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Students get look at job choices on career day

NORCROSS - Students at Susan Stripling Elementary on Friday learned there is more to school than homework and tests, as more than a dozen professionals visited the school to talk about their careers.

More Georgia juniors pass graduation test

ATLANTA - More of Georgia's high school juniors passed the state's High School Graduation Test this year than last year, according to results released Friday by the state Department of Education.

Future opportunities

Norcross student wins $10,000 scholarship

NORCROSS - Norcross High School student Robert Powers has been awarded a $10,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship.

Stat soccer roundup: GAC boys rout Toombs County

NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian's top-ranked boys soccer team wasn't supposed to get a challenge on Friday afternoon, and that prediction held true.

Winder Fire Department's new rating could lower homeowners' premiums

WINDER - Winder homeowners might pay less money on their house insurance policies, thanks to the Winder Fire Department.

Prep roundup: Providence remains unbeaten, reaches state tennis semifinals

NORCROSS - The Providence Christian girls tennis team defeated Jefferson 4-0 on Friday in the Class A state quarterfinals at Hudlow Tennis Center.

Parrish scores all four goals as Grayson girls made Final Four

MCDONOUGH - For the first 60 minutes on Friday night, the Grayson-Union Grove girls quarterfinal soccer match was a highly entertaining, highly competitive affair.

State OKs hospital construction

BRASELTON - South Hall County residents will have a new medical office center by August 2008 and a new hospital by 2012.

Flying high

Suwanee officers to debut badges

SUWANEE - Suwanee police officers will soon be wearing the community on their chests.

Starting Monday, Suwanee police officers will have new badges featuring Suwanee's signature lamppost and its City Hall/police building.

Police Reports

Students charged with shoplifting

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Grayson High School students were arrested last week and charged with shoplifting.

Lasseter to seek seat on county commission

DULUTH - Duluth's mayor has some ideas for Suwanee and Sugar Hill, so Shirley Lasseter is stepping aside from the city government to try her hand at county politics.

Job losses spread into retail, financial services

WASHINGTON - Jobseekers had a harder time finding work last month as the economy cooled and wary employers added the fewest positions in two and a half years. The jobless rate edged up to 4.5 percent.

Geiger leads Parkview to rout of No. 10 Newnan

NEWNAN - When you make it to the third round of the playoffs, the games are supposed to be tough.

First weekend of May full of special events

Now don't go getting all excited. I didn't call May lusty. Lerner did. Or Lowe. Or whichever of the two did the lyrics for "Camelot."

City Hall taking shape, to open later this year

DULUTH - The last beams got a little decoration Friday, as officials and residents celebrated construction of Duluth's new City Hall, a vision 20 years in the making.

Letters to the Editor

Bush should admit that Iraq war was a mistake

President Bush is taking a stand that I believe he will regret as history will show. He needs to take a different stand on the war in Iraq as his plan did not work. I hope that he will find it in his heart to realize he made a mistake and take the leadership to change direction while he is still in office.

Eatery proposed for Lawrenceville train depot

LAWRENCEVILLE - Across the state, vacant train depots have been converted to police departments, welcome centers or ballrooms for special events.

OBITUARIES

FLOWERY BRANCH

WILD, WILLIAM

William J. "Bill" Wild, age 81, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away May 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

JEFFERSON

MARLOWE, GRACE

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Grace Jarrett Marlowe, age 93, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Friday, May 4, 2007 following a brief illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

MOSLEY, KATIE

Katie Mosley, age 18, of Jefferson, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away May 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BENTLEY, ELBERT

Elbert Mell Bentley, age 81, of Lawrenceville passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2007. He is survived by his son, Melvin Lynn Bentley of Lawrenceville; sister, Eva King of Auburn, GA; nieces, Louise Melvin and Shirley Hamrick; and nephews, Henry Bentley, Howard Bentley, Andrew Bentley and Otis Bentley. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 11:00a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley and Dr. Ronnie Spillers officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Walter Alford Sunday School Class. Burial will be at Bay Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Loganville. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

FULLER, JILL

Jill C. Fuller, age 53 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, May 4, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

PETERS, ERNEST

Ernest Peters, age 86 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, May 4, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Cline and Rev. Mark Davis will officiate. Burial High Lawn Memorial Park, Oakhill, West Virginia. A member of Yellow River Baptist Church, Mr. Peters was an WWII Army Veteran receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is survived by: Wife of 66 years, Velma Peters; Children: Ricky & Cathy Peters, all of Lawrenceville, Linda & Bob Peters, Burtonsville, Maryland, Connie & Danny Dyson, Hirham, Kathy Peters, Virginia Beach, VA; 5 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM, Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

SMITH, NORA

Nora A. Smith, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA., died May 3, 2007. She is survived by her Children and their Spouses, Larry Lamonte of Griffin, Margie & Ted Barnette of Auburn, Vernice Davis of Decatur, Linda & Tony Hill of Sharpsburg, Dixie & Mike Moon of Dacula, Daughters-in-Law Elaine Smith of Monroe and Carol Smith of Bethlehem, Son-in-Law James Harvey of Dacula, Brother-in-Law, Luke Streetman of Snellville, GA; 13 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren, Several Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Smith enjoyed arts & crafts, flowers and especially working in her vegetable garden. She loved her family and friends and was always available to sit with and care for people who were in the hospital or recovering from any illness. She was a member of Hinton Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her Husband, Dave Ralph Smith and Children, Harold Douglas Smith, Sue Harvey and David Gene Smith. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, May 6, 2007, at 2:00 PM at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. Billy Britt officiating. Interment Smith Cemetery in Bethlehem, GA. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00AM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770/963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

