The Banks County News- July 14, 1999
me up at dawn
I don't like to get up early in the morning. Just
ask my sister or my mother. They both have tales of my school
days when they had various methods of getting me up. Telling
me it was much later than it was, yelling at me, sweet-talking
me and begging me are among the methods they used.
It's not as bad any more but I certainly don't jump out of bed
with a smile on my face and a song on my tongue. Believe it or
not, my mother actually does.
Anyway, Saturday is usually the only day I get to sleep late.
This means it takes something pretty special to get me up at
dawn on a Saturday. On a recent Saturday morning, I had one of
those special occasions that got me up early. I had plans to
head out to a special "Beanie Baby" sale in Athens.
It started at 8:30 a.m., well before the mall opened its doors
I knew I better get there early, so my mother and I headed to
Athens around 7 a.m. We didn't see any cars behind the mall where
we usually park so we got a doughnut and sat outside eating it.
Around 8 a.m., we decided to go on inside and wait outside of
the store. To our great surprise, a long line of people were
already waiting to get inside to those cute new stuffed animals.
They had even moved a bench from another part of the mall and
placed it in front of the store to sit on and wait.
We ran over and got in line as I tried to count how many people
were in front of us. I knew that most stores only got a few of
the new releases and I wanted to make sure we got the ones on
my list. I counted 19 people in front of us so I thought I would
get my pick of the new bears. However as the time neared I noticed
all of these kids joining the line in front of me. It appears
that their parents brought them along to get extra stuffed animals.
Each person can only get one of each of the new "Beanies."
These parents apparently brought the kids along to be able to
get four or five of the new ones. This really irritated me because
I suspect that some of these people are reselling the bears for
a much higher price. It is practices like this that lead a stuffed
animal that costs $6 in a retail store to jump to $40 or $50
at a flea market.
I didn't get all of the new stuffed animals that I wanted, but
I did get a few. I also provided information on the new releases
to the others in line with me. My mother thought it was pretty
funny that I knew the names and descriptions of the new stuffed
animals. She enjoyed telling my sister, Amanda, about it. My
sister said I'm a big nerd for knowing all of the background
on the new releases. Of course, my sister later came over and
took one of the cute new bears for herself. She must like the
stuffed animals more than she admits.
As for me, I think I've got a new career. I'm just sure I could
be a sales representative for these adorable little stuffed animals.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks
Banks County News
July 14, 1999
Time to try school
Either you love the idea or you hate it. There appears to be
no middle ground when the subject of school uniforms comes up.
However, it is time that people opposed to the idea find out
more about what is involved in school uniforms.
Banks County Middle School is the first area school to make a
move toward school uniforms. A meeting is planned for July 22
with details on the matter to be disclosed. Whatever your opinion
on school uniforms, you need to attend this meeting. High school
leaders are also reportedly looking into implementing school
Plans are not for the uniforms to be mandatory. Instead, students
will be encouraged to wear uniforms on a voluntary basis.
One of the biggest arguments against school uniforms is that
parents won't be able to afford them. This argument is not very
strong because the suggested uniform is pants and shirts in basic
colors that can be purchased at a price lower than the name-brand
clothes many children wear to school. Parents should look at
the costs before making a decision on whether they want to participate.
The benefits of school uniforms outweigh any negative aspects.
Many countries have long required them with no problems. In fact,
their discipline problems fall and students flourish.
It's time Banks County gave school uniforms a try. The effort
planned by BCMS, encouraging students to wear uniforms on a voluntary
basis, is a good step in the right direction.
Banks County News
July 14, 1999
treatment by officers
On Aug. 22, 1998, there was a problem at my home. A man hit my
wife in the face for not letting him drive off drinking.
This blow resulted in 22 stitches to her face. A neighbor called
911 which resulted in the law coming to our home.
Because I would not tell them what they already knew, Sheriff
Charles Chapman threatened to charge me with family violence.
When this didn't work, I was charged with obstruction of an officer
for not telling them what they wanted to know.
A few days before my trial, the man involved in the fight called
my wife and told her that he would kill both of us if I gave
up his name.
Because of this threat, I went to the sheriff and gave him the
information that he had wanted so much. Officer Scott Rice came
out to take a statement and pick up our witness statements. He
told me that I would have go get a warrant myself.
Harold R. Ballew Jr.