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December 13, 2001

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HOGANSVILLE HOML NEws - TffURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2001 t ', , ,\\; [Need A Hero? Look Right Here men and women who gave Distinguished Unit badge, J By Bryan Geter When looking for heros, we think about the firemen New York on September 11, 2001, who gave their lives to help save others on the day that changed our lives and will be remembered forever. In Luthersville, many will never forget the evening at the Luthersville United Methodist Church in 1999 when a over- flow crowd heard Senator Dan Lee asked the city to give up their "charter" and go into "receivership. He said that Luthersville once had a purpose, but now that pu was gone. The city was so heavily in debt that it seemed impos- sible for recovery to most people. But, there was a man who loved his hometown and had a vision that Luthersville could be saved. This man was Bob Trammell, who asked dili- gently that night for Senator Lee not to ask for the city's charter at the next General Assembly. At the next regular coun- cil meeting, Trammell announced that he would be a candidate for mayor and said, "I firmly expect to win" and in November, he was elected Mayor of PARK MEAD()W APARTMEN" QUIET LIFE - Although he's a well-known face in Luthersville, many folks have no idea of the sacri- fices George Thomas made to preserve liberty. Luthersville without any competition. Standing firmly behind Trammell at the call meet- ing on that July evening was Margaret Park and J.D. Norris, who were elected to the city council that year. Mayor Albert Gill would not hear of Luthersville giv- ing up its charter as he stood his ground as the senator called for the city to disband. Today, Luthersville is noted as the "Gateway to Meriwether County," with growth headed its way. Trammell, Park, Norris and Harvey McGruder along with council-elect Paul Parker are ready to give the city strong leader- ship - Heros. We can never forget the their lives that the United States can remain ti'ee - Our Veterans. One in particular lives in Luthersville. Many have seen him, but they do not realize what he has done to preserve freedom for his country ! His name is George Thomas. He can be seen walking and sitting around town. Thomas is a real hero. He answered the call of his government by joining the U.S. Army to defend his country at the beginning of WWII. He was sent to the European theat re beginning at Normandy. Thomas was responsi- ble for getting ammunition supplies to the most dan- gerous forward positions of our infantry advances, plac- ing himself in harms way during most every trip. At times he suffered withering machine gun, rifle and artillery fire from enemy positions through heat. rain, cold. mud and dust. He bravely did his duty day after day after day. The government recog- nized him with citations for his bravery, valor and determination. Citations include Good Conduct Medal, Awarded four bronze stars, no time lost under AW 107, lapel button issued entitled to wear European African Middle eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, three overseas bars, ASR 73, Combat Infantry Badge M- 1, 30 Cal M rifle SS and Inactive ERC from Oct. 20 m Nov 2, 1942. The 81- year- old Thomas is a surviving member of the "Greatest Generation" of the 20th century. Mayor Trammell said that the Luthersville com- munity doesn't know what George has done for his country. "He is really a hero," he said. "and most people do not know he has served his country so well." Maria Pendergrass took George under her wings a few years ago and gave him a place to live and provides meals for him daily. She said it is hard to get him talking, but when he does, all he talks about is the war. This generation that gave so much for our free- dom and comfort today is leaving us by the thousands every day. Let's pause and give thanks for what George Thomas did for his commu- nity and country. Across State Brace for Holiday Mishaps Faced with back-to-back, :-hour holiday periods for and New Year's, Georgia State Patrol is for heavy patrols on alcohol and I impaired drivers. m State Patrol George said troopers across will he conducting checks and concentrat- patrols in an effort to keep the anticipated 37 holiday Colonel Ellis said the holiday period Friday, December 21 6 p.m. and continues midnight, Tuesday, Day. The Georgia Patrol is predicting traffic crashes, 975 uries and 19 traffic deaths. one week later, the New holiday period begins .m. on Friday, December 28 and continues through midnight, New Year's Day. During the New Year's peri- od traffic predictions are for 2,470 crashes, 721 injuries and 18 deaths on the state's roads. "Christmas and New Year's will be especially dan- gerous holiday periods this year since the holidays fall on Tuesdays," Colonel Ellis said. "This allows more time for last minute parties over the preceding weekend and that can translate to a high- er number of impaired driv- ers on our roads. "Tragically, half of the fatal crashes we investigate this time of year involve an impaired driver," the colonel said, "and almost all are not wearing seat belts." Troopers will also be concentrating on dangerous drivers and peo- ple not using seat belts. Last year, 15 people died Belated sympathy goes family in loss of their loved one, Marcia Beasley. Happy birthday wishes out o Mr. Tywan D. Dec. 4. Happy belated birthday Mrs. Elaine Happy birthday to Mr. 28. Happy belated birthday go out to Staff Sgt. A. Hill of Japan. Let's remember our sick shut-ins: Mrs. Genelle Mrs. Sally Pearl Mrs. Dorothy Price, Mrs. Lucille Lynch. The Mt. Perrin Baptist Church, Mobley Bridge Rd., Hogansville will celebrate pastor appreciation and retirement for Rev. G.A. Black on Sunday, December 2 at 12 noon. Rev. Black has served a total of 49 years. 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