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Opinions & deas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 6204)40 JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR ~- ~~. LA~ X~s ~~ CLINT CLAYBROOK ~)CIATE EDITOR .~7- -~. ROB RICHARDSON ASSISTANT EDITOR A ~ria~s i~li~a~u mla~ B. C~h~ag ~ p~,one (7o6) a.s-31a8 Fax (706) 846-22o6 R O. Box 426 Ho~nsville. C~orgia 30230 New Child Restraint Law Effective July I A new Georgia law is going into effect on July 1 that will require children under the age of six to use a car seat or a booster seat when riding in a motor vehi- cle. The seat would have to be appropriate for their weight and height and used accord- ing to the manfacturer's instructions. The new law was spon- sored by Rep. Mark Burkhalter in the Georgia State House . of Representatives and carried in the Senate by Tom Price. Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the new law in May to be effec- tive July 1. The law was also sup- ported by organizations such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, SAFE KIDS of Georgia (including many SAFE KIDS coalitions), AAA, The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Ford Motor Company. CHILDREN should grad- uate from a standard car seat to a belt-positioning booster sot when they weigh more than 40 pounds or are more than 40 inches tall. According to studies, booster seats can reduce a child's risk of serious injury or death from motor vehicle- related crashes by as much as 59 percent. The study also shows that children who only use seat belts are four times more likely to suffer serious head and brain injuries than those who use belt-positioning booster seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only ten to 20 percent of chib dren who should use a boost- er seat actually do, account- hag for a large number of pre- ventable injuries and deaths. VEHICLE S~ does not end when the bo~ster seat is removed. Childr~ of any age should always b~ prop- erly restra~ined. Astonishingly, more th~ 60 percent of children killed in motor vehicle-related crash- es are completely unre- strained. It is important to remem- ber that children do not fit an adult lap or shoulder belt until they are about four feet - nine inches tall. There are some simple ways to tell when your child is ready for a regular safety belt. Here are a few: The child is tall enough to sit without slouching, and can keep his back against the vehicle seat with his knees completely bent over the seat edge, * The child's feet rest flat on the floor of the vehicle. * The lap belt is low and snug across his or her upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses the center of his chest and collarbone. PARENTS SHOULD also frequently double-check that all restraint devices are installed and used correctly. According to a survey by Children's and SAFE KIDS, 96 percent of parents believe that their child safety and booster seats are installed properly. However, nearly 82 percent are not. Always refer to car seat installation infor- mation before using a boost- er or car seat. A parent whose child. rejects booster seats should set an example for the child by buckling up themselves. Children are less likely to resist using safety precau- tions if their parents use them, as ,.veil. I know that personally, I don't buckle up enough and I'm living dangerously. However, I would not want to play games when it comes to the life of a child. FINES WILL vary on a charge of violating the child restraint law. It is a misde- meanor offense. It is also important to remember that a person could be charged with child endangerment for not having their child in a car seat or booster seat and that could be costly to you. That is not a misdemeanor and a person can even serve jail time for that charge. I encourage everyone to use child safety devices for children in a motor vehicle. Do it because the law says you have to. Do it because you want to. Do it for the child's safety, but mostly, do it because you love them and want to keep them safe. If you would like to have more information on child passenger safety and the new Georgia child restraint law, you may call Children's Healt~eof Atlantaat (404) 250-KIDS or visit their web- site at www.choa.org or www.safekdds.org. ,, , ,,,,,,, TItE HOGANSVlLLE HOM~ NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 6204)40. Sub~ription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $24 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FoR sumctm, noNs call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426. Manchester, Georgia 31816. ~: Send address ~:hanges to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville, GA 30230. STAff Publisher and Editor ........................................................................... John Kukyendall Advertising Director ................................ . .................................................. Laurie Lewis Associate Editor ........................ : .......................................................... Clint Claybn~k Assistant Editor ................................ : .......... .......................................... Rofi Richard,on StaffWriters .......................................................................... BD, an Geter. Bill)' Bryam Composition .............................. Dewayn Flowe~. Robert Weems, Gaff Youngblo~xt Circulation Manager ........................................................................... Tracy Lynn Wyatt Press Manager ................................................................................. Wayne Gmchowski Pressroom Assistants ..................................... Zaddic Dixon,Damell McCaulc) Mailroom Distribution .............................................................................. David Boggs COm'ORATE OmcEas President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President ................................................................... , .......... .,.Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretary ........................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurer .................... . .................................................................. Kathy Grin~ Garrett Legal Counsel and Assis~lt Secretary .............................................. James S. Grimes The Day My Granddaddy Die .... she asked him. account of the final mom~ He did not reply, howev- she shared with her hus~ er. He hurt too much to speak, made her square-ended corn- of more than 50 years. ran mot er us eO ea anO,ne a en a O to our house and my mother Bun seemed in uncommonly lig , gan, was on his side of the bed I was on mine. All of a~ den he rolled over and put arm around me andhe ~, and I went to him and some- how managed to get him inside our car. We drove him to the only hospital in the county, six miles away in Newnan. He revived a bit on the way and by the time he was rolled into the emer- gency room he had already started to apologize to every- one for causing a disturbance. A day later he had improved to the point he was begging to go home from the hospital and get back to his fields The doctors dismissed him the day after he had been admitted..They did advise him, however, to slow down a bit, but he didn't listen. His family had been advising him to ease off on his work for years, but without his garden and his tractor, he likely wouldn't have lived as long as he did. good spirits that night. After eating we played a couple of hands of Rook and then I left to attend revival services at the Baptist church a few yards from my grandparents house. The visiting preacher was just about to call for the invi- tational hymn. "Just As I Am" when one of my cousins came into the church and whis- pered something to my moth- er, who was sitting next to me. She jumped out of her seat and ran toward the door. I sup- pose I knew what was hap- pening, even without having been told, but I didn't want to believe it. When I reached my grandparents' house H.B. was bent over Daddy Bun, who was lying in his bed. My mother and Aunt Jessie were crying and Mama WiUie's face was frozen with fear. Daddy Bun's eyes were closed and his face was turn- ing blue. H.B., a large man with powerful arms, was him. My grandparents had a television by then, and he and I watched it together. He enjoyed baseball games, wrestling matches, westerns, and Billy Graham specials. He hated "The Ed Sullivan Show" because most weeks about all Ed had to offer was a magician or two, some trained seals and an opera singer. We were watching the program on e Sundayevenmg anyway, and Ed Sullivan introduced Anna Maria Alberghetti, who shook the windows with her voice. Daddy Bun watched and lis- tened for a few moments and then walked out of the room. "Call me when the seals come out," he said. THE OLDMULE haddied by then, and Daddy Bun was following his little Briggs and Stratton garden tractor up a row one April afternoon when he felt the first pains in his chest. He was never one to complain, but the pains became so intense that he struggled back to his house and sat down in a chair, hop- ing the crushing feeling ill FOUR DAYS after he came home from the hospi- tal I had supper with my grandparents. Mama Willie We Need to Pray for the We are approaching our nation's 228th birthday. What a blessing it is to live in the United States of America. As we will @0on pause to remember the~ tlay we won our freedom to be a sover- eign nation, may we not for- get to remember those who fight even now that we may reap our freedoms. As heart- breaking and gut wrenching as it is to see the images we see, I must admit my grati- tude for the fact we are fight- hag across the ocean