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@ The "1 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-Grantville Area Since 1944 ..... PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 59, NO. 44 HOGANSVII I I=, GEORGIA-THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2002 10 PAGES • 1 SECTION • 50€ " i OF DOUGH - To be exact, it is 1 695 that was found in a 2000 Ford last Wednesday. Officers initially the vehicle for improper tag. Cops Seize Half Million Bucks in Traffic Stop Police said Ramirez had a Spradlin said that was all it took, will get 20 percent. By BRYAN GETER A Texas woman and her 20 year old son were released by the HogansviUe Police after the fed- eral Drug Enforcement Administration questioned the lady last Wednesday on 1-85 at the Hogansville exit. Maria D. Ramirez, 42, of Roma, Texas was stopped by police and issued a warning cita- tion for an improper tag. Mexican driving license and was driving a vehicle which a valid Texas license plate but the stick- er was where it couldn't be seen by the police. After the stopped, police noticed duffel bags on the back seat of the truck and money bound with rubber bands in the bags. A K-9 from Troup County Sheriffs Department was called upon and the dog'it" on the truck. Hogansville Police Chief Guy a "hit" by the canine for them to seized the money. Police seized $641,695 in cash and a 2000 Ford-150 pickup truck. Councilman Charlie Frank Martin said he has been in Hogansville for 40 years and this is the largest seizure of money tbds city has ever seen. The money and truck were turned over to the DEA to do the paperwork and then the city should get 80 percent and the DEA The money must be spent within the police department to combat drugs. Spradlin sadd he would like to thank the mayor and council for backing up and supporting his department as it combat drugs in Hogansville. "This police department is willing to go the extra mile," Spradlin said, "to make this com- munity safe and get drugs out of town." Cou_rtoom Jailed Filled With BRYAN GETER A Luthersville man was by the Meriwether Sherifffs Department Saturday morning for robbing the Shell 1 85 and Highway 54 )revious week. A witness picked Roy Stallman out of a photo handled by MC James Drake and ;ville Police Dunklee. Hogansville Investigator Lattimor sfii'fie  did a line-up on after bringing back Hogansville's Police Saturday and victim picked Stallman of the lineup. After reading Stallman miranda warning and him, he was under an arrest for robbery and trans- to the Troup jail. Only $43.73 was taken. • Set i BRYAN GETER The third annual Lone  Fair willbe held Saturday at the old Store Flea Market beginning at 9 p.m. The festival is sponsored the Allen-Lee Memorial This year's festival will more art and craft There will be games for children, fried pies, goods, fried green jams and jellies, along with f'm- barbecue, ues and much more. For more information (770) 927- or Louise Nelson at 637-46O8. ROB RICHARDSON Sad Tales r ay arym G==€ THE BIG DAY IS HERE - Halloween-appreciative residents have begun to decorate their homes and yards throughout Hogansville. AlthojJgh a spate of church-spon- sored activities and other events may have diminished the number of trick-or-treaters somewhat, plenty of folks still celebrate Oct. 31 big time. Nationally, more money is spent on Halloween than any other holiday except Christmas. Top photo: This par- ticular home on Askew Avenue is really scar,/. Bottom photo: Janet Geter admires the "halloween tree" that stands on the front porch of the Victoria Belle located on Main Street. By VAUNDA IVERY Judge Robert Whatley disposed of a large number of court cases in Hogansville Recorders Court Oct. 10th. Charges ranged from dis- regarding a stop sign to theft by shoplifting. with speeding 90/70 and failed to appear. =Jammie Lynn Acred was charged with speeding 86/70 and FTA. Her license was sus- pended. • Janice Adams was fined $15.00 for seatbelt violation. • Kevin W. Addison was also fined $15.00 for seatbelt violation. • Donna M. Arrington, who was charged with two counts of seatbelt violation, was