News for Thursday, January 26, 2006

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Harold Ward

Harold E. Ward, age 66 of Martin, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Monday, January 23, 2006. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 PM, Sunday, January 29, 2006 in the Stateroom of ...

Rayetta Barry

Rayetta Barry, age 66, of Duluth, GA, died Sunday, January 22, 2006 at Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Bethel Terry Irwin, Jr.

Mr. Bethel Terry Irwin, Jr., age 83 of Lilburn, GA died January 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Robert Harris

Robert R. Harris, age 38 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2006. He graduated from Central Gwinnett High School in 1986 and had been a General Manager ...

Laura Robertson

Laura Mae (Granny) Geiger Robertson, age 92, of Winder, GA, passed away January 24, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Joe Needham

Joe Neal Needham, age 78 of Loganville died Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.

Ruth Chambers

Mrs. Annie Ruth Maddox Chambers of Tucker, died Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Ruth was a native of Gwinnett County, and along with her husband, Elmer, owned and operated the Tucker ...

Ruby Sleep

Ruby Sleep, age 98 of Winder, GA, passed away January 26, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Paul Andrews

Rev. Paul F. Andrews, age 82 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2006. His survivors include his wife: Ruth Ellen Andrews; daughters & sons-in-law: Carol ...

McKinney documentary premieres at Sundance

Political Notebook

Cynthia McKinney gets her share of television time on C-SPAN and other news broadcasts, but soon the Georgia congresswoman could be seen on the big screen.

Gwinnett Gab

College president to address Button Gwinnett Society

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Button Gwinnett Society will hear Dan Kaufman, new president of Gwinnett Georgia College, at its meeting on Feb. 8. The meeting is at the 1818 Club at 6 p.m.

Left tainted by corruption, too

Democrats think they've found a way to regain power without having to come up with any new and workable ideas. They'll blame Republicans for the "culture of corruption" revealed, they say, by Jack Abramoff's lobbying activities.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5: Baseball registration for boys age 3 to 14 at Buford City Park is Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5. The fee is $85. Registration is also available at www.bufordsports.com. Call Wayne Lancaster at 770-560-5376 for more information.

No Slacking off

Police Reports

Two men assaulted by group

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man and his friend were attacked on Sunday by a group of Hispanic men wielding a crowbar in the Azteca Plaza shopping center at 6100 Live Oak Parkway.

Housing market to cool but remain strong

LAWRENCEVILLE - Banks and other lenders will generate about 20 percent fewer home mortgages than last year, as the hot U.S. housing market cools a bit, according to a new real estate forecast.

County denies auto storage lot expansion

LAWRENCEVILLE - An auto storage lot in neighboring Walton County cannot expand into Gwinnett County, Gwinnett commissioners ruled Tuesday night.

Walnut Grove names new principal

SUWANEE - The new principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School is a veteran educator who has taught, or been an administrator, at four other Gwinnett schools.

Metro Atlanta counties to explore transit issues together

ATLANTA - Government officials from across metro Atlanta will work together over the next two years to devise a regional approach to mass transit.

In brief

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Shiloh plans seminar to aid with college recruiting

• The Shiloh Community Foundation has scheduled a seminar, which is open to athletes and parents from all schools, to help educate families about the college recruiting process.

Trial set in deadly drag racing case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two teenage girls who allegedly wrecked and killed two people while drag racing their BMWs in 2003 will face a March 17 trial in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

Teen found shot to death in apartment

NORCROSS - A teenage black man was found shot to death Wednesday morning outside a Norcross apartment complex.

Senate passes child support overhaul

ATLANTA - The Senate adopted new child support guidelines for Georgia on Wednesday that for the first time would take into account the incomes of both custodial and noncustodial parents.

The legislation, which passed 38-17, also would reward noncustodial parents who spend a lot of time with their kids with lower support payments.

"Child support is food, clothing and shelter,'' Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland, the bill's chief sponsor, told his colleagues shortly before the vote. "All this does is recognize that the noncustodial parent is providing that.''

