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like Dogs Still Topic of City Council What A Frenzy Abol -24 Hint: It Involves 'Green' -4A Need to Put Those Hands to Work? -6,7,4 Th "l Formerly The Hogansville Herald Sen00g the Hogansville-Grantv00le Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVlLLE GA PERMIT NO. 35 59, NO. 48 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 2002 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Marlene Rhodes Rhodes Named Flag Bank President Flag Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Marlene Rhodes as community bank president of Hogansville. Ms. Rhodes has over twenty years of banking experience, including management experience with Bank of America in Atlanta and Century South Bank in Newnan. Ms. Rhodes received her bache- lor of science degree in business administration from Auburn University. James A. LaHaise, Flag Bank West Georgia president said, "Marlene is a great addition to our Flag Bank team and the Hogansville community. She brings a level of ener- gy and experience that will have an immediate and positive impact on the community." Ms. Rhodes serves on the board of directors for the Salvatio n Army, the Newnan-Coweta Children's Shelter and the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. She is also treasurer for the Pine Valley Girl Scouts Council and is vice president of Kiwanis of Newnan. Flag Bank is a wholly owned sub- sidiary of Flag Financial Corporation, a bank holding company. The Flag Financial franchise consists of 24 offices, including 19 full-service banking offices and five mortgage/loan production offices, in 13 counties in Georgia. Flag Financial's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol "FLAG." omb Probe Continuing No Hoax, Police Asserting BW arWm Gmr A COKE AND A SMILE - Harry ',/Voif" Rosser can be seen ready every day in downtown Hogansville.  usually will be sporUng his Hogansville Gr e= wvave Letter Jacket and on this day a Coke. Approves Variance By BRYAN GETER of Hogansville last Wednesday as a bomb was found in a mailbox on Cranston Street. The bomb was discov- ered by county inmates who were working on a detail in the area about 10 a.m. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene, but has now turned the incident over to Hogansville's Investigator Tony Lattimor. "At first, we thought it was a hoax device," I_attimor said, "but now we have clas- sified it as an actual bomb." Sgt. Tommy Hatcher was the first on the scene last Wednesday. He said the mailbox con- tained two pickle jars about half full with a white sub- stance, which appeared to be fertilizer. He said the jars had lids on them and a hole in the lid with a rag coming through the hole. Bic lighters had been placed inside the fertilizer, he added. "Only one ingredient was missing - the accelerant to See BOMB, Page 2A BRYAN GETER The Hogansville City Council unanimously a variance for Creekside xrfllage last evening during the regular council The Hogans,dlle Planning Commission met week with Pat Geheren of Dunwoody, who Donnie Fisher to finish the work the formerly the Village at on U.S. Highway 29 North. The planning commission approved the vari- by a 4-1 vote. The plat for Huntcliff was approved in 1999 md the project then fell into with feuding between Arnold and Butcher, who won litigation against Arnold, year. The property is now under the control of and Butcher's widow, Sheryl Moreland The variance calls for a 45 feet from the cen- of the road, 10 feet on each side, 10 feet COUNCIL APPROVES, Page 2A By B/an Get A NICE GIFT - Dianne Wilbum (L), owner of Dianne's Country Kitchen located on Main Street in downtown HogansviUe, was the winner of the grand prize given by the Community Bank & Trust. The drawing was held last Saturday at the Community Bank &Trust during festivities at the day-long "grand opening"celebration. City Bank PresJdent Ronnie Mize is congratulating Wilbum on winning the three-day interest on a million dollars. By Bryan Ge A GOOD DAY AT THE STORE - One of Hogansville's oldest and best known businessmen, Ray Cheatham, looks over the antiques in his store in downtown Hogansville. Hogansville retailers were hoping the start of the Christmas shopping season would keep their cash registers ringing this week. I I Man Seriously Hurt By Moving 'l00'ain Reports state that Long By BRYAN GETER A Hogansville man was seriously injured by a train on Thursday between 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. according to the Hogansville Police Department. James "Frog" Long of 302 Pine Street was attempting to cross the railroad tracks behind 233 Oak Street between Boyd Road and Georgia Highway 54 while a CSX train was on on the tracks. was not completely coherent when police arrived, but told officers that the train start- ed moving while he was crossing. Long made it to the front yard of 233 Oak Street to get help. Reports state he had severe injuries to his right foot. He was transported by the EMS to the West Georgia Medical Center where he under went surgery. His condition as of Monday was listed as stable. Mystery Bugs Make Man Strip, Stomp on Clothes By BRYAN GETER The Hogansville police investigated a "suspicious person" incident Sunday night around . At the Ingle's parking lot, police noticed a white male outside his vehicle taking off his coat and shirt and stomp ing them on the ground. The subject, William McLocklin, 42, of Midland, said he had "bugs" in his clothes. Officers stated that after checking the subject's clothes and vehicle, a 2002 Chevy Corvette, no bugs were found. McLocklin insisted that he saw bugs and had been bit- ten. He advised the police that he could drive home. He got on Interstate 85, southbound and the officer followed. Officer said McLocklin pulled onto the shoulder, got out and began taking his clothes off again. The police said that the subject pointed to the bugs, but the bugs were not visible. McLocklin was placed into the patrol car for his safe- ty and brought him to the police station. The subject denied any drug problems or past men- tal problems. The EMS was called and took McLockJin to the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange for evaluation. He continued his behav- ior at the emergency room and his wife was called. in a separate incident, on October 26, police was called to Melson Homes Apartment 4C, where Cicely Lakes advised the officers See POLICE Page 2A