News for Wednesday, November 9, 2005


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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.

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.

Eating pizza and doing laundry - Michael Davis

You sort through it all. Likes with likes.

Now we're cooking or at least eating - Bob Paslay

I love food. When I am not eating it, I am thinking about it or talking about it. My friend and colleague Ruth Ann and I engaged in a brief conversation the other day, sparked by a press release about a company that is now marketing instant mashed potatoes with flecks of red potato skins in them to make it appear that mom slaved over a stove for you.

A baseball fan for life - Jeffery Whitfield

Think it feels like fall yet? Christmas wreaths are cropping up in department stores, cool weather is creeping ever closer to our doorsteps and college football is churning toward its final games.

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.

Letters to the Editor

Library board acted thoughtfully when it eliminated DVDs

Because of inaccurate information and emotional charges in the media and on the Internet, I felt the need to respond.

I am going into my eighth year as chairman of the Library Board of Trustees. During that time many items have come before the board requiring sound judgment based on factual information.

Many decisions have not been easy. Many affected family and friends as library customers.

But consistently, the good of the Gwinnett County taxpayer served as the check and balance, using a cost-benefit model.

The library staff works hard to make sound, cost-effective decisions and recommendations. One example that benefited all library users was the plan that allowed the library to offer Sunday hours year round without adding staff.

For the past 18 months, the staff has researched options for providing access to children's DVDs in a way that would encourage use of the collection while protecting the taxpayers' investment. They have implemented, monitored and changed strategies, but the strategies that encourage high use of this collection do not adequately protect it from a determined thief.

To be good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars, the staff reluctantly recommended elimination of this collection, and the board unanimously agreed.

While the library will no longer provide children's materials in the DVD or video format, it will continue to provide many other resources and programs to meet our customers' educational needs.

-Dan English


Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees

Libraries must adjust to life in 21st century

While libraries are adjusting to an evolving market, they must consider the patrons who fund and use the facilities. Where as a consumer can choose a different retailer if unsatisfied, a library patron does not have this choice.

Libraries have evolved from the traditional quiet academic environment to become a dynamic social center, thus ensuring a future role in the community. This facility serves as a DVD store, bookstore and coffee house alike.




Lovie G. Howell passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2005 at the age of 98. Lovie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Oscar Jack Howell, Sr. and her son and daughter-in-law, Oscar Jack "O. J." Howell, Jr. and Virginia Howell. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald G. and Mary Anne Howell, granddaughters, Dona H. Todd and Melanie H. Ferguson, grandsons, Jack Howell and Ronnie Howell, seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Lovie was born in Ripley, Mississippi on February 22, 1907. She was the youngest of eleven children. Lovie married Oscar Jack Howell on Christmas day, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama. She and Oscar moved to the Buckhead area of Atlanta in 1939 where she has lived in her Buckhead home since then. While in Birmingham, Lovie was an active member of the Eastern Star. She was a very involved and devoted member of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta since 1939. She served frequently as President of her Sunday School Class, Aliae. During her tenure as President of her class, Aliae was the largest Sunday School Class in Georgia. She served on many church committees and organized many events for her beloved church. Lovie was the founding member and President of the Peachtree Heights Garden Club. Under her leadership, the Peachtree Heights Garden Club won numerous awards and recognitions. Lovie had an amazing love and zest for life. She was devoted to her Lord, her church, her family and her many friends throughout her life time. Her positive attitude was always an inspiration to her family and friends. Lovie enjoyed every minute of her 98 years, and lived each moment to the fullest. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Her love will remain forever. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 10th, at two o'clock at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel with Reverend Charles Qualls officiating. Interment Crest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at one o'clock Thursday at H. M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-261-3510.



Mr. Billy Melvin Lee, age 64, of Jefferson, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.



