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i~ 5th Sunday: Miracle! Th Take a Trip Back to '54 -44 Area Methodists H~" PRS~ sTo ---7 AUTO / U. S. POSTAGE PAID / HOGANSVILLE, GA l PERMIT NO. 35 / i: Formerly The Hogansville Herald Sen g the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 61, NO. 37 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2004 10 PAGES - 1 SECTION ~------------------~ sHits Hogansville Half of City Left Without Electricity By Clint Ctaybrook DAMAGE ~ Kyser Barnes and Jefrey Weaver check out the damage to residence at 101 White Street after a huge tree felt on it during heavy rainfall and winds Tuesday momlng. There were no injuries, authorities said. By ca. ctwtro~ ,M~OR PROBLEM - John Wagner, in bucket, works to repair a major break in a power line on Blue Creek Road after trees fell on it early Tuesday morning, cutting off power to Several residents and to the pumps at the city reservoir. By CUNT CLAYBROOK About half of Hogansville's residents were still without electricity about noon on Tuesday, after the remnants of Hurricane Frances, downgraded to a tropical storm a day earlier, swept through the city, knocking down several trees and destroying at least one home. At least one home, on White Street, was practical- ly flattened when a giant oak street split perhaps 12 feet above the ground and two gigantic limbs fell across the top of the house. Nobody was hurt, author- ities said. Just about everybody agreed that high winds and a downpour of rain about 2 a.m. Tuesday did the major part of the damage. Tree limbs were down in several parts of the town, garbage cans had been overturned and tt,~ was~~ throughout much of Hogansville.. City Manager Randy Jordan said some Hogansville utility depart- ment bad "everybody we've got" out working to restore power to the parts of the town that was still without electric service. A couple of tt~se men had been on duty since Monday afternoon, in anticipation of the storm, Jordan said. Power was out sporadi- cally in several parts of the city," Utilities Director Ron Buchanan said. "I'd like to say it will all be back on this afternoon, but that might be too optimistic,"' he said. He said that the Municipal Electric Association of Georgia sent in a crew to help the local util- See STtm~ Page ay e~eu~a~ REPLACEMENT GOING UP - Brent Walker and a co- worker string a new power line on Blue Creek Road, rac- ing to restore power to parts of Hogansville. CLEARING DEBRIS - Workmen were chopping this fall- en tree in the Mallard's Lake Subdivision into portable pieces earlier this week. Even with its evident big root sys- tem, the tree was no match for high winds and the ground that was soaked in recent days by four inches or more of rain, residents estimated. Group Home Nixed; Arnold Rezoning Stalled By CUNT CLAYBROOK The-Hogansville City Council Tuesday night rejected plans for a group home for young boys after objections from a number of neigh- bors. Some said they were afraid of tlie consequences of bringing that many troubled youths into their neighborhood ,where many of the residents are elderly and many older women live alone. The house in question is at 201 Elm St. Mayor Wilson St. Clair told the former Green Bay Packer football player who wanted to bring it here after the council nixed his plans on a 4-0 vote - with Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier abstaining - to find a better location and bring his pro- posal back again later. Raymond Williams, who oper- ates a sim~ group home in Springfield, Ohio, told the council that the home here would be an asset to the communiW. But the council received two petitions with 30 names or more on opposing the plan and heard ~ever- al neighbors argue against the facil- ity. "This would be totally bad for our neighborhood," one woman said. Another said the group home would drive property values down. But on the most contentious issue of the night, a request by developer John Arnold to rezone some 343,9 ~ of~~ Blue Creek goad ~ Interstate 85 - the council didn't act, exCept for a 3-2 vote against denying the request. After a sometimes heated pub- , lie hearing, City Council_man Charlie See R~ Page ~, OUR HERO- Kimberly Holstun won the honor of Teacher of the Year at Hogansville Elementary School. Elementary Teachers of Year Announced By JOHN KUYKENDALL Elementary school Teachers of the Year have been named for the Troup County School System. Each Teacher of the Year is automatical- ly nominated for the honor of Teacher of the Year, which will be named later Kimberly Holstun won the honor of Teacher of the Year at Hogansville Elementary School. She has taught for 14 years and cur- rently teaches second grade at the school. Holstun said she decided to Denney Owensby become a teacher because she enjoys working with children and because she wants to make a dif- ference in the lives of childre~ "I set high expectations for my students and refuse to let them fail," : Holstun said. "I expect a great deal from my students, but I expect even more from myself." Miller She. also stresses the importance of communication between teacher and students, between administration and teach- ers and constant communication with parents. "Communication is crucial for the learning process to be effec. five and consistent," Holstun said. Fellow teachers at Hogansville Elementary praise Holstun for a job well done and say that she "makes her student's progress her top priority at all times." Teachers stated they recom- mended Holstun for the Teacher of 6 the Year honor because she works tirelessly to make sure that each child experiences that light bulb moment when everything falls into ,,, ,,,,, , , TEAt~EI~, Page