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()l)ini & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 62O-O4O PUBLISHER/ADVERT1S ING DR JOHN KLrTFNDALL AS)CIATE PUBLIS1 tER/DITOR RoB RtCHARDSON ASSISTANT EDITOR JAYNE GOrY'TON B UsINq; MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 8462206 P O, fkx 426 ltogansvflle, Georgia .)2,30 Forgotten Days And Times of Life My grandfather, on my mother's side, died when I was only about four or five years old. It's funny, but I can still remember so many things about him. He had this favorite hat that he wore all the time, car- ried a walking cane, and had this firm demeanor about him. To say I loved him would be an understatement. My grandmother lived until I was out of high school and there is so much I remem- ber about her. But the mem- ories of my grandfather are so precious to me because we didn't have time to make many memories. Here is one I'll share with you, so you can understand why he was so dear to me and why I loved him so. MY GRANDFATHER was a farmer. Let me rephrase that, my grandfa- ther was a good famer, but an excellent business man. His farm was productive and the reason for it being so was sim- ple. He eared about his fam- ily, he cared about his ani- mals, and he cared about the people that worked for him. I can't remember the times my grandfather helped out one of his workers and expected nothing in return. However, when it came to his animals, he didn't take kindly to anyone mistreating them or misusing them. He had some of the prettiest mules and cattle I believe I've ever seen. 'q'here's nothing more important to a farm than good mules," he used to say."We gotta take care of the animals arotmd here. They take care of us." My grandfather grew every vegetable we ate, we would take corn to the mill to be made into cornmeal, and of course, every bite of meat we took was raised right there on the farm. So, now you see why all the animals, no matter how small, were so important to him. ', Themaddest I ever sawmy grandfather, was the dayI decided to cad a duck problem: k IT WAS MY job on the farm to collect the eggs, feed the chickens and take care of his other birds. Each and every time I would go out to feed the chickens, this duck would peck me. It wasn't a light peek either. He would actimlly draw blood. I became very afraid of that dtr I tried everything. I woiald give him food_, try and out run him, anything I could to keep him from pecking me so muc Finally one day, as chil- dren will do, I came up with the solution to the problem. I had seen my grandfa- ther and grandmother kill chickens many times. They would simply pick them up, grab the chicken by the head or neck, sling it around, and the next thing you knew the chicken was dead. The only problem was I could get close enough to the duck to grab him without him pecking me. So, I decided it would easier to take some bailing twin and set a trap for the duck. I carefully made a loop in the twin, placeed it on the ground, filled the middle of the loop with food, hid in the chicken house and waited for my glorious moment. It trmally arrived. I gave the rope a quick pull and sure enough, I had caught my duck I had forgetten one minor detail, the legs were not what pecked. It was the beak. I tried to handle that duck every way imaginable, but I couldn't. So finally, I took the rope and began just wrapping it around him as tight and as fast as I could. You can imagine the racket that arose from all of this. I pulled on the rope and pulled on the rope and sure enough, eventually the fight ended. I HAD IT all planned out. I would take the duck into the woods, leave him there and noone would be the wiser. That didn't work. About the time the fight ended, my grandfather turned the Corner of the house, walking as fast as he could on his cane. "What are you doing?" he screamed. Even though I tried to no avail to defend myself, he just  wouldn't listen. "\\;. "That's an animal," he id. "He was simply pro- tecting his territory." That was the only whip- ping my grandfather ever gave me. That was the only one he ever had to give me, I remember it to this day. Funny thing, while it's not one of the best memories of my grandfather, it's one I continue to cherish because he taught me something that day. He taught me that an old man can still swing a razor strap, and it hurts when be does. THE HOGANSVlLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company. a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Rotvelt Highway. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales , Periodical postage d at Hogansville, Georgia )230. FOR suLTPJl,rloNs call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications. P, O. Box 426, Manchester, Geergia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address chges to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale As,,ciate Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jaync Gold,um Assistant Editor ...................................................................................... Rob Richson StaffWriters .......................................................................... BDan Geter, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Mana_ger .................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ........................................................................................ Linda l,ester Composing ................................................................. Dewayne Flom, Valinda l.very Clation Manager. ................................................................................... Judy Cre Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston m Manager ........................................................................ Wayne Grohoki Pressroom ................................... :,.,..David Bgs, Larry Colleges, Shannon Atkinson President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice ident .................................................................................. Charlotte S, Grimes Secreta .......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurer ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Counl and Asistant Secretary. .