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Educators .q" Amazing Finds i': "- ssifieds > ~ " -5-7,4 PRSRT STD he S, POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVlLLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 ~[ Formerly TI~ Hogan sville Herald the_ Hogansville-Gran Area Since 1944 Council Fed Up With Loud Tractor Trailers II mom r , ] ~ with Mayor Wilson St. Clair - and ]~ other residents- are fed up with I tor-trailer rigs roaring through [ ;~city, polluting the air and the ears. they're ready to try, one more to do something about it - even the state Department of ~[ ~portation has refused to lend a I !~g hand. That's after several complaints from city officials that they suspect the big rigs are barrelling along city streets because they're overloaded and are dodging the weigh stations near LaGrange. Mayor Wilson St. Clair, fueled by a letter in local newspapers from a Hogansville resident, suggested at a Monday night City Council meeting that residents ought to join hands, put togeth- er a petition, and carry the new round of complaints to other federal and state authorities. Previous attempts to get the state to set up portable scales near downtown have been ignored, "they are aware of (the problem) they just won't do~any- thing about it," was the consensus at the City Council meeting. Councilman CharLie E Martin said, "I see many logging trucks" traveling city streets. Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier said, "If they'd put a muffler on their trucks that'd make it a little more bearable." "It makes no sense for the legal (trucks) to go through the weigh stations and the illegal (overweight) ones to come through Hogansville," the mayor said. "I'm sure we'll get some help" from newly elected state Sen. Mit~h SeabaugIL the mayor added. "He seems absolutely right that all these trucks that come through Hogansville... there's something wrong or they'd go though the weigh stations and the state knows that," St. Clair said, responding to a letter-writer.. St. Clair President: I I i!~Orcje Bush (R) 14,180 I t~.v~m) 7~s (R) 9,634 Senate !29 r .ro.n 6,810 l ~ Tmn~ (D) 17,~1 / ~~(R) 4~as commi S. Wood (R) 14,484 / 6,831 Appeals Court 7,605 THANKING THE HEROES - The Student Council at Hcx:jansviIIe Elementary School coordinated a "Care Bag Drive for Veterans." The drive was conducted in honor of Veterans Day. The care bags were filled with goodies and necess~des for heroes in our local area Veterans Hospitals. Students donated items to go in the bags and they were delivered to veterans who are in the hospitals for an extended stay. Cards were made by student council members thanking the veterans for their service to our country. Back row (L-R): Jessica Prophitt, Kalea Johnson, Raechel Pike, Ashleigh Crowder, and Danielle Bonner. Front row (L-R): Audrey Barrett, Kallie Montgomery and Luke Burruss. City Recovers $12,000 in Missing Fees By CUNT CLAYBROOK Questions have been resolved about three city employees who were fired recently by City Manager Randy Jordan. They and some of their family members allegedly ripped off the City Utility Department for sever- al thousand dollars over recent months. "All of them have made full restitution" of some $12,000 in util- ity services that the former employees and about six family members of at least one of them received during the period in ques- tion, according to Jordan. "It's over," he said of the ques- tion over whether any of them would be prosecuted. Asked how the city managed to recoup all the money alleged owed in connection with the scam, Jordan noted, "When you turn their lights off, people manage to come up with the money." The flap began a Little over a month ago when, acting on an anonymous tip, Jordan found thou- sands of dollars in uncollected util- ity bills owed by Janice Sanders, a utility billing clerk, Amy Pike, the city's customer service represen- tative and Joe Vidal, a water plant operator and the family members of at least one of the employees, he said. On October 5, all three were fired and new employees have recently taken over their posts. Jordan's initial reaction, from discussions with a GBI agent that did the initial investigation for that agency, was that no criminal charges would be filed.. But last week, District A~ Pete Skandalakis that the initial GBI investigation was only prelim- inary "based on what was orally told a GBI agent and "at that time there did not appear to be a criminal case." Utility Projects Begin At Last By CUNT CLAYBROOK Two major utility improvement proj- ects are underway or about to start in HogansviUe that should eventually save hundreds of thtmsands of dollars. gasto the city's residents and addition of anoth- er approximately seven miles of gas lines. The new lines will serve three new subdivisions currently under develop- merit where some houses are already occupied and several are almost ready for occupancy. The new areas to be served are Mallard's Lake Subdivision, The Villages of Huntcliff and Shallow Creek, which when built out in their early phases will bring an extra 800 new homes on line. There are already some new homes sold and occupied in Shallow Creek, on Highway 29 South and some already sold and almost ready for occupancy at Mallard's Lake. There are three or four new houses ready at The Villages of Huntcliff, which iSalso on Highway 29, not far from the shopping mall that is home to Piggly Wiggly and other shops. , Workmen were on the job at all three this week, installing telephone and Cable TV service. The gas line replacement project was made necessary because it was decaying in several places and the PubLic Service Commission, under a consent degree with the city ordered that work done. That work got under way this week and will require the installation of about 22 miles of gas lines in the city and out to Interstate 85, Gerald Atkinson, who is See PROJECTS, Page 2A i,i i! if!~ i!!i~i iiii !, ,i ii / allaway Beats Manchester Second VlCwtOry in a Row The Callaway High Cavaliers aade it two in a row last Thursday Mth a 33- 26 win over Manchester. The Blue Devils played a hard Ought game against Callaway but ~st by a touchdown at Callaway ~adium in LaGrange. The game marks the end of the v'.~s.son for Callaway, whose only ~her win came against Crawford P.mmty the previous week ~theCallaway drew first blood on uarter keeper with 4:18 to go first quarter.The extra point good, making the score 7-0. Manchester's Kadaffn Smith tercepted a Cavalier pass and [tan 47 yards to score for the Blue bevils at 11:46 in the second quar- t the s~re 7-7. The Cavaliers scored again at 4:05 in the second quarter on a 10 yard run. The extra point attempt was no good. Callaway took the lead again, 13-7. The Cavaliers struck again just before the half with just :56 to go in the second quarter. The point after attempt was no good, making the score at halftime 19- 7. Manchester recovered a fum- ble caused by Satch McInvale on the 15 yard line. Hobbs connect- ed to Hunt on a pass into the end- zone at 8:29 to go in the third quar- ter. The extra point was no good bringing the Blue Devils to with- in six, making the score 19-13. 3:36 to go in the third on a 5 yard run by the quarterback. The two point conversion was no good, increasing the Cavalier lead to 26-13. The Blue Devils' Adrian Jackson broke a 23 yard run into the endzone with 2:47 to go in the third quarter. The point after was good, making the score 26-20. Manchester scored for the final time of the night when Hobbs found Chris Kendrick in the end- zone for a 31 yard touchdown pass at 5.'39 to go in the fourth quarter. The extra point was no good, making the score 26-26. Callaway scored on a one yard jaunt with 2.'34 to go in the game. The extra point was no good_, mak- ing the final score 33- 26. PENT,UP E~HUSIASM ' Callaway fans, hanging in through a long and di ~, were~nally able to yell their heads out Thursday as the Cavaliers grabbed their second win in a row.