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Or inions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 .' (6rimes uhlkatimt MIIlard B. Gdmes, President JOHN KUYKNDALL PUBLISI IER/EI)ITOR LAUmE LEWS ,txI)VERTISI N( ! DIRECT)R CI.INT CI.YBROOK A';OC l A'l 'E EDITOR ROB RICHARDSON AN'..;i STANT EI)ITOR JAYNE GOI)S'I)N B usIN 1,'-; [ANA( ] ER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-22(k5 P. O. Box 426 Hogansvflle, Georgia 30230 It's Christmas! Hope Yours Is Wonderful It's almost Christmas! Are you excited yet? I am. I'm like a kid at Christmas. I like giving presents, eating the goodies and doing all that Christmas stuff. It's the greatest holiday of the year. Fortunately, about 90 per- cent of my shopping is done. It has been expensive this year, but seeing everyone open their gifts makes it worth every penny. I was hoping to have the family over for Christmas, but I'm in the middle of remodeling and the house is a wreck. I guess we'll have to settle for another location, but that doesn't matter. The point is, we'll all be together and I'm sure everyone will get the one thing they've real- ly been wishing for, a few things they really don't need and some things they don't want. But, we all must remember that when it comes to gifts it's the thought that counts. All of the excitement of the holiday however, can take a toll on us. All of that run- ning around, wrapping and double checking our list can really be overwhelming. While we complain about being tired, we must admit it's a lot of fun. In the midst of all that fun, we often forget there are many people and families out there that will not have a won- derful Christmas. A couple of years ago, I started work- ing with an organization in our area to help ensure some of those in need do receive something for Christmas. It gives you a wonderful feel- ing inside to know that you have helped someone that really needed it, but more importantly appreciates it. I can never explain what it does for your heart to look into the eyes of a little boy or girl that opens a gift who was expecting nothing. I remem- ber one such case last year. ONE OF THE children I purchased a gift for last year was about seven years old. He was not living at home with mom and dad, making life difficult for him. He had the added pressure of being placed in a location with many older children and he was really going through a rough time. The boy had began to show signs of with- drawing and everyone was beginning to worry about him. On the day of the Christmas gathering at the facility, sexeral grumpy old men and women like myself showed up bearing gifts for the kids. We had a great meal and there was plenty of music and Christmas decorations. In spite of all of that, this par- ticular young man acted as if he had lost his last friend, stayed by himself most of the time and really just didn't want to participate in the Christmas party at all. Finally we convinced him to join in when we began pass- ing out gifts to the children. One of the items I had pur- chased was a racing set. I had also purchased some toys, personal radios and clothes. By luck of the draw, the little boy I mentioned above pulled the present out of the pile beneath the Christmas tree that contained the rac- ing set. He never smiled or reacted in any way as he made his way back to his seat at the table. Once seated, he opened the gift and a big smile broke out hcross his face. He was so excited. WnZN TI-lr P0000Whad settled down I walked over to the boy and asked him if he liked his gift and he said kind of shyly... "Yes sir." The he looked up at me and began to tell me how it reminded him of home. It seems he had a race set very similar at his home. He also told me how it reminded him of his father because his dad was such a big racing fan. "It's just what I wanted," he said. "It reminds me of home." I couldn't help but think about all the gifts I had pur- chased for Christmas, but I never thought one gift could bring so much joy and hap- piness to anyone. As I left that building that day I realized something very important about Christmas. The most expensive gift is not necessarily the best gift, the best gift is the one that gives someone joy an d hap- piness I also learned that the best gift we can give ourselves is making Christmas nice for others. It is my wish this Christmas that each of you have a wonderful holiday. I hope that Old Saint Nick will be good to you, but above all I hope that you are happy. May God bless and keep each of this holiday season. Merry Christmas. .THE HOGANSVlLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury ublishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt 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 postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single cop3,' 5o. FOR SUBSCRIFrlONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mercury Publications. E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville. GA 30230. STAFF ublisher and Editor ............................................................................ John Kukyendall Advertising Director. ................................................................................. Laurie Lewis mociate Editor ....................................... : ........................................... Clim Claybrook 3usiness Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assistant Editor ..................................................................................... Rob Richardson Staff Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter.Billy Bryant 2omposing ............................................................ Dewayne Flowers; Robert Weems ..egals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Circulation Manager......: ........................................................ Barbara Arlene Steennan Press Manager. ................................................................................ Wayne Grochowski Pressroom Assistants ..................... Lury Colleges, Zaddie Dixon,Damell McCauley vlailroom DistriDation ............................................................................... David Boggs CORPORATE, OFFICERS resident ..................................................... : ....................................... Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretary ........................................ Laura Grimes Cofer treasurer. ........................................... ; .......................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett ..g',fl Counsel and Assistant Secretary. .