News for Tuesday, March 7, 2006


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C. D. Huff

D. Mr. C. D. Huff, age 88 of Duluth, Georgia, Retired Farmer, U. S. Army Veteran having served in World War II, passed away on March 6, 2006. He is ...

Lillie Jackson

Mrs. Lillie Mae Clark Jackson, age 88, of Pendergrass, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2006, after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Bertha Hancock

Bertha May Hancock, age 85 of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Warner Robins, GA, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville ...

Susan Stewart

Susan “Lene” Stewart, age 80 of Lawrenceville died Monday, March 6, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Maria Camblor

Mrs. Maria Hernandez Camblor, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 6, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Emma Woodcock

Emma E. Woodcock, age 94 of Lilburn, GA, formerly of Springfield, IL, died Friday at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. She was born June 14, 1911 in Virginia, IL, the ...

John Reed, Ii

Mr. John Reed, II, age 49 of Tucker, GA, died March 6, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .

Jerry Loller

Jerry Lee Loller, age 63, of Norcross, GA, died Monday, March 6, 2006. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Alrico Lamar

Mr. Alrico J. Lamar, age 29, of Decatur, GA, passed away March 5, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Edgar Railey

Edgar “Eddie” Railey, age 45 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 5, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Marie Caylor

Marie Nixon Caylor, age 80 of Loganville, died Monday, March 6, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.

Jan Davis

Mr. Jan “J.D.” Davis, age 52 of Savannah, GA, formerly of Braselton, GA died March 7, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Jonnie Fay Black of Savannah ...

Mary Post

Mary Post, age 80, of Decatur, GA, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Robert Howington

Mr. Robert E. Howington, age 86, of Auburn, Georgia died March 7, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.

Marvin Gross

Marvin D. (Gerry) Gross, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Tourism in Gwinnett

The Legend Continues

Buford rezones property for office/warehouse complex

BUFORD - A 24,000-square-foot, two-story office warehouse complex with equipment service bays will be built on 2.26 acres at 1050 Sugar Hill St.

City commissioners voted unanimously in Monday's commission meeting to rezone the property, owned by Scott Phillips and Ricky Smith, from residential to manufacturing.

The property bordering the eastern boundaries of the acreage is zoned manufacturing, and the property to the south and west is owned by the city and zoned residential. The property holds one residential structure that will be demolished.

Ga. 20 open house to be held

SUGAR HILL - The plans for the third phase of a project to widen Ga. Highway 20 throughout Gwinnett will be revealed at a meeting tonight.

Francoeur may land in spotlight at World Baseball Classic

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - In less than a year, Jeff Francoeur has gone from having 335 at-bats at Double-A Mississippi to being a possible starting outfielder for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

Missing woman's ex faces stalking charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - The ex-boyfriend of a missing Norcross woman has been charged with stalking her the night she vanished.

Letters to the Editor

Congress shouldn't approve 'scamnesty'

McCain tests presidential waters

"Are folks aware of just how meticulously (Sen. John) McCain and his team are going about building their '08 campaign? There's probably not a GOP activist in South Carolina who hasn't been contacted at least once by someone supportive of McCain's candidacy. ... As long as he continues to poll well against Hillary, and as long as the Republicans look as if they could lose power at a moment's notice, McCain should be able to create the air of inevitability that Bush created in 2000.'"

Legislators call on cities to help strengthen Arena at GwinnettCenter

LAWRENCEVILLE - Concern over the Arena at Gwinnett Center has caused legislators to shelve bills that would have added tourism bureaus to Suwanee and Buford.

In brief


Berkeley Hills' Amershadian earns BellSouth Classic spotBerkeley Hills Country Club golf professional Jeff Amershadian emerged from a four-man playoff on Monday afternoon, securing a spot in the upcoming BellSouth Classic. Amershadian last played in a PGA Tour event in 1996.

Senate OKs paper trail for voting machines

ATLANTA - Voters in three Georgia counties would be able to see their ballot choices on paper this November under legislation approved by the Senate Monday.

The bill, which passed unanimously and now goes to the House, calls for a limited experiment with a new generation of electronic voting machines equipped with paper backups.

Voters in three precincts - one each in Cobb, Bibb and Camden counties - would be able to view a paper copy of their ballot at the voting booth and verify whether it is correct. He or she could then make corrections before the vote is processed.

"My hope is this will take us one more step toward having the most trustworthy, secure voting system in the country,'' said Sen. Bill Stephens, R-Canton, the bill's sponsor and a candidate for Georgia secretary of state.

Current Secretary of State Cathy Cox, a Democrat now running for governor, brought electronic voting to Georgia after uncertainties over ballot counting in Florida threw the 2000 presidential election into the court system for six weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Republican George W. Bush the winner.

As electronic voting has caught on around the nation during the last several years, critics have called into question the accuracy of voting machines that lack paper backup systems.

Cox, however, has been hesitant to bring paper backups to Georgia, citing the cost and cumbersome nature of earlier versions of the technology.

But Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Cox, said she has worked with Stephens on his bill and is satisfied with the proposed pilot project.

