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Laurel Leader Call (Newspaper) - September 20, 2000, Laurel, Mississippi Leader Cal people wednesday. September 20,2000_____ 1-Ctexas sports editor says Joist sue me people editors note with regard to the current prayer controversy in the Laurel City schools i am reprinting with permission a column published in the times record news Wichita Falls Texas sept. 5,1999, by sports editor Nick Gholson. The column has been around the world via email. Now for your consideration. By Nick Gholson some people it seems get offended Way too easily. I mean Isnit that what All this prayer Hullabaloo is All about a people getting offended those of us in the majority Are always Tippy toeing around trying to make sure we done to step on the toes or Hurt the feelings of the humourless. And you can bet there a a lawyer standing on every Comer making sure we done to. Take this prayer Deal. Its absolutely ridiculous. Some atheist goes to a High school tout Ball game hears a kid say a Short prayer before the game and gels attended. So he hires a lawyer and goes to court and asks somebody to pay him a whole Bunch of Money for All the damage done to him. You would have thought the kid kicked him. Damaged Tor life by a 30-second prayer am 1 missing something Here i done to believe in Santa Claus but in a not going to sue somebody for singing a hoho to song in december. I done to agree with Darwin but i did no to go out and hire a lawyer when my High school teacher taught his theory of evolution. Life Liberty or your Pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what a the big Deal its not like somebody is up there Reading the entire Book of acts. They re just talking to a god they believe in and asking him to Grant safety to the players on the Field and the fans going Home from the game. A but its a Christian prayer a some will argue. Yes and this is the United states of America a country founded on Christian principles. And we Are in the Bible Belt. According to our very own phone Book Christian churches outnumber All others better than 20 to a. So what would you expect a somebody chanting Hare Krishna it 1 went to a football game m Jerusalem i would expect to hear a jewish prayer. If 1 went to a soccer game in Baghdad i would expect to hear a Muslim prayer la 1 went to a Ping orig match in China i would expect to hear someone to it Ray to Buddha. And i be offended. It bother me one bit. When in Rome. A but what about the atheists a is another argument. What about them nobody is asking them to be baptized. We re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that a asking too much bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the Concession stand. Call your lawyer. Unfortunately one or two will make that Call. One or two will Tell thousands what they can and cannot do. 1 done to think a Short prayer at a football game is going to shake the worlds foundations. Nor do i believe that not praying will result in More serious injuries on the Field or More fatal car crashes after the game. In fact. I m not so sure god would even be at All these games if he did no to have to be. That a just one of the downsides of omnipresence. If god really liked sports the russians would never have won a single Gold medal. New York would never play in a world series and Deion Sanders toe would be healed by now. Christians arc just sick and tired of la Tiung the other Cheek while our courts strip us of All our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to Pray Cloie eating to Pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us just to Pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers Are telling us to cease praying. God help us. And if that last sentence offends you a Well just sue me. Reprinted by permission of sports editor Nick Gholson. Times record news Wichita f alls Texas births sigh med photo attending the summer teacher conservation workshop Tow at Gulf coast commune College in Perkinston were or Cynthia Mauldin of Laurel Shady Grove elementary Cecil Chambliss of Hattiesburg Jones Junior College Gay Beth Kelley of Laurel Shady Grove elementary Everett Brewer of Ellisville South Jones elementary and Patsy Hill of Seminary South Jones elementary. Local teachers attend conservation workshop to the Leader Call teachers from local schools attended the 37th teacher conservation workshop Tow at Gulf coast Community College in Perkinston this summer. By attending one of two annual workshops school teachers and other educators can enjoy fun in the outdoors and learn environmental education techniques a while earning College or continuing education credit. Instructors who include foresters conservationists and scientists use outdoor classrooms and hands on exercises to present the latest information on the conservation of natural resources. Participants take Home practical ways to integrate current conservation practices into classroom work and student projects. Mississippi forestry association sponsors 1cw in cooperation with the Mississippi slate department of education Mississippi state Univie Siviy the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi. Participants can earn three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from cooperating universities. All those completing the workshop will be certified to use teaching materials of the nationally acclaimed curriculum. Project learning Josey Hamilton Bunch was born to Chanel White and William h. Bunch or. Of Hattiesburg aug. 19, 2at Forrest general Hospital in Hattiesburg. He weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces at birth. Maternal grandparents Are Glenda and Robert Rivers or. Of Laurel. Paternal grandparent is Bettie Bunch of Hattiesburg. Great grandparents Are Esther Kittrell and Maudie and Robert Rivers or. Siblings include Christian Bunch 8 and Heather Bunch 12.Hill Austin Shane Hill was born to Tracey and Shane Hill of Laurel july 5, 2000, Ai Forrest general Hospital in Hattiesburg. He weighed 5 lbs., 12 1/2 ounces at birth. Maternal grandparents air Jimmy and Mellie Holifield of Laurel. Paternal grandparents Are Katherine Hill of Sandersville and the late Harmon Hill. Great grandparents Are Dessie Shedd and Sammy Spinosa. The baby has one sibling Haley Brooke Hill 3. The Mother is the former Tracey Holifield. Pop Lent briefs m heritage Christian school invites All pastors and ministry workers to a pastors reception at the school 480 Hoy rd., Laurel on thursday sept. 28, from 7 8 30 . 