News for Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Myrtle Allen

Mrs. Myrtle Satterfield Allen, age 77, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. She was preceded in death by her son, James Milton Allen; her parents, John ...

Dorothy Cain

Dorothy Moore Cain, age 84 of Dacula, GA, passed away on January 24, 2006. She was preceded in death by her Husband of 56 years, John E. Cain, Granddaughter, Cheryl ...

Milagros Monteagudo

Milagros Monteagudo, age 43 of Snellville, died Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010.

Bettie Ruttle

Bettie Ruttle, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 24, 2006. A memorial service will be held on January 27, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Monica's Catholic Church ...

James Gunderson

James Waldon Gunderson passed away on January 24, 2006. Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road in Lawrenceville ...

Frank Harris

Frank Harris, age 65 of Duluth, died January 24, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel, with Dr ...

Maynard Plant

Retired C&S Bank Officer, Maynard Hudson (M.H.) Plant, age 80 of The Park Springs Retirement Center in Stone Mountain, GA passed away on January 25, 2006. He was ...

Lee Watson

Lee Watson, age 18, of Lawrenceville, GA, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. He is survived by his family: Faye Watson of Lawrenceville, GA, Rita ...

Frankie Toney

Mr. Frankie Lamar Toney, age 46, of Talmo, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

James Mercer

Mr. James M. Mercer, age 94, of Buford, GA passed away on January 9, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Young Mercer. Surviving are: Son and ...

Councilman dies after second heart attack

WINDER - Longtime Councilman Billy Sheridan died last week after suffering a second heart attack.

State Senate approves revamped photo ID bill

ATLANTA - The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill requiring Georgia voters to show a photo ID at the polls, nearly completing legislative action on one of the most controversial issues to roil the General Assembly during the last two sessions.

Voting 32-22 virtually along party lines, senators passed a revamped version of a Republican-backed measure that was first adopted last year, only to be shelved at least temporarily by a federal court ruling.

Because of an amendment added by the Senate, the bill now must return to the House, which approved it two weeks ago, before it can be sent to GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue's desk.

This year's version of the bill, passed after a daylong debate, would make it easier for voters who don't already have a photo ID to get one.

A new form of state-issued photo ID would be made available free of charge at the state's 56 driver's license offices and at county registrar's offices in each of Georgia's 159 counties.

In issuing a temporary injunction last fall prohibiting the state from enforcing the photo ID provision, U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy criticized last year's law for charging a fee for the state-issued IDs and for not making them readily available.

"The revised (bill) addresses in significant and meaningful ways all of the concerns,'' said Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, the bill's chief sponsor.

But Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, said no amount of revision could fix the bill because Republicans' partisan motivations for pushing photo IDs haven't changed.

He and other Democrats said the legislation is an attempt by Republicans to reduce the vote among elderly, poor and black Georgians - groups most likely not to have photo IDs - because they tend to support Democratic candidates.

"This legislation doesn't need to be tweaked,'' Fort said. "It doesn't need to be massaged. It needs to be repealed.''

Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, objected to Democrats' charges that the measure targets black voters.

"We must not accept that minorities are somehow less able to get a photo ID,'' he said. "This is the soft bigotry of low expectations.''

Smith and other Republicans said the bill's purpose is to prevent voter fraud in Georgia, an issue of growing concern across the nation in light of allegations of wrongdoing stemming from the last two presidential contests.

GOP senators recited a litany of past episodes of fraud that have occurred in Georgia's history.

Democrats countered that those incidents involved fraud in absentee voting or during voter registration, while the bill only pertains to voting in person.

"Most of the examples of voter fraud brought before us have nothing to do with this bill,'' Sen. Steve Henson, D-Tucker said.

Democratic senators attempted to introduce half a dozen amendments to the bill but were ruled out of order by Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, in his role as parliamentarian.

The Senate did take up two amendments sponsored by Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta, requiring the state Department of Driver Services to make a mobile unit available to produce photo IDs for seniors at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Both measures were defeated along party lines.

The state already has such a program, but it is not required by law.

The only amendment senators approved was a measure backed by Staton removing a provision from the bill that required voters to provide their Social Security numbers to receive a photo ID.

Wreck snarls traffic

County breaks ground on Peachtree Corners area park

NORCROSS - After three days of rain, a day in the park is just what kids are after.

Overturned tanker truck spawns 12-hour gridlock on I-85, I-985, Ga.20

BUFORD - A tanker truck carrying liquid latex overturned on Interstate 85 South near Ga. Highway 20 early Tuesday morning, spawning a 12-hour traffic nightmare for thousands of regional commuters as state transportation workers struggled to clean up and repair the damaged highway.

