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The current one cent sale tax for edu- cation vail expire on June 30, 2002. The new vote will allow the SPLOST to con- tinue and will add another one cent sale tax, according to Speer Burdette, President of the 'qYoup Together" com- mittee, who addressed the council dur- ing the meeting, hoping for support. He noted that half of all costs will be paid by tourism, out of towners passing through or state workers. Burdette said tax is the fairer than raising property taxes. Also speaking for the resolution was Assistant County Manager Mike Dobbs, Assistant School Superintendent Frank Gurley and Assistant Recreation Director Don Howell. Dobbs said the proposed government center will be 152,000 square feet and cover the entire block between W. Haralson Street and Ridley Avenue, Burdette said he knew these were bold plans. "It's a bold vision of what our community could be," he stated. "It is what most of our neighbors are already doing." The plans  for Hogansville to get two new ballfields on Mobley Bridge Road. McGhee and Hendrix fields would be renovated, tennis courts resurfaced, and a new pavilion and bathrooms and concession stand added on Mobley Bridge Road. The William Griggs cen- ter is to be renovated. After hearing that LaGrange would get a large baseball complex on Ragland Street and a large center on LaFayette Parkway, local residents began to speak an6 ask questions. Citizen Lee Hanners said, "we pay too much taxes now and not getting enough education." Bill Snkiewicz said he was for edu- cation and would vote for the school con- struction tax but not for the recreation. "It is crazy for you to come up here and ask us for more money that is going to be spent in LaGrange," he said, "We are already burdened with taxes, now." Jean Crocker made the motion to adopt the resolution with Larry Dorrough making the second. Dorrough said this is the way to allow everyone a chance to make his own decision about the matter. Jimmy Jackson and Ezra Whitmore voted in favor of the measure. Set; Get r council ago unanimously the FY 2001-2002 1. is for $5,723,100 a five percent raise a one dollar per -- feet of on irai d art in water rates by 30 Wery 1,000 ganons. could cost the St,so- thanked for adding an extra citizen's D Services. :, you will consideration the starting to raise said. Harris made a motion to give the seniors a $5 and not the $4 off eaCh , ty. Councilman Ezra Whitmore said the tele- phone company will honor the discounts, but will have to contact r and ask discount.,' The is 780-2355, toll OUTSTANDING - These you thrilled the aL as they performed dunng the Annual Dinner Theater at St. Paul AM.E. Church, Hogansville, on June 9. Left to right, Adrienne Nicole Perkins performed a ballet to the theme from The Preacher s Wife; Jasmine Stembridge per- formed an interpretive dance to the spiritual Wade in the Water, Tarver Alexandria Jones danced a hula, Sweet Leilani, and in a different act, Tarver performed a vocal solo - Andrae Couch's Jesus Is the Answer; and Marquez Hall recited Books of the Bible and Believe in Yourself. Other participants on the bill included Matthew Geter, Ms. Fran Russell, Mrs. Roenell West, Mrs. Ida Tarver Jones, Cameron. The program was coordinated by Mrs. Roenell West. Rev. J.C. Cops Seek 'Big Fdan' In ShootL00g ay aryc.mt ...... The Hogansvflle Police are looking for a "big man" who shot a victim in the back. The incident that occurred Sunday around 1:45 &m. According to police, Eric Maurice Tucker, 24, of Turner Street in LaGrange was shot in his lower back at Celebrities at Highway 54 and Bass Cross Road near 1-85. Reports state that Hogansville Police Officers S. Dunklee and K.D. Chandler were standing at the Chevron Station when they heard two gunshots at the back of the building. Tuker showed them where he was shot and the EMS was caged. lcker told the officers that a "big man shot me." Police went to the other end of the building ad found John Diandre Hines, who had blood running from his mouth. No weapon was found on him. He told police four or five men jumped on him near the heat pumps behind the Chevron down, Hines said gunshots, so he got up to leave. Police went back to Tucker to see if he could identify Hines but he declined He was transported by EMS to the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange where he was treated and dis- missed. Hogansville Investigator Guy Spradlin said it seems that a group of men were talking in the parking lot and an altercation occurred with a gunman, who fired two shots and fled the scene. The incident is under inves- tigation. In another case which hap- pened on July 4, Gloria Booth of Rite Aid Pharmacies, told police a black male took an undisclosed amount of cigars and ran out of the store without paying. On July 7,Pete Cosby report- ed to police someone had taken a skillsaw and a jigsaw both valued at $40 each from his porch at 402 Oak St. According to police reports, the items were returned on July 8. dudng the ow und' Investment Hogansville's Smith Family FL, uls Fame, Forame After Launching Music Theatre A HJle family who moved to the moun- tains several years ago has found enormous suc- cess with a nationally-acclaimed music tlPtre. The Southern Nights Theatre on the parkway between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge presents music ranging from country and oldies to gospel and bluegrass. Comedy plays a big role, too. The Statler Brothers say, "Itis the funniest act we've ever had on our show." But the # story started right here. As a boy in Hogansville, Charlie Smith had dreams of owning his own music theater. He and his brother Jim would go to the moun- tains of Tennessee during the summer and work They liked the area so much that they con. vinced their parents, Bill and Betty Smith, to move to Pigeon Forge. The Smith boys played at different theaters and shows ingluding DollywoocL Four years ago, Charlie's dream became reali- ty. With much prayer and a lot of hard work, the Smiths opened the "Southern Nights" music the- ater. The family-oriented show lasts two hours. FLASHBACK- Chadie Smith, (R) and son, Pete Smith (L) of Sot,them Nights are in their dress- ing room with Jerry Reed. As Jerry  the dressir room, he'noticed the lle City Umit" sign and remembered he visited the city when he was filming the rnovle ey and the Bandit" several years ago. At the end of each show, a big Cross brightens the background and Jim tells the capacity crowd that this music theater was possible through The faciliW haJ been such a success thatit was voted by the Mountain Press for the Reader's Choice Award in 1999 and 2000. The Smiths boys have never forgotten their roots. Several times each year, they travel back "home" to Hogansville to see old friends. Last summer, Jim, Charlie and Charlie Bob, Charlie's son who performs with his dad and uncle, met with hometown friends in downtowm Hogansville. Many locafls were on hand as Hogansville's Mayor Wilson St. Clair, who coached Jim in the first year of little league football in HogansviUe in 1969, gave his bracelet to Jim. The bracelet was given to the coaches by the team's mother after g all the games that year, St. Clair said. Jim and Charlie gave Hogansvilie's "Wolfe," an old friend, an autographed guitar. It hangs in the Hogansville Pharmacy for all to see. Charlie was a Hogansvflle High School gradu- ate who played football for the mighty Greenwaves and Jim graduated from LaGrange High SchooL For more information on Southern Nights music theater, call 908-0600 or 800-988-7804 or go online www.southernnightstheater.com.