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December 12, 2013

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0 Sheriff Woodruff welcomes a new deputy to the force. Page 2A A, - IA ? ~MALLTOWNPAPERE ,217 ",v C TA gq Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 By ANDY KOBER In what has become an annual event, Santa Claus will be visiting the HogansviUe Police Department to visit with children. By special arrangement, Santa will be bringing some of his elves to join in the festivities. The special event has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Thursday Dec. 19, at the police sta- tion. with their children. THE ANNUAL visit with Santa is sponsored by the Hogansville Police Department and was insti- Those with questions regard- Parents are urged to bring their tuted by Police Chief Moses Ector ing the visit from Santa are urged children to visit with Santa and they as.part of his community policing to call the police department at 706- will receive a free photo of Santa program. 637-6648. The Hogansville Police Department is located at 117 Lincoln Street. By ROB RICHARDSON Unemployment rose slightly in west central Georgia during October. Despite the increase, the regional rate is still better than it was a year ago. Troup County recorded a 8.7% jobless rate in October, up from 8.4% in September. In October of 2012, lYoup had a 9.6% jobless rate. Some areas, such as Meriwether, are also substantial- ly bctter off than they were just three months earlier. Meriwether's jobless rate was 9.9.% in October, for example, dra- matically better than the 15.2% figure recorded for July. The averaged October jobless rate for the four-county region was 8.3%, compared to 8.0% in September. A year ago, the four-county area's average was 8.9%. Some 5,305 persons were job- less, compared to 6,953 three months prior. Meriwether's 9.9% rate was up slightly from the 9.7% rate tab- ulated for September. In October of 2012, Meriwether had a 10.7% rate. Harris County once again had See JOBLESS, Page 2A ' By Andy Kober SHARING A SMILE - After last Friday's Christmas Parade, Santa Claus took time from his bus scheduleto visit with those children wanting to seen him. Shown with Santa is four-year old Maddie Billings. Maddie is the daughter of Lacey and Josh Billings, of Hogansville. The visit from Santa was sponsored by Dongwon Autopart. Sheriff's Dept. Nabs Robbers Within 24 Hrs By ANGELA BROWN Two Pine Mountain men have been arrested and charged with the armed robbery of a Troup County store. Troup County Sheriff's Office Investigators tracked Kbitti Adams, 47, ta d Kermit 2urry, 39, back to their home- ,town where their weapons were Adams }found along with stolen proper- According to Deputy Stewart Smith of the Troup County Sheriff's Office, both Adams and Curry were both found and arrested in less than 24 hours after the robbery hap- pened on Thursday, Dec. 5. : Smith said neither Adams Curry were wearing masks Curry when the robbed the Summit Store on Hamilton Road. "By them not wearing masks it helped us out a lot, along with help from Pine Mountain Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office," Smith said. See ROBBERS, Page 2A Sheriff Wams of Holiday Scares Troup County Sheriff James Wobdruff would like to remind everyone, especially during this holiday season, to be very mind- ful and cautious of who you give your bank and personal infor- mation to. Some thiefs will call you on the phone telling you your account has been compromised and then ask for that very infor- mation. Never give it out unless you know for certain who you are talking to! Educate yourself Use strong passwords Be careful when clicking-- Don't click on links in messages from people you don't know, and use a URL expander to know what site you are going to before clicking on a shortened URL. Stay suspicious--Like morn said, be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true. Practice safe surfing Practice safe shopping-- Make sure you stick to rep- utable e-commerce sites that l ave been verified as safe by a trusted third-party, like the McAfee SECURETM mark. Also look for "https" at the beginning of a site's URL, which indicates that the site is using encryption to protect your information. By Andy Kober EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE - These four children were spored at Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park anxiously waiting for the Hogansville Christmas Parade to begin last Friday evening. From left to right, they are: Kaydon Pike, 6; Jace Bartlett, 18 months; Mollee Bartlett, 7; and Brendon Pike, 7. They e e the children of Amanda Pike and Jeremy Bartlett of Hogansville. See Parade Coverage Page 6A By ANDY KOBER While area residents gathered to celebrate the Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6, few knew that city employees had just cleared what could have become a very bad problem. City Manager James Woods reported that earlier in the 'after- noon the city began experiencing a tremendous backup in the sewer system. The problem came to light when area residents began calling city hall and complaining about sewage problems. City employees immediately began seeking the problem which was located near the Huntcliff sub- division. Woods said that a three-foot plug comprised largely of accu- mulated cooking grease that had been dumped into drains caused the problem. The problem was discovered at 4 p.m. and the drain was cleared by 5 p.m shortly before the start of the city's Christmas Parade. The prompt action was attrib- uted to Mike East, Mark Hammond and the city work crews. - Jl