Georgia News Roundup
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Job fair to be held in DeKalb for people over 50

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — State labor officials plan to help with a job fair in DeKalb County for workers who are at least 50 years old.

The Georgia Department of Labor says it plans to assist the AARP with a job and resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.

Department staff will be on hand to give applicants information about writing resumes and interviewing skills. Other resources at the fair include information on health care, housing and social media.

Participants must register online before the event, should bring several copies of their resumes and are asked to dress appropriately for interviews.


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Vietnam veterans to be honored at Georgia Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials are preparing to honor a group of veterans at the state Capitol building.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Services says Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to honor 12 Georgians who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their service in the Vietnam War on March 25. Officials say Deal will issue a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Georgia.

Officials say several organizations including the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, the West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society and others are expected to be on hand for the event.

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Atlanta to host construction career expo

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers of a construction career expo in Atlanta say the event is aimed at closing a skilled labor gap in the state.

The Governor's Office of Workforce Development and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia are hosting a convention March 13-14 to give students a chance to explore possible career paths and network with employers across the state. The showcase is being hosted at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Governor's Office of Workforce Development Director Ben Hames says the expo is part of the state's larger mission to build a skilled workforce for the future.

Organizers of the expo say more than 7,000 middle, high school and college students are expected to attend the event, along with representatives from more than 300 companies.

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Suspect in Georgia convenience store slaying in custody

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a woman suspected in the death of a northwest Georgia convenience store clerk has been taken into custody and charged with murder.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Gavin Duffy says the 21-year-old woman was arrested at a Bartow County residence Tuesday.

Whitfield County sheriff's Capt. Rick Swiney said the suspect, Skyy Raven Marie Mims, tried to flee when officers converged on the residence but was quickly apprehended.

Jail records show that Mims, whose last known address is Detroit, was being held in the Whitfield County Jail on a murder charge. The jail records do not indicate whether she has an attorney.

Whitfield County sheriff's deputies responded to a service station on Airport Road in Dalton Sunday night and found 37-year-old Dahyabhai Chaudhari dead on the floor.

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Wind gusts of 40-45 mph possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.

Forecasters say even stronger gusts -- up to 45 mph -- are possible in a half-dozen counties in the north Georgia mountains.

The National Weather Service said wind advisories covering much of the state would be in effect through early Thursday morning.

Forecasters say the strong winds could bring down trees and branches already weakened by this winter's ice and snow storms.

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Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that restoration of the century-old posts on the north campus began this week.

On Monday, workers began removing the 10 lampposts in front of the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building on North Campus and soon plan to start the renovation process with hopes of putting them back in time for summer graduation.

The project involves slightly repositioning some of the lights, putting in new circuitry and also updating the lamps with light-emitting diodes.

The original cast iron lampposts were installed in June 1914 by the Athens Rail and Light Company. They were the first row of electric lights at UGA and the first significant outdoor electric lights in Athens.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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