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2HOGANSVILLE HERALD--THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 4, 1999 GRANTVILLE-LONE OAK ST. MARKS NEWS By Janie Ellis Time For "Changing Of The Guard" As I sit here in our Corporate Office and look across the street towards the old Manchester Mer- cury building, a lot of memories run through my mind. I first went to work in the newspaper business in that building in 1960, later becoming editor and publisher of the Mercury in 1964. We watched the sun rise out the back door of that building almost every Thursday morning, mostly because that old flatbed duplex press that printed the paper would break a web in the middle of a run, in the middle of the night. A lot of water has gone over the dam since stepping up to the helm of the Mercury almost 35 years ago. We had a huge challenge ahead of us. Ralph Rice, a former owner of the Mercury, had just begun publishing the Manchester Star, a beautifully printed newspaper. But, the fact was, Manchester wasn't large enough for two newspapers, and I think Mr. Rice and myself both knew that. Four years later in 1968, Stanley Parkman, a publisher from Carroliton, purchased both the Mer- cury, which was owned by a group from Alabama, and the Star, from Mr. Rice, and combined them into the Manchester Star-Mercury. I was offered the job as advertising manager of the combined newspa- pers but declined the offer because one of my goals was to own our own newspaper(s). Frankly, Frances and I didn't know where God was leading us at that time, but He did. The oppor- tunity to purchase three area newspapers surfaced about the same time the Mercury and Star were merged, so we seized the occasion and became the proud owners of the Menwether Vindicator, Harris County Journal and Talbotton New Era. The Star- Mercury offices were moved to Main Street, where Channel Ten is now, and in early 1969 we moved our Tri-County Newspaper group into the old Mercury offices. The final chapter in the local newspaper history of those days came in 1976 when we were able to purchase the Star-Mercury from Mr. Parkman. Sev- eral newspapers were added to our group during the years, the Hogansville Herald being one of them in 1974. By 1985 our newspaper holdings had spread throughout the state; therefore, Tri-County Newspa- pers, Inc. became Trib Publications, Inc. I tell you all this to say that after much prayer and deliberation, we decided that it was time for the "changing of the guard." We have sold our five area newspapers to a Iongtime friend of mine, Millard Grimes, who lives in Athens, with a second home in Harris County at Callaway Gardens. Millard was born in Newnan, grew up in LaGrange and took his first newspaper job in Columbus. He worked for the newspapers there fo r 20 years, seven of those years as editor of the Enquirer, leaving in 1969 to purchase the Opelika (Ala.) News. I always considered him as a "conservative" editor. During his newspaper career he has published a number of newspapers in Georgia and Alabama, with each one of them becoming a better product under his ownership. His last publishing venture was owner and editor-in-chief of Georgia Trend maga- zine. Another thing that was very important to us was to know that any person we might sell our newspapers to would have a record of being a good employer. Both Frances and I once said that if we did not own our own newspapers, we would like to work for Millard Grimes. Let me assure you that for the past few weeks, and probably for several more into the future, we have had an empty feeling in our stomachs. You donl publish newspapers for 35 years in five com- munities, as the ones we have been privileged to serve, and step away without that feeling. But, we are convinced that it was time to change the guard. Our son Mitch, who has served as managing editor of the Star-Mercury, needed to step up to the corpo- rate level so we can focus on our other publications, and this was the best way to do that. Once again, rest assured that Millard Grimes will produce a quality newspaper for your community. He has the know-how, dedication, resources and is a man with a kind heart. He will work hard to make you proud of your hometown newspaper. Please continue to support him as you have us for the past 35 years, and thanks for the many wonderful memo- ries. nor any other athletic endeavor for that matter. Christ spoke the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin. and the