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POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 VOL. 63, NO. 31 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2006 14 PAGES 2 SECTIONS .50 e As activities are being planned unaccounted for. for the Hummingbird Festival and The following is a'list of former theHogansvilleHighSchoolAlumniHogansville High School football Flag Football game in October, quite players or close relatives. a few classmates have remainedAnyone with any information @ these individuals is asked to contact Todd Pike at (706) 637-5157 or emai] to purplethumperg hotmail.com 1930 - James Norris 1950- Joe Leatherwood, Tommy # Hornsby, Jimmy Taylor t960 - Butch Hight, Alfred1980 - Stanley Patterson, Willie Jenkins - "Man" Jackson 1970 Walt Phillips," Greg 1990 - Joel "Jo Jo" Grier Gamble, George Ransom IT IS NF.ARLY TIME FOR SCHOOL- The sign in front of Hogansville Elementary School tells the tale that it is near- ly time for school tO begin again, Parents are invited to meet thek children's teachers on Thursday, August 3, between noon and 6 Parents shotJld be a vital part of a child's edu on and the first step is getting to know the teach- ers. Scho01 begins on Tuesday, August 8. Elfrieda Schultz Celebrates Her Birthday for the 104th Time! Elfrieda W. Schultz of Pine Mountain celebrated her 104th birthday on July 30 with a party sponsored by the ladies of her ' church, Redeemer Lutheran, in Columbus. Elfrieda was born on July 29, 1902 m Detroit, where she lived until 1990. She has three children, Dorothy of Warm Springs, Donald(with whom she lives) of Pine Mountain, and David of Taos, NM. She has seven grandchil- dren and 12 great grand- children. Elfrieda was a seam- stress, active in her church and in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was nicknamed the "Go-Go Grandma" by her granddaughter due to her extensive travels. Elfrieda has visited at lbast 20 different s ates and 11 foreign countries includ- ing Austria, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Morocco, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Spain, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Elfrieda credits her longevity to 5 "G's", namely, the Grace of God, Good Genes, and Good Chocolate. HEADING TOWARD 200 - EIfrieda W. birthday on July 30. Schultz of .Pine Mountain celebrated her 104th Hearing Draws By ANDY KOBER The Hogansville City Council adopted a new budg- et Monday night. The board also approved a resolution on a final adop- tion of the previous year's budget, and set the new mill- age Monday's eAdted meeting.:, The proposed new budg- et included the General Fund of $1,822,750, the Enterprise Fund of $5,988,453. the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund of $25,000, the SPLOST Fund of $75,000, and Confiscated Monies Fund of $156,650, for a total of $8,067,853. The proposed budget was very close to last year's budg- et, which included a General Fund budget of $1,851,000 plus an Enterprise Fund of $4,966,000 The proposed budget passed unanimously without comment. PRIOR to the meeting, a public hearing was held on the proposed millage rate of 7.95 mills. The public hearing was sparsely attended and no input was offered. During the regular meet- ing, the council adopted the proposed millage rate of 7.95 mills with a unanimous vote. For residents of Hogansville, the millage rate is the same as it was in pre- vious years, though in recent history Hogansville resi- dents have seen the tax rate drop. In 1998, the millage rate was 11.5 mills. In 1999, the rate dropped to 10.5 mills. In 2002, the rate dropped to 10.15, in 2003 it dropped to 9.95 mills, and in 2004 it dropped again, this time to the current 7.95 mills. City Manager Bill Stankiewicz indicates there are several reasons why the city has been able to lower or maintain the millage rate. One reason is because the city is part of a rapidly grow- ing county and the result is that property values have Little Input increased. Increasing property val- ues have led to more tax rev- enue being generated. In some cases, while the millage rate has been low- ered, taxes might have actu- ally increased due to reassessed property values. Another reason: city gov- ernment : been "stream- lined." DURING a recent dis- cussion of the millage rate Stankiewicz said, proba- bly have less employees than we've ever had." Yet another important factor involves the Hogansville Police Department, which has been very active in the campaign against drug use and illegal drugs passing through the city. The police department has been able to use seized drug money to purchase police cars. In fact, according to Police Chief Guy Spratlin the department has purchased 15 patrol cars funded by seized drug money. "That saves a tremendous amount of money," Stankiewicz said. THE COUNCIL also passed a resolution on a final adoption of the 2005-06 budg- et. Stankiewicz explained this action was requested by the city's auditor because the city did go over-budget in some areas, although the total budget balanced by trimming costs in other areas. The council passed the resolution with a unanimous vote. Stankiewicz later explained that several finan- cial issues caused the city to be over-budget in only a few areas. As examples, he noted the police department had hired more officers than pro- vided in the original budget. In addition, he highlighted insurance costs being more than originally budgeted. Financial matters were the only items on the agenda for the called meeting. .By ROB RICHARDSON ] The four-county area's jobless ate continues to worsen. : It has now crept back abovethe percent mark. ! GeorgiaDepartmentofLabor sta- iistics indicate the Harris-Troup- 2 Meriwether-Talbot area showed an average unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, up from a revised average of 5.4 in May. After a strong showing in April, the region has now declined for two straight months. July figures won't be out for another month. All four counties showed a high- er rate in June than in May. About the only good news: The four-county average is still lower than a year ago, when it equaled 6.8 per- cent. The state average also went south, from a 4.7 rate in May to 5.2 in June. In June of 2005,the average for the state was 5.7. The USA unemployment rate in June was 4.6 percent, the same as it was in May. In June of 2005, the national unem- ployment rate was 5.0 percent. Some 3,616 persons were jobless See JOBLESS, Page 2A June Jobless Rates Harris 4.0