The General Assembly enacted a bill last year approving the new guidelines in concept.

It was left up to a 15-member commission created by last year's bill to develop a set of income tables for judges to use in awarding child support, based in part on an economic study of what it costs to raise a child in Georgia.

This year's measure, which now goes to the House, would put the finishing touches on an issue that has percolated for years in the legislature.

Advocates of reforming Georgia's child support system say the current law is out of date because it puts the financial burden squarely on noncustodial parents, ignoring the modern reality that both parents typically work.

Opponents say reducing demands on noncustodial parents would result in lower overall awards to children of divorce.

Much of Wednesday's debate on the Senate floor centered around how much time noncustodial parents should spend with their children before qualifying for reduced support payments.

The original version of the bill set the standard at 91 days or more.

Harp said most custody awards today provide noncustodial parents 78 days of visitation.

"It's going to be the exceptional parent who qualifies for (the 91-day standard),'' Harp said. "It is a recognition that parent is contributing over and above what he is required to do.''

But Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said 91 days shouldn't be enough for noncustodial parents to get a break on support payments because it amounts to little more than weekends.

"It seems to me that Dad always gets the weekends when it's fun time,'' she said. "Mom has Monday through Friday when it's time to get up and go to school. ... It sticks in my craw.''

Following up on that argument, Unterman proposed an amendment increasing the standard to 121 days or more and got the other six women senators to co-sponsor it. The Senate then approved the change 49-6.

The only other amendment approved on the Senate floor would allow judges to hold noncustodial parents in contempt of court if they fail to spend the amount of time with their children that they promised in exchange for a lower payment.

While Harp and Unterman debated the standard for noncustodial parents spending time with their kids, some senators objected to the state establishing a link between visitation and child support awards.

"A child should not suffer from lack of resources because the noncustodial parent is spending time with that child,'' said Sen. Gloria Butler, D-Stone Mountain. "Those should be two separate things.''

But the Senate rejected an amendment that would have removed that provision from the bill.

Low-key role nice for Greene

Next Tuesday in Detroit is the crazy spectacle known as Super Bowl media day.

Weir among locals up for Atlanta Sports Awards

Three local athletes were among the nominees announced on Wednesday for the inaugural Atlanta Sports Awards, slated to be given Feb. 27 in a banquet at the Fox Theatre's Egyptian Ballroom. The Atlanta Sports Council and Applebee's created the event to honor athletic figures in the Atlanta area.

Pharmacies to be reimbursed for covering prescription costs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The state will reimburse Georgia pharmacies that covered costs of prescription drugs for poor and disabled patients bewildered by Medicare and Medicaid changes.

Until voters rebel, Congress will keep towing the party line

WASHINGTON

The party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, presaging a similar outcome in the full Senate, certifies the depth of the division between Republicans and Democrats on basic national policy.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

ALLEN, MYRTLE

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 D. and Irene Poole Satterfield and brothers, Charlie Satterfield and Donald Satterfield. She is survived by her: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Cheryl and Ray Sudderth, Buford, GA, Marianne and Buster Whitley, Chapel Hill, TN; Grandchildren: Christy Miller, Buford, GA, Shane Sudderth, Buford, GA, Jason Whitley, Chapel Hill, TN, Greg Whitley, Chapel Hill, TN, Brian Whitley, Chapel Hill, TN; Great Grandchildren: Daniel Miller, Zach Wilson, Jordan Brevard, and Grady Sudderth; Sister: Mrs. Helen Satterfield Hulsey, Gainesville, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: J. D. and Ginny Satterfield, Gainesville, GA, Wendell and Jo Satterfield, Buford, GA, Jesse and Betty Satterfield, Buford, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Allen was a native of Buford, Gwinnett County, GA. She was a graduate of Lawrenceville High School, Class of 1945. She was a retired secretary. She was a member of the Gravel Springs Baptist Church, Buford, GA. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, GA with Rev. Frankie Southerland officiating. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gwinnett County Unit, 6500 Sugarloaf Highway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097 or Gravel Springs Baptist Church, Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