1 he evening is a come and representatives will be available to answer questions about the school with an Opportunity to meet pastors and workers interested in a traditional conservative education with a Christian worldview philosophy. Those who plan to attend should confine by phone at 425-888 of 425-3324 or by email at magic q . A Banjo guitarist Bobby Hathorn will per Fonn at signature Coffee House Friday sept. 29, from 7 30-9 . The Public is invited to attend the free concert. For More info nation Call 649-3499. A first Irinel i v presbyterian Church of Laurel will Host the first of the 2000-01 concert series Friday sept. 22, at 7 30 . The artist will be Helen Van abbe Iii Rogers organist choir master at St. James episcopal Church m pair Hope Ala. 1 he Public is invited to attend the tree concerts at the Church on North 5th Avenue. A the City of Laurel Parks and recreation department t has announced the fall 2 x 0 water aerobics schedule for the Laurel natatorium. Classes Are offered mondays at 5 30 . Tuesdays at 8 . And 4 . Wednesdays Ai 8 ., 4 . And 5 30 . Thursdays at 5 30 . And t Hldays at 8 . And 4 . F be options Foi water aerobics Aie $30 per month for unlimited classes $25 for 10 classes or $4 per drop in. For More information Call the City of Laurel Parks and recreation department at 428-6452 the Laurel natatorium at 428-Pool or Debbie Blackledge at 428-8812. A immaculate Conception school m Lauid will Host the fourth annual Frozen food Sale on Friday oct. 6, from 11 30 .-6 . In the Parish Hall. All prox eeds go to support is. I had heard a lot about Marie a and finally Charlie Kent took me to lunch there last week. And it lived up to everything that i had head. Marie serves generous portions of the kind of food that i grew up on a pork chops Chicken and Dum legs Fried Chicken with such vegetables As peas and okra Imd potatoes. Its a Plain Square Loon whose Walls Are decorated with Marie a collection of plates from All Over As Well As mounted fish that mane has caught. The place was filled with an enthusiastic crowd and it was Good to see that somebody in Laurel was still cooking that Way. Charlie and i got to talking about other eating places in Mississippi a Charlie is a Man who knows a Good Deal about Oft the beaten path eating establishments where the food is Good a including does up in Greenville. I was glad to hear that its still in business. Years ago when i worked on the Delia Derno crat times in Greenville does was their and you went around to the Back and entered the place a ii was just a regular House in a Blac k neighbourhood a through the Kitchen. Does served nothing but steaks and hot tamales and they were delicious. Talking about distinctive eating places around the state reminded me of an experience i had while visiting Clarksdale from new York in the late 19h0s. More than an a Pei Eiki just finding the place was an Advent ale it was called Boga Bottom and it was located m the Middle of Cotton Fields out m the Back end of nowhere. The most direct route from Clarksdale us k you South on Highway 61, Between Hushpuckena and Alli Gaich i i Irving of at the purple rain and going Down a paved Road. The ancient App Ian Way outside Rome was in better condition than that Road. So we wound up taking a More circuitous gravel Road route trom Roundaway. The Delta is Flat As a table top with very Tew Trees and olten no Points of reference for getting from place to place and we got lost in that vast landscape of Cotton Fields. Fortunately a Farmer on a tractor came by and we followed him to a solitary store at a Crossroads. And this was Boga Bottom. I he name is derived from bogeyman because of scary tales about its desolate Remote location once there was also a Sawmill and a a sanctified Quot Church but when i visited there was just the one by cling in m endless sea of Cotton. It was actually a Little general store with the or to ceiling shelves of grocery items sur Roiti icing a Large table and two smaller ones. The Cook was a Young woman named Mildred Leddy bears Burks a always Friendly always smiling and apparently always eating because she was a lady dimensions. I he food like Marie a was typical Mississippi fare pork chops Chicken with dumplings served with peas to firm a Squash and other vegetables. Teddy Bear also made sue i u Kli Nonal pies As Noeo Iii and Lemon meringue. Regular c customers were the tanners who worked the surrounding Fields. When i retain red to Clarksdale for another visit and said that i d like to go to Boga Bottom again i was told that Leddy Bear had died and Boga Bottom no longer served food. And there had Heen a tragedy beyond the tragedy of her death the funeral Lorne Eon id not Lik ate a casket Large enough to hold Leddy Beai and they tried desperately to find an empty piano Case and. But that a another Story. Uni Rel resident George Mcneill is a free Lance writer Ami columnist for the Leader Cah

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