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4A - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - DEC. 18, 2003 It Evens Happens to Preachers From Lewis Grizzard's collection "Won't You Come Home Billy Bob Bailey?" Written in 1979 Good news. Some months after I wrote this, the preach- er and his wife decided to give it another try. It is one of those big down- town churches - a "rich folks' church," they would have called it back home. There are a couple of assistant preachers who han- dle the preliminaries at the Sunday morning service, and then the head preacher deliv- ers his message through a microphone. A radio station carries it out to the "shut-ins," a good church word you may or may not remember. There is a carpet and there are expensive windows, and you feel like the Lord expects something more than a few loose coins when'they come around with the collec- tion plate. I have been there in the congregation a few Sundays, and despite all the "luxury," for lack of a better term, the fellow worshipers are friend- ly and the head preacher, when he finally takes com- mand, is a bright and force- ful man who sprinkles his sermons with humor. I DON'T SEE the need to be specific here, as far as the name of the church or the name of the head preacher, the man who can smile and fan a hell-fire at the same time. It could happen to any- body. But when it happens to a preacher in a big church with fancy windows, tongues wag and eyebrows are lifted and you hear people saying, Wqhat is the world coming to?" The preacher's wife left him a few weeks ago. That happens to lawyers and doctors and insurance salesmen and ditch-diggers and newspaper columnists, but it doesn't happen to preachers because they know all the answers, and the good they do, you figure, protects them from such. A shock wave went through the church. "I always thought they looked so happy together," somebody said. The preacher offered to resign. Could he continue to be effective with this wart on his face? Good for the church, sure, there was gossip, but the res- ignation wasn't accepted. Had it been, I would never have gone back. Not that I'm a regular or serve on com- mittees, but I hate snootiness in any form. It would have been snooty to let the man walk away. It would also have been cruel. The preacher took some time off to put his life back in order, if that is possible, which it is not. He wrote a let- ter to every member of the church. Attached to the let- ter was a letter from his wife. "Being a minister's wife," the gist of her explanation for the breakup went, "is very dif- ficult. I can't handle it." That's her business. His letter asked for understand- ing and prayers. Yes, there were children involved. HE CAME BACK to the pulpit last week. I caught him on the radio. Those who were there said he looked a little drained, but that he handled himself well. That's an understate- ment. "Today," he said, "I have to go public with a private dis- aster in my own life." Few things are more difficult. I felt for him throughout the sermon. He ture - Psalms I think - asked for more ing, and he said, "I know have been praying for already... I can feel tt working." I could sense his emb rassment, his "gnawing as he put it. At the end of the similar at the altar afterwards some reassurance. Give him credit. out on that seas of faces Sunday morning, must have recalled a tar lament that never has answer - '%Vhy me, Lord?" Or maybe it does have answer. Why you, Because you are BY SPECIAL WITH HIS WIDOW, DEDRA, HOME NEWS IS GRIZZARD, WHO BY MORELAND, AND BECAME 'l MOST WIDELY READ PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND BOOI WIDE. Avoiding Politically Co :re00 t ,2hri= The other day I had lunch with a preacher friend of mine, Aaron McCollough, and we were attempting to solve all the world's problems. In the course of our problem solving, he and I ventured upon our soap boxes. For those who don't know what a soap box is, many times it is when two preach- ers get together and there is .... now.congr.eaaton to preach to, so they preach to one another, with the soap box being the subject of the ser- mon. This particular afternoon, the topic of discussion was being politically correct, especially during what the world has dubbed "the most wonderful time of the year." . The objection that we have iswishing someone a Merry Christmas without offending them because they do not believe in Jesus Christ. My dear friend, may I sub- mit to you that without Jesus Christ, the virgin born Son of the one true and living God, there would be no season to enjoy. I am well aware that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25, but there is certainly nothing- wrong with setting aside a day to honor the birth of the Christ child. This time of year is only possible because God did send his only begotten son into the world to be its sav- ior, and to water down the among us would tolerate us changing the name of Mothers Day to Females With gospelmessage With the term:  ]i01tgicai Offsg Da happy holidays is a shame. Thaf, too, takes away frdm  Just a couple of weeks ago in an article, Bro. Aaron men- tioned some of his concerns about this very subject. He went on to say, "I wonder how long the veterans among us would tolerate it if we dese- crated their military heritage by arbitrarily renaming Veterans Day to Former Government Employees Day?" That seems to take away from the meaning of the spe- cial day set aside to honor those who have fought to keep this country free. Bro. Aaron went on to wonder how long mothers the day set aside to honor mothers. The point is, changing Merry Christmas to just Happy Holidays takes away from the fact that the season has been set aside to honor the birth of Jesus, and not anything else. May I challenge each and everyone, especially true Christians, not to water down the season, not to get caught up in the commercialization, and to really avoid making Christmas politically correct. I hope that God's people would not substitute the cross of Calvary with a Christmas tree and that they would substitute the Savior Santa Claus. As I this past Sunday, son. The reason for such the cause for such tion, and basis for blessed time can be found the words of scripture. Luke 2:10-11 says, not: good tidirigs'bf  gieat which shall be to all For unto you in the city of David, a which is Christ the Lord." The reason for such is that man who was sin, now has a savior redeem them. There is greater joy than knowin y.our sins have been for en. The reason is Jesus Christ, may this son you knowing your personal savior. From all of us here Antiocl to all of you: Christmas. 50 Years Ago In the Hogansville *AUTO-MANIA!l! - The front page of Dec. 17, 1953 Hogansville Herald had sive coverage of the unveiling of the Chevrolets by Hines Motor Company "Salesmen will personally point out the detail,' and all the fine points," the article Just coincidentally, there was a large ad for the event inside the paper. *BEFORE THE DAYS OF THI Local scout Jimmy Link won big bucks in contest sponsored by Nestle Candy. Link won his award by marking a contest zle, a picture of some Scouts, in which to mark various things and actions that depicted as wrong." His prize included cash, $500 in prizes and $1 ,, Troop. -CINEMA - Apparently it was "G at the Royal Theatre. The religious "Heaven or Hell? Reaching from featured, although the ad seemed a bit risque, showing a cleveaged and leggy woman witl the offer of "SEE a vivacious and girl who learned the hard way of the power." Other cheerful-title films showing week included "City of Bad Men" and on the Blackhawk." Even the accom cartoon sounded edgy: "Mouse Menace." CINEMATIC DEAL- The Royal was also running a Christmas promotion, wherein youngsters bringing a toy for th needy could see a 9 a.m. Saturday movie fol free, *FROM THE CLASSIFIEDS: "Wanted: Within 20-mUe radius of Hogansville, aban' doned farm land or land with timber."