"We think this will be a good test and reflection of what this would look like with full deployment,'' Riggall said.

During Monday's brief floor debate on the bill, two Democratic senators asked Stephens why he didn't choose any rural counties for the pilot project.

Stephens said he was looking for a demographic mix in the three selected precincts that would reflect all of Georgia - including the state's racial makeup - rather than a balance of rural and urban voters.

Riggall said the project isn't expected to cost more than $50,000, and the price tag could end up significantly lower.

Norcross OKs controversial rezoning

NORCROSS - By a vote of 4-1 Monday night, the Norcross City Council approved the rezoning of several parcels of land along Beaver Ruin Road. The rezoning of the four parcels was on Monday night's agenda under rezoning matter RZ 05-223. The developer, Alan Mendenhall, had been before council for this rezoning, but in light of sewer issues, it was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Board.

Originally asking to be allowed to build 141 townhomes under RM-10 zoning, Mendenhall got a recommendation of denial from the city's Planning Commission. When Councilman Bruce Smith asked why the commission recommended denial, he was told they did not want another townhome development.

Mendenhall said his new plan is to build 90 single-family detached homes with greenspace.

"I'm trying to establish a consistent gateway to the city down Beaver Ruin Road," Mendenhall said. "The zoning down this corridor is choppy."

Mendenhall's request is considered controversial since his current plan for development was not presented to Planning and Zoning.

"I have a hard time with this because the process is being bypassed. Tonight is the first time city staff has even seen this plan. Isn't that what the P&Z board is for?" Norcross resident Chuck Cimarik asked.

After further discussion, councilman Mike Lovelady made a motion to approve RM-8 zoning with conditions governing architectural design, variances, entrances and other elements.

Mendenhall estimates that the homes in this development will be priced from the high $200,000 to the low $300,000 range.

Deadlines approach for ECHL player movement

DULUTH - With a couple of important dates approaching, including Wednesday's reassignment deadline, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle is anticipating a roster change or two before the stretch run starts.

Girl gets friends to help donate stuffed animals to cancer patients

LILBURN - Fifth-grader Anna Porter was deeply moved when her friend and classmate lost his little brother to bone cancer. She wanted to help other child patients as they fought their own battles against the disease.

Police Reports

Man stabbed in chest

over spot on couch

•DORAVILLE - A 45-year-old Norcross man was stabbed in the chest with a butcher knife Saturday at a house on Pine Road.

Bobblehead blitz




Angela Black, age 53 of Atlanta, died Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*


Mary Compton Driskell, age 80 of Atlanta, died Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, GA, 770-945-9345.*



Mr. LeRoy Jones, age 73, of Braselton, died March 4, 2006. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.*



Nicolas L. David, age 65, of Covington, GA, died Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*



Donnally H. Orr, age 83, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2006. Mr. Orr was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen S. Orr. He is survived by: daughters: Debra Casey and Kathy Lee, 6 sisters, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Orr was a member of Central Baptist Church and retired from the U.S. Navy and served during WWII as a Combat Air Crewman. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Tuesday 1:00-4:00 P.M. and 6:00-8:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411.



Kennon C. Trulove, age 82 of Loganville, died Friday, March 3, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.*




Dorothy Louise Scott Chadwick, age 83, of Marietta, GA, died Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*



Luom T. Dinh, age 82, of Snellville, GA, died Sunday evening, March 5, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*


June Floyd Paddock Roberts was born on November 4, 1913, the daughter of Nathan Crowell and June Norwood Paddock in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Lowell High School and attended Business College in San Francisco. On September 19, 1936 she married John Hammond Roberts of Stockton, California in the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They lived in Stockton and Fresno, and her life was completely involved with raising their four children, Lynne, John, Gail and Gilchrist. The family settled in Homestead, Florida where her husband worked with the extensive agricultural industry. They remained in Florida, where June worked in the office of Homestead Junior High School, was very active member of their local church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and enjoyed an active social life with various women's organizations. John Roberts passed away 1981 and in 1991 June moved to Snellville, Georgia where she lived near her son Chris. June lived a life of great faith in God and in service to others. In addition, to being active at Westminster Presbyterian and a volunteer at Eastside Medical Hospital in Snellville she counted as great joy her grandchildren and great grandchildren. June is survived by her children, grandchildren, Anne and Marc Pastrana, James, Dennis and Sarah Sullivan, Chris Jr. and Lauren-Grace Roberts and eleven great grand children. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 4:00PM with a reception to follow at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2208 East Main Street, Snellville, GA. 770-979-9676. Services will be conducted by Dr. Michael Garrett. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200


Douglas White, age 78 of Snellville, died Sunday, March 5, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010.*



