News for Friday, March 3, 2006

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Price Terry

Mr. Price Terry, age 87, of Monroe, GA, went home to be with our Heavenly Father peacefully Thursday morning, March 2, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc ...

Sandra Martin

Sandra B. Martin, age 62, of Grayson, GA, died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Jackie Smithers, Sr.

Mr. Jackie Lee Smithers, Sr. age 60 of Jefferson, Georgia died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Cora Deaver

Mrs. Cora Lee Honeycutt Deaver, 80, of Fayetteville, Georgia, died March 1, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Loyd Deaver, Sr. She is survived by her ...

Damon Gause

Mr. Damon Lance Gause, Sr., age 62 of Jefferson, Georgia died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Frank Cabral

Frank Cabral, age 62 of Duluth died Friday, March 3, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, March 6, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Gladys Haney

Gladys Lucille White Haney, age 76 of Buford, died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 4, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Nickie Duck

Mr. Nickie Ladd Duck, age 56 of Clarkesville, formerly of Braselton, Georgia, died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Hessie Dispain

Mrs. Hessie Mae Pugh Dispain, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away on March 3, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Dispain and son-in-law ...

Girl reported missing returns home safely

STATHAM - A girl reported missing Saturday has returned home safely.

One more live auction before county turns to eBay

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Saturday, citizens can come out for what may be the last live auction in Gwinnett County history.

Panel solicits extended-stay crackdown

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury said extended-stay hotels that allow criminal activity to occur should be sanctioned or closed in a prepared statement issued this week.

Business In Brief

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Bank m T 'er charged with insider trading

•LILBURN - A Lilburn man was arraigned Thursday on 34 counts of securities fraud via insider trading.

Wesleyan girls survive scare

MACON - The Wesleyan girls basketball team has an opportunity for its third consecutive state title, and that chance was earned the hard way on Thursday.

Nurses' prescription power boosted in House bill

ATLANTA - Advanced practice registered nurses in Georgia would be able to write prescriptions under legislation approved overwhelmingly by the House on Thursday.

The bill, which passed 146-6 and now moves to the Senate, is the culmination of years of effort by APRNs to win a right they argue is crucial to improving access to health care in many parts of the state.

Buford's rally comes up short

MACON - Dublin dominated the second quarter and Buford came back in the third to make it a game, but couldn't pull off the comeback win on Thursday.

Letters to the Editor

U.S. borders ripe for picking by terrorists

I am glad to be a charter member of the chorus led by Ernest Wade ("Drug traffic across border astounding," To the Editor, Feb. 16) that is trying to stop the illegal horde invading the U.S. from Mexico.

Charity shouldn't extend to assisting in illegal behavior

As an American of Irish descent, Roman Catholicism has been in my family for hundreds of years. I respect the church because I've seen firsthand the good that it can do. Worldwide, no organization does more for the poor and downtrodden than Catholic Charities, in my opinion.

Police Reports

Women's bathroom vandalized at park

•LILBURN - Someone vandalized the women's bathroom at Mountain Park Park at 5050 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn, according to a police report.

OBITUARIES

KMITTA, KATRINA

Katrina Katherine Kimberly Kmitta died February 28th, 2006. Tina was 46 years old and loved by everyone. Survivors include the love of her life Brad Cochran, a wonderful mother, Sam, two brothers Tony and Rick and two stepchildren Allison and Ean and many friends. Arrangements by National Cremation Society. 770-923-2940.

ATHENS

MARSINGILL,

MICHAEL

Rev. Michael Lee Marsingill, age 50 of Athens died Tuesday, February 28, 2006. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church North Georgia Conference for 29 years. Survivors include his wife, Angela and daughters, Lorien and Kinsey. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 P.M. Friday at Young Harris United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Athens. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2 P.M. Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 1553 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, Georgia 30622. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-945-9345.

MONTGOMERY,

HALLIE

Mrs. Hallie Sue Montgomery, age 62, of Athens, GA, died March 1, 2006. Funeral arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-6706.*

BUFORD

HANEY, GLADYS

Gladys Lucille White Haney, age 76 of Buford, died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.*

HELMS, JOHN

John Helms, age 64 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Funeral Services are being handled by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*

MARTIN, MARY

Mary Lee Martin, age 68 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Funeral Services are being handled by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*

CLARKESVILLE

DUCK, NICKIE

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Nickie Ladd Duck, age 56 of Clarkesville, formerly of Braselton, Georgia, who died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*

CLEVELAND

WALKER, RICHARD

Richard E. Walker, age 67 of Cleveland, GA, formerly of Atlanta, GA, died March 1, 2006. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2006 at 11:00 AM from Little & Davenport Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville, GA. Interment will follow at 2:00 PM at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, GA, 770-534-5201.