MERCER, JAMES

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 Daughter-in-Law: Carl and Margie Mercer, Buford, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Donna and Serafin Gutierrez, Sacramento, CA; Grandchildren: Scott Mercer, Chattanooga, TN, Bradley Mercer, Roseville, MI, Ryan Gutierrez, Sacramento, CA, Matthew Gutierrez, Sacramento, CA. Mr. Mercer was born in Morganfield, KY and was a former resident of Pontiac, MI for many years. He was retired from General Motors Truck Coach Company in Pontiac, MI. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Buford, GA and a former member of Bethany Baptist Church in Pontiac, MI. He was a resident of Brookside Assisted Living in Buford, GA for over 10 years. He and his wife spent many active retirement years in Florida. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Gilliland officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 4550 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford, GA 30518. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DACULA

CAIN, DOROTHY

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 Ann Cain Wilkerson, 2 Brothers, Dallas Moore and Olin Moore of Lawrenceville, and a Sister, Claudia Bradberry Smith. She is survived by: Sons & Daughters-in-Law: Nelson & Janice Cain, Dewey Rose, GA, Thomas & Ann Cain, Jefferson; Brother & Sister-in-Law: L.E. & Yvonne Moore, Lawrenceville; Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Dorris & Thomas Phillips, Lawrenceville, Margie & Ronald Cook, Dunwoody; 6 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews. Mrs. Cain was a member of Hebron Baptist Church and was Past Worthy Matron Sweetwater O.E.S. #298. She retired from Parson's Shoe Store in Duluth. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 27 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Larry Wynn & Rev. Jim White officiating. Interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to Hebron Baptist Church Building fund, P.O. Box 279, Dacula, GA 30019 in the memory of Dorothy Moore Cain. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

DULUTH

HARRIS, FRANK

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. Willie Goodman officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. Mr. Harris, a native of Gwinnett County, was a truck driver and a member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by: Step-Father, Alonzo Waters; Brother, Napoleon Rogers; Sons, Rodney Harris and Stephen Harris; Daughters, Yolande Harris, Lori Brown (Roosevelt), and Chelsey Castleberry; Grandchildren, Nikkia, Monte, Amber, Tynia, Kaelin and Alyssa; and many aunts, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends Friday, 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

LAWRENCEVILLE

GUNDERSON, JAMES

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. Visitation is at 5 p.m., prior to the funeral service. James was a dear and cherished son, brother, husband, father and grandpa. He was born on December 5, 1933 in his much-loved hometown of Colfax, Wisconsin. He was the proud son of the late Gilbert and Josephine Gunderson. James grew up in Colfax and later graduated from his prized University of Wisconsin (UW) at Madison, with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. It was at UW where he began his passion for a newspaper career, serving as sports editor of the campus paper, The Daily Cardinal. Upon graduating from UW, James continued on with his lengthy and esteemed journalism career, working for Thomson, Lee Enterprises and Gannett newspapers. With great talent and faithful diligence, he was promoted up the newspaper chain while working in a number of states--serving as a sports editor, columnist, editorial page editor, production manager, general manager, and then reaching his goal of becoming a newspaper publisher. In his later years, James received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Nazareth College in Michigan. He also worked as a labor analyst for Grumman Olson in Sturgis, Michigan; and as a regional manager for seminars and training at Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. James was an active member of Hebron Church in Dacula, Georgia. An intelligent, gentle and kind person with many creative talents and tremendous integrity, his faith and family were of most importance to him. He is preceded in death by his parents (Gilbert and Josephine) and his brother, A. Duane Gunderson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Allene Gunderson; his son, Thomas James Gunderson; his daughter, Mary Joyce Switzer; his grandson, Aaron James Switzer; his son-in-law, James Russell Switzer; and his daughter-in-law, Yvonne Faith Gunderson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of James Gunderson (with a note designated for "Alzheimer's Research") be sent to: Suzanne Baker, Director of Development/Neurology, Emory University, 1841 Clifton Road, NE/Suite 212, Atlanta, GA 30329, or donations sent to: Hebron Baptist Church Library, 202 Hebron Church Road, P.O. Box 279, Dacula, GA 30019. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 770-962-3100.

