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Time Machine Page 4 Hot: So t F Th ill II 00rand Not Too Far ge 10 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 Serving the Hogansrute-LirantriUo Area Since 1944 J NO. 28 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2002 10 PAGES.1 SECTION 50 y Customers Owe City $300,000 in Utility Bills GETER City of Hogansville has $300,000 "out" in uncol- z m utilitms that reach- as 10 years accord- City Councilman Charlie Said almost half of the city's "residents are at least six months behind according to utility records. Martin said there are several residents that are behind and they are still getting utility, services. "The city council is probably at fault for some of this," Martin said. %Ve have a lot of money out there." Of the $300,000 owed the city, 60 businesses are responsible for a total of $18,200. Martin said he would like to send letters to the more than 1,100 resi- dents who are behind on their bills or even publish their names in the newspaper as well as having their power, water or gas cut off. Martin said this problem goes back to several councils and "we are at fault for some of this because we send out bills to the last known address and don't follow up." He said one list which was not complete shows that July 1998 until December 2000 more than 200 res- idents owe more than $60,000 "With $60,000, we wouldn't have had to raise the utilities rates 2.4 percent," he stated. City Manager David Aldrich said even the collect- ing agency has been slow. "We want to col- lect this money because it's not fair for the other resi- dents to have to pick up the slack," Aldrich said. Aldrich @ GETER Hogansville Police is investigating taking incidents last week. y of 201 Elm police that some- ! July 4 in the early took his white and Pit bulldog but recov- dog around noon residence of 100 told police he :he knew who took the procedures IAustin of 209 Brazell for help. Austin wanted to used getting the woman Austin's pocket- a $100 in cash. is under haves- over James Cameron of Boyd Street, told someone cut the ;tram- said he believed relation to an ear- at this resi- 4Elm police that some- 3 br July 4 did his vehicle points around." no  i  8y  C==t THEY ARE READY - Each summer, people in the Corinth community can hardly wait until the big juicy red tomatoes are ready to pick and eat. Fresh produce lovers come from Newnan, LaGrange, Hogansville and even as far as Florida to Walter Purgason's yard to buy vegetables, especially the tomatoes. : Last year. Purgason sold more than 1,000 Ibs. and hopes to do the same thks year. Pictured with Purgason (R) is his grandson, Ben McCurdy, holding the "big one." I IIII I IIII ........... Two Free Lose doln On July 4 Drug Charges Land Pair In Jail After Traffic Stop By BRYAN GETER The Hogansville Police Department arrested two men, one from Newnan and on charged them with VGCSA after finding illegal drugs in the vehicle they were in. Donald Wade Whitlock, 27, of 2469 W. Grantville Road, Newnan was also charged with falsifying proof of insurance and driving without license. A passenger, Michael Wayne Smith, 34, of 100 Grady Smith Street in Grantville was charged with VGCSA. Officer John Starnes said he saw Whitlock pulled out of a driveway on Ware Street in a 1991 Buick Regal and noticed the car had a dealer "drive out" tag on it and decid- ed to pull it over to check for insurance and license. Whitlock told the officer that he had left his license at home and after running a check, found out he did have a valid license. Police d  eation -t-on   .......... had been changed. Sta_rnes asked for and got consent to search the vehicle and d for backup. Starnes and Officer Tony Lattimore searched the car and found a bag that con- tained a marijuana pipe with rolling papers under the back seat. Officers found a wadded- up papgr containing five small bags of suspected mar- ijuana in the trunk. They also found a plastic bag that had one creck pipe and two creck rocks in it behind the radio in the dash. At this point, police arrested both men and transported them to the Troup County jail. Woman, It ;, Kicks Out W'mdow of Patrol Car After Arrest Spradlin of 104 N told police that between July 2 entered his build- authority and hand truck and one yellow valued at turned over arrested Vince W. July 6 and eharged under faro- act. Sewell was for shoplifting, police reports. is presently DFAC case were and the oth- elderly abuse, neg- r child. Q By BRYAN An 18- year-old female, Lyndi Faye Boswell, who resides at 204 Pine Ridge Park in Meriwether County near Hogansville, was arrest- ed by the Hogansville Police Department early Monday morning and charged with disorderly eamduct, cin damage to government prop- erty and obstruction of offi- cer. Police report states Jonathan Tenney approached Officer Samantha Dunklee at the Chevron station near Interstate 85 at 2:09 &m. and asked for her help. TENNEY told the officer he was trying to get away from his girlfriend, Lyndi Boswell, after an argument Get 459 Calls t i Hogansville Police had a busy June accord- Police chief Guy handled 459 calls and had 96 made 19 misde- meanor arrests and three felony arrests. The police gave 57 traf- fic citations andmade 17 acci- dent reports and 74 incident reports. Officers assisted other agencies 42 times, refuse ordinances distributed - 18 add refuse ordinances cited -4. CHECKING OUT .TH E M.A ,TrER - lle Police Chief Guy Spradlin chec7oC dama e to one of nis pau'o= cars on MOnde morni g ........... y ng. After being put rote the back of the patro car, an onenoer mcKeo out me window. but she refused to give him physically to block him from Meriwether County with his truck keys and she tried leaving their residence" in someone else. Tenney said when he did leave, she followed him in his vehicle into Hogansville. Boswell told police she just wanted to talk to Tenney. REPORTS state that she , refused to get out of the truck and into a friend's vehicle who was waiting for her. Then, she began yelling obscenities at officers. Officers Dunldee and Lee struggled to, get Boswell out of the truck after telling her she was under an arrest. After getting her into the patrol car, Boswell kicked out the driver's side rear window. Report stated the window was broken out and the window frame was partially pushed out. Boswell was transported to the Troup County Sheriffs Office in LaGrange. Troup Jobless Rate Improves By ROe mctlanDso. The employment rate for the four-county area improved slightly in May. According to fiffares just released by the Georgia I)epartment of Labor, the Harris-Troup,Meriwet her_ Talbot area showed an aver- age jobless rate of 4.8 per- cent for May, down a fraction from the 4.9 percent rate shown in April. But the four-county rate is actually the same as it was a year ago, when it was also 5.4 percent in March of 2001. The area still lags bebAnd the statewide unemployment average, which was 4.5 per- cent in May, up from the 4.2 recorded for April. Jobless rates improved in Meriwether, Troup and Talbot, but worsened a bit in Harris County, although it still has one of the lowest rates in the state. Ironically, State Labor Commer Michael Thurmond sees the higher statewide rate as signal of m ll