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2:--HOGANSVILLE HERALD--THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1999 I I By Bob Tribble, Publisher FROM WHERE I SIT Reminiscing, A Sign Of Growing Older " Folks have told me over the years that when you go back into thepast doing a lot of reminiscing, you are getting older. Well, be that or not, I want to step back into the past again to Northeast Georgia where I was born and lived until age 15. The house we grew up in was a block off Hwy. 59 that was the main road from Lavonia to Anderson, S.C. We traveled that dirt road to Fair Play on many occasions to visit relatives there, sometimes going on to Anderson for a visit with other relatives. Once at the state line our 1940 Ford would cross the Tugalo River over the longest (or one of) covered bridges ever made. I don't remember the exact length of Knox's Bridge, but it seemed well over the length of a football field. The bridge was constructed totally with wooden pegs instead of nails. During the late 1950s or early 1960s Hartwell Dam was built and now a beautiful lake lies where the Tugalo Riveronce ran. Knox's Bridge was moved to Clemson University, I believe, and was recon- structed there to allow future generations to get a look at the past. Another vivid memory about those youthful years growing up in that area of the state was of the Rivers family, a black family who lived down the road from us. Uncle Ruben and Aunt Dorthea, as we were taught to call them, had several children. The three boys remembered best by me were Richard, better known as "Bee", Morris and Joe Dan. All ihree were a little older than me and Joe Dan was pretty well grown and already working for Harbin Lumber Co. Bee, Morris, my brother Bill, several others and myself would play fox and dog many a night all the way from our house to "Goose Holler", better known now as Greentown Heights. I can remember one night when Masse, another friend, ran under a clothes line in our backyard, with the line throwing him backwards about as fast as he was running forward. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt badly. Many a time we sat at Aunt Dorthea's table and broke bread with the family. Talking about good food, those of you who have been there and done that know exactly what I mean. Another memory is hooking up the mules to the wagon and walking four miles or so to our farm on the Carnesville highway to plant cotton or some other crop. I wasn't much help on those trips because I wasn't old enough to plow a mule, but Uncle Ruben sure could lay out a beautiful row. I tried to pick cotton during the season but never had the pleasure of picking as much as 100 pounds in a day. Uncle Ruben could carry two rows right beside me and wind up with 400 pounds or more. (He would even help with my row.) Also, we tried our hand back then at hoeing cotton. That was to no avail as well because my brother and I would chop up more cotton than weeds They called it thinning the cotton and both of us did a great job at that! Then, there was one summer when money was pretty tight around our house and my dad planted an acre or so of peas. We ate so many peas that summer that I felt like a pea patch. Most young folks today, including my son, will say that "he's just bragging about those tough times." That's not really the case. I'm just sharing memories and if reminiscing is a sign of growing older, then so be it. I I NEWS FROM THE HOUSE By Representative Jeffrey W. Brown Slow Session Spurs Collection Of Thoughts : Four slow weeks of legislation - the slowest I've seen in my five years here - prompted musings on several topics. Speculations abound regard- ing reasons for the slow session, more later. Open Records After a lengthy debate, the House voted for a signifi- cant strengthening of the open records and open meetings laws. The net ef- fect will be far fewer executive ses- sions, fewer topics discussed in these sessions and easier access to records. It will affect city and county govern- ments and any organization using taxpayer monies such as hospitals eluding monies for Teen Plus, in the 1999 Fiscal Year Budget. Money first goes to the Department of Hu- man Resources who transfers it to the Division of Public Health who sends it through local public health clinics that contract with district health providers for specialized ser- vices to adolescents and teenagers for "responsible sexuality pro- grams", including condoms, pelvis exams and contraceptives. There are also monies from the Indigent Care Trust Fund. Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles A February 1, 1999 press and industrial dev authe,,, Ndeaarorn the Georgia State Board ties. This is good iegislationthal will keep the public better informed. Now all we need to do is pass the same r'equirements for the General Assem- bly and the Governor's office. I signed a resolution Friday to try to make this happen. Teen Clinics As I pointed out in last week's article, some programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy And sexual activity are actually pro- ducing the opposite effect according to studies. Interestingly, Troup County received $250,000 in teen pregnancy prevention funding, in- of Pardons and Paroles revealed that the number of Georgia offenders in- creased by nine percent in 1998 - an increase of 26,954 offenders from 1997. That brings the total number of Georgia offenders from 1997. That brings the total number of Georgia offenders to almost 320.000. The larg- est category consists of 269,000 on probation; 42,000 are state inmates. The only decrease in state offenders was a seven percent reduction in those on parole. This is a direct result of tougher sentencing laws. Transportation Superagency Representatives Vance Smith, Lynn Westmoreland, Ralph Hudgens and I met with Governor Roy Barnes this week to discuss his idea for a trans- portation superagency. I found him to be very a':cessible, willing to listen and well inlormed. Although the gov- ernor appe:rs willing to reconsider his decisiols at times, he does not feel that in this case there's another suitable answer to the problem. I, and several other legislators, are working on an alternative. More on Money As mentioned last week, there are disturbing re- ports of money playing a major role in legislation. _This wek, a Vision 2000 Tourism chairwoman issued a memo to all tourism committee mem- bers on which she reported that two powerful members of the Appropria- tions Committee told her that if her Republican legislator did not vote for the mid-year budget, the $2 million for tourism advertising would be re- moved from the budget. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns through any of the following means: Capitol phone - 404-656-0177; LaGrange phone - 404-884-3232. Also, please visit my website at friendsofjeff.org. "HE HOGANSVILLE ELEMENTARY ART CLUB explained Rev. Howard Finster's folk art. Left to right are hantreze Russell, Lacey Cleveland, Brittany Johnson, Kendra Parmer, NeShae Rosser, Holly Spradlin, and Jasmine Hilderbrant. 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 atake no law respecting an establishment of religim=, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedam of slch, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitian the Government for a redress of grievances. '" Your rht to wd this herr, paler is pKted by the Fire AmJmt d the United Statu Conaituti0n. The Hogansville Herald (USPS 642-040) is published weekly for $15.90 per year in- county, $23.63 per year in state and $30.00 per year out-of-state. Pu blished 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, PO Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816 Our Goal v//te 14errd is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and lurrounding areal by Grimes Publications, Inc., Mwmhelter, GA. Our goal is to produce quality, profltlble, oommu- nity-oriented newspapers that you, our rmders, ate poud of. We will rueh that goal through hard work, tewmuork, loyalty, and a etrong declication toward printing the mah. Our Staff Mike Hale, Glmeral Manager J. Dan Stout, Editor LeeAnn Wilbwt, Business Manager Cleta YOung, Receptionist Valinda Ivery, Composition Malisu Pierce, Composition David Boggs. Pressroom Our Policies Signed letters to theeditor welcomed. Please limit to 300 words and include address and phone number. Uability for an arror 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 I SENIOR CENTER NEWS , , By Mary Jo Veal Tuesday, February 9 was every- thing we had hoped and planned for. It was indeed a "Dream Fulfilled". One, the seniors had been dreaming of since the Senior Program began in a small one room building on Com- merce St. in 1977. The Dedication Program began at 2 p.m. with the traditional ribbon cutting. The group moved inside for the welcome by Gloria Sanford, followed by the invocation by Rev. Jesse Sims. Don Howell introduced officials and special guests. Remarks were made by Mayor Wilson St. Clair. Carolyn