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What Got Left Behind? -5,4 ng Program Good Start -lOA I Th II Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO, 35 VOL. 60, NO. 45 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2003 10 PAGES 1 SECTION "50 Cr,acker, Pike, I00idner W'm Two of Three Council Incumbents Re-elected By CLINT CLAYBROOK Two incumbent Hogansville City Council members won re:election Tuesday while one of the three incumbents seeking new terms fell to a former City Council and Troup County Commission mem- ber. Thomas Pike defeated Post 5 Incumbent Jimmy Jackson 311 to 266; Pike pre- viously served two terms on the City Council and two on the County Commission some years ago. Pike had 53.9 percent of the votes cast in that race. Jackson was seeking his third term on the council: he received 46.1 percent of the votes cast in the Post 5 races. His defeat means that whites will have regained the council v-hen'the re-eleCted incumbents and Pike take their seats in January. At the moment there are two whites and three blacks on the council; that ratio will be reversed when the newly elected members take office. By Clint Claybrook FULL HOUSE - Several youngsters from Hogansville were enjoying this new play- ground equipment which was recently installed. The youngsters were out and about on Monday aftemoon, enjoying a summer-!ike day even though it is now late fall. IN POST 3, incumbent Jean Crocker won with 303 votes or 52.24 percent of those cast in that race; her closest challenger, Louise Phillips Harden, received 226 votes and Beverly Weeks had 51, according to unofficial results after the votes were counted at the Troup County Courthouse by about 9 p.m. Tuesday. In Post 4, Incumbent Jack Leidner received 254 votes to win with 43.64 percent of the votes in that race, to edge (',ouncil Okays Plans I00'or Mallard Lake By CLINT CLAYBROOK The Hogansville City Council approved prelimi- nary plans for Mallard Lake Subdivision at its Monday night meeting - but with a couple of caveats, which included setting the mini- mum size of homes in the sub- division. Council members had delayed action on those plans at the previous meeting, over concerns about what zoning category the proposed subdi- vision is in. 'hen I first got the plat, it was marked R-3. It was in R-I, but on the plat, the zon- See PLANS, Page 2A F'orlller Principal Bryan Dies at Medical Center Longtime former Hogansville High Principal Wheeler Bryan, 76, of Greenville died Thursday, Oct. 30 at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. He was a retired educa- tor who served as principal of the high school from 1965 to 1977. He retired as principal from Greenville High School in 1982. A funeral service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 2 at Unity Baptist Church in Heard County. Rev. Jonathan Porter and Rev. Bobby Robinson officiated and bur- ial was in the church ceme- tery. Pallbearers were Bill Bryan, Brian Gray, Bob Deel, William Asbury, Henry Byrd, and Clint Wilson. He was born March 7, 1927 in Heard County, son of the late John Lovic and Clara Heard Bryan. An Army vet- eran of World War II, he received his bachelors degree from Georgia Southern College and his masters from Auburn University. REPAIR WORK - Allen Jahn, sans shirt, and Rob Lange, equipment operator, were moving dirt and mak- ing repairs on the sewer system at Huntcliff Subdivision in Hogansville earlier this week. They work for an Acworth firm that was hired by the sole remaining investor in the subdivision, who lives in Colorado. Hogansville Vote Totals Council Post 3 Council Post 4 Council Post 5 JEAN CROCKER handily won over two challengers for Post 3. Theresa Strickland, who had 230 and Randy Harris, a JACK LEIDNER won Post 4 memb#g(,tlleplanning com, i 464 percent of the total. mlsi06 , h6"g6t 9g;tb6s: ........ Leidner is winding up a two-year stint on the council: He was appointed two years ago to serve out a former councilman's term. PIKE'S WIN might have been achieved in part via an intensive telephone cam- paign that was carried out over the weekend during which potential voters were encouraged to cast their bal- lots for Pike, Crocker and Leidner, all of whom are white. Crocker, Weeks and Councihhan Charlie Martin all decried earlier this week the mention of race in con- nection With the H0gansville election; but it is known that the weekend telephone calls were aimed at turning out the THOMAS PIKE claimed Post 5 with 311 votes. white vote. Although some of the candidates did not get a majority of the vote, they still won. According to the City Charter, it only takes a plu- rality, not a majority, to win in the Hogansville city elec- tion. City Ponders Incentives For Subdivision Utilities By CMNT CLAYBROOK The Hogansville City Council is considering whether to give developers of Shallow Creek subdivision an incentive to install at least two natural gas appliances in those new homes which will soon be goingup on Highway 29 near the city's southern border. At least some officials want to offer incentives in the form of reduced or elim- inated "tap fees" for each house in that subdivision in order to encourage a "mix" of electric and gas appliances in those homes. Councilman Jack Leidner said the proposal for a "mix" of electric and gas utilities would give those homeown- ers the 'qaest rates" available to utility customers because of the city's charges for the combination rather than for all-electric homes. THE PROPOSAL would mean that if the developers agree, those homes would likely have gas furnaces and gas - rather than electric - water heaters. Those houses would also have one "stub" where anoth- er gas appliance might be hooked up. Leidner said that the pro- posal is a "win, win, win" one for the developers, the home- owners and for the city. The combination of utili- ties would mean lower main- tenance costs for the city, "better homes" for the home- owners in addition to a reduc- tion of costs of "tap fees" that developers of Shallow Creek will pay. HOMEOWNERS would also get the 'best" utility rates and "more aesthetically pleasing" places to live because there would be no overhead utility lines, Leidner said. Part of the $16,000 that the city has in an account with The Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia could be used to reduce the cost to develop- ers of installing underground utilities in the subdivision, Leidner suggested. Mike Mihalick, a region- al supervisor with the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia - from which HogansviUe buys its natural gas - told council members Monday night that the subdi- See UTILITY, Page 2A