STREET, BILL

Bill D. Street, age 69 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, May 3, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, May 6, 2007 at Cross Roads Baptist Church, Lawrenceville. Pastor Matt Dibler and Rev. Lloyd Ferguson will officiate. A member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Lawrenceville and a Navy Veteran, Mr. Street worked at Life South in Gainesville as a Routeman and also worked with Mathis Dairy. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Street, Jr., and parents, Arthur & Rena Hathaway Street, Sr. He is survived by: Wife of 46 years: Irene Davis Street; Daughter & Son-in-law: Darlene Street & Clevon Travis Thomas; Son: Charles Lee Street, all of Lawrenceville; Brother & Sister-in-law: Jerry G. & Billie Jean Street, Lithia Springs; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Vivian Rollins, Atlanta, Jo Ann & Paul Hiatt, Orlando, FL, Doris & Donald Jackson, Douglasville; Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 12:30 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2007 at Cross Roads Baptist Church, 1391 Braselton Highway, NE, Lawrenceville, 770-962-1245 and from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at the Morris Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601, 423-282-1521. Funeral Services held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in the Chapel of Morris Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City, TN. Burial will follow at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

LILBURN

WALDROP, OTTO

Otto D. Waldrop, 65, of Lilburn, GA, died Thursday, May 3, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

PANAMA CITY, FL

BRYAN, ELIZABETH

Elizabeth "Betty" (DeCant) Bryan who was born in Ohio in 1943. She moved to Georgia in 1965. Betty passed away in her home on April 24, 2007 at the age of 63 in Panama City, Florida. Betty is survived by husband, Bob Bryan, her daughters, Tina (William) Elkins and Danette (Ralph) Jester. Grandsons, Allan, Michael, Alex, Timothy and Scott. Granddaughters Allison (Danny) Strickland and Amelia. Great grandsons Lane & Lucas. Betty was cremated in Panama City, Florida on April 27, 2007. Memorial Service to be held at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 3308 E. 15th Street, Panama City, Florida on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Chance of Northwest Florida, Inc., 222 E. Beach Drive, Panama City, FL 32401 in her name.*

Police: Stone was student memorial

DULUTH - Police say a granite stone found in an abandoned building in Duluth two weeks ago was reported missing five years ago from a high school's memorial garden.

State briefs

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.

Flying high: Dacula's Penk sets state pole vault record

ALBANY - There's a new name sitting atop the Class AAAA pole vault category of the record book and Erica Penk made it look easy.

Getting kinder and gentler to avoid laundry

It is not easy being married to the fearsome Woman Who Shares My Name. She makes me eat broccoli all the time, which I believe to be hazardous to my health, except she says things will be more hazardous if I don't eat it.

Even though we have dual heating and air-conditioning controls in the car, she is always reaching over and messing with my side because she wants the car's temperature to resemble the kitchen oven. I prefer that it feel more like your average freezer locker.

I love politics. She hates politics. She adores bargain shopping. I get the dry heaves just thinking about it.

However, my biggest problem is that the Woman Who Shares My Name has no understanding of the First Amendment or my right of free expression. None. Nil. Nada. Thomas Jefferson and his crowd could have better spent their time admiring each other's satin knee pants for all the good the First Amendment does me.

I thought I had learned in civics class at Russell High that Congress couldn't make any laws preventing my right of free speech. You-know-who was in the same classes, but she doesn't remember it that way.

Her interpretation is that it doesn't matter what the Founding Persons said, "If you don't want to wash your own underwear or balance the checkbook, you had better do what I say. Around here, I am the law." Looking back, I think civics class was a monumental waste of time.

Stars shut out Pike County to earn semifinal berth

LILBURN - The cloudy skies didn't keep the Stars from shining as top-ranked Providence Christian marched to a 5-0 win over Pike County on Friday night in the Elite Eight of the Class AA/A state playoffs.

Drouin goes out with bang; Machovec takes 2 titles

ALBANY - No story could end better than Jackie Drouin's.

Gwinnett grads: Locals take their shots at NFL camps

After three Gwinnett grads were selected in last weekend's NFL Draft, two more also joined NFL teams this week in hopes of making it in pro football.

Grace Marlowe

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Grace Jarrett Marlowe, age 93, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Friday, May 4, 2007 following a brief illness ...

Jill Fuller

Jill C. Fuller, age 53 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, May 4, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Katie Mosley

Katie Mosley, age 18, of Jefferson, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away May 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Otto Waldrop

Otto D. Waldrop, 65, of Lilburn, GA, died Thursday, May 3, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Ernest Peters

Ernest Peters, age 86 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, May 4, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Elbert Bentley

Elbert Mell Bentley, age 81, of Lawrenceville passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2007. He is survived by his son, Melvin Lynn Bentley of Lawrenceville; sister, Eva King of Auburn ...

Bill Street

Bill D. Street, age 69 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, May 3, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, May 6, 2007 at Cross Roads Baptist Church, Lawrenceville. Pastor ...

Nora Smith

Nora A. Smith, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA., died May 3, 2007. She is survived by her Children and their Spouses, Larry Lamonte of Griffin, Margie & Ted Barnette of ...

William Wild

William J. “Bill” Wild, age 81, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away May 4, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Elizabeth Bryan

Elizabeth "Betty" (DeCant) Bryan who was born in Ohio in 1943. She moved to Georgia in 1965. Betty passed away in her home on April 24, 2007 at the age ...