Burgess, President of Troup Council on Aging, gave a very inspiring talk on what the senior cen- ter is to the community and compli- mented the many persons involved with the Senior Programs. Bobby Buchanan, Director of Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging and Nancy Seegars, Regional Planner, both spoke about the work and plans that went into getting the grant for the center. Mary Jo Veal acknowledged the honorary contributors to the program and recognized the "Hundred Dollar Club" members by showing the two plaques that will be hung in the center The tables were beautifully deco- rated by Mrs. Scarlett Hanners. And the beautiful, delicious refreshments were provided by Linda Prescott ,and Faye Hobbs. Music was provided during the afternoon by Ella Bennett at the pi- ano and Cynthia Johnstone on the violin. Guests included friends from LaGrange, Newnan, Granlville, Franklin, Carroliton, West Point, Moreland, Green ville, Athens, Rome, Atlanta and our own Hogansville members and friends. It was abso- lutely great and our special thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who had a part, be it large or small, in making the event a big success. The N.C.B.A. training workshop was held at the Hogansville center on Wednesday, February 10. Attending were Jane Hubbard,Tiny Heath, Faye Hobbs, Frances Thornton. Margie Gordon, and Mary Jo Veal from Hogansville. From LaGrange were Mildred Cox, Irene Medley, Frances Byrd, Lula Rowe and Cieo Gates. Mr Jsf( Don Howell, Ann McCom_ Sarah Harmon, Etta Bennett nl Mildred Walker were honored birthday party on Wednesday,,r a ruary 10th at the center. Cake ar,d" cream was served and each hot j n( p.r was presented balloons. 3e The Southern Crescent Aft Project Council met for their d? terly meeting on Thursday, Feb?  11 th at the Hogansville Senior C.d s . ! Members from the ten counti M tended. The project council is fd, purpose of discussion of food .r, and activities among the dietid A.A.A. di. tors, site managerSsf( representaUves from each center,Mr, The annual Valentine party19e 1 held at the center on Friday, Febd u' 12. Refreshments were served. There will be a spaghetti suJ and Bingo with prizes at the cent Friday night, February 19 at 6 o'clt Price is $5.00 and tickets are ota! now at the center or from mem There will also be entertainment your ticket now! lest ld: il II FIRST BAPTIST HAPPENINGS i'o,00 (_ .............................. ....... By Patti Phillips / [ The Adult Choir invited all ladies of the church to a miscellaneous bridal shower for E.ariea McWhorter, bride- elect of Chris Campbell, on Saturday afternoon.February 13th in the church fellowship hall. Deacon of the Week: Howell Spradlin. The Adult Choir special Sunday morning was "Wonderful Grace of Jesus". Rev. Thurman Henderson preached for us both services on Sun- day. Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. AI S wanlhn WMU focus Week is February EllaMaePittman,KeithBrown,- iw-el 14-20. On February 17th, the WMU Sarah Driver, Mac Foster, LI D will have the Mission Program that is foreveryone where they will tell what Friend, George Wingo, AtJnl WOM is doing. And Nglwork is the Hammond, Don Swanson, Dena/SfY Mission Study Book that will be given rington, Mable Hall and Gladys at First Baptist with Antioch, High- tridge. un land and Union, the other churches Our Christian sympathy is l e invited to participate, tended to the families of/VI3, Stephens (his widow is the felts, st  Patsy Thomas, a Hogansville natinin Lucille Lunsford and Rick Coolke As you pray, remember: Maxine Cranston, Bob Tillman, Thomas Ladd, Mike Thomas, Pauline Pow- ers, Winifred Grex'n, Clyde Burks, Dot Lankford, Lanny Braswell, Minnie Crozier, Tammy Brown, Ruby Teel, Louise Wilson, C.E. PASTORtS CORNER By Dr. Jimmy R. Brown, Pastor, Highland Baptist Church From the tales of the Civil War come this story. During a very crucial time during the battle of Vicksburg, a little old lady came to the front line armed only with a broom. When she was asked what she was doing in such a dangerous place she replied, "I'm here to fight the Yankees." "But you can't hurt anyone with a broom." Congratulations to the follotth Callaway High School Honorl t students for the LrSt semester. AI Lee, 9th grade (3.50-3.99) and ,m o Lancaster, 10th grade (3.50-3.99 [ e gan nd .... T ki Firm ..... Stand _a.