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PAGE 6 HO(;ANSVII,LE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2000, Mills' Appeal Dismissed In Pike County Court By John Kuykendall Pike County Superior Court Judge Ralph Hicks ruled Tom Mills' contest of the Nov. 7 state Senate election was invalid and the results will stand as certified. Hicks said Mills' petition failed to state a claim for Lee of LaGrange. which relief could be granted Mills' attorney, Don and failed to state a "full, par- Johnson of Fayetteville, said ticular and explicit statement he will advise Mills to appeal of the cause of contest." the ruling to the Georgia The La(;rangeRepublican Court of Appeals of state lost the five county race of Supreme Court. District 29 by 656 votes to Democratic incumbent Dan JOHNSON SAID THAT voters throughout five coun- ties cast ballots in the wrong precincts on Nov. 7. He also charges that voter certifi- cates were not filled out prop- erly at five Meriwether County polling places includ- ing Lone Oak, Warm Springs, Alvaton, Woodbury and Luthersville. Mills said if the Meriwether County votes were thrown out, he would win the election by 115 votes• "I am just glad that justice has prevailed," Lee said. "I felt from the beginning there was no merit to this complaint• "It's embarrassing to think that lawyers can file a peti- tion without checking the law and the facts. They put the integrity of the probate judges in question and tried to undo the votes of 35,000 people. Things like this make me ashamed to be an attor- ney." eanie abies Scooters 220 Hghtower Street Thomaston GA (706) 647-9956 | lapl,y 1 l,,lidays! Country Charm in the Villages of HuntcL Homes Beginning at $89,000. oo "he Apple€ore I USE PRICE LEVEL A I' : • FIRS r I • ATTIC    u uTl By Bryan Get LEAD IN GOES HERE - The Allen's have the "Christmas Spirit" as they have decorated their yard with all kinds of Christmas decorations including reindeer, Santa, Fray, candy canes and much more. Home for Christmas over• the years. Then Mother would go and get all the deco- rations from the closet, and the three of us would spend the evening putting lights, balls, tinsel, and finally icicles on that little tree. It was the icicles I most looked forward to. I got to "throw" them all over the tree. I tended to do it in clumps, still do. Later, when we would sit by the tree, nibble coconut cake, and sing carols Mother would straighten out the clumps and Dad would find the faulty light that kept the last string from coming on. Mother's favorite part was the final touch, plac- ing the star on the top. All my Christmases have been special to me, but I guess the ones that stick out most in my mind revolve around the years spent in the house on North Highway in Hogansville. Those years were when the kids of St. James United Methodist Church put on the Christmas pageant, You can tell I'm from a small town. We'd always have several rehearsals, and I lived for those nights to be near by girlfriend; not really, but see- ing her was a bonus• I didn't learn lines well, and you would think a kid who could remem- ber the day and year of the "Treaty of Ghent," could mem- orize lines for a play. You'd be close to wrong if you went with Jim Dale Guest Columnist that theory. I'll never be a Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford except maybe to my wife, and that's not too bad. The task of repeating lines becomes more difficult with a towel wrapped around your head, a bathrobe on your torso, and summer sandals on your feet. I was always either a wise man, or Joseph to Diane Duncan's Mary. I never failed to opt being a sheep or donkey because I figured their lines were learnable, but I always got rejected. I'm still a pretty good bleater and brayer. Of course, stuffed animals fulfilled those roles. FINALLY, BEFORE you decide I really am suffering a slight case of senility, I'll remi- nisce about the Church Christmas Tree and then cut this wandering off. I don't think I ever got a present that I didn't want. Well, maybe once. Usually, whoever got my name always knew me well enough to wrap anything military or road worthy, somehow aware it Continued from Page 5 would suit me just fine. And it ! did. This was a special time for all of us kids. I guess it was a special time for all the people of our little community and church. The '50s and early '60s was a time when values that no longer are important today were important, and the kids at school could celebrate "Christmas Holidays" instead of "Winter Break." The ideal of "Peace on earth and good will toward men" was a realistic one then, and the spirit of Christmas consumed us all. SO THIS CHRISTMAS I'm going to celebrate by just let- ting that spirit take over. I may never know how or why I've chosen this year to regain it, but I suspect it is the most lasting gift my mother could give. This will be my first Christmas with- out her, but I suspect she'll be there• I wish a wonderful Christmas spirit for each and every one of you. May you remember your most favorite Christmas wherever you are from, and keep alive in your heart that special feeling for those special folks and those happy times spent with them; and oh, don't forget the original reason for celebrating the sea- son, too. Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year from the Dale family. 205 S. 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