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIJ_ HOME NEWS - DEC. 5, 2002 How 'Bou"t,-Them Japanese? (Written in 1988) I thought I'd heard every- thing: * Hosea Williams drop- ping a suit against the Ku Klux Klan Rock Hudson being gay Michael Dukakis admit- ting he's a liberal The Kremlin loosening up a bit A pitcher of orange juice costing me $37.50 from room service in a New York Hotel. * The Atlanta Falcons win- ning a game But that's nothing com- pared to the news Coca-Cola wants Georgia and Georgia Tech to go play each other in football in Tokyo. It was in the papers. I read it with my own eyes. It's prob- ably not going to happen, because both schools say it's not feasible, but that the idea was even hatched is fright- ening. What's going on here? Oft I have warned about the Japanese influence on our country. The Japanese even tried to buy Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, and Mayor Andy Young even lis- tened to the offer. The Japanese have bought every American golf course that isn't nailed down, several tall buildings, and they'll probably do a deal and wind up owning Oregon and Lake Fxie before it's all over. Georgia and Georgia Tech in Tokyo, indeecL You think we were sur- prised at Pearl Harbor? Can you imagine the Japanese reaction to 10 or 20,000 bulldogs barking at one another in a hotel lobby in Tokyo? "Toro! Tora! Tora!" Is one thing, but "How 'bout them Dawgs" is quite another. And what on earth would fans do about the traditional tailgating parties before the game? Is fried chicken easy to find in Tokyo? And if it's not, if we cook our own and took it with us, would it spoil on the plane ride? I talked to few Georgia and Tech fans soon after the news of Coke's idea to switch the game. They were sur- pn.'singly warm to the idea. Said Leroy Parsons, Georgia fan: "At least it would be a lot easier to get to Tokyo than it was to get to Starkville when we played Mississippi State." Said Miles Purvis, Tech fan: "I'd rather go to Tokyo than back to Athens. Last time I was in Athens, a Georgia fan barked at me and bit my leg. It took me four hours to get home in all that traffic." Offered Dorothy Sims, Georgia fan: "I'd rather go to Tokyo than back to Grant Field" (now Bobby Dodd sta- dium). "At least the rest rooms would probably be cleaner." Countered Ruby Lesterfield, of a Tech persua- sion: "I think it would be excit- ing. The only other time I've been overseas is when we took the kids to Canada." Well, not me. We've tam- pered with enough traditions in this country as it is, and I'm damned proud of our two major state schools who would not budge, and the Tech-Georgia game isn going anywhere. Move the game to and the next thing you know, the Masters will move to Lisbon and Andy Young will uproot the dogwoods replant them in Botswana. BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WTrH HISWIDOW, DEDRA,THEHOg NEWS IS CARRYING COLUMNS BY THE LATE LEWIS GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN NEAIF BY MORELAND, AND B THIg MOST WIDELY READ GEORGIA WRITER OF HIS TIME. GRIZZARD'S BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAID ABLE FOR SAIL[-IROUGHBAD BO0 PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND AT BOOK AND MUSIC STORES NATION- WlDF Let's All Keep Christ in Christmasl Someone has made the My wife has a pin she one reading this article ever statement, "He who has not wears during this time of  been left out of your own Christmas in his heart will year, maybesomeofyouhave  birthday celebration? Then never find it under a tree." the same pin. It reads, "Jesus why do we often leave Christ The season is definitely upon is the reason for the season." out of his? us. May we all realize the only , The turkeys that were way we can enjoy a season as I do not know of a person stuffed have now stuffed us, festive as this is solely who does not like to celebrate the pies that were f'ffled with because of Jesus. Christmas. But if you are apples now fill us and now our looking to have a Merry attention has been drawn to THIS WORLD offers "The point is, Christmas, remember, "If the festive Christmas season, many substitutes for Jesus, you do not have Christmas in Duringthistimeofyearmany but the bottom line is, there hOW car we leape your heart, you will never ,, [ find it under a tree. It is my t things beg our time and atten- is no substitute. If it weren't Jesus out of prayer that each of [" tion. for a babe wrapped in swad- you has f ] Things suchas Christmas dling clothes, there would be ChFtD'las sJJ'le a wonderful holiday season! parties and, dinners, no reason for beautifully urithouthim, there difyou.rlooJgjpgfor" ays to haeffi'besroliday ChristmtiOF and special wrapped packages. If there COU/d b no season, doWt'loo qder' s services, family get-togeth- wasn't any suffering on the ers and company parties all cross of Calvary, there could Chr/stDlaS." tree, but look upon a cross, f call for some portion of our be no Joy to the World. If don't look in a beautifully 1 time. Jesus had not come to us, wrapped package, look in a Just as it is easy for the there would be no foundation empty tomb. child's eye to be turned to the for singing O Come All Ye asidd a day to honor the corn- bright lights and decorated Faithful. ing of the King of Kings to THE PLACE you will find trees, it is easy for adults to The point is, how can we the Earth. I guess you could the very merriest of get sidetracked as well. leave Jesus out of Chris'unas say as the song does, "It is the Christmases is the heart As enjoyable as the se- since without him, there birthday of a king." If this is where Christ dwells as son is and the things that Ira- could be no Christmas? the time we celebrate the Savior. To leave Christ out of ditionally accompany it; if Although most scholars birthday of Jesus, then tell Christmas is to leave-the you do not have Christmas in conclude that December 25 me, why is it so many leave merry out, for there can be yourheart, it will not be found is probably not the most accu- Christ out of his own birth- no real peace on Earth and under a tree or in a beauti- rate date for Christ's birth, I day? Allow me to ask a bit of Joy to the World without fully wrapped package, see nothing wrong of setting a sarcastic question: Has any- Christ. *CATCH THE WAVE: In a week the photographer appar- ently had off, the Dec. '4, 1952 Hogansville Herald front' page continued to extol the-Green Wave football team. Thb lead story proclaimed, "rorght in South Georgia, Screven and Camilla battle for the dubious honor of meeting the  (per- haps they meant "victOr') of tomorrow night's game 'here between lhe Milton High Eagles and Coach Castronis" Green Wave... 7 ....... ELECTION RESULTS: "W.A. (Bill) Crawford, of Crawford Hardware and Crawford Jewelry, is the new mayor of lle, elected yesterday in an election that saw him succeeding Mayor Fred Redmond without opposi- tion. 1 HEY, WHEN WAS THAT RRE? "The Hogansville High Sdxx libran/, which was entire- SUDDEN TRAGEDY: Nalter Joseph Dunn of Brazell Street, Hogansville, died sud- denly last Tuesday afternoon while talking to some friends at Carden Service Station: