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PAGE 4:A - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, AUG. 3,2006 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 ubl at|nn Millard B. Gdmes, President JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR LAURm LEWIS ADVERTLS1NG DW, FATrOR ROB RICHARDSON /~SSOCIATE EDITOR ANDY KOBER ASSISTANT EDITOR Phone (706) 846-3i88. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 I had many compliments on my column written a cou- ple weeks ago about dealing with changes in my life. I would like to take the time to thank everyone that called, stopped by the office, and dropped me aline telling me how much it meant to them. I must admit, it was probably one of the most moving columns I've writ- ten this year and that is because it came from the heart. I'm really glad that it touched my readers, because I'm not sure if it reached the people I really wanted it to for they have not acknowledged reading the column at all. What I did not say how- ever in that column was how difficult a time I really had dealing with the changes. It was hard because of being on an emotional roller coast- er. One minute I would be a little depressed, the next I would be angry, and so on and so forth. The toughest problem to overcome was the anger issue. I would really get angry sometimes, even though I tried extremely hard not to. Anger is not a good emotion, trust me. The depression was somewhat easy to deal with, my doctor prescribed med- ication for that. Anger how- ever is a different thing all together. There is no magic medication or spell or any- thing else .you can purchase or produce to help you get rid of anger. Ironically, the answer to getting rid of the anger was right there all along, I just wasn't looking. But, I did eventually find it. SUNDAY OF last week, I was at home by myself late in the evening and to say it had been a rough day would be putting it mildly. I settled down to watch a little televi- sion, but really couldn't con- centrate on it or anything else for that matter. Always finding comfort in my Bible and prayer, I decided to turn off the boob tube and do a little reading of God's word. Funny, I guess the good Lord knows just when to touch us. I flipped open my Bible in no particular fash- ion and just begin to read. Imagine my surprise when the story about Christ at the Jerusalem temple was right there on the page in front of me. Reading the story I real- ized that Jesus was no stranger to anger either. There were times in his life when he reacted with anger, most often at injustice. Sooo ~ : ,= .; However, there I was read- ing about the most famous incident when Jesus over- turned the tables of the money changers in the tern- pie. I realized in that moment that if Christ could become angry, it was definitely easy for men, like myself, to do s0. i dO understand howev- 'er, that Christ loved peace and was not one to approve of violence. And he trusted God to bring about justice in his own time. Even when the hour of his death neared and Roman soldiers pursued him, Jesus instructed his dis- ciples: "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." In the Beatitudes, Jesus preached, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the chil- dren bfGod. AS I STUDIED more and more, it became clear to me just how right Christ was to trust God to deal with and distribute justice ff any was needed. I went to bed that night knowing it was alright and perfectly human to get angry sometimes as long as we do not resort to violence as retaliation. I also learned that it is better to pray that God will take your anger away and to pray for the per- son that made you angry. THE NEXT morning, I awoke in a better spirit. There was a way to put the issue behind me, but it meant again having to allow myself to suffer some while the other party could have what they wanted. It was a tough thing to do, but I put my pride behind me, did the Christian thing, and said I'll do what- ever it takes to settle this issue and put it all behind me. Ironically, since then I feel much better because I know that I've done the right thing, I've turned it all over to God for him to deal with, and above all, I've taken my life back. I also know that many prayers have been sent up on my behalf and I would like to say thank you to everyone that took the time to pray. It's really true that old cliche, "Prayer really does change things." THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS is puMished weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50 . FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Editor John Kukyendall Advertising Director i J .aurie Lewis Associate Editor Rob Richardson StaffWriters Andy Kober, Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Composition Dewayne Flowers, Robert Weems, Gaff Youngblood Circulation Manager. Tracy Lynn Wyatt Press Manager : . Wayne Grochowski Press Manager. Larry Colleges