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Opinions & Ideas t i: f % THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A r. uhikati.. M.rd a GHm Pr( PLq3 IJISHER/ADVERTISING DIRECrOR JOHN KtrYKgAra ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERDITOR BRYAN Ggr ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAY GOUSTON BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 ttogansville, Georgia 30230 PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - OCTOBER 12, 2000 His Old Newnan High Letter Jacket I found my old high school let- me. ter jacket the other day. I was "Grizzard is the only person looking for something else in the who never had a single assist in back of a closet at my mother's his entire basketball career," an house and came upon it--blue ex-teammate was telling some- with off-white leather sleeves and one in my presence. "That's a block N sewn on the front, because he never passedthe ball." I had forgotten it even exist- I hit over .300 my senior year ed. I suppose that years ago when in baseball, but they were all bloop I graduated from high school, I singles except for one of those simply cast it aside as I leaped bloopers that rolled in some high into the more material collegiate weeds in right field. By the time world, the ball was found, I was around Why News Gets "I put it up for you and kept the bases for the winning run. it," my mother said, "in case you "Why don't you take it home ever wanted it again." with you?" my mother suggested "Enough years have I played basketball and base- after I had pulled the jacket out passed now that I In OrDoe Not ballatNewnanHighSchool" Ilet- f the clset" "Maybe yu'll have probably could lie S tered in both sports, which is how some children one day and they I got the jacket in the first place, might like to see it." about my high school My number, 12, is stitched on one I reminded my mother I was Each week it is the responsi- of the sleeves. The face of a 41and down three marriages, and athletic, vareeralldget bility of myself and Rob Richardson, associate editor, to tiger--our mascot-- is on the the future didn't look that bright away lth most of it." sort through the news and pho- other, for offspring. But I suppose a tographs that are received at the Enough years have passed mother can dream. now that I probably could lie about newspaper office. There is a great deal of each to deal with and the my high school athletic career I DID BRING the jacket home decision of what will run is a dif- and get away with most of it. with me. Alone, up in my bed- stop I ever saw until a ground ball room, in front of a mirror, I pulled hit a pebble one day and bounced ficult one to make. I KNOW GUYS who barely it over me for the first time in a up and broke his jaw. As we begin to sort through made the varsity who've man- long time. Ever hear that haunting song the news items and photographs, aged to move up to allstate sta- Alot of names came back with "Where Are the Men I Used to they are put into priority order, tus with the passing of enough the jacket. Clay, John, Buddy, Sport with?" r That order consists of a number The other problem is pho- years. Russell, Richard, A1. And Dudley They've all got kids, I guess, of things, but the top pi'iorlty is tographs; we receive many pho- But I'll be honest. I was an and the Hound, who's still look- and their mothers are happy. try and place news in a timely tographs each week. average athlete, if that. I aver- ing for his first base hit since he It's funny about my jacket. It manner. Each week we find a Unfortunately, we all know that aged maybe 10 points a game in was 15. still fit wellon my arms and shoul- number of items that can be held everyone is not a photographer, basketball, and shot the thing on And then there was Wingo, of ders, but I couldn't get it to but- and a number that can't. I can include myself in that cat- every opportunity that came to course, the best high school short- ton anymore. Once production begins on the egory. newspaper, the second factor of Each week we receive a large news placement begins. Each number of photographs and a week, the number of pages for decision has to made to either run the newspaper is determined by the photograph or not run it. The the amount of advertising sold. largest number of our pho- Most weeks, we run what most tographs are brought in and are newspapers refer to as "loose not staff photos.Everything from pages." Most newspapers try to Polaroids to professional shots have about a 60 percent ratio of are delivered to the newspaper advertising and about 40 percent office. Unfortunately, not all the news content. Lately, we have photographs are good ones and been running pages that range in can be used. This week for exam- the 40 to 50 percent advertising pie, we received a number of pho- range. Unfortunately, the amount tographs that were either out of of news received at the newspa- focus or of very bed quality. per office is always more than The decision has to be made can be placed in the number of if those photographs will reprint allotted pages. So, a second round in the newspaper or if they are feliminatinbegins'Usually, the not of good enough quality to first items placed in the newspa- print. Some were not of the qual- per are the items that did not ity to reprint well in the newspa- - make the pages the week before, per, so we had to discard those After that, the dated and timely photographs. items from the news received are As