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FEBRUARY 18, 2004


Editorial

The Banks County News
February 18, 2004

Take time to volunteer
It’s been said a million times and it’s still as true as the first time it was uttered: Our children are our future.
It’s also been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and that is also true. That is why it is important that citizens from throughout the community give of their time to help our young people.
A wonderful way to do this is through a program offered by the Banks County School System. School leaders are seeking volunteers to spend a few hours each week with a child as a mentor. Many folks have this time to spare and it would mean so much to a child.
If you have time, give of your time to our children. It is important for the future of our county.

Miller on the mark on social issues
Sen. Zell Miller was on the mark in a speech he made last week on the Senate floor on several social issues facing the country.
Miller said there is a “deficit of decency” in America and pointed to recent television airing of a well known rap artist “with is pointed head stuck up through a hole he had cut in the flag of the United States of America.”
“The desire and will of this Congress to meaningfully do anything about any of these so-called social issues is non-existent and embarrassingly disgraceful,” Miller said. “The American people are waiting and growing impatient with us. They want something done.”
Miller is co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation that deal with these social issues facing the country, including one which declares religious liberty rights in several ways, including the pledge of allegiance and the display of the Ten Commandments.
We thank Miller for taking a stand on these important social issues as his days in our nations capitol come to an end. It’s our hope more political leaders who realize the importance of the social problems that are bringing our country down will take his place.

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Column

By:Angela Gary
The Banks County News
February 18, 2004

Saying good-bye toour old ‘home place’
The first thing I noticed was the growing pile of wood and construction debris in the yard of our old house, the house my parents raised two daughters in and lived in for the majority of their almost 40 years of marriage.
Next, the bricks came down. They were on when I passed by the house on the way to work one morning and they had all been stripped off when I returned home that night. I didn’t know you could take bricks off that fast. They were piled all around the house.
While building a new house is always exciting, watching one come down is not as much fun. We had to sell our home to the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Hwy. 441 widening project. While we are very happy with our new home, it’s still sad to see the home that I grew up in being torn apart. It is also sad that it will no longer be on Hwy. 441. When my sister and I are old ladies, we won’t be able to return to our “home place” and reminisce about the “good old days.”
My parents brought both of their newborn babies to the house, and years later, their first grandson spent many nights at the home. We had birthday parties, holiday celebrations and other special events inside the walls of our home. As most families do, we had lots of laughter and tears over the years.
There was the night I almost burned the house down. I turned the heater in my bathroom on high and couldn’t get it to turn off. It was almost midnight and everyone else was asleep. I began to panic as the heater got hotter and hotter and the knob came off in my hand. I got my parents up and everyone ran around like crazy as we worked to get the heater off.
We have always had an indoor cat and they have also had plenty of adventures in our house. My first cat, Missy, got lost in the house one time. We had given up hope when we heard her meowing from the attic one day. Her grave was in the yard of the old house but we moved it closer to the new house.
We also have lots of memories from fun times and scary times in our front yard. The fun times would include those afternoons my sister and I made mud pies on the big rock in the front yard and got the water house and squirted each other. The scary times would include the time I was learning to drive and hit a tree by the house.
The nearby homes of my grandparents and great-grandmother are also been torn down by the DOT in its widening project. My family spent many Christmas holidays in the green wood house next door to us that my grandparents lived in. My sister and I also have lots of happy memories of spending time with our great-grandmother, Mama Wade, at her nearby brick home. It will be sad to see these homes no longer next to us.
Angela Gary is editor of The Jackson Herald and associate editor of The Banks County News. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.


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