and not across the street. This is indeed a bittersweet week- end As our nation celebrates her independence, there will be cookouts, f'weworks, vaca- tions, and the like. This year July 4th comes on a Sunday. Sunday is the Lord's Day, the day of worship, the day Christians celebrate the fact Jesus rose from the tomb. Since Independence Day comes on a Sunday I have a specialchallenge for every Christian who reads these lines. Before we cook out, before we shoot fireworks, I believe one of the best ways we can celebrate is to pray. In our prayers we ought to thank God for his blessings upon America, it is my opin- ion that even though our great land is in desperate need of revival, she is still the great- 6st nation upon the face of the earth and for that we need to be grateful. Also in our prayers, may I suggest that we pray for our president and our leaders. I cannot imagine the pressure that must weigh upon the heart and mind of President Bush. Whether we agree with or disagree with his policies, his principles, or even his per- son, his position deserves that we pray for him. While it is easy to sit back and criticize, condemn, and complain about what he does or doesn~ do, it is quite another thing to lift him up in prayer. The best ally any president ought to have is the church of the liv- ing God. I am a firm believer in voting. That is a privilegethat is often taken for granted. Every citizen ought to vote. Every Christia__n ought to vote. But even more important than voting, our greatest responsibility is praying. IF YOU DON'F like what the president says, pray for him. If you don~ like what the president does, than pray for him. His position deserves our prayers. Not only does his position deserve our prayers, but the scripture demands our prayers. Please understand that praying for our president is not only a good thing to do, it is a commanded thing to do. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1-3,"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, me and he tried to say sO~L:, thing, but I felt him g And when I tried to get to answer me, he didn't ~ anything." ! One last kiss and the# died. Even at 14 I charmedand warmed by~ and there was something that please ldmoro~ me, too. re ber that my gran never went to bed with sn~ in her moutlx BY SPECIAL ARRANG~~ wrrn mswmow, tmDRA, rtm ~ ! NEWS IS CARRYING SELEC~k COLUMNS BY THE LATE I~ GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN N~ BY MORELAND, AND BECAM]g ~ MOST WIDELY READ G~ warr OF ms i ARE AVa t ABLE FOR SALETHROUGH BAD~ PRODUCnON~ p.O. BOX tg~ ATLANTA, OA3111&126~ AND ATB~ AND M~ ~ORm ~A~O~V~ lnthe Hogansville Herald Preeecm toe nomeNem SWEETDEAL-TheJuly 1,1954 Hogansv/~ Heraidcarried a front page story about the lemon- ade stand being operated by young Ted Pritchett and his friends on Askew Street. The paper described him as ~a ~3ung man whose ambition is to surge ahead in the business world." His home made sign touted 'Curb Service,' a popu- lar trend of the 50s. His proceeds from Saturday were $1.59 and he made 79 cents on Sunday. ApparenSy a little tired of the pace, he leased the stand on Monday to pals Brenda and Judy, "but reports are that they did not do so well as they were lheir best ta~'ltm~m." dBUSINESS LAW - Just like this year-July 4th would fall on a Sunday in 1954. The news- paper reported that "W'llh the 41h of July coming on a Sunday this year, the local business men have dedared Monday, July 5 as a legal hotiday with the exception of service stations, will be ~" WANT AD WONDERS- "Avon products are in constant demand. We train you with interest- ing, inslmctive color f-~s." aNFJ T E-Oher with Elizabeth Tayk)r and that catchy Henry Mancini soundtrack, there were few outstand- ing offerings at the Royal Theatre that week. Other movies were "Sky Commando," "P&lam of Black River," Whe Diamond Queen" and ~Dmms Across ~ P.ivm." Also ~ str~ was footaoe of the Rocky Marclarm-EzT.ard O'mrles fight, along with the film =Battle of Punching Champiol~." 50 Years Ago... our president up In prayer. We often say some~ like, "Well the least I can ~L is pray for you." Dear fri~ that is all wrong. Prayer l not the least we can doitl the greatest thing we canlit ~Sothe commanded thing It is the right thing to It is the needed thing to As we celebrate nations independence, thel is a dark cloud overshado~ ing us. We have experienct difficult days and we ha~ seen dark days. It matters tl what you think of Preside~ Bush, may I challenge cad Christian to set aside a s~ cial time to pray for our natia and especially prayer for ~ [ President of these Unitd States. p y ," ,~ giving of thanks be made all men; For kings, and for~ that are in authority; that ~ may lead a quiet and~eaa able life aa honesty. For this is good a~ acceptable In the sight of GO our Savior." We are co~ manded from scripture to lif