__no , : "No," she replied aggressively, "but I can show them which side I'm on." There frequently come times in our daily Christian living, even though we cannot change a situation greatly, we need to let others know which side we're on. In today's modern soci- ety, many of the moral teachings of the Bible have been abandoned. Fi- I I I Letters To The Editor An Open Letter To City Of Hogansville And City Employe! brd bers of faith that held the moral w our nation together are now I .n ignored. What can we do ? Well,  t may not be able to greatly chanj  I1 situation but we can take our bra .. of falth,d let the world know wl se s=de were on. "As for me and nenl house, we will serve the La . (Joshua 24:15). i 2;0n oit bru Ladies and Gentlemen: nominated for Plant of the Year be- do the best job possible for the I want to thank you for a job well fore and this is an accomplishment zens of Hogansville. done, and the hard work you have that we all can be proud of. I am proud to be a part of the t done this year. The resuits paid offas Special thanks go to Ron and this city. Thank you all a we came in second place in the Plant Buchanan, Jose Vidal, Ronald Hill Next year we will win first pl of the Year Awards, at the wastewa- and Angela Perry for their hard work Sincerely, i ter planL The city has never been and dedication, working as a team to Bobby D. Sprayberry, Super % RAN00rILLE-LO00E OAK ST. MARKS NEWS , By Janie Ellis i ,,.. Love is an attitude, Love is a On last Saturday, February 13, daughter of Mr. Michael TownS prayer, For someone in sorrow, a heart in despair:, . Love is goodwill for the gain of another, Love suffers long with the fault of a brother. Happy belated anniversary wishes go out to the following couple: Mr. and Mrs. Horace (Arlene) I-larway on their 67th on February 8. We wish them many, many more! Happy anniversary wishes go out .to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Suzette) Jackson on their 2nd on February 22nd. We wish them many, many more! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Reginald (Tanya) Culpepper, Sr.. of Atlanta on the birth of their daughter, Reginia, born February 8 and weigh- ing 7 pounds. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Annette Culpepper of Manchester and the late Mr. Eric Culpepper. Also, Ms. Janie Ellis is the proud great-aunt. We're sorry to report that Ms. Carolyn Dean of Greenville and Mrs. Josephine Rosser of Grantville are patients at WGMC. We wish them a speedy recovery! Ms. Gladys Varner of Grantville was given a surprise birthday party at her residence. It was prepared and given by her (laugh ters, Mrs. S antra Phillips and Mrs. Juwarn Middleton. She re- ceived lots of beautiful gifts. It was enjoyed by relatives and friends. Birthday greetings go out to: Ms. Johnnie ,Mae Clark, Mr. Dwight Blalock, Mr. DemetriesJerome Cous- ins, Mrs. Sherry Dean, Dantra and Greg Ciements, grandsons of Mr. Willie Lee Clements, Sr., Mr. James Clements, in memory of Mrs. Fannie Mac Dean, Mr. Walter Scott Hams, Mr. Parnell Hill, Mr. James Harris, Mrs. Linda C. Godfrey, Mr. Perk Hammett, Mrs. Janie Pearl Hardaway, Brittany Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Carol) Hill, Mrs. Carol Sue Hopson, Ms. Rewa Jo,es, daugh- ter of Ms. Helen Jones, Jessica Alece McKeever, great-granddaughler of Mrs. Maggie Stepp, Mr. Frederick Van Matthews, Mr. Dexter Owens, Ms. LaQuinta Rosser, in memory of Mrs. Peggy Rutledge. Mr. Terry Rhodes, Prince Tenney, Mr. Jessie Colton, Mrs. Frances Harrison, Mr. Lamar Parks, in memory of Mr. Harold Ward, Mr. Joseph Trammell, Ms. Sharon Woodard, Zachary Woo- dard, III, Mr. Lorenzo McCall, Jr., Mr. Wilbur Thompson, Jr., Mrs. Catherine Towns; Mekiella Towns, Shaun M. Hines.. We're sorry to report that Ms. Bates Nails of Cleveland, Ohio,F  feted a heart attack en route to 0[ gia. At this writing, she is restinht Riverdale Hospital. a Please remember the sickji convalescing in your prayers: 1o Georgia Lee Birts, Mr. Leon CI- a . zall Mr. Robert Comb, Mrs. Lucdi,l t ton, Mr. Willie Dean, Jr., Mr..= liam Colton, Wadrais Colton,.._th Frank Dean, Sr., Mr. Curtis G tit Ms. Carolyn Dean, Mrs. Le Coverson, Mrs. Carrie Bell  Mr. Walter Scott Harris, Mr. Ht L i m= Ha00away, Mrs. Wille Mrs. Florence Malone, Mr. ROni Blalock, Mrs. Janice Poythtess,l Oliver Thompson, Mrs. Oor Snellings, Mrs. Emma Lou S I! Mr. Elbert Williams, and Mr. F- Willoby, Jr.  t.. I White Plains United" Metl. _Ha Church, St. Marks, invites evel to their Black History ProgralRput Sunday, February 21 at ll:00n :in_ with Pastor W E Geter bringtnr'2 ' :,,Co message.  Seed for Thought: When one mistreats you, do what supernaturally - low him.