News for Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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James Burton, Jr.

James Thomas Burton, Jr., age 47 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. James previously owned and operated Little Jimmy's Meat Market in Dacula. He served as ...

Jesse Lord

Mr. Jesse P. “Pa” Lord, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Heard ...

Mildred Shockley

Mildred Nash Shockley, age 81 of Loganville, GA died March 21, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Shockley, Jr. and is survived by her children ...

J. C. Cain, Jr.

Mr. J. C. Cain Jr., age 61, of Buford, GA (Sardis Community), passed away March 21, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. C. Cain Sr. and ...

AT&T CEO says Internet will remain open after BellSouth merger

AP Technology Writer

LAS VEGAS - Ed Whitacre Jr., the chief executive of AT&T Inc., dismissed critics who say its planned merger with BellSouth Corp. will form a near-monopoly for Internet access and give it the clout to dictate terms to Web sites if they want to remain reachable.

County approves Gwinnett Village self-taxing district

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly a year after commissioners began an effort to revitalize the Jimmy Carter Boulevard area, they gave business owners their blessing to begin a community improvement district in the area.

Graduates of Leadership Institute take new skills back to community

LAWRENCEVILLE - Over the course of nine months, 19 Gwinnettians were empowered with the tools and skills needed to improve the county through the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute program (GNLI).

Brookwood girls triumph as ranked teams collide

SNELLVILLE - In a clash of four top 10 teams on Tuesday, the Brookwood girls lived up to their ranking while the Bronco boys showed they still have some work to do.

District plans refugee center, charter school

LAWRENCEVILLE - Soon students who love physics, programming and proofs will have a high school to call their own. Gwinnett County Public Schools is planning to open a new charter school that will focus on science, mathematics and technology.

Moore elated over Naismith award win

She's already made it quite clear that she's the best player in the state of Georgia.

Developer agrees to stagger new homes to lessen school burden

LAWRENCEVILLE - A promise to delay building new homes helped a developer win backing for a large subdivision in the overcrowded Grayson schools cluster.

Advocates for illegals can't get story straight

The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds, especially Latino liberals. When the debate centered around driver's licenses for illegal aliens, I said illegal immigration is a problem best addressed by the federal government, and that states would not fix the problem by issuing licenses to illegals. I was told that the statement was a cop-out. And thus ended my short courtship with the illegal alien lobby and the Hispanic press.

Barrow voters approve penny sales tax

WINDER - A sales tax to fund local schools passed overwhelmingly in Barrow County, and Auburn residents elected a new councilwoman in votes Tuesday.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

CAIN, J.C.

Mr. J. C. Cain, Jr. of Buford, GA, passed away March 21, 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.*

LANGGOOD,

DOROTHY

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: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Mary Ellen and Barry Gillespie, Suwanee, GA, Elizabeth L. and Nick Wamboldt, Snellville, GA, Barbara S. Ledford, Dacula, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Charles J. and Shay Langgood, III, Roswell, GA, Robert S. and Connie Langgood, Blue Ridge, GA, David G. Langgood, Nashville, TN; Eight Grandchildren: Kate, Megan, Matthew, Jessica, Andrew, Laura, Joseph and Gregory; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dorothy was born on April 20, 1932 in Beaumont, TX. She lived in the metro Atlanta area for the past 44 years. She was an active member and former treasurer of the Buford Lanier Woman's Club. She was an active member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was an active volunteer in civic work. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all. She was a busy angel on earth now bound for Heaven. A funeral Mass will be held at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch, GA on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Francis Trahn serving as Celebrant. Entombment in Arlington Mausoleum, Sandy Springs, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers Dorothy requested that donations be made to the Gwinnett Humane Society or to the A.S.P.C.A. in her memory. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

JEFFERSON

PINION, CHARLIE

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.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

FISHER, CLIFTON

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.*

KNIGHT, JOSEPH

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 Home. Dr. Fred Musser & Rev. Fritz Musser will officiate. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Mr. Knight was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of Stone Mountain VFW Post #5257, was retired from Stone Mountain Park Maintenance Department & was of the Baptist Faith. He is survived by Children: JoAnn Sechrest, Lawrenceville & Linda Haller, Dacula; Brothers: Lewis Knight & Guy Knight, both of Lawrenceville; Sister: Dorothy Callaway, Lawrenceville; 6 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren & Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

