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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - MARCH ,,2001 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 MIKE HAI I;BlaSHFJIADVERTISING DR JOHN KtrvKFNDALL A.)ClATE PUBHSHEF.rrOR BRYAN GmXR ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAYNE BUStNKS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 P, O. Box 426 Hogansvilte, Georgia 30Z Earnhardt Jr. Places Courage Over Grief It took a lot of courage for DaM Earnhardt, Jr. to return to the race track in Sunday's Dura- Lube 400 after his father was killed on the track in Daytona only a week prior. Somehow, Earnhardt put the grief, hurt and fear out of his mind and returned to the track, only to end up on the wall himself. Earnhardt had been through what was probably the hardest seven days of his life. His heart had to be pounding when he took to the asphalt to qualify. He was probably very disappointed when he had to start in 25th posi- tion. However, he overcame the disappointment and fears to take to the track and get back to doing what he and his father loved, racing. Earnhardt, Jr. probably found comfort in being back on the track and felt once he was back in the saddle, so to speak, he could put things behind him. Earnhardt, Jr., 26, got off to a good start. He quickly began to close in on the cars in front of him after making it cleanly through Turn 2. However, the field began to bunch together as they jockefo:r position going into Turn &Robby Gordon began to move down the track and moved into the path of Earnhardt forcing him to apply his brakes. Ron Hornaday collided with Earnhardt's car from behind causing it to fishtail. The car veered left and headed down the track. As he tried to correct and pull the car back to the right, he entered the path of Kenny Wallace. Wallace's vehicle slammed into the passenger's side of Earnhardt's bright red car then headed into the wall between Turns 3 and 4, head-on just like the crash that had taken his father's life just one week before. THE FEW SECONDS that accident lasted must have seemed like an eternity to Earnhardt's family, friends and millions of racing fans. When the announcement was made that Earnhardt was alright, there must have been millions of simultaneous sighs. Most people probably won- der why Earnhardt, Jr. would even want to return to the race track. What makes a man put his life on the life in that man- ner? Many think money is the dri- ving force. While it's certainly part of it. It is not the only rea- son a human being does things like racing, knowing it could end your life. All athletes run certain risks. Boxers can be disabled for life or even kined by a wrong blow. Football players are no different. They could break a bone or even their necks on any given play. But the desire to win above all costs drive them hack to the field every Sunday. YES, WINNING is addictive to an athlete. There is no rush in life bettex than winning. That thrill is one driving force for an athlete. Another is simply the love of the sport. Be it racing, foot- ball, hockey, boxing, it doesn't matter, the love for the sport drives the athlete. Of course, the fans are another reason. An athlete, no matter how bad he's injured or banged up, wants to continue not only for personal satisfac- tion but for the fans and the team. I've never been an avid NASCAR fan. While I like the sport, I've only followed the careers of a few drivers. However, frem this day for- ward, I'll keep a close eye on the career of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. because, of his effort on Sunday. Earnhardt, Jr. showed not only courage  he turned to the track. He, hewed his love of the sport, hi dedication to his fans and abo, all his will to win. \\;, While it had to beone of the hardest things he's ever done, it showed tremendous charac- ter on his part. His family, friends, fans and especially NASCAR should be proud. i We gladly welcome letters to the editor! i i i ii i i Tin: HOGAVnaE H NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, (kaxgia 31816. USPS 6. Subription rates by mail: $16 inTroup, Heardot Meriwether Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansille, Ge(gia 302.). FoR SUB:4 "RIFi'IONS call ,[ 70) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mercmy Publications. E O Box 426. Manchester. Georgia 31816. P-rMAS'TEI: Send ss clnges to P. O. Box 426, HogansviUe, GA 30230. S'rAl Publisher and Advertising Di:ctor ................................................................... .Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Edit ............................................................... .John lOJyimndall Ass:iate Editor ................................................................................................ .Bryan Geter Assistant Ed(tor ......................................................................................... .Rob Busin Xmger ....................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Staff Wdters ...................................................................... Mi C. Snider. Billy Bryam Assistant Advertising Manager ....................................................................... .Lanric Lewis Advertising SMes ................................................................................................  