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December 12, 2002

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Big Gourd Makes news -2,4 JA Team Has Great Year -8,4 nsvil The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Sen00g the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 P RSFO" STD ] AUTO- U S. POSTAGE PAID I HOGILLE, GA ] PERMIT NO. 35 VOL 59, NO. 50 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2002 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Parade Thrills Cro00vd By BRYAN GETER It was a perfect night for a parade - not too cold, not too warm and no rain. The streets were lined with young children wrapped tightly in overcoats hoping to get some candy and most of all catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. The senior citizens seem never to get tired of watching the floats go by with all the gutter and sparkling lights. The parade was well rep- resented with participation from local churches, civic clubs, merchants and busi- nesses. The judges had a hard time as usual judging the floats, but finally came up with the win- ners. The 1st place winner was Debbie Spradlin with the Business Float. Second place was award- ed to Diane Allen's Day Care with a truck load of children. Third place trophy went to Lerty Worshlp--'CdnTei" " Church of LaGrange. The Grand Marshall of the 2002 Hogansville was Phil Waldrop, a local pharmacist and resident. Old Santa arrived in Hogansville just in time for the parade as he brought with him a special guest, Mrs. Santa. The children were thrilled to see old Saint Nicholas rid- ing on the back of Crowder's Auto Repair Wrecker in his sled and Mrs. Santa rocking in an old chair as the two elves and Frostie the Snowman assisted them. Afterwards, Santa and Mrs. Claus were on available at the Grand Hotel for the lit- t}e ones to have their picture taken with Santa. Appreciation goes to Jo Ellen Ledford who took con- trol to head the parade after word was the parade had been called off. Ledford said she could not stand the thoughts of Hogansville not having a Christmas Parade. %Vece had so many things taken from us in Hogansville," Iedford said,"I didn want the parade to be taken away." By Francu  WORLD OF CELEBRATION - Liberty Worship Center's award-winningfloat "Peace on Earth was staffed by Earnie Harper, Joseph Harper, Dawson Holliway and Johnathan Harper. By Jalet Gete GOOD TIMES- Santa Claus along with Mrs. Santa, April McCormick, joined the elves, Ashley Hager (L) and Kathy Haskett, (R) at the Grand Hotel after the parade for a photo opportunity for the ct'dldrer). By LOVE A PARADE - The Troup County Recreation Department football Falcons and cheerleaders enjoyed the 2002 edition of the Hogansviile Parade. TRUE MEANING - This float has it all - the real meaning of Christmas with a portrayal of Jesus, a dove, angels, U.S. Flags and a dec- orated Christrrms tree. Spradlin Becomes ?00lew Chief By BRYAN GETER Hogansville's acting Chief of Police, Guy Spradlin, was promoted to chief last week by the city council at a retreat held at Johnny Brown's restaurant near Hogansvflle. The decision will be voted on at a future council meet- ing and will become effective on Jan. 1. The new title carries a pay increase which will be discussed at a later date. Hogansville City Manager David Aldrich assured the council that Spradlin had done a good job since taking over the job in June after longtime chief Hilton Odom retired. Since taking over as act- the department. More than $640,000 has been seized in drug arrests in the last six months. All but twenty percent of the money will be kept by the police department and has to be used to purchase equip- ment including vehicles. Mayor Wilson St. Clair and council members expressed praise for the job Spradlin and his department has done. Councilman Bobby Joe Frazier said he would like to see more impact on the local drug scene since most of the arrests have come from out- of-towners on 1-85. Councilman Charlie Frank Martin suggested a standardized method for pro- motions in the police depart- , ing chief, Spradlin has ment instead of the present ....  s:fOr , allowing the chief to the department to purchase do so. needed equipment. "Moving a person up just He is presently checking because the chief says so just into getting a drug dog for won't work," Martin said. Area Man Acquitted Of Cocaine Charges BY BRYAN GETER A Hogansville man was acquitted in Troup County Superior Court last Tuesday of charges of possession of e with intent to dis- tribute. Robert Lashaun Allen, 21, was arrested after a police officer testified he saw the man throw a pill bottle con- taining 40 small rocks of crack into some bushes. Allen said the bottle was thrown by another man who ran and eluded the police. In other police news, on December 7, Randy Bell of 4D Head Homes in Hogansville was arrested by police and charged with sim- ple battery after Brenda Jean Bell told police that Randy grabbed her arm and threw her against the freezer. She said Randy grabbed her the second time and threw her on the arm of the chair in the living room. The police officer said this was the second time he has dealt with the couple. Also on Saturday after- noon, police was called to 15A Jennings Homes in which a verbal dispute had occurred. Mary Hillofthe same res- idence told police that a small argument had broken out between Tyman Demetric Rhodes of 3B Jennings Homes and Betty Cameron of Head Homes. Hill said she quickly ended the argument before See MAN, Page 2A Debris Send "vers to Hospital BRYAN GETER A Hogansville resident was at the West Center last week a deer with her 1996 Achiev& Jana Maurer, 38, lost control according to police reportk The accident occurred on Bridge Road near the Hightower Road. Approximately .two hours a Cataula woman, Stacy 26 was north on 1-85 when she swerved miss some debris in the road- Aztec went the median and'overturned to police reports. Frederick was taken to the West Georgia Medical Center where she was treated and dis- missed. *In other news, a fire at the Melson Homes in Hogansville last Thursday caused approximately $25,000 damage to the apartment of Doris Locke, according to coun- ty fire Capt. Steve Preston. Neighbors called 911 at 6:22 p.m. to report smoke coming out of the air conditioning vent at 400 Lawrence Street Apt. 8D. Preston said no one was at home at the time of the fire. He said the fire could have stained by a stove being left on. *In other news, Donald Edward Perry, 44, of Georgia Highway 100 in Corinth was charged last Wednesday with bat- tery. Heard County deputies said he struck a woman repeatedly at his residence. SERVING GOOD FOOD TO THE SENIORS - The Hogansville Pilot Club held its 48th annual Christmas Dinner last Monday at the Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The Pilots fed a delicious traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey and all the tdrrmings to a large number of senior citizens. Pictured above are several Pilots filling the plates, Donna Arnold, Shelia Rowe, Janie Dollar, Sybil Gaddy and Lod Drake: More pictures, 3A