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Another Year Flies By - Page 4 Are0000-00Da OeaLi r uI tl00b - Page 5 ....... I II I Th 00.,laSslned Bargains- Pages 8,9 II I PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PArD HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO 35 Formedy The Hogansville Herald Received Each Week in 4,000 Homes in the Hogansville-GrantviUe Area VOL. 58, NO. 52 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2001 10 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 The Year That Was Culllm00s The Top 10 Stories of 2001 in Hogar00sville Resigns as By Bryan Geter The year 2001 saw in Hogansville. The police department a busy year as well as the city leaders. Callaway High School excelled in aca- demics as well as sports. A new council will take over in JanuarT, but Mayor Wilson St. Clair will still be the head honcho after defeating two opponents in November. The Hummingbird Festival and the Christmas Parade were bigger and bet- ter than ever. Hogansville's "Top Ten Stories of 2001" are listed The top story was back in January when Mayor Wilson St. Clair used his power to veto the proposed stream piping plan for the iF lying J truck plaza. t" The piton would have [allowed Flying J to "pipe" I the stream that runs through the site of the proposed i ruck plaza. to be piped, but St. Clair, who has openly expressed his disapproval of the truck stop, used his power to veto the council's decision. *The second top story of 2001 was in August when City Councilmen Ezra Whitmore resigned his Post after serving the city for Five years and seven months. He cited family health problems as the main rea- son to make the decision i "My wife, Odella, has looked after me for 59 ,ears," he said. "It is time I ooked after her." *The third top story for ogansville in 2001 was in ovember on a close elec- ion day when the new elec- 'onic voting machines }roved to work out well. St. Clair, who has served s mayor for the past four Years, was re-elected as he two former may- Mike Johnson and Cook, who polled votes and 151 votes, St. Clair 258 votes. In Post 1, Charlie Frank defeated incumbent Dorrough,299 to 193. In Post 2, Bobby Joe received 229 incumbent Peggy received four less, and former coun- Jack Dollar votes. Post 4 saw businessman Leidner defeat former :ilman and Troup commissioner Pike by only nine 328 to 319. The fourth top story of in Hogansville was in when ex- Heros owner Jeff was sentenced to 11 in prison and co- Jennifer Bissett three years and month. Spader admired in court making methamphet- in the kitchen of his restaurant in last year. The fifth top story of sad note. In June, Callaway High beloved Athletic Head Ct00ch ? !: old Royal Theatre, which is now home to Hogensville City HoJl il soon get a facelt, with renovations to begin in January. CMi War Reenactment was a very popular event during the 2001 Hummingbird Festival. Pictured above are Southern belles (L-R) Stephanie Eastman, Debbie Hartsetl and Vktkie Brown. GRID MEMORIES- Jacque Tigner of the Callaway Cavaliers gets ready to rum- ble in the gridiron action. School by his peers. Callaway High School hired Gary Sharpe in early August as the school's new AD. The sixth top story of 2001 in Hogansville the death of long-time Troup County Probate Judge Gwen FUN - Hogansville Elementary School Assistant Principal Jody Hale jumps wh joy in the "Million Dollar" game the school. Director Charles (Chuck) Hunsinker died of a sudden heart attack while doing work in his yard. He was named "Athletic Director of the Year" in his sophomore year at Callaway High SPECTACULAR -The annual Christmas parade was the biggest and best ever as more than 40 entries paraded down Main Street. Prescott, who had been ill for quiet some time. He servefl  as p County's Probate Judge for 15 years, before resigning July 1, 1999, due to blind- ness and other chronic health problems associated with diabetes. Donald Boyd was elect- ed to serve as probate judge in November, 2000. *The seventh top story of 2001 was in June when fake money turned up at the Hogansville's Piggy Wiggly Store on Hwy 29 N. Employee Alex Harris told Hogansville police that a blonde male asked a cashier to change a coun- terfeit $20 dollar bill into two tens. On Thursday, Jackie Hounkins of McDonald's told police that three peo- plee came through the drive- through and paid for three meals with a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. Nancy Leyva of Family Dollar in Hogansville reported two men paid for several items with a coun- terfeit $,50 bill. Nancy Smith of First Flag Bank said that Bobby Joe Willoughy tried to cash a counterfeit $50 bill at the bank. Willoughy said he found the money in an old van type truck that he had worked on. The eighth top story: a Grantville man was pro- nounced