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PAGE 4-A - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2008 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS LISPS JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR LAtmm I.EWlS AOVE;RTISING DIRECroR ROB RICHARDSON ASSOCIATE EDrrOR ANDY KOBER ASSISTANT EDITOR / uom Phone (706) 846 3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 A Grin tmttimt P.o. so, Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Millard B. Gflmes, President Last Wednesday the moon became completely immersed in the Earth's shad- ow resulting in a total lunar eclipse. This was the third eclipse in the past year. This eclipse was a little special however; it was the only one of its kind that will occur in the next millennium. It came with a rare bonus. The planet Saturn and the bright bluish star, Regulus, formed a broad tri gle with the moon's disk. If you watched carefully, you may have noticed the moon chang- ing its position with respect to the star and planet as it moved eastward through Earth's shadow. Some old-time astronomy buffs might remember that 40 years ago a total lunar eclipse occurred with the moon sitting only about a degree from Spica, a gor- geous celestial tableau. More recently, in 1996 a totally eclipsed moon passed within two degrees of Saturn. HAVE YOU ever won- dered why you can see the moon during a total eclipse? That is because the sun- light is still reflecting off the moon because of the atmos- phere. Particles in the atmos- phere cause the light rays from the sun to bounce around. Some are refracted, or bent. They get redirected through the atmosphere and out around behind Earth and onto the moon, which is blocked only from direct sun- light. Ttmt makes the moon still visible in the sky. WHAT MAKES the moon appear red? The refracted rays from the sunlight that are illumi- nating the moon turn it a strange reddish color. It may appear to be copper of rust in color. The color is caused by all of the rays being bounced around as they go through the atmosphere. The more atmosphere the sunlight has to travel through, the more the blue and green parts of the spectrum are scattered. That is also why sunrises and sunsets are yellow and pink or red. The sun, low during early and late hours of the day, hit the atmosphere at a shallow angle and has to fight through more atmospheric particles on its way to your eye, and the reddish wavelengths get through much better than the other colors. The same thing happens to sunlight refracted onto the moon during an eclipse. The sunlight hits the atmosphere on the sides of the Earth at a shallow angle and is carried through a lot of atmosphere until it's redirected out onto the moon and hides it from direct sunlight. The red end of the spec- trum in all that can get through so much interfer- ence. So, the moon in total eclipse appears as an eerie, glowing copper ball in the sky. IRONICALLY, a total lunar eclipse will be brighter when the atmosphere doesn't have as much volcanic dust floating round. If the atmos- phere is dirty, it will block sunlight and dims the eclipse. The weather conditions also play a part in how bright an eclipse might appear. The cloudier the global atmos- phere, the less sunlight that makes it to the moon, and the dimmer the eclipse will be. ONE GREAT thing about a total lunar eclipse is that we can enjoy itata more leisure- ly pace than a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse will sually last for about eight minutes, while a lunar eclipse will usu- ally last for about three hours. Another good thing about a lunar eclipse is that we can look at it with our naked eye, not like needing protective eye wear for a solar eclipse. I HOPE everyone got a chance see this,spectacu- lar event. The next time you'll get a chance to see a total lunar eclipse will be on Dec. 21, 2010 and even then, it will not have the showthat this one gave with Saturn and Regulus. That will give you plenty of time to get a pair of binoculars, because with them you can see the whole show. If you did get to watch the eclipse, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Being able to witness God's work first hand always amazes me. THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50 . FOR stmscRwrloNs call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSrMASlXR: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Editor. John Kukyendall Advertising Director Laurie Lewis Associate Editor : Rob Richardson StaffWriters Andy Kober, Bryan C-eter, Billy Bryant Composition . Dewayne Flowers Press Manager. Lawrence Colleges Press Assistant Damell McCauley Circulation Distribution WayneGrochowsld CORPORATE (Zmoms President Millard B. Grimes Vice President Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretary Laura E Grimes Treasurer. Kathy C-times Garrett Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary James S. Grimes I took my basketball seri- me."I hadthis bigor girl from ously - and I took an occa- outinthecountryonmyteam. sional physical, beating Lord, she was mead. She hit because one day I wanted to a reference square in the play the game in front of my mouth that night when he father. He had been a basket- called afoul on her, put 'im ball player, too. As a matter out cold is what I mean." of fact, in researching his My father coached has- youth, most people mention ketball in the military as well. first that my father could play Before the whiskey got him the game. and the army gave him his "Had the best two-hand- walking papers, he was ath- ed set shot in the county," letic officer at Fort Benning, somebody said. soon afterhe returned from "Lord, Lewis could flat Korea. play basketball," said some- One of the bright memo- body else. ries of the fewyears I lived I even discovered that he with both my parents was sit- played high school ball well ring on the bench with Daddy into his twenties, while he coached basketball. "See, what he'd do," said One of the dark memories of an old classmate, "is gradu- that time is that is,how I came ate from one school an then to have the despicable nick: enrollin another the next year name"Skippy." as a senior. There wasn't The players referred to much checking around about my father as "Skipper." When , eligibility in those days, and I came along, they referred he just kept on playing. I think to me as Skippy. I grew to hate they finally got on to him up the name. I had fights in in Rabun County, though, school over it. I pleaded with because he looked so much my mother and other mem- older than his coach." bers of my family not to call me by that name. I was Lewis, Everybody but my maternal grandmother. "You will always be Skippy to me," she said. And I was. she was still calling me that when she died. I was well into my thirties at the time. I was thinking