Circulation Distribution Wayne Grochowski Com, oaxlx Omczas President : Millard B. Grimes Vice President Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretary Laura E Grimes Treasurer : Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary James S. Grimes O I would take my page lay- outs home with me on Friday afternoon. I would have a list of every football game in the country and the time they were to be played. I would also have a list of whatever else would be taking place on Saturday. The Hawks were in Poughkeepsie for an exhibi- tion game with the Celtics. It was game three of the World Series. And God knows what else. After dinner, I would go into my bedroom, where I also had a desk. I would lay out each page and check off each game or event until I had a place for it all in the Sunday section. But it was never that easy. A lot of things could happen. I will list a few of them: *Furman Bisher would get carried away and write 30 inches when I had esti- mated he would write only 25. Cut Bisher and you die. I'd have to figure out a way to get his entire story in. * Something odd would happen at a Tech game. I had to find room for that, too. * I would have Alabama- Tennessee on page eight, but Tennessee would pull off an astounding upset, and I would have to move it on to page one. * A plane would crash. That happened to me. I was about through with the next- to-last edition when .they called me in the composing room to tell me the plane ear- rying Marshall University football team was down, and a lot of people were dead. That had to be the lead story in the section. I lowered the eight-col- umn sports masthead and ordered an eight-column, 60- point headline to cover a crash story that would run across the top of the page, five lines deep, and then jump to another page. That meant everything else on the page had to be low- ered. I jumped more of Bisher's Georgia story and Outlar's Tech story and Minter's piece from the Alabama-Tennessee game, and I cut the feet off the play- ers in the photograph in the middle of thepage. Somehow it all fit and, with the excep- tion of footless football play- ers, looked as though I had planned it that way in the first place. * The World Series would get rained out. * I would block out a ver- tical spot for a photo to go with the Georgia sidebars. All photographs from the Georgia game would be hor- izontal. * Some pro bowle : at the Little Rock Open would bowl a perfect game. Normally, I would put the results of the Little Rock Open bowling tournament in agate type (very small type) under the final results of some car race. But somebody bowling a per- fect game is news, so I'd have to find a spot for it. * A story coming in over the Western Union telex would catch fire. Some of the most excit- ing times I can remember growing up in the Athens area were my visits to my cousins, who lived in rural Jackson County, some nine miles from the nearest paved highway. My cousins lived in the house that my mother and her brother grew up in. There was no electricity and not even a battery radio until I was a big boy. I remember the first radio my mother purchased when I was about 10 years old. The depression was beginning to lift. We never missed this luxury item when we would visit our cousins in the New Harmony commu- nity though. There were more exciting things to do than listen to the radio, like playing Fox and Hound. EARLY IN THE morning we would drive the cows to the big pasture about one mile behind the old home place in the woods. When I say drive, I mean we escort- ed the cows on foot, each cow was Wearing a cow bell around it's neck so it would not get lost. About an hour or so before sundown, it was our job to go back to the big pas- ture and drive the cows back to the barn for milking. My cousins would put on a show at milking time when they would shoot streams of milk into the gaping mouths of the half-dozen or so cats waiting. They always had to be careful my uncle did no.t catch them squirting the cats with milk, though. My brother Bobby and I never developed into good milkers, but our other' broth- er, Gene, was as good as I'd ever seen. This led our moth- er. to buy us a cow at home. SOME OF qUR rural friends would ride the fami- ly work mules on Sunday, but neither my uncle or grand- father would allow this. They would say our mules had to work six days a week and they were entitled to rest on Sunday. Automobiles in those days were called cars and h~,*,* THEY NEVER men- tioned any of this in journal- ism school. The Constitution's veter- an Charlie Roberts was in Baton Rouge one Saturday for the LSU-Ole Miss game. I had it across the top of page two. It was a night game being played in a Central time zone, which meant I could expect to have Roberts's story about ,10 minutes before deadline. I wrote the headline ahead of time. I wrote "OLE MISS STOPS LSU." The good thing about headlines is the words can be separated by a print- er. If Ole