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Bottom Right: Nathaniel Gates of Hogansville admires the two bears that were on display at the Wildlife Experience Museum. More than 500 species of exotic wildlife have been on display for the last three years. Bender Leads to DUI Arrest Hogansville led the Hogansville Police on Saturday around 7:30 parking lot in reference to an Strong, Jr., 65, of 203 Brooks a 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII, the concrete barrier for striking a 1991 Corolla driven by Ruby J. of 800 R]s Road. either of the bumper of Strong's car right corner of Morgan's car, white paint on the bumper, which was black. Dunklee said she spoke with Strong and noticed slurred speech and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. She said the Alco-Check registered positive, so Strong was taken to the HPD, where he had trouble walking, getting out of the patrol car and climbing steps. Strong was charged with DUI and made bond at the police station and released to a friend. In a separate incident, a Hogansville man was arrested on July 30 and charged with VGCSA and Driving while license suspended or revoked. Timmy Lee Clark of 123 Granite Street was stopped by Hogansville Police Chief Guy Spradlin as he drove his 1987 white Ford Mustang on Askew Street. Sgt. Tommy Hatcher responded to the call and found out that Spradlin had knowledge that Clark did not have a valid driver's license. Radio traffic verified that Clark license was indeed revoked and he had a probation violation on him. After placing Clark under an arrest, Hatcher went to the passenger's side of the car where Geoffrey Wheeler of 913 1/2 E. Maia was sitting. Hatcher said he noticed a partially smoked suspected marijuana cigarette which Clark said was his. Clark gave police consent to search the vehicle where under the passenger's seat, less than one ounce of suspected marijuana was found. 'Need Training,' Says Councilman Who Took His Girlfriend Along By BRYAN GETER Hogansville's city coun- cil members were under fire Monday night for taking a $4,366 trip to Atlanta. Former councilman and county commissioner Thomas Pike asked why, if the city's budget is so tight that "you had the cut the fat and trimm it'to the bone," members of the council went to the Georgia Municipal Association Mayor's Day in Atlanta at the cost of $4,366 for two days. %Vhy couldn't you com- mute each day since it is only a 50 mile trip and save the city money?" asked Pike. "Five of you could ride in a city vehicle." Hogansville may get an extra road paved because of his being there and talking to the right people. 'I got a stack of books that will help me," Frazier stated. "All departments of Georgia are there and meet and talk with the elected officials." Leidner asked, "Are you saying I'm stealing money, Mr. Pike?" Pike answered, "No." Leidner told the Hogansville Home News Tuesday morning that never in his 54 years has even a shadow of a doubt been cast on his integrity. "If people of Hogansville cannot see the need for a council who is helping to rewrite a planning and zon- ing ordinance to attend a Pike asked why it was basic state course in planning ...... iled s Day" if the--. mai a-, - council goes. Pike also inquired about the high priced hotel rooms being between $590-$647. "We have people on fixed incomes who get their pre- scriptions half-filled each month because they can't afford to get it completely filled," he asserted. Then Pike asked why the GMA Savannah trip cost $8,387. "That is too much money," he said. "Did you all get receipts or bring balances back?" Councilmen Charlie Frank Martin and Jack Leidner both said they returned the balances. Pike asked why five pet)- ple had to go. Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier said, "This is a GMA meeting and we need train- ing and schooling." Frazier said that past council members have row tinely gone on such trips for training. Pike said he served two terms and he went on one trip to Jekyll Island one time and it was a waste of money. "I never went as a county com- missioner," he said. "It's a waste of money you spent on a two- day conven- tion," Pike stated,'" when peo- ple in Hogansville have to choose between medicine and groceries." Frazier said it was not a waste of money, for be it." Leidner said, "As of today (Tuesday) "I have therefore paid for it, myself." Concerned citizen Mrs. Weeks asked the council, "Why is there never any money to do what we need done, but you can go to these places?" She then asked if the knowledge would be applied. "I get disgusted when I drive around town. "I hear a lot of talk and not much action," she said. Mrs. Weeks said all she ever hears about the $8 mil- lion debt for ten years. Frazier noted, "You'll probably hear about it for 20 more years." Dennis Austin asked if any relatives went on the trip. Councilmen Martin and Leidner answered no. City Manager David Aldrich said his wife went with him and Frazier said his girlfriend went with him. Mayor Wilson St. Clair and councilwoman Jean Crocker didn't attend the meetings. Austin said that all that.is needed to be a good council- man is to have "A good heart and horse sense. You don't need classes, but horse sense," he added. "The city needs to use every nickel you get to pay on the $8 million bond we owe," Austin said. Robbers Find No Money in Restaurant BRYAN GETER :When the employees of Cato's located at 10S Hwy 29 S, opened door for business on Monday at 5:30 a big surprise confronted them. Two men Sth their heads covered with tee shirt with eye holes cut out the building, police believe, a side entrance and demanded Reports state that the three employees, Smith, Linda Smith and Laura Cato, ordered to the floor and were asked armed robbers, "where is the victims assured thb robbers that would be no money until Mr. Cato the owner, arrived. Then the three were told to get into the closet. Bryan Smith said that is when one of the robbers took his wallet, which he stated had no money in it. The two male assailants are believed to be in their early 20's. The black male was wearing darkplants and a light colored shirt and weighed approximately 150 lbs. and the other is believed to be hispanic about 150 lbs. wear- ing khaki baggy pants with a sweater. It is not known ff the robbers were already in the business when it opened or hey entered shortly after it openecL Hogansville Police officers Dunklee, Lee, and I.ckard were on the scene in min- utes. Chief Guy Spradlin, Sgt. Tommy Hatcher and Investigator Corey Keele work diligently on the case throughout the day. The case has now been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In a separate case, Sara Green Harmon of 313 Taliaferro Drive told police that on August 1 that someone took her 1984  Oldsmobile Delta 88 from under her car- port. She said it was there at 8 p.m. but it was gone by 2 a.m. the next morning. Harmon said she didn't know it was stolen until the Meriwether County Sheriff's Department called to let her know that her car was on the side of the road in Meriwether County. The vehicle was returned to Mrs. Harmon. The suspects were taken into custody and are in the Meriwether County jail. The value of the vehicle is $2,000.  vBa  CRIME REALLY DOESN PAY - Cato's Restaurant was the target of a robbery early Monday morning. The thugs found out that not only was there no money in the cash register, but awallet taken from an employ- ee turned out to be empty, too.