PHARR, PHILIP

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 Church, Lawrenceville. Rev. Grady Mosley, Rev. Grady Wigley and Rev. Tim Harben will officiate. Burial Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville. Age 78, a resident of Lawrenceville, and a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, Mr. Pharr is survived by: Wife: Mary Johnson Pharr, Lawrenceville; Daughter & Son-in-law: Elizabeth Pharr & Marc White, Lawrenceville; Son & Daughter-in-law: Donald B. & Mary Ferguson Pharr, Lakeland, FL; Grandchildren: Naomi White, Leo White; Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Barry Pharr, Bushnell, FL, Leighton & Ruby Pharr, Lawrenceville, Keith & Charlotte Pharr, Buckhead; Sisters & Brother-in-law: Mildred & Gerald O'Brien, St. Petersburg, FL, Virginia Fuqua, Lawrenceville, Phyllis Taylor, Athens, and Suzanne Pharr, Knoxville, TN. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

RANDALL, ELEANOR

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 member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Norcross. Her beloved husband, Hart Randall, and daughter, Antonia Randall, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Mary Randall of Modesto, CA, Henry Randall of Memphis, TN, Peggy Boydston of Lawrenceville, GA, and Jonathan Randall of Paradise Valley, AZ; grandchildren, Sara Randall, Shelley Everly, Jessica Toal, Emily Vuoso, Elizabeth Johnson, Ethan Randall, Katherine Randall, Jennifer Boydston, Courtney Boydston, Billy Boydston, and Cyrus Randall; and five great grandchildren; as well as a niece, nephew, cousins and other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. Memorial Service will be held 4:00 PM, Friday, March 24th at Bill Head Funeral Home in Duluth. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Peachtree Christian Hospice for the special care they gave to Eleanor in her time of sickness and ask that in lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a memorial contribution to the hospice at 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, 770-476-2535.

LOGANVILLE

FARHY, SAM

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.*

MADISON

CRAIG, JAMES 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

STONE MOUNTAIN

SESSIONS, RUDY

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 is survived by his wife, Sarah; his daughter, Peggy and Mike Archer of Lilburn; his son, Randy & Brenda Sessions of Stone Mountain; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be 11:00 am Thursday at Ward's Stone Mountain Chapel with Rev. Doug Cox officiating. In lieu of Flowers the family requests contributions to Mountain Park First Baptist Church, 5485 Five Forks Trickum Rd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087. The body was donated to Emory University. Arrangements by Horis A. Ward, Stone Mtn. Chapel, Rockbridge Rd. at Five Forks Trickum, 770-381-5722.

SUGAR HILL

CHOATE, JEFFERY

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.*

SUWANEE

AVENALL, WILLIAM

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, 770-277-4550.*

WINDER

MAXEY, PAULINE

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

Public Service Commission cuts seniors' gas bills

LAWRENCEVILLE - The state's low-income seniors will get help paying their soaring natural gas bills.

In brief

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Meeks, Moore highlight GACA All-State team

• After each led their teams to respective state titles, Norcross guard Jodie Meeks and Collins Hill star Maya Moore were both named the Class AAAAA North Players of the Year in the GACA 2006 Coaches' Choice All-State basketball teams.

Senate panel approves sex offender legislation

ATLANTA - Legislation cracking down on sex offenders in Georgia cleared a Senate committee Tuesday, but not before senators eased some restrictions in the version of the bill passed by the House.

Over the objections of House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, the bill's sponsor, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved five amendments aimed at reducing the legislation's potential impact on teenagers involved in consensual sexual relationships.

The changes would allow authorities to charge a sexual "aggressor'' who is 18 or younger with a misdemeanor as long as his or her "victim'' is no more than four years younger and between the ages of 13 and 16.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's office requested the four-year spread, said Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, the committee's chairman.

The underlying bill, first proposed by House Republican leaders last spring, would lengthen prison sentences for sex crimes involving children and strengthen monitoring requirements for sex offenders when they get out of prison.

In presenting the legislation on Tuesday, Keen, R-St. Simons Island, argued that the version of his bill passed by the House already contained enough safeguards to differentiate between teenagers guilty of "immature'' behavior and truly dangerous sexual predators.

