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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - MARCH 22,'2001 ,% THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USP$ 620-040 Millmd B. Gdm,  Mn HAI PUBLLSHEADVEING DIRECTOR JOHN KAX,L ASSOC,TE PtmusmrroR BRYAN ASSOCTE FrroR JAwrE  BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188.  (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 3023O the Lighter Side t_he Weekly News An Associated Press story last and think for moment. While R was a little and made me grin at first, about it... I real- incident , serious and According to the story, in there is a corner near the courthouse r serves breakfast, and prospective jurors. During court held on _esday, 13, Circuit Judge Patrick Joslyn didn't have enough peo- de to fill a jury. It appears as the week county's small and many others who scheduled to appear didn't according to Joslyn. The judge quickly made a He sent a court officer out to restaurant located diagonally from the courthouse to customers from the that would volunteer The Judge filled his jury with by Customs inspectors because of her toothpaste. It seems the woman bad two canvas bags filled with tubes of toothpaste... 163 tubes to be exact. When questioned about why she had so many tubes of tooth- paste, the woman'told officers she was going to sell it at a flea market. Of course, the Customs agents were suspicious of her story. Wonder why? Once the toothpaste was opened the officers found the tubes contained .... you guessed it... cocaine. The cocaine was val- ued at $350,000. Talk about your plans going down the tubes. When asked about his action, said this was nothing new the courtroom. "In the old days used to send the bailiffs to local saloon to retrieve the Judge said. He also this was the FLrst time in 23 to do such a thing. Well, you know in the old days ' burned witches at the stake. day and time we don't do I wonder, how many of those vol- to serve would never to serve as a juror for rplson. Can you imagine six months now in a prison cell some- the conversation between in the cell. "I don't understand that jury me. When I served on ,o ,.lt Don't Brush This Off! Also on "Rmsday of last week, 43-yem,-old woman was stopped Miami International Airport OnAMore Serious Note The Columbus Ledger- Enquirer reported Friday, March 16 a ton-year-old in Columbus had been found to be in possession of a handgun at one of the elemen- tary schools. Not good, however the reporter that wrote the story or either the police officer that filed it was no rocket scientist. Read the next three graphs and see ff you agree? "Pupils at Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School, 350 30th Ave., told authorities the boy was in the class racking the slide of the .25 caliber weapon about He then went into the class- room's rest room and pulled the gun out two times, racking the slide and pulling the trigger, police said. It was not reported ff the gun was loaded." Of course tht gun wasn't loaded. No shots wei fired when he pulled the triggorL \\; k We welcome your letters. Please them m: The Hogansville Home News P. O. Box 426 Hogamvill Gcxagh 30230 Please fax to: 7g>846-2206 Tm H Hot Nvs is imblishod weekly by fl Slar-Mcrcmy Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester. Caxagia 31816. USPS 62(g040. SubscriIXion ra by mail: $ ! 6in Troup, I-lemd or Medwcd Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansvill,  3/'_/230. Fo  cl (706) 846-3188 or write to Orculatkm Managex, Star Mercury , E O. Box 426. . Georgia 31816.  Send  dng to P, O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. Srw Publisher and Advertising Diroctor .................................................................. Mike Hale Publisher and Ediax" ..............................................................  Kaykendall a Editor ................................................................................................ Bryan Assistant Editor .................................................... , .................................. .Rob Richardson Busi Manager ....................................................................................... Jayne Clston Staff Write ...................................................................... .Michael C. Snide, Billy Bryant AssLtant Advertising Manager ...................................................  ..................  Lewis Ad Sa ................................................................................................ Lod Camp Assistant Etor ......................................................................................... ob Richardson Composing .................................................... Valinda Ivcty,  Sntitlg l.amren King Legals .......................................................................................................... .Jayne Goldston RCelmi and  ............................................................................. Ck Young Prodnctio Manager .............................................................................................. Todd La Pressroom ................................................................. Dav Bos d Wayne C V'w.e President ....................................................................................... Chntlo S. ............................................................................................... Z.aura Orin Corer Trmu ............................................................................................ Kmhy Grim Gma Legal Counsel and A_sdsumt  ................................................... James S. Grimes Tongue on the Rail: Rite of Pas A boy in my class named Bobby Hosmer ate a live earth- worm on the playground one day to impress the girls, and became the first Southerner ever to eat any bait, which would eventually be known as "sushi." Maybe I could eat a live earthworm. I also thought bet- ter of that, too. Throwing up, which I most certainly would do, was also a sign of weakness. What I finally decided to do was to invite my friends over to the Atlanta and West Point Railroad tracks early one morn- ing and prove my manhood by sticking my tongue onto one of the cold rails. It was rumored that a boy once stuck his tongue on a cold rail and then couldn't get it off. A few minutes later, the Crescent, westbound for Montgomery and New Orleans, came by and ran over his tongue and cut it slap off. I had cringed every time I thought of that story, which everybody knew, but what bet- ter way could I show my man- hood than by risking my tongue to a speeding passenger Wain? I took a group of five over to the tracks one cold Saturday morning. "I am going to stick my tongue to one of these rails," I announced, "because I am not afraid I won't be able to get it off and a train will come by and cut it slap off." I must admit, however, I knew the westbound Crescent wouidn't be highballing through town -- the train didn't stop in Moreland anymore -- until much later in the day, and the worst thing that could happen to me was my friends would have to pull me and my tongue off the rail and all I might lose was a tittle skin off the bottom. So I got down on my hands and knees and stuck my tongue to one of the cold rails. What I hadn't thought of, however, was that the eastbound Crescent on its way to Atlanta was due a few seconds after I put my tongue to the raft. As my friends stood and watched in complete awe, I heard the blare of the front-end diesel horn, as it rounded the curve a half-mile down the roacL What if my tongue really was stuck to the rail? The train was getting clos- er now. Fortunately, I was able to determine my tongue wasn't stuck, and I could, in fact, get it out of the way of the wain. But shouldn't I wait until the train was almost upon me before I pulled away from the tracks? I would be a hero. I would be a legend. '%ewis waited till that train was bearing right down on him and his tongue, and at just the last second, he pulled his tongue off the raft and dived out of the way!" It would be in the county weekly newspaper. They might even give me a parade. Grit might even want a first-person story. "The train's comin! It's gonna cut Lewis's tongue off!" "They might even give me a parade. Grit might even want a first-person story." the girls screamed, and one even started crying and invok- ing the name of Jesus. "Jesus Christ!" said my friend Dudley Stamps. "This ought to be somethin'!" I waited until the Crescent was approximately 100 yards away and closing. Then I pulled my tongue off the raft and flipped myself backward away from the tracks. The Crescent's horn was sounding a constant warning signal. It roared by, and the engi- neer shook his fist. But I had proved my man- hood. I was not a homo, and I had witnesses to prove it. There was much talk 1 my boldness at school, mother found out about gave me a whipping. I also had a bad taste mouth for about a the fact railroad tracks ly are quite filthy substances as them. But the well worth it. I'd be dead if I had I'd rather drink a kerosene than swallow an, worm an:lrne. BY SPECIAL WITH ms WIDOW, ED COS BY THE LATEI GRIZZARD, WHO GREW MORELAND GEORGIA WRITER OF HIS  GRIZZARD BELONGED BELONGED TO THIS GEORGIA, OF WHICH SOOFTEN OF 1-85 PROM HOGANSVIIJ IS NAMED HONOR. THE LEWIS MUSEUM WAS MORELAND IN 1996, AND A1 ING AND EDITING LAB IS DEDICATED TO HIS HIS BELOVFJ) SALE THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 BOOK AND MUSIC NATIONWIDE. Why 15 Minutes Is Not Long She was a resident/patient at Christi_an City Hospice wheh I met her. She was dying and knew it. I will never forget her. It was one of the most enjoy- able- I hesitate to use that word - but it was indeed one of the most enjoyable interviews I have ever done. She was so real, so at peace, so thankful for so many things. After our first visit she want- ed to talk to me a second time. She wanted to be sure I remem- bered to tell the doctors "Fifteen minutes is not long enough." If there had been any anger or blame, she had worked through it and let it go by the time we met. I know they say that anger is just one stage and tbat eventually acceptance and peace comes. Once again "they" don't always know what they are talking about. So, when one is lucky enough to encounter tho rare individ- uals who face life's toughest bat- tles and do go out with a spirit of consuming acceptance and peace, you don't forget them. Trust me, you can't forget them. They become the shining lights, the beacons in the dark for the rest of us. We only hope we can know their kind of calm and joy and total peace in the wake of pain, misery, grief and/or impending death. Now, let me tell you why she told me to tell the doctors "fif- teen minutes is not long enough." She was in her late fifties. She had a basketful of assorted ailments. There was her high blood pressure and diabetes and the arthritic pain that bad to be discussed. There were refills for routine medications that had to be written. There was limit- ed time with the doctors. Being military, there was always a different doctor who she had to see. No chance to have a relationship with a physician. 