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Frankl nnin SmalRownpapers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle V\/A 93136-1208 I Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 t7 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 q : i," i~ VOL. 68, NO. 28 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010 10 PAGES I SECTION 50 Photo By ANDY KOBER SING ME A SONG - Over 30 contestantstook to the stage at the Hogansville amphitheater during last Saturday's a ion portion of the West Georgia Idol competition. From Country, to Gospel, to Pop/Rock and more, a variety of music was featured and Kristie Lynn Pellerin is shown performing. A second audition will be held this Saturday with formal competition rounds beginning the following Saturday. ' .... ' By ANDY KOBER out of the van and started walking toward the boy, curs- Area law enforcement ing and demanding the boy officials continue to investi- get into the van. The boy ran. gate an attempted kidnap-The man chased the boy ping in the Hogansville area for a short distance before and are now seeking help returning to his van. In the from the public, meantime, the boy used his The incident took place!:cell phone to call his mother. about 7 p.m., Sunday, July 4, near 1300 Corinth Road. ACCORDING TO the A 13-year old male was report, when the suspect saw walking along the right-of- the boy on the cell phone, he way when he was reportedly fled and turned onto Glover approached by a white male Road. in a van that offered him a The suspect was ride. described as a white male in The report indicates the his 30s with short brown hair. van approached the boy from It was noted the suspect had the direction of HogansviUe. "scruffy" brown and grey Law enforcement offi- facial hair. He stood about cials say the boy refused to 5'8" with a heavy-set build. get into the van. The man then The van was described as told the boy to get in the van an older white passenger van "and take a ride with him." with a rounded hood. It was Again the boy refused. The man apparently got See HELP Page 10A By ANDY KOBER ;; r , ...... The Pilot Club of Hogansvflle has scheduled a Children's Celebration to take place on Monday, July 19. The celebration will be held in Johnson Street Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. During the Children's Celebration, the Pilot Club will be Serving hot dogs, chips and ice cream. And the treats will be free fort,hose children attending. In addition the treats, there will be a Brain Minders Puppet Show and Safety program. t By ANDY KOBER perform during the auditionOne young lady startedOne young man was with 31 actually taking the singing and realized she was apparently unaware the con- The first audition in the stage, singing the wrong song. She test was a singing competi- West Georgia Idol competi- Each contestant was realized and noted her error, tion. tion was held last Saturday given one minute to perform, and then began singing the with a large crowd in atten- without music, and impress correct song. She did a good THE WEST Georgia Idol dance, the three judges, job. contest is being held outdoors According to Vickie As anticipated, the firstAnother young lady wasin the Hogansville amphithe- Brown, chairperson of the audition round contained a singing her selected piece ater, but that location results Hogansvflle Downtown De- number of surprises with an when she abruptly forgot in the competition being sub. velopment Authority, 38 con- interesting mix of men and some of the lyrics, but she te ts were scheduled to women performing, also did a good job. See IDOL Page 10A ~f By ANDY KOBER ::The Hogansville City ncil could be going the wishes of Mayor Jimmy Jackson in selling the city's electrical distribution system. :, While Hogansville May0r Jimmy Jackson continues to ANDY KOBER appear opposed to selling the distribution system, at least some of the council members see the idea as a way to pay off the city's debt incurred during construction of the waste water treatment and discharge system. That debt, originally incurred in 1990 and refi- nanced in 1993, is costing the city about $600,000 per year in payments and has finan- cially strangled the city. upgrade the distribution sys- tem - something that is appar- ently not being done at pres- ent. DURING THE council meeting held Tuesday, July 6, council member Jack Leidner reported that a rep- resentative of MEAG, Scott Jones, was willing to "sit in" on discussions between the city and Diverse Power regarding the proposal. On Saturday, July 24, 0 to tl The proposal would have Jackson previously Diverse Power purchasing opposedtheproposalwanting Photo By ANDV KOBER " ' - ' the city s electrical distribu- a representative of MEAG to PITCHING THE PRODUCTS - The West Georgia Idol A Dog Parade has been sched ed to take place i: tion system and absorb the be present during negotia- competition held in Hogansville will bring some well- [El "d0wntownHogansvillein unctionwithtl LeHoganmd]] f city's 1993 debt load. The city tions. The mayorhas also said deserved recognition to the winner in the form of a cash r,'I:landmade-Homegrown Market, : i :i would maintain ownership of that under the proposal, the prize, a demo recording contract, and a chance to perform i Registration to participate takeplace [ the actual electrical utility, city would be swapping debt at the Smith Family Dinner Theater. The Hogansville Art Booth from 8:30 a.m. to a.m,, [ would continue to purchase instead of paying off debt. Downtown Development Authority is also benefiting as the [:i ade, and the parade take place at 10 a.m. i : ] power from MEAG, and bill Leidner asked for feed- Proceeds from the Dog Parade benefit i wer I for electrical service, back from the other council competition is a fundraiser. Shown here Gracelyn Hawk, [E'TraflArtFestival, schedutedforMay2001, [ The city would pay membersbased on wh ' i 13, displays one of the t.shirts available for $12, while [:al/ obenefittheLaGrange-TroupCounty H e iety. [ Diverse Power to operate the they had heard" regarding Sophie Harmon, 7, displays commemorative fans and [ For more information about the Hogansvffie Dog I tied water which are available for $2 each. Howcan any- contact Leah Leidner at 706-637-9 . distribution system and --- . .... .. .... ;;.;; [ Diverse Power would See DEBT Page 10A body say no to these two?