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Opinions & "][deas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 o, (rtmr. publkatimI Millard B. Grimes, President JOHN KUYKFDALL PUBI JSI II'EI )1"1'( )R LAtaUE .Iws A.DVERTISING DIRECTOR Curer CLVBOOK AS,'gDC I ATE EI)ITOF( ROB RICHARDSON A,',;SISTA1VI' EI)IT()R JAYNE GOLDSTON B uslrz..s MANA(;EI Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 P O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 The Woes and Yeahs Of Owning a Home A house can be a wonder- ful thing, but I've learned recently it can also be very costly. This past year I've been remodeling my home, well ff you can call it that. I live in an older home in Harris County, one that I grew up in and even raised my children in. I inherited the home from my mother, who inherited it from my grandmother. So, as you already can tell, I have a pretty strong attachment to the old place. But as I pro- ceed, you'll probably realize the attachment is even greater than you suspect. When my wife and I first married, we purchased a very nice double wide. The kids came along, my mother passed away and we decided to remodel the old home and make it our own. It took a great deal of time and money to remodel that house, and while it was not the nicest home one coutd own, it was comfortable and we raised our children there. Over the years, my wife and I would do little things to the house, but after the first remodeling we were not so ready to begin again. " About September of last year, I decided to do some remodeling, or at least that is what I thought I was going to do. It turns out, that even though I thought I was tak- ing care of the home pretty well, there were things that had been neglected. THE FIRST thing I had to do was put in a new cen- tral heat and air conditioning system. Unfortunately, it had to have everything, including new duct work and insulation in the attic. About $7,0001ater, the job was done and the new heating and cooling system was working extremely well. About two months later, I developed a small leak in the roof. So, I had a roofer to come out and he patched a few places on the roof and charged me about $500. Well, it turns out that there were two layers of shingles on that old roof and the patching did- n't work. So, it was time for a new roof at the tune of about $6,000. The home has very large front porch, and I decided it needed replacing. That porch, which I thought would- n't be very much, came with a price tag of about $2,000. By now, I decided it was time to do a little work inside. A few hundred dollars later I had two rooms repainted new trim work was added and I had new electrical outlets. Now that the rooms looked so good, I decided it was time for a new living room suit. Well, there was another $2,500. OK, with all the new look in those two rooms new floor covering was essential. There was another $2,000. Once those rooms were completed, I thought it would be nice to fix up two of the bedrooms as well and do a lit- tle sheet rocking. You guessed it, there was anoth- er $2,500. While the contractor was there, he gave a look at the windows of the home and said, "You're gonna have to replace those soon or you're going to have a problem with the walls. They are beginning to rot a little and if it keeps up, you'll be working on the walls inside." OK with all the work that had been done, I couldn't take ' 'a chance on that happening so I ended up with about $5,000 worth of windows. If you are calculating you see how this was an over- whelming and costly adven- ture. One good thing about owning a home, verses rent- ing one, is that you build up equity in your home. So, I took "a new loan on the home and had all this work done. The only problem is I'll be about 70 years old, should the good Lord decide to let me live that long, before the house is final- ly paid for. Of course, by that time it will need all these things again. Not to mention the fact there are many other things I would like to do to the house and will probably do. As you can tell, my open- ing statement is very true, it is a costlything to maintain a house. It can also be very aggravating. However, if you total up all the benefits it's really not costly at all. As one of the commer- cials on television reminds us many times .... House payment.., much, Cost of repairs.., too much Aggravation.... way too much, Finally owning.., way too long, Having something to call your own, having a nice place to live, knowing that it will always be yours-and above all, the memories that one has to last a lifetime .... PRLCELESS. THE HOG.ANSViLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division ()f Grimes Publications, at 3051 Rooe el Highway. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $24 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical lXstage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FoR sllBscmerlONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 3 | 816. PI"MAS'rER: Send address c "hanges to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Editor ............................................................................ John Kukyendall Advertising Director .................................................................................. Laurie Lewis Associate FAitor ................................................................................... Clint Claybrcxk Business Manager. ............................................................................... Jayne Gotdston Assistant Editor ..................................................................................... Rob Richmdson Staff Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter.Billy Bryant Comlxsing.,..: ....... : ............................................... Dewayne Flowers. Robert Weems Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Circulation Manager. .............................................................. Barlya Arlene Steerman Press Manager. .............................................................. i ................. Wayne Grochowski Pressroom Assistants ..................... Larry Colleges, Zaddie Dixon,Damell McCauley Mailroom Distribution ............................................................................... David Boggs CORIRATE OFFICERS President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes xecuive Vice President and Secretary ........................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Freasurer. ...................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett egal Counl and Assistant Secretary .