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July 5, 2000


Editorial
The Banks County News
July 5, 2000

Voters need to find out about candidates
An important election is ahead and there are a large number of candidates seeking the few seats up for grabs. The probate judge and sheriff races have the largest field of candidates.
With so many candidates to choose from, voters need to find out as much as possible about those seeking to serve in public office. A political forum sponsored by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce last week provided voters a chance to hear from and meet with the candidates.
Another opportunity to find out about the candidates will come in next week's issue of The Banks County News. Questionnaires were sent to all candidates facing opposition in the July 18 election. Their answers will be featured next week. In the meantime, find out all you can about these candidates in order to make an informed choice on July 18.


Column
By Drew Brantley
The Banks County News
July 5, 2000

Hall still rules nation's
all-time rushing roost

Last year, Commerce's Monté Williams became the all-time leading rusher in his school's history. This year, he has a chance to break the Georgia record for career rushing yards. While those records may make Williams worth his weight in salt, he does not even come close to Sugarland.
For the next logical question could be, "Does Williams have a chance to break the national record?"
The answer would be "No."
The answer to the question is probably "Don't even ask the question."
While Williams has posted significant numbers that would make almost any high school running back envious, he is nowhere close to the all-time leader. He is just barely more than halfway to the record right now.
But that is nothing new. Ken "Sugarland Express" Hall has such a stranglehold on the national rushing record that no one has come within 2,000 yards of him for nearly 50 years.
Not Herschel Walker. Not Emmitt Smith. Not the current Georgia career leader Robert Toomer. Not anybody. No one comes close.
Hall ran for 11,232 yards in 1950-53 for Sugarland (Texas) High School. Running out of the single-wing, Hall was the feature back in the offense. He scored 899 points in his career, which is still second all-time.
Williams has made a name for himself by averaging more than 2,000 yards for his three seasons. Hall turned in 2,821 per year. It is always amazing to look at Hall's statistics.
The first night I ever worked for a newspaper, I started looking through a national record book. When I saw Hall's rushing records, I knew that no one could do more. I was wrong.
For somehow, in his four years of running 'round Texas, Hall found time to throw for 3,326 yards as well. That is a total of 14,549 yards in a career.
Hall's total yardage mark has not been eclipsed either. Not even by countless numbers of high-flying passing attacks that have come up in the past 20 years. The closest anyone has come to his total yardage was in 1996 when quarterback Romaro Miller amassed 12,315 yards.
If Williams were to rush for the 1,539 yards needed to break Toomer's Georgia career record, he would still be 3,364 yards short of Hall's mark.
If Williams could play a fifth season after setting the state record, and he rushed for 3,364 yards, that would be a mark The Sugarland Express bested twice in his four-year career.
A sure pro Hall-of-Famer, Smith gathered a staggering 8,808 high school rushing yards. That total is still almost 2,500 yards away from Hall.
Walker holds the Georgia single-season rushing record with 3,167 yards in 1979. Over 15 games, that was better than 200 yards per game.
But that is so pitiful when compared to what Hall did in 1953. Hall ran for 4,045 yards in his senior season.
Recent Tennessee Volunteer Travis Henry rushed for 4,087 yards in his senior season of high school. But it took Henry 14 games to best the total Hall had made in 12.
So it will be fun to see if the Tigers' Williams can make a run at the state record. But remember Hall and take Williams' local and state marks with a grain of, well, sugar.
Drew Brantley is the sports editor for The Commerce News and The Banks County News.

Column
By Jana Adams
The Banks County News
July 5, 2000

Fashion, Harmony Grove-style
At the turn of the century, the 20th century, that is, fashionable ladies in Harmony Grove cinched in their waists to impossibly small measurements (all the better to emphasize that hourglass figure that included a bustle in back) and covered their shoetops with long skirts.
As Lola Mildred Hardman of Harmony Grove prepared to wed Gordon T. Jones, a dry goods merchant, on December 31, 1899, and embark on a honeymoon trip to New York, she stocked her trousseau with the latest fashions.
Today, on long-term loan courtesy of Mrs. Hardman Jones of Commerce - daughter-in-law of that turn-of-the-century bride - items from the Joneses' honeymoon clothes are on display at Crawford W. Long Museum. Anyone interested in getting a glimpse of past lives would be fascinated by the display. (Just try to imagine buttoning one of the dresses around your waist. Impossible! Around a leg, maybe.)
The collection includes Mr. Jones' wedding day tuxedo, a smoking jacket and two outfits Mrs. Jones wore in New York, plus a dress and jacket worn by Elizabeth Susan Colquitt Hardman, Mrs. Mildred Jones' mother.
Also on display are black and white photographs of Mrs. Mildred Jones in her wedding dress, which is on display at a Rome museum, a shot of a dry goods store and a photograph of Mrs. Hardman.
The clothes have been passed down through the family, with some items even worn on occasion as costume, according to Mrs. Hardman Jones.
"Mrs. Jones lived with us and these were her things," Mrs. Hardman Jones said. "I kept them wrapped in newspaper, and my two daughters wore her wedding dress. These were her going-away outfits, so she kept them. It was her trousseau for wintertime....If they can be viewed and enjoyed, that's so much better."
Mrs. Jones' honeymoon dresses include a blue wool with a velvet-worked collar and buttons on the jacket and a black dress with fur trimming on the jacket and sparkling buttons.
Mr. Jones' tuxedo, including cuff links and collar pin, as well as a deep blue wool smoking jacket with "frogged" front closure, complete the exhibit.
I imagine the two of them strolling arm in arm, very elegantly, on a New York sightseeing venture.
The "flocked" jacket accompanying a black silk dress worn possibly at the turn of the century by Mrs. Hardman is unusual, with a raised velvet pattern and jet-tipped fringes at the throat, wrists, hem and down the button line.
"They are in very good shape for their age," said museum director Tina Harris, adding that it's been interesting to study the clothes after taking a 19th-century Southern clothing class at the Atlanta History Center.
OTHER ITEMS
Other items of interest at the museum include a folk medicine and healers exhibit in the history gallery. That exhibit, which will be on display through August 18, includes information about Dr. William B. Hardman, brother of the above-mentioned bride.
In addition to Dr. Hardman's typhoid treatment, the display includes information, photos and some samples of various medical treatments of past days - nearby Legg's Mineral Springs, local healers, "white mud" for clay eaters and various folk cures.
For example, did you know puff balls (Devil's snuff) were used to stop bleeding and prevent infection, or that a brown paper bag soaked in wet salt, vinegar or grease was applied for cold and headache?
A red flannel wrap around the neck or on the chest was also a cold remedy, and a dried yellow root made into tea aided cold sores, cankers and stomach ailments. These bits of information are included in the exhibit.
In addition to the displays, two programs are upcoming at the museum. An African resist dyeing workshop is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 25. The cost is $5 and reservations are required.
An oral history workshop will be held by Dr. Pamela Sezgin from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27. All ages will learn how to begin an oral history project, interview techniques and ethics. Call for reservations.
For more information on museum exhibits and programs, contact Harris at 367-5307.
Jana Adams is features editor of the Jackson Herald.

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