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PAGE 4A - HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 62O-O4O perate $y Wfib ublications,3uc ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL KIM MITCHELL PUBLISHER]EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDY KOBER Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 " " news@ star-mercury.com ANGELA BROWN P.O. Box 426 LAYOUT EDITOR Manchester, GA 31816 O~clal Legal Organ for the City of Hogansville We are extremely lucky in this area to have good pub- lic school systems, but more fortunate Co have good kids attending our schools. Don't get me wrong; I understand there are bad seeds in e ery school. However, for the most part in our area school systems the vast majority of the stu- dents are good kids. If you talk with principals of area schools, including Harris County, Manchester, Greenville and Callaway, they will be the first to admit they are fortunate to have the caliber of kids that attend the school. Dr. Michael Lehr, princi- pal of Manchester High School presently and a prin- cipal in the Troup County School System, was happy to tell me that he realizes how blessed the area schools are recently during a conversa- tion. "I may have to tell some of the guys to pull their pants up occasionally," he said. %Ve have discipline problems, but w don't have a lot of the prob- lems that other schools have. "We don't have kids bring- ing weapons to schoOl or 9th grade center of the high school. The student that was shot did survive, but the incident could have ended' much dif- ferently. One student that wit- nessed the shootingwas quot- ed as saying, "I thought it was just one of those fake fights that people do for fun. You know, he was going, and they were just kinda doing some weak swings, and then I don't know, a guy just pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot the guy." I can't imagine the shock of the students who witnessed the shooting, the fear of par- ents when the news released the story that the shooting had occurred at the school but the child shot was not identified and then the school being placed on lockdown so He was born in Downers Sherrill Milnes became the Grove, Illinois the son of a Verdi baritone of his genera- Methodist minister. He grew tion. up on the family farm alter- nating between the daily ACCOMPLISHMENT-A chores of the farm and his young woman went out into love of music, the worldand startedher own He studied piano, violin, business. After a year she viola, double bass and tuba, reported that she was worth and took voice lesson's also. $25,000 but her parents mere- After graduating from col- ly smiled. lege he earned his living by After a few more years singing on television and her net worth had grown to radio commercials, as wellas around $100,000 and each singing in churches and local year it increased by modest opera groups, amounts, but her parents. He auditioned for a never had more than a smile famous voice coach in New or a pat on the back for her. York but was told that he Thenoneyearshetoldher would never make it in opera, father that in order to keep He continued to study and the business going she would was accepted by the Boris have to borrow a million dol- Golddovksy Opera Company lars. Whentold this her father and traveled throughout the bounced up from the sofa, country for the next five clapped her on the back and years, crowed, "Now that is an His first important debut achievement." came at the New York City Opera in 1964 and he soon BELONGING-The com- rose to stardom as a baritone bat hardened general was of major rarik joining leg- reviewing an elite squadron endary singers Lawrence of paratroopers. "How do you Tibbett and Robert Merrill. like jumping?" he asked one soldier gruffly. "I love it sir," was the reply. "And you?" he asked the next soldier in line. "It is the most exhilarating thing I have ever done sir," was his reply. And on down the line the general asked the same ques- tion until one soldier replied, "I hate it sir. Then why do you jump?" the general asked. "Because I enjoybeing around the kind of men who like to jump," he said. CHANGE~The story told about little Mary illustrates one way in which change brings about growth. One day in Sunday School she was asked, "Who made you?" After a moment's reflection the little girl replied, "Well, God made part of me." "Part of you?" the startled teacher said. "God made me very lit- tle and I grew the rest myself," young Mary said. WORRY- No one can work and achieve efficiently with a pack of worries on his back. People who enjoy life and radiate their happiness fear nothing. Fear never has led and never will lead. So whatever you do in life, enjoy doing it and you will do much better and thank God for every day He gives you. PERCEPTION--If a man runs after money he is money mad. If he keeps it he is a cap- italist. If he spends it he is a playboy. If he does not get it he is a never do well. If he does not try to get it he lacks ambition. If he gets it with- out working for it he is a par- asite and if he accumulates it after a lifetime of hard work people will call him a person who never got anything out of life. Forget about Daisy air rifles, Barbies, bicycles, or go-carts. Last week a report sur- faced on CNN about the "most wanted gadget gifts" caught my attention. First on the list was a Xbox One, the new gaming console from Microsoft. The unit responds to voice com- mands and provides a host of entertainment choices. There is the Zoomy, a handheld digitai microscope that can capture microscop- Leapfrog tablet. This is one " ic images and connects to the of those computer tablets that have become so popular. Aimed at c ldren, at least it is a learning device. That was followed by a Robosapien. This is a 14-inch tall humanoid shaped robot that can be controlled by a USB port on your computer, or tablet, or reader, etc. Or how about the Ubooly? That is an app for your smart- phone and a furry case that encapsulates the phone. It can play games, or if there is more than one Ubooly in the room, iiiii!iiiiiii!! $125- for a set of headphones. Finally, the last must have item on the CNN list was the Powerbag backpack. The bag comes equipped with a bat- tery charging system to recharge yoursmartphone, I mean playing with each other and with us, not with electronic devices. They were having fun physical exercise, running, jumping, crawling and more. Their little