calls when they want to com- plain. Macke promised to have the complaints looked into this week. He said free phone calls had been eliminated by mistake. Cable subscribers here "deserve a little attention and 'rmJ.nake sure it i ppen-s/'h said, addingthat the issues enumerated at the meeting would be addressed this week. AS FOR Comport's plans, the council was told that it might take two years to get that system up and operating completely. The system will serve the whole city, but indi vidual residents would have to "opt in" to receive its serv- ices. Prices would vary according to service each customers wants, Craig Thigpen said. Hogansville will be only' the second Georgia city with a complete fiber optic sys- tem, the council was told. Dalton is the only other Georgia city with compara- ble service, Comport and Scientific Atlanta represen- tatives said. Reliable TV service wouldbe welcomed, said City Councilman Jimmy Jackson: '"Ne've got all the high-prices and poor service already." 'Auto' Matic Prosperity HogansviUe, Troup Would Benefit from Ford Plant By Clint Claybrool Kip Purvis is optimistic that Ford will pick Meriwether, but knows that the and the one near Madison both have pluses and minuses: "Our rural nature" is and a potential drawback, he says. By CLINT CLAYBROOK Grantville and Luth- ersville would apparently be the biggest immediate bene- ficiaries of a new manufac- turing plant that Ford Motor Company is said to be con- sidering, if that plant ends up on a 1,300-acre site near Luthersville. But other area towns and counties would also benefit from the arrival of a plant that might employ 2,000 peo- ple and attract hundreds of other jobs to firms that would supply the Ford facility. Hogansville and Troup County would be high on that list, says Hogansville City Manager David Aldrich, who like other city and county offi- cials in the area, is eagerly awaiting Ford's decision. The prospective plant sites have been narrowed to Morgan County and the one near Lut hersville/Grantville. CENTER OF ATTENTION- Meriwether's site is in the extreme northwest comer of the county next to 1-85 and actually spills into Coweta. The coming of Ford "would not only be good for Hogansville, it would open up all of NortlTroup County" to developmenfi Aldrich said. Perhaps more important- ly, he noted, such develop- ment would add significant- ly to the county's tax base. That would mean more rev-. enue to the county treasury without the necessity of new property taxes having to be generate by millage rate increases. Meantime, "The rumors See FORD, Page 2A