dead by the Troup County Coroner after being ran over by a train Nov. 30 on tracks near the intersec- tion of Johnson Street and U.S. Highway 29. The ninth story of 2001 is the success of the Hummingbird Festival 2001. This festival was the biggest and best ever, according to festival organ- izers. The tenth top story of the year happened in July when the HPD was called to the Celebrities private club on Hwy 54 near 1-85. The police found a near- riot with more than 700 peo- ple "In a rage" at 3: a.m. HPD was summoned to the parking lot after receiv- ing calls that gunshots had been fired. It took the offi- cers more than an hour to clear the parking lot. n e By Bryan Geter began his coaching When the Callaway career at Cavaliers open the gridiron Jonesboro season next fall, it will be H i g h without one who has always s c h o o 1 been there, after play- Head Coach Sonny ingcollege Cummings, who has coached football in the CAVS since the school Kentucky. opened in 1996, resigned last Cummings A f t e r Thursday, stating it is time to one season move on. at Jonesboro, Cummings Cummings has been an went to Gordon Military educator for 33 years, the last College, where he coached six at Callaway. foe two years. "It was a hard decision to He went to Columbus and make," he said, "But retiring coached at Carver High has been on my mind for the School as an assistant for two last two or three years. I said years before coming to Troup if we had a good year, this High for four years. would be the year. It would He went back to be nice to go out on top." Columbus to coach at the The Cavaliers went 8-3 on newly established school, the season, sharing a region Shaw for one year before tak- championship for the first ing over at Hogansville. time. Cummings got his first The Cavaliers lost to head coaching job in 1987 at Cartersville 21-18 in ther Hogansville after Don open round of the Class AA Hendrix retired. playoffs last month. Cummings turned down Cummings led the a professional free-agent Cavaliers to three state play- contract to play for Vince offs in the six years at CHS. Lombardi and the Green Bay He was 70-70-1 in 14 sea- Packers but decided to come son at Hogansville and home to Georgia to coach. Callaway and 32-30-1 at Cummings said he will Callaway. He will stepped now keep his promise to his down at the end of the school daddy and restore his father's year. 1961 Chevrolet Impala. Gunmen Hold Up Hwy. 29 Gas Stop Elrod received three By Bryan Geter years in prison and seven years on probation. An armed robbery Barentine received two occurred at the Gas Stop on years in prison and eight Hwy 29 N on Tuesday, years onprobation. December, 18 according to Both have to pay fines of the Hogansville Police $675 and restitution of $I 11. Department. *In other police and court Guy Spradlin of the HPD news, Joseph Ross, 40, of said two men wearing masks Albany was sentenced to entered the store around i0 three years in prison and p.m. and forced an employee three years probation for who was in the front of the stealing $1,500 from the counter to lie down on the couinter of Elder's Grocery floor, on E. Main Street in Spradlin said one robber Hogansville. He also has to stood over him while the pay back the money. other went behind the count- The .OuP CounW er and made the other Sheriff's Department employee open the cash charged a Hogansville drawer and took the money, woman with robbery last Then the robbers got into Wednesday after she report- an old model Chevrolet truck ed a robbery that turned out that was parked on Brazell to be a hoax. Street beside the store and Corrie Noles, 22, of 1041 fled. E. Main Streettold police she A customer who was out- help plan and execute the side left the premises and "hoax robbery" of the Shell called the police, report Mart #3 on the Roanoke Road states, in LaGrange along with co- Reports state that both conspirators, Chrystopher men were wearing all black Edwin Leroy Kiser, 17 and clothing. One was described Jason Ryan Cook, 23, both of as 5'7"and thin in built. The 149 Edgewood Ave. in other.about 5'2" and medium LaGrange. build. They also face robbery The HPD is still investi- charges. gating the incident. Noles faces additional *Inotherpolice news, two charges of reporting a false Hogansville men were sen- crime. Kiser and Cook were tenced Tuesday to prison for charged with marijuana pos- robbing the Citgo store on session and are being held in Lafayette Parkway on the Troup County jail with- September 3. out bond. Chad Chris Barentine, 19, Captain James Woodruff and Waymon Elrod,17, had of the TCSD said Noles was been indicted on armed rob- a suspect from the beginning hery charges, but pled quilty due to inconsistencies with to the lesser charge of rob- her story and evidence on the bery by force, surveillance tape.