Saturday, October 31, 2009

1979 Halloween Carnival

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October 31, 1979
Halloween Carnival
Wesley Crowe operated a successful booth at the 4-H Halloween Carnival.

Others that week: Two different rattlesnakes that week, Football and Band, Nursing Home, Scout of the Year David Sanford, Terry Phillips and Danny Shepherd heading for FFA convention.

1974 Cemetery Clean-Up

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October 30, 1974
Cemetery Clean-Up
Jimmy Brantley managed a group of younger Scouts in cleaning up the Hobbs Cemetery at Lothair for credit on his climb to Eagle.

Others that week: Football, Soperton citizens on WMAZ-TV, Deborah Stewart and Becky Smith - March of Dimes, FHA, Mighty Mites, George Busbee on the gubernatorial campaign trail in Soperton.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How much do you like your preacher?

I read in a church newsletter some suggestions to show thanks to the ministers during Clergy Appreciation Month. October is drawing to an end, but any month is a good time to be grateful to all clergy and others who go out of the way in their service.

• Pray for your pastor every day.
• Send him a greeting card with a personal message inside.
• Give him a hug.
• Stop by the church and wash some windows.
• Take his wife to lunch.
• Make yourself available to teach a Sunday School class or work in the nursery during a service.
• Mow his lawn or shovel his driveway.
• Send a letter to his son or daughter who is away from home.
• Call his wife and ask what kind of pizza they like. Order it, pay for it, and have it sent to your pastor’s home.
• Smile a little during his sermon.
• Call him at an appropriate time and say, “In my bible reading this morning I read that _________. What does that mean?”
• After a sermon, don’t tell him it was a great sermon. Pick out something specific from the sermon and comment directly on that. So many people tell him his sermon was “great” that he realizes their comment is the same as an American asking, “How are you?” We don’t really mean it …
• Support your church financially.
• Get a group of people together to fast and pray for your pastor.
• Let his family use your cottage or timeshare.
• Take him golfing.
• Buy his entire family tickets to a sporting event.
• On Sunday, ask him what you can pray about for him this week. Then next Sunday ask him how things went regarding what you prayed for.
• If time is given during a service or event for public sharing, talk about something positive your pastor did recently that few people know about.
• Defend him against critics.
• Ask someone other than the pastor to pray before the next church meal.
• ”Adopt” one of his children as someone you pray for, encourage, and support.
• Listen openly to his ideas for change.
• Sing your heart out at your church worship service.
• Keep track of his, his wife’s, and his children’s birthdays as well as his wedding anniversary.
• Tell him you appreciate him … and why.
• Write a letter of pastor appreciation to your church’s denominational headquarters.
• Never publicly criticize him. If you have a concern or complaint, speak directly to him about it, or better, forgive him and forget it.

You may notice that many of the things would not cost a dime.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The only thing we have to fear.....

You can finish the sentence because you know it from history. A critical time in our history. The masses of people in America had seen unending hardship, as they worked on small farms or unskilled jobs. Poverty was the everyday thing. They worked hard, but loved life, family and friends. Many old-timers have said "We didn't know we were poor."

The roaring twenties are glamourized in the arts: music, movies, dancing the Charleston. But farmers began to lose the land that had been in families for generations. Tenant farming doubled in a decade. After three uncaring Republican Presidents, the country was in a mess. Good capitalism had run amuck. "The rich got richer, and the poor got poorer."

The people all over the land rejected Hooverism and elected a man from a leading, rich New York family later known simply in three initials, FDR. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The news media were the newspapers, magazines, and radio. Television hadn't raised its dangerous head.

In his inaugural address the new President set the pace for his four elected terms of popular success. The people were suffering and FDR knew it. They were worn down with. They were afraid, more than they had ever been afraid of losing everything they had worked and prayed for. FDR was more than a man, he was a man with a heart. He summed it up right off the bat.

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days."

FDR was a man of the people and for the people, and he knew that the government had to be by the people --- all the people.

In 2009 people again are afraid. No wonder! We are scared of the deficit, the wars, the foreign terrorists, the home-grown terrorists, insecure jobs and wages, cost of education, health care and health care insurance, demons and blood-suckers, and rushes in the tree-tops, and howls in the wind.

