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There's Nothing Like A Good Birthday ~ ~ ~ ~, . + . m What Should Our Youngsters .’,="? The II Formerly The Hogansville Herald Love a Fair... SeraAng the HogansviUe-Grant le Area Since 1944 )ak PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID + HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 t ~ 61, NO. 46 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA-THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2004 12 PAGES • 1 SECTION • 1 INSERT.50’ [Pall Festival Will Honor 'Mr. V.R.'s Chicken- Que' ~~ Chicken-Que with Brad Stephens, "Brad has already agreed to do I climb, giant slide, walk, a a moon a l-- ]fOUNT Ct.AYBROOK who is his grandson," Striblin said. this again next year. We hope to see • ~anization's biggest • ~ the year, ~icallyhelp- I ~derab.le. money to help • ~rt school activities. - - ~, organizers have decid- | ~t into a tribute to a former [ ~ime Hogansville teacher, ] ~)n'blin, whois help- [ [Igstagethis year's event. | ~ival will be ts aged at the [ [qlool on Sunday, Nov 13. Bungee Run, a Trackless Train and other activities on the school grounds. A feature of the festival will be a "Chicken-Que" in honor of V. R. Stephens, a former shop teacher at Hogansville High School who staged his own first Chicken-Que in 1962 used the proceeds from his events for materials for the school's shop where students learned vocational skills. Stephens also owned a feed and seed store on College Street. He retired in 1977 after 20 years as the school's agriculture teacher. "We're reviving Mr. Stephens' The younger Stephens still lives in Hogansville and works for Diversified Power. "We hope to make the Chicken- Que more of a community event," said Striblin, who heads the city's Cultural Arts Committee. "We're even using the grates that Mr. V.R. used." "Mr. V. R. stated his Chicken-Que with 500 chickens. We're starting with 200 and will be serving in the cafete- ria, or people can picked up their plates there 'to go.'" "We'll start cooking at 6 o'clock Saturday morning." it become an annual event." Brad will be using his grandfa- ther's recipe, festival sponsors noted. V. R. Stephens was widely known throughout Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame. An Air Force veteran who served during World War II, he died in 2000 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame a year later. His widow, Helen, survives and is still active in her church and as a community volunteer. BELOVED- V.R. Stephens' memory and chicken-que will live on this weekend. I . ezoning: I old 1 eady to [lid earlier this week that believes all of the [~B~ed documentation of plans for two large ~l'acts of land in laogansville that he wants ~ned have been submit- [ [kdto city officials and that ~ring on that proposal ~xt Proceed as scheduled week. L Arnold told the Home ~ews on Tuesday that he ~ad been extra careful to l~ace sure that several sets pf plans for the tracts, _[tOtaling some 271 acres tgnH~ere submitted in time for last night's Planing and ing Commission meet- is proposal almost t left off the agenda for [that meeting, but every- thing was back on track by late Tuesday, the some- times controversial devel- trper said. If the planning panel ~cted on the proposal as ~aticipated last night, that ~ets the stage for what will IProbably be a lively public hearing for Monday, Nov. 15 at 6;30 p.m. at the City Council chambers in City 8aU. I A rnold wants 227 acres L A~Ot.O, Page + Officials ! °, • Tables On lt-ucks fly cant ct~m~ CHECKING 'EM OUT - Sgt. Ricky Morris with the state Department of Motor Vehicle Safety checks out a line of big trucks headed for downtown Hogansville earlier this week. He wasacting in part in response to complaints that big rig trucks are using Hogansville's streets as a way to get around a weigh station at LaGrange. State Inspectors Helping Ease Noise Problem in Hogansville By CUNT CLAYBROOK through the very heart of downtown. He, like some the city council may have ~_e- ceeded in making their anger over the roar of big tractor- Wailer rigs heard well beyond the city limits. There have been opera- tions by agents of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety here in recent days - some packing portable scales aimed at "encouraging" some big rig drivers to look for ways around downtown HogansviUe. On Monday, for instance, Sgt. Ricky Morris, who works for the DMV Regional Office in LaGrange had three trac- tor-trailer rigs pulled over at the