at her funeral that Skippy had died with my grandmother. I had to admit to myself that Skippy probably wasn't that bad a nickname after all. our coach, who was just out of college, decided to freeze the ball after we achieved a 2-0 lead and got the ball back. We froze the ball until two minutes to go in the game and we still had the 2-0 lead. Arnco-Sargent came out of their zone and we won some- thing like 6-3. In the finals we played East Coweta and we were freezing the ball again until I threw it away. We lost and our coach broke his hand slamming it against the bench when I threw the ball away. Later he became a Baptist minister and, presumably, forgave me to be continued next week I MADE the junior high team when I was in the sev- BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT enth grade at Moreland wrrHmswmoW, DEDRA, THEHOME School. We did quite well NEWS IS CARRYING SELECTED against other teams in the COLUMNS BY THE LATE LEWIS county, considering the fact GmZZARD, WHOGREWtWlNNEAg- we had to play all our games BY MORELAND, AND BECAME THE away and couldn't practice MOST WIDELY READ CEOR61A when it was raining or when WRITER OF ms TIME. CRIZZASD'S F C I U L- HE BECAME a teacher I said. Skippy is something it was so cold the nets on the BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAIL- before the war, my daddy, and you name a dog or a pet duck. playground courts froze. ABLEFORS~ETHROUGHBADBOOT I did some coaching. He even By the time I was twelve, In the county semifinals, PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 191266, I enjoyed coaching girls' bas- mostofmyfamilyhadceased we 15layed Arnco-Sargent ATLANTA, GA31118-1266ANDATBOOK ketball. "I hated girls," he told on the Skippy thing. School, from a mill town, and AND MUSIC STORES NATIONWIDE. [ This week has been a week of strange news. A couple of weeks ago I told you about a plan to sell "medicinal" marijuana out of vending machines in California. Over the weekend, two cable news services featured one of those vending machines andtele a per- sor getting m 6jua 0 put of one. CNN even noted the secu- rity feature of the person pur- chasing the marijuana need- ing an electronic card, simi- lar to your ATM card, to pur- chase the marijuana. Sure, that's real secure. Technology has resulted in electronic forgery being both easy and relatively inex- pensive. Just ask anybody who has had their identity stolen. Very good but fake dri- ver's licenses and electronic cards are readily available, but our neighbors in California think an electron- ic card is secure. Blame it on the amoeba. TWO PICTURES floating around the Internet garnered considerable attention last week and both featured pres- idential candidate Barack 0bama. In one, he stylishly appears in Muslim attire. At a time when this coun- try is extremely sensitive to the threat posed by radical Muslims, I would have to question to wisdom ofdoing rzztLag this. Elected officials that visff foreign co ies have often dressed appropriate to that country. But I think the timing was very, very bad. I guess we can blame it on the amoeba. THE SECOND picture, which I have received a num- ber of times, was ostensibly taken during an outdoor event featuring Obama, along with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and another woman standing on a stage in front of a huge American Flag. The Pledge of Allegiance is apparently being conduct- ed because each person on the stage has their right hand over their heart- or relative- ly close. Except for Obama, who has his hands clasped, beneath his belt. Obama has been repeat: ediy criticized for refusing to show respect for the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. For a person seeking the single most important elect- ed office in this country, that was certainly not a smart move. Blame in on the amoeba. SO WHAT does an amoe- ba have to do with any of this? A California man fell ill last November and is now on life support equipment. Apparently, doctors were baffled by what was causing the man's,deteriorating health. Last month, using a brain biopsy, the doctors discov- ered parasitic meningoen- cephalitis. This is a very rare infection caused by the brain- eating amoeba Balamuthia mandriUaris. There are only an esti- mated 150 cases of this prob- lem worldwide, but it is a fatal situation. Yes, this is very rare though I know some people I m='gkt i'" kc:thlg Balamuthia mandrillaris. And there are prol bl ome people who think I might be host to one of those little bug- gers. As the amoeba eats brain tissue, the individual suffers from the loss until even the involuntary actions cease. I suspect those officials who are allowing marijuana to be sold from vending machines might be suffering. I also suspect that Obama might want to pay a visit to his doctor because he might be suffering. But now we can just blame bad decisions on the amoeba. Wonder if that excuse will work with my wife when I do something stupid? That's my opinion. SAI RE,( ~Talt 5Jt 302 hav add clicl anir spa hea chil: 70O It ! In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News Compiled by Rob Richardson PLANNING FOR FUN- The top story in the Feb. 27, 1958 Hogansvi//e Hera/dwas about the new chamber of commerce. "An enthusiastic group of about 40 Hogansville citizens gave the local chamber of commerce a unanimous vote of confirmation Tuesday night and then made plans through which the cham- ber, with their wholehearted support, might launch its campaign to obtain new industries in Hogansville. The group went on record, Without a dissenting vote, as favoring the chamber of commerce as the most logical organization to spearhead the local effort to interest new industries and new businesses in comir g here. DESTRUCTIVE BLAZE - A front page photo group showed damage caused by a fire at the West End schools. "$10,000 damage in a three-alarm blaze that swept the West End Schools the fire is believed to have started in the furnace room on the south end of the building." THE TAX MAN COMETH - Another front page story announced an event of mixed blessings. "Pierce Bruce, tax commissioner of Troup County, will be in Hogansville at the city hall Thursday and Friday of this week on official business. He will be here for the purpose of receiving taxes, selling automobile tags and col- lecting delinquent taxes." CINEMA TIME - Movies showing at the Royal Theatre were Monster From Green He//, Dakota Li/, Forty Guns, Time Limit and Anthony Quinn in a third remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. HOME BUSINESSES - Mrs. Jack Dorough was apparently quite a cook, and ran a large display ad in the paper: "1 am now baking cakes and pies to order. Place your order now for deliv- ery this weekend. Any kind or flavor cakes and pies. Your order will be promptly filled to your satiSfactionY