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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 62O-04O .% t6rimc tlbli[atign Millard B, Grimes, President MInE HALE PUBUSHm/ADvERTISlNG DW, EcroR JOHN KDALL AgX_'IATE PUmaSHER/EDrrOR ROB RIN ASSISTANT EDITOR JAYNE N BUStNESS MANAGER Pl"mne (706) 846-,3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Ways to Avoid West Nile Virus As of Thursday, Aug. 22, the state of Georgia had at least six probable human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, the probable cases are based on blood samples from a Perry woman, an Atlanta man, a man from Covington and three men in Columbus. A 77-year-old Columbus man and a 51-year- old man from Atlanta has died from the virus. Specimens for all of these cases have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and confirmation is expected sometime this week. State and local public health officials have said they are not surprised by report- ed cases. "We have been monitor- ing WNV since early spring and knew it was active throughout the state," said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Public Health. "That's why state and local health departments have been working together to con- trol mosquito populations and to teach people how they can protect themselves." Although the probable human cases were reported in four counties - Houston, Fulton, Newton and Muscogee, state and public health officials stress that WNV can be found through- out Georgia. To date, the virus has been confirmed in 12 of 159 counties in Georgia this year, including 82 birds, two horses and 16 mosquito pools. According to Toomey, WNV arrived in Georgia last year, and there is currently no way to eradicate it, so we expect it to be with use very summer for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, however, Possible. Use a misquito repellant that contains DEFr (the chemical N-N-diethyl meta- toluamide) when outdoors. When possible, wear long-sleeved clothes and long pants treated with repellents containing permethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Do not apply repellents contain- ing permethrin directly to exposed skin. If you spray your clothing, there is no need to spray repellent containg DEET on the skin under you clothing. Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times. Limit the number of places available for mosqui- toes to lay their eggs by elim- inating standing water sources from around your home. Check to see if there is an orgainized mosquito con- trol program in your area. If no program exists, work with your local government offi- cials to establish a program. The American Mosquito Control Association can pro- vide advice, and their book Organiation for Mosquito Control is a useful reference. another source of informa- tion about pesticides and repellents is the National Presticide Information Center, which also operates a toll-free information line: 1-800-858-7378 (check their website for hours). IMPORTANT NOTES: there are steps people can WNV is spread by the take to protect themselves., bite of an infected mosquito, Prevention is always impor-  and can infect people, hats- tant to fighting disease, but in the case of WMV, it is th eonly weapon we have. It is important to remem- ber that currently, there is no cure for WNV, but there are simple things you can do to reduce your risk of contract- ing the virus in the first place. State Health officials are advising Georgians to take the following measurers to protect themselves as WVN: You should try and avoid misquito bites as much as s, many types of birds, and some other animals. Most people who become infected with WNV will have either no symptoms or only mild ones. On rare occassions, WNV infection can result in a severe and sometimes fatal illness known as West Nile encephtis (an inflamma- tion of the brain). There is no evidence to suggest that WNV can be spread from person to per- son or from animal to person. THe: IIt;ANSVll LE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publi,hing C()mpany. a division ot'Grins Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highay. Manchesler. Georgia 31816, USPS 620-040. Subdption vales by nmil: $18 in Troup. Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Pedxtical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 302). FOR st!tC:RlgrtoN. call (706) 846-3188 or Tite to Circulation Manager. Star Mercur 3 Publications. P. O. Box 426. Manchester, Georgia 31816. PtqlMAfffER: Send address chartget; to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF )ublisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Aswiate Publisher and Editor ............................................................ John Kuykendall Business Manager ............................................................................... Jayne Goldston Assistant FAitor ...................................................................................... Rob RicNmson StaffWrite .......................................................................... Bryan Geter. Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager .................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ........................................................................................ Linda Lesk" Convxsing ................................................................. Dewayne Fk'e Valinda Ivery Circulation Manager. ................................................................................... Judy Crews Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Gokb, ton Pressroonl Manager. ....................................................................... Wayne Grochowi PressrcKml ........................................ David Boggs. Larry CoHeg. Shannon Alkinson CtnUmTE Omc President ............................................................................................. Mill',rd B. Gnmes Vice sidem .................................................................................. ChadoRe S. Grimes S.x-retmb. ......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Corer Treasurer. ...................