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Jefferson High School graduation

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DSC_0124The Jefferson High School Class of 2015 received diplomas during Friday night commencement exercises at Memorial Stadium.

See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below and see coverage in the May 28 print edition of The Paper.

Jefferson High School graduation 2015

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Mill Creek High awards 799 diplomas to graduates

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After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than to 11,100 students will be earning their high school diploma from Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and 799 of those grads walked across the stage on Markham Field on Thursday evening.

Lava Bashar Barwari accepts her diploma from Principal Jason Lane. With the help of a U.S. Army soldier who told her mother to use his name to get her infant daughter out of Iraq in 1996 reunited with the family before graduation and shared the occasion. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery below.

Lava Bashar Barwari accepts her diploma from Principal Jason Lane. With the help of a U.S. Army soldier who told her mother to use his name to get her infant daughter out of Iraq in 1996 reunited with the family before graduation and shared the occasion. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

The Mill Creek High School Class of 2015 was among the school district’s largest and most decorated to date. One of the graduates, Lava Bashar Barwari, had a special guest in the audience, the United States Army soldier who saw to it during the first Gulf War in 1996 that the young baby was able to leave Iraq with her mother, Awaz, whose name had been placed on a kill list because she worked for an American organization. A reunion of sorts took place prior to graduation and Barwari later walked across the podium to accept her diploma.

The seniors, accompanied by faculty, walked into the stadium to the cheers of family and friends as the Mill Creek High School Band, under the direction of Erik Mason, performed “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Faith Y Yim led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Senior Choral Ensemble, directed by Stephanie Archer, performed the National Anthem.

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Covington woman missing after car abandoned near Braselton

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 4 p.m. on May 21 from a resident on who reported a suspicious vehicle was blocking her Georgia Highway 124 driveway near Braselton.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, the vehicle, a tan 2001 Toyota Camry, was completely blocking the driveway and the motor was still running.

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An initial investigation determined the vehicle being registered to Julie Smith, 48, of Covington. The vehicle appeared to have recent damage including a missing rear tire. An immediate search of the area led to the discovery of clothing under a vehicle in a nearby neighbor’s driveway.

Information within the vehicle was obtained and contact was made with a friend of Smith who also lived in the Covington and that friend was able to supply Smith’s cell phone number. Her phone Smith’s phone was later located abandoned near the Beef O’ Brady’s Restaurant and Kroger in Jefferson.

A search on Thursday evening and Friday with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Aviation Section, Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Unit, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement K-9 Team and other local agencies has thus far not produced any additional information about Smith’s whereabouts and her welfare remains unknown. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding Julie Smith to please contact the Sheriff’s Office through 911.

Smith is described as a white female, 5-foot-3 and approximately 200 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes and was last thought to be near the intersection of Georgia Highway 124 and Georgia Highway 332.

Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. Also please remember that you can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706-367-3784 to report any criminal or suspicious activity.

NHRA: Brown, Wilkerson speed to wins at Atlanta Dragway

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Nitro-Gumout-TF BY CHARLES PHELPS
cphelps@clickthepaper.com
COMMERCE – If you were around Commerce last weekend, chances are you heard the roar of the engines coming from Atlanta Dragway as the NHRA’s best drivers returned to “Georgia’s House of Speed” for the annual Southern Nationals.
Speed wasn’t hard to find on Sunday for Top Fuel driver Antron Brown. The No. 1 qualifier raced his way to his second victory in the 2015 NHRA season. It is his fourth victory at Atlanta Dragway and first since 2013. Brown defeated Leah Pritchett in the finals, laying down a time of 3.887 seconds at 310.48 mph.
“The day was good, it was good; Not just today, the whole weekend,” said Brown. “We (the team) talked about it in pre-race before we got here and we know what we have been needing to do, but doing it is another thing.”

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Heart of Hoschton health fair held

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Sporting Hoschton Pride T-shirts during Saturday's Heart of Hoschton health fair was Karen Butler and Jennifer Kidd. See more scenes in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below. The City of Hoschton happening will be the grand reopening of the historic Hoschton Depot on June 13.

Sporting Hoschton Pride T-shirts during Saturday’s Heart of Hoschton health fair was Karen Butler and Jennifer Kidd. See more scenes in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below. The City of Hoschton happening will be the grand reopening of the historic Hoschton Depot on June 13.

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
The Heart of Hoschton Health Fair, planned as an annual event, was a huge hit for the city and the surrounding communities. It was the first one to be held, but it was a lot of fun for all.
Several vendors attended and shared their knowledge relating to healthcare as well as providing a handful of free opportunities for guests. A health fair is also a great way to allow community members to see what is available to them close to home.
A blood mobile was parked at the far end of City Square in front of City Square Pizza for those who decided to give blood.
The health fair was sponsored by Engineering Management Inc. (EMI). In-kind sponsors included Lawson Funeral Home, Sunshine Learning Center, B & B Tax Services, Boat Customs, Whole Foods, Wilco Printing, Griz Graphics and 123-Jump. Hoschton’s event planner Jennifer Kidd said the fair would not be possible without their help and hard work. She said she was very impressed with the health fair, especially since this was the first year it has been held.

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