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& THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-o4o JOHN KUYKENDALL -~'. ":~" (" .s~!~" PUBLISHER/EDITORLAuRIE LEWIS ADV~Cl3SING DIRECTOR ROB RICHARDSON ASSOCIATE EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR Phone (706) 8~16-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 A (~$i ~1~]l~ [~ P.O. Box 42~i l% anchester, Georgia 31816 Millard B. Gdmes, President For the first time in sev- eral years, all my kids and grandchildren were home for Thanksgiving. To say it was a wonderful- Thanksgiving would be an understatement. There was only one family member missing this year, and that made me a little sad. The only person missing was my son-in-law Travis, he is currently in Iraq and will be there for another year. He was missed by all of us and remains in our prayers, along with all the men and women that are serving our country. When I give thanks each year, for all the Lord has blessed me with, having a wonderful family is always at the top of my list. A wise man once told me that a man should prioritize his life and remember to always put God first, family second and career third. It took me a lot of years to realize that no wiser words have ever been said to me. I've always felt that I've kept things in priority, but during the time that I was raising my children, work seemed to always be one of the, most important things. I'm, sure every father knows what I'm saying. It is diffi- cult sometimes to keep a roof over the family's head, clothes on their backs and shoes on their feet, let alone finding money for the extra things. WI- N MY children were growing up, I always tried to find time to do things with them. I spent a great deal of time on the baseball and foot- ball field with my son, Brannon. Bethany was a dif- ferent story. Bethany played softball and was a cheer- leader, but sometimes it was difficult to find things to do with her that a father and daughter could share. As she grew older how- ever, we became much dos- er and spend more time together. Of course, both of them got married, moved away and that makes spending time with them difficult some- times. However, even when my children and grandchil- dren are hundreds of miles away, tl/ey are stillin my mind and on my heart. I try to call them at least once or twice a week and visit as often as possible. Distance makes that difficult some- times, but not impossible. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of them, pray for them and wish I could be with them. WHEN I heard that both my children and all the grand- children were going to be home for Thanksgiving, I can't tell you how I felt. To have them all together at one time is a real treat and an opportunity to make memo- ries that will last each of us a lifetime. Just being able to have them all around the dinner table, to talk about things going on in their lives and the lives of my grandchildren was the greatest gift that God could have given me. I'm so thankful that he has watched over my family, kept them safe and continues to bless them. I hope that each of you had a Thanksgiving that was as wonderful as mine and that God has kept your family this year and blessed them as he has mine. that some peo- ple did not have such a won- derful Thanksgiving. I've lost several friends and family members this year and understand how difficult it is for a family after a loss. My father passed away only a couple of weeks before. Thanksgiving,when I was 15 and to this day, every year at Thanksgiving I can't help but remember that Thanksgiving and what a sad and difficult time it was at our house. My heart and my prayers go out to those that have lost family members this year. I wish there were words I could write to bring comfort to them, but there isn't. The only thing that is going to help ease the pain is time. wrH-I THANKSGIVING behind us. We will all begin to think about Christmas and th at makes me a little sad. My daughter will be home for Christmas this year, but Brannon and his family will not be able to come home and of course, Pawpaw is going to miss them greatly. I've always been a firm believer that holidays are for sharing with family and friends, but we can't always spend the holidays together. That is why it is so important, when you can spend time with family and friends to do so. As I mentioned, I lost my father at age 15 and a few years later my mother passed away. I lost my sister last year and now there is only me left to remember. With everyone gone, there is no one to sit down and con- verse with and share memo- ries of the family during my childhood. However, I dohave those memories and cherish them greatly. With as much time as I spent with my mother, father and sister, I can't tell you how many times I've wished that I had spent more time with them to make even more memories. So, I encourage each of you to spend time this holi- day season making memories with family and friends. One day you will cherish those memories more than you will ever know. THE HOGANSVILLE HOMZ NEws is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Gdmes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Hanis or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50 . FOR ~ONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTFat: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2009 Some years ago, my step-at her house on the road trip brother, BobHanson,became to play a team from a Ludlow Porch. Kentucky post. He is Atlanta's favorite "We brought in cots for radio talk-show host. the boys to sleep. He is a sought-after = loved yma-r speaker. He is the author of father. He so four hilarious books, sonl = - : I write a syndicated news- He borrowed $300 from paper column in which I at my husband before he left. least attempt to be humorous. We never got it back, but I've spent a lot of time we wanted him to have it for behind an after-dinner dais what he did for our boy." myself. This is my eighthThat's my daddy. book. I was doing a book amo- We both are still stealing graphing in Birmingham Daddy's material, onee ,: : : : We both owe him dearly A man came up to me and for the success we have had tookmyhandandheldittight- in our carreers, ly. He inspired our brand of He said. "They last time humor. I saw your daddy, we were We both know that and fightin' "Krauts in Belgium." accept that and are proud of the influence he has had upon A FEW years later, I was us. on a boat taking a cruise down Bob Ludlow has said it the Rhine River through often: '.'Wouldn't it be won- Germany. derful if we had him? Several veterans were on Wouldn't he be proud of theboat, returning to see what us? they had left as service men I wish my daddy could in 1945. read one of my columns. There was a one-armed Hear me make my Texan who was shot down speechs. Listen to the inflec- during an air raid over tions of my voice in which I Germany. imitate him. There was a Canadian I wish he could read thiswho drove a tank from book. It says what I did not Normandy to Berlin. know how to say to him when We were at a table in the he was alive, ship's bar one night. The Texan and the I ONCE received a letter Canadian told their stories. from a woman in Kentucky I told my father's. who said Daddy had coached I told how the war had left her son in basketball at Fort him. How I held it to blame Benning. for ruining his life and, even- She said he had been verytually, for killing him. kind to her son and that he There was an old German and the team once had stayed at our table. 