Wildfires force schools to seek waivers for missed days

•WAYCROSS - A vast wildfire raging in southeast Georgia for nearly three weeks came at a terrible time for Ware County schools, which had to shut down for eight days during a critical testing period.

Superintendent Joseph Barrow said Friday he's asking the state Board of Education to waive any makeup days for his 6,100 students so Ware County can end its school year as planned May 18. The board meets next Thursday.

The largest wildfire on record in Georgia has burned more than 96,000 acres, or 150 square miles, of forest and swampland.

High-schooler fatally shot near MARTA station

•ATLANTA - A high school athlete who had received recruiting letters from several universities was fatally shot after walking home from a MARTA train station in an apparent robbery.

Kyle Moore, 17, was shot about 10 p.m. Thursday after walking home from the Lakewood/Fort McPherson train station. He died later at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.

A recruiting letter in Moore's bookbag helped police track down his mother, Lynn Carter.

Police: Burglar killed by veteran

•AUGUSTA - A man authorities say had broken into an Army officer's home to steal guns was shot to death by the Iraq war veteran, who had come home early.

Capt. Barre Bollinger told police he returned from work about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and found his house had been ransacked, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Thomas Johnson said.

Bollinger, who is stationed at Fort Gordon, entered his bedroom and noticed that guns were missing.

He grabbed his SKS rifle and called 911, Johnson said.

''While on the phone with 911, he sees the suspect approaching his back door,'' Johnson said. ''Because he believes the man now is armed with his stolen weapons, Mr. Bollinger fires at him three times.''

Errol Lavar Royal, 29, was shot at least twice in the stomach area. He was later pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

- From wire reports