News for Thursday, November 17, 2005


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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.

Unhappy holidays again - Ed Brock

I could almost boycott Wal-Mart now.

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.

Bad service is the customer's fault - Rob Felt

Have you received any bad customer service lately? Yes? It's your own fault.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor

Smokeout a chance to stop deadly habit

Today marks the American Cancer Society's 29th annual Great American Smokeout. On this day, millions of smokers will unite to take the first step toward quitting. As a former smoker and current volunteer for the American Cancer Society, I want to encourage the people of Gwinnett County to take this opportunity to quit smoking and encourage those they love to quit as well.




Mrs. Mary Davis Hislip, age 81, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, November 14, 2005. she is survived by her: Husband: Mr. Henry H. Hislip, Buford, GA; Son and Daughter-in-law: Daniel and Kathy Hislip, Barrington, IL; Daughters and Son-in-law: Barbara Ann Cate, Dacula, GA, Patricia and Clarence Wallace, Buford, GA; 5 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; Sisters: Ruth Willis, Albany, GA, Julie Weatherby, Martinez, GA, Martha Sherman, Columbus, GA, Lillian Ramsey, Columbus, GA, Ruby Culpepper, Phenix City, AL, Dorothy Fussell, Jacksonville, FL; Brother: Charles Davis, Jacksonville, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Hislip was born in Dawson, GA. She was a retired sales clerk. She was a member of West Buford Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Bennett and Rev. Arthur Southerland officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,


Mr. Ronnie Humphrey, age 63, of Buford, GA passed away on November 15, 2005. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Briggs Humphrey, and parents, Buster and Emma Humphrey. Surviving are: Wife of 41 Years: Jackie Humphrey, Buford, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Brandy and Stephanie Humphrey, Suwanee, GA, Jerry and Stephanie Humphrey, Sugar Hill, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Jamie and Joe Appling, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Connor Humphrey, Shelby Appling, Luke Humphrey, Camille Humphrey, Jake Humphrey; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Donald and Shirley Humphrey, Carnesville, GA, Danny and Kathy Humphrey, Braselton, GA; Mother-in-Law: Mrs. Evelyn Turk, Buford, GA; Nephew: Donny Martine, Braselton, GA; Uncle: L. D. Humphrey; Aunts: Gaynell and Grady Stancil, Sally and Winton Johnson; Several cousins. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Sugar Hill with Rev. Charles Pirkle and Rev. Richard Mark Lee officiating. Interment in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Sugar Hill, GA. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Jimmy Greeson, Larry Higgins, Kenneth Overby, Randy Robinson, Tony Pendley, Junior Flanigan, Larry Johnson, James Reed, Harry Wilson and Paul Pirkle. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to Continue The Vision at First Baptist Church, Sugar Hill, GA in memory of Ronnie Humphrey. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Jewell Roberts Wells, age 82 of Concord, passed away November 15, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.



Helen M. Simpson, age 84 of Lawrenceville, passed away November 15, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.



Angie Robinson, age 60 of Lilburn, GA, passed away November 15, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home of Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.



Mrs. Linda "Lucy" Cochran, age 60 of Loganville, GA died November 15, 2005. She is survived by her son, Steve Cochran of Loganville; devoted mother and step father, Pauline and Carson Salyer of Conyers; sister, Juanita Worthey of Conyers; brother, Dewey L. Poteat of Reidsville, GA; half sisters and brothers, Norma Darby of Stockbridge, Peggy Bates of Conyers, George Clamp of Snellville, Raymond Clamp of Bethlehem. Mrs. Cochran was a mother to everyone, she gave of herself, asking nothing in return and was loved by everyone who knew her. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 19 at 11 am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Everett LeVelle and Rev. Jimmy Lee officiating. Interment at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Letter to the Editor

November 14, 2005

Officers honored for service ‘above and beyond'

By Ed Brock

Lakers begin play tonight

By Doug Gorman

Candy from strangers - Paul Frysh

Midnight Berry, Warm Winter Toffee, Twista Lime, Mintrigue, Mocha Taboo, Mandarin Mint.

Police vests: Confusion over their safety

By Justin Boron and Ed Brock

Woman in rough arrest gets $350K

By Justin Boron

Pets of the Week

November 17, 2005

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.

School officials could consider new transportation director

By Jeffery Whitfield

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