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FROM WHERE I 00(;IT By Bob Tribble, Publisher Sorry, But FWIS WillContinue any ot you were undoubtedly very elated last hood in Phenix City, Ala., one of several children of when you read on the front page of our an alcoholic mother. He never mentionedhisfather, ewspapers that they had been sold to Gnmes tions. I know your thoughts, you can't me; many of you probably celebrated the )Ccasion. Welt, I hate to mess up your day but Millard ;rimes actually wanted me to continue this column he is paying me to do it. Now, if a group of you there want to get together and pay me more not iitat tv.,drd is paying me to write, just let me from you. I am open to all offers. Seriously, I am pleased to be able to continue my I Sit columns. I have been writing these each week for about 35 years, and best I can have missed only one week. Now, that is truly a blessingf I have had passing thoughts of publishing a small my columns, but on second thought, it would be a losing venture and I don't like those YPe things. And the Internal Revenue Service would >robably like such a venture less since we, fortu- are one of their large supporters. ,_ Speaking of the IRS, I know you have heard this cork in tlP__efore but with tax deadline fast approaching, you mmendnight enjoy hearing it again. This guy wrote to the bd, KentRS saying, "1 haven't been able to sleep for the past ew weeks since I mailed in my tax form. Therefore, !I'm sending you $5,000 more in taxes. If I can't sleep I send this, then I'll send you the other $5,000 Owe ,ou." I certainly would not recommend that you On another subject, those who attended the An- Manchester High School Sportsmanship Ban- last Thursday night in the Fellowship Hall at st Baptist Church heard a very inspiring message former All American Jeremiah Castille who at Alabama under the late Bear Bryant. Jeremiah's speech touched my heart as he told story of his life. He was raised in a bad neighbor- so I can only assume his mother was the breadwin- ner in the family. During his early teen years, he was expelled from school a number of times for fighting, with that reputation following him everywhere he went. Then one day he met Jesus Christ as his Savior and things began to happen in his life. He went on to finish high school in Phenix City and upon graduation, was awardud a schulai si,p to ph:ty iur Alabama and the Bear. When Jeremiah entered Alabama, he carried with him a dr#am. His dream was to become good enough afhis defensive back position to play profes- sional football in order to earn enough money to get his mother out of her bad environment and off alcohol. He did this with his first paycheck from Tampa Bay. Jeremiah told about many experiences he had along the way in high school, college and the pros, as he met people who attempted to sway him from his dream, but he held steadfast to his convictions. "You have to have a dream, young people," he said, "a God given dream. And when someone tries to sway you away from your dream, just carry themwith you," he continued, as you could have heard a pin drop in the room. Young people in our communities who are raised in a good environment by Christian parents don't know how lucky they are. When you meet someone like Jeremiah Castille who simply beat the odds anti pulled himself up out of the trenches, going on to be a success in life and telling his story to others, it probably makes you stand in awe. "My mother will be celebrating her 15th birthday tomorrow," he told those gathered. "Fifteen years of being sober. Find your God given dream, young people, and stick to it. That is my challenge to you tonight," Castille concluded. FIRST BAPTIST HAPPENINGS By Patti Phillips to Margaret and granddaugh- der January 8th (8 pounds, Parents are Betty Ann and tm Williams of Woodstock. The Brotherhood and General met February 3rd at the l Congratulations are in order for inment many Callaway Middle School stu- dents who made the honor roll for the second nine weeks. They are 6th Grade Principal's List Holly Hcndrix Nick Suddath; A/B Honor Roll Keith, Stuart Lee and Andrew qh Grade A/B Honor Roll oey Lancaster. 8th Grade A/B Honor Roll Joseph Keith, Katie Waldrep ._.__ and Jake Walls. . beacon the Week: Johnny [r,glStone" of Congratulations to the Homer , , .Wilsonunday School Class on hay- .... [ng 100% perfect attendance on S un- trg:7 day. Carl Bennett is the teacher. The Sunday morning Adult Choir special was, "The Meeting In The Air". Rev. Thurman Henderson's mes- sage on Sunday morning was from Luke 6:43-49. As you pray, remember: Mae Fos- ter, Tammy Brown, Ruby Teel, Louise Wilson, C.E. Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. AI Swanson, Ella Mae ary 17th, the WMU will have the Mission Program sharing what the WOM is dcing. This program is for everyone. The mission study book is going to be at our church February 25th at 7 p.m. Antioch Baptist Church and Highland Baptist Church, both of Pittman, Keith Brown, Lanny-Bra ----- Hogansville swell, Luann Hendrix, Minnie Cro- zier, Lucille Friend, George Wingo, Avis Hammond, Don Swanson, Dana Arringtoa, Mabie Hall, Gladys Par- tridge, Bob Tillman, Rick Cooley, Thomas Ladd, Mike Thomas, Pau- line Powers, Winifred Green, Clyde Burks, Dot Lankford and Jessica Prophitt. Our Christian sympathy is ex- tended to the families of Mrs. Bera Walls and Mrs. Ruby Nutt Starr at their recent deaths. The Betty Carpenter Circle met February 8th at the church. We are continuing the study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights. WMU Focus Week is February 14-20. On Wednesday night, Febru- and Union Baptist, Church in St. Marks are invited to attend. Refreshments are served. Happy birthday in February to: Cathy Keith on the 1st, Kim Willingham on the 3rd, Jimmie Weems on the 41h, Estella Neighbors on the 8th, Kathy Yarbrough on the 10lh, Stuart Lee on the 1 lth, Wilson St. Clair, Mary Waldrop and Joan Williams on the 13th, Joseph Keith on the 15th, Etta Bennett and Devlin Spradlin on the 18th, Ella Mae Pit- man on the 20th, Aaron Harris on the 23rd, Maxine Cranston on the 27th and Mary Kathryn Gillespie on the 29th. Happy wedding anniversary in February to: Mr. and Mrs. PhiUip Waldrep on the 22nd and Mr, and Mrs. Jim Campbell on the 24th. Happy Valentine's Day February 14th! RECENT HOGANSVILLE KIWANIS CLUB guest speaker was Joan _UeMarrais (right). She is an experienced antique appraiser ano pre- ,sented a very interesting program on estimating the value of col- =,e, Ctibles and antiques. Program chairperson was Nell Estes. The ,n,gansville Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at 11:30 at Hogans rleros. Advertise - In The Hogansvi]le Herald You will do better with us. Call 706-846-3188 Dan Stout Fax: 706-846-2206 Hogansville Herald P.O. Box 426 Hogansville, CA. 30230 P hne: (706) 637-8122 or (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 Member Georgia Press Association-National Newspaper Association "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishnaqtt of religion, or prohibitirrg the flee 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 o[ grances. " ,,,Lright to mad this netrd)aper is ixoteaed by the First Amendment ol the United States Constitution. The Hogansvi//e Herald (USPS 642-040) is published weekly for $15.90 per year in- county, $23.63 peryear in state and $30.00 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 l'll f..Hetlml;W/le h'ald ts published proudly for by tiZlms of Hogansville and surrounding areas Grimel Publications, Inc., Manchester, GA. hi,- 01 ta to woduce quality, profitnbla, commu- '-':'rnted newspapers that you our readers ,ltd of. We Will reaoh ti't goai through hard ,. te. loyalty, and a song dieation --u pting e truth. Our Staff Mike Hale, General Manager J. Dan Stout, Editor LeeAnn Wilbart, Business Manager Clara Young, Receptionist Valinda Ivery, Composition Melissa Pierce, Composition David Boggs, Pressroom Our Policies Signed letters to the editor welcomed. Please limit to 300 words and include address and phone number. Uability for an error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. We cannot be responsible for return of pictures or material unless stamped, return addressed envelope is included. I THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1999HOGANSVILLE HERALD--3 GRANTVILLE-LONE OaK ST. MARKS NE By Janie Ellis j] - .---/ Love is a special word, rich with meaning, overflowing in thought. Love is sharing - sharing happi- ness and sorrow, the blue skies and gray, the important everyday con- cerns of life. Love is understanding - a quiet understanding in which a thought may not be spoken but is understood. Above all, love is sharing everything - together. Don't forget to remember your Valentine on Valentine's Day Sun- day, February 14! Congratulations to Mr. Willie Lee Clements, Sr. of Grantville for being elected Vice Mayor of Grantville. He is the first Black to serve in this position in Grantville. February is Black History Month. Black History is more than black history for Black Americans. In and through their history, they have trans- formed American culture and deep- ened American democracy. February is also Heart Month and the American Heart Association urges us to change the way we live so that our lives will be longer and healthier. The late Abraham IAncoln was born February 12. 