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Friday Was A Big
Day For Christmas
Charity Fundraiser
Waycross, Ga.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Christmas arrived early, or so it
felt like to the administrators of
the Journal-Herald Empty Stocking Fund Friday.
A big, big day for the fund saw
the grand total shoot up to close
to $10,000!
The latest donations:
Littlefield Construction $1,000
In Memory of Jack and
Margaret Williams . . . .$100
Debutantes . . . . . . . . . . . .$100
In Memory of the Late
Journal-Herald Editor James
A. “Jim” Pinson, Nelle
Pinson and Frances
Quarterman from Jennifer
Pinson Harvey . . . . .$50
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,647.48
Empty Stocking donations are tax deductible
and may be delivered to
the Journal-Herald office
at 400 Isabella St. or
mailed to:
Empty Stocking Fund
P.O. Box 219
Waycross, Ga. 31502
The Empty Stocking Fund
raises money each Christmas season to fill human services needs.
The Empty Stocking money is
(see FUND, page 8)
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W h a t’s I n s i d e
Vol. 96, No. 300
Billy Graham ____________ 4
Classified Ads ________ 14
Comics ________________10
Dear Abby ______________ 4
Editorials ______________ 5
Extended Forecast ______ 3
Family News __________ 11
Legal Ads __________ 12-13
Obituaries ______________ 3
Sports ________________ 6-7
Bristol Baptist
The Bristol Baptist Church
altar (todayʼs masthead
photo) is joyously decorated
for Christmas! Attend Sunday morningʼs 11 oʼclock
Christmas cantata service
and you are bound to get a
blessing! The choir has
been rehearsing, and Scott
and Kathy Cooper, husband
and wife, will each sing a
solo! Merry Christmas!
Obama Vows
To Respond
To Korea’s
Hack Attack
Says Sony Was Wrong
To Pull Satirical Movie
In Memory of
William H. Smith . . . .$1,000
In Memory of Heyward and
Christine Sadler and
Malachi and Mary Ellen
Murphy from Hazen and
Mary Sadler . . . . .$200
Members of the Waycross Debutantes and Waycross Junior Debutantes donated $100 to the Empty
Stocking Fund Friday morning.
Dubutantes, Junior Debs Help Fill Stocking
The Waycross Debutantes and Junior Debutantes were thrilled to give
back to the community by donating
$100 to the Empty Stocking Fund.
The chairperson of the debutantes
and junior debs, Dr. Shawanna B.
Johnson, said, “The ladies of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are very
proud and honored to be working with
and mentoring such a giving and talented group of young ladies.”
The 2014-2015 Waycross Debutantes include Tanshanique Toombs,
Teyouna Bryant, Shankeria Fletcher,
Samone Bell, Varena Jackson, Ja’Mecia Davis, Zaria Harris, Aliysha Waiters, Chardonnay Clements, Unique
Cooper, Phila Bryant, Danielle Cohen,
Mercedez Cobb, MarTeisha Ashley
and Jahaira Johnson.
The 2014-2015 Waycross Junior
Debutantes are Jonteveah Scriven, Nilyeah Godwin, Talliyah Miller, Olivia
Holmes, Aliyah Benefield, Chelsea
Croom, Ja’Mese Batton, Andiyah
Bolds, Jazmine Wallace, Lushandria
Hicks, Angel Nelson, Ashley Bowden,
Tyona Wright and Brionna McRae.
The debutante program is sponsored
by the ladies of the Waycross Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Minister Brenda Veal is the
The debs and junior debs have participated in several events in the community during the months of
November and December, such as the
Oak Street Festival, “Sew On and Sew
White To Speak Jan. 1
At Emancipation Event
The Black Action Committee,
Inc. will present the annual observance of the Emancipation
Proclamation signing on Thursday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Dominion Ministries, 300
Mary St., Waycross.
The pastor of Kingdom Dominion Ministries, the Rev. Carlos White, will be the speaker for
the occasion.
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President
Abraham Lincoln, on the first
day of January 1863. It was Lincoln's declaration that all slaves
would be permanently freed in
all areas of the Confederacy that
had not already been returned to
federal control.
Some say President Lincoln
didn’t issue the Emancipation
Proclamation to free slaves but
to save the Union. In any event,
most slaves were set free as a result.
“Each year, we gather to commemorate the signing of this
document,” said a local
Everyone is invited to celebrate the historic event.
