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Opinions & Ideas We Must Help Others Grow Corn A Sr lllitatimt MHlard B. Grimes, President Mu HAI PUBLISHEITJADVERTISING D JOHN Km Assocax Ptmusrms/EDrroR RoB 17d AssisrArr EorroR - JAYNE GOLDSrON BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P O. Box 426 Hogansvflle Georgia 3023O No Matter What, It's Still Christmas Christmas has changed a great deal at my household over the past few years. With the children growing up, get- ting married and having fam- ilies of their own, it's just not the same. My daughter and her fam- ily spent the holidays with the in-laws this Christmas and so did my son and his new wife. So, it was just me at home alone for Christmas for the first time in, probably close to 30 years. I was afraid I'd be bored out of my skull. I was wrong. I kept busy around the house, watched television and mainly just rested. I'm not going to say I didn miss the family on Christmas, because that would not be true, but the day really wasn't that bad, or at least not what I expected it tobe. Of course, there was no big Christmas dinner like in year's past. I did miss the ham and potato salad, but I came close. I had a ham sandwich and potato chips. I fix a pret- ty mean sandwich if I do say so myself. You would think that wittL. the family gone and being alone at Christmas, you wouldn't have as much Christmas spirit as in year's past, but that isn't true at all I was still in the Christmas mood. As I realized this, I pon- dered it and asked myself why. After thinking on it for a while, I reached the follow- ing conclusions. THE CHRISTMAS spirit is not just a state of mind and it's not just about family. My friends really made me feel good about it. Most of them knew I was going to be alone and I can tell you how many offers I had to "come to Christmas at our house." I appreciated each and every one of those invitations because, as we all know, it's the thought that counts and knowing that they wanted share Christmas with me', made me feel good. Because of those invita- tions, I realize now that the Christmas spirit is not just something we alone feel, but others as well. Because those around you have the Christmas spirit, you can catch it also. Isn't that what Christmas is about ? It's about friends and family caring and sharing with each other. The other thing I've learned, is that it's still Christmas without the tradi- tional opening of presents, singing of carols and the year- ly visit from jolly Old Saint Nick. The commercial side of Christmas is definitely over rated, because it is not what puts us in the Christmas mood. WHILE MANY things were not the same as all those other years I remember so fondly, there was one thing thing that was the same. That feeling you get on Christmas, knowing it's the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I still had that warm and earing feeling this Christmas day that I've had every year. It really is true that no mat- ter what is going on, the world is at peace on Christmas. I think what I'm trying to express to our readers was best put i0t0 words by Manchester eouncilmember Anthony Clifton recently. A group of us were talk- ing before the meeting and the discussion turned to Christmas. We were talking about how we try and help oth- ers out during the holiday sea- SOn. The discussion started about Good Shepherd Riding Academy. They had the most boys there for Christmas this year thanever before. Several of us were helping out by pur- chasing gifts for some of the boys. The discussion grew as we discussed other things that had been done by the com- muvtity for others and so on. "This is all great," Anthony said. "However, it's a crying shame that we wait until Christmas to do such things. We should be doing themall year long." THAT OLD SONG, "I Wmh Everyday Could Be Like hristmas" came to mind and I thought just how right he Was. If we could bottle the Christmas spirit and take it down from the cupboard to be used as needed, the world would he a much better place to live. So, I've decided what my New Year's resolution will be this year. I'm going to give my best effort, each and every day, to do something nice for some- one. SO I can keep the Christmas spirit throughout the year. 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 6204)40, Subscriptiou rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all tles taxes. Periodical pttage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230. FOR SUBSCRn'rlONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications. P. O. Box 426, Manchester. Georgia 31816. POS'TM,rER: Send ',,ss changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STay Publisher 'and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publishcr and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Mmmger ................................................................................ Jayne Goidston Assistant Editor ...................................................................................... Rob Richardson SmffWrilers ......................................................................... .Bryan Gemr, Billy Bryant Assistant Adving Manager .................................................................  lewis Asing Sales .............................. ,..... .................................................. Kamn Grant sing ............................. : .................................... Valiudalvery, Dewayne Flowers Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goidston Circulation Manager ..................................................................................... Judy Crews Production Manager.,..: ...................................................................... .Bobby Brazil Jr. At Manager ......................................................................... Wayne ......; ...........  ....... : ............... a)amell ,Joey Kmgh Larry Coes Ptident, ................................................................................... ......Millard B. Cairnes Vk'e ident .................................................................................. Cimrlone S, Grimes Executive Vice t and Seen,ary., ..................................... Laura Grimes corer urer ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Gan-ett lgal Counl and Assistant Secretary .............................................. James S. Grimes James Bender tells a story about a farmer who every year entered his corn in the state fair where it always won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interest- ing about how he grew his corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. ""How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year," the reporter asked. '"Well sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know that the wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field? If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadi- ly degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neigh- bors grow good corn too." THIS FARMER is very much aware of the connect- edness of life. HIS corn can't improve unless his neigh- hors' corn also improves. So it is in other dimen- sions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is meas- ured by the number of lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the wel- fare of each is bound up with the welfare of all. The lesson for each of us is simply this: If we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good COrn. For twenty years now a group of folks in our town have helped their neighbors grow good corn. They have pooled the resources of the COmmunity in an effort to see that no needy family goes without food, clothing or toys during the Christmas Season. When Operation Empty Stocking began in 1983, 50 families (200 plus people) were assisted at Christmas. last Christmas over 250 fam- ilies (1000 plus people) were assisted with food, clothing and toys. The number this year will surpass last year. Efforts to help our neigh- bors "grow good corn" does- n't stop at Christmas time in our town, they COntinue year round under Operation Good Neighbor. Since its inception in 1982, thousands of needy 'Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace" people have been assisted with food, clothing, house- hold items, minor repairs to their homes, transportation to doctors, and other things. These two programs have been successful for more than 20 years because our COmmunity believes in help- hag their neighbors "grow good corn." LET ME CLOSE with a story about two frogs who fell into a deep pit. All their friends came out to try to help them. But when they saw how deep the pit was, they told them they were as good as dea& The two frogs tried to jump out of the pit but the walls were too high. The other frogs kept telling them to save their energy and die peace. Finally, one of the frog: took heed to what the others were saying and gave up. Ha fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Onceagaix yelled at him to stop and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. The other frogs asked him why he ignored their pleas to stop jumping. The frog explained thai he didn't hear well, so waY iMrs down in the pit he thoughtlTvkau they were encouraging him, i0f Ms the entire time. :!Diane When we help a person m Ellis need we are encouragingiGodr them. They know that theylPrice have friends who truly careIHarda about their hardships. They Mr" j.q know that their friends are!Sierra helping them "grow goodMr. com." : (Rosal Have a blessed}llio t Christmas! .;lacksc :Lowin Victor Understanding This Sen. Lott Mess}ev00 008andrus e  It seems as though Senator Trent Lott was unable to recover from what was probably the biggest political mistake of his life. I am not a Republican, nor am I a card carrying Democrat, so I will not attempt to defend Senator Lott's statement at Senator Strom