Big Easy mayor, Congress singing out of tune

Now playing at a dive near you: Ray Nagin and the Congressional Ethicists. Oh, I almost forgot. They pay you to go to this show.

Study: Army near breaking point

WASHINGTON - Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Paramedic submits complaint against Barrow fire chief

WINDER - A firefighter injured when part of a burning roof collapsed on him last January submitted a complaint against his chief Tuesday claiming his concerns about the incident were ignored and no investigation was completed.

Commissioners table 967-home development

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County commissioners aren't ready just yet for a 967-home subdivision that would go in a rural area near the Barrow County line.

In brief

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Auburn DB Irons gets sixth year

• AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn cornerback David Irons was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Tuesday, and said he will return instead of entering the NFL draft.

Fields, Schell sent back to Gladiators

Gwinnett Gladiators goalie Sean Fields and forward Brad Schell were reassigned to the team from the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Gwinnett developer to revitalize aging Atlanta properties

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett developer behind several local revitalization projects has finalized a contract to rekindle two aging properties in the City of Atlanta.

Collins Hill girls roll to another region win

SUWANEE - Maya Moore's long awaited dunk almost came to fruition Tuesday night.

County signs deal with jail architect

WINDER - Barrow County entered into an agreement Tuesday with the company that will act as the architect for its new jail and courthouse facility.

At halfway mark, Gladiators on pace to score 100 points

DULUTH - Halfway through the season, the Gwinnett Gladiators are second in the division standings with 53 points.

An XL-ent idea for the big game

Even though I have known for some time that the Super Bowl is coming up, I didn't think much about it until I saw the logo for this year's game.

Dacula's Jarrard gets 1,000th point in win

DACULA - Brittany Jarrard scored her 1,000th point as Dacula rolled past South Forsyth 56-40 on Tuesday.

Generals in control of destiny

NORCROSS - Jonathan Griffin controlled the paint and Brandon Anderson came off the bench to hit some key free throws in the fourth

quarter to give Shiloh a 79-70 win over Meadowcreek on Tuesday.

Blue Devils do little things in 62-53 region victory

When in doubt, rebound and play defense. That's what the Norcross Blue Devils did on Tuesday night against the visiting Centennial Knights.

Coach talks student into giving up gunNorcross football player later arrested after arriving at girlfriend's house

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross High School student was charged with bringing a firearm onto school property when he allegedly brought a realistic-looking pellet gun to football practice last week.

Receiver Tyrece Gaines had already dealt with administrators and football coaches about several angry outbursts and disruptions when he again "lost his temper" and became combative at school on Thursday, according to a school police report. Most of the issues involved his on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend, whom he had been dating for several months.

GGC head pitches funds for new college

ATLANTA - Georgia Gwinnett College President Dan Kaufman Tuesday urged a House budget subcommittee to go along with Gov. Sonny Perdue's spending recommendations for the state's newest university.

The 2007 budget the governor unveiled two weeks ago earmarks $1 million for the campus off Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville, which is being converted from a satellite of Georgia Perimeter College and the University of Georgia into a stand-alone four-year college.

If approved, the money would be used to hire the faculty Georgia Gwinnett must have in place to begin classes this August, Kaufman told members of the House budget subcommittee with jurisdiction over higher education.

"These funds are critical if we are to succeed in our mission of welcoming students in the fall,'' the new president said in his first appearance before a legislative committee. "I ask that you ensure these funds stay in the House budget.''

The $1 million wouldn't be available until after the start of the new fiscal year in July.

In the meantime, Kaufman said the college is still drawing from of $1.3 million the university system Board of Regents gave Georgia Gwinnett for the current fiscal year.

He said that money is paying his salary along with those of several administrators the college already has hired or will bring on board soon.

Kaufman told the subcommittee that the college, created by the General Assembly last year, will enroll 300 to 500 juniors this fall. Some 2,000 to 3,000 freshmen will follow in the fall semester of 2007.

Wal-Mart opens in Centerville

CENTERVILLE - A Wal-Mart Supercenter will have its grand opening today.

Attorney calls commissioner's request for school funds illegal

WINDER - County commissioners stopped short of requiring a developer to promise money to the school system Tuesday after being told the request was equivalent to a bribe and illegal.

Ground broken for sewage plant

STATHAM - In breaking ground Tuesday on a sewage treatment plant that will allow increased development along Ga. Highway 316, the chairman of Barrow's Water and Sewer Authority said the county needs to remember the people who will be using the facility for years to come.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

MAYNARD, MILO

Mr. Milo Maynard, age 64, of Auburn, GA, died Monday, January 23, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Maynard of Auburn; daughter, Mindy Maynard; 4 step daughters; 3 step sons; 20 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Joe Frady officiating. Burial, Alpharetta City Cemetery. Louie E. Jones Funeral Home, 59 N. Main St., Alpharetta, GA, 770-475-6554.

