Mrs. Sue Thaxton Moore, age 80, of Jackson, Ga., passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Spalding Regional Medical Center. She was born on Monday, April 8, 1935 in Jackson, Ga. to the late Carl Claude Thaxton and the late Eunice Viola Maddox Thaxton. Sue was a member of Towaliga Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her son, Rusty Huggins; brothers, Bobby Thaxton, Edgar Thaxton; sisters, Nellie Thaxton Hooten, Florence Thaxton Ward, Melba Thaxton Couch and Annie Thaxton Johnson.
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The criminal jury trial calendar set for July 13-17 has been cancelled and jurors do not need to report for jury duty.
After reviewing the potential trial calendar, the trial week was cancelled due to an extremely small number of cases that are currently pending and will be ready for trial on the criminal trial calendar. None of the individuals who are anticipated to be on the trial calendar for July 13-17 are currently in the Lamar County Detention Center awaiting trial.
“Therefore, in the interests of judicial economy and financial costs for the court and Lamar County, the criminal jury trial week is hereby cancelled,” wrote superior court judge William A. Fears in an order issued July 1.
After the death of one beloved family member recently, his survivors debated whether to talk to the newspaper about their ordeal.
“If it will help somebody to know what we’re going through, and help them support their own family members who are diagnosed with cancer, we’re ready to tell the story,” said Patty Johnson, whose brother John Stacey Curry, 51, died of widespread cancer in his liver, lungs and abdomen.
“My brother was diagnosed in July 2014 and the doctors said he could live about a month without treatment, or six months with treatment. He had both radiation and chemo, and made it almost a year,” Johnson added. “I have a doctor’s appointment soon and I’m having every test I can have. Everybody should pay attention and if there is any cancer, catch it early.” [Full Story »]
In The Herald Gazette office, my desk is about as far from the front door as it’s possible to be. But when the late judge William Thomas came to visit, I could immediately recognize the stentorian tones of his amazing voice. Usually I would dash up to the counter so I could say hello.
I will really miss that – and a lot of other things about Will Thomas. I think of him in the three words that defined my conversations with him: faith, courage, wisdom. He and Jean were among the first friends I made when we moved to Milner 10 years ago; we were working with the Friends of the Library Milner and the Sociables luncheons at Milner Methodist.
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In light of a ruling Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring same-sex marriages legal in all states, some local pastors are standing by the Biblical injunction against same-sex relationships, married or not. The pastors are commenting they want to be understood as loving people, not homophobes or bigots, whose definition of marriage remains between a man and a woman.
In the legal system, the probate court has received new marriage license application forms, changing “bride and groom” to “applicant 1, applicant 2.” About 18 months ago, the probate court stopped performing marriage ceremonies. [Full Story »]