Miss won, then fine. If LSU won, all I had to do is" tell the printer to move "LSU" where "Ole Miss" had been and vice versa. "LSU STOPS OLE MISS." I had the headline set. I had to close at 12:15 a.m. At 12, I called the office from the composing room. "Got Robert's top yet?" I asked. "Any minute," said the' desk. Five minutes passed. No top. Somehow I felt if I went up to the office and stood by the telex machine and prayed hard enough, Robert's top would come to me. The minute I got back to the office, I saw the machine had already started. "Get me the first para- graph off and run it down by hand," I said. I started back to the composing room. I would make it. Just make it. But then something caught my eye. It was the Western Union telex machine that was typing Robert's top. There was something odd about the machine. There was smoke coming out of it. I broke for the machine. By the time I made the six steps to it, I saw a flame. A flame! The Western Union machine was on fire; and Charlie Robert's top was in there! I never did find out what caused the fire. Some sort of electrical short, I suppose. But I do know that I reached down among the flames, with complete disregard for my personal safety, pulled the paper away and saved it. to be continued next week BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH ms WIDOW, DEDRA, THE HOME NEWS IS CARRYING SEI~- ED COLUMNS BY THE LATE LEWIS GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN NEAR- BY MORELAND, AND BECAME THE MOST WIDELY READ GEORGIA OF HIS TIME. GRIZZARD'S BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAIL- ABLEFOR SALETHROUGH BADBOOT PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 191266, ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND AT BOOK AND MUSIC STORES NATION- WIDE. / ~:iiiiii:!: #;Tii~!@i!~ could be heard from a long way as they traveled. I can remember my uncle asking my aunt, 'VCho passed by the big road about two hours before sundown?" She could always tell by either sight or sound. I HAVE SAID there were no modern utility services in " the 30s, but this Jackson County area did have tele- phone service. Most cus- tomers kept their telephones even during the depression. This was a multi-party line. All the women on the party line would pick up on the party line after the noon meal and have a chat. If an emergency arose, the caller would ask that the line be cleared for emergency. One summer night while visiting our cousins, the young people would enter- tain themselves and the,old folks by pretondfng to:be politicians running for pub- lic office. Before we went to bed the grown folks would hold an election. We had a great time. SOME OF THE promises made by us children includ- ed paving all roads to Athens and Commerce, even paving cotton middles to prevent ,grass in cotton. Other prom- rses included air condition- ing in all churches and schools, and provide most conveniences to the public. During the afternoon, especially during the electri- cal storms of summer, the entire family would assem- ble in the storm pit which was dug from a steep bank off the public road. This was a great social hour for us children. We looked forward to the all clear signal from our uncle, but we always had something exciting to do. In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News Compiled by Rob Richardson .BASEBALL INVASION- The top stow in the Aug. 2, 1956 Hogansville Heraldwas about a district Little League Tournament. "A horde of pint-sized baseball lovers, accompanied by hun- dreds of their devoted followers, invaded Hogansville this week and put on an exciting demonstration of skill in the national past- time to hang up one of the finest records in Little League tour- nament play of the year." The highly-awaited conclusion would be a showdown between the Hogansville All-Stars and the Griffin Americans. *THE APATHETIC AND THE POWERFUL -Another frontpage story was about the low voter turnout in the passage of a hos- pital bond issue. "All but 183 of Hogansville's registered voters were conspicuously absent yesterday as the hospital bond issue come to a decision. 152 of the 183 votes cast obligated the total population of the city to accept the additional tax burden to finance the proposed new addition to the city-county hospital to the tune of $170,000." Results were not in for the county as a whole, but the "same refrain" was being heard and the bond was expected to pass. TRUE FAMILY TREE - A front page photo showed R.M. Ware "Head of the Ware clan," standing next to a tree hehad plant- ed 60 years prior in 1896. Visible behind him was a house built by his grandfather in 1836. CINEMA TIME - Movies showing at the Royal Theatre includ- ed Screaming Eagles, Fury at Gunsight Pass, Outpost in Morocco, Two Years Before the Mast, Toy Tiger, The Leather Saint and The Revolt of Mamie Stover. i I 2 7 ,3 ,2 'I: h 0: 5 G t, -12 ! :2 i" Z:. 3; 3', :5 I I t t q~,]~l~ilaf"l T*mfmal~m Pminrt'nree~ ~ ~