Mary Alice Hiter Williams, age 82, passed away Friday, November 4, 2005 at ParkWest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born November 4, 1923 in Clarksville, Tennessee, the youngest child of Chester J. and Mamie Powers Hiter. She was a long-time member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and was retired from Castner-Knott Co. in Nashville. She was preceded in death by: her parents, sisters, Lucile Hiter Mitchell and Elizabeth Hiter Williams; and brothers, James Hiter, Sr., Russell Hiter, Sr. and John Hiter, Sr. Survived by: her husband of 63 years, Wendell Lamar Williams; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Wanda Williams; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Robert Evridge, all of Knoxville; four granddaughters, Amy W. Leslie and husband, Winston of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Melissa Williams of Washington, D.C., Katherine and Rebecca Evridge of Knoxville, Tennessee; and great grandchildren, Spencer, Skylar, Samuel and Zachary Leslie, all of Kodiak Island, Alaska; brother-in-law, Dennis Williams and wife, Wynette; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hood and husband, Kenneth, all of Snellville, Georgia; sister-in-law, Hazel Moon and husband, George of Monroe, Georgia and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Shannondale Assisted Living West in Knoxville for their loving care. A memorial service was held Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at Shannondale Retirement Center in Knoxville. Family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2005 at Wages Snellville Chapel, with graveside services to follow at Snellville Historical Cemetery. Donations may be made to: Calvary United Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Jack D. Ramsey, Sr., age 70, of Lawrenceville, passed away November 6, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.



Jeffrey Scott Coleman, age 37 of Lilburn, GA died November 7, 2005. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Jean Coleman of Grayson; sister, Jill Coleman of Watkinsville; grandmother, Mildred Witcher of Conyers and his dog, Abby. Mr. Coleman, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, was a Master Plumber and was owner/operator of Coleman Plumbing Company. He was a very kind hearted person and was a loving son, brother, grandson and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 11 at 2 pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. Howard Ramsey officiating. Interment Green Meadows Cemetery, Conyers, GA. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to your local Humane Society or a charity of your choice, in memory of Jeffrey Scott Coleman. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,


Mrs. Georgia Chloe McCoy, age 90, of Lilburn, GA, died November 7, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,


Mrs. Annie M. Rachner, age 73, of Lilburn, GA died November 6, 2005. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Mary Nancy Kilgore, age 92, of Roswell, died Tuesday, November 8, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.



Mr. Joseph Catlin, Sears, Roebuck & Company retired manager, died Saturday, November 5, at the age of 86. The memorial service will be at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 LaVista Road in Tucker on Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Catlin was born in Selina, KS, the youngest of 6 children. He served in the Air Force during WWII after getting his pilot's license in 1942. He was a charter member of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. After his service in WWII, he began his 38-year career with Sears in Kansas City as a Women's store manager. His career took him to Miami, FL and later to Tucker, GA as the Manager of the Fashion Center. Mr. Catlin worked in Tucker until his retirement from Sears in 1984. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. Jack Catlin. He is survived by wife, Joan Rawlins Catlin; son, Bobby & Kim Smith; grandchildren, Lacey and husband, Greg LeCroy, and Joe Smith of Tucker; sister, Mary Shook of Athens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gary & Bernice Graham of Garland, TX, Buddy & Jerry Rawlins of Snellville, GA, Becky & Johnny Rawlins of Snellville, GA, Jewell Mathis of Snellville, GA, Margaret Catlin of Lilburn, GA; many nieces and nephews including Dr. Pamela Catlin of Lilburn, GA and Jane, Michael and Katie Wright of Athens, GA; and special friends, Ruth Barnes, Norm & Hazel Voight and their families. His body has been donated to the Emory University School of Medicine. Anyone wishing to make contributions in Joseph's name should do so to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 LaVista Road in Tucker, GA or the American Diabetes Association, One Corporate Square, #127, Atlanta, GA 30329. Arrangements by Lowndes & McLane Funeral Home, Tucker, GA, 770-491-3021.

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.

‘Fired Up' challengers sweep the night

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Morrow incumbent holds seat in blowout

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Council unchanged in low turnout

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Fire destroys house in Rex

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