Blood Drive Monday, Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. WAYCROSS JOURNAL-HERALD South Georgia’s Greatest Newspaper THE EMPTY STOCKING Friday Was A Big Day For Christmas Charity Fundraiser DEBS DONATE 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 Journal-Herald 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) Mostly Cloudy 68/52Lo Moderate Chance Of Rain Hi —page 3— W h a t’s I n s i d e Vol. 96, No. 300 Billy Graham ____________ 4 Classified Ads ________ 14 Comics ________________10 ________________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! 75¢ 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 wjhnews.com Photo By MYRA THRIFT 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 president. 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 spokesman. 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. Johnson. 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 FILE PHOTO 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 reporters. A key question now is whether attacking children will undermine the sympathy many Pakistanis have for the militants. 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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) METHADONE MAINTENANCE THERAPY Call for a free confidential assessment today! 1766 Memorial Dr., Suite 3 Waycross, GA 31501 Phone 912-285-2658 look for signs Offer expires 12/31/14. www.tcaclinics.com We Can Help!
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