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She's 30 Minutes Old and Already Busy / -64 'Mail'-y Christrr' Says ~j ,. .nts am -5,4 n El Th I Formerly The Hogansville Herald Senfing the Hogans le-Grant lle Area S/rice 1944 PRSRT STO [ AUTO U, S POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 61, NO. 51 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2004 12 PAGES 1 SECTION ,50 LEE has been city attorney Dan Lee Resigns as City Attorney By CUNT CLAYIBROOK Former State Sen. Dan Lee, who for about 10 years has been Hogansxfille's city attorney, citing the press of a growing private law prac- rice, has resigned from that post. The City Council will asked to for- mally accept Lee's resignation at a Monday night meeting, Mayor W'flson St. Clair said. Lee submitted his resignation, effective immediately in a letter to St. Clair earlier this week, the mayor said. "I feel that my new case load and client responsibilities will make it impossible for me to remain as city attorney," Lee said in the letter. "I have received his letter of res- ignation and accepted it and I feel the council will formally accept it Monday night," the mayor said. Lee, whose law practice is in I~Grange "was the city attorney when I became mayor in 1998," St. Clair said. "I think he's been the city attor- ney probably, for 10 years." Lee, who switched to the Republican party immediately after his re-election in 2000, was defeated in the Republican primary in July by Seth Harp of Columbus, after the two incumbents were thrown into the same district by reapportionment. Lee was not on retainer by Hogansville but was paid $115 an hour fo/" his services, including attending council meeting, and some council members had expressed concerns earlier about his being absent from some meetings. ~i iil j ~/Fm Pa~t~aon ;-DINNER - Members and guests had a good time at the annual Hogansville Pilot Club Senior Christmas f on Dec. 6. ical Entertains Senior Citizens Christmas Party Hogansville Pilot Club's annual sen- party~Clonday night, 6, at Highland Baptist Church in "Dance of the Sugar from the Nutcracker. read the story Nutcracker and showed some of the costumes that will be used in the Ballet's production of The this weekend. are scheduled for Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m., ,Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. All'performances will be held at the Troup School Performing Arts Center in are available at William and be at the performances. TALENTED. Sarah McKibben, seen here with her mother Eve, enter- tained those attending the Hogansville Pilot Club's annual senior citi- zens Christmas party Eye Out for Stolen Utility Trailers Troup County !for help in locating a cow, of utility trailers that stolen recently. And the Crime Stoppers is looking for people have rewards varying $50 and $150 com2 them to information they led to arrests solving of crimes. A homemade four-by- eight-foot utility trailer was stolen from 106 Viewpoint Drive in LaGrange. The trailer had a Coleman generator and a 2004 Honda Recon four- wheeler on it when it was stolen in the early morning hours on Nov. 5, according to the sheriff's department. Investigators are also looking for a 6-by-12-foot utility trailer that was stolen from 6088 Hamilton rod on Dec. 2. That trailer, black in color, was stolen in the early evening hours. Investigators are also seeking the identity of a black male and his accom- plice who burglarized the Shell Mart at 2586 Upper Big Spring Road on Dec. 3. Lottery tickets were stolen in that incident, which occurred shortly after mid- night on Dec. 3. Anyone with information about those crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 706- 812-1000. Lightning P Damages Church Miracle? Fire Stops Just Short of Altar ' tic job getting the fire By CUNT CLAYBROOK stopped and keeping damage to a minimum." Professional clean-up "It was just a miracle" crews ~j~ork on the en~e buil~ was- tially demolish a Hogansville church that was heavily dam- aged by fire following a light- ning strike on Friday, Dec. 10, in order to make needed repairs. An "intense lightning bolt" hit the roof near the steeple on the Grace Covenant Worship Center on Bass Cross Road during a rain storm about 5 p.m. Friday, according to Rev. Alex Montgomery, the pastor. Fire broke out in the rafters over the sanctuary and virtually destroyed that part of the building while also causing some damage to Sunday School rooms and office space, Alexa_nd~r said. 'q'he fire stopped right at the altar," he said, stopping short of crediting that to divine intervention. BUT Larry Ward, who was assessing the damage with a crew of clean-up and repair specialists from Disaster Services, Inc., said that firemen from Hogansville and perhaps other stations "did a fantas- said. Montgomery also credit- ed Troup County firefighters with helping keep the dam- age down. "In 15 more min- utes, this (entire) place would have been toast," he told The Home News. FIREMEN at the local Troup County Fire Department station on Lincoln Street, more than a mile away, heard the loud clap when the lightning hit an one said, "We'll be getting a call soon," Montgomery recalled. Ward, too, was effusive in hi_s praise of the firefighters: "The fire department did a great job." He estimated damage at $200,000-$250,000 from the fire, smoke and water dam- age. The church has about 120 members, about 90-100 of whom regularly show up for services. Although the fire and the resulting damage were sig- See RRE, Page 2A By OIm FIRE DAMAGE - Pastor Alex Montgomery surveys the fire damage at his church on Bass Cross Road. ill