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Serving the HogansviUe-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 Photo Submitted IRMA DAMAGE - Most of the damage from Tropi kStorm irma in the local area came in the form of downed trees, which brought down power lines, such as this tree t .-'outSkle of Hogansville. Power outages that remained in the city Tuesday were largely due to trees or tree lirnbs th l ad fallen and pulled out electrical service entrance lines. By JACK BAGLEY items were discovered at her Baldwin was arrested after Deputies respond- Street residence, ed to a fight-in-progress call. Deputies Troup County Sheriff's Deputies She had been a suspect in the theft, and Investigators determined that reported two arrests in separate cases Deputies said, and after being arrest- Davis had allegedly hit and strangled in the county during the past week. ed she was taken to the Troup County his wife during a domestic altercation. In one case, a woman was arrest- Jail on charges of theft of property The victim was transported to a ed after being found in possession of over $1,500 and theft of a motor vehi- regional hospital for treatment of her a stolen vehicle. According to reports, cle. injuries. Veronica E. Gay, 38, of 902-F Baldwin Deputies said Gay faees addition-Davis was arrested and cha 'ged Street in LaGrange, was arrested after al charges through the LaGrange under the Family Violence Act with she was discovered to be in possession Police Department. aggravated assault, false imprison- of a stolen vehicle and numerous other Also, Sheriff's Deputies arrested a merit, possession of a firearm during items valued at more than $5,000. Lower Big Springs Road man follow- the commission of a crime, and pos- Gay allegedly took the vehicle anding a call to a residence there. In a session of an unlawful firearm. items from a residence in the unincor- press release, the Sheriff's He was taken to the Troup County porated part of Troup County, and the Department said Robert B. Davis, 59, Jail on the charges. 6-A C ssir d Advertising 5-A Sports 8-A For subscription information Submitted To The Herald As news reports of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey continue to come in, it should serve as a reminder that no matter the event, Georgians need to be prepared. The past 12 months have brought unpredictable weather and other disasters to Georgia, and to help rein- force the importance of being prepared, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency's (GEMA/HS) Ready Georgia campaign is encouraging all Georgia residents to prepare before disasters strike. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. Georgians reported being "National Preparedness"fully prepared," with 81 per- Month is the time for people cent of Georgians reporting to develop a plan and exam- being at least"somewhat pre- in plans they may already pared." These figures repre- have in place," said sent the highest numbers to- GEMA/HS Director Homer date of Georgians being Bryson. "In the past 12 ready for a disaster. Though months, we've seen weather the goal is for every family events impact our communi- and community to be 100 per- ties across Georgia. We've cent ready, the number of also seen citizens come Georgians who are recogniz- together to help each other ing the need to be ready is on following a disaster. Having the rise. aplan in place to help not only To continue this trend, yourself, but your neighbors throughout National as well makes our communi-. Preparedness Month, ties more resilient, and help- Georgians are encouraged to ing one another is what take a step toward creating Georgians do." a comprehensive emergency Georgiansseemtobeget-"plan for themselves, their ting the message. In families and their communi- GEMA/HS' May 2017 Ready ties. The Ready Georgia web- Georgia Awareness and siteandmobileappoffertools Preparedness Survey to assist people in creating showed 23 percent of See SEPTEMBER, Page 2-A. By ANDY KOBER " nesses in at the interstate were advised that water "We got off good." service could be lost. Of Those words were more importance, once that offered by Hogansville tank drained there would be Mayor Bill Stankiewicz inno water at those fire discussing the impacts ofhydrants in the immediate Hurricane, then Tropical area. Storm, Irma on the city. Stankiewiez said that The storm, which rav- Diverse Power was notified aged parts of Florida and to and immediately responded a lesser degree southern to get power to the water Georgia, began drawing inpump restored. . dry, cold air as it traversed For the city, electrical northward in Georgia. That service was completed resulted in an immediate restored by 10:30 pm. On reduction in strength andTuesday there were still wind speeds, some isolated houses with- For Hogansville and the out power as falling limbs immediate area, that proved had pulled down service extremely fortuitous, entry lines. As had many other During the storm, on:e places, HogansviUe city offi- large tree fell that was irti cials were prepared for atially reported to have struct potential disaster and loss of a house. In fact, the electrical service for days. missed the house though A local emergency oper- some of the limbs did cause ation center was opened in minor damage. the Moses Ector Law Stankiewicz reported Enforcement Center sincethat no evacuations were :hat is the 0nly city facility need din the city during the With a backup generator, storm and that while city hall Troup County also opened an was closed on Monday due emergency operations een- to the storm, it was open ter and a representative of again on Tuesday. Hogansville was there to Only one street in maintain lines of communi- Hogansville wasbloeked cation between the city and that was as a precautiona county officials, measure. Paving was In addition to city vehi- done on Church Street cles being fueled prior to the the contractor was reque storm's arrival, extra sup- ed to keep equipment plies of fuel were stockpiled place to block the street to be used by emergency what Stankiewicz term vehicles. "an abundance of cautio Thankfully, none of the for potential floodin preparations were needed. Flooding did not take place:i Stankiewicz reported STANKIEWICZ REPORTS that unlike other nearby that about 30 percent of the areas, Hogansville did not city lost electrical service run out of gasoline. Though during the brunt of the some individual stores might storm. Power began failing have temporarily exhausted in some areas as early as 2 supplies, other stores had pm Monday as falling limbs gasoline. brought down electric lines. In addition, motels in During peak wind periods Hogansville were full with that occurred between 3:30 many people from Florida and 4 pm more electrical fleeing the hurricane. service was lost. Once again, it appears The loss of electrical that Hogansville was a very service also shut down a lucky place to be. water pump that feeds water Outside the city, scat- to the water storage tank tered power outages were near the interstate. With the reported and power was still. water level dropping in that out in some areas Tuesday tank, restaurants and busi- afternoon. By ANDY KoI3ER The Troup County Health Department inspected two Hogansville restaurants in August and both received high marks. Station Coffeehouse was inspected on Aug. 2 and received a score of 97. The only issue was that an employee's hair was not properly restrained. Inspectors visited Nachos Mexican Grill on Aug. 28 and issued a score of 95. Inspectors noted that raw meat was found in both the metal sink and vegetable sink and sinks were not appropriately labeled. Tableware was observed in holders with food contact surface and not down and protect- ed. Debris buildup was found under and behind equipment and there were missing coverings, broken and missing tiles and gaskets in disrepair.