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A-2 - - Hogansville Herald - - Thursday, March 25, 1999 7 From Where I Sit By Bob Tribble Public Prayer Most Certainly Is Appropriate The US. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 1 by a 2-1 split decision that student led public prayers may be appropriate at high school graduation ceremonies, but not at football games. The case stemmed from complaints by two par- ents in Galveston, Texas. While the ruling of the New Orleans based court affects only Texas, Louisiana and Missis- sippi, it is consistent with a ruling several years ago in Georgia by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The US. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether school endorsed prayer at football games is constitutional The high court has said that schools may not invite clergy to deliver prayers at commencement ceremonies, but prayers written by students may be allowed. In the particular case ruled on by the New Orleans court, students were allowed to read Christian prayers from the stage at graduation ceremonies and over the public address system at football games. School officials monitored the prayers to the point of screening the graduation prayers in advance. The Georgia case came about in Douglasville when a member of the band and his father objected to the school having prayer before foot- ball games Before the court ruled on this case virtually every school in the state had a prayer before the kickoff. The Christian Index Editor William T. Neal supported the ruling of the court in a recent editorial in which he said in part, "1 must admit that I agree with the idea that a football game, or any other sporting event, is not the kind of solemn occasion that warrants a public prayer. I regret the courts got involved because it would have been more appropriate for the churches to collec- tively make the ruling." Neal went on to say that ministers never like to turn down opportunities to "propagate" their faith, so they accept all opportunities to have opening prayer at everything from a tractor pull to a supermarket grand opening. "Lord, these fellows are about to get out on that football field and knock each other down in order to get that ball. Now we know this can be danger- ous at times, Lord, so make sure you do not let anyone get hurt, make sure nothing is damaged permanentlyl', he went on to say. Let it be said that every editor of every publica- tion has his or her right to their opinion. Editorials with which we disagree, as I do Mr. Neal's, are the opinion of that person. In response to Mr. Neal's opinion, and off the i i wall remarks, let me only say that I have been privileged to walk the sidelines at high school football games for 30 years, and never heard a pre-game prayer even close to his intended witty remarks. The ones I heard were as serious as they could be and most appreciated" by the vast majority of those present. As far as having a prayer at a grand opening of any business, tractor pull, auto race, or what have you, those decisions should be left with the people involved and their God. And in my humble opinion, it is appropriate to pray anywhere at any time if you so choose. Right now within our own country there are numerous attempts to remove the Ten Com- mandments from classrooms and courtrooms. Prayers are censored or taken out of school events. Nativity scenes are being banished from public parks and government buildings. And how about the latest separation of church and state episode where a sentencing was thrown out in Connecticut because the judge read a verse of scripture to the child molester before handing down her sentence. Excuse me, but something is bad wrong here. Is not there a hypocrite in the woodpile some- where? It's hypocritical when a nation professes to be a Democracy and allows a small majority to rule. Let me ask you to look in your billfold or pocketbook rightnow. Pull out your money, bills or change, and look at each piece. Stamped all over them is In God We Trust. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of this great nation states, "One Nation Under God." The Congress of the United States still opens each session with prayer, and so does our state's General Assembly. Like it or not, it's hypocritical when someone cries separation of church and state on the issues discussed today. It seems that every time we turn on a news report or read the newspaper, we hear of some individual or minority group protesting for their Constitutional rights. And every time the individu- als or small minority groups win their alleged rights, we who profess to be Christians lose ours. In conclusion, yes Mr. Neal, it is appropriate to pray before sporting events, in our schools, at grand openings, tractor pull.,;, or wherever those in charge may wish to send up a prayer to their God. As you said at the beginning of your column, "Scriptures teach us to pray without ceasing." And although Jesus talked about praying in our closets, in this layman's opinion, He certainly was not condemning public prayer. SENIOR CENTER NEWS By Mary Jo Veal The birthday party for seniors having a birthday in March was held at the center on Wednesday, March 17th. Refreshments were served and games were played. Seniors celebrating a birthday in March are J.T. Gordy, Edna Bar- ber, Jenelle Martin and Susie Reeves. The kite flying contest had to be postponed'because the wind was not cooperating that day. Sharon McCloud, nutritionist with Southern Crescent A.A.A., spoke to the group on Tuesday, March 16. Subject was "Fiber in