lost son. It is actually one parable in three movements. In all three the connecting thread is that there is something lost, something found and the result in all three cases brought great rejoicing. He explains the par- able to illustrate the great rejoicing in Heaven when a sinner repents. That is, the sinner turns from a life charac- terized by sin, and places his faith in Christ. Strange. isn't it! This is the only event that takes place on earth that causes rejoicing in heaven. There are a lot of events that take place on the earth that cause people to rejoice. One recent event that has brought about rejoicing in Georgia is the Atlanta Falcon football team ad- vancing to the Super Bowl. There is an event that takes place on the earth that causes rejoicing in Heaven. No, it's not the Super Bowl, SENIOR CENTER NEWS By Mary Jo Veal The Troup County Council on Aging met for their quarterly meet- ing at the Hogansville Senior Center on Wednesday, January 27th atnoon. The members enjoyed a delicious lunch and a tour of the new center. They were all very impressed with all that we have accomplished. New members were introduced. They were Jean Crocker of Hogansville and Raymond Overcash of LaGrange elected to serve on the Advisory Board. Quintella Overcash of LaGrange was elected to the Board of Directors. As you know now, we did not get to do the "Dirty Bird Dance", we'll plan that again next year. We even had to call the patty at the center off, because we had no elec- tricity. Oh well! It takes a lot to get our spirits down. We'll try again. We are still proud of the Falcons. Mary Jo Veal met with other Sil- ver Haired Legislators at the capitol on Thursday January 28th. The G.S.H.L. group was called down to the floor and introduced from the podium. It being senior week at the capitol, we didn't get much lobbying done that day, but we passed out flyers and information. There will be representatives from the G.S.H.L. at the capitol every day the General Assembly is in session, lobbying for the elderly. I can't say enough about how much help we have received in support of our new center. People have been so kind and free with their donations. We sent out word that we needed a billiard table. In fact, we were ad- vertising, hoping to buy a used one real cheap. Etta and Carl Bennett's daughter and her husband, Andrew and Deanna King of Atlanta, heard about us and called to say they would be glad to give us one. The billiard table is all set up now and ready for you seniors to enjoy. Thanks to these nice persons. Gloria received an angel award from the participants who made the trip to Tuskegee last Tuesday, Janu- ary 26. What made this trip so fasci- nating was the fact that most of the fourteen seniors enjoying the trip wee handicapped. Gloria has so much patience and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Tuskegee Institute, a place they had always wanted to see but never had a chance before. Mildred Walker enjoyed the trip because it was her alma mater. Seniors taking the trip were from Hogansville and LaGrange centers. The center is known as a nutrition center, and that is what we are. We have a balanced meal every day for lunch and we have a program where we learn about nutrition and how to take care of our health, etc. Also, we have a program mainly in the afternoons and nights for per- sons 55 and over, who can't partici- pate in the nutrition programs. These are the seniors who will be attending in the years to come. These programs are exercise, dancing, traveling, bridge, mah-jongg, and study pro- grams. We need to know what pro- grams you would like to see at the center. If we know what the seniors want, we could make these programs avail- able. We need input from all of you who are interested. Get involved, we need you. Dedication and Open House will be on Tuesday, February 9th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is invited. Reader Comments Are Welcome The Hogansville Herald EO. Box 426 Hogansvil!e, GA 30230 Hogansville Herald P.O. Box 426 Hogansville, GA. 30230 Phone: (706) 637-8122 or (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 Member Georgia Press Association.National Newspaper Association "Congress shall make no Ima respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Y nllkl to md this netoqm S icxoled by the Fire Amtml o the United Stms Coiu. The Hogansvil/e Hera/d (USPS 642-040) is published weekly for $15.90 per year in- county, $23.63 per yearin state