1809. The 16th Presidenl of the United States, from 1861-1865, was assassinalcd. * Happy annivers:uy goes OUt 11) the lk)llowing couples: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Sharon) Ford on their 1st on February 13th and Mr. and Mrs. Bennie (Mary) Sewell on their 28th on February 141h. We wish them marly, many more[ St. Valentine brings happy birth- day grcelings to: Ms. Bobble Jean Boddie, Mrs. Alice Booker. Mrs. Sara B. Brewer, Mr. B;trron Buston, Mr. Michael Dye, Mrs. Kathy J. Dennis, Ms. Karen D. Miller, granddaughter of Mrs. Bertha Millet', in memory of Mrs. Mattic Carler. Antonio Collon, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee (Mary) Colton, Kinya Colton, Mr. Wayne Colton, Rile C(x)k, Mr. Palric k Dean, Rashad Hardaway, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J ames (Rosa) Walker, Ms. Elizabeth Hicks, in memory of Mrs. Cora Mac Long. Tamara Nicole Jackson, daughter of Rev. and Mrs, LoWinslon (Gwen) Jackson, Mr. Julius Wendell Sewell, Mrs. Evele;m S. Rhodes, Marsha and Maurice Sewell, in memory of Mr. Horace Stepp, it) memory of Mr. Ralph Jones, Mr. Rufus Jones Mr. Henry Portress Lekmlberly Desmge,daughter ol Ms. Rita H. Sewcll, Ms. Tammy Stcpp, Ms. Gladys B. Varncr, Mrs. Phyllis Renec Williams, Britncy GeCora Rosser, granddaughter of Ms. Dor- othy Hardaway, Mary Rosegcuea White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald (Sylvia) White, in memory of Mrs. Marie Wagoner, Mr. and Mrs. Davie (Wanda) Sewctl, Mr, Reginald White and in memory el Mrs. Jimmie McCambry. What: Lulhersville Senior Citizens Valentine Dinner Where: Luthersville Senior Ce,tcr When: Saturday, February 13, 19t)9 Time: 3:00 p.m. Donation: $5.00 per persm Come join the winglng scni,ns! You are invited to attend the Fam- ily and Friends Day on Sunday, Feb- ruary 14 at 12 noon at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, St. Marks commu- uity. A special tribule witl be made to the late Deacon Ralph Dozier. Rcv, Clifford Black will bring the mes- sage. Seed for Thought: Love is 1ruder- standing. NEWS FROM THE HOUSE ) By Representative Jeffrey W. Brown _J; Sex, Money And Your Government The great success of the Atlanta Falcons' season was tarnished by the sexual pursuits of Eugene Robinson and possibly other players. Mike Bowers would probably be Governor had it not been for his adultery. Presi- dent Clinton has disgraced the Presi- dency with his sexual exploits. Mean- while, we see rampant teenage sexual activity that creates unwanted chil- dren and often leads to governmental support for both the child and the mother. Adultery is the number one cause of divorce which many times leads to. permanently scarred chil- dren, deadbeat parents, welfare, etc., all of which generally involve gov- ernment. What can government do? For starters, elected officials should be rot models; Second, we should not create" iaw hot result in unwanted behavior, such as the penalty on mari- tal deductions on the income tax, burdensome taxes that force a parent into the workplace versus staying at home, etc. Forexample, a recent study showed that 10 percent of teens were sexually active when a mother stayed at home full time, whereas 14 percent were sex ually active when the mother worked full time. Another disturbing inconsistency involves the current law that requires teachers and counselors to report any signs of physical abuse I I ,,, in children to the authorities, yet the discovery that children under 16 years of age are engaged in sexual activity, which is statutory rape in some cases, does not have to be reported to any- one. Third, should ,e fund programs that involve activities that studies show to be counter o desired results, such as clinics that dispense contra- ceptives and sexual information to teenagers without parental involve- ment, let alone con,,;ent? The above study showed that when no birth con- trol information was distributed 10.8 percent of teenagers were sexually active versus 23.1 percent who were active when birth control informa- lion was readily available. The power of money is a second theme that became evident at the Capitol this week. One cumnis' claimed Governor Barnes increased the budget request for nursing homes by $26 million two days after he took office in repayment for $242,000 in campaign contributions from the nursing home industry. The budget request amount was four times more than what the Department of Human Resources requested. In the