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PRSRT STD The AUTO U. S POSTAGE PAiD HOGANSVILLE, GA "lie Home Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 60, NO. 52 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2003 12 PAGES 1 SECTION .50 ' CLINT CLAYBROOK Work should begin in February Hogansville's approximately streetscape project, sev- months later than originally when the City Council roved the proposed project in Work Expected to Start in February June. The work is aimed at making major improvements to the down- town area, including rebuilding sidewalks on Main Street, adding new, more decorative street light- ing and building some 5,000 feet of new sidewalks on Highway 29 between the Piggly Wiggly and the Dairy Queen Councilman Jack Leidner said at the Dec. 1S City Council meeting that the delay was caused by some changes to the plan that were required by an engineer for the state Department of Transportation before DOT would put its official stamp of approval on the project. Leidner said that the project should be put out to bids in January and that work could start in February. Previously, the city was told that the work on Main Street will be done in 500-foot increments, in an effort to minimize the disruption of down- town businesses. Plans were first sent to the DOT about mid-summer. The $350,000 will come from federal highway enhancement funds via a grant through the state DOT. Thanks for 30 Years! Renamed Plant Honors Ronald Hill By CLINT CLAYBROOK Ronald Hill, who spent about 30 years of his life working at the water treat- ment plant in Hogansville, may never see his name go up in lights, but he will soon see his name go up on the plant: It's being renamed in his honor. Hill, who was felled by a massive stroke on Aug. 30, 2002, is recuperating and still getting stronger at the home on Hines Road in the Louise community that he shares with his wife 17-year-old daughter, Jenna. ' His injuries, were so severe that Hill was retired soon after that awful day that hit him "with no warning whatso- ever." He battled for a cou- ple of weeks at West Georgia Hospital, and was then shipped to the Warm Spring Rehabilitation Center, where he spent the next six weeks. Today, he gets around with a walker, but still struggles to make his left arm and hand work prop- erly. Hill didn't hear until this week that the See HILL, Page 2A By Clint Claybrook FAMILY TOGETHER AGAIN - Ronald Hill with daughter Jenna, 17, and son Caleb, 7, around the family Christmas tree at their home on Hines Road. The family was sep- arated almost three months while Hill recovered from a stroke in 2002. I 'New' Panel Gets Ready For Work Pike Ready to Take Seat At Next Council Session By CLINT CLAYBROOK A new Hogansville City Council member will take his seat on the city's governing body at first meeting in January CW b council membeI/ho Won re-elec- tion in t].lXIoaber city eleCti l'a] start their new tours of duty then. The new Post 5 council member is Thomas Pike, a retired contractor who served several years back at different times on both the Hogansvile City Council and the Troup County Commission. Pike won his term by out- polling incumbent Jimmy Jackson 311 to 266 in that two- man race. Post 3 Councilwoman Jean Crocker won her new term with 303 votes to the 226 cast for Louise Phillips Harden ahd the S1 cast for challenger Beverly Weeks. Post 4 Councilman Jack Leidner won his first full council term by defeating Theresa Sti-ickland, who had 230 votes and Randy Harris, a plann.ing commission member, who received 98 votes. Jackson was seeking his third term on the council; Pike the chal- lengers , to Crocker and Leidner were all seeking elective office for the first time in Hogansville. Pike, Leidner and Crocker were apparently all helped to their victories by an intensive telephone cam- paign in Hogansville the weekend before the Nov. 4 election. All three "new" council members will be sworn in at the council meeting on Jan. 5, when the council's meet- ing time moves to 5:30 p.m. The council approved changing from its "regular" 7 p.m. meeting time on the first and third Mondays a few weeks back, in a concession to winter, saying the 7 p.m. meeting time will likely be* reinstated in the spring. City to Get Traffic Light CUNT CLAYBROOK. Hogansville, at the for the last sev- years a one-traffic light has outgrown that sta- because of so much traf- on Highway 54 coming town and other traf- on Bass Road, which cir- south of town and ties into Highway 29 Hogansville and Contractors working for state Department of ortation are nearing of several weeks at that busy inter- which included about of a mile of inter- improvements and of signal lights to control the flow of traf- and west on Highway and from Bass Road at intersection. The only other traffic in town is at Highway near Once the new traffic sfg- turned on - they're but haven't yet will be left turn signals for traffic heading south on Bass Road, west from Bass Road onto Highway 54 and for traffic turning into the mall on the north side of that busy high- way that is home to the Ingles Supermarket and other busi- nesses. On the. south side of Highway 54 are the Money Back Store, Rogers Bar B Que and others shops and businesses, including the International Cafe and the Waffle House. Cost of improvements is expected to total $136,285. Terry Jackson and Associates won the contract and is doing the work. Construction began on Oct. 14 and May 31, 2004 is the target date for comple- tion, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said. "Troup County officials requested that a study be made at this intersection to determine whether or not the traffic volumes warranted a signal" and the study indicat- ed that the new traffic lights - See TRAFRC, Page 2A : DEATHS !% Ford Hogan, 86, of Hogansville, died Saturday, Dec: 20. He was retired from the Hillside Division of Milliken and Company and attended Faith Harbor Apostolic Church in LaGrange. Deaths, 5A $10 Bill 'Didn't Feel Right,' Alert Cashier Tells Police BY CLINT CLAYBROOK Maybe it was recent news stories about the new $20 dol- lar bills that made a Hogansville McDonald's employee suspicious of a $10 bill that "didn't feel right" when a customer trmd to pay at the fast food restaurant's drive through window with it. At any rate, Mary White, the McDonald's employee who 'rejected the bill that "had some bla,ck marks on it" as though somebody else had marked it:, rejected the bill again whe,n the woman try- ing to use ,it came back a lit- See $10 BILL, Page 2A By CIInt' Claybrook SUBDIVISION WORK -" Workers were squeezing in all the hours they could earlier this week at Shallow Creek: subdi- vision, while the good weather held in Hogansville. One of the developers said he hopes to see houses in this, one of three subdivisions under development in Hogansville, rising out of the ground sometime in January. The subdivision is located on Highway 29 South, near th e city limits. ....