Polite discussion has given away to extremism. Left and right, the fighting continues. Can't we all drink Pepsi and Coke without taking a public stance. Can't we all get along. The current President needs support by the people to guide him just as Roosevelt needed it. The campaign is over. The President is elected. Are we going to sit and whine while the situation gets worse. When something is broken, it's time to fix it. Waiting won't help.

The Greatest Generation met severe problems head-on and solved them. FDR was the leader. What would have happened if the people hadn't followed him? What will happen if too many people agree with one person's wish "I hope he will fail."

Take time to read or listen Roosevelt's speech on this link:

William A. Ricks

Thursday, October 22, 2009

1979 Top Math Students

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October 24, 1979
Top Math Students
These Treutlen Elementary math students went to Hawkinsville and won the first place award among several schools in the Gifted Math Students Workshop. Left to right: Mrs. Hortense Driggers, Phaedra Stephens, Brad Kelley, Cathy Brinson, Robby Ware, Stacey Geiger, and Mrs. Glenda Pannell.

Others that week: Football, NSI $5 million expansion, Homecoming, Hallowen carnival promoted (in the old Daley Pharmacy and Powell Shoe Store), Primary kids, THS Y Club, time change.

1974 They Fed You!

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October 23, 1974
They Fed You!
Other than your parents, who provided more meals for you than anyone else? If you ate school lunches, thank the ones who designed and prepared the meals. It was a special day at TES with school officials and parents attending to celebrate the lunch program and the growing breakfast program.
Mrs. Mary Lou Davis, Dietician; Mrs. Alma Lee Brinson; Mrs. Ruthie Mae Ashley; Mrs. Matilda Williams; Mrs. Mary Lou Thigpen; and Mrs. Mary Ely.

Others that week: Football, a little witch, nursing home, Sound Off pix.

Signs from the Sign Man 09 1020-1103 signs

The signs are sold out until the election November 3. Also reserved for Festival Weekend.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

1979 Big Yams

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October 17, 1979
Big Yams
Conditions were just right for growing giant sweet potatoes. Bruce McLendon showed off a couple of three-pounders. Also, J. D. Webb had six that had a combined weight of 24 pounds.

Others that week: Band, football, pomegranate, Jimmie and Eulie Keen with big squash and persimmons, FHA new members, R. A. Perry retirement, ARC officers, FFA, Herbert Burns, Rev. Willie Edmond.

1974 Always first in line!

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October 16, 1974
Always first in line!
Scout parent Gene Bowers at a chicken barbecue at the Scout hut followed his Lions Club tradition of being first in line.

Others that week: Midget football, hanging festival sign across Main Street, THS photos, Sidney Smith, Jerry Walden, football, homecoming.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

1979 The Price Is Right

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October 10, 1979
The Price Is Right
A moment in history: Lawrence C. and Blanche Hunter appeared on the Price Is Right game show with Bob Barker.

Others that week: Forestry Pageant, TG&Y, Sam Dixon Ford, football, show hogs, Primary kids, Clayton Stephens congratuate Wendell Foskey for cemetery clean-up.

(Today, October 8, 2009 Bob Barker donated $3 million to assure a medical facility for brain injured veterans.)

1974 Recreation Grant

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October 3, 1974
Recreation Committee Chairman Richard Dennard and Mayor Frank Radford with papers representing the $45,000 DNR grant for recreation.

Others that week: 4-H exhibits at Swainsboro Fair, Williams Street fire, football, Mrs. Davis & Mrs Raley and TES lunchroom staff, big yam. double-grape, yard work at Fowler-Lawton house.

Signs from the Sign Man 09/22/09 - 10/07/09

Monday, October 5, 2009

1979 Treutlen vs Lyons

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October 3, 1979
Treutlen vs Lyons
An exciting moment in the football game. Coaching were Howard Cochran and Ron Snyder.

Others that week: R. A. Perry retiring, a family reunion, FHA, Carol Crowe became County Agent, TES pix, Wilbur Jones at Lions Club.

1974 Duke & Duke

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October 2, 1974
Duke & Duke
Mrs. Alma (Reginald) Duke and Mrs. Pauline (Preston) Duke at the J. C. Stephens building.

Others that week: Dr. McNair's Bird Hunt (Dove Season October), new public housing, erosion at football stadium, FHA, TES insect projects, Sound Off pix, Football.