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Grandparents' Day Fun for All -8,4 Explore Glow Of Autumn -Special Section The "11 Formerly The Hogansville Herald More Area Folks Back on the Job_3B Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 VOL. 62, NO. 39 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2005 28 PAGES 3 SECTIONS .... " ................. By Chad Harrington REASON TO CHEER - Callaway Cavalier fever is rising across Hogansville following the team's 12-6 victory over Rutland last week - the school's second-win in a row. Things were looking grim up until mid-September, but now the Cavaliers suddenly find themselves facing Greenville tonight in a game that may determine who goes to the play' offs..Full Coverage,. 1B :2 Despite Scorn, Ware Still Supports Landfill By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville's Holland Ware, who owns most of the land in a proposed site for a landfill just east of the city limits and lives about 2.5 miles from it says people who have attempted to shame him for agreeing to sell to the developers if the landfill is approved are working against the financial inter- ests of Meriwether County, where he owns some 9,000 acres of land As well as against the revenues that Hogansville might see from a proposed $200 million development around the landfill that might spill over into the city. He also said in a recent telephone interview that those who question whether all of the money he will make :from that sale will actually go to Emory University for cancer research ought to know it will because that's what he said. He also wonders aloud if any of them have pledged donations in the $15 million range to Emory or any other institutions or charities. "I said 'all' didn't I," is how he answers that question, meaning that royalties of 25 cents per ton ar possi- bly a little more per ton of waste accept- ed by the landfill over the next 20 years or so are included in his pledge to Emory. WARE, who bought his first 10 acres of land at age 16- for $10 an acre - is said to be the biggest private landowner east of the Mississippi River. And he acknowledges he may be the single biggest taxpayer in Meriwether County. Because he obviously knows more than a little bit about finances and land values, Ware is questioning why Meriwether County is willing to spend so much money fighting Greenbow LLC's plans for the landfill. INSTEAD, HE SAYS, the county's government and Hogansville's City Council ought to be looking at the finan- cial incentives offered by the develop- ers if the landfill is ever built. His comments came about two weeks ago as the bills for Meriwether County's legal expenses in fighting the landfill continue to escalate. Those expenses have now topped $41,000 owed to lawyers or laW firms and to Dr. Fred Lee, a California expert on landfills - mostly on the harm they do or might cause - who was flown in at Meriwether County expense for a See WARE, Page 2A Council Elections May Steal Thunder Mayor's Race Overshadowed By Crowded Field for 2 Posts By CLINT CLAYBROOK Although the candidates for Hogansville offices in the November 8 municipal elec- tion have themselves mostly been quiet with the election still nearly a month and a half away, it seems evident that the races for City Council may shape up as more inter- esting than the two-man race for mayor. With only Ron Clemmer, vicar of St. Matthews Charismatic  Episcopal ChUrch and forlTit ' City Councilman Jimmy Jackson in the mayor's race, it's like- ly that will boil down to a sim- ple choice. Voters in that race will Choose between a veteran city councilman and a new- comer to local politics who seems to have been a con- sensus pick of the so-called "establishment" in Hogansville. IT IS KNOWN, for instance, that Clemmer was at lease quizzed by some Hogansville leaders who wanted to know his stance on such things as development and the licensing of restau- rants to serve beer and wine with meals - and in at least one case, liquor-by-the-drink in the downtown area. People doing the "vetting," apparently came away satis- fied that Clemmer is a pro- gressive - but with no assur- ances of how he might stand on particular issues, accord- ing to two people involved in trying to assess Clemmer as a candidate. Permitting liquor sales may be important with the coming on line of a new rail- road museum and restaurant in the old HogansviUe Depot within the next few months. It is expectedto include a bar, although the developers have said that won't be a central function of what may become the primary downtown attraction, which business owners hope will attract shoppers and over-night vis- itors, particularly on week- ends. IN THE CASE of Jackson, the power structure is dealing with a known quan- tity: His several years on the council have shown him to be aprogressive, but I is not seen as a sure bet when it comes to controversial issues. But the council races may 'be more interesting-and pos- sibly more controversial, especially since Jack Leidner, an incumbent coun- cilman, last weekmore or less publicly endorsed Planning Commission Chairman Bill Stankiewicz in the race for the Post 1 seat on the City Council against incumbent Charlie Frank Martin. Leidner and Stankiewicz are personal friends and they operate businesses in the same downtown building. YET LEIDNER and Martin have generally worked well together on var- ious projects, and have almost always voted the same See ELECTIONS, Page 2A ' i Exc tement Builds As Festival Nears .'By CLINT CLAYBROOK 2 Hogansville biggest weekend is two weeks away, but there is growing antici- :pation that the 2005 edition :of the Humingbird Festival might be the biggest and best !yet. Nearly 200 food and craft ivendors are anticipated to i display and sell their wares :in the downtown area that i weekend. : Annd the Kick-Off iDinner on Thursday, Oct. 13, !will raise funds for the vic- tims of Hurricane Katrina, !via the Red Cross, as well as ifor the on-going projects that :the festival helps provide !:seed  money for in '. Hogansville. : This year, the iHummingbird Contest - in :which different teams or indi- i viduals paint and decorate the plywood hummingbirds they purchase from the fes- rival organizers will add sev- eral splashes of color to the event. Those entrants will show their handiwork up and down Main Street on festival week- end and will be hoping to see their offerings displayed at future festivals. To accomplish that, they must rank first, second or third out of the anticipated 25 competitors in that event. Friday, Sept. 30, is the deadline for entering that contest. Also new this year will be the offerings of a variety of crafters who will not only be showing off their own talents but will also be encouraging others to get involved in those fields. SETTING THE TONE- This year's Hogansville Hummingbird Festival Poster was designed from the Luann Keeble painting by Artjobs' Leah Leidner, the poster will be available in a signed edition at the Hummingbird Festival Dinner held at the Victoria Belle Special Event Center in Hogansville on October 13.