cheeks turned red with the excursion. And we had fun right with them. It was absolutely incred- ibM! When all was said and done, the children were exhausted. So were we. Unfortunately, playing outside -- real physical play - doing a lot of the things that it took a while before parents remote control unit or a happen in other school sys- could determine it their child tems. Basically we: have was the victim or'the shoot:- Smartphone. Does anybody some good kids in our school." ifig incident or not, remember Rosie? i would'like t6point out; I can't imagine the chaos " Thenthere was a Speck this conversation took place throughout the community or iGuy rubberized iPad holder. before any information was released about the shooting incident in Florida that you will read about a little late on in this column. While area schools have problems, like any school sys- tem, they do not have the problems that other systems do and that is a direct reflec- tion onthe children, their par- ents and the school system. Good kids are the prod- uct of good parents who want their children to excel, push them to excel, help them excel and prepare them to excel. The second part of the equation is the school system itself. When school systems establish the rules, enforce the rules and make sure the rules apply to everyone, it is setting a strong foundation for .learning and building strong young men and women to take their roles as the leaders of tomorrow. ON Wednesday of last week, I was shocked when I heard that a student at a Florida high school was shot by one of his fellow students. I was even more shocked to learn that the student that was shot wals 15. According to news reports, the student was shot after a fight broke out with a fellow student at the end of the day near a bus stop at the the fear in the com/nunity when it was learned that the student that had committed the shooting was on the run and a manhunt was under- way. Anyway you look at it this was bad for the children, the school system, parents and the community. COVERING sports and news at our area high schools provides me the privilege of knowing a large number of the students in the schools. I speak with many of the stu- dents on a weekly basis. I see the discipline that is instilled in the schools and I'm extremely proud of our schools and the students I come in contact with. I have commented sever- ai times about how the chil- dren conduct themselves at the schools, during class and during class changes. I would encourage everyone that has not visited are schools lately to do so and see for yourself the way our children conduct themselves. As I stated before, that does not mean there are bad seeds in the bunch, but I will say, in my opinion those bad seeds are far and between in the schools I visit. When I read stories like the one above, I'm thankful for the schools we have and the students who attend them. Tim HtmANSVlLLE I-IERALO is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051'Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, community oriented newspa- pers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $32,50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50 . FOR SUBSCRIFrIONS call. (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. The cover, which looks like a malformed Gumby of bygone years, protects the overly expensive iPad - and appar- ently some people think it looks cool. Next on the list .was the PlayStation 4, which I gather is a huge update over the Play Station 3. This unit is report- ed to have more power and more graphics with the abil- ity to go social. At least your thumbs get some exercise. Running a close rac6, and perhaps a bit ahead, is the they can play with each other, tablet, game devices and Don't ask me how. more. The latest must have is Every one of these items the Hubsan X4 FPV quad- is either a computer, smart- copter. Similar to a remote phone, or connected to an controlled helicopter but with electronic device in some four rotors, this comes com- way. plete with a camera that Good grief,Charlie sends images back to the Brown! remote control unit. , The Sphero 2.0 is a ball- HAVE PEOPLE forgotten shaped device controlledhow to do anything that does fromyour Andriod or iPhone, .not involve electronic that can play games, includ- devices? ing rolling across the floor. Just a while back, Vicki The dog and cat might like it. and I were with a group of The Skullcandy Aviator people some of which have headphones come highly rec- small children. ommended. These have theWe, meaning the group of skull desigu on the head piece adults, had these children and will set you back about actually playing. has largely been forgotten. I well remember when bicycles'and Barbies would excite a child but today's chil- dren must be entertained instead of entertaining them- selves. We can attribute that to computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and other electron: ic devices. Choices for Christmas gifts, especially for children," are wide and varied. As we consider those Christmas gift choices per- haps we should lean more toward outdoor physical experiences than cold, imper- sonal electronic devices. That's my opinion. tim In the " Hogansville Herald Compiled by Rob Richardson THE VOTES ARE IN - The top story in the Dec. 13, 1973 Hogansville Herald was about a city election. "Over 700 voters turned out here last wednesday in returning one city councilman to his post to a two-year term and electing two new officials to serve on the gov- erning body. incumbent councilman Jaza Strozier outpolled his opponent Ken McKenney by more than 200 votes in retaining his seat on the council for another two years." THEY BOUGHT A WHAT? Another front page story centered around a device most knew little about back then. 'The Hogansville City Council approved the purchase of a new computer for billing purposes here during their regu- lar meeting on Dec. 3. The new machine, costing the city just over $11,000, will replace an outdated machine present- ly being used to figure the city's utility bills." BARGAINS OF THE 1970s -The local Belk store ran a full-page ad touting potential Christmas gifts. Ladies gloves were $1.88, a recliner was $54.88, blan- kets were $2.77 and a sewing machine in a "beautiful" cabinet was $119.95) OTHER HEADLINES -"B-Team Evens Record With Victory Over Manchester; Lady Waves Are Unbeaten; City School System To Receive Funds;" "A Memorable Night."