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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2003 Troopers to Crack Down on Drunks lYaffic predictions from the GSP and the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety are for 2,901 traffic crashes to occur during the Christmas holiday resulting in 745 injuries and 17 fatali- ties. The New Year's holiday period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and con- tinues through midnight Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004. For the- New Year's traffic period, the predictions are for 2,843 crashes, 704 injuries and 16 traffic deaths. The GSP is participating with other law enforcement agencies across the state in Faced with back-to-back holiday periods, Christmas and New Year's, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) is prepar- ing for holiday patrols that will concentrate on impaired drivers. GSP Commander Col. George Ellis said Monday that troopers will be working with local law enforcement officers in an effort to make holiday travel safe and attempt to keep traffic deaths below the projected figures. Ellis said the Christmas holiday period will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and continues through mid- night on Sunday, Dec. 28. atParkway M Eclipse GT #03150 Ga,a., 000000er/month .,t: :I' .... oowo, S2700 Plus, This Is A ......  '- NotaLoosolPu'=hos :: perlmon Dealer retains all rebates and ince,nfives. 78 months at 6.15% APR. Approved credit and 750 or higher Beacon score. LaGrange 1327 LAFAYETTE PKWY 1-800-419-2551j 706-882-2990 "os Not only ,.will You'll Operation Zero Tolerance. The high visibility enforce- ment program targets impaired drivers through sat- uration patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the state. "Troopers will not hesi- tate to arrest an impaired drivel;" Ellis said. "This is the only warning troopers will be giving to impaired drivers." Ellis advises motorists to plan holiday activities care- fully. "Choose a sober designat- ed driver before partying or, if you plan to drive, don't drink," he said. The Commander also reminds everyone planning to travel during the holiday period to always wear your seat belt. "A seat belt is the best defense against an impaired driver." Last year during the 30- hour Christmas holiday peri- od there were 865 traffic crashes, 224 injuries and five deaths recorded. During the New Year's holiday period, six people died, 256 people were injured and there were 971 crashes reported. The Christmas and New Year's holiday period this year is 102 hours long. The last time the holiday was this long was in 2001 when 12 peo- ple died in traffic crashes during the Christmas period. There were 3,653 crashes and 875 injuries. Then during the New Year's holiday period, there were 2,745 crashes, 663 injuries and 14 deaths. The highest number of Christmas deaths occurred in 1971 when 36 people were killed and the lowest occurred in 1982 and 2002 with five deaths. For New Year's, the high- est deaths occurred in 1981 and 1987 with 23 deaths and the lowest occurred in 1947 and 1958 when Georgia recorded only three deaths. NO, IT'S THIS HOUSE at 200 Johnson St. that will torn down by its owner, after the Hogansville Council gave its permission at its Nov. 17 meetin owner said is would cost more than the house is wol to repair it. The council had to act because the hou: is in Hogansville's Historic District. We ran the wrol photograph last week, and apologize for the Call our New Home Specialists Sheila 706-883-3483 Or ?mgela 706-883-3475 Or 800-741-2512 Sooner or later we'll all go out into the "real" world. Better wear your hat. 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BL![LDER'PAYS CLOSING COSTS _--" On Yarn" Land or In Our Communities Continued From Page 1A Hogansville City Council voted unanimously, about two weeks ago, to name the city's water plant, which prodhces a million gallons a day, in his honor. Well, actually, some of his former colleagues at the plant had mentioned it to him ear- lier, "But we always carried on so much foolishness" along with long, hard hours of work "that I thought they just jok- ing" until a reporter called, Hill said. They weren't: Current Water and Sewer Supt. Ray Buchanan is having a sign bearing Hill's name and cit- ing his long tenure prepared for presentation and installa- tion at the plant within the next few weeks. City Councilman Jimmy Jackson sponsored the move to rename the plant as a trib- ute to Hill, who