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Watching the Cavaliers play! -3A Greenwave alumni win[ 259 Expiration ~ate: FRANK BONNIN SmallTownPapers 5026 CALIFOKNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 16 ********************************* ADC 303 v~ The i i Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE. GA PERMIT NO. 35 I VOL. 66, NO. 43 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 12 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Photo By ANDY KOBER BIG CROWD IN TOWN - The food court at the Hummingbird Festival nearly resembled a Walmart store on a Friday night, C0ol temperatures apparently had little effect on those planning to visit as the festival was crowded on both Saturday and Sunday. The overall number" of visitors was down slightly, but festival committee members report the revenue was nearly the same as last year and a number of vendors have already committed for the 2010 Hummingbird Festival, \:~: .T-.~-jo=-% ....... By ANDY KOBER crowds despite a twist in the cold temperatures and windy events offered by Motherconditions along with rainy The 12th annualNature. and overcast skies on Hogansville Hummingbird Just in time for the festi- Saturday. Festival was visited by large val, Mother Nature broughtBut the impact appeared Photo By ANDY KOBER DISHING UP THE EATS - Chef Sammy Deusch and Pappa Grasso's Italian Bistro pre- pared the succulent dishes served at the Hummingbird Festival Dinner. Hogansville City Council member Jean Crocker had some trouble deciding what food items to get, so Chef Deusch helped her decide. Also shown are Donna Arnold and Elaine Carr. See more photos on pages 9A and 10A. minimal as good crowds attended both days of the Hummingbird Festival. Ralph Lynch, who serves on the festival committee, estimated that about 10,000 people attended the festival over the two-day event. Hogansville City Mana- ger Bill Stankiewicz, whoalso serves on the festival com- mittee, said that while the crowd was less than last year, the amourit of revenue gen- erated was about the same. He added that a number of vendors have already com- mitted to the 2010 festival. THE HUMMINGBIRD Festival committee expand- ed the celebration this year by adding new events. New this year was the very successful Humming- bird G01f Tournament. Rain soaked the Hogans- ville Golf Club on the day of the tournament, but the event went on as planned with 44 golfers participating. The team of "3 Athletes and Kyle"-composed of Kyle Mimbs,.Patrick Strickland, Glenn Strickland and Chuck Strickland - won the inaugu- ral event.. THE ANNUAL Hum- mingbird Festival Dinner" was held Thursday, October See FESTIVAL Page 9A The Hogansville Downtown Ms Boyer promises lots of new sur- Development Authority (DDA) will host prises this year. "It's been totally re- the haunted house again this year at the vamped - no pun intended," she says. Royal Theater. The theater was butt in 1944 and The event was so popular last year operated as a movie theater for many that it's been expanded to two weekends, years before it fell into disrepair. The "This is a really scary haunted building and land were donated to the house," says B.J. Boyer, Chairperson of city in 1981 by Ralph Howard, St., and the Haunted House Committee. J, Ralph Matthews, Sr. "Parents ofchildrenunder 10are strong- Several years later, the city reno- ly cautioned" to tour the theater before vated part of the building and it now deciding if their children should be houses the offices of Hogansville City allowed to enter. Hall. Unsafe Buildings rge ted By ANDY KOBER The Hogansville City Council is considering two ordinances that, if adopted, could have far reaching effects. One ordinance will con- cern unsafe or unfit buildings or structures inside the city. This has been an issue for a number of years but recent- ly gained considerable atten- tion whena photograph of the old laundromat, located on the corner of Granite and Askew, was featured in this newspaper. City officials had report- edly been unable to have cer- tified letters delivered to Sherman Yarbrough, owner of the building and resident of Panama City, Florida. But when the photo appeared in the newspaper, Yarbrough was presemt atLhe ext city council meeting of compl ts and a promise to haverthe old 6uilding brought "up to code" in 90 days. i1,, ,, i i ,, , rl Buildings Under Fire B~g, unfit for hv~an habitation. Buildings h~ v~-hJcb there are ~nsafe or unsanitary cc~ndffions. Vacant , 5~ bu~dJng~ being used for drug-related cringes. THE CITY is currently operating under an old ordi- nance in attempt g to take corrective me rres on some of the buildings in Hogansville. During last Monday's council meeting city attorney Jeff Todd was away with attorney John Taylor serving in the role. As Todd previously noted, Taylor told council members that recent action bythe state legislature gave local gov- ernments considerably more power in dealing with the issues of dwellings unfit for human habitation, commer- cial buildings where the use is not compliant with appli- cable codes, vacant buildings that are being used for drug- related crimes and buildings or unsafe conditions. Taylor noted that some buildings are excluded from the new provisions with one example being buildings nsed for agricultural purposes. PROCEDURF for mak- iqg complaints regarding such buildings werebriefly outlined as was the appeal process, Taylor said that under the new legislation, the city could make repairs or have a build- ing demolished with a lien placed against the property. Underneath those offices, however, the theater itself and the basement remain largely untouched - except around Halloween. Photo By ANDY KOBER "h's big, old, smelly, and falling STILL A STAR- ,Jack Thrower receives his Hogansville apart," says Ms Boyer, noting that it's High School Hall of Fame plaque from Kevin Wegienka, got the perfect atmosphere for a haunt- of United Bank. In the .1940s, Thrower was a star in both ed house. "You probably don't want to track and field and football. He was a member of the be in there alone." Ms Boyer and a cast of other volun- Hogansville team that fell victim toAttapu!gus Thanksgiving teers have been decorating the haunt- cooking. Shown with Thrower are his sons, Mike Thrower (left) and Dr. Ben Wade Thrower (right). See more photos See HAUNTEJ) Page 2.A on page 6A. I |liliiiiiil -, ..... Iiiiilililll i ...... II/111