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PAGE 2 - HOGANSVILI HOME NEws - OCTOBER 21, 1999 Meet the Hogansville Candidates By Bryan Geter Associate Editor Jimmy Jackson Seeks Post 5 Jimmy Jackson recently qualified to run for Council Seat Post 5 for the City of Hogansville. He is a life long resident of Hogansville. "I am asking for your vote and support on November 2, 1999 to elect me to the Hogansville City Council Post 5," Jackson said. "I believe fam- ily and spiritual values are important." Jackson and his wife, Hazel, have six children and live on Boyd Road. ..... Jackson is a member of the St. Mary's United Methodist Church, " He was employed by Georgia Power Company for 32 years and has been retired since 1996. , Jackson attended West End High School, Clark College and Southern Community College. "When I am elected, I will represent all citizens of Hogansville - seniors, youth, professionals, wage earners, men and women, all nationali- ties, races and faiths," he said. He said that being retired will allow him to dedicate him- self to the duties of the city coun- cil - representing Hogansville and its citizens. ,I believe ! B,help make Hogansvilie th it can be," he said. "But it gto require developing a plan with long term and short term goals." He said ff elected he will stop wasteful spending, be available to support the citizen's needs, build a cash flow, establish a reserve and when a problem occurs and the city is at fault, it will be solved. Jack L. Dollar Seeks Post 5 Jack L Dollar, 49, is running for re-election to Hogansville City Council Post 5. He is the father of 22 year old, Brannon, who currently w orks for Bell South and attends West Georgia Tech pursuing an electronics diploma. He has lived in, or within, five miles of Hogansville his entire life, except for periods while attending school and serv- ing in the military. Upon graduation from Hogansville High School, he attended Devry Technical Institute in Chicago and gradu- ated in 1970 with an Electronic Technicians diploma. Shortly after graduation, he was inducted into the US Army and served as a military police- man and was honorably dis- charged in 1972. He was hired by BellSouth in 1973 and began attending West Georgia College in Carrollton, taking business classes at night in 1975 and grad- uated in 1983 with BBA degree. Dollar is currently Claims Manager and investigates claims both for and against Bell South and has the responsibili- ty of Central and Southwest Georgia. He served on the Hogansville Board of Education from 1981-1984 and was elect- ed to the Hogansville City Council in January 1992. "I decided to seek reelection due to my concern for the city and its fiscal condition," he said. "The city and its people have always been good to me and I feel the need to repay what I can. We do get into some con- troversial issues periodically, and I do the best to investigate each issue thoroughly and make what I believe to be the best decision for the city and its cit- izens." He said his biggest concern continues to be the fiscal con- dition of the city due to the debt load of a city the size of Hogansville. Dollar said the city's debt payments are approximately $60,000 per month, and this pre- vents the city from doing many things that are needed or want- ed. He said he also feels the next four years will be a very criti- cal time for the city and Hogansville needs someone on the Council who will make well informed decisions. "I feel that I will be better for the city than my opponent," he said. "The zoning matter of the FlyingJ has been one of the most controversial issues in a long time," Dollar said. "In looking at the issues and getting input from City manag- er David Aldrich and City Attorney Dan Lee and others," he said, "I believe I had no other choice but to vote in favor of rezoning. A city cannot legally 'pick and choose' what it allows to come in as long as it is not against the zoning ordinance." He said during his first dis- cussion with the property owner, he informed her he would rather wait and get some- thing more appropriate like a Marriott, for example, but real- ly felt he had no other choice than tO approve e zoning. He said that most citizens he spoke with were in favor of the zoning as well. "If reelected I will continue to work hard for the city and consider each decision careful- ly and do what I believe to be the right thing," he said. Jean Crocker Seeks Post 3 Retired teacher Jean Crocker qualified for City Council Post 3, opposing Sybil Maxwell and incumbent Tony Williamson. Mrs. Crocker has lived in Hogansville for 41 years and says she is running because she cares for the city and its peo- ple. "I'm all for the city growing," said Crocker. "But we have to be careful about the speed at which we grow. When our water supply and sewage system can handle the capacity that large developments require, then I think we'll be ready for that kind of growth. I'm not sure we're at that point right now." Mrs. Crocker says she is dedicated to the people and will- ing to listen to their concerns. "i don't have all the answers, but I will vote to do what is in the best interest of the citizens of Hogansville," she said. A native of Thomaston, Alabama, Mrs. Crocker resides at 801 East Main Street. She taught in the Hogansville schools for 29 years before retiring. Her late husband, Eugene Crocker, was Superintendent of the Hogansville School system until his retirement in 1988. Her three children, Carol Stanley, Carla Hale, and Thomas Crocker are all educators. "Education just runs in the family. I have a son-in-law and daughter-in-law who are also in the education field," said Mrs. Crocker. "Since I've retired, I have the time and energy to do a good job," said Crocker. "I'll have an open door policy and will respond to all concerns of the city." In addition to tending to her yard, Mrs. Crocker also volun- teers at West Georgia Health Care systems, Hogansville Elementary School, the Hogansville Senior Citizens Center, and serves on the Hogansville Housing Authority Board. She is a member of Highland Baptist Church, where she sings in the adult choir, teaches pre-school Sunday School, is active in Women on Missions, and is on the social committee. She also stays busy with her five grand- children. When asked about the rea- sons she chose to run for city council, Mrs. Crocker smiled and said, "It's time for me to give something back to a great town that has done so much for me." Sybil Maxwell Seeks Post 3 Sybil Maxwell is" a Hogansville native that has lived in Hogansville most of her 47 years. She is the youngest daughter of the late Gordon and Mozelle Cook. Maxwell is the parent of three, the youngest of whom, Amanda, still resides,at .... home. : i? ........ t Maxwell has been employed with the Eckerd Drug Distribution Center for 18 years. She is a member of Highland Baptist Church, where she is active in Sunday School as a teacher in the chil- dren's department, a member of the choir and the WMU. Maxwell was involved with the Hummingbird Festival as one of the organizers. "It was the love for my town that caused me to get involved with the fes- tival," stated Maxwell. "I want- ed to do something that would bring people to Hogansville and see what a nice little town we have." "My care and concern for Hogansville is the reason I am seeking the office of City Council. I want to see Hogansville maintain its charm, but also realize there must be a certain amount of growth." Maxwell maintains that she is just an ordinary person with extraordinary determination. Her goal is to think positive and be focused to move forward for the future. i Tony Willlamson Seeks Post 3 Tony Williamson has served on the Hogansville City Council since 1983. He is a life-long res- ident of Hogansville and a grad- uate of Hogansville High School. Williamson was employed by Uniroyal in Hogansville for 15 years, and now works for Arrow Industries in LaGrange. His wife, Susan, is also a life- long resident of Hogansville and is employed by Inflation Systems, Inc. in LaGrange. They have two daughters, Laurie Williamson and Kristy Johnson, both of Hogansville. Laurie Williamson and Kristy Johnson are both graduates of Hogansville High School and LaGrange College. The Williamsons have three grand- children, Chris, Kalea and Dylan. "I am very excited about the future," states Williamson. "I look forward to seeing Hogansville continue to grow. My long-term goal as a council- man is to bring in new business and industry, in an effort to lower our millage rate, as well as bring jobs for our citizens." "I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Hogansville for the past 16 years, and would like to continue my service for the next four years." Andy Sharp Seeks Post 4 Andy Sharp has been a res- ident of Hogansville for one and a half years, and a Georgia res- ident for 30 years. He is mar- ried to Angela Sharp and they have two children. The Sharps reside at 608 East Main Street in Hogansville. Thirty-six year old Sharp received his BBA in Accounting from Georgia Southern in 1985. He has 15 years of experience in public and private account- ing and has been a CPA in Georgia since 1987. Sharp cur- rently works as Controller for U.S. Filter with the Surface Preparation Group in Newnan. He serves on his church Finance Committee, is a Committee Chairman for Georgia Society of CPA's and is also a Youth Soccer Coach. Sharp states that as a coun- cilman he will work with city planners and city management on a Master Development Plan for Hogansville to insure qual- ity future growth, appropriate land use and more definitive zoning ordinances. "As a CPA with 15 years of experience, I will see that our tax dollars are used to their max- imum benefits," states Sharp. "I will search for alternative revenue sources and other ways to reduce the property tax bur- den on our residential citizens." Ezra Whitmore Seeks Post 4 Ezra Whitmore and his wife, Odella Stitcher Whitmore, have lived in Hogansville for the past 53 of their 57 years together. They are the parents of four daugh- ters, and have twelve grand- children and three great- grandchildren. They were both originally from Carroll county, and after serving with the U.S. Army, Whitmore began working for Uniroyal in Hogansville. Starting out as a floor sweep- er, Whitmore worked through several job assignments and spent the last 22 years as a shift supervisor before retir- ing in 1985. Whitmore is a member and past treasurer of Highland Baptist Church and a member and past treasurer of Hogansville Masonic Lodge No. 93. He has served on the Troup County Zoning Appeals and Planning board as well as the Hogansville Zoning and Planning board. He present- ly serving as the Board Director, representing the City of Hogansville at the Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Development Center. Whitmore gives shared credit for his accomplish- ments to the members of the city council and mayor, with the assistance of the city manager. "I cannot claim all credit for any single accom- plishment during my of service," "The future growth expansion can be plished in an orderly beneficial manner that be good for the citizens Hogansville," Whitmore. It is his aim the tax base can be incr through planned and cial growth. Wh: would also like to see ad orem taxes reduced as tax base increases. Sheriff's Department Seeks Leads to Auto Theft Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff's Office are ask- ing for leads in a recent vehi- cle theft that occurred during church hours Sunday, October 15 at Callaway Baptist Church on Greenville Road. The vehi- cle is a black, 1999 Chevrolet Z- 71 extended cab K-1500 pickup truck with Georgia Tag 908 GYT and fire department tag on the front. The truck had a chrome ed checked tool box on the re, Also stolen along with the up truck was a new by four ATV which was on back of the truck and items inside the truck ing a Smith and Wesson 38 iber blue steel pistol, a pound bow, a two-way four cell phones. The Hogansville Senior Citizens will participate in the Chili Cook-Off in LaGrange on the square October 30. Piano lessons are still being given at the Senior Center. If interested please call the center. The Thrift Room is open to the public so come by and shop for bargains. Dan-Ric Homes is currently in need i of skilled tradesmen in the followingareas: Concrete Finishing ,Framing Drywall ,Plumbing ,Roofing Stucco ,Footings/Lay out Skilled tradesmen with references apply to: Dan-Ric Homes 89 Durand Road LaGrange, GA 30241 1-800-741-2512 Ext. 210 Sam Mitchell For Experienced advice on all residential mortgage needs, call. 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