On” Workshop hosted by Tammie
Thomas, Staying Healthy and Fit
Workshop hosted by Dr. Rhonda
Williams, technology workshops
hosted by Angelo Staten, the Waycross
Christmas Parade, the fourth annual
clothes give-away and several “Sister
to Sister” bonding sessions hosted by
Dr. Shawanna Johnson.
“The ladies of the Waycross Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Inc., debutantes and junior
debutantes would like to express a
heartfelt thank you for all of the support Waycross, Ware, Pierce and Brantley counties and all surrounding
counties have shown them,” said Dr.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack
Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film
about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader.
He declared the United States would respond “in a
place and manner and time that we choose” to a
hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the
communist government.
Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said at a
year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. ... We cannot have a society in
which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship.”
Obama said he imagined situations in which
dictators “start seeing a documentary that they
don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.”
The president spoke not long after the FBI accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the hacking attack against Sony,
providing the most detailed accounting to date of
the expensive break-in. Obama’s pointed criticism
of Sony shifted focus to whether the studio would
reverse its decision, as some leading celebrities —
including actor George Clooney and comedian
Patton Oswalt — have recommended.
“Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant
damage. There were threats against its employees.
I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced,”
he said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they
made a mistake.”
The administration earlier in the day formally
accused North Korea’s government of being responsible but offered few hints about how it might
retaliate. Its evidence: The U.S. detected communications between computer Internet addresses
known to be operated by North Korea and hacking
tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI
Wongʼs Meals To Go
To Many Blood Donors
Pastor Carlos White is to
speak at the Emancipation
Proclamation program here
Jan. 1.
(see HACK, page 8)
Have you ever eaten at
Wong’s? Do you like their fare?
Many people think it can’t be
beat for restaurant food.
If you donate blood Monday at
the Red Ross blood drive at the
fairgrounds, there is a likelihood
that you will win a valuable
Wong’s coupon.
Heidi and Paul Tang, Wong’s
Palace proprietors, have donated
$400 worth of Wong’s restaurant
coupons to be given to donors at
Monday’s drive.
The drive is from 9:30 a.m.
through 7:30 p.m.
As the Red Cross color ad in
Friday’s Journal-Herald pointed
out, 20 donors will win a $15
Wong’s gift certificate while five
donors will take home a $20 certificate each.
The Tangs and Wong’s have
for many years been solid supporters of the local blood drives.
The Tangs have never — as best
as can be determined — said
“no” to a request for an accommodation. The Waycross Area
Blood Drive Volunteers are just
one of hundreds of causes to “hit
them up.”
“I want to help,” is Paul
Pakistan Continues To Make Militants Pay
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan
hanged two convicted militants Friday in
the country’s first executions in years,
while warplanes and ground forces
pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest
region bordering Afghanistan — part of a
stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.
Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the Taliban threatened
earlier Friday to kill more children if executions were carried out as promised.
“We can create a mourning situation at
the homes of many army generals and
politicians,” spokesman Mohammad
Khurassani said in a statement emailed to
A key question now is whether attacking children will undermine the sympathy
many Pakistanis have for the militants.
Analysts say the Islamabad government
needs strong public support to continue
the fight against insurgents in the northwest.
Many Pakistanis believe the militants
are holy warriors taking up arms against
Pakistan only because the government
aligned itself with the unpopular U.S.-led
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war in Afghanistan. A network of seminaries and religious schools promote religious hate, and some of their leading
clerics command widespread respect in
the country.
Maulana Abdul Aziz, a radical cleric in
Islamabad, warned in his Friday sermon at
the famous Lal Masjid mosque about a
backlash in the event of executions.
Aziz expressed his sorrow over the
schoolchildren’s deaths but also called for
ending the operation against the Taliban in
the tribal regions of North Waziristan and
Khyber. He called the Taliban “our broth-
(see GIVE, page 15)
ers” and warned that if the military continues its bombardment, “there will be a reaction.”
But there were signs, albeit small, that
this type of speech will find a tougher audience in Pakistan after Tuesday’s attack,
when militants strapped with explosives
broke into a military-run school in Peshawar and killed 148 people — almost
all of them children.
A few hundred people protested Friday
night outside the Lal Masjid mosque, calling for an end to support for the militants.
(see PAKISTAN, page 8)
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