Thurmond's retire- ment party. When I first heard this statement by Senator Lott several days ago, my thoughts turned to my grand- father and his old-fashioned, homespun philosophy. GRANDPA would say, "If you must scurry around to come up with something to say on any occasion, it is bet- ter to keep your mouth shut and say nothing." No doubt Senator Lott had given no serious thought to his quote that will be associ- ated with his name even beyond his grave. Senator LoWs name will always be "mud" in the eyes of "race baiters" and those whoconsider his words as his true feelings. I can just hear my grand- father talking about this sit- uation if he were alive today. "sevAthtiLoRl was just making conversation and was trying to be cute." Then he would add, "Quickly arranged thoughts best remain thoughts and not con- verted into words." NOWImight saythis. The 1948 presidential election was the last time Grandpa voted in a national election before he died in 1950. Strom Thurmond and his Dixiecrat ticket was not on the Georgia general election ballot in 1948 nor did Grandpa want him on the bal- lot. He opposed anythin that might dilute the strength of "If you must scurry around to come up with some- thing to say on any occasion, it is bet- ter to keep your mouth shut and say nothing," the Democratic party His words, not mine! Many have told me, 'q'he political views of the conser- vative Southern Democrats _ . Mrs. of yesteryear are very much Mary in line with the modern,-- Republican views."' Candidates of both parties+ have got to show me more than their card to get my vote. HOWEVER, after read- hag and listening to much on this "J:t ess" I am COnvinced he made a.terrible mistake, for which he alone must pay. Another old saying is, "If  you make your bed hard you must lie in it." We can almost see and: feel the squirming from here, and I'm afraid it's not over yet for the senator. Giving up his post-as; Majority Leader in the Senate: last Friday is just the begin- ning of a bad situation. This could cost Senatori Lott his political career in the state of Mississippi. Only time will tell!! In Fondest Memory of J. Dan Stout DEAR EDITOR: Please print this dedica- tion in memory of Mr. J. Dan Stout, Sr. He was one of my closest friends and I miss him dearly. I learned a lot from someone as kind "as he was and I wanted to dedicate this poem to him. Thanks so much. MELISSA BALW Why Did You Have to Go? Sitting here thinking about you J. Dan, one year ago you left us (me, Maude, Kandy and Oscar) like a flash in the pan... We have not come up with a plan... To fill this void left behind by you such a great man... My life is so lonely with- out you Dan... I just can't tell you how much we miss you Big Dan. Many loved you; many just knew you as the Newspaperman... I will always remember you as my man... Life has been hard with- out you to make me smile and to feel like a beautiful woman... Oscar. misses his best friend and I miss my man... But we know God needed His son back home again... Take care Big Dan, we want you to know that we all love you and miss you dear- ly. Now for someone who expressedit best, let me quote :: these words from Muriel: To live in this world we must be able to do three things: 1) To love what is mortal -- 2) TO hold it against your + H bones knowing and 3) When the time comes, to let it go... G We are still working o number three, Dan. Please thank God's angels for help-- I ing us through this difficult; loss just over a year ago on ,: December 11, 2001. i i! More Signing Up for Starlight Tree bell. More contributors now taking taking part: are In Honor Of: Greenbough Garden Club +by Hogansville Pilot Club Bailey Starling by Grammy and Grandaddy Dr. Greg Freeman by Lisa and Tommie Hogansville Homemakers Club by Hogansville Pilot Club The Starlight Tree is already up and decorated on the corner at Askew Realty in Hogansville. More bells will be added throughout the holiday sea- son. Bells are available from any Pilot Club member, or you may call Nell Estes at 637- 6440 or Lori Drake at 637- 9930. Bells are $10 for one name or $15 for two names on one Happy Hoa,00aysr In Memory of: Claude McKibben Sr. and Corey McKibben by John and Eve McKibben Laura TiUman by John and Eve McKibben Don Weiher by John and Stephanie Brent Wffiiamson by Shirley and Roger Wtlliamson Nedra and Glenn Williamson by their family Velma and Grady Higgins by their family Bobby Higgins by Evelyn Higgins and children Glenn Estes by Nell Estes Renee Coggin by Mama and Daddy Brown Dollar bY Janie and Eddie Dollar Edith Buchanan by Janie  and Eddie Dollar Louise and Lonnie "., Strickland by Sybil and Ralpla !:; Gaddy Louise and Tommy Gaddy ': by Sybfl and Ralph Gaddy Donnk Richardson Eugene Crocker by Jeart Crocker Wade Gaddy by Sybfl and: Ralph Gaddy and Lois Spence- I Don Spence by Lois! Spenee, Sybil and Ralph Gaddy Jimmy Streat by Jennifer +: Streat Lendon Spires Hawkins Monroe Hawkins bY Renee Hawkins