RUTTLE, BETTIE

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. The body will be cremated. Arrangements by Cremation Society of The South, 770-420-5557.

WATSON, LEE

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 & Kelly Johnson of Jackson, GA, Sheila & Bucky McCall, Angie & Lewis Cann, all of Bowman, GA, Jason & Janice Anglin of Auburn, GA, Travis & Matthew Everett of Jackson, GA, Jeremy & Keith Weathers of the US Armed Forces, Adam, Stephanie & Rebecca Cann, all of Bowman, GA, Tyler Anglin of Auburn, GA, and numerous family and friends. Lee was born in Lawrenceville, GA. He was a student at Mill Creek High School and worked at Zaxby's at Hamilton Mill. He was of the Baptist Faith. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, January 27, 2006 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Rev. Robbie Black and Rev. Brandon Black will officiate. Burial will follow in the Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

SNELLVILLE

MONTEAGUDO,

MILAGROS

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.*

STONE MOUNTAIN

PLANT, MAYNARD

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 pre-deceased by his parents, Louis and Bessie Pennington Plant and brothers, Murray and James Plant. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cleo H. Plant; 3 nephews, a niece, many business associates of Bank America and a host of friends. M.H. was an Army-Air Force Veteran of World War II and retired after 40 years of service, as a Vice-President of C&S Bank. After his retirement, he continued to draw on his banking experience by helping many people get established in business. He was active in the retiree organization of Bank America and many civic organizations, and was a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church and the Seeker's Sunday School Class. He and his wife enjoyed many years of world-wide travel. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 27 at 1pm at Smoke Rise Baptist Church with Dr. Bob Browning and Dr. Chuck Moates officiating. The Seekers Sunday School Class will serve as honorary escort. Private burial will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 until 9pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the American Red Cross, Myelodysplasia Association, or the Stained Glass Window Fund at Smoke Rise Baptist Church, in memory of Maynard Hudson Plant. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

TALMO

TONEY, FRANKIE

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.*

Not Slacking off: GAC star delivers at big swim meets

It was about a year ago, and the biggest meet of the high school season had arrived.

Letters to the Editor

Time for government to clean house

I just read Jay Wagner's letter ("Alito hearings good for comedy if nothing else," To the Editor, Jan. 19). I agree with him to the extent that they were a joke, a total waste of time, and an exercise in waste and futility. But I believe the joke was on both parties.

How in the world could anything positive come from a scenario where lengthy and unnecessarily complicated questions are posed to a person who: 1) is coached on how to avoid them, and 2) may readily hide behind statutes that deter him from commenting upon legally pending issues, by asserting that the questions just posed to him included such issues?

Central to honor retiring girls coach Cassell

LAWRENCEVILLE - Friday night will be a celebration of the Cass Cassell era at Central Gwinnett High School.

Raising the Big Top

Hostage situation turns fatal

NORCROSS - A Norcross man shot and injured his girlfriend and then barricaded himself in an apartment with his 14-month-old daughter Wednesday before committing suicide during a standoff with police.

BB&T says no to private eminent domain loans

•BB&T Corp. said it will not lend to commercial developers that plan to build condominiums, shopping malls and other private projects on land that governments take from private citizens.

The commercial lending policy change comes in the wake of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling in June that said governments can seize personal property to make room for private development projects, a process known as eminent domain.

In Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue has endorsed legislative leaders' plans to make it more difficult for local governments to exercise the right of eminent domain to condemn private property.