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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVII2 HOME NEWS - JANVARY 18 2001 Mr JOHN KUYKENDALL ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER]EDrrOR BRYAN GETER /IATE EDrrOR JAYNE GOLt'mN B USmTSS MANAGEa Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Gas Prices Likely To Hurt Budgets A word about gas hikes... Everyone is feeling the crunch caused by soaring gas The cost of heating my home has definitely put a strain on the family budget. I'm sure most families are feeling the pinch as well. We will probably feel it even more down the road. Our biggest concern should be for the elderly who can not afford the price of gas to heat their homes. Those on fixed incomes will suffer the most for now anyway. However, we must all remember that the increase gas prices will have an effect on our budgets we haven't thought about or begun tO feel yet. Most of us forget that two of the largest users of gas is our county government and schools. You can rest assured the kind of gas price hikes seen this year were not budgeted for by either entity. That means, the county and school budgets will be affect- ed by them as well. In other words, those line items will most likely go over budget. If so, that means the funds to pay for the gas rate will have to be moved from other line items and before you know it the budget is drained. That means certain projects may have to be cut from the budget completely. The county and schools will have to generate enough funds care of the g rates hikes. We all know the only means these entities have of gen- erating funds is an increase in taxes. It is quite possible we could see a tax increase next year. It, a tax increase does come, total blame should not be placed on the increase price of gas. However, the price increase will be considered in the overall budget process. COACHES could learn a lot from Busby... t week I had the pleasure of attending the annual Sportsmanship Banquet held at First Baptist Church in Manchester. The annual event is to recognize members of the Manchester High football team, band members, cheerleaders, dance team members, etc. This year's guest speaker was one of the Georgia's best high school coaches, Buzz Busby who is now head coach at Statesboro High School. Almost every team Busby has coached has become contenders. One of hiS biggest challenges had to be Kendrick High. Harris County and Kendrick were rivals years ago. Until Busby took over the program, and Harris County program were pretty even. Unless, you count when Lester was head coach at Harris County. During that time, Harris County dominated almost everyone, including Kendrick. After Lester left Harris County, the last meet- ing of the two schools resulted in a 72-0 win by Kendrick. While speaking at the Sportsmanship banquet, Busby talked about Harris County High coach Jeremy Williams. Williams is a former Kendrick High play- er and a Manchester High coach. He was a coach at Manchester when the Blue Devils wons the state championship in 1997. Busby pointed out that Williams always gave his best both on and off the field. Busby said Williams always gave more than what was expected of him. Which also shows how much good athletes are needed Busby made some excellent points during his talk. He stated players should have character and how important a role coach- es play in building the character of the young men who play for them. He summed everything up in one sentence when he told the players... 'Whe youth of this com- munity are not looking at the pros for their heros. They are looking at you. You know what they want to be when they grow up? They want to be Blue Devils." The same holds true in any community. Coaches are charged with the responsibility of not only coaching players,but preparing them for life. That2s why disci- pline is so needed inigh chool sports and should be 'nforced By insg discipline,both on and off the field, coaches  help- ing to build well rounded "individ- uals and good strong leaders for tomorrow. So, the next time you visit a youth sports event or any athlet- ic competition at your local high school, try and remember that coaches are doing much more that coaching a spert. They are also working to build self disci- pline and character in our youth. That is why in youth sports, the coach that wins the most games is not necessarily the best coach. Think about it. TH HCX;ArSWtLI#, HOME NEW"S is published weekly by the Slar-Mercy PUg Cmlpany, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Suption rates by mail: $16 in Troup, Heard or Meriwether Counties: $20 a year elwhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postaqge paid at HogansviUe. orgia 302). FOR SIJRIFHtS call (706) 846- 3188 or write to Ciradafion Manager, Star Mxzm-y Pubticatkms, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Geoia 31816. PosrMASTm Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. S'rAvv b Publisher and Advertising tor . ................................................................... Mike Hale Asi Publisher and F_ditor ................................................................ ddan Kuykendall Aciale litor.: ............................................................... . .............................. Bryan ter Assistant itor .............................. . ............................................................ Rob Richardson Busss Manager ....................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Stuff Writers ...................................................................... Michael C. Snick, Billy Bryant Assi.anl Advesing Mer ......................................... : .............................. laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ................................................................................................. I. Camp Assistant Fxtitor ........................................................................................... Rob Richardson Cing ..................................................... Valinda lvery, Deborah Smith, Lauren King Legals ............................................................................................................ Jayne Goldston Receptionist and Classifieds ................................................................. . ............ Cieta Young Production Manager .............................................................................................. Todd Laird sroom ............................................. : ................... David Boggs and Wayne Cavchowski Conrom Omon President......: ............................................................................................ Millard B. Grimes Vice President ........................................................................................ Charlotte S. C__imes Secretary. ...................................................................  ........................... J_aura  Corer sure we all remember our par- son may be or how many times ents or another adult teaching they throw the phrase of sticks us the old saying, "sticks and and stones around, the truth is, fiery words. . .... ever stones may break my bones but words do hurt. Warren Wiersbe saia, PZ_-.. words will never harm me." Whether those words are head and a hot heart can I _e%el ' As children would play on said directly to a person's face burning words that later weL .... ,, mon the playground, there would or whether they are cowardly inevitably be one child or a spokeninatimeofgossip, words We must be aware of ':h group of children who would do hurt. Solomon, King David' son, -', find one child in which they There are husbands and in proverbs 17:27, 'He that It. [u could make fun of. wives, best friends, co-workers, knowledge spareth his wol,.t r: Sometimes things such as neighbors and sometimes even and a man of understandin[vet':" ,, LXI four-eyes, fatty or pizza-face church members who try to use of excellent spknt. .l would be directed at some child words to slay an opponent. It is true that preachers lVr m who was a little different than Words spoken in a time of a responsibility to expose e and it is true that parents 1"" S ' the rest. It was to that child the anger are usually later regret- "Someone has warn their children of flin-[_ d ur age-old phrase would once again ted, but no one has ever devised be repeated, "sticks and stones a way for words to be taken made the observation the world that are wro00g0000.. % harmful, but those things [a',Y_'. maYwill neverbreakharmmY boneS,me.,,but words baCk.can beIt iSmade,true thatforgivenessapologies that the tongue can be Solomon says, can be done il l r, It is the validity of that old obtained and reconcilliation such a dallgerous excellent spirit and not - adage that l want to call in ques- made, butthewordsoftenlinger thing that God made tongue-lashing way.  rm tiontoday, on. People need to pick V5 X " TO that child who was called Someone has made the it, placed it in a pool choose their words care-;'--"'rm I believe that is wily-,gan seemingly harmless names, ask observation that the tongue can of water, and put it gave us two ears and one ton ,, r them if words cannot hurt. be such a dangerous thing that umm In a world where we we hear God made it, placed it in a pool beh/l/po/ bars." we are to listen twice as n-" "" of wife-beaters and child moles- of water, and put it behind ivory as we speak. A simple rule t! ters there is another form of bars. (Think about that a by that will help us guard The abuse that we need to be aware minute.) harmful words is, "if you d hre;: of and that is verbal abuse. In order to experience vic- have anything good to say, don't say it" To the person who coined the tory over such a matter, weneed be small in comparison to the phrase of sticks and stones, it to realize that words do pack a God has given us the v Mrs may have helped stopped the punch and that the tongue is a rest of the body, it like fire can derful gift of speech. Let us abarrage of words, but I won- very powerful little member of spread into big things. Even King David had trouble with those words to honor Jesus/o1 e . der if it was really true that the our body. words did not cut like a deep Consider what James says words, for in Psalms 39:1 and 3 help others. May we not let our ton _, David said, "I said, I will take beaninstrumentofpaintofli_ xvtr, wound? ha chapter three and verse five: heed to my ways, that I sin not who are around us and t!uni, It may be true that a lot of "Even so the tongue is a little withmytongue"...MyHeartwas God has placed in our patmJ children just do not realize the member, and boasteth great hot within me, while I was mus- whom we may be a witnes' m*t power their words posess, but things. Behold, how great a mat- ing the fire burned, then spake of the goodness and great ,he it is a sad day when adults get tera little fire kindleth[" into the word-slinging arena. Even though the tongue may I with my tongue." of our God. r "- P.-: David had an experience asp  The We Were Poor - and Didn't Even Know Sometime last year a Evidently our mother didn't ior and keeping quiet. This youngerbrotherandI weretalk- realize how dependent even she by none other than Mr. Earl l ing about growing up in rural had become to the electric iron, self. Then we were herded Clark County. As we recalled coffee pot, vacuum cleaner, a comer of the room, seated each eencmy brother good lights for three boys to theflwar said, "We were poor and didn't study, using an electric hot plate to be ...... -, know it," and I guess we were. to warm up snacks, and other Somehow thitdn't w Whenwecomparedthelives conveniences electricity could Shortly after the pro we lived growing up in the roar- provide, began, we began to com. , ing twenties, depression-like However, we did have our with the radio for sound wa | 10 thirties, and war torn early for- phone removed and our family Soon Mr. Earl could tak ties to what our children and resorted to using penny post no longer. He turned toward, grandchildren live today, it was cards to communicate with and shouted, "Enough of t[.....