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Or inions i deas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A Grue. ltubltmn MilOrd B. Gd, President JOHN KUYKmDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR LAURm LmvlS ADVERTISING DIRECTOR ROB I:ICHARDSON ASSOCIATE EDITOR ANDY KOBER hSSISTANT EDITOR me Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Manchester, Georgia 31816 Charles Neely Made a Difference LastWednesday morning I received a phone call that I had been expecting for months and dreading. Around 8:45 a.m. that phone call came through. I was told that Meriwether CounW Comm- ission Chairman Charles Neely had passed away. Charles had been in bad health for sometime and I was expecting the call, but as much as you try, there is no way to be prepared when you hear such sad news. In recent years, Charles and I had become pretty good friends. I knew him, before having the privilege of work- ing with him as chairman of the commission, but since that time we had become closer. I asked him once why he wanted to be a county com- missioner. "It is a thankless job," I said to him. "Every thing you do is going to make someone happy and someone mad. It puts you in a no win situation." "Because you can make a difference," he looked at me and said. That Charles Neely did. CHARLES TOOK a great deal of criticism about issues, and sometimes he received some praise, but I win ten you that Charles cared about Meriwether County and its people and that is why he became a commissioner. He did not do it for power and he did not do it for the money. He did it because he wanted to make a difference, and that he did. One item that Charles was criticized the moSt about of course, was the landfill issue. I spoke with him about it once and he explained to me his position. "I never wanted a landfill in Meriwether County," he said. "But, the commission approved it and after a great deal of research and talking with lawyerff, I learned that we couldn't stop it. I decided at that point and time, if I couldn't stop it, I was at least going to make sure this coun- ty got something out of it." He did. The contract the commissioners renegotiated with Greenbow is probably one of the most, if not the most, lucrative contract between a governmental agency and a landfill that has ever been agreed upon. You are welcome to research that for yourself. So, while Charles took a great deal of criticism about the landfill, let me say, "I'm of the opinion he made the best of a bad situation." ONE THING Charles was the most proud of was Meriwether Park, and right- fully so. Meriwether Park already has drawnagreat dealofinter- est from prospects worldwide. I'm a firm believer that Meriwether Park will one day be a driving force for the coun- economic development. It has already been the catalyst for a county-wide water sys- tem, that has been needed for years. Charles worked closely with the Meriwether County Development Authority to bring Dongwon Autopart Technology of Georgia to Meriwether County. He also spent endless hours working with state and federal agen- cies to obtain funds to help construct the park, its roads and other infrastructure needs. It was a project he believed in and worked tire- lesslyto makeit become areal- ity. Why? It was not for Charles Neely, it was for the people of Meriwether County. Charles knew in his heart that Meriwether Park would one day be something that would bring jobs, economic growth and a strong tax base to the county. "I want to bring job s here so our children won't have to move away to find a good pay- ing job," he said. "I want them tobeabletoraise their families here." He meant that. WORKING WITH him, there were several things I learned about Charles Neely, the man not the commission- er. Charles said what he ment and meant what he said. His word was his bond, if he told you something you could write it down and take it to the bank because he was going to doit. Charles wanted to make a difference. He loved Meri- wether County and he want- ed it to be a place that every- one would love and be proud of. He believed the future of Meriwether County was bright and, with strong lead- ership, would shine for the world to see. He was much more, but those qualities made him a good leader for Meriwether County. He will be greatly missed by the county govern- ment, but even more so by the community. He was involved in so many projects, like EmpW Stocking, that helps so many people each year. He was always one of the first to donate to any worthy cause. Meriwether has not lost just a great leader, but a great man. He will be missed, and accomplished his goal of mak- ing a difference for Mer- iwether County. THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troop, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIA HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2009 I You Ought to W]00te a Book About Your Daddy A new character must be introduced here, and forgive me if at first she seems not to belong here. Believe me, she does. Her name is Kathy. She was my third wife. Kathy was remarried since our divorce. She now lives in Montana with her two children and her husband. eral years ago. The band was playing oldies. The band began "The Tennessee Waltz, "I asked Kathy to dance. As we danced, I said to her how this had been Mother's and Daddy's song. I was dancin' Wth my darlin' To the Totmessee Waltz I think they have some When an old friend. horses. : . !1lap--toss: : Kathy never knew my :tintrodcedMm father, of course, but he would have liked her, and she would have adored the Major. What attracted me to Kathy in the first place was she laughed at my stories. She would have thought my daddy a riot. Kathy saw the pattern so often. A few drinks, a men- tion of my father, and then my tears. She never once scolded me for such displays. She seemed to listen more closely than anybody else ever had when I talked about Daddy. She seemed genuinely interested. WE WERE at a dance sev- To my darlia' And while they were dancin' My liend stole my sweet- heart a way from me. After the dance, Kathy said, "You ought to write a book about your daddy." "I don't know ff there is a book here," I said. "There is a book," she went on, "and one day, you will write it." As usual, Kathy was right. I am sending her one of the first copies of the book. I WANTED to mention my boyhood friend Ronnie Jenkins once more, too. Ronnie is married and he sells real estate now. I don't see him very often. Ronnie went to the Dempsey and sobered up my daddy once when I couldn't go myself, and he went to his hip a couple of times for the Major, too. I think he admired Daddy's wanderlust. He once had a bit of it in himself. Ronnie met Uncle John Wesley a few times, too, and he was taken by him as well. Ronnie used to laugh about Uncle John Wesley "messin' with