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i ila- I The nsville Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 Iges Faced icult lask -24 ! PRSRT STD AUTO U S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 50 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2003 8 PAGES 1 SECTION ,50 i ii J i i; . , i "% By Clint Claybrook OF THE FLOATS - Judges said the Hogansville Housing Authority's float was tops in last Saturday's "hristmas' Parade. Despite cold weather, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd to launch the yule season. Brings , Cheer CLINT CLAYBROOK The temperature threatened to dip the 20s during Hogansville's Holly Christmas Parade, it seemed on Dec. 6. But by the time the parade - which some 30 floats, antique cars, other entrants- got under way ).m., the temperature didn't seem low; the thrill of the coming of the season to Hogansville had abeaming and eyes glistening. Hogansville Police Lt. Johnny :kard led off; the police honor guard Santa arrived in a horse-draw "The crowd didn't seem quite as big in some years" but the weather, which miserably cold for much of the day mobably the culprit Lockard and oth- Some, however, said that the smaller L streets made view- better for people that did turn out for late-afternoon "officiai" kick-off of season in Hogansville. The city's Christmas lights were I on for the first time this year. Winner of the "best float" contest was he Hogansville Housing Authority; an by Van Byars and Son Auction 2ompany was judged second-best, and Bar-B-Que came in third. Santa, of course, was the first choice After all, their favorite day of the year i two weeks away, as of today. By Clint Claybrook HO, HO, HO - Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage, to the special delight of Hogansville children By Clint Claybrook THIRD PLACE WINNER - Rogers Bar-Que sponsored the float that was deemed third-best by the judges. Red and green were sure-fire float col- ors for the event. Grand Hotel Closing Itistoric Landmark Could Get New Owner by Next Spring By GLINT CLAYBROOK The (;rand ltotel, one of the anchors of downtown Hogansville, is closing its doors on Dec. 13, when the rest of the town, heavily into the antiques business, hopes the Christmas rush will be in full swing. Its owner has been quot- ed in recent days as saying the hotel will probably be leased or sold to a new oper- ator by spring. The hotel houses a nine- r6din'beakfast, a gift shop, tea room and sweet shop. Glenda (;ordon has been the m0nager in recent years. The hotel was renovated in the 1990s arid the gift shop has been considerably expanded within the last cou- ple of years. John Hardy Jones, the hotel owne B has said that he and Gordon will be moving to Punta Gorda, Fla., and that he will be splitting his time between Horida and Atlanta. Efforts by the Home News to contact Jones earli- er this week were unsuc- cessful. He has also said that his home on East Main Street will also eventually be up for sale. At least some of his other Hogansville properties will also be on the market in time, he has been quoted as saying, "It's too early to tell which ones." Before a new operator takes over, there are some things he wants to do to the building, such as adding a pavilion, so the hotel will be more like a special events center, Jones has said. He thinks the facility "needs a family or a couple that can do that. It's too much work for one person." Spradin's Restaurant on Highway 29, which has been serving catfish dinners and other meals on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, has also announced plans to close by the end of the year. Callie H. Dingier Passes Away at 103 The ttogansville area has lost one ()fits oldest and most beloved citizenst Callie H, Dingier, 103 of Moreland, died Monday, Dec. 8, at Beaulieu Convalescent Center in Newnan. Survivors include 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service was set to be conducted at 1 p.m. today in the Chapel of the Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Rev. Donald McGaha and Rev. Doug Bryant will offici- ate; interment will follow in Southview Cemetery in Moreland. Mrs. Dingierwas born Nov. 25, 1900, in Carroll County, daughter of the late George and Cora IYeadwell Harper. A resident of Coweta County most of her life, she was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church in Newnan, was retired from Moreland Mills, and was the wife of the late Lester Leroy Dingier. The Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Details, Other Deaths, 8A Sponsor 'Hero' CLINT CLAYBROOK Here's the story of one of the floats in last Holly Jolly Christmas Parade and it stood for, according to Jackie Byars, Van Byars with the Van Byars and Auction float, which was judged second- in the parade. Theirs was the "official" entry for "The of Hogansville," Jackie Byars "We did the entry as a community project rather than as an individual business since all of the citizens could not offi- enter." SPONSOR, Page 3A GLAMOUR RIDE- These 10 Hogansville Elementary students were treated to a limo ride and lunch for selling at least 35 items in a recent PTO fundraiser. The school raised $6,700. Many thanks to Golden Corral for the lunch and to the parents and children who helped make this fundraiser a success. Front row, L-R: Whitney Barber, Will Johnson, Brianna Neese, Samantha Wandless and Jeremy Moore Back row, L-R: Claudia Massey, Marina Wilkerson, Ja:kalin Neese, Shanese Florence and Luke Burruss. o