__ tough times, friends and relatives. When our It's time for you children t When we heard of experi- family radio would play no home and go to bed!" I  ' ences our parents and grand- longer, we did without one for With this he turned off  parents experienced growing months before we go another "rite might have radio and blew out the up, and compared that to the life one. In those days our family we were leaving to walk ha " As we arrived back at we experienced, our lives did- would buy nothing on credit. If been a little higher on uncle's home, someone noti nt seem so bad. you didn't have the money to The radio was a luxury item pay for an item, you did with- the hog than some of the lamp was burning aga even more so than a telephone, out. I)uring the early thirties if your As was the custom in the ourne/ghborse Mr. Earl's house. Really nous childron cared. We had ra! family had a radio, you were thirties, my brothers and I took qualified to join a very select turns visiting our cousins in we d/d haye e/ectr/c/- beHoundOUtsideanyway.playing Fox group at school and discuss the Jackson County. There was not thff." ,,14 latest episode of Don Winslow a paved road within nine miles ' THE INCIDENT inv 1 oftheNavy, BuekRodgers, I of Our uncles home, and Mr. Earl ahd the radio happ 1 love a mystery or Dick Tracy. absolutely no electricity in the some 65 years ago, but he[ 1 Older boys would talk about Bill area, but we always had a good an impression on us. We 1 Stern broadcasting the Notre time. uncle. He would tell us, "If you the nickname of "Mr. Earl I Dame -- Army game coast to children arent good, you'llhave our youngest brother whe l coast on Saturday afternoon. ONE SUMMER a neighbor to walk home in the dark." That would poke out his jaws and I We might have been a little who lived about a half mile up really didn't scare us. when he could not have his hi. higher on the hog than some of the dirt road from my cousins Mr. Earl was a short, red- This name was passed   tl our neighbors because we did named Earl Matthews bought a faced man that worn spectacles son Jeff for similar r have electricity. After our battery radio. He invited our whose chair set in front of a when he was a youngster. father died in1935, our mother family, including us children to table model radio. There was no would you believe this 1 J. thought we could survive with- come up one Saturday night to doubt who controlled that radio. Earl" handle is being passe " . out electricity so she had the listen to the Grand Old Opry The radio would not be turned to a sweet granddaughter, r serviee discounected to save the over WSM Nashville. on until the appointer hour for little glrl could be as conten "" average. $1.25 monthly power After supper as we prepared the "Grand Old Opry." as I remember Mr. EarL bill. Very few of our neighbors to walk up to Mr. Earl's we got When we arrived, we were Enough is enough I say had electricity anyway, the usual briefing from our given another lecture on behav- let Mr. Earl rest in peace. El Salvadore Needs Our Prayers, Too Have you ever lost a loved one, and inthe immediate after- math- hours, days, even weeks you wondered how the earth could keep spinning? How could folks go on about their business as usual while your world was at a standstill? Even your tears seemed frozen in time and all the rest of the universe just con- tinues on it's course. Been there? I'll never forget the scene from Steel Magnolias where Sally Field's character, shortly after the death of her daughter, pushes the swing with her granddaughter in it, and states, "life goes on" so matter-of-fact- ly my blood almost went cold. (I really get into my movies.) I THINK that's a little bit how I have felt over the]past 24 to 36 hours, following the earth- quakes in El Salvador. If it does- n touch us personally, we just go on about our business, don't we? I had my grandchildren over to spend the night on Saturday night. We woke up to pancakes and bacon and sausage. It was a glorious Sunday, partly cloudy skies, but mild temperatures. In the afternoon, Daniel and I did some planning for spring planting, and decided how we were going to plant a few hun- dred loblolly pines we just pur- chased from the Georgia Forestry Service. THIS while several hundred bodies were being uncovered after the landslides that were brought on by the quake in El Salvador. More than 400 hundred confirmed dead at this writing, seven hun- dred plus injured, and hun- dreds, perhaps thousands still missing. And life goes on. See what I mean? Amidst all the tragedy and devastation that takes place around the world every day in some place or another, life goes on uninter- rupted in some other place. Am I saying it shouldn? No, of course not, it has to. It's just strange, that's all, and the whole concept makes me wonder. I do a lot of wondering. What kind of impact think it would make if paused for a minute, even onds, once a day, to ers who are experiencing misery, loss, even total tation? OH, we Cross and a multitude of relief organizations and sionaries and "others" meet the needs of those in need.Right? Welt. ing about when I we pray for others. Of we should give what we the else will feed and clothe t who are hungry and covering. What ff we ly sent our love and warmth to these prayer? A 6rhnes tlalhm Mtllard B. Games, THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS __ Beware the Power of Words That Hut I, of Mn HA ospic PUBLISHER/ADVERTISING DR As children growing up, I'm No matter how strong a per- like a lot of people today. hwa He had a hot heat, thatL"v'_ " t a burning heart that le__ ns  ever