I said before, we would like placed, to print everything that is brought to us. However, many factors WHILE we would like to run determine what will be printed every news item we receive in and what will not be printed. the paper that week, it is an almost These are only a few of the things impossible task. that determine if a certain item Almost every week, we have will be printed. to leave something out of the newspaper and we regret having WE WANT everyone to con- to do so. However, we can only tinue to bring us all of their news run the news we have space for. items and we will print as much Each week a number of items of it as we possibly can. Please have to be left out. While we don't bedisappointedifyouritem understand the importance of is not in the newspaper the week printing as much news as we can, you bring it in to be printed. If it we realize we can't print every- is not in the first issue, it will most thing. I've bad several stories of likely be in the second issue. my own that did not make the After all, that's why we're paper. As a matter of fact, I have here, to print the news and we five stories that have been left want to print as much as possi- out of the paper recently, ble. What's Your opinion? We gladly welcome letters to the editor! "IRE HOG&ISVnJ HOME 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. Subscription ram s by mail: $16 in Tronp, Heard or Meriwether Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all les taxes. Second class postage paid at Hogansville, Geoegia 30230. FOR saJgu, rloNs call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTM.a: Send addregs changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Advertising Director .................................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor ................................................................ John Kuykendall Associate Editor ............................................................................... : .................. Bryan Geter Assistant Editor ........................................................................................... Rob Richardson Busine Manager ....................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Staff Writers ..................... . ................................................. Michael C. Snider, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager ........................................................................ Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ................................................................................................. Lod Camp Assis "tant Editor ........................................................................................... Rob Richardson Composing ..................................................... Valinda lvery, Deborah Smith, Lauren King Legals ............................................................................................................ Jayne Goldston Receptionist and Classifieds .............................................................................. Cleta Young, Production Manager .............................................................................................. Todd Laird Pressroom ....................................... ....................... David Boggs and Wayne C.mhowski CORPORATE Omas President ................................................................................................... aMillard B. Grimes Vice President ......................................... ............................................... Charlotte S. Secretary ................................................................................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurer ..................... ; ........................................................................ Kathy Grimes Garreu Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary .................................................... James S. I guess some be expected after all of neglect in the closet. BY SPECIAL MENT WITH HIS DEDRA, THE HOME CARRYING COLUMNS BY THE LEWIS GRIZZARD UP IN NEARBY AND BECAME THE WIDELY READ WRITER OF HIS GRIZZARD ALL AMERICA BUT TICULARLY THIS AREA OF AND WHERE A PORTION' 8S FROM NEWNAN HOGANSVILLE IS HIS HONOR. THE GRIZZARD MUSEUM ESTABLISHED IN 1996, AND A EDITING LAB IS BEING ICATED TO HIS HIS BELOVED OF BOOKS AND TAPES AI ! AVAILABLE FOR THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS P.O. 191266, GA STORES NATIONWIDE. FDR's Warm Springs Parties Parties similar to but much smaller than the one at Blue Springs were held on a regular basis on the Foundation's campus when the President was at his sec- ond home. A favorite party site was the home of the Irwins near the medical building. Often there would be only six or eight at the dinner table -- the hosts, the President, Grace Tully, Steve Early, Sissy Ixwd, Leighton McCarthy and Fred Botts at one party recalled by Ann Irwin Bray. She was a pre-teen then, and observed the goings-on from the periphery, where she was in charge of another guest, Fala, the President's Scottish terrier. To these parties Roosevelt always came in his wheelchair. He would dominate the evening. He almost always insisted on mixing the drinks. He preferred martinis ("four to one," he told Merriman Smith, the United Press reporter) according to most of the evidence, and this may have been in large part due to the fact that he could be more theatrical in the preparation of those than other