'Any of you husbands that allowed your wife to drag you shopping this weekend deserve some type of award. Frenzied Christmas shop- ping the weekend after Thanksgiving has become a ritual. More than just a ritual, some women anticipate this shopping event with all the zeal that many guys await the annual Thanksgiving Day football game. So do the retail stores. Butfimes have changed and the economic malaise appeared to impact sales. He spoke only a little English. He had said he had once been held prisoner by the Americans during the war that they had treated him we!!. he heard my father's story, when he saw my tears, he put his arms around me and said, "Forgive. Your must forgive." I never answered. ECONOMISTS HAVE reported mixed opinions on Black Friday and the week- end after Thanksgiving. From a personal view- point, I can say the places we visited on Saturday were not nearly as crowded as I antic- ipated. An unemployment rate higher than in many years has resulted in a large number of people just not having money to spend. Being scared of what yet might happen has resulted in other people not spending as much as they might have in past years. I know that we have cut I SEE my father in myself more than I do anywhere else, however. Some of my friends have said they worry about the fact I often emulate him. They say they do not want to see me come to the same end as my father. I don't think I will go that far. I have three marriages behind me, but I do not want to know the pain he tried to wash down in all those binders. the story of his daddy on any- thing that has to be plugged in. I wonder what this book , will bring about. I have a feel- ing it will b g contact from - a lot of other people who were somehow: touched, by my daddy. Please know, however, I am not responsible for any of his long-standing debts. Like Bob asked the man in B gham, how long did you kn0w.the Major before : you allowed into your watler?. : I may even get some answers from this book. There may be somebody out there who knows what demon got hold of Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Sr and will tell me. If that be the case, fine. There is no transgression for which I will not forgive him. None. As I said earlier, I have already thought the unthink- able to be continued next week THIS BOOK is on its thirdBY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT typewriter. The "E" charac- wrrHmswmow, DEDRA, THEHOME ter came off the first type- NEWS IS CARRYING SELECTED writer I used. COLUMNS BY THE LATE lEWIS The ribbon stopped retun-GmZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN NEAR- ing on another. BY MORELAND, AND BECAME THE That is something I MOST WIDELY READ GEORGIA believe in, typewriters. I did- WRITER OF ms TIMF. 6mZZARD'S n't write one line of this book BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAIL- on one of those word proces- ABLEFORSAIJETHROI~GHBADBOOT sor gizlTlOS. PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 191266, A man should not write ATLANT&GAamS-12( we save by Shopping there. I am looking for some- thing in particular that I can- rot find. i" MLANAGED to find a sales associate that actually spoke English and asked about the item that had been advertised. back. That is only an Internet But with all that said, special she responded. there was some fun to be had If I have to shop, shopping shopping duringtheweekend on the Internet is much after Thanksgiving. preferable as I do not have to We were at one sports worry about crowds or park- place when my cell phoneing spots. began buzzing. I was already in the super discount store prepared to A PERSON I know had spendmoneyandlikelywould sentmeaphotoofanlne-point have browsed and spent deer he had shot. more. But now, I will endeav- I told my wife about it and or to purchase the item online a sales associate - obviously and the other spending will a Bambi hugger working in a likely be done elsewhere. sports store that sells hunt- Unlike the super discount ing and fishing equipment - store, we stepped into one of grimaces, the bed and bath places where Seeing that girl's expres- the sales associates are real- sion I could not resist saying, ly quite friendly. loud enough for her to hear, I have never understood "I bet his sister really killed thenameofthestoreasitcon- it." tains no beds or bathrqom fix- The sales associate looked tures. But they do have all to be sucking on a sour lemon, kinds of smelly stuff. We are in one of those While my wife was shop- super discount stores; you ping, I picked up several bet- know the one that is always ties of potions looking at the telling us how much money labels. There was one botiie'in which the fragrance was called "Moonlight Path". ON NUMBER of occasionsI:have been out at night, in the moonlight, and have yet to detect any partic- ular odor attributable to the moonlight. So I had to ask the sales associate exactly what "Moonlight Path" smelled like. She failed to realize that I was making a poor attempt at humor and offered to give me a card that I could scratch and sniff - and then realized I was being funny. Okay, we are in the midst of the busiest shopping season. of the year. Guys, you have got to take the wife shopping at some point.If for no other reason, use the experience to under- score why you hate shopping and be glad it only happens once a year. And during the season, do not fail to find something spe- cial for the wife. I might suggest a bottle of that "Moonlight Path" but I still do not know what it smells like. That's my opinion. /i mill mii~ In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News Compiled by John Kuykendall POLmCS CONTINUE - The election was finally over and became a part of history The Hogansvil/e Hera/d reported on Dec. 2, 1959. "One of the tightest races ever recorded in Hogansville's recent political history occured here on Wednesday, when T.L. "Buck" Meeks defeated Emery A. Eason by the slim margin of two votes to caputure the City Council Post No. 1 seat. The vote in the race was 322 for Meeks and 320 for Eason." CITY SPECIAL GUEST - The Hogansville Hera/d reported that a very special guest was coming to Hogansville on the front page of the Dec. 2, 1959 edition. "Santa Claus, that genial old gen- tleman from the North Pole, who annually through his mysterious neipers make glad the hearts of children everywhere, will pay a pre-Christmas visit to Hogansville hhis week to listen to the myri- ad desires of the small ones, and to greet his many friends in the community ." MEDLEY NAMED STUDENT OF THE MONTH - Another front page story honored Miss Karen Medley, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Medley of Hogansville, for being chosen by the faculty of Hogansville High School as the November student of the month.