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The Hogansville Home News 3 B Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005 LENDING A HELPING HAND- Guy Dozier and Gary Dozier, II, of Dozier Memorials in Manchester and Fortson, are members of the Monument Builders of the Carolinas. They are shown here presenting a check for $5,000 to Jennifer Sweat of the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund at a conference in Myrtle Beach, SC over the weekend: Dozier Memorials is also a member of the Monument Builders of North America. First Eight Sales Recorded in Area Subdivision The first eight sales, including three homes which have already been occu- pied by the homeowners, have been recorded in The Meadows, a neighbor- hood in the first phase of The Villages of Huntcliff in Hogansville. The Huntcliff community, which is located on Highway 29 within walking distance of Hogansville's historic down- town business district, will ultimately have approximately 606 homes. This is the first swim/tennis com- munity in the Hogansville area. Building the homes in The Meadows dTayettv, iLt,.:which is.headed by Tom Bloom. Premium Builders has begun construction on the first section of 30 homes, which currently are priced from $109,000 to $127,000. Wendell Staley, manager of United Realty Group's New Home Sales Division, which is representing Premium Builders in the community, said that there are many reasons for homebuyers to purchase there. Staley is certainly in a position to know this, as he is a Hogansville native who pre- viously was in business there and served as president of the Hogansville Chamber of Commerce (now the Hogansville/Troup County Chamber of Commerce). He was also president of the Hogansville Kiwanis Club, and while in that position, he designed and led the effort to build the War Monument proj- ect in downtown Hogansville. Staley said that in addition t0:the swim/tennis and other amenities, The Villages of Huntcliff and will have spe- cial appeal to seniors and young cou- ples. He also noted that the community's location is a real plus. "It's in a charm- ing small town setting not far from the interstate highway (I-85)." The community itself is a short walk from a local grocery store, and it's also about 20 minutes from major shopping, entertainment and dining facilities in Newnan and less than 15 minutes from LaGrange, another city ideal for fami- ly outings. The homes and buildings housing the amenities in the community are designed to reflect the local appeal of Hogansville, a historic town with a num- ber of beautiful antebellum homes. Premium Builders is offering six dif- ferent plans, five ranch designs and one two-stor% in The Meadows. All Of the plans have three bedrooms, two baths, porches, and rear entry garages off an alley. The homes contain a long list of standard features (according to the plan), including tray and vaulted ceil- ings, custom cabinetry and an electric range. Job Ra,te Improves For Area Troup Employment Figures Show More People Working By ROB RICHARDSON Unemployment has improved in west central Georgia. Numbers for August, the most recent available, are better than they were in July for all four counties. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the Harris-Troup-Meriwether- Talbot area showed an aver- age jobless rate of 6.2 per- cent for August, compared to 7.4 percent in July: The area's average rate a year ago was 5.5 percent. The statewide unem- ployment average was 5.2 percent in August, down from 5.6 in July. The state rate was 4.9 in August of 2004. The national unemploy- ment rate in August was 4.9 percent, compared ,to 5.2 in July and 5.4 in August of last year. In west central Georgia, highly-populated Troup had the most unemployed: 2,085. There were 797 jobless in Source: Georgia Dept. of Labor The highest rate in the region was Meriwether, with 7.7 percent in August. But the rate was a big improvement over the 9.1 figure in July. In August of 2004, Meriwether had a 6.4 rate. Talbot had an equally big improvement, declining to a 6.8 per cent rate in July from the revised July rate of 8.2 percent. In August of 2004, Talbot had a 6.2 .percent unem- ployment rate. *Troup went to a 6.6 per- cent rate in August compared to 7.9 in July. In August of 2004, Troup Meriwether, 551 in Harris ..... had5.9 per,ceNt rate. and 220 in Talbot. ....... The lowest "memploy- The best rate of the four local counties during August was the 3.9 per cent record- ed in Harris, down from the 4.4 rate for July. A year ago, Harris had a 3.8 jobless rate. ment rate in the state -for the fifth month in a row- was in