He urged senators not to weaken the bill to cover those relatively few cases where teens who haven't committed serious wrongdoing could be sent to prison.

"We cannot govern by exception,'' Keen said. "We have to govern by rule.''

But most committee members appeared to have heeded complaints from civil-rights advocates and others that the House bill would cast too wide a net in an effort to put sex criminals behind bars for a long time.

"A sexual revolution occurred in this country 40 to 50 years ago,'' said Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland. "It's a different morality. ... I am concerned with criminalizing behavior that is, frankly, so common.''

However, the committee also strengthened some portions of the bill and balked at proposals to weaken others.

The panel addressed legal questions surrounding the state's authority to sentence paroled sex offenders to lifetime electronic monitoring if their prison sentences were not for life.

Several amendments adopted Tuesday would allow judges to hand out sentences carrying a maximum of life. Keen's bill had set the range of sentences for most sex crimes against children at 25 to 50 years.

Also, the committee rejected a request by the governor's office to allow some defendants under age 21 to qualify for first-offender status.

Sam Choate, legislative counsel for the House leadership, complained that first offenders are allowed to wipe their records clean, which would make it impossible for authorities to keep track of them after they're released from jail or placed on probation.

The committee also folded into Keen's measure a related bill that had been introduced into the Senate as separate legislation earlier in the session.

It would require the state to issue special driver's licenses to registered sex offenders with some type of marking to indicate their legal status.

Finally, the panel removed from the House bill a provision calling for the state to hire a particular vendor for the electronic monitoring equipment it would issue to paroled sex offenders.

Smith said the legislation could run into a legal challenge down the road if it were drawn to benefit a single business.

The revamped measure could reach the Senate floor by the end of this week.

Prep roundup: Mill Creek's boys upset seventh-ranked Northview 3-1

DULUTH - Mill Creek's Jorge Pradilla, Isaac Bargen and Bryan Gerster scored one goal each on Tuesday as the Hawks upset seventh-ranked Northview 3-1.

Fonda flap distracts from real troubles

Republican legislators ought to present Democratic Sen. Steen Miles of DeKalb County their first annual "Perfect Timing" award.

County creates new zoning information Web site

LAWRENCEVILLE - A promise to delay building new homes helped a developer win backing for a large subdivision in the overcrowded Grayson schools cluster.

Police Reports

Landlord gets into fight with evicted tenant

•NORCROSS - A landlord got into a fight last week with an evicted tenant who refused to leave his old apartment off South Norcross Tucker Road.

Police seize marijuana, arrest four in drug bust

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police arrested four men and seized more than $4 million in a drug bust over the weekend at a Lawrenceville home.

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.

Survey: Graffiti down from 2005 rate

LAWRENCEVILLE - The amount of graffiti in Gwinnett is dropping dramatically, officials announced Tuesday.

According to a two-day survey from Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the square footage of graffiti has decreased by 88 percent and the number of sites is down 30 percent, compared to a similar survey taken in 2005.

Top teams collide

Lawrenceville's new Quality of Life Unit makes first stop

LAWRENCEVILLE - After hauling three truckloads of trash to a Dumpster in her subdivision's cul de sac, Sara Walton was happy to take a break and chat with police.

Some will lose homes under plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Roger Landress has lived his entire life on Hiram Davis Road.

Barrow chairman to address county

WINDER - Barrow County's chairman will give his State of the County address today.

Letters to the Editor

Knee-jerk reaction fits far left

George Morin's letter ("'Liberal weenies' column ignores conservatives' plight," To the Editor, March 15) refutes the column written by Dick Yarbrough ("Wondering about all you liberal weenies," Perspective, March 11) in true far-left fashion.

He calls conservatives "diehard knee-jerk compatriots" but when Yarbrough talks about the far-left liberal weenies, whose knee jerks uncontrollably?

In my opinion, Yarbrough's column was one of his better pieces, and I didn't hesitate to send him an e-mail complimenting him on a well-written article.

I think I would be safe in saying that columns written by David Broder and Bill Shipp are among George Morin's favorites. I subscribe to the Gwinnett Daily Post primarily for the local news, but I also keep my subscription renewed because of the head-shaking letters.