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Heritage Day Hils Students -3,4 Yule shoeboxes Have Arri "-stivai irday -3,4 61, NO. 43 The nsville Formerly The Hogansville Herald Sen g the Hogansville.Grant le Area Since 1944 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2004 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO 35 10 PAGES 1 SECTION ,50 and child sustained m when the car Mother, Child Hurt When Car Overturns Highway 100 on Thursday, Oct. 14. According to reports filed at Manchester State Patrol Post 34, As hley Renne Hendrix, 19, of Hogansville and her two-year-old daughter were both injured in the accident but did not require imme- diate medical attention. According to the patrol report, Hendrix was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier west along Highway 100 when she became dis- Hum Bell I tivalExceeds IROOK By C~nt Ctaybo~ 6, of Pine Mountain at the Shoes'and "Ston~ ~ o~ at tracted by her daughter for a momem and the car ran off the north shoulder causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Hendrix took evasive action, but the car continued to go out of con- P/UNT JOB- Dee Sm~ of admires the ble! ing from Joyce Wood. HUSTLE ~i BUSTLE- Eager shoppers and browsers work their way through one of the many vendors at the festival. and Hummingbird Festival were near-ecstatic after an estimated city's streets .during the festival last weekend. was the biggest crowd ever and the turnout many hungry people caused several food yen- out of their offerings on Saturday. Bill a festival co-chairperson, said, "that's ever happened."- Toni Stricklin, one of the festival's major boost- she was really impressed that free concerts HogansviUe Amphitheatre, recently renovat- r by city workers, attracted good crowds. night crowd was a little small, prob- of the cold weather and Friday night trol and left the north shoulder and began to roll over. The car struck a tree before coming to a stop. According to the report, the car sustained extCnMve damage. Won't Prosecution By CUNT CLAYBROOK Three of Hogansville's city employees who were fired Oct. 5 as the restdt of an internal and a GBI ~es- tigation won't be pro~, city officials have been toM. The probe fou_odthat they hadn't paid their utility bills in at least five months and tl-~t one of the employees bad also helpe~l S~~a~ some of the employees' fam- fly members also hadn't been paying, Jordan said. He said he the ~ was discovered after'an anony- mous tip," then ~ conducted an internal audit and turned ~he investigation Over to the Georgia Bureau of ~vestigation. THE GBI'S investigation was wrapped up earlier this week, the first offi- during that time Among the three, utility bills totaling some $12,000 had not been paid over that time period, City Manager Randy Jordan said. JORDAN SAID on Monday that a GBI investi- gation into those" allegations has been wrapped up and the evidence District Scandalakis. issue. Sanders had worked for the city for about six years, Jordan said; Pike had been on the payroll two years and Vidal a little over a year, the city map~ger sakl. Jordan said the three employees and the family members of at Mast one of the three "weren't paying utiliW bills and Janice putting them on the cut-off list," which is what's "But the district attorney supposed to happen anytime did not want to prosecute," Jordan told the Home News. 'q'he only recourse we have now is to try to collect" from the former employees and others who hadn't pay~ their utility bills in months, he said. The dismissed ~mployees were: Janice Sanders, a utilJ ity billing clerk; Amy Pike, the city's customer service representative; and Joe Vidal, a water plant operator. "The crux of the matter is that (the three) didn't pay their own utility bills" and a utility customer's bilI is 30 days late being paid. AFTER the scare was dis- covered, nine people in Hogansville who supposedly benefitted from not having to pay their utility bills had that service cut off. As of Monday, four. of them had their service restored after paying about $5,500 total on the over-due bills. The other five won't get their service restored until they ante up, Jordan said. n 'Emotlo al, Moving Works' 97 Students EnterAmmal Art tion BY ~ OLAYm~OOK Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Hummingbird Festival-goes got to see a good sampling of the artistic talents of Troup County high-and-middle school students over last weekend. There were nearly 100 entrants, 97 to be exact, said Betty Dickerson of Hogansville, who was coordinator of the second annual Art Competition. Only two of the couaty's schools weren'trepresented, she said. There were a variety of mediums in which the ~ts c~to show off their ~ts, including, pencil, pen and ink, colored pen- c acry~ and metal "There were emotional, moving works" of Art who is also a former chairperson of ~Oglethorpe. Museum of Art, Dickerson Sara Austin, an eighth-grader at West Side Magnet School, was first-prize winner in the middle school group, with her "Self Portrait," done in pencil. Cora Brown, a nintlvgrader at LaGrange High School won for her drawing, evc~~ FINE ART - Betty Dickerson shows off some of the fine art work submitted by 97 Troup County students. "Damaged," a work in pencil that won her - as did Austin's offering - a $100 prize and a blue ribbon. Sara said she hadn't won for ~ art work and the daughter of Hogansvtlle. "Metallic Shp__R~s" won a award for Ashley at Callaway Middle School Becevra,won second place Day" mixed-media offering. He's a ninth- grader, also at Callaway. She's of Hecter ~ otnt c~e~x~ TOP WINNER - Hummingbird ~tition coordinator Betty .D.ickerson pr~. nts Sara A~, an eighth-grader at West Side Magnet School. 'Self Portraif was the top winner among middle school students. cash some $25,000 from the city, the four grants it made possible, with a $10,000 contribution from John Hardy that $834,000 was made possible, he said. 'Thanks to the Hummingbird Festival, gets a lot of bang for its buck. It pro- of leverage and we couldn~ be happier." - Saturday night, said- wonderful weat~ er, wonderfulcrowds vendors." he added~ ...... , Councilman Jack Leidner said the festival probably pump another $12,000 in to the Historic Trust coffers, which has been recent years to provide matching funds for renovated the old Royal Theater, home to City Hall and for the Hogansville Project, which funded renovation of the the addition of new streetlights improvements. improvements are coming under ~ II Streetscape project, including a new 5,000 foot Highway 29 and addition of new street there. "It was a great weekend,~ Liedner said. ; including the vendors seemed to do well we made a lot of money for the HogansviUe Trust. Even with a moderately successful festival next the Hummingbird Festival has -because it's made possible - brought some $834,000 the city'sinfra- Fixed City Worlkers