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Bingo Buddies Enjoy Birthday -3,4 RI s! ? :!!,: our Honored | -Year Mark -IOA The nsville Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 ews 60, NO. 47 HOGANSVILLE, GIORGIA - THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2003 10 PAGES 1 SECTION .50 Broken for Police Station ,'mony Launches Work New $360,000 Facility Thomas Pike and Tommy CLINT CLAYBROOK /Council police officers hands on Monday to ground for what could a $360,000 new police uarters. The new facility on Street near the city may cost less, Police Guy Spradlin said the ground-breaking ' late Monday after- The facility will cost some ust to build, accord- to early estimates. ment and furnishing add thousands to that the city's top cop Spradlin had said earlier he wanted the ground- done Monday in ,gnize the efforts the incumbent City which approve d the facility a few weeks with support from Wilson St. Clair. So City C.QU;il members Jackson, Charlie F. Jean Crocker, Bobby d Jack Leidner, with the mayor, police several police offi- all scooped up ceremo- spade-fulls of dirt to ground-breaking. Also recognized were Councilman-elect Thrower, who were on the Hogansville City Council when the site on Lincoln Street was purchased in 1977. Jackson, who lost a close race for his District 5 City Council seat to challenger Pike in the Nov. 4 city elec- tions won't be on the council when the building is com- pleted sometime next year. Council members Hogansville has lost one of its best-liked and most citizens. Bailey, 19, died Sunday. ,Details, Other Deaths, 6A Crocker and Leidner each won re-election to new terms during voting that day. "I want to express my gratitude toward the City Council and the officers who made all " this possible," Spradlin said during the cer- emony. Whatever the cost of the new headquarters, it ought to send a strong message to drug dealers and other traf- fickersin illegal substances, including the "mules" who usually get caught transport- ing drugs since the facility will be built entirely with money seized during drug arrests within, th!ayear, Spradlin assured the iincil in making his original pitch for the building. In the last year alone the city seized $1.3 million in cash and four automobiles in con- nection with drug arrests See GROUND, Page 2A By Clint Claybrook LONG LINE - Current and two former City Council members lined up to turn a little dirt at a ground-breaking ceremo- ny on Lincoln Street on Monday, where the new home of the Hogansville Police Department will be located. City coun- cilwoman Jean Crocker and Police Chief Guy Spradlin anchored the line. Convenience Store, Game Room Approved because council members had con- cerns about whether there was suf- ficientroomfor parking. The Planning Commission final- ly recommended against the pro- posed rezoning, because the owner of the property still wanted to include both a game room and a pool hall. But the City Council approved the rezoning after Councilman Jimmy Jackson said the owners of the prop- erty had arranged for additional park- ing behind the building which will house the Convenience store and game room. No pool room will be permitted, the council noted. The council, on a unanimous vote, By CLINT CLAYBROOK . OK'.d the zoning change from R-2 to C-1, which will clear the way for the A new convenience store may be convenience store that will also in the offing for Hogansville after the include a game room, members decid- City Council on Monday night ed. approved the rezoning necessary to For several weeks, the decision allow for locating the business at 505 was on hold and it eventually was sent West Main Street. back to the Planning Commission 200 Gather To Honor Veterans By CLINT CLAYBROOK Some Hogansville t- erans were pleased that the crowd at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day celebration in their town reportedly drew as many people as did the one in LaGrange. The crowd was estimated by veterans at the Hogansville ceremony at 200, almost exactly the number reported at the LaGrange event. City Councilman Jack #,, By Cllnt Claybrmk Leidner, himself a retire II VETERANS - Some of the World War II veterans who'now live in Hogansville soldier, was the featurei and who were paid special tribute at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Ceremony. speaker in Hogansville. -' Flag Bank, just across the street from Calvin Hipp Park, where the Hogansville ceremony was held served up refreshments to the veter- ans and others in atten- dance. For the first time ever, according to long-time Hogansville resident Frances Robinson- also the local correspondent for The Hoganville Home See VETERANS, Page 2A HONOR GUARD - HogansvUle Police Chief Guy Spradlin, at left, and officers John Starnes, Kenny Knox and Tommy Hatcher made up the Honor Guard. By Clint Claylxook HOSTESSES - Flag Bank employees treat- ed the Veterans Day crowd in Hogansville to refreshments. No Store Penalty, Despite 2nd Alcohol,Sale to Minor By CMNT CLAYBROOK The Piggly Wiggly here on Highway 29 won't be penalized even though the store's second employee this year has been caught selling alcohol to a minor, the Hogansvilie City Council decided at a Monday night meeting. The council agreed to give the store a "pass" even though the city's Alcohol Review Committee had rec- ommended forcing the store to suspend its sale of beer and wine for seven days. That recommendation came after an under-aged undercover agent for the Hogansville Police Department was recently sold a 12-pack of Budweiser Beer by one of the store's cashiers, according to Police Chief Guy Spradlin. IT WAS the second time a cashier had been caught making sales to minors this year. Both of those cashiers have been fired, the store manager told the City Council at recent meeting. The council delayed action on the alcohol com- mittee's recommendation at its Nov. 3 meeting in order to allow more study of the situ- ation. And on Monday night, the council unanimously agreed with Mayor Wilson St. Clair's recommendation that no penalty be imposed on the store's owner or management this time, which came with a warning that future sales to minors will could mean severe penalties. EXACTLY WHAT those penalties will, be is yet unclear: The council instructed the police chief and City Attorney Dan Lee to get together and come up with a suggested suspension policy for dealing with firms and their owners/managers when sales of alcoholic bev- erages to minors are found in Hogansville stores. Lee said Monday nigh that a store's license to sell alcoholic beverages could be revoked for repeated offens- es and fines imposed, but said the penalty for sales to minors can be whatever the City Council feels is appro- priate "as long a it is applied fairly." " Councilman Charlie F. Martin won the original delay See NO PENALTY, Page 2A