andS30.00 per year out-of- state. Published by Grimes Publications, Inc., 3051 Roosevelt High- way, Manchester, GA. 31816. Periodicals postage paid at Hogansville, GA. POST- MASTER: Send address changes to: The Hogansville Herald, P.O. Box 426, Manchester, GA. 31816. Our Goal The /,ragd ie put4ished proudly for the dzenl of Ho0ansville and surrounding wus by Grlmu Pudlk=tions, Inc., Manchutw, GA. Our  is to pmdu,o quality, iollBble, oommu- nity-odented now=paps that you, our reader=, we proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, tow,trcock, loyalty, and strong dlicaon tow=rd printing the mah Our Staff Mike Hale, General Manager J. Dan Stout, Editor LeeAnn Wilbm't, Business Manager Cleta Young, Receplionist Valinde Ivory, Composilion Melisu Pierce, Composition Devid BOggs, Pressroom Our Policies Signed letters to the editor weloomed. Please limit to 300 words and include address end phone number. liability for an error will not exceed the cost of space oocupied by the error. We cannot be responsible top return of pictures or material unless stamped, return addressed envelope is included. Love makes our friends a little dearer, makes our hearts a little lighter, Faith makes our paths a little clearer, ]:tflpe makes our lives a little brighter, Peace brings us all a little nearer. Happy anniversary wishes go out to Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Wenonah) Leigh, Sr., who are celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary this week. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Hosiah (Rosetta) Thompson, St. on their 47th and Rev. and Mrs. Joe Geter on February 8. We wish them man],, many more! Our belated sympathy goes out to Mrs. Ruby Hines and Mr. Horace Evans of Grantville in the death of their brother, Mr. Leon Evans of At- lanta. Wishing you peace and com- fort. We're sorry to report that Rev. R.W. Sutton is a patient at Newnan Hospital. We wish him a speedy re- covery. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Leon Hardaway of Hogansville in his death. Let not your hearts be troubled. We're happy to report that Ms. Carolyn Dean of Greenville is home from the hospital and doing nicely. Also, Mr. Michael Towns of S t. Marks is home from the hospital and doing fine.  Birthday greetings to out to: Quantavius MeShawn Addie, son of Ms. Barbara Addie, Tonshalia Sonmecia, daughter of Ms. Tonya Addie, Ms. Virginia Addie, Jennifer Black, granddaughter of Rev. G.A. Black, Ms. Stephanie Bray, Ms. Al- ice Burston, Renee Cameron, in memory of Mrs. Ruby Clark, Robin Curry, Mr. Frank Dean, Sr., in memory of Mrs. Mary Hill Dean, Mr. Elmon Ford, Mr. David Hammett, Nicole Hutchinson, daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Ringer, John Columbus Jennings, grandson of Rev. J.C. Jennings, Mr. Tim McGhee, Bryant Alexander Philpot, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Stanto (Mary) Miller, Sr., Mrs. Dorothy Price, in memory of Mr. Johnson Leigh, Brandon Brooks, son of Mrs. Marcia T. Brooks, Ms. Ola Mac Daniel, Ms. Debra Hamilton, Mrs. Gabrielle D. Hines, Mr. Melvin Pace, Mr. Terry Hines, Jr., Ms. Gail Johnson, Mrs. Tracy Parks, wife of Mr. Steve Parks, Mrs. Sarah T. Parks, Mr. Homer McKee, Mr. Kelvin Parks, Ms. Barbara C. Hussey, Elliot Rosser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Marietta) Rosser, Ms. Brenda Sewell, in memory of Mr. John Robert Sewell, Mrs. Robinette R. Stepp, Tasheka Monique, daughter of Ms. Pamela Stepp, Mrs. Juanita Pace Suttle, Ms. Teddie Thrash, in memory of Mrs. 'lVli Ada Pearl Wilkerson, Mr. Winfogan Tucker, Michelle Williams, g, 1! daughter of Mrs. Daisy Dawson,(,een Marquet Woodard, great-grandsot TI Mr. and Mrs. Zachary (Fran2p. Woodard, Sr. We're happy to report that ,an Lola Kate (Ma Kate) Clement!/tt ol home from the hospital and d,rtk fine. Pal in, l There will be a benefit progvis, for Mrs. Dorothy Tigner Ciementkl li Greenville February 6 (Saturdayl Mr 6:30 p.m. at the New Solomon GaHe a Baptist Church, Pine Mountain. viE are asking all groups, choirs, f soloists for an A & B selection. come on out and help make this R " gram a success. This benefit is Sl,! sored by The Mighty Airesl'" Greenville. , a , You are invited to attend the' F/,, ily and Friends Day 'on Sundav  p ruary 14 at 12 noon at the Beth'lelV e Baptist Church, St. Marks com.! h nity. A special tribute will be ma-"PW the late Deacon Ralph Dozier. t"/ Clifford Black will bring the n sage. Seed for Thought: There are t things that last