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Opinions &amp; Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 6)-040 MnE PLrBLkSH ER]ADvFLRTIS hNG DIRECIX)R JOHN KLDALL A.K'OCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR ROB RICHARDSON ASSlSTAN"F EDRX)R JAYNX GOLDSTON B USl Nk%q NAGER Phone (706) 846,31& Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. lh)x 426 t Iogansville, Georgia 30Z30 A (6rmte lJu[,lirathut Millard B Grimes President Make Memories While There's Time This past week I had to make a trip to Houston, Texas. The occasion was the wedding of my eldest child, Brarmon. R ,aas a time of joy, excitement and apprehension. First, it is comforting to know that he has found the woman that makes him happy. I know there is no doubt he loves Michele and they make the perfect couple. As a!I parents lmow, whatev- er makes your children happ> makes you happy as well. I guess it's natural for par- ents to be a little apprehen- sive when their children marry. All of a sudden, that child that you have nurtured and cherished all those years is on their way to a new life. All of a sudden, you realize they are no longer a child, but an adult and soon have chil- dren of their own. As a par- ent, you also realize what a trelllendous responsibility they have accepted and won- der if you've done your best of preparing them for it. There are also things to be excited abotl$, getting to know the family and having mother d ghter or son to cherisiL lhe thoughts of grandchildren also come to mind and nothing is better than having a grandchild. It's funny really, while grandchil- dren love their morn and dad, there is a special bond between them and their grandparents. It's hard to explain, you don't love them anymore than your own chil- dren, but there is something different about the relation- ship. I guess some of it is parental instinct and you learn as your children grow, not to sweat the little things. So, grandfathers and grand, nmthers have a tendency to be a little more understand- ing with gn:andchildren. 1 COULD GO on and on, but you get the licture, of how your emotions ai, like a roller "Memories of those times on the baseball field, or the funny dance costumes are ones you cherish for- erer..." them, cherish them and that I am proud of them, It is really true, that old liche, "When their young, eir on your minds, when they become older they are on your heart." A LOT OF MY time today is spent working. There are several reasons for that, but the biggest reason is that there are no children at home. However, when they were younger, there was always something that required time. We didn't always have all the things we wanted, but we had all the things we needed. That was because I spent my time coaching Little Iaffue base- ball, football and softball, going to dance recitals, going to Six Flags or the zoo and so on and so on. I spent a great deal of time with my children when they were grovdng up. I don't regret one minute of it. The only thing I do regret is that we didn,t hWe enough of those moments together. So, my advice to all of you young people that are antici- pating the birth of a child, or enteringinto marriage, would be simply this.., cherish the time you have and spendas much of it as possible with your spouse and your chil- dren, because before you know it, and before you are ready for it, they will be plunge of matrimony,. Having said all if that, noWt can get to the point,Both of my children are married now and have new lives. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about their chitdh()d, the things-we used to do together, and how much life has changed since grown and making a family then, Each and'every day I of their own. Memories of those-times on the baseball field, or the funny dance cos- tumes are ones you will cher- ish forever, even when your children are making memo- ries of their own with their own families. pray for them, ask God to keep them and their families safe and help them to remember that I will always be there for them. I also try and remind myself each day that I need to let them know that I love Ira< lh)c ,'' riLE Hoxtl.; NEws is published weekly by' the Star-Mercury Publishing, ( ', mpan). a divium of Grimes Publications. at 3051 Rox,,evelt Highway. Manchcstei. (icolgia 31816. USPS 620-(t40. Subription rates by mail: $18 in q ,nl-,, Hams or Meriwether Counties: $26 a year elsewhere. ces include all sale,; taxes. Pcnnfical in.rage IXdd at Hogansville. Gcn)rgia 302N1. F'{ )R St BSCRI|q I(INS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mcrcur) Publication. P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Gcngia 31816. lh r-u l xsTl m Send ldress changes to E O. Box 426, tkgansville. GA N)230. STA" Publihcl ;rod .-\\;dcnising l)ir't(m......_ ...................................................... Mike Hale As('iaw Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Busmes> .Ma ge ................................................................................. Jayne Goldslon Assistan! t ditor, ......................................................................... .: ......... Rob Richardm Slall \\; iics ........................................................................ B Geter. Billy B'amt Asisl;mt Advem>ing Manager ........................................................ :. ....... "Laurie Levis Ademmg Sate ......................................................................................... Lin& Lester (%Nting ................ , ............................................... Dewayne Flowers. Valinda ler 3 Legal ........................................................................................... ,. ......... Ja N Goktston Presscm Manager ......................... 2 .............. a.. Wayne G-mchowski " " ......................................................................... DavidBoggs, larry Colleges C()RPOIIE OFfICEIRS ',idcn ..........................................................  ......................... ,...:Millatd B. Grimes ViCe PIcJtl[l[ ............................. ; ............................................... ...Chadotle S. Grimc Scwrelar. ........................................................................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurcc .................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Crafter! txgal Counsel and Assistant So-ret .