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garre Legal Ccmnl and Assistant Secretary. ............................................. J S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIk.E HOME N'Ws - AUG. 29, 2002 Dress Codes That Need While actress Whoopi Goldberg was in Atlanta recently for her one-woman show, she stayed at the down- town RitzW_arlton Hotel She was refused entrance to the Ritz restaurant, howev- er, because she did#t look like the Ritz thinks you ought to leak when you eat in one of their hotels. Let's just say that Whoopi will never make the cover of Mademoiselle. I often have w(mdered why restaurants and bars are so picky about hew somebody looks or dresses when they come in and offer their busi- Take the sign that says NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SER- VICE. DOESTHIS MF.AN as long as I have on a shirt and shoes I can take off my pants and still get the bacon r? The least they could do in a restaurant with a sign like that is to say, "You can come in without your shirt or shoes, but I'll take your order ff you'll just wait outside while it's cook- hag." I've never been fond of the sign that says GENTLEMEN ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR JACKETS AND TIES. I've always figured restau- rants have rules like that to rnake certain they dont get any riffraff. But some very riffraffy people wear ties. Ed Meese, Jimmy Swaggert, AI Capone wore ties didnX they? I DON'r KNOW if medical science has looked into it, but I would suppose that wearing a jacket and tie and trying to eat in a place where they won allow you to drink your beer from a bottle would not be that good for the digestion. The jacket restricts move- ment and the tie probably is some detriment to circulatiorL The dress code, then, could lead to such maladies as heartburn, indigestion and even ulcers. If it turns out such restau- rants have a deal going with the Maalox people, I wouldn't be surprise& I saw a sign in a hotel bar in Jacksonville, Florida recent- ly that completely baffled me. It said Casual, StylishAttire ordy. The first thing I did when I saw that sign was to look and see what I was wearing. I was wearing a golf shirt, Khaki slacks and loafers with no socks. There was no questitm that I was casual, but was I stylish as well? It depended, I suppose, on various personal points of view. "Something out of a Sears catalog," might say. "Definitely noCt ish." A more mature might say, however aged preppy, huh? Very . ish, please come in." With some walked into the ' a seat at the bar. "Before I order," I the bartender, a woman, you think my outfit is enough to be "Youll do," what ya drankin'?" 'Tll take BY WITHH]SWIIX)W, NEWS IS CARRYING COLUMNS BY THE LATE I GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP INI BY MORELAND, MOST WIDELY READ WRITER OF HIS TIlVIE. BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STfl J PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 BOOK AND MUSIC STORES Knowing the Faithfulness of God There are times when we go through the difficult times of life. Those times may be times of sickness, death, family problems, financial reverses, or the everyday temptations of life. Someone has made the statement, "You are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or headed to a storm." It is during these difficult days of life that one of the many tactics of Satan comes to bear on our lives, andthat is his weapon of accu- sation. The devil by name means an accuser. From a careful study of the Bible, one can find that Satan has four tar- gets for his accusations. He will accuse man to God, man to man, man to himself, and he will also accuse God to man. It is during the trials of life that one will find Satan accusing God to man. While in those difficult days, the enemy of souls will try to cast a dark shadow on the grace and mercy of God Almighty. He will bring things to our minds like, "If God really loved you, then why did he let your father die?" Or he might say, "If God is so great, then why didn't he stop your child from having that wreck?" One of the goals of Satan is to hinder and even try to stop people from placing their faith in the living God of glory (2 Corinthians 4:4). But, John eight tells us that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Dear child of God, when the dark days of life come, rest assured that God is faithful. There has not been one promise of God that has "fallen to the ground." However, because we are still living in this robe of flesh, we often struggle iaur faith in God's control of s. Many times we are like Job who said in Job chapter twenty-three and verse three, "Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat." He also said in that same chapter beginning in verse eight, "Behold, I go forward, but he i not there and back- ward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot beheld him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I can- not see him: that he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Many times in There when the people of God not see God work in lives, but we can dence m knowing Hebrews Bible I will never leave thee! forsake thee." Although /8 ,,n4a may not perceive hi gt """' times, he is always these t days and for those who love of/fie thatone of the and are the to his purpose, he is many tactics of anthings for our l glory (Romans 8:28). Satan comes to -- w -" hves, ject such00 ten b and that-is his weapon of accusa- tion." the trials we wonder where God is and ff he has indeed left us. Look back to what Job said in verse nine, "On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot beheld him." Job said that even though he could not see God working, he was still working. All through scripture, we can see where God worked behind the scenes for the benefit of his people. Un The first verse and goes like this: "There handtome through ways I canno t: While going through world of woe, leads me as to the unseen guides me thru this reach that strand, Still f ed by the unseen ban&" we always remember while in the trials of life Heavenly Father will be to his word and never or forsake his childre . Inthe Hogansvflle NOT FAIR: "The Gounty Fair Association met ,Thursday nm and decided postpone the annual F, held  Hogansvlle each forthe of the drought, the swine ,tbat has , sales barns." CORDS DEFEAT CHESTER: "In their final season in Wednesday afternoon the Cords continued their play of the past few weeks downing Manchester by a of 10-9." * GRID TIME: Coach School Green Wave is ham wo pceparing ball encounter with the Jackson County eleven from home) on September BLESSED HOUSE: Willis E. Baptist the and Mrs. W.A. ( ed their beautiful new home Taliaferro Drive to the the Lord."