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Remember the Flood of 53? -4A ........ Grizzard Pond=,'= ! And Bookofl i!: | lains Galore 00ssified Ads -7-9,4 The "11 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 30 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2003 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Can Speak Out on New Subdivision, Foster Home CLINT CLAYBROOK ttogansville residents will have to speak out on a )ics during public hear- r Council's next meet- Aug. 4. " topics range from a pro- new subdivision within the city will permit operation of a foster home in what was formerly an invididual resi- dence. '.Developers of what was for- merly the Green Villas Subdivision, to be renamed Laurel Creek Subdivision have already won Planning an Zoning Commission approval of the plat for that devel- opment. Now it is up to the council to say whether the development, which could include up to 250 new homes off Mountville, will get the final stamp of approval. A hearing on the proposed sub- divsion is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 4. Yellow Brook Awareness Center is the proposed foster home at 601 Boyd Road, which city offi- cials were initially told was to accommodate about a half-dozen youngsters but since have learned the number might be higher, accord- ng to City Manager David Aldrich. That hearing was scheduled to garner reaction from homeowners in that area of the city, Aldrich said. It is set for 6:50 p.m. *The third public hearing will deal with the City Council's propos- al to shorten from 15 to 10 days the notice of public hearings the coun- cil is required to give. Because the council meets only twice a month the current 1S-day requirement sometimes means that the council has the give even more than the minimum required num- ber of days' notice, Aldrich said. That hearing is also set for 6:50 p.m. Summer Excitement! [ NewHomes, Movie Crews Using Businesses Make New F//m By CLINT CLAYBROOK Actors and the technicians Shooting the early stages of a new Ovie in downtown Hogansville on onday attracted a crowd of spec- tators. Some of observers hung around for four hours or so, fascinated by e crew shooting early scenes for SANDTOWN," which is being pro- dUeed by Stratosphere Pmtertainment, of Alpharetta. Danny Fendley, billed as the star 0t the movie, spent considerable time visiting with the locals, the plot and explaining action behind the scenes being Monday., Many of the crowd of 40-50 of 0n-lookers were waiting for an scene in which "Robert," by Fendley, was to come out of "Bob's Garage," a , vacant building across the from Rite-Aid Pharmacy in a old, yellow Cadillac. bar, ART OF WHAT the crowd ed was that nothing much hap- Ins on schedule during the shoot- g of a movie The car crashing out i the "garage" was supposed to be about 2 p.m. It actually happened about 6:30. But while they waited they did get to see several shootings of a .ear-crash of three vehicles at the tersection of Main Street and ftighway 29. That was a staged event in It If ich Robert, in the yellow diUac, barely avoids a collision th an SUV and a van coming from Posite directions on Highway 29. %Ve picked HogansviUe of how well the city has iust been great," Danny Fendley, the star of the which will probably be seen on TV and as a video, he He and others said they also to get away from the hus- closer to Atlanta. Entertainment warehouse building, i vacant for several a few months back. Rite Aid store manager Scott rthy, also a Realtor, might have a hand in that transaction, Servers said. PERHAPS as a "bonus" rthy's wife, Michelle and daugh- .rs, Ashley and Lacey, ended up th the briefest of brief perform- Ces in the film - or at least they ere "shot" for the movie, dashing eross Main Street only moments fore the near-crash of the three ehicles. David Chetakian, publicist and rOduction manager for the film, d that Stratosphere will use the arehouse in the future, to store :l equipment and consid- might establishing a studio there later, utlt that's not really my depart- Ilent.,, this "I've never seen anything like ," Willie Edmundson said as he aited for the ear to crash out of ale" I1 garage. ClydeBullock, 12, said enjoyed being a sidewalk engi- MOVIE, Page 2A On Horizon? By Clint Claybrook BEHIND THE LENS - The camera crew sets up to shoot a near-collision of three vehicles in early scene from SANDTOWN, a movie that producers hope to shoot almost in its entirety in Troup County. Filming started Monday. By Cllnt Claybrook BRIEF EXPOSURE - Michelle Worthy with daughters Ashley and Lacey and other children scamper across Main Street just a head of an "almost' car crash. They're the only locals 'shot' on Monday. By Cllnt Claybrook WATCHING THE ACTION - Willie Edmundson (L) was part of the crowd of 30-50- people who took turns watching filming of SANDTOWN in downtown Hogansville on Monday, Both Hogansville, Grantville Seeing Surge in Proposals By CLINT CLAYBROOK Atlanta keeps coming towards Hogansville as workers in Metro Atlanta continue looking for more "elbow room." And, increasingly, those workers are considering i 250 homes in that subdivi- sion. Meanwhile, the Grantville City Council will consider on :: Monday, July Aldrich 28, plans for a 34-acre com- Coweta 9!d Trouv counties, mercial deveopment that "lllI'a"of a could ince-a drug store, major new subdivision has just been approved for Grantville and Hogansville city officials will be looking, at the next City Council meet- ing at approving a subdivi- son that could have up to 250 new homes here. HogansviUe City Manager David Aldrich said at a Monday night City Council meeting that the new owners of the proposed Green Villas subdivision off Mountville Road are ready to get the preliminary plats for that subdivision approved. That will be a topic at the City Council's next meeting on Aug. 4. Owners of that subdivi- sion, all members of the United Realty Group of Newnan want to change its name to Laurel Creek, Aldrich said. He said the owners, iden- tiffed by the city as Eric Edge, Jackie Fugate and Craig Hemrick, want to build about bank, dry cleaners and an assisted-living facility for senior itizens. Pathway Communities of Newnan unveiled plans for that development at a Grantvflle Planning Commisson meetingt about two weeks ago. But there wasn't a quo- rum at that Planning Commission meetg and the proposed project was for- warded to the Grantville City Council without a rcommen- dation regarding the applica- tion for rezoning to commer- cial the 34 acres involved in that project. Adjacent to part of that 34 acres is another 414 acres across the Troup County line that is expected to be the home to 364 single-family dwellings constructed on three-fourths to one-acre lots. The Troup County Commission will will vote on final approval of that subdi- vision at its Aug. S meeting. Traffic Stop Turns Up Marijuana in Vehicle By CLINT CLAYBROOK Police Officer John Starnes' instincts seemingly paid off during the July 14 search of a car he'd stopped on 1-85 south of Hogansville. Starnes said in a report that after he stopped the vehi- cle because it was "swerving in the lane" going toward Columbus, he was part way through the search when the driver, Clifton Martin and passenger Joshua McGinnis started acting "nervous and uneasy." That came shortly after Starnes had found "a lot of suspected marijuana seed" in the car's front-seat console. McGinnis had said then that "he forgot the seeds were in there and he should have cleaned (the console) out after he stopped smoking marijuana. Starnes found what he was looking for - a stash of marijuana- in the trunk of the vehicle after he let down the back set to get into the trunk, he wrote in his report. The illegal weed was wrapped in silver duct tape and was found near a speak- er in the trunk, he wrote. "I knew at that time what it was," he reported. Earlier in the search, he had found four rolled, "small" cigarettes that he'd suspect- ed were marijuana. Martin and McGinnis were taken to the Troup County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Martin was "given a warn- ing" for failure to maintain his:lane on the interstate, which is what attracted Starnes' interest in the first place. *In an unrelated incident, Piggly Wiggly Manager Chad Matthews told police that he chased a suspected shoplifter from the store on Highway 29. He didn't catch the man but did recover seven packs of Thomas Country Ham.