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Skills of Past Are Still Altve -3A Ha Tfi, .They Did ss Correctly -6A n The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Senfing the HogansviUe-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 48 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2003 10 PAGES . 1 SECTION ,50 and CLINT CLAYBROOK Some married couples and become friends; split and seem to want 1 each other. It was apparently the lat- case for a Hogansville le whose alleged dis- ;ment last week ended recorded in a Hogansville report. On Nov. 21, Felica )reno told police that her Fernando Moreno, whom she is separated, to her residence at 7A Homes wtaile she was work and "cut up some of clothes, burned up some )hs and wrote pro- r on the screen door and picture frames in the She added that her hus- ld had come to her work in the day and ed her in the face," : to the report. for her husband that incident, Felica told Hoganville In an unrelated incident, Lee Dukes Jr., 37, of Hammett Road told :on Nov. 18, Lesslie Roberts, of 111 Green had "struck Duke's that was at a gas pump at the Stop on Highway 29." Dukes went on to say that had asked him "not call the police while was in an intoxi- condition," according police report. Dukes ignored the called the cops and and driving under influence, according to report. din is the most com- city name in the Inited States, and is the most com- county name. Yes, ia has one of each. were -held dor NancyLanders 94. She lived in before moving Pine Hill, AI. Deaths, 6A By Clint Claybrook INTENT -Eager participants awaiting the start of the Hogahsville Optimist Club's annual turkey shoot. Having a Blast Annual Turkey Shoot Provides Fun, Raises Funds men - he shall remain nameless here - By CLINT CLAYBROOK You know the story: At the "First Thanksgiving" ye olde Pilgrims went out with their blunderbusses and killed a fatted turkey or two and they and the Native Americans cooked up a lit- tle cornbread dressing, complete with cranberry sauce and they all sat down together for a feast. Well, maybe that's not quite how the story went, but you get the point .... Anyhoo... On Saturday, Nov. 23, Angie Mask, from Coweta County, taught "the boys" in Hogansville a thing or two about how to use their modern-day shootin' irons: She " copped the top prize, a Winchester shot- gun, at the Hogansville Optimist Club's annual Tarkey Shoot. Nah, you say, can't be. Can, too: She out-shot all the guys in the shoot-off for the shotgun, but had to go to overtime to do it: She and one of the were the last two left standing after results of the 23 contestants in the first round of the shoot-off were checked. Mask also went home with a ham and three pork loins, which she won during the "regular" $3-a-shot competition. Taylor Boyer, one of the youngest shooters, also took home meat for the Thanksgiving table. Shotgunners paid $10 to participate in the competition for the shotgun. Frances Robinson, who helped other Optimist Club members conduct the shoot, said it was a highly successful undertak- ing, and raised considerable money for the club's Empty Stocking Fund and other club projects. Winners of the various "flights" of shoOt- ers won either a ham, pork loin or turkey. And those had to be better than what the Pilgrims brought home: It was paper "targets the shooters in Hogansxille were zeroing in on, not the birds themselves, so there won't be any birdshot in the Hogansville turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. Manager For City? Not Y00.,t Appointment Looks Unlikely Until After First of the Year By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville: has been without a city manager now for some two months. And it will apparently be after the first of the year before the city moves to name a successor to former City Manager David Aldrich. Mayor Wilson St. Clair told The Hogansville Home News on Monday night that the city will begin advertis- ing, possibiliy as early as December, but that it could be as late as January when the job opening is posted in "But it will be after the first of the year before anybody is hired," the mayor said. St. Clair explained that he will attempt to get an adver- tisement out to the designat- ed publication "maybe some time this week" in order to make the December dead- line. "But if not, we'll definite- ly get it in by January." WHENEVER the adver- tisement begins running, the council will give applicants a month from the publication date to get their apphcatmns, and perhaps, their resumes, in to the city, the mayor said. Aldrich i'esigned - in October. He said he was quitting to consider other options, but the fact was that he was fatigued by on-going bicker- ing within the City Council over ethics, utility deposits and nagging questions about expenditures by some coun- cil members while on city- related trips. Questions over utility bills and how to finance expansions of the utility sys- tem were also on-going. A FEW MONTHs earlier, he had survived an effort by three members of the coun- cil to fire him: Jimmy Jackson, Bobby Joe Frazier and Charlie Martin had voted to oust Aldrich, while Jean Crocker and Jack Leidner voted against the proposal. Quick to Offer Praise The mayor, used his veto power to block Aldrich's removal. Aldrich was earning s6me $69,000 a year, and said he had no job prospects at the time of his resignation. City leaders gave him good marks for his financial expertise: The city's general fund budget had gone from $600,000 in the red to almost $400,000 to the good under Aldrich's five-year steward- ship'. "He made a million-dol- lar turn around in five years," the mayor said. 4 EVEN SO, Hogansville is still struggling to deal with a long-term $8 million bond issue which was used to repair and upgrade the city's water and sewer system. That apparently will be the major issue for Aldrich's successor, along with trying to maintain harmony among City Council members. If the mayor's plan holds, it will be after City Cuncilman-elect Thomas Pike takes Jackson's Post 5 council seat that the city gets down to seriously looking for Aldrich's successor. Pike defeated Jackson in the Nov. 4 city election; Leidne/" and Crocker both won new terms in that elec- tion. - first row from left: Optimist Youth Appreciation Week Chairman Cook III, Julie Bruce, Mandi Strickland, Katherine Aul and Ashley Nichole Smith. row: Joseph Knight, Wesley Woodyard Jr., Dustin Mathias kuebbers and lristopher Jerome Boiling. Club Honors Young Achievers Since 1957, Optimist International Clubs have rec- ognized youth for their tal- ents in the arts, athletics, aca- demics, and for contributions to the community. Youth Appreciation Week, held in Nocember of each year, provides the per- fect opportunity for clubs to recognize youth in the vari- ous communities. This is one of the most popular programs of Optimist International with more than 2,000 clubs partic- ipating each year. The Optimist Club of LaGrange recognized some outstanding young people from four major high schools: Callaway High School, LaGrange Academy, LaGrange High School, and Troup County Comprehen- sive High School. These young people were selected by their respective schools based on character, academic performances, par- ticipation in schoolactivities and community involvement. The youth recognized, and presented framed cer- tificates during the luncheon on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Taste of Lemon Restaurant wdre Julie Bruce and Joseph Knight from Callaway High School; Katherine Lee Aul and Dustin Mathias Luebbers from LaGrange Academy; Mandi Stricldand and Wesley Woodyard Jr.from LaGrange High School; and Ashley Nichole Smith and Christopher Jerome Boiling from Troup High School. Other special guests included the students" par- ents or family members and repre.sentatives from the var- See ACHIEVERS, Page 2A