News for Saturday, November 12, 2005


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On being all grown up - Heather Middleton

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember your little sister and brother have grown up just as you have and they don't need 'mothering' anymore.

Southern Crescent honors America's veterans

By Ed Brock

Franken candidacy good for C-Span - Michael Davis

When comedian and radio talk show host Al Franken said he might take a stab at running for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Minnesota, I was a little taken aback.

Winding through Halloween fright - Rob Felt

As we crept around the first corner in the house, peering sideways back and forth, a giant skull-eating beast emerged from its lair and shook its giant arms at us angrily.

Where is winter? - Justin Boron

A couple of weeks ago, I shut my windows tight, threw an extra blanket on the bed, and even went a few days where the temperature held me under the covers or in the shower for a little longer than usual.

There's got to be a better way - Ed Brock

Last week somebody got a brand new gun and decided it would be a good idea to test it out in an open field. And as a result they nearly killed, oh, several people, including a few kids on a passing school bus.

Airport officer from rough arrest reinstated

By Ed Brock

Santa Claus is coming to town

By Justin Boron

Clayton State to hold open houses for prospective students

By Jeffery Whitfield

New York Times reporter speaks at CSU

By Jeffery Whitfield

Hey, my cop's bigger than your cop - Bob Paslay

Every morning on the way to work I cut through the little town of Hapeville as I make my way from Atlanta along the old U.S. 19/41 and every day I get stopped along with other motorists in front and behind me by a man who is wearing a bright “police” jacket and has a whistle. He holds up our cars with the authority of a policeman as he lets cars in and out of the parking lot of a private business, the original Dwarf House restaurant that sparked the Chick-fil-A chicken empire.

Letters to the Editor

Shipp misses crux

of abortion issue

I do not disagree with the main point of Bill Shipp's recent column ("Abortion gets far bigger play than issue deserves," Perspective, Nov. 6) regarding the abortion issue on a surface level. It does seem that the abortion issue gets a lot of the press and attention in political campaigns when there are many others issues that seem to be affecting much more of our citizenry that are not getting as much press.

But I think Shipp overstates his case by calling it a nonpressing issue, however, and I think he misses the crux of the issue. He asks if I know of anyone who actually favors abortion, and actually, yes, I do know people who favor abortion. Planned Parenthood, by the way, highly recommends them as a viable, caring choice and has for decades.

And while we are inferring statistics, there are well over

1 million of them annually in the United States. Considering that each of these million children had fathers (many absent, of course) and grandparents and significant others, it's much more than a million of our citizens involved each year. And let's not lose the point that that these are not root canals, these are procedures to intentionally end a human life.

Looking at it from this perspective, the size and the impossible-to-overstate importance of the issue becomes clearer. Because I have a deeply held religious faith that includes the clear teaching of the sanctity of life, the decision for me is rather clear.

I can frankly not fathom anyone drawing the conclusion that it's simply the mother's choice. She has the choice to kill her child? Pardon the vernacular, but that just ain't right. I think we are correct to make this a key issue. It is perhaps the most important one of all.




Mr. David Bruce Nylander, Sr., age 58 of Commerce, Georgia died Friday, November 11, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.


Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Rebecca Asbury Wilson, age 82 of Commerce, Georgia who died Friday, November 11, 2005. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.



Katy Odell Burnette Earnest, age 76 of Covington, died Thursday, November 10, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.



Rose L. Mote, age 70 of Dacula, GA passed away November 11, 2005. She is survived by: Daughter & Son-in-Law: Jean & Ronnie Morrow, S.C., Son & Daughter-in-Law: Stanley & Terrie Mote, Woodstock; Daughter & Son-in-Law: Connie & Charles Hinkle, Dacula; Son: Ronnie Mote, Lawrenceville; Sisters: Barbara Wharton, FL, Joan Shields, Jackson; Brother: Jimmy Morris, Marble Hill, GA; 7 Grandchildren; 14 Great Grandchildren; 1 Niece and 2 Nephews. Mrs. Mote was born in Jackson County and was a nurse with Banks-Jackson Community Hospital for 8 years and also worked at Shallowford Hospital for 8 years and was a member of Harold Grove Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment to follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,



Allen Benton Cribbs, age 64 of Duluth, died November 11, 2005. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, November 14, 2005 at Duluth First Baptist Church with Dr. David Parker officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. Mr. Cribbs, a native of Texas, was a construction superintendent and a member of Duluth First Baptist Church. He is survived by: Wife: Helen Cribbs; Daughters: Jo Ellen Cribbs, Tiffany Cribbs; Sons: Marc Cribbs, Todd Cribbs, all of Duluth; Brother: Dally Cribbs, of Texas. The family will receive friends Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.



Mr. Thomas Marion Bryan II, age 78 of Jefferson, Georgia died Thursday, November 10, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.



Betty Montgomery Kells, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 10, 2005. Graveside services will be held Monday, November 14, 2005 at 1:00 P.M. at North Atlanta Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 to 9:00 P.M. and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,


Debra Delorise Lord Ross, age 52, of Lawrenceville, died Friday, November 11, 2005. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, November 14, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Rodney Hall will officiate. Ms. Ross was a member of the Women's Auxiliary VFW, Lawrenceville and was employed with the Gwinnett County Police Department with 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Gilbert and is survived by: Children: Jamey & Julie York, Snellville, David Ross, Winder, Matthew & Candace Ross, Doraville; Grandchildren: Jamey York, Jason York, Draven Ross; Companion: Christopher Burell; Brothers: Joe Lord, Cecil Lord, Veo Lord; Sisters: Helen Fraschiseur, all of Lawrenceville, Sue Davis, Dacula, Karen Arsenault, Mableton, Grace Burell, Auburn, and Vicky Cardenas, Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends from 1-2 PM, Monday, November 14, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.



Marjean "Marge" Smith, age 65 of Snellville, GA died November 11, 2005. She was survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Debi Decker of Snellville; sisters, Eleanor Myers, Frances Heim, both of East Otto, NY, June Miller of Winder, Joan Guth of Atlanta; grandsons, Chaz Decker, Jeremy Decker, both of Snellville; nephew, Kevin Brown; nieces, Margie Johnson of East Otto, NY, Kathy Longstreet of Cumming; great nephew, Ethan McGinnis of Snellville. Mrs. Smith was a loving mother and friend. She was the founder of Valentinos, Boomers and in 1984 opened Rudy's in Grayson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 15 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Glen Rowden officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Immediately following the service, there will be a tribute to the life of Mrs. Marge Smith at Rudy's, 1111 Highway 78, Grayson, GA 30017. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 455 Abernathy Road NE, Suite 210, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, in memory of Marjean "Marge" Smith. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Slating awards for less than deserving drivers - Jeffery Whitfield

Nothing creeps up faster than headlights bearing down upon the rear bumper of your car in the nighttime air.

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