News for Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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Pauline Maxey

Pauline (Miss Polly) S. Maxey, age 89, of Winder, passed away March 21, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Sam Farhy

Sam Farhy, age 70 of Loganville, died Monday, March 20, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Rudy Sessions

Rudy Sessions, 87, of Stone Mountain, died March 20, 2006. He was a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church and a retired road designer with the highway department. He ...

Jeffery Choate

Jeffery Scott Choate, age 37 of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

James Craig

HENRY James Craig of Madison, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, died March 20, 2006, age 78, after a short illness. A.E. Carter Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. (706)752-1790 ...

Philip Pharr

On March 20, 2006, at peace and unafraid, Philip Pharr went to his final rest. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 23, 2006 at Prospect United Methodist ...

Clifton Fisher

Clifton E. Fisher, age 33, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 18, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

William Avenall

William Avenall, age 78, of Suwanee, formerly of Waterford Township, MI, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

Eleanor Randall

Eleanor Vojtasak Randall, 89, of Lawrenceville, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, March 20. Mrs. Randall was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a ...

Charlie Pinion

Mr. Charlie W. Pinion, age 87 of Jefferson, Georgia, died Monday, March 20, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Joseph Knight

Joseph Knight, age 87 of Lawrenceville, died Monday, March 20, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, March 23, 2006 in the Lawrenceville chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Dorothy Langgood

Dorothy “Dot” Langgood, age 73, of Buford, GA passed away on March 21, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Langgood, Jr. Surviving are ...

State House sends divorce bill back to committee

ATLANTA - Legislation increasing the mandatory waiting period for divorces involving couples with children ran into a snag Monday after opponents objected that it would make the procedure more expensive without helping families.

The House voted 85-78 to send the bill back to the Rules Committee.

Although the measure could be rewritten there and brought back to the House floor, it also could fall victim to the legislative clock. Only six days remain in the 40-day session.

"It's got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel,'' House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, said after Monday's vote.

The legislation, which originated in the Senate, would require couples with minor children to wait 120 days to get a no-fault divorce, up from the 30-day waiting period in current law.

It also would require divorcing couples to complete a three-hour course on the effects of divorce on children.

Rep. John Lunsford, R-McDonough, who presented the bill on the House floor, cited statistics showing that boys raised in other than two-parent homes are more likely to end up in prison than boys who grow up with a mother and father present, while children in single-parent households are more likely to grow up in poverty.

"A divorce to a child is the equivalent of the death of a family member to an adult,'' Lunsford said. "You force them to make a decision, 'Do I love Mom more or Dad more?' ''

Lunsford explained that the bill would not apply to couples who are divorcing because of adultery or domestic violence, or in situations where a protective order has been issued.

He said the impact of the measure has been softened from the original Senate version, which called for a waiting period of 180 days and a four-hour course.

The bill's opponents didn't object to the education provision in the bill.

But they argued that increasing the waiting period for no-fault divorces would unnecessarily prolong the time it takes for couples who at least are cooperating with each other to finalize a divorce.

"Every single day that a divorce goes on, children are hurt by that conflict,'' said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur.

Rep. Tom Bordeaux, D-Savannah, said a state-by-state comparison of divorce laws shows no correlation between waiting periods and the divorce rate.

Bordeaux a lawyer who handled divorce cases earlier in his career, said a longer waiting period also would mean bigger fees for lawyers.

"If I were doing divorce work, I'd be for this bill,'' he said. "It will cause divorces to cost more.''

Several opponents said they would vote for the bill's education component if it could be separated from the rest of the legislation. But that wasn't possible because it came to the House floor Monday under a "structured rule,'' meaning it could not be amended.

Hurri-'Kahne' Kasey

Not fiscally responsible at all

Not so long ago, in a country that now seems far, far away, Ronald Reagan told the nation: ''We don't have deficits because people are taxed too little. We have deficits because big government spends too much.''

Deadline passes for annexationLawrenceville misses filing time for bill to get through Legislature

LAWRENCEVILLE - The time has run out on a controversial proposal to annex 3,600 acres into Lawrenceville's city limits.

Bible classes win House approval

ATLANTA - A bill allowing school systems in Georgia to offer elective courses on the Bible sailed through the House on Monday without debate.

Lawmakers passed the legislation, which originated in the Senate, 151-7 after hearing only a brief presentation from Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville.

The bill would provide state funding for two courses that would be offered to high school students, one on the Old Testament and the other on the New Testament.

Mills said the courses would teach the Bible as history and literature, not in a devotional way, an approach that has withstood legal challenges.

When the bill went through the Senate earlier in this year's session, there was some discussion of whether to use the Bible or some other instructional material as the basic text for the courses.

The bill that passed the Senate last month specified that the Bible be used, and House members stuck with that provision on Monday.

Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, cited that as his reason for voting against the bill.

"As far as I'm aware, this is the only time the legislature has dictated to the (state) Department of Education what the textbook will be,'' he said.

"If you really want children to be educated about the time that the Bible was written, you don't have a Bible reading in class to do that. You need instructional materials.''

The House did make some changes to the bill, which will force it to return to the Senate before it can gain final passage.

The House removed several specific references in the Senate bill pertaining to topics the courses must cover.

There are two kinds of people in the world

First, there are those who are known collectively as "Morning Persons." Morning Persons leap out of bed at the first inkling of daybreak, motors revving. They quickly engage in a flurry of activity and dive into the day full of energy.

OBITUARIES

DAVIS, ELSIE

Elsie Eugene Holcombe Davis, born June 16, 1911, and died March 18, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Dewey Yancey, Jr. and Rev. Stacy Myers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Alcovy Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Mrs. Davis was the oldest of the eight children of Oscar Sterling Holcombe and Annie May Ola Clack Holcombe. At the age of 14, after the death of her mother, she helped raise her younger brothers and sisters, the youngest being 7 months old. She was the widow of William Herbert Davis. Before her children were born, she cared for children of relatives during times of illness or death and cared for them as her own. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Alcovy Baptist Church where she taught the Children's Sunday School Class for many years. She always made sure to take her children and grandchildren to as many church activities as she was able to when they were in her care. She worked many jobs besides being a homemaker. She retired from the Gwinnett County office of EOA several years ago. She began there as a volunteer and then began a part-time job there that she really loved. She will also be remembered as the lady who cooked such good biscuits at Edge's Cafeteria for many years. She was a member of The Order of The Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by Sisters: Ollie Bell Holcombe Etheridge, Omie Lou Still; Brothers: Claude Holcombe, Lewis Holcombe, Milton Holcombe and Millard Holcombe; and Son-in-law: Robert Wilson. She is survived by: Daughters and Son-in-law: Faye and David Hunt of Monroe, Georgia, Shirley Wilson of Loganville, Georgia; Five Grandchildren: Joy Hunt Poole of Bethlehem, Georgia, Barry Hunt of Washington, DC, Deborah Wilson Embry, Donna Wilson Brooks and W. Robin Wilson, all of Loganville, Georgia; Twelve Great Grandchildren and four Great Great Grandchildren. Also survived by: Sister: Dorothy Holcombe Huggins of Dacula, Georgia; Sisters-in-law: Maude Holcombe of Monroe, Georgia, Margaret Holcombe of Ball Ground, Georgia, Martha Holcombe of Cumming, Georgia, Annie Maude Davis of Cleveland, Georgia; Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends also survive. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

BUFORD

GOLDEN, MAE

Mae Bell Golden, age 97 of Buford, died Saturday, March 18, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*

CLEARWATER, FL

WALTON, COLLINS

Mr. Collins Walton, age 75, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Tucker, GA, passed away March 17, 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.*

LOGANVILLE

BULLOCH, COOPER

Cooper Boone Bulloch, age 12 of Loganville, died Monday, March 20, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Chris Cooper and Bo Bulloch will officiate. A student at Oakland School in Lawrenceville, Cooper is survived by: Parents: Bo & Linda Bulloch, Loganville; Sister: Brook Martin, Loganville; Brothers: Ben Bulloch, Winder, Jordan Gogan, Reed Gogan, both of Bethlehem; Maternal Grandparents: Helen & J.L. Callihan, Snellville; Paternal Grandmother: Macy Bulloch, Loganville; Nephews: Jeffery, Kolton and Brayden. In lieu of flowers memorials to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, 975 Johnson Ferry Road, NE, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, Attention: Diane Lee in Memory of Cooper Bulloch. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

HAYES, VERNON

Mr. Vernon R. Hayes of Loganville, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2006. Vernon was born in Gwinnett County on June 20, 1935 to Grady and Zlemma Echols Hayes. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Esque V. Hayes. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice Lois Morrow Hayes; son, Tim and Shirley Hayes; daughters, Carolyn Hayes, Sandra Williams, Pam Hayes, Tracy Hayes and Jack Palumbo, Dale Hayes; daughter-in-law, Lynn Hayes; grandchildren, Brandon Hayes, Josh Williams, Johnta Williams, Jared Hayes, Kimberly Nease, David Mobley, Scott Edmondson, Anthony Edmondson; and special granddaughter, Zaria Hope DeShawn Sneed; brothers, Larry and Virginia Hayes, Artis Hayes, Samuel Hayes, Thurmond Hayes; sisters, Barbara Chaney, Sadie Joe Hayes and Thomas Buchanan; uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hayes; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. A Home-Going Celebration will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 11 am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Durwin Paul officiating. The body will lie in state in the chapel from 8 - 10:30 am Wednesday. Interment will follow in O'Kelly Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 - 8 pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

