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What Was the Legacy Of the Grizzard Family?. :ii .............. i What Wa the Hillbi Barbecue... .ive Fish. = -24 I1 II The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERM{S NO. 35 60, NO. 32 have struck at the Depot once again, this damage on another railroad signal lights that to add a dramatic HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, AUG 7, 2003 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 of history to the renovated Strike Railroad Museum for Second Time depot. Jerry Harmon, who with his father, Jim, bought the old depot several months ago and is working to renovate it and make it an attrac- tion for railroad history buffs and the general public alike, told police the signal lights are valued at $2,500 to $2,800 each. The most recent incident was reported on Aug. 1. Perhaps ironically, the depot is easily seen from the police station, which is just across Main Street from where renovation work on the depot is on-going. Vandals first struck at the depot sometime between July 19 and JulY 26, not long after they or others of the same ilk had defaced some of the poles at the pavilion at Hipp Memorial Park. Mayor Wilson St. Clair and oth- ers warned that, if caught, vandals will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Some of the old signal lights, which the Harmons planned to erect near the depot and close to several railroad, cars they intend to move to the site and renovate, are said to be irreplaceable parts of railroad history. Police said there are no suspects in the most recent incident Plan Cold Councilwoman Jean to convince the Hogansville City Council to approve a res- olution that would have eliminated advance cash expense money for elected offi- cials. , Would also have any "elected offi- ha s..g.ty : having paid a deposit or face disconnec- fact, her motion for such a resolution which means it did- for a vote. the payment r unless the voted on it in an eeting and after it had "proper any advance money received in "accounted for" and repaid 10 days or "the City is directed to use means to collect due the city." ; to prohibit any coun- from directly : himself or herself they would have the "chain of by going through manager or an department breach- of command Page 2A By Cllnt Claybrook GETTING READY - Harwell Collier displays some of the craft items he and wife Mary Ann are creating for sale at The Humming Festival in mid-October, Their sales revenues will go to benefit The Kritters, a seniors' group at Antioch Baptist Church. Expansion, More Fun Slated For Hummingbird Festival This year's plans for the Hummingbird Festival include the addition of a major new venue as well as new activities to spice up many of the returning old favorites. "We've grown over the years and we now have so many booths and activities we need to use the school grounds for some of our children's rides and food booths in addition to the parking that's been there in years past," said Bill Stankiewiez, Hummingbird Festival chairman. Linking the school venue with the down- town will be service activities and what Stankiewiez calls, "a new transportation system ' the Luthersville trolley. "Our friends in Luthersville have kind- ly offered to shuttle folks between the var- ious parking areas and the downtown. It should be a lot of fun for everyone to ride on the trolley." The festival dinner will be held at the beautiful Victorian Belle Special Event Center again this year, but who "will be catering is still a secret. "We're getting bids from all of the prominent local restaurants, but the deci- sion hasn't been made yet. Whoever it will be, the food will be excellent," says Hummingbird Festival coordinator Mary Stewart. The dinner will be held Thursday, October 16 and will kick off a weekend full of events. A mainstay of the festival, the HogansvilleAVest Side Alumni Old Timers games will be held as in past years and a 5-K run is also being discussed. "This is shaping up to be the best fes- tival and the biggest party in Hogansville's history and as usual, all the profits will go to Hogansville improvements," say Stankiewiez. "Our booths are nearly 50 percent sold out already. But we do need more help, particularly folks with managerial experi- ence. "Some of our best organizers have personal commitments this year and will have trouble helping. Anyone interested should give us a call." *For booth information, dinner ticket sales and other inquires, contact Mary Stewart at 706-637-9497. Store qJwner Elder Dead at s8 gil W. Elder, 58, of died 30, 2003, at East. service was at 4 p.m., August 2, at Church in Reverend Wesley and the: Myrtle Hi]] Hogansville. were JenT Lee, Willie Woods, Jody Mitchell, Banks, Rexton and Aubrey Couch. More Deaths, Page 8A Mr. Elder was born August 41 1944, in Meriwether County, son of the late Mark James Elder and the late Lou Ella Smith Elder. He was a lifelong resident of the Grantville and Hogansvflle area and was a member of the Baptist church. He retired as the owner and operator of Elder's Grocery in Hogansvflle. Survivors include his wife, Violet (Pat) Elder of Hogansville; one daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Kefon Tucker of Grantville; one son, Vince William Elder of HogansviUe; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Johnnie Mae and Ralph Melton of Livingston, Texas, Annette Whatley of Hogansvflle, and Carolyn Floyd of Mount Sidney, Virginia; one brother and sister-in-law, Earnest and Ann Elder of Grantville; and five grandchildren, Brannon Tucker, Braxton Tucker, BreZhay Tucker, Bravian Elder and Bryston Elder. The Clatlde A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Jackson: 1'11 Pay The $111 Innocent and Tired of Media, Says Exasperated Councilman By CLINT CLAYBROOK A Hogansville council- man agreed Monday night to reimburse expense money Jackson's agreement came after the council plowed rap- idly through a short, routine meeting. In the process, the 10 or so Hogansville citizens at the meeting might have learned an important lesson: You can't judge a meeting by its pub- lished agenda. Most folks probably thought they were in for a 10- minute meeting after the Hogansville City Council dis- posed of four of the five items on the agenda in about five minutes: In that time, council mem- bers: *Delayed action on an application for creation of a foster home at the Yellow Brook Awareness Center at 601 Boyd Road:. Postponed a decision on preliminary, plats for Greenwave Villa, which will apparently be renamed Hummingbird Estates; Learned that the city can't reduce the minimum notice of public hearing from 15 to 10 days because that would violate State law; *Agreed to wait for rec- ommendations before voting on a.successor to the seat on the Hogansville Historic Commission that was vacat- ed recently by Jane Strain; and approved a "calendar of By Clint Claybrook ENOUGH- Councilman Jimmy Jackson refused to concede that he owes the $111 he'll pay the city. events for election." That's when the interest- ing stuff began. Councilman Jackson, fed up with media reports about his owning the city $111 for expenses he had allegedly incurred on trips and not reimbuised the city for, said he's ready to ante-up. Not that he thinks he owes the money - reimbursement for advances for two trips to Savannah - but to put an end to the discussion, he implied. "The governing body of this city has not accused me of anything, nor do I admit to anything," he said. But continuing reports in some media have gone too far and that caused family and friends to\\;call on him to put an end to the controversy, Jackson said. So he'll cut a check for the $111 to put and end to the reports, without acknowledg- ing that he owes the money, Jackson said. By Cllnt Claybrook TRAFFIC: STOPPER - Harman and Mary Ann Collier's mail- box at 402 Lincoln Stret is a traffic-stop- per. Harman used his wood- working skills to create the little red pickup. Its body is loaded with red, white and blue flow- ers. The yellow ribbon is for their grand- daughter's hus- band, who is serving with the Special Forces in Iraq.