worked there from 1969 - except for a cou- ple of short stints elsewhere - until his retirement. He remembers "the old days" when chemicals had to be added to the water by hand. "In the old plant, nothing was automatic," he remem- Potential 5 BDR, 3 Bath, 2 Den Home De'sign 1240 $550,o 15 Montllly p&i Plick on www.dalmc.c0m '1 st." )me o four new home/loorplans bers. Now all of that is done by computers and the staff now totals four; it was three. including the former super- intendent, when Hill was there. The plant grew from about a half-million gallon capacity to double that dur- ing his years on the job. HE CREDITS former Supt. C. A. Reynolds, now deceased, with teaching him the ropes. Hill did much of his formal schooling in how to run a water plant in spe- cial sessions at Carrolton. "It's an honor" to be remembered for his years of sacrifice and labor, Hill said. "I enjoyed my job and I think I really got along well with the people I was with. (They were) a good crew." Said Debbie, his wife: "I think it's great I used to think maybe the city didn't appre- ciate his hard work and his dedication. But we really appreciate them doing this. It is an honol,. ,Now we real- ize everything wasn't in vain." Hill quit the Hogansville job twice, cut couldn't stay gone. The first time was in 1969, but he was back at the plant in 1972 and stayed until 1985, when he left again. This $10 Bill Draws Continued From Page 1A tie later on Dec. 10 "and said another store checked it and said it was good," according to the police report dealing with that incident. "Ms. White (again) told her she was not taking it," the investigating officer wrote, whereupon the customer "started yelling at her kids to shut up, and left at a high rate of speed back toward town," according to that report. "Sobriety check-points" are seasonal things, it seems, and a West Point, Ga., man who drove up to one being manned by Hogansville Police Chief Guy Spradlin and a couple of his officers a few days back, didn't make it past that roadblock. According to a police report, Daryl Deminta Lovelace, 38, of 159 Billings Road, West Point, drove up to the check point on Highway 29 at Ware Street about 13 minutes before I a.m. "There was a strong smell of burnt marijuana" about the 1988 Buick Century that Lovelace was driving, the officers reported. During a vehicle search, a "burnt marijuana ciga- rette" was found In Lovelace's right front jacket Traffic Light pocket, accordihg to report. Continued From Page 1A were needed, the spokesman said. "All of the (signal) equip- ment is in place, but it has not yet been tested. Nor has it been inspected by DOT inspectors," Dorothy Daniel said. "The tests and inspec- tions should be completed within the next few weeks, but not before the first of the new year. time he came back few months. One of those prompted by a job Newnan, "one of those at you can't turn down /calls. "I got up there and it n't like that." Hill is big on the Spring "They've got wonderful pie up there," he said. His biggest cheering tion is at home, Caleb, the seven-year-old watches his dad's from day to day. smallest (improvem Caleb gets really Debbie Hill said. Caleb was looking ward this week but it was just as obvious he's also looking his father's next ment: "I just when his 57-year-old was battling to get his back during the boy recalls. ....... Ma3 to "home cooking," aftez Ronald Hill didn't start ing again, with the aid walker, until he got home. possession of less ounce of marij also ticketed for not his seat belt fastened, reported. It may be the cooking on somebody in Hogans! apparently will be with stolen gas, another police report. Chad Mathews, of the Piggly Wiggly Highway 29 North, told] that on Dec. 16, he around the side of the and discovered that propane tanks were and that the store's case had been broken The tanks were $70 each, Mathews police, according to report. The cans have "i Rhino" printed on thel blue. In another Dec. 16 dent, Matt Odom, who at 106 Cooper St., told that a neighbor's dog into his yard and cat." to Odom said neighbor's name, but identify the dog. He was advised only recourse a warrant for pass, according And on Dec. 18, D Jannie, who works at the Sto! Highway29North that a shopper came place "being disruptive complaining about the of items" and was leave. Jannie, according to report, told police that woman "agreed to take business elsewhere," Jannie was told a warrant if the cus "came back to the store." Hill Honored With Renaming of Water