forever - faith and love; but the greatest of is love. FIRST BAPTIST HAPPENINGS By Patti Phillips Deacon of the Week: Lewis Phillips. First Baptist was the host of the Fifth Sunday night song service on January 31st. The Adult Choir special Sunday morning was "Sing and Rejoice". Rev. Thurman Henderson, our interim pastor, brought the message Sunday morning. Congratulations to Margaret! FredRosson thebinhof ter, Erin Skyler on January pounds; 5 ounces). Parents are AnnandJim WilliamsofWq /dickey Crawford, Bill, Chase and Drew of Albany were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crawford. I The Youth of our church enjoyed There are many persons on a "Super Bowl" p;lrty after church sicklistorareshu Sunday night at the home of Mr. and of our prayers. Remember then Mrs. Joe Lee, Alyson and Stuart. prayer daily. LIBRARY NEWS By Jane Cheatham Gottshall, Branch Manager STAR Reader awards for January Ms. Bledsoe also shared the pic- r in; ,.  hel I Leo, a homeless cat who wanddr went to 66 students in pre-kindergar- ten through fifth grade from Hogan- sville Elementary School. Since there were so many STAR Readers this month, they came to the library in two groups. Each group of STAR Readers was treated to a program full of stars. In the pre-k through second grade group, Randy Bailey read the poem "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and Sara Austin read an excerpt from the Disney theme song, "When You Wish Upon A Star." For the third through fifth graders, Lacy Chapman read the poem and Jasmine Hildebrant read the Disney song. Ms. Bledsoe read a story from The Children's Book of Virtues, edited by William._ J. Bennett. The old English tale, entitled "The Stars In The Sky," was adapted from Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, Kate Douglas Wiggin, and Nora Archibald Smith. This selec- tion is from the section on "Courage and Perseverance" and "reminds us that the higher we reach, the longer and harder we have to try." We commend these STAR Read- ers for their perseverance in earning this award. May the bit of stardust each student received remind them of this story and encourage him or her to persevere to he a STAR Reader every month. On January 26, Yvonne Bledsoe, our youth Librarian, read cat stories to Ms. Walker's second and third grade extension classes. She read Do You Like Cats? by Joanne Oppenheim which uses simple rhym- ing text and illustrations to present different kinds of cats and their be- havior. Bimmi Finds A Cat by Elisabeth J. Stewart: an eight-year- old Creole boy on Galveston Island grieves the death of his cat Crabmeat, but when another lost cat leads him to a new friend he starts to heal. Sara Swan Miller presents an in- teresting explanation of why cats sleep so much in her book entitled Three Stories You Can Read To Your Cat. She figures the reason they sleep so much is because they are bored and most of them do not know how to read. So, this book has stories written from a cat's point of view. The illustrations by True Kelley are full of whimsy and definitely add to the chuckling as you read these sto- ries. True says she used to have a big cat who read to her. Ms. Bledsoe only read one story, "The Good Day," which is a delight- ful tale that truly captures what hav- ing a good day means to a cat. You can do a nice thing for your cat by reading this one, as well as the other stories, aloud to them because they are about things that cats understand best. Ask you cat nicely to come hear a story and be sure to pet your cat while you read. Cats like that, too. ture of Leo the Magnificat on the cover of the book illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully and written by Ann M. Marlin. The students recognized this book immediately because their teacher had read it to them. They eagerly told Ms. Bledsoe the story of into a small clmrch and warms l "l-h hearts of the people there. lcob We !nvite children aged thre!,._e Lo five to 'Preschool Storytime' ev] rio( Thursday at 10 A.M. Our next stq[Way, time is on February 11. eis t STAR READERS IN MS. HARTS PRE-K CLASS are Matthew per, Elizabeth Dingier, Kaitlyn Gaddy, Sumer Herndon, Billy TyQuadre Rosser, Shyniece Williams and Jeremy Williamson. :.:.. :. ,  .  :: WINNERS IN KINDERGARTEN include Lance Daniels, Amberly Anna Hammett, Meagan Sharp, Cartressca Strozier. The winner Ms. Cotter's class is Marina Wilkerson. The winner from Ms. class is Hal Cotter and the winner in Ms. Guy's class is DeShae