fined $30.00. • Lesley A. Arrington was charged with seatbelt viola- tion/Fq'A and fined $15.00. She was also charged with no proof of insurance and fined $38.00 and fined $145,00 for failure to appear. • Edgar H. Barber was fined $76.50 for disregarding a stop sign. • Paul Thomas Barber was fined $76.50 for disre- garding a stop sign. • David Anthony Askew was charged with seatbelt violation and fined $15.00. • Willie James Barnes was found guilty of speeding86/70 and fined $115.00. • Jennifer Blair Barnhart was fined $115.00 for speed- ing 89/70. • Otis Craig Benefield was charged with headlight requirement and failed to appear. • Michael Anthony Boswell was found guilty of operating a vehicle without a valid tag and fined $76.50. • Dorothy C. Bowen was fined $15.00 for seatbelt vio- lation. • Florence Boyd was charged with refuse ordi- nance, vehicle and fined $59.25. • Horace Donald Brannon was charged with no proof of insurance and failed to appear. ..... 'James Edward B was charged with no proof of insurance. A bench warrant was issued. • Jennifer Michelle Brewer was charged with speeding 96/70. The case was continued to Nov. 14. • Anita Laverne Brown was fined $675.00 for speed- ing 104/70. • Jason Bernard Brown was charged with impeding the flow of traffic and failure to appear. His license was suspended. • Jermany R. Brown was fined $15.00 for seatbelt vio- lation. • Joshua Shane Brown was fined $15.00 for seatbelt violation. • Lizzie Louise Burson was fined $76.50 for failure to stop at a stop sign. • Donna Lowry Butcher was charged with speeding 48/35 and fined $123.15. • Willie B. Cameron was charged with tag light requirement and fined $59.25. • Matthew Charles Carroll was charged with speeding 88/70, no proof of insurance and driving while his license was suspended. A bench warrant was issued. • Brandon Chae Cavender was charged with driving too fast for conditions and fined $0040.00. • Christopher Brett Chapman was fined $76.50 for failure to signal when See COURT, Page 2A West Central Georgia Jobless Rate Improving West Central Georgia's rate continues to steadily, especially County. According to figures just by the Georgia of Labor, the p-Meriwether- ;howed an ver- percent down from and S.1 inJuly. The region is in better than it was a year ago, averaged a 5.3 per- cent unemployment rate in September of 2001. The area actually sur- passed the statewide unem- ployment average, which was 4.8 percent in September, up from the 4.7 recorded for August. The state rate was 4.2 in September of 2001. Jobless rates improved in Talbot and Troup. In Meriwether and Hs, the rates wbrsened slightly. State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond credits job growth statewide. "Georgia has added new jobs in seven out of the past eight months," said Thurmond. "Combined with job gains of 4,200 in August, the state hasseenthe additionof 10,800 jobs in the last two months," Thurmond noted. *Troup declined to a 5.1 percent rate in September from a 5.2 rate in August. In September of 2001, Troup had a 5.2 rate. *The lowest rate of the four local counties during August was the 2.8 per cent recorded in Harris, up from the 2.4 in Harris' revised August figures. A year ago, Harris had a 2.8 jobless rate. *Meriwether took a turn in the wrong direction, with a 6.6 for September, com- pared to 6.3 percent in August. In September of last year, the jobless rate for Meriwether was 6.4 per cent. * Talbot dropped all the way down to a 4.1 per cent rate in Se!gembe a dramat- ic impro,ement over the revised August rateof 5.4 per- cent. Talbot showed a spec- tacular improvement over a year ago: in September of 2001, Talbot had a 7.1 per- cent unemployment rate. *The Chattahoochee- Flint region, which includes Meriwether, Troup, Carroll, Coweta and Heard, had a 4.9 rate for September, com- pared to a 4.8 percent rate in August. In September of 2001 it was also 4.8 percent. *The Lower Chattahoochee district, which includes Harris, Talbot and six other counties, stayed unchanged at 4.9 jobless rate for September and August. In September of 2001 the district's rate was 5.1 percent.