JEFFERSON

SMITHERS, JACKIE

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Jackie Lee Smithers, age 60 of Jefferson, Georgia who died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*

LOGANVILLE

DANIEL, EMILY

Emily Daniel, age 61 of Loganville, GA died February 28, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Daniel and is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Geneva Adams of Rockmills, AL; brother-in-law, Kelton Daniel of Huntsville, AL; sister-in-law, Carolyn Beaird of Woodstock; one niece and seven nephews; seven great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 4 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. Phil D. DeMore officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 until service time, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers make donations to the Atlanta Humane Society, the American Humane Association or the Humane Society of the United States, in memory of Emily Daniel. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

SPRING HILL, TN

BROWN, CLIFTON

Clifton H. "Bud" Brown, age 81 of Spring Hill, TN, formerly of Cumming, GA, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006 after an extended illness. Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Buford. Rev. Danny Newbern will officiate. The Family will receive friends on Friday, March 3, 2006 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of "Bud" Brown. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Edith H. Brown. He is survived by Son and Daughter In-law, Richard and Marian Brown, Spring Hill TN; Grandchildren, Matt and Ashley; Sister and Brother In-law, Earlene and Joe Kennedy, Buford, GA; Sister, Geneva Koopmans, FL. Mr. Brown was a native of Bartow County, GA. He was a WWII Veteran of the Army and the Air Force and retired from General Motors, Doraville, GA after 36 years of service. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Customers nab would-be robber

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross man accused of robbing a beauty salon earlier this week reportedly had no problem bullying women and children, but was ill prepared for a run-in with some tough customers from a neighboring tattoo parlor.

Gladiators get Gajic back, lose Kelman

DULUTH - Rookie forward Milan Gajic was back at practice with the Gwinnett Gladiators on Thursday, the same day another forward, Scott Kelman, was called up to the American Hockey League.

Homestead exemption on way to ballot

WINDER - The Legislature has cleared the way for Barrow County residents to decide if seniors will get a tax break.

Local 'Idol' hopeful survives close call

LAWRENCEVILLE - "American Idol" contestant Kinnik Sky of Duluth squeaked by for a second time Thursday.

As one of now eight female contestants, the 28-year-old was again called on stage during the vote-off section of the show. She, along with two other contestants, were called up because they received the lowest vote totals from the show's audience.

Prep roundup: Bayer, Edwards come up big in Wesleyan win

NORCROSS - Kyle Edwards and Alex Bayer drove in the winning runs in the sixth inning as Wesleyan rallied to defeat Lovett 2-1 on Thursday.

Moore, Eagles fight off Redan

DULUTH - When the basketball game was on the line, it was no surprise who took charge.

Senators pass abortion-related bills

ATLANTA - The Senate approved three Republican-backed bills Thursday directly or indirectly related to abortions in Georgia.

The big story: Media shouldn't concede fight for free speech

OKLAHOMA CITY

Another day, another headline. The world moves on. Not I.

I'm obsessing about those 12 cartoons, a world gone mad and an American media lost in self-righteous loserness. My own tribe surrendered without a fight, and we may pay for generations. Unless.

I'm speaking to a large crowd in a church not far from the site of our most infamous homegrown terrorist act. It's been almost 11 years since Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and wounding some 500.

Now a memorial stands in the building's place. A Cyclone fence nearby is stuffed with mementos - teddy bears for the babies who died in the day care nursery, notes for friends, family and strangers. So many come here, I'm told, that the fence has to be cleared every few weeks, its contents stashed in a warehouse.

Then it begins again. Week after week, year after year. Trinkets, toys, memories.

On this brisk February morning, the church is filled to capacity with 1,200 to 1,300 Oklahomans. The cartoon controversy is still fresh, so I talk about that. A dozen caricatures published last fall in a Danish paper, Jyllands-Posten, had recently resurfaced in the Middle East. Outrage, riots, flag-burnings. Same ol' same ol'.

Except this time, those who chose to be offended want to kill the rest of us. Handmade signs punctuate news reports: "Behead those who insult Islam." Danish embassies in Beirut and Damascus are torched, while Danish cartoonists go into hiding.

A poll, meanwhile, finds that 40 percent of Muslims living in England want Sharia law in predominantly Muslim areas, which effectively would create a nation within a nation. A leading imam says apologies aren't enough. He wants those who dare insult Muhammad to be prosecuted and punished.

It's the Islamic way. Not our way, but no matter. We in the West either "get it" - conform to Islam - or we will get it. In due time, my friend, in due time.

