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Formerly The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the Hogansville-GrantviUe Area H()GANSVILLE, GEORGIA -THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2000 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Io r,' , Slightly Higher Than in May i!rea's Jobless Rate DepartmentofLaborpointedoutthat ,r ployed , iei?fl:rW.ntthi! !w  Kuykendall The state s jobless rate increased THE LABOR FORCE of Harris in counties with lower work force per- tie ,1 -------- from3.8percentthisMayto4.4inJune, Countyis 12,348and 11,954ofthatlabor centage numbers are usually higher. aa ..unemployment rate in porte and Troup rose slightly in t .t was still better than last year, cl.lla to statistics released this nst l- ;W][=Ul)' s 's 4.4 percent jobless rate for :nalatehed the statewide average it .. The figure was slightly high- tgthe 4.1 percent rate Troup P  in May. LWever, a year ago Troup faced ,e! nt rate, meaning almost six y 100 workers was unem- N ! t according to the Georgia Department of Labor. MOST AREAS surrounding Troup were all higher than the 4.4 rate, except for Harris County, which showed a 3.2 percent unemployment rate. Troup is one of the few counties in the state that showed a decrease from last year's percentages. Troup's work force is 30,438 and 29,111 of that force are employed, leav- ing only 1,327 jobless. force was employed during June, leav- ing only 394 unemployed or 3.2 per- cent. Harris County's employment rate was up slightly from May when resi- dents enjoyed only a 2.7 percent unem- ployment rate. The June 2000 rate is down from June 1999 when the unem- ployment rate in Harris County was 3.3. MERIWETHER COUNTY'S unem- ployment rate is above the state aver- age at 6.4 percent. Of 9,092 eligible to T, 7e Bat Street Boys - The Georgia Stars infield of William "13o13o" Go r.. n of Hnsville ' Jet Butler, Alex Boehlmer and Torre Langley second out of 50 teams in the skills championship in Minnesota. Overall, the team, which has a number of Troup play- finished an astonishing fifth in the nation.- i 00eam Finishes 5th in Nation! by Hogansville talent, the finished fifth in the 2000 A.A.U. 12-Year-Old Baseball in Burnsville, Minnesota, wm over the North Carolina to capture fifth plaoe out of 50 and complete their season with a record. State opened the national tour- nament with a 3-2 loss to North Carolin The Stars rebounded with three con- secutive wins over South Carolina, Iowa, and the Virginia Knights. The Stars advanced to the champi- onship pool where they lost their first two games to the Jacksonville Tidal Waves and the San Diego Stars before beating the Virginia Cannons and the Tidewater Drillers. The Stars earned the last wild card position as the 16th seed to advance to the "sweet sixteen" field. The Stars became the "sweetheart:' of the tournament when they shocked the number one seeded and undefeated "Chet Lemon" Juice team from Orlando, Florida, in a 4-2 game that eliminated the Juice in the sudden death round. The Stars then lost their first game SoeTEAM, Page 8A 1 Runoff 778 573 Lawsuit Accuses Investors Of Subdivision With Fraud By BtFm Cmt John Arnold and Main Street Communities, L.L.C. Filed a law- suit against C.H. Butcher and Southern Value Homes, Inc. Last Thursday accusing the investors of fraud in the devel- opment of the Villages at Huntcliff subdivision. It was only a couple months ago that Butcher and Southern Homes, Inc., Both of Canton, filed a lawsuit of fraud against Arnold in connection of the pro- posed Audubon Park golf course community. Arnold's petition claims the defendant conspired to deprive him of any interest in the 180- acre Htmteliff property on Highway 29 next to the Piggly Wiggly in HogansviUe. Arnold said Butcher indi- cated interest in participating in the development of Huntseliff in late 1998 or early 1999. THEY AGREED, Arnold said, to work together. He said he was to acquire and market the property, resolve all zoning and utility issues and resolve all local, state and federal regula- tory matters relating to the property. Butcher would be responsi- ble for acquiring the necessary loans, notes and security agree- ments in order to acquire the property. It was then agreed that both Arnold arid Butcher would each have 45 percent interest in the property. Arnold was to approve all phases of site development and See LAWSUIT, Page 8A increased from 5.7 in May. Last year in June, the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent. TALBOT COUNTY'S unemploy- ment rate for the month of June soared to 6.8 percent. That was up from 5.9 percent in May. Last year in June, Talbot's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent. At present, Talbot County has a work force of 2,941 and 2,740 of those are employed. Thatmly leaves 201 eli- gible workers unemployed. The ACCORDING to State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, several factors combined to push Georgia's unemployment rate up to 4.1 percent in June, but the rate is still the lowest ever recorded in the state at this time of year. While down from 4.6 percent in June of last year, the rate was up from 3.3 percent in May. "The unemployment rate always goes up in the summertime," Thurmond said, because of students. Historical Zone Due New Work By Bryan Geter The Hogansville City Council Monday night approved two buildin permits in the historic districCand also took action to remove an "illegal" fence. Suzanne Cook, speaking for the Hitle Preservation Comm,i! d the c0minittee met informalIy to discuss a request by Dr. Greg Freeman to install a handicap ramp at the entrance of his office at 100 College St, She said the Commission had no problems with the project and asked the council to approve it. Following the historic group's recommendation, the council also approved the application for James Thrash at Thrash Funeral Home at 117 West Main St. The application called for alterations, remodeling and installation of an awning. Cook said the Commission commends Thrash on the work he was doing. BUT COOK advised the coun- cil it is opposed to a 8-10 foot lat- tice fence which John and Donna iii Arnold were erecting at 804 East Main St. in the Historical District. "We have hadalot of com- plaints," she said. "The lat- tice fencJs a "Sore thumb.' ...... "P e op I e David Aldrich from the neigh- borhood and all over town are complaining," he reported. Cook said the fence looked "horrible" at the particular loca- tion on East Main Street. Councilman Ezra Whitmore asked if a permit is required to put up a fence. City Manager David Aldrich assured him a permit was required since the property is in the Historical District. THE ORDINANCE states before a change in a home can be made, the homeowner must first go to the Historical Committee and obtain a permit. Cook said Arnold did not apply See COUNCIL, Page 8A PART,/GIRLS - It's been a busy party season at the Neese household. Breanna Neese turned 2 years old on July 23. She had a Barney party. Jackalin Neese turned 6 years old on Aug. 6, and celebrated with an Arthur party. Both girls enjoyed a pool party and hot dog cookout at their house. Their parents are Darrell and Tami Neese. II