same time on Highway 54 - aka Main Street - ~ear the Ingles Super Market about mid-morning. The drivers were climb- ing.out of their tractdi-s, some with log books and all with driver's licermes in hand. Morris was checking weights and log books as well as eye-bailing the big trucks and asking the drive~s where they were headed west members apparently had a sneaking suspicion that some of the trucks were over- weight and using HogansviJle as an "escape route" around the new southbound weigh station on Interstate 85 near LaGrange. About two weeks ago, Mayor Wilson St. Clair and several City Council mem- bers, prompted by a letter from a Hogansville resident, served notice that they were going to contact State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh and other state officials in another of their on-going efforts to shut down some of the truck traf- fic through the downtown shopping area here. Apparently their voices were heard this time. "My captain wants me to spend some time just about every day up here" for a while, Morris said. "I think I just convinced three (truck drivers) not to be going through town any- TRUCKERS, Page + [Hogansville Veterans Day Celebration Set for 11 This Morning By CUNT CLAYBROOK Hogansville's Veterans Day cel- ebration was scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning at the pavilion at Calvin ttipp'Veterans Memorial Park. I- Tommy Thrower, widely known I-Iagansville resident who has been active in all the veterans' organiza- tions in the area - including efforts help raise funds for the Troup County +Veterans Memorial that is planned for I.,aGrange - will be the keynote speaker. The timing of ceremony is not incidental: the "Eleventh hour of the llth day of the 11th month" was the time of the signing of the armistice that marked the end of World War I, which was known as "The war to end all wars," but obviously didn't. Armistice Day was created as a national holiday in the U.S. in 1938 and the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all of those who had served in the nation's wars. Ceremonies are held each year at the Tombs of the Unknowns ha Arlington, Va., London and in Paris. Activities today in Hogansville were to include a salute to all major branches of the Armed Forces of the U.S., a medley of patriotic songs, posting of the col- ors by the HogansviUe Police Department's Honor Guard, the Laying of a wreath at the veteran's monument in the park, the playing of "Taps," along with the singing of the National Anthem and "God Bless America." Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served by the Hogansville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary at Community Bank and Trust. The community room at the bank was to be decorated with mem- orabilia from past decades that a spokesman said ought to provide an interesting look back, especially for the young. BUSY - ToniStriblin is look- ing for floats and partici- pants for the Christmas parade. Plans Well Underway for City's Christmas Parade By CUNT CLAYBROOK t , Orgardzers are getting ready for the annual Hogansville Christmas Parade, and are encouraging those who want to participate to sign up early.. "We're looking for as many peo- ple and floats as we can get," said Toni Striblin, one of the organizers. The organizers hope to top last year's parade, which had only about seven floats. ., "People can dress in period cos- tumes, and we're looking for bands, antique cars and other entries," Striblin said. The Callaway High School Marching Band is already commit- ted, she said. "We know we're going to have entries from Highland Baptist People, churches and other organ- izations wishing to enter a float, prancing horses, dancers or other characters in the parade need to pick up a Christmas Parade Application and return it by Tuesday, Nov. 30, Striblin said. Organizers are asking for a $5 entry fee, which will be used to help out with office expenses. Applications are available at Church, First United Methodist, Van's. Roger's Bar-B-Que Restaurant, Hardware, Roger's Bar-B-Que and Clemons and Co. Used Books and at others." the Video Store, she said. The parade will take place on Dec. 4, beginning at Hogansville Elementary School at 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas in Hometown Hogansvflle." ' The parade is sponsored by the Hogansville Cultural Arts Society. For more information: Call Striblin at 607-637-4959 and leave your names, address and phone num- ber so she can send you an applica- tion. t