PREJBAN, IONEL

Mr. Ionel Prejban, age 56, of Loganville, GA, passed away March 19, 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.*

NICHOLSON

HICKS, GENE

Mr. Gene Hicks, age 64, of Nicholson, GA, passed away on March 18, 2006 after a sudden illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

NORCROSS

SCOTT, MILDRED

Mildred Scott, age 88, of Norcross, GA, passed away March 19, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

SOCIAL CIRCLE

BROCK, JAMES

James Brock, age 70, of Social Circle, died Friday, March 17, 2006. He was the son of the late Rudy C. and Florence Kraft Brock. Mr. Brock attended Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Surviving Mr. Brock are his wife, Carol A. Brock; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Gerald Hamilton of Monticello, Karen and Michael Walton of Mansfield, Linda and K.C. Phillips of Snellville; grandchildren, Jessie Scroggins, Daniel Walton, both of Mansfield; sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Bob Nehrkorn of New Boston, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Nancy Brock, Carl and Mary Brock, all of Thomson, IL; several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service for Mr. Brock will be held at 2:30 PM, Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, with Rev. Michael Wilson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319 or to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 12862 Highway 278, Social Circle, GA 30025. Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, Covington, GA, 770-786-7062.

WINDER

DAVIDSON, HAROLD

Harold "Hal" H. Davidson, age 77, of Winder, GA, formerly of Murphy, NC, passed away March 18, 2006 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville, GA. He had bravely endured Alzheimer's Disease for the past six years. He was a loving husband to his wife, Barbara Reid Davidson for 52 years, and a proud, devoted father to two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael & Robin Davidson and Mark & Scarlett Davidson. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michelle, 17, Joseph, 17, Madeline, 7, Sawyer, 5, and a host of family and friends. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 24 at 2:00 PM at Winder First United Methodist Church. A private family inurnment will follow on Saturday at Ranger United Methodist Church Cemetery in Murphy, NC. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

First troops of 48th Brigade come home

FORT STEWART - Teary wives, small children and proud parents with flags and ''welcome home'' signs shrugged off a sleepless night with cheers and whoops Monday when their citizen-soldiers marched onto the field just before dawn.

Police Briefs

15-year-old carjacked

•NORCROSS - A 15-year-old boy was carjacked Wednesday at Saddlebrook Apartments on Hunt Club Run.

County takes dirt road off Suwanee map

LAWRENCEVILLE - There's one less metro Atlanta road with Peachtree in its name.

Man jailed in double shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 23-year-old man has been jailed for allegedly shooting two men at a billiards hall in Lawrenceville over the weekend.

Peachtree Ridge robotics team heading to world championship

DULUTH - For the second year in a row, the Peachtree Ridge High School Robolions took home the top prize at a robotics tournament.

What others are saying

Medicaid legislation long overdue in Ga.

Gwinnett to consider joining homeless coalition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett could join a metro Atlanta council on homelessness, paving the way for a grant to build a local shelter, if commissioners agree today to pay $22,500 for the first year's fee.

Sports Calendar

Baseball

April 3-7: Renz Baseball will be holding a baseball/softball Spring Break Camp April 3-7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. The cost per camper is $125. Eight indoor baseball/softball cages and private lessons are available. For more information or to register, visit renzbaseball.com or call 770-271-4554.

North Gwinnett baseball off to perfect start

Frank Vashaw had already built up two state powers in South Georgia before he accepted the head coaching position at North Gwinnett before this season.

Business briefs

Georgia PSC T ponsider grant for seniors

ATLANTA - More help may be on the way for Georgia's low-income seniors.

Hurri-'Kahne' Kasey: Kahne wins Golden Corral 500 from pole

HAMPTON - The announcement prompted mild applause in the press box.

Barrow election for council, education tax today

WINDER - Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today for two local elections.

Cold start to spring

Providence batters Banks County 12-1

LILBURN - Three players had two hits each for the Providence Stars on Monday as they downed Banks County 12-1 in five innings.

Collins Hill mourns death of student who drowned

BUFORD - Students, faculty and staff at Collins Hill High School mourned the death Monday of a Lawrenceville student who drowned in Lake Lanier over the weekend.

Jail picks supervisor for health provider

LAWRENCEVILLE - In the wake of a highly publicized inmate death and complaints about poor health care at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, a high-ranking deputy has been tasked with overseeing the jail's contracted medical staff.

Ethanol industry braces for attention

WASHINGTON - After a spurt of good fortune, the fledgling U.S. ethanol industry is anticipating some growing pains that could bring it unwanted attention this summer.