cocktails. HE ALSO SERVED them often at the White House and the Little White House, though Hoke Shipp of the Foundation staff, who was in charge of supplying the Little White House, says gin was not a noticeable big demand item on the drink list. He says Roosevelt liked the wine of the countryside, so to speak, and kept local fruit brandies and moonshine along with popu- lar brands of bourbon and scotch on hand for himself and his guests. Moonshine was illegal even after Repeal. It was unaged corn whisky made in hidden spots along the Flint River. One such still was forever after referred to as 'oosevelt's still," because, accord- ing to legend at least, he occasion- ally drove there with a Secret Service agent to chat and pick up . the supplies for a party. This criminal behavior, if it did indeed occur, was not routine pro- cedure for stocking the liquor cab- inet at the Little White House. More often, the illicit corn was brought over by a friend like Henry Toombs, who preferred it to commercial liquor, as did many Georgians. This traffic was also criminal, technically, but the coun- ty sheriff was not feared, since he was an occasional supplier to the President, himself. Or so the local historians believe. SOMETIMES THE partying at Warm Springs was sequential. It might start early, at the end of the workday, with cocktails only at the Little White House, where Roosevelt, whatever the drink of the evening, was a real pusher. ("How about another little sippy," he would urge friends as he wheeled among them.) "Roosevelt liked the wine of the country- side, so to speak, and kept local fruit brandies and moon- shine along with popu- lay brands of bourbon and scotch on hand for himself and his guests," Some or all of the group would then drive the few minutes down the mountain to the Irwins for din- ner, singing and listening to Roosevelt's corny jokes. Mabel Irwin set down her memories of one such evening. Harry Hopkins, head of the Works Project Administration, was there. Roosevelt kidded him in the cur- rent vein of WPA critics, who insisted that WPA not work for their pay. "Harry, did you hear accident in "No, sir, Mr. haven't heard. What %Yell, one of the digging el so long handle out and he his back." His face would at this and other anything meant to lighten1 -- the smile would would go his head in that gerated gesture of mirth, s would roar, "I love it? just love it?" But implored Eddie Cantor o er occasion to q jokes on his radio the jobs by the victims of (Next week: Daisy favorite cook.) 'THE SQUIRE OF ATTHt TLE WHITE HOUSE. TAINS ALL OF THE REPRINTED IN PER DURING THE pAST SALE ALL GO TO SEVELT CENTER. Havingthe Right Friends Is E The other day while reading in the book of 2.Samuel, I came across the story of Amnon, a son of King David. While reading this account about Amnon, a verse jumped out at me and reminded me of a young man I once knew. The verse was 2 Samuel 13:3, "But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother; and Jonadab was a very subtil man." The subtil that is used to describe Amnon's friend means that he was a clever, cunning, and crafty fellow. He was so clever, he helped Amnon plan and commit a dreadful sin (not implying there are some Sins that are not dreadful). This story of Amnon reminded me of a young man I became acquainted with in another town. I was asked to see this young man I'll call Eddie. Eddie was in the county jail and after much inquiry, the story was told me. One night Eddie, then eighteen, and a friend were in a mountain tavern. During that visit, Eddie's friend began to have trouble with someone else in the bar. After a little while, Eddie became so drunk, he was put by his friend in the back seat of the car, passed out. What was to happen next would change Eddie's life forev- er. Eddie's friend and that other fellow began to fight. Before it was all over with, the friend had driven Eddie and the other fellow to a remote place on that Tennessee mountain. What took place next is inconceivable. With Eddie passed out drunk in the back seat, Eddie's friend (I'm not sure of the order) shot and then tied that other fellow to the bumper of the car and drug him back and forth across a three mile stretch of dirt road. Obviously the other fellow was kidnapped and murdered. To make a long story shorter, one day when Eddie was twenty- one, I sat in the courtroom and heard the judge instruct the jury as to the applicable laws regard- ing that particular case. The next time I sat in that courtroom, I heard the judge sentence Eddie to life in prison for felony mur- der. There are many more things "Eddie's friend began to have trouble with someone else in the bar..." that could be related about the story of Eddie, but as I write this article several years later, as far as I know, Eddie is still in a Tennessee state prison. He is there all because he was with the wrong person in the wrong place. The story of Eddie is a tragic one, but an even greater is that not only was one but three. Eddie and his have because of their' spent in prison. The all of this is simply, Amnon, need to friends wisely. son, as well as old, has serious trouble friendships they made. ought to know all the friends their and help in the choice friends. It could save Good friends are and what a to have friends that friends. ued while bad be shunned. In this of sex, drugs, and should teach our young value of understand now a while when the world are in prison enjoying life, they will and be thankful.