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4- HoG00ansvIlaX:00,o00 NEWS- APRn. 18, 2002 , Heed the 'Snake Rule' of There is only one way to reach Daufuskie Island, ,South Carolina, and that is by boat. I boarded on nearby Hilton Head Island for the 45- minute trip over to Daufuskie. In the last century, there was a working plantation here by the name of Melrose. A facsimile of that plantation has been recarved from the wooded thickets. Melrose now offers its members peaceful, quiet, gracious hospitality, not to mention a beautiful inn, cot- tages on the beach, horseback riding, tennis and golf on a Jack Nicklaus course. It was the golf that lured me there. On the par-4 fourteenth, I hooked my drive into the woods. As I drove off in my cart in search of it, my part- ner said, "Be careful. They've been seeing a lot of snakes lately." Snakes are right up there with the things I fear most. Lightning is on that list. So is flying in bad weather at night, the dentist and revenge- minded ex wives. "What kind of snakes have they been seeing?" I asked my fellow competitor. "Rattlesnakes, I guess," he said. I DON'T KNOW why I asked that silly of a question. As far as I'm concerned, a snake is a snake. I didn't pay enough attention in Boy Scouts to be able to determine when I step on a snake whether it is going to bite me, coil around me and squeeze me to death, or talk about all the tat s it has beeh eating late- ly. "If they ain't got shoul- ders," my boyhood friend and idok Weyman C. Wannamaker, Jr., used to say, "I don't want to be near them." Weyman's uncle had frightened him about the dreaded "cottonmouth water rattler." "My uncle says that's the meanest snake there is," Weyman explained. "They'll follow you home and wait for you to come out of the house the next morning." "Do you think it's safe to go into the woods after my ball?" I asked my partner, as I reminded myself golf balls cost only $2.S0. "Just be careful around thick brush and fallen logs," he said. I DROVE MY cart into the woods and was about to get out when I noticed all I could see around me was thick brush and fallen logs. "One other thing!" my partner yelled to me. "Snakes climb up trees, sometimes, and they can fall off on your head." I might have been able to deal with thick brush and the fallen logs. The part about a snake falling on my head did it, and from that point on I played by the '-'snake rule,'" which clearly states, "Any player who hits a ball any- where there might be a snake can forget about that ball and drop another in the fairway with no penalty." I was at Melrose t remained out of the: and never saw snake My partner, had to play one day. "She went into on 11 and sawa explained. "Best ever happened to me. "What do you that?" I asked. "The minute running," he said, up golf forever." will let a driver in the line of traffic, there are those who will stop at a light and leave the entrance to a business or side street open, and there are those who will still use their turn signal, but we also read and hear of road rage and general discourtesies. In stores, acts of kindness are fading, in grocer] stores, and even in some  there are those who only care for self. Although the New Testament may be approach- ing 2000 years old, the Golden Rule is stiU golden. If a person were to care- full), consider what Matthew says in his gospel, he would find there are two aspects to the Golden Rule. There is a positive sidatl;ere is a negatil,e side: The negative side says that we are not to do things unto others that we do not want done to us. There is a positive side to the rule. We are to go and do what we would like done unto us. We are not only not to harm oth- ers, but we are to go and show acts of kindness. says in Proverbs man that hath shew way: "What goes cmes around." Solomon: "Cast thy bread waters: for after Today, why not concerted effort not to be unkind, but to extra special someone an act even if the3 is still golden. II I00me Hog00 asvme Prede(:tssor to the Hogansville WINS FOR SHEHFF BY HUGE MA00RITY Go back to the days of your childhood and try to remember those early Sunday School days. Go back to those days of summer Vacation Bible School. Remember the Bible stories, the games, the crafts, the grape popsicles, and the skits. I can remember some of those days. I guess my gen- eration can say that those were the good old days. In thinking about those days, I can remember in Bible School and in Sunday School being taught the Golden Rule. We as children were taught to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. The Golden Rule is found specif- ically in Matthew 7:12 which says, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Although times have changed, society has changed, people have changed, and practices have changed, the principles of the Word of God have not changed. Truly the Golden Rule is still golden. I wonder if today's gener- ation had that rule instilled in them as previous genera- tions, if we would see the vio- lence we see today in our land? We hear the horror sto- ries of school shootings, we hear of the accounts of bul- lies in our schools, and many times we wonder what has happened to our young peo- ple. But my question is: Where are the parents? Where are the parents who raised their children in church? Where are the par- ents that stood behind the teacher when the teacher dis- ciplined the student at school? Where are the par- ents that taught their children the Golden Rule? I admit that despite the best efforts of some parents, there are some young people who still get into major trouble. However, compare the problems of today with the problems of yesterday, and we can see the vast difference. Why? I feel like the reason we have such cliques in school, such acts of bullying, and such incidents of revenge is because we have forsaken the biblical principle that men have referred to as the Golden Rule. May we be also reminded that a lot of our young people have not only forsaken the GoldenRule, but we as adults have done the same. We have been so engrossed in a self-preserv- ing society that we have for- gotten about the other guy. On our roads common cour- tesy is almost a thing of the past. There are those who still The Golden Rule Is Still Golde AND TAPE.S ABLE FOR SALE BOX 191266, 31118-1266 ops the for the Congr Cone be his remain office s]:i Hogan.' Tee enjoyed nie Saturday at Sport Club .... Scout Fnday, in The take races, bursts... O U n ii Met Church begin atJon Nursery small dunng ING AND EDITING BEING DEDICATED MEMORY AT HIS UNIVERSITY BY SPECIAL MENT WITH HIS DEDRA, THE HOME CARRYING COLUMNSB GRIZZARD,