'Tou need to have a relationship with your physician," she said. "You need to know him or her and fley need to know you." "But even if you do under- stand one another, fifteen min- utes still is not enough time especially when the doctor is interrupted repeatedly while he is in the room with you. "And that's another thing," she stressed. "Just because they are in the room does not mean they are really there. Their mind can be somewhere else. Sometimes you can tell. Sometimes you can't, but they are only human." Such was her gentle and for- giving spirit. "They are only human..." She talked of a relative who died angry. Full of blame. Never letting go of all the "Why me?" questions. "Why not me?." she asked. I still can hear her voice. After more than ten years I still can hear her say, "Why not me?" And I still can hear her say, "Tell the doctors fifteen minutes is not long enougl" But there was more. She told me to tell the be you and )-toeep own records: Keep copies reports of blood tests tic procedures etc. And when we doctor she said we notes with us. Now some ate the note. Others when they see you pull Tough! The note is your train of thought, too. i keep both you and the and keep yours. together. Make notes as, You will forget what is you do not. She carried a list. indigestion was always bottom of it and was never enough time to the bottom. The gently lady of speak today talked about About today yes, that was another still saw value in her life. She had hope for the i and joy for How Do We Face the Ultimate Te We all can go back to our school days and remember we had to take a test. Some tests came regularlyevery week, and some tests came by surprise and some were well announced. Even right now children all across Georgia are going through a week of testing. It seems no matter how'far in advance a test is announced, there is probably a majority of folks who wait until the last minute to prepare. I remember when the time came for me to take my last final exam in col- lege. I had prepared and the anticipation was great, not just for the exam, but the anticipa- tion of extreme relief and over- whelming joy at taking my last exam. The exam was over, I walked out the door and the extreme relief and overwhelm- ing joy I thought would be there were nowhere to be found, only a hollow feeling that seemed to exist from my head to my toe. I realized school was over and it was time for real life and the tests were just beginning. AS LIFE goes on, there are tests of many kinds. There are tests of our faith, tests of our strength, tests of our will and tests of our heart. Although tests are a part of life, there is also a test that comes after death. This is indeed the final examination. I speak of the final exam of our works, the test of the deeds done while in our bodies here on Earth. Scripture tells us there will be two different times, two different places and two differ- ent groups in the final exam of the works of men and women. The two different times refer- enced are after the rapture and after the millennial reign of Christ, the two different places are the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne, and the two different people are the saved and the lost. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." This verse along with sev- eral verses in 1 Corinthians 3 tells us of the saved person's test at The Judgment Seat of Christ. Revelation 20:11-12 says, "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." This refers to the Great White Throne and the judgment of the lost man's works. SOMETIMES when in school we failed to prepare for the tests that were to be admin- istered. These ultimate final exams of our works are being prepared for everyday. There are those who are preparing with good works and sadly there are those who are preparing with bad works. Let it be stood that these ing do not determine a place in Heaven or in decision is made by the ual before he ever world. These times of are to determine the a believer's rewards in (The Judgment Seat) unbelievers (The Great White Good works for the er are those works name of for the glory Jesus, any other motive pose fora deemed a worthless will not be rewarded. way to understand an er's situation is to like Hitler and the gospel message will receive, in the scripture, "the greater tion." (Matthew 23:14, 12:40, Luke 20:47). One day all our ever5 every the Lord Jesus have pleaded with our to make sure and