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Laurel Leader Call (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Laurel, Mississippi Leader Cal Laurel Mississippi Jermaine Jones was with the be Jones tigers int he championship round of the Richton rotary tournament. See Page 1-b. World wide warning issued that terrorists May strike at Large Holiday gatherings. See 7-a. More bodies recovered from Worcester warehouse. For More see Page 7-a. Ron Dayne of Wisconsin was named the 1999 Heisman Tophy Winner. See Page 1-b. To it the first Ever Swap championship game was played for the results see Page 1-b. 88th year no. 343 sunday december 12,1999 $1.00 less by subscription Aurel local Arl to hold annual meeting the annual general meeting of the animal Rescue league will be held monday at 5 30 . At Franklin United methodist Church located at 805 North View or. The Public is invited to attend. Is to present Christmas play the students of immaculate Conception school will present a a festival of nine lessons and carols at 7 . Thursday at immaculate Conception school. The Public is invited. / a state sex teacher to 14 months in jail Jackson apr a former High school teacher who solicited sex from an Fri agent posing As a minor on the internet will spend 14 months in prison. . District judge Henry t. Wingate on Friday also ordered Lucien Gerald Buchanan to enrol in a treatment program for sex offenders and banned him having any Job where he would come into Contact with any under the age of 18. Hispanics celebrate lady of Guadalupe los Angeles apr thousands of people journeyed through the streets on saturday in a procession to Honor the venerated Virgin of Guadalupe and display a replica of her image. The digitally mastered replica has been making a tour of area churches since september and returns to Mexico this weekend. At least 45,000 people attended the Celebration at the los Angeles coliseum where Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrated mass. A a a a a a \ Quot a v r a Bridge. A Calendar 3-a a classified a comics a editorial a funerals 2-a a people. Sec. A a sports. A to listing insert a weather v j dear Santa. Thank you for ail the people who made my wish come True by Sheila Gwin staff writer in a special Home in Myrick the Christmas tree is decorated and brightly lit and waiting for presents Santa might bring. But one child there will Tell you he a already had Christmas for Robby Hodge Christmas came right before thanksgiving this year when the 11-year-old was granted his wish to go to Disney world. Disney world was a special treat for him after enduring one very Tough medical operation to straighten out his legs and two Hospital visits All in the past 12 months to receive an experimental drug therapy which holds great new Promise for him. And others like him. Robby was bom with a genetic disorder known As Brittle Bone disease called Osteogenesis imperfect or 01. For severely afflicted 01 children a born with Means taking their first breath of life with cashed skulls broken ribs legs arms Collarbone or backs. Some children like Robby a sister Jerri spend their first Day on Earth being put into a body cast to Wear for months or years. Others do Well for awhile but Start breaking Bones As they grow. The simple routines of life such As changing an 01 baby a diapers or learning to crawl can cause Brittle Bones to break. A born with 01�?� also Means physical attributes Are different from other children. Body development is slow or stunted and mobility May be limited or completely restricted. Pain is an everyday constant. But one thing is for sure these children have absolutely Normal brain development for the most part and As in the Case of Robby and his older sister Jerri participate in school and graduate with their age group just like every other kid on the Block. Robby is the second of child of Darlene and Dale Hodge. Jerri 18, is their firstborn also with severe 01. Even though this disorder is primarily genetic the Hodge family history contained no Trace of this disease. They fall into that rare percentage of families in which a child is bom with a mutated Gene Caus photos Courtesy the Hodge family make Way for the mouse a Robby Hodge with his Mother Darlene father. Dale and sister Jerri enjoy Robby swish trip to Disney world animal kingdom and fun left Robby and his father feed the dolphins at sea world. Photo Courtesy the Hodge family Wheeling through the Kennedy space Center a Robby had a personal escort through the space shuttle. Ing Brittle Bone disease. Geneticists assured the Hodges that it was virtually impossible they would have another 01 child. So after years of counselling and even More genetic testing the medical Community and the Hodges were stunned when Robby was bom with the same condition As his sister. A no matter a said Darlene Hodge a we love them Jerri a Bright Young woman turning 18 this year. Just graduated from Northeast Jones High school with honors after participating in the Home bound school program offered by the county. Jerri does not walk but goes out occasionally in her sporty wheelchair Complete with ventilator on Board. A even with the 01, Jerri a always been a healthy child a said Darlene Hodge a but in 1992, complications from a break in her neck forced her to go on life support. She got better and went off the ventilator for a year but another life threatening situation in 1993 once again forced her to make a Choice about going Back on the Darlene and Jerri Hodge both knew what that meant. A this time it would be for Good a for the rest of her life a Darlene said. A a that a Okay. Mama in a not quite ready to go yet. And Robby needs Robby wheels around in his super duper wheelchair attending fourth Grade at East Jones elementary. Complications at his birth left him developmentally delayed for a few years but he a managed to catch up with his class and made the principals list and Honor Roll this year. He Battles other problems than Jerri and has always had to Wear a Back Brace to help alleviate the severe pain caused by his weaken spine and his legs which were drawn up into a a a Buddhas position. A the pain had become unbearable for Robby a said Darlene. She was told that amputation might be the Only solution but their Jackson specialist urged them to get a second opinion. Through the resources of the 01 foundation the Hodges were directed to the shrines Hospital for children in Chicago. A specialist agreed to operate on Robby a legs. See wish Page 2-a Magazine Jackson ranks 17th in nation for starting up a business Jackson a Jackson ranked 17th out of the nations top 50 Small metropolitan a hot spots a for starting a business. Inc. Magazine ranked the states capital ahead of other cities such As Pensacola fla., Omaha neb., and Baton Rouge because of the growth of existing business and Industry. The study was conducted by Massachusetts based Cogne tics inc., which examined the number of new businesses and the percentage of growth of workers in cities across the country to determine the rankings. Anne Haggerty director of analytical services for Cogne tics said Jackson moved up seven spots from its 24th-place ranking in 1998. Business leaders seized the Survey As continued evidence of the states growing reputation for Commerce. Jimmy Heidel the outgoing executive director of the state department of economic and Community development said the new ranking shows the determination of businesses in the City and the state to succeed in making Mississippi a business oriented destination for new Commerce. A we keep going at the rate we Are Well be at the top of that list pretty soon a he said. Duane of Neill executive director of the metro Jack son chamber of Commerce said the telecommunications and health care industries Are Ripe for Start up companies and the latest study shows entrepreneurs Are taking advantage of it. A a we re seeing the spinoff effect of a Good economic climate that exists Here. There a a lot of Opportunity for Small business and entrepreneurship a he said. Fib Huri of him m Osteogenesis imperfect foundation inc. Of foundation on the web Tel 800-981 >2663 a the shrines Hosp Ais on the web Tel 813-238-0300 to refer a child Tel 800-237-5055 a Starlight children s foundation on the web Tel 404-982-0508 a give kids the world on the web Tel 407-396-1114��z�T Home delivery Telephone 4284 551

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