Mrs. Juanita Posey Honeycutt Fowler, age 65, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on March 5, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carroll Fowler and Thomas Honeycutt; son, Timothy Honeycutt; daughter, Doreen Honeycutt; and grandson, Dewayne Honeycutt. Surviving are: Daughters: Lorraine Lamb, Snellville, GA, Loretta Lee, Jasper, GA; Sons: Stevie Honeycutt, Flowery Branch, GA, Jimmy Honeycutt, Snellville, GA, Phillip Honeycutt, Snellville, GA, Davey Honeycutt, Sugar Hill, GA; Step-Son: Marty Fowler, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Lisa Lamb, Amy and Jeremy Lingerfelt, Natasha Lamb, Robert Lamb, Chris Honeycutt, Stephanie Honeycutt, Brandi Honeycutt, Adam Harvey, Mason Honeycutt, Renee and Damon Toure, J. D. Honeycutt, Greg Honeycutt, Edward Lee, Tabitha Lee, Andrew Lee, Brooke Fowler; Great Grandchild: Desmond Toure; Sisters: Martha Lay, Elk Valley, TN, Linett Brumblow, Pioneer, TN, Bonnie Langley, Lawrenceville, GA, Shirley Stephens, Carnesville, GA, Ronnel Goss, Columbia, SC; Brothers: James Posey, Lilburn, GA, Thelan Posey, Pioneer, TN, Jeff Posey, Lawrenceville, GA, Gary Posey, Abbeville, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Fowler was born in Scott County, TN. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home. Interment in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Peggy A. McLaine Lope', age 36 of Suwanee, GA, passed away March 2, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

Illegal immigration inspires Gwinnett man to speak out

On his first-ever visit to the Georgia Capitol building last week - having lived in Gwinnett County since 1938 - Clayton O'Kelly had some stern but respectful words for the Georgia Senate's Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

The eight-member committee was holding a second of two public hearings on immigration legislation sponsored by Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock.

O'Kelly's message for Georgia's legislators on his first trip to the Gold Dome? Do something about the illegal immigration crisis here in Georgia - now.

On behalf of fed-up citizens all over the state, thank you Clayton O'Kelly.

The U.S. Navy veteran has demonstrated that demanding action on illegal immigration is a job that more and more Americans will do.

From here in Marietta, we must wonder aloud when the governor will pitch in.

It seems that O'Kelly, like voters all over the country, has taken the position that absent the promised federal protection of secure borders and enforced immigration and employment laws, his state government must step up and do what it can to protect him and his family here in Georgia.

O'Kelly's first words to the state senators at the hearing were: "I am getting older, but I am here for my grandchildren." Sentiment worthy of consideration by all of us we think.

O'Kelly was not the only American who testified on the pending legislation aimed at the employment of and taxpayer assistance to illegal aliens. There were scores of people at the Capitol during the Senate committee process, many who gave a variety of reasons why illegal immigration, while illegal, is a necessary crime to keep the Georgia economy running smoothly.

At 71, O'Kelly clearly remembers a Georgia in which legal laborers were allowed an opportunity to make a wage on which they could live in Georgia with dignity without taxpayers being forced to help finance their care. Not a popular memory these days in many quarters.

Using the old adage "follow the money," it was not that difficult to see that most of those supporting the continued violation of the law had a vested financial interest in continued access to what can only be described as the taxpayer-subsidized black market labor - and the market they create. Illegal labor supplied by the hundreds of thousands of people who are here simply because they can make more money in Georgia than in their home countries.

Let's be clear here. Nobody we know of including, he told me, O'Kelly, blames any of these people for wanting a better life. That, however, can be said of most who choose to ignore the law to make a buck. If we are to use that motivation for all outlaws to excuse their crimes, we will soon find ourselves in a position of needing committee meetings to decide if we are going to punish a wide range of crimes. The issues of income tax and campaign donations leap to mind.

O'Kelly said he wants a better life for his grandchildren. He told us that he flies an American flag from his front porch and that he does "not believe ignoring the law is going to work." We agree. Look at California.

The bill was approved in Senate committee. It is expected to be approved by the full Senate. If so, it will come before a committee in the House.

Most of us understand that making the millions of illegal aliens already here "legal" will only encourage millions more to come - like it did 20 years ago. According to a recent Zogby poll, more than 80 percent of Georgians want action on illegal immigration by the Georgia government.

Here's hoping that some of them will follow O'Kelly's example and make their voices heard to the House. Not to mention the governor.

Thanks again, Clayton O'Kelly.

D.A. King is president of The Dustin Inman Society. For more information, visit

Panthers get measure of revenge

LILBURN - It might be early March with the playoffs still more than two months away, but this was a big win for the Parkview baseball team.

Prep roundup: Vess' homer lifts Stars past Central

LAWRENCEVILLE - Andy Vess hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Providence Stars to a 6-5 win over host Central Gwinnett on Monday.

Parham stepping down from South baseball position

A great part of Roger Parham's life was built around South Gwinnett baseball, and that's why the decision he made was so hard.

20-year-old killed in single-vehicle crash in Lilburn

LILBURN - A 20-year-old Lawrenceville man was killed Sunday after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing his car in Lilburn, according to police.

Lawrenceville delays decision on Aurora

LAWRENCEVILLE - Reeling from sticker shock, the Lawrenceville City Council decided Monday to negotiate with the only company willing to turn an old church into a playhouse.