Camp Assistant Editor ........................................................................................... Rob Richards(m Composing .......................... : .......................... Valinda Ivexy, Deborah Smith, Lauren King Legals ............................................................................................................ Jaym Goldstcta Receptionist and Clasifieds ?.: ........................................................................... Cleta Young Production Manager .............................................................................................. Todd Laird ssroom ................................................................. David Boggs and Wayne Com'oitTE OFFICERS Presint ................................................................................... ................ Millard B. Grimes , Ice President ........................................................................................ Charlotte S. Grimes Unsure About If It Is Right To Sometime ago I read a story about a fellow who used to get drunk with his buddies every day after work. One weekend that fellow received Christ as his Savior and when Monday came, he refused to get drunk with his buddies. Every time his buddies asked him to go and get drunk, he refused. Then one day one of his buddies got upset with him for his abstinence and tried to trick him. The man asked, "If drinking is so wrong, then why did Jesus turn water into wine?" The young Christian, not know- ing much about the Bible replied, "I don't know about Jesus turning water into wine, but I know at my house he turned beer into furniture." A lot of people are like that young Christian: they are not sure what it means when Jesus turned water into wine. Sadly, the confusion over drinking alcoholic beverages is not confined to the world out- side the church. Even in some 'religious' circles, the debate is carried forth over abstinence or moderation. The only way such a debate can be settled is for all involved to surrender themselves to a careful study of God's Word. It is not within the scope of this article to convey a detailed description of the principles of biblical interpretation. However, the bottom line is what does the Bible have to say? Based upon the teaching of the scripture itself, the Holy Spirit as the guide into all truth will lead the sincere believer to that truth. The Holy Spirit will not lead some to one conclusion and another group to a different con- clusion. He will not contradict himself. IF THAT IS the case, why so much confusion? The confusion comes from a lack of "rightly dividing the truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thy- self approved unto God, a work- man that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." To find the truth of God's word, a Christian must rightly divide or correctly expound the Bible. By the way, the Bible says in I Corinthians 2:14 the unbeliever is not capa- ble of coming to a proper under- standing of the Bible. To those who do rightly divide the word of truth, there wiLl be found two basic words translated from the original that mean wine. (There are words translated strong drink that def- initely refer to intensely intox- icating beverages.) Simply defined, those words only refer to the fruit of the vine. The connotation must be con- eluded from the context of the passage being studied. Simply stated, the way the word is used will determine ff the word is referring to fermented alco- "A lot of people are like that young Christian." they are not sure what it means when Jesus turned water into wine." holic bevel'age or just plain old unfermented grape juice. The book of Proverbs abounds with references that condemn the use of alcoholic drinks. Such as, Proverbs 20:1 says, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Also con- sider Isaiah 5:11, "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!" There is one verse in Proverbs that seems to lend itself to using Read This Column and Get What prompts this week's line of thought was a visit last Friday night to Mac's Steak and Barbeque restaurant in Warm Springs. I frequently pick up an order  .  brunswick entover that way and bring it home to eat with fresh light bread (that's plain old white loaf bread from the grocery, but fresh is the key and Sunbeam Old Fashioned is our family favorite). This time we didn't go to Mac's for the barbeque. We went for a steak and it was good, too. On a scale of one to ten I'd give the steaks an eight. But it was/is the ambience at Mac's that sets the place apart. Laid back. Easy. When we walked in for this most recent dining experience, it was to the sound of a Jim Reeves tape playing in the background. Frequently, there's live music in the spring, summer and early fall. Other special dining spots for Friday nite? The Barn over on the Barnsville highway just north of Thomaston offers a country seafood bar that Daniel and I like. Yep, there's a differ- ence in a big city seafood buf- fet and one done country style. We like both, but country wins out most of the time. Of course, ff laid back country doesnthrill you, it's hard to beat the Friday nite seafood buffet at