I ask for a show of hands. How many of you good people have seen the cartoons that have ignited the Muslim world and tilted even more hatred our way? One hand, two, three. I count maybe 10 to 15, no more than 20 out of more than 1,200.

These are not unsophisticated "ordinary Americans," as the media like to refer to those who live in flyover country. They may be "regular" Americans - hard-working and family-oriented - but they're not "ordinary." They're well-educated, engaged and interested in their world. Admittedly, they're mostly adults of a certain age, probably untethered to the Internet, which may explain why they haven't seen the cartoons.

What is less easily explained is why American newspapers, with a couple of exceptions, have failed to inform their readers about one of the most important stories of our age. Yes, "most important." The threatened suppression of free speech through an aggressive and organized assault on Western principles can't be considered anything less.

Especially when the lead dog in the free world - America's media - tucks tail and hides under the coffee table. To forfeit principle to excuses of sanctimonious sensitivity or, my favorite, "maturity" is to misunderstand the point.

How, pray, are Americans such as those in my Oklahoma audience to make a judgment about the cartoon controversy without being privy to the cartoons themselves? How are newspapers to survive if they won't serve up news?

Papers have been in decline for several years as competition on television and the Internet grows, while a blogosphere filled with citizen journalists attracts new fans. As circulation drops and advertisers seek more lucrative venues, newspaper owners do the opposite of what they should. Instead of beefing up resources, they cut staffs and budgets to ensure an even worse product, and then send readers to the Internet to learn what papers are unwilling to deliver.

I'd like to make a modest proposal for the redemption of newspapers, the good of the nation and the cause of freedom. A day of solidarity - perhaps the Ides of March? - when every newspaper in the nation prints the cartoons with an explanation of why freedom requires vigilance against tyranny and how a free press is critical to that purpose.

Vigilance begins with never surrendering the freedom to express even unpopular ideas. No one gets special treatment, but as consolation, everybody gets to live free. It is helpful at this juncture to note that while we occasionally suffer insult in this country, we never worry about being beheaded.

In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," when the soothsayer warned, "Beware the Ides of March," Caesar brushed him off, saying: "He is a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass." Those rioting in the Middle East against the West dream of a world ruled by Islamic law.

American newspapers have a duty not to ignore them or give them a pass.

Et tu?

Kathleen Parker, an Orlando Sentinel columnist, welcomes comments via e-mail at kparker@kparker.com. Her column appears on Friday.

Stephens guides GAC to final showdown with rival

MACON - To make it to the state championship game, it takes some breaks along the way and players stepping up. In Thursday's semifinal game at the Macon Centerplex that player was Julio Stephens for Greater Atlanta Christian.

Norcross boys back in finals

DULUTH - All season long it seemed like the No. 3 Norcross Blue Devils and the No. 1 Wheeler Wildcats were on a collision course toward a state championship rematch at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center.

Auburn fights over mayor's power

AUBURN - Auburn leaders argued about how strong their mayor is and what the city's future will look like without an administrator at a work session Thursday following a regular council meeting.

Student indicted in stabbing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A law student was indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury this week in the fatal stabbing death of her boyfriend over the Christmas holiday season.

Readers celebrate books, Dr. Seuss

SNELLVILLE - On Thursday, Dr. Seuss would have turned 102 years old. And schools across the county gave him a birthday celebration that would make any kid jealous.

Getting to Know ... Mike Herring

Mike Herring just completed his first season as an assistant coach on the Mill Creek girls basketball team. The Georgia Tech product, who graduated from Lakeside High in 1984, was also an assistant on the Berkmar boys state championship teams under David Boyd and was the school's girls head coach for a time as well. This week he is working the scorebook for the Final Four games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Gwinnett to hold first Readers Rally

HOSCHTON - The phrase "reading competition" may seem like an oxymoron. Reading is usually a private activity, restricted to a person and a book. People don't often race to see who can finish a book the fastest, or quiz each other on its plot elements.

South girls rally, beat Stephenson for championship berth

DULUTH - Despite a nightmarish start, the dream season continued for the South Gwinnett girls on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Snellville burglary suspects being held without bond

n SNELLVILLE - Three teenagers suspected in a string of burglaries in Snellville are being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center after being arrested last week.

Plans would change path of Rabbit Hill

DACULA - Developers have filed rezonings that would literally transform Rabbit Hill Road between Lawrenceville and Dacula.

Perdue honors children who dialed 911 to save lives

n ATLANTA - When he discovered his diabetic grandmother collapsed and bleeding last October, 5-year-old Christian Phillippi knew exactly what to do.

Still dreaming

Fire damages home in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four adults were displaced by a house fire and assisted by Red Cross on Thursday afternoon.

South rising