Senate, there seems Io bc a fairly blatant assignment of committee chairman- ships by Lt. Goveruor Mark Taylor based on monies raised by the ap- pointees. Just this week, the Senate passage of a bill granting optometrists more prescriptive rights could well have been influenced by disproportionate contributions to Democrats by op- tometrists. My Health and Ecology subcommittee of professions will most likely be hearing this bill within the week. I hope we will deternfine the bill on its merits, but I suspect that the same contribution influence may be present there as well. Speaking of money, residents in 25 metro counties, including Coward, will be required to purchase only gasoline that has 50 percent less sul- phur from June 1,1999 to September 15, 1999 in an effort to reduce polh|- lion. This requirement will cost some consumers as much as 6 cenIs rnorc per gallon. I suspect that in the not too distant future Troup County will be included and that the 3 1/2 monlhs requirement each year will be ex- panded. We've heard a lot about wa- ter pollution, and now we'll be hear- ing a lot about air pollution. These concerns plus tr;fffic congestion are the penalties of uncontrolled growth. As always, please reel free to con- tact me with any concerns at the (_-';,11)i- tot at 404-656-0177, in LaGrange a| 404-884-3232, or through voice mail at 706-845-5212. A LEGISLATIVE REPORT ] The third week of the 1999 legis- lative session ended with the passage of_scyeral meaningful non-contro- versial bills,ufianimously. The Rules Committee will determine theremain- ing calendar of bills this session. With education at the forefront of this year's legislative agenda, the House of Representatives passed Hou Bill 149 to help rural and fast growing schools in area with low and insufficient tax bases, This legisla- tion is designed to prevent school children from having to attend classes in buildings that are clearly outdated or falling apart. Some of this is caused by residents who work and spend money in adjoining counties leaving the home counties with the financial chore of educating the children. While HB 149 does not appear to have an immediate effect on Meriwether County, I am hopeful that it will serve to provide additional funding for our schools in the very near future. Another bill that passed out of the Education Committee was HB 68. This bill authorizes elementary and secondary schools to provide instruc- tional activity focusing on the contri- bution of veterans and the impor- By Carl Von Epps lance of the United States Arned Forces. It provides for the closing of all public elementary and secondary schools in observance of Veterans Day. In the State of Georgia's attempt to dissuade our youth from smoking, the Special Judiciary Committee passed out HB 181 which is known as the "Georgia Teen Smoking Act". This legislation makes it a misde- meanor for any minor to knowingly attempt to purchase or possess any tobacco products. We voted to ease the burdens of families and individuals with work- related injuries. In making revisions to the Workers Compensation Law, we raised the maximum and mini- mum weekly benefits for disability payments to injured workers. HB 135 makes it easier for injured workers who are seriously disabled or incom- petent to have a guardian appointed to administer their claims. In addi- tion, the legislation raised the amount that workers compcnsation will cover for burial expenses to help ease the financial burden on surviving family members. The Georgia Underground Slur- age Pact Act was passed in 1988 to regulate ownersof underground sit)r- age tanks. The Act set up a trust fund, like an insurance policy, lhat owners and operators paid into to clean up. land to accommodate the large amount of cleanups that are now needed and could see a back up to the year 2000. There are some 33.(XX) underground storage tanks in Geor- gia throughout 11,000 locations. In our efforts to help clean up environ- mental damage around underground storage tanks, we passed unanimously HB 185. This legislation gives the Environmental Protection Division the ability to acquire additional funds through grants, general appropria- tions or bonds to help continue clean- ups. My columns are primarily focu,d on legislation that the House of Repre- sentatives debate and vote on. The bills discussed usually have to be con- sidered by the Senate and then signed into law by the Governor. If you have any concerns about these and/or any other bills before the General Assenl- bly, please contact me Carl Von Epps at 409G LOB, Atlanta, G ex)rgia 30334 or call me at 404-656-0116.