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4A - HOGANSVILI HOME NEWS - DEC. 11, 2003 hol irH FaeinglgthHighSe o Reun o collFertR n LWinS, t GriuZ:d's g:.e?em;:tirCk2rspehde and has a child. He farm little and repa,= Home Billy Bob Bailey?" had clocked Dudley at 110 Volkswagens, hesaid. Written in 1979 Of all the people I have met in my life, Dudley is one of them, which is the one of the nicest things anybody ever said.about him. It was great to see Dudley Stamps at my 15th high school reunion. It was great to see everybody, bus seeing Dudley was special. Dudley and I used to hang out together and do weird things. Actually, Dudley did weird things and I would go alongto see what he was going to do next. Dudley enjoyed driving motorized vehicles as fast as they could possibly go. The fastest I have ever traveled on land was inside the 1960 Thunderbird Dudley's par- ents bought him for his 16th birthday. Often I questioned Dud]ey's parens' judgement in buying him a car, because he spent his entire junior and senior years in high school attempting suicide in this 1960 Thunderbird. One night, the highway patrol stopped Dudley and miles per hour. Dudley was incensed. He swore he had been going at least 120. Dudley also owned a truck. We were driving around in Dudley's truck and he said to me, "I wonder if trucks will float." An idle thought, I figured. I figured wrong. Dudley was a man of action. He immediately drove his truck into the middle of White Oak Creek. I learned a lot of impor- tant things hanging out with Dudley Stamps. One thing I learned is trucks won't float. WHEN DUDLEY eventu- ally traded his car, for a case of beer and several back issues of Guns magazine, it looked like it had been through the Third Pun.ic War. The best fist fight I ever saw involved Dudley Stamps. It was the heavyweight cham- pionship of the ninth grade, between Dudley and the school bully. The school bully was a dummy. He verbally assault- ed Dudley one afternoon in study hall when the teacher went out of the room. It was a close fight, but the judges, one of the 10th grade girls and myself, gave Dudley the decision. Soon afterwards, the school bully joined the drama club. ABOUT HALF the class turned out for the reunion. I won most divorces. One of the people who helped me win that award was there. I don't mind admitting it. She looked terrific. A couple of my class- mates are now lawyers. One is president of a company. The girls who were pretty in high school still are. I was proud of myself because several of my class- mates walked up to me and said they read what I writq r in the newspaper. Some even mentioned they enjoyed it. I imagined Dudley as a hired gun. Or at least a steeplejack. He's married We had a brief conver /I tion. /--k "I see your ugly pictt in the newspaper sore times," Dudley said to me. "Oh, yeah?" "Yeah. But I don't read t garbage," he continued. "Oh, no?" "No. And the only timq see your picture is whet need some paper to put the car so it won't leak oil my garage floor. I look and say, "There's that fool with oil all over his pid face." Thanks, Dudley, I neec that. BY SPECIAL WITH HIS WIDOW, DEDRA, HOME NEWS IS CARRYING ED COLUMNS BY GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN BY MORELAND, AND MOST WIDELY READ BOOKS AND TAPES ARE PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 19H ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND BOOK AND MUSIC STORES NATIi WIDE. Appeasement Will Just Not It is hard to believe anoth- er presidential election is just around the corner. Next spring and summer both Democrats and, Republicans will be conduct- ing state presidential primar- ies with the general election to follow some eleven months down the road on the first Tuesday in November of 2004. Millions of dollars will be spent by both parties prior to the election in hopes of swing- ing the election. The target of much of this advertisement will be aimed at states predicted to be close. In many cases this money will be well spent if two percent of the registered voters are changed. Think about the many vot- ers who say they will not vote because their vote will make no difference. Nothing could be further from the truth. These voters of indifference could control most elections We are told that anti=Bush ads will begin running in sev- eral states where the vote is expected to be close next- fall. Voters who now class themselves as undecided will be the principle target of these early ads. row, I would vote for Bush. PRESIDENT BUSH is This decision is coming from being criticized more for his a voter that claims no alle- spending policies in Iraq and gianceto either party, but has lack of spending and concern voted Democratic more for prescription drugs, because of domestic policies. medicare, and senior care Often we are forced to stand programs, up and fight to keep the peace Most of us do not wish to we can live with. be classed as "Hawks" who go looking for a fight in trou- MY GRANDFATHER ble, nor do we want "peace at taught me to never bully any- any price" or the attitude of one, but defend my rights. a dove. Once while I was a young One thing is for sure, if child another youngster the election were held tomor- about my age bullied me. When my saw this, to him crying again he really give me somethin cry about. Knowin meant what he said, time this youngster me around, I the nose and this ended troubles with this In fact, we became the b, of friends. The I)emoerats seem be putting the blame, for situation in Iraq on Bush. Frankly, I'm not in pc tion to know who to blar but I can tell you one never will I believe t] appeasement is the I remember Briti Prime Minister Chamberlain who to appease Nazi before World War IWo. Appeasemenl then, and will not work 50 Years Ago... In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor tothe Hogansville Home News CHEVY MEN, LY - The front page of the 3, 1953 Hogansville. Heral, reported that "Red Couch, lar sales manager at Chevrolet Co., and J.W. Lunsfor were honored g ing of the 1954 Oldsmobiles New Orleans on Monday. expect to be more when they see the ne Chevrolets." *GOOD PRICE FOR THI OPEN-MINDED: The Furniture Store advertised lamps at 50 percent off. " *CINEMA - Westerns wer still the bread and butter of Royal Theatre. Movies that week were 'Pals of Saddle' and 'The Man Alamo.' But suspense fans got break, with "Mickey Spillaine's the Jury," in 3-D. MODERN MARVELS - was reportedthat "1,215. of th nation's telephones are Hogansville." Georgia had of 700,000 and the nation had just marked the installatio of the 50 millionth telephone. "For rent: Two or unfurnished. ladies preferred." BREAK WITH TRADITION The Colonial Stores ad a 'Nancy Carter tested Reci for 'Kidney Bean Rabbit.'