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Grocery store robbed at gunpoint
Into the flames
Art guild’s fall exhibit opens this week

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Grocery store robbed at gunpoint

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

An unidentified armed man entered Hadden’s IGA on Peachtree Street in Louisville Tuesday, Nov. 19, and robbed the store at gunpoint.

An employee said the store was not open yet to customers and only employees were inside.


The bookkeeper was in the front of the store when the incident occurred early that morning, about 6:15 a.m. or 6:20 a.m., he said.

“We had a stock crew here as well; but, they were all in the back,” he said.

“The bookkeeper that was robbed, he hit her in the head with his pistol. She got about two or three stitches in the head. But she’s fine.”

The employee said everyone in the store is fine, but, said some changes have already been made.

“You can’t take nothing for granted,” he said. “We’re going to be extra cautious about the way we come and go.”

So far, law enforcement officials have not made any comments about the incident. It is known, however, that agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Thomson are involved in the investigation, along with investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and officers with Louisville Police Department.

Calls to the agencies went unreturned as of press time Tuesday.

Into the flames

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Area firefighters from Louisville, Bartow, Wadley and Hillcrest fire departments met in Wadley Wednesday, Oct. 23, to train how to manage a fire involving an LP gas tank.

Larry “Bubba” McGraw, a safety supervisor with Ferrell Gas, said the company donated between 300 and 400 gallons of gas for the training exercise.


“Whatever it takes,” McGraw said.

“This is an expense; but, it’s a worthy expense because of the safety aspect of training our firemen,” he said.

“We always put safety before value in anything we do. Learning how to fight a fire properly can eliminate a lot of dangers, from a line rupturing to damage to the tank and even an explosion, which could cause a whole lot of damage to property and lives,” McGraw said.

McGraw is also a volunteer firefighter with the Wadley Fire Department for the past seven years.

Wadley Fire Chief Bruce Logue said he thought the training went pretty well.

“The training was conducted by state certified instructors from Screven and Richmond counties. The lead instructor, Harvey Crider, is from Screven County,” Logue said.

“Ferrell Gas donated the gas for this training exercise. This training is important enough for the gas company to help by donating the gas so these exercises can be put on without an additional cost to the fire departments, the cities or the county.

“With the large number of LP gas users in the county, it’s important that this training be conducted,” he said.

The fire chief said the tank used in this training is a special tank provided by the state.

“It’s a tank that simulates what happens to an LP gas tank in a fire,” Logue said.

“If a tank like that, an actual tank, is near enough to a fire, the heat causes the pressure inside the tank to build up inside the tank. This increased pressure causes the release valve on the tank to reduce the pressure inside the tank.

“A tank like that in a fire might rupture or explode. The firefighters advance on such a fire as a team. They were being trained for just such an event so they’ll know how to advance on the fire in order to cool down the tank, reducing the pressure so they can cut off the tank safely,” he said.

“The Wadley Fire Department appreciates the contributions made by Ferrell Gas to make this training possible,” Logue said.

“The first part of the training was presented in a four-hour classroom session at Wadley Fire Station, followed by a written test on Oct. 9,” said Chester Johnson, a training officer and assistant chief at Louisville Fire Department.

“After the classroom session, the students completed a skills session of live fire evolutions on the evening of Oct. 23,” he said. This training is called Pressurized Container Fire Control and is one of many available to the state’s fire departments through the Fire Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

“Pressurized Container Fire Control training is necessary due to the large number of homes utilizing LPG, propane, as a heating and cooking fuel source,” Johnson said.

“While incidents involving propane tanks are rare, they do occur and specialized skills are required to contain and control the hazard. Firefighters must be prepared to quickly and efficiently control the situation to prevent property damage and potential injury to the citizens,” he said.

.Johnson said this is an advanced training class allowed only after firefighters successfully complete their basic firefighter training.

“All participants will receive a certificate of achievement from the Georgia Fire Academy,” he said.

“Wadley Fire Department and the Georgia Fire Academy would like to thank the manager and operators of Ferrell Gas Company for their generous donation of LP gas. Ferrell Gas Company donated more than 300 gallons of LP Gas for this training.

“We recognize their commitment and support because we know this valuable training would not have been possible without their support and interest in protecting the people of Jefferson and surrounding counties,” Johnson said.

“The hands-on tactical objectives are for the rare occasions where an approach is needed to affect a rescue or to save lives,” said Chief David Wall, director of the Georgia Fire Academy Division in Forsyth.

“The skills learned are transferable to hoseline coordination, moving and operating hoselines, skillfully directing fire streams, use and limitations of their protective clothing and breathing apparatus, and maintaining situation awareness at all times regarding the hazards,” he said.

Wall said this training has been provided since the early 1980s. He said he was not sure if there was a specific incident that prompted the creation of this training.

“There was an event in 1970 in Crescent City, Ill., a train derailment, that is well known to the fire service and illustrates the dangers of a leaking rail car of LP gas,” he said.

Wall also said this training is taught across the nation by most fire academies.

Art guild’s fall exhibit opens this week

By Megan Johnson

Fall is in the air, meaning it is time for the annual Arts Guild Fall Exhibit.

The guild’s Fall Exhibit will run from Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 30. The opening reception will be Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fire House Gallery, downtown Louisville.


“The Fall Exhibit is exclusively for members of the Arts Guild of Jefferson County to show and sell their art work,” said Arts Guild member, Diane Sharpe.

Sharpe said there will be paintings at the exhibit by guild members from local and surrounding areas.

“A wide variety of artwork by the arts guild members will be on display to the public,” Sharpe said.

“At the opening reception, the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments,” she said.

Sharpe said most of the art work will be for sale.

“There will be an assortment of art work at the show, from paintings to pottery including wood workings,” Sharpe said.

She said the exhibit would not be possible if it weren’t for the Fire House Gallery and Twisted Sisters.

“The Fire House Gallery provides us a place to host the event and Twisted Sisters helps by making art purchases possible,” she said.

“In 2008 the Arts Guild wanted to give its visual arts members an opportunity to sell more local and regional art and create a revenue source for the organization, so they formed The Arts Guild Marketplace inside Twisted Sisters,” co-owner of Twisted Sisters, Lil Easterlin said.

“Twisted Sisters is so large we have offered to work with local business to give them ‘booth space’ in our store,” said Easterlin, adding, “The Arts Guild has taken advantage of that opportunity.”

Sharpe said there are no reservations needed to attend the event and it is free to the public.

“We would love everyone to come out and see the talent displayed in the different art forms that the Arts Guild members created.

“Just come and enjoy the variety of art work and do some Christmas shopping while there,” Sharpe said.

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