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HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016 PAGE S-A Hogansville’s N egw Public Library Grand Opening By ANDY KOBER Having room never felt so good! That is likely the emotion now being felt by the staff of the Hogansville Public Library. Though library staff has been moving books, periodi- cals and equipment into the new building, it was official- ly opened to the public Tuesday afternoon. Once again, weather was not kind to the project. During the groundbreaking ceremony, it was rainy, cold and windy. During Tuesday’s Grand Opening and ribbon cutting, it was rainy. The inclement weather necessitated moving the cer- emony inside the library, but that was not an issue as the new library is much larger than the old library. In fact Keith Schuermann, who serves as the Director for the Troup-Harris Regional Library, noted that Hogansville’s new library contained 11,200 square feet, making it 400 percent larger than the old library. The Grand Opening was held in the meeting room, which will eventually be the site of the Hogansville City Council meetings. “This is the most exciting day of my professional life,” Schuermann told those attending. He said the con- struction of the new library was largely due to the com- munity, board of trustees and the area’s state legislatures. It was noted how much effort was put in by Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon and former State Representative Carl Von Epps, in securing state fund- FAIRY House Attract woodland fairies to your yard by ing for the library. IN' HIS comments, Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz recalled the idea of a new library for the city was first put forward by for- mer city council member Jack Leidner in 2007, as the two of them were working on the city’s comprehensive plan- “That was the seed,” Stankiewicz related. Stankiewicz also offered appreciation to McKoon and Epps, noting that one is a Republican and the other a Democrat, but they worked together. He said the idea of Republicans and Democrats working together should be taken to Washington. “This is a great addition to the city,” said Troup County Commission Chair Patrick Crews. He noted that part of the funding for Hogansville’s new library came from the state and part from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue. He added that soon consideration would be given to a new SPLOST ref- erendum. After the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremo- ny, Hogansville native and noted storyteller Carol Cain offered a story about the old library. While the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting were held on Tuesday, the new library is not completely finished. Audio-visual equipment has yet to be installed, tele- phones have not arrived, and minor issues are yet to be addressed. Still, the library is open and area residents are invited to stop by and see what the new library has to offer. providing them a place to stay. Fairy houses can be unique- ly designed limited only by your imagination. FD Roosevelt State Park is hosting a Fairy House Contest on Saturday, Dec. 31. Fairy House Contest At FDR State Park By ANDY KOBER On Saturday, Dec. 31, ED. Roosevelt State Park will be hosting a Fairy House Contest. Contestants must use out- door sturdy and unique nat- ural materials along with recycled and repurposed wood, glass, ceramic and metal accents. Nails and glue are allowed in the construction, but plas- tic items are not. ' Each fairy house must have a door and windows, and each house must be less that 24 inches high with a base no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches. Prizes will be awarded to both children and adult age groups for best single and group-built home. The contest begins with check-in at 11 am. with judg- ing held from noon to 1 p.m. Those interested in com- peting must pre—register at the state park office and there is a $15 entry fee. Contact the park office for rules and more information. For more information about any of the programs at the state park, call 706-663- 4858. ED. Roosevelt State Park is located in Pine Mountain. Merry Clarismas 8C Happy New Year from... Tucker Bull's 973 E. Main Street - Hogansville, GA 706-637-5599 Fun Facts About Christmas Norwegian scientists (who take these things much too seriously) have said they think Rudolph’s red nose is the result of an infection in his respiratory system. Alabama was the first US. state to officially recog- , nize Christmas, in 1836;the: last to do so was Oklahoma, in 1907. Christmas celebrations and carols were outlawed in England during the rule of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell (1649-1660). The only Celebrations allowed were sermons and prayers. There are two competing claims as to which President was the first to put a Christmas tree in the White House. Some say it was Franklin Pierce in 1856, oth- ers Benjamin Harrison in 1889. Calvin Coolidge start- ed the White House tree- lighting ceremony in 1923. By some estimates, the song “White Christmas,” written by Irving Berlin, is the best-selling single of all time. 7 The first printed refer- ence to a Christmas tree was in 1531, in Germany. Christmas cards were invented in 1843 by British illustrator John Callcott Horsley. By Andy Kober EXCI11NG DAY - Keith Schuermann, Director of the Troup- Harris Regional Library called the Grand Opening of the new Hogansville Public Library “the most exciting day” of his professional career. By AndyKober FIRST USE The meeting room located inside Hogansville’s new library housed its first official function after the ribbon cutting. Story teller Carol Cain entertained those attending with a story involving the old library. By Andy Kober clfirlwnw-n m...“ -n'utm' m4;- “run”... it . 11.361 FROM THE SEED OF AN IDEA Hogansville Mayor Bill i Stankiewicz told those assembled for the Grand Opening of the new library, the idea for a new library dated back to 2007when formerc'rty council memberJack Leidner brought up the idea while working on the city’s comprehensive plan. By Andy Kober QUITE THE VIEW Hogansville’s new library includes lots ,. of glass, front and rear. This serves to give the library a; bright and airy feel and connects patrons to the outdoors; . while enjoying indoor comfort. Photo Submitted 5. i CES JR. BEI'A CLUB THANKS DEPU‘I1ES - Callaway Elementary Jr. Beta Club mem-' bers recently held a special breakfast honoring the Troup County Deputies who help, keep the students safe during the school's daily morning arrival. Pictured are Jr. Beta’ Club members and Troup County Deputies front row, left to rightzJaxon Redding, Haley: Jones, Derek Jones, and Saralynn Pelt; back row: Stephen Cagle, Chris Bagley, Billy; Baker, and Jazmin Thornton. PhotoSumetted CHS DAR GOOD CITIZEN Recently, the faculty of Callaway High School selected Dori Cook (right) as the recipient of the LaGrange Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. She was cho- sen for being a well-round- ed student who is involved in academics and commu- nity service. Dori is the daughter of Dee Cook- Horton Robby Cook of LaGrange. Strickland Graduates From Economic Development Program By ANDY KOBER Hogansville City Council member Theresa Strickland has completed and graduat- ed from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. The 2016 Region 4 Academy was a multi-day program drawing a wide range of participates repre- senting professional and non- professional people in the field of economic develop- ment. Attendees included elected officials, public ser- vants, business leaders, edu- cators, and social service providers from across West Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the com- plexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels. A release from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development notes that, “Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia. The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic devel- opment organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its organiza- tion, the Academy has pro- vided training for thousands of professional and non-pro- fessional economic develop- ers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually in all twelve regions of the state. 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