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Santa Workshop Hailed as Success -24 Studs Thrills -3A iightings 00uuy neported -8,4 The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansvi!le-GrantviUe Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 51 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2003 8 PAGES, 1 SECTION ,50 Jordan Named Acting Manager r Clint Claybrook FOR THE ONE - Top Children Karly, Tavin, 7, and Mikie, 12, are shown with the in the front yard and Susan ;hapman at 204 St. in ogansville. in the bot- photo, This ht Tree in the Hipp Memorial Park in Hogansville is "lit up" by bells pur- chased in honor of the loved ones of he proceeds from of the bells go to the Empty Fund. Deadlines Will Change So that our employ- ees may enjoy Christmas Day and New Year's Day with their families, the newspaper office will be closed on those days. The following deadlines have been established. The Hogansville Home News will not accept news or advertis- ing after 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 29. No classified or legal advertisements will be accepted after 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 29. :? 'i? By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville's city gov- ernment, without a city man- ager since David Aldrich resigned in October, has named Randy Jordan "acting city manager," the mayor announced at a Tuesday night City Council meeting. Jordan was hired about two months ago as.the city's building official - initially on a part-time "as-needed" basis - and his role subsequently was expanded to make him head of the city's utility department. His current salary is $35,000 and that will remain the same but Jordan "will be' given an increase" while serving on an interim basis as city manager, the mayor said. That amount hasn't been determined yet, according to Mayor Wilson St. Clair. St. Clair said at the Tuesday medtg that cbufi- cil members had agreed that Jordan will serve as acting city manager "until we find" a successor to Aldrich, who quit in October after some five years of service as the everyday manager of the. city's affairs. By Clint Claybrook ACTING MANAGER - Randy Jordan, left, the new act- ing city manager, talks with City Councilman Jack Leidner during a Tuesday night meeting. Aldrich resigned after several months of wrangling within the City Council over ethics, utilideposits and the city's policy - or lack of one - dealing with how city offi- cials would be reimbursed for expenses incurred on trips dealing with city business. Last web,the city began adVerttsinjm-de v elz. manager, placing advertise- ments in the monthly publi- cation of- the Georgia Association of Municipalities and on two web sites. City Clerk Dianne Carter said last week that the city had already received a few applicatiors, all of them com- ing in response to the adver- tisemept on the web sites. Applicants will have until Jan. 19 to get their applica- tions in, after which the City Council will review the resumes then pick perhaps five applicants to interview, Wilson has said. There is n0saiary'for the next city manager mentioned in the advertisements: St Clair has said that the City Council will decide on the salary after or while inter- viewing the candidates. Aldrich's salary was about $69,000. Mystery Still Surrounds Man Found With Bullet Hole in Leg Andre Ransome, 19, of ,ative in answering questions By CUNT CLAYBROOK HogansviUe Police, called to a home on Dec. 6 in response to a "shots fired" report to headqtiarters, found a man lying on a couch with "a small bullet hole" in his leg, but were unable .to determine what actually hap- pened, according to a report dealing with that incident. 7030 Lone Oak Road, Lot No. 8 in Hogansville was lying on a couch and the small bullet hole was clearly visible, according to the reptrt filed by the investigating officer. "Ransome said he was shot as he was walking south- bound on West Boyd Road at the cemetery," the officer reported. But, "He was not'cooper- about the incident," the offi- cer wrote. In an unrelated incident, a man who was charged on Nov. 17 with possession of cocaine when he was arrest- ed in a car at the city reser- voir has denied that he had a glass pipe that the officer who made the arrest reported See POLICE, Page 2A Narvell Purgason Cash, 64, of Hogansville, died Monday, Dec. 15, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. Mrs. Cash was born Dec. 30, 1938, lived in Hogansville most of her life and was a member of the Baptist church. Deaths, 8A City Needing $46,450 To Halt Tainted Water By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansvfle is under pres- sure to quit discharging water that may contain some solids and chemicals left from purifying the city's drinking water into a creek near the water plant on Oak Street. Ron Buchanan, the city's water department superin- tendent, told the City Council at a Monday night meeting that the state Environmental Protection Division expects to see the city, within the next few months, making "some progress" toward reducing the amount of "mud" and chemicals !eft over from treating the drinking water going into the creek. The "mud" and chemicals are left over from cleaning the screens and Filters at the waterplant. "It's just mud and water, .nothing bad," he emphasized. Buchanan said that the city has been looking at deal- ing with that problem since 1997, when the original plan called for having two more holding basins built in front of the new treatment plant at a cost of some $80,000. But that plan was deemed too expensive and some offi- cials at the time thought it unwise to build two new basins in front of the plant. "They thought it might be unsafe" as well as unsightly, Buchanan said. So nothing was ever done. Now, EPD is tightening its regulations, and the city must act, he told council members. Buchanan is recommend- ing two basins at the old water See WATER, Page 2 THE TRUE MEANING- Churches and charitable" groups throughout the Hogansville area are workin, g hard to make this Christmas enjoyable for the area s needy. Among thos gathering food, as shown above, are Salem United Methodist Church members, who feel "it is a true blessing to collect food to pass on to others to help share the joy of Christmas." Salem Baptist is on Dennis Smith Road in Pine Mountain and is pas- tored by Willow Helm.