Oconee County near Athens, at 3.1 percent. The highest was Warren County in east Georgia, with 10.7 percent. Meriwether Considers Ordinance for Timber Harvesting By BRYAN GETER The Meriwether County Commission is considering new rules for harvesting timber. The board unanimously approved a first reading of a tim- ber harvesting ordinance at its Sept. 14 meeting. The proposal was expected to come up for a second reading at the board's meeting this Taesday. County Administrator Robert Hiss, County Attorney Rob Morton, County Zoning Administrator Run Garrett and County Public Works Director Bruce O'Neal met with a group of loggers to finalize plans for the new ordinance that will help the county as well as the loggers in Meriwether. The ordinance states that any- one harvesting standing timber in the county must first deliver tO the county'sbuilding and zoning depart- ment a valid $5,000 surety bond to protect the Meriwether County Road System against any damage caused by such person, firm or enti- ty. The surety bond will be valid for no more han one year from the date of delivery to Meriwether County. The logger must also provide in writing notice of his harvesting operation to the public works department 72 hours prior to the start of his cutting. The letter shall have a map of the area which identifies the loca- tion of the tract to be harvested and as to those trucks that will be trav- eling to and from such tract for pur- pose of picking up and hauling loads of cut forest products. The letter should also have a statement as to whether the timber will be removed pursuant to a lump sum sale, per unit sale or owner har- vest for purposes of ad valorem taxes under the state law. The name, address and daytime telephone number of the timber sell- er and the name, address, business phone number, current business registration and nighttime or emer- gency telephone number of the har- vester. The ordinance requires gravel be placed on the temporary har- vesting driveway with a minimum !pad of 30 feet in Ii!i width for the first 20 i feet from the entrance and then no : less than 20 feet after the first 20 fee [iii from the entrance ili:W" [ )i for 100 feet with 5,8 I :"  nch size stone Buce mless another size shall be approved by Meriwether County, to a minimum depth of 3 inches to insure that mud and or other obstructions will not be tracked onto the county roadway. No harvester or vehicle may be parked on the county right-of-way or used on the county right-of-way as a loading facility. Entrance/egress/ingress signs shall be placed no less than 1000 feet in each direction from each per- mitted entrance. The ordinance states that the county has to schedule the requi- site inspection within a 72-hour peri- od to issue or deny the request by the harvester. Each violation can be punish- able by a $500 fine. But Commissioner Frank Buce said, "There is no need to enact this ordinance unless we are going to enforce it." County Zoning Administrator Ron Garrett said that most loggers do a good job and try to do what is right. Commissioner Emmitt Clark said, "Until the county can hire more help, it will take everybody work- ing together to get the job done." !!1100 Seasons of fun for everyone. Enjoy a bountiful selection of festivals and activities at Callaway Gardens. Pick from a calendar full of delightful events; HARVEST FESTIVAE October 8-9, 15-16 Autumn's in fill swing with scarecrows, pumpkin decorating, apph: bobbing, arts & crafts and more. CHRYSANTHEMUM Fxnv October 29-30, November 5-6 i,ovely mums and topiaries enhance the landscape, while you take parr in a range, of family activities and nature programs. THE STEEPLECHASE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS November 5 Joio 12,000 spectators for thoroughbred racing, music, food, terrier races and Southern artists. THANKSGMNG AT CALLAWAY GARDENS November 24 Gather your f;alriily around the table for a cornttcopia of dishes with all the trimnrings. We're serving plated meals, buffets and complete take-home meals, plus 5 la carte items to complement your cooking. Call 706-663-2281 ext. 5274 for reservations. FANTASY IN LIGHTS* November 18-December31 Our unique outdoor light and sound show is a favorite holiday tradition and one of the most dazzling displays in the South.' Accommodations are filling np fast, so plan now to stay the night! Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 1-800-CALLAWAY callawaygardens.com Gardens 45 Holes of Golf" Tennis Biking Fishing Skeet, Day Butterfly Center Callawa/Gardens Famasv ]n Lights and the Flower Badge arc registered trademarks of he ( a Cason Callaway Foundadon"