the Diet". Susan Wetherington of the Troup Home Extension Office gave a very interesting presentation on "Food Safety" on Thursday, March 18. Did you miss out on the chili- hot dog supper on Friday, March 197 It was great. The seniors really enjoyed the entertainment by the Hernandez Family. This is a musi- cal family living in Hogansville. Piedmont Park in Atlanta on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.? Walkers who are 50 years of age and older and who can walk two miles are eligible. This is a day of fun, fitness and fellowship. The walk is limited to 2000 walkers and the deadline for registration is April 9. Cost is $5.00 which includes a T-shirt and lunch. There will be entertainment, exhibits, awards and prizes. If you would like to go, you can get your registration from at the center. The Hogansville seniors have attended the Mayors Walk every year since it started thirteen years ago. This is one of the highlights of the year for us. When you are as busy as we are at the center, time just seems to fly. It's just about that time again for our local Senior Olympics. We are already planning for this very spe- cial event that will be held the week of May 10th. Registration deadline for this is April 28th. It's time to start getting in shape so you can win those med- als. Street on Saturday, April 3rd. If you have something to donate to the cause, call the center and we will pick it up. Proceeds go to the Would you like to go with us to The seniors are having a big the 13th Annual Mayors Walk at yard sale at the center on Church It GRANTVILLE-LONE OAK ST. MARKS NEWS i The Springtime has come at last! Its sunshine burst each brilliant hour. People and cars and life move fast, there is no hint of rain or shower. New life has come to replace the old- You can feel the strength of air; the Spring is here, and lovers are bold- Still none but you know how I care, Written by the late Mr. Stuart Colley, Jr. of Grantville Mrs. Eunice Hunter of Grantville has been transferred to Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center from West Georgia Medical Center. We wish her a speedy recovery! Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Fellie Mac Hardaway Canigen of Hartford, Connecticut, formerly of St. Marks, in her death. Wishing you peace and comfort. Our belated sympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Lena Mac Blount Ector of Atlanta, formerly Senior Center Fund. The 1999. e # By Janie Ellis of Greenville, in her death. Get well wishes go out to Ms. Betty Addle of Grantville, who underwent surgery last Friday. Happy anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Mr. and Mrs. Hosea (Kerri) Colmally on their 8th on March 23rd; Mr. and Mrs. Timmy (Rachel) McGruder on their 11 th on March 25th; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (LaSandra) Hardaway on their 3rd on March 23rd; and Mr. and Mrs. James (Martha) Reeves on their 13th on March 29. We wish them many, many more! Birthday greetings go out to: Renae Beasley, granddaughter of Mr. Hubert Beasley, Mrs. Mary Nell Black, Rev. J.F. Booker, Mrs. Vivian Breed, LaKeisha Dean, Mr. John Dye, Tamekia Freeman, Mat- thew Geter, son of Rev. and Mrs. W.E. (O'berian) Geter, Ms. Doris T. Godfrey, Clarence Hines, Mr. Henry A. Hines, Ms. Denise Jones, Mr. Leroy Moses, Mr. Juan Jones, in memory of Mr. Clarence McCambry, Jr., Mr. Robert Nails, Hummingbird Festival Hummingbird Festival is scheduled for April 16-1 For Kickoff Banquet reservations, call 637-8828 | i -ii i Sunday School: 62. Congratu- lations to the Homer Wilson Class for having 100% perfect attendance for the second straight week. Carl Bennett is their teacher. 1 The spe, cial music Sunday morn- ing was, 'Broken Pieces" by the = Adul Choir. Rev. Thurman Henderson's ser- mon Sunday morning was, "Bro- ken Pieces" (John 6:1-12). He be- gan a series of sermons on The Cross Sunday night that continues through Easter, "His Blood and His Cross". Jr., Anthony Lewis Portress grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Alice) Portress, Mr. Patterson, Mrs. Martha H. Mr. Keith Rutledge, Rev. Jo tl Frank Stanley, Mr. Michael lor, Ms. Retha Martin, Ms. Thornton, Mr. James Towns, Mr. Carlton Johnson, in of Mrs. Flora Mae Hill, Mr. Sewell, Mrs. son, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J (Alice) Booker, Shonva Colton, daughter of Ms. Colton, Cortez Easter, son of Gloria O. Easter, Craig grandson of Mrs. Frances Beasl Mrs. Rosetta Thompson, memory of Mrs. Mozelle M. liams and in n Laura Zachery. ieCtOr Bro. Elmnit Clark of Grantvi! rch' / will have his first sermon on Sir day, March 28 at the Maced Baptist Church, Gold Mine raves Grantville at 2:30 p.m. Rev.iCalvir Melson is the pastor. The publiOlorax cordially invited. ch 22 oryc Seed for Thought: The Sprilptgom, time. s diet2 [.ers j [lis, !urviv( [y Rog !i! Lc chest, iams( [helle, .a; se iarns T FIRST B H APTIST APPENINGS By Patti Phflhps tch 18, " aal Ho unerai Driver, Barry Jackson, Roy from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. atp.m S Burdette, Eva Strickland, Lucille home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Leepelofl Friend, Louise Wilson, Pauline at the church from 5:00 p.nl{ So n Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Al Swanson, 6:00 p.m. Our Youth will atte ansv Keith Brown, Ella Mae Pfltman, Youth Rally for Christ in Valdcan o Lois Denney, Andy Dopp, Bob March 27-28 and will have a h01 in M Tillman, Ruby "Feel, Avis made ice cream booth at fansvi] Hammond, Don Swansort, Clyde Hogansviile Hummingbird Ft allbe As ygu pray, remember: Minnie Crozier, Tammy Brown, Joyce Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. on Hand, Maxine Cranston, Winifred Friday, March 261h. Come and Green, Mable Hall, Epsie Sarah enjoy all you can eat for $2.00. The fun and fellowship is worth more than that. Call for reservations. Seniors will be going to Calla- way Gardens on Friday, March 26. Call 637-6606. Cost for admission to the Gardens and van fare is $12.00. There will be a picnic lunch. Call the center if you are inter- ested in beginning art classes. This is free and is taught by Ms. Cynthia Johnstone on Thursdays. Our deepest sympathy is ex- tended to Mrs. Mildred Thomas in the death of her son Mike last week. Burks, Gladys Partridge, Peggy Driver, Dainty Burke, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Keith and Frances Daniel. Our Christian sympathy is ex- tended to the families of: Agnes Larkin, Mike Thomas, Lurline Storey Pitts, Frank M. Kennedy and Linda Cald. well Toney at their recent deaths. The Children's Sunday School Department, GA's and RA's will have an Easter Egg Hunt April 3rd val April 17-18. /hort, L er Ba Remember to bring pickle.vard D kinds) and peanut butter, forrs. Tq Georgia Baptist Children s H7, 19, Amual Awareness and Supfthel Project. " and The Western Baptist Associ WMU Spring Inspirational M u gen will be April I st at Moreland Bansvil Church beginning at' 10:30 a. 1999 salad plate will be served for Iffiter in immediately following. he fu ,ned at '2 the COUNTY EXTENSION NEWS Week Diabetes is a serious dis- ease, but one out of three people that have the disease don't know it. By the time diabetes is diag- nosed for many people, damage to arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys has been going on for seven to ten years. While most people with diabe- tes do not notice any symptoms, By Susan Wetherington iated tie jansvi -gallbe Diabetes Is A Serious Disease This week is the American Dia- should have any of these symp- pregnancy or you are a w.ston, betes Association's- Diabetes Alert toms, you should contact your doc- who has had a baby we ighingIHr H; tor right away. than 9 pounds at birth.  1915 You really shouldn't wait for You can do some things n of the lower your risk for diabetes:| Hartn If you are interested in serving on our local Golden Olympics com- mittee, call the center. A lot of work and planning goes into these events and we appreciate all the there can be some obvious signs: help and cooperation we can get. extreme thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss. If you or a family member these signs. Many people have found they have diabetes when they seek help for one of its complica- tions. You are at higher risk if: you are age 45 or older; member of high-risk ethnic group (e.g., Afri- can American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander); you are over- weight; you have high blood pres- sure (ator above 140/90); you have a family history of diabetes during your weight under control; diet low in fat and high in vegetables; get exercise The I vice Office provides edu programs, material, and to all people without re color, national origin, age, handicap status. An Ec tunity/Affirmative zation. Letter To The Editor Elderly Have Special Needs Dear Editor: According to the Georgia De- partment of Human Resources, the number of people in Georgia who are over 65 is growing at nearly double the rate of the general popu- iation and the rate of increase for those over 85 is nearly three times that of those under 65. The elderly in this state are among our most ec'ious resources and have special nels that must be addressed. De- mands for bealthcare services will only increase in the mar future. USDA - Rural Development is already working with many rural communities in the state to address this need. We are able to provide both loan and grant money through either Cotmnunity or Business Pro- grams. Since 1996, we have funded over $9 million in community projects and over $10 million in business programs to help the eld- erly. These facilities include a re- tirement community, an assisted living facility, a retirement village and several nursing homes. This includes facilities in Toomsboro, Athens, Monroe, Vidalia and Tho- maston. I am proud that we are able to work with forward-thinking com- munities throughout Georgia to address those needs. Details about these programs are available on the web page at http:H www.usda.gov, and I encourage communities with this need to learn more about our programs. We may be able to help. Laura J. Meadows I I I 1 II , i ,.mm,n,b,0000es,ival 000fl I 11 The Hummingbird Festival is scheduled for April 16-18, 1999. For Kick [IBanquet resetw, ations, call 63778828. Hogansville Herald P.O. Box 426 Hogansville, GA. 30230 Phone: (706) 637-8122 or (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 Member Georgia Pre Association-National Newspaper Association "Cangre shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free atoris thereof, or abridging the  of speech, or of the press, or the right of the yeopl pawalbly to assemble, and to iitian the Government [or a redress of grievances." You f to mid I  k IXOlKll by tM Fire Amlm d the United States Consaution. Our Goal 'the  NBnld hlqiehel llroul for the dzenc of HogansvUle and sutmunng areas by Gdmea Publica6ns, Inc., Mncheat, GA. tty-odeat t that you, our mmi's. are proud of. We will reach that peal through I'wrd work, teamwo, loyalty, end s strono dedk:aio towJ pamJnO the truth. Our Staff Mike Hale, General Manager J. 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