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2300;003eciai Section Salutes o Hogansville Formerly The Hogansville Herald om T PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE. GA PERMIT NO. 35 News Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the Hogansville-Grantville Area Threatens Good Times at West Point Lake at nearby West Point now being threatened by the officials warned this week. , theU.S. Army Mobile District on River system in western are cn- to suffer, the corps reported this Point Lake continues to be the dry weather and lack lake ele- ) to levels that will "seri- recreation." i !;: West Point Lake is currently near 628.2 feet above mean sea level (msl). "Drought conditions and lack of rain continue to impact the ACF River system and lake side recreation users," said E. Patrick Robbins, chief of Legislative and Public Affairs. "These drought conditions have persisted in the river basin since mid- 1998." "AU Corps-managed reservoirs on the ACF system support multipurpose uses and demands," Robbins said. These include water quality, hydropower, recreation, navigation, U water control, fish and wildlife. Engineers have made every effort to conserve water throughout the dry period this year. WHEN WEST POINT LAKE fails below 629 feet recreation and public safety impacts increase in significance and actions are taken to identify haz- ards and inform the public of poten- tially dangerous conditions. Water levels below 629 feet msl have rendered developed swimming areas unusable. About 40 to 50 percent of private boat docks are unusable. About 10 percent of project boat launching ramps are impacted with less than 6 feet of water on the end of the concrete surface. Other ramps have frequent silt build-up. About 30 percent of courtesy docks at ramps are unusable. IN RESPONSE to these low water conditions the West Point Lake opera- tions manager and his ranger staff will monitor designated swimming areas for hazards; inform the public of lake level forecasts and local issues such as boating and swimming hazards; keep marina operators informed; con- tinue to monitor lake area on weekend boat patrols; mark hazards as neces- sary; monitor conditions at all boat launching ramps; remove silt wherev- er feasible and post closure notices as appropriate; and identify closed ramps and direct boaters to deeper ramps through media sources. West Point Lake was projected to be near 628.5 feet by last weekend. "Boaters should be especially cau- tious as declining levels may reduce clearance over underwater obstruc- tions." Whew! Storms Miss S . ,, By Francet Robinson BUY - Another good thing about living in Hogansville is being able to buy fresh_produce right on Main Street. A sum- tradition is checking out the fresh vegetables offered by area farmers. Pictured are: Brianna Smith, granclclaughter of Alyce l, Allyce and ReedAIlen of Hogansville, Mrs. Rair)water, and Heard County Farmers Charles Avery and Robert Avery. And Mrs. Allen raise many vegetables, including tonatoes, squash, peppers, watermelons and cantaloupes. th Shines With All-Stars agalt Smith, who a year ago in basketball at Callaway High scored 11 points, all in the to lead the North Ali- a 103- 100 win over the ! All-Stars last week at the Civic Center in in the North-South game. who signed a scholar- Play basketball with the of Alabama, hit two 3- and was honored as the player in the One- True Game-Smith: Scored 11 points. Honored As Best Individual Player in One-To- One toumamenL The South squad roared back late in the game to tie the score at 94 after being down late, 87-72, but the North took the victory. Five other tournament play- ers will join Smith in the Southeastern Conference this year. Stephen Thomas, Chris Daniels and Rashard Wright will play for the Georgia Bulldogs; Kyle Davis, who won the "Slam. Dunk" contest will play at Auburn; and Gerald Fitch, who was a no-show at the tournament, is headed to Kentucky. OTHER SIGNEES are Robert Swain heading to Connecticut;Withertspoon is going to Rhode Island; Andrew Wilson will play at Florida State; Gerald Riley will play at Georgetown, and A.J. Meredith, who was the tournament's MVP is headed toNew Orleans. FORMER Callaway Star Demetrius Smith is shining on a higher level. .. He's At It Agai n Bubba Odom Excells In High Power Rifle Competitions Oztmr James Hilton "Bubba" finds himself at a shoot- range nearly every weekend like his father Hilton St., Chief of Police in has an "eye" for shooting. The elder Odom says he not as good as he used to be due to his age, but the younger Odom says his dad is still good With the gun. Bubba, standing in what used to be a bedroom now converted into a trophy and gun room, said the plaques and trophies doesn't mean alot to him as does the points he collects for winning. He said each point represent a dollar which he uses to pay the annual dues. Odom said he enjoys shoot- ing in the "high power" compe- tition class with high power rifles which is sanctioned by the National Rifle Association (NRA). He also shoots in pistol com- petition which is sanctioned by the International Practical Shooting Assoctional (IPSC). Odom is presently ranked 'number one' in pistol shooting competition in the United States. He said the sport has spread tremendously as 50 countries now participate in the competi- tion. Among those participating, he said, are the Philippines, Brazil, Germany and France. s OOOM, Pa Za By Bry T Geter Hoviile avoided major 'damage lastThursday evening as gusty winds, lightning and rain stormed unexpectedly through the area. According to Hogansville Police Chief Hilton Odom only a couple of places were without electricity and the power was restored quickly. "Some limbs blew off on some streets but no highways were blocked," Odom said. "All in all, the city fared pretty well." Parts of nearby Meriwether County suffered heavier damage. ODOM SAID the area around the truck stop iocluding the Waffle House, the Shell Mart, Chevron at the Humnfingbird Station and the Hogansville Truck Stop were withodt electricity until 3 a.m. Friday morning. This area is served by Troup EMC. , According to Carol Boatwright of the Georgia Power Company more than 150,000 of their customers were without power during the peak of the storm. She id midwtern Georgia was the hardest hit in the state and Rome was the second hard- est hit area. Georgia Power crews worked throughout the night to restore power. As of Friday morning, only 12,000 customers were still pow- erless. All customers were restored by 7 p.m. Friday evening. CUSTOMERS of Troup EMC, which serves Troup, as well as Meriwether, Coweta, Muscogee, Heard, Harris Counties in Georgia and Chambers CounW in Alabama were also hit hard. Ken Pope of Troup EMC said more than 5,000 meters out of the 24,000 were out of service in their area. He said additional man power from around the state was called in to help with restoration. He said the last meter was restored by Saturday night. Library Activities Hit Fast Pace Here By Jane Cheatham Gottshall Although the end of summer may be in sight, the Hogansville Library continues to offer a wide variety of activities. Tashiba Dunson is the win- ner of the "Teen's Choice" draw- ing last week at the library, with the next drawing set for Friday. The final drawing is Aug. 4. The Library now has eight computers available for patrons for exploring the Internet and creating documents using the Microsoft Office Suite of pro- grams for word processing. For Internet use, the library offers high-speed communica- tions lines and resource guides to assist patrons with finding the information they need. For reference and research, the library has the Encarta Encyclopedia 2000, Encarta African Encyclopedia 2000, Encarta World Atlas 2000, World uanARV, page By atom  CAREFUL- James Hilton "Bubba" Odom checks out for cleanliness his favorite rifle, the 'space gun', after a weekend shoot.