BUFORD

ALLEN, MYRTLE

Mrs. Myrtle Satterfield Allen of Buford, GA, passed away January 24, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

BANNISTER, SYBIL

Mrs. Sybil Liddel Bannister, age 63, of Buford, GA, passed away January 23, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

CUMMING

WHEELER, MILDRED

Mrs. Mildred Wheeler, age 78, of Cumming, GA, passed away January 24, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

HAYESVILLE, NC

HERRINGTON, MARY

Mary Odell Herrington, age 94 of Hayesville, NC, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Monday, January 23, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 26, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. J. B. Reese, Jr. and Rev. Hoyt Huff, Jr. will officiate. Burial White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. A member of First Christian Church of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Herrington was preceded in death by her husband, J. T. Herrington and is survived by: Son & Daughter-in-law: Jerry & Sara Jean Herrington, Hayesville, NC; 2 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild and Several Nieces and Nephews. Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

LAWRENCEVILLE

BARB, GLADYS

Gladys Barb, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 23, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

BIENIEK, MACIEJ

Maciej P. Bieniek, age 79, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

BRISCOE, JAMES

James Holland Briscoe, Sr., age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on January 23, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert "Ab" Daniel Briscoe and Rosa Lee Jones Briscoe, son, Donald Ruben Briscoe, grandsons, Benjamin & Paul Briscoe, sister, Gladys Miller and brothers, Lewis Briscoe and Calvin "Biddy" Briscoe. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susie D. Briscoe. Other survivors include: Children: Doris Elaine & Terry Ford, Centerville, James "Jimmy" & Cay Briscoe, Jr., Snellville, Marilyn Rosa Briscoe, Lawrenceville, Joe Daniel & Shelia Briscoe, Auburn, Roy Allen & Melinda Briscoe, Loganville; Grandchildren: James Holland "Jack" Briscoe, III & Nicole, Asheville, NC, Michelle & David McMillan, Snellville, Tracy & Greg Hlozek, Oxford, Melissa & Jason Brown, Snellville, Trey Wood, Athens, Travis & Jessica Ford, Centerville, Matthew Shaw, Oceana Naval Base, Virginia, Tamarah & Tim Schaefer, Bethlehem, Dusti Wood, Auburn, Meagan Shaw, Lawrenceville; Great Grandchildren: Tessa, Caitlin & Hayden McMillan, Snellville, Austin & Madison Brown, Snellville, Kaylie Schaefer, Bethlehem; Mother-in-Law: Mrs. Ruben "Effie" Dutton, Snellville; Brothers & Sisters: Rachel Briscoe, Grayson, Martha Holcombe, Clarkston, John Briscoe, Commerce, Runelle Williams, Gainesville, Ellen "Ginny" Atkinson, Franklin; Many nieces & nephews and friends who loved him. Mr. Briscoe was retired from General Motors, Doraville, GA UAW Local 10. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He lived on Scenic Highway in Snellville for 41 years where he enjoyed farming, especially growing tomatoes, collards and goats. Until his death he enjoyed raising Boer goats and riding his John Deere tractor to the barn daily. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was a WWII Army Veteran of the battles of Okinawa, Guam & Angar. He was proud to be an American and believed that we should support our country by buying American. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 26 at 11 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. David Harrill, & Rev. Jeff Gongwer officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1525 Scenic Hwy., Snellville, GA 30078, Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411.

WATSON, LEE

Lee Watson, age 18, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 24, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

Ex-Parkview athlete charged with DUI, drugs

LAWRENCEVILLE - Former Parkview High School football player Darryl Thomas Miller was arrested and charged with DUI and carrying a concealed weapon Saturday.

Letters to the Editor

No justification for attack in Pakistan

I would like to sound off about the recent event of our government and CIA using drone aircraft to bomb a village in northern Pakistan in their pursuit of a terrorist. This is morally wrong, and there is no justification of the slaughter of many just to capture or kill one individual.

In control

Ineligible player ends up costing South boys five wins

It became official Tuesday.

Police: Man tried to ram car

NORCROSS - A Decatur man was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to ram a police car that was trying to pull him over on Oakbrook Parkway.

Accident kills man, sends another to hospital

DACULA - An 18-year-old Dacula man was killed early Tuesday when a car he was riding in veered off the road and struck a telephone pole.