a few o1' cars." Ronnie was a comfort at Daddy's funeral. He even tried to convince my first wife to come back home. He did- n't succeed, but at least he tried. Ronnie had a nice thought at the funeral. "You know what it's going to be like in heaven when Uncle John Wesley dies and ties up with the Major? They'll be running the place in two weeks," he laughed. I laughed, too. They'll wind up on a front porch somewhere with two rocking chairs. Every angel in the place will come just to listen to their stories. It'll take'era 10 thousand years before they'll have to start repeating themselves. Editor's Note: Grizzard wrote the book on his daddy. It was published in 1986, R was dedicated to Jim Minter. ...to be continued next week BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH H]SWIDOW, DEDRA, THEHOME NEWS IS CARRYING SELECTED COLUMNS BY THE LATE LEWIS GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN NEAR- BY MORELAND, AND BECAME THE MOST WIDELY READ GEORGIA WRITER OF HIS TIME. GRIZZARD'S BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAID ABLEFORSALETHROUGHBAD BOOT PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 191266, AA, GA 31118-1266. Dealing With the Approach of Christmas The coming of the Christmas Season overshad- ows much. Last Monday was a sig- nificant day in both American History and world history. It was December 7, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was the event that catapulted America into World War II. Often remembered and portrayed as a nefarious sneak attack by the Japanese, it was not intended to be a sneak attack. History has shown the Japanese government sent a message to its embassy, which was to be decoded and forwarded to the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. UNFORTUNATELY, that process was not conducted in a timely manner. The message was intend- ed to be delivered to the State Department just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, due to the delay in decoding, the message arrived after the attack, and the rest is history. Many Americans consid- ered the war to be a European problem. In fact, while abhor- ring Adolf Hitler, many Americans sympathized with the German people. But Franklin Roosevelt used the attack on Pearl Harbor to get America to enter World War H. For the Allies, the timing of the attack on Pearl Harbor was most fortuitous as England was largely stand- ing alone against the Axis Powers, and the English were barely hanging on. ALSO overshadowed by is significant in that it took the Christmas Holidays is eightdaystoprepareandcon- Hamflr, kah. secrate new oil for thee er- Celebrated on Saturday, nal flame. December 12, Hanukkah is a During the celebration of Jewish celebration also Hannukah, the candles of a known as the Festival of Menorah are lit each night Lights. and burn at least a half-hour Hanukkah is an eight-day after dark. celebration that commemo- rates the Miracle of the Oil. ALSO overlooked is The Temple in Jerusalem December 15, which is Bill of had been desecrated and suf- Rights day. fered massive destruction The Bill of Rights is the courtesy of the Seleucid name given to the first 10 Empire, amendments to the After the Maccabees Constitution of the United defeated the Seleucid States. Empire, they repaired the Today, theserightsappear Temple. Then they wanted to to be under a constant state have a rededication of the of attack. Temple, but there was the We will deal with the Bill problem, of Rights another time, but Electric light was not yet suffice it to note that our lib- available and there was only eral friends have taken such enough consecrated oil to fuel words as: the eternal flame for a single * "Congress Shall make no day, despite this they went to law respecting an establish- work. ment of religion" to mean we Though there was only cannot post the Ten enough consecrated oil to last Commandments in a a single day, the eternal flame Courthouse, or have aManger burned for eight days -- and scene in front of city hall; or this was the miracle. "... or abridging the The eight-day time frame freedom of speech, or of the press" to only apply when they agree with the liberal politicians. Our freedoms are under attack today more than ever before, but that is a discourse for another day. OUR neighbors in Canada observe Boxing Day on December 26. This is not a daythat wives and hBsands dongloves and work out some frustrations. Celebrated in a number of countries, during Boxing Day gifts were given to the poor and slaves. In the United Kingdom, the gift-giving was extended to include various working people. For our shopaholics, in some countries, Boxing Day is a shopping holiday during which prices are dramatical- ly reduced. FINALLY, the Pilgrims are said to have landed at Plymouth on December 21, 1620. Now, if any of you men are really brave, ask your wife if she remembers the Pilgrims landing in 1620. When she realizes you are making a poor joke about her age, you might resemble the aftermath of the mistaken Boxing Day tradition. Yes, Christmas is coming, but you do not have to forget about other dates in December. That's my opinion. 50 Years Ago.,, In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News Compiled by Rob Richardson PARENTAL GATHERING - The top story in the Dec. 9, 1959 Hogansvi//e Hera/d was, once again, about a PTA meeting. 'he Hogansville Parent Teacher Association will hold its December meet- ing Thursday evening and for the first time in two years will meet in the Church Street School Cafetorium. The program for the event will be the much-heralded 'Youth Parade' with a cast of 150 third and fourth graders, all dressed in colorful and lavish costumes." FALLING SHORT - Another front page story told of trouble with a charity drive, "The 1959-60 Hogansville United Fund Drive at the present time is over $1,000 short of its $9,250 goal, according to a statement from Mrs. C.S. Burden, Jr., chairman of this year's drive. Ms. Burden stated that of the total of $8,166 donated or pledged, $3,340 was contributed by employees of the three U.S. Rubber plants." LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - Another front page story announced a. change of ownership of a local business. "Ben O. Askew, Jr., promi- nent young Hogansville business man, has purchased the Askew Furniture Company from his father, Ben Askew, Sr. and is now the sole owner. Young Askew, who until recently owned and operated the Askew Service Station, has made no statement concerning the future operations of the well-known furniture company." INSIDE HEADLINES - "R.J. Foster Jr. Now in Germany With U.S. Army;" "Grady L. Byrd Promoted at German Station;" "Mrs. W.A. Denny Honored Sunday; .... Hogansville Boy Wins Foundation Scholarship;" "Miss Lee Is Honored at Luthersville Shower-Tea;" "Xmas Cookies Should be Gay and Special."