Callaway Gardens Inn for excellent food and service presented in a some- wt elegant southern setting. FOR SUNDAY DINNER, I have two favorite spots. The Concord Cafe (in Cond) is awesome. The vittles  are almost comparable to those spread before us many years ago at my mother-in-law's table when all the kids would come home. Three or four meats.'Several casseroles. Eight or ten vegeta- bles. Salad bar. Two or three breads. Tea and coffee and at least eight desserts to choose from. All this for ten bucks! The restaurant looks like something left over from way back when, and the food will take you way hack when! My other Sunday choice is the Bullock House in Warm Springs. It's a bit like having Thanksgiving Dinner any Sunday you choose and the fried green tomatoes cannot be beat. I especially like to walk out the door and browse around the plant nursery next door. No nicer setting exists than Warm Springs for "walking it off" before crawling hack in the car to head home. When rm in Peachtree City, I like to have lunch at The Italian Oven. I love their bread and salad and several menu items have become favorites. In Newt.an, Gus's is always a good choice. In Fayetteville, The Village Cafe remains my pick. "My second favorite place to eat is on the tail gate of Daniel's truck." i In Jonesboro, it's Butch's. In Stockbridge, the only place I eat is the Eagle's Landing Pharmacy soda fountain. I'm sure there are other great places, I just like old fashioned soda fountains! WHAT REALLY prompted this line of thought was a recent week long stay in Savannah where dining choices can be mind boggling. Three places to which I will assuredly go again ffthe opportunity presents itself are: The Toucan Care, River House (on River Street), and The Delivery Room (two loca- alcohol as a man, however. But, conclusion that can be is that the use erage is strictly scripture. As far as ing water into wine, he made the water the best juice this world Jesus, do anything that was a further explanation of; and the turning the wine, feel free to write your name and and reply to. The point is, alcohol is, gerous thing which deceived this world. realize it is a sin and not ness. If it is a sickness, it only sickness contracted act ofthe will It ist ness you can buy in a is a sickness that the ment There are too many taken on our streets, too battered wives, too neglected children, many destroyed livers that to drink alcohol wrong. It is bad enough to see Hh' Christians ruining their this with alcohol, but to see  "Mill Christians indulging, it even greater tragedy. our society wake up to see alcohol destroys lives? [e[ T tions). Oh, and Savannah's Kitchen on River Street multi-flavored defy de, s ctio_ol you taste before buying[ MY ALL TIME place to eat is in my the back or front dinin table or ring in the livin spot in my office. I fresh bread baking and prepared. I especially cook chicken and and turnip greens. Of anything fresh from the is always appreciated! My second favorite eat is on the taft truck. Sardines in mustard and saltines always hit He likes those little in hot sauce. We both tea and take it with us er we go. Years ago Daniel red canvas bag on written "a loaf of bread, a i wine wilderness...  I suppose company goes a long making any food, is which it is orable and worth others. Celebrate National Nutrition March is "National Nutrition Month." USDA recently released the ABC's of nutrition for health and healthy lifestyle. A - Aim for Fitness: aim for a healthy weight; be physically active each day. B - Build a healthy base. Let the pyramid guide your food choices. Choose a variety of grains daily espe- cially whole grains. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables daffy. Follow food safety guidelines to keep food safe to eat. C - Choose sen- sibly. Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat. Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars. Chooseand prepare foods with less salt. If you drink alcoholic bev- erages do so in moderation. Eating is a real pleasure to most people. There are many ways to build a healthy diet and lifestyle..,so there's lots of room for choice. Here's a recipe for you and your family to enjoy - lower in fat and sodium but not in taste. Spanish Chicken and Rice Casserole 1-1/4 cups Arborio or other short-grain rice 1 small onion, chopped 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 1 14-1/2 oz. can stewed toma- toes 1.1/4 cup canned low-sodi- um chicken broth tsp. papriV, a 112 tsp. dried oregano 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pep per 1 7-oz. jar roasted red pep- p00rs, drain00 2 medium skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 1-1/4 Ibs., cut in I inch pieces lbay0000f 1/2 cup frozen green Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 2-quart casserole, combine the rice, onion and oil. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of the broth, the paprika, oregano, ground pep- per, roasted peppers, chicken and bay leaf. Stir, then cover the casserole and bake 30 minute Stir in the peas and add an addi- tional 1/4 cup broth, ff needed, to keep the rice from through, 15-20 Remove the ba Serve 6, with 311 calories i grams fat per serving .... 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