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Esco named to homeland security advisory panel

BRASELTON - Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco has been named to Area 7 All Hazards Council, an advisory panel for Georgia's homeland security issues.

'A good start'

Engagement Announcements

Massingill - Gauthier

G. Dale and Patricia A. Massingill of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Rachelle Massingill, to Mark Tyler Gauthier, son of Sandra M. Osborne of Lawrenceville and Mark R. Gauthier of Snellville.

Little noticed medical flap has consequences

A tug of war between doctors and hospitals expected to be fought out in the General Assembly a year from now has been flying well below the radar of most Georgians.

Turning the pages of a few good mysteries

Sometimes, life can use a little more mystery - or in my case, mysteries. I got especially caught up in "Slipping Into Darkness" by Peter Blauner (Little, Brown, $24.95).

Literary Calendar

Tuesday

Ken Smith, the author of "Mission Octagon," will discuss and sign his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. The event is free. Visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

Marketplace

Honors and Achievements

Rosa Guerra recently received Hampton Inn's "Spirit of Pride" award, the brand's most prestigious honor for an associate of one of its 1,400 Hampton Inn hotels nationwide. Rosa is only the second person from Georgia to win the award in several years.

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. has been named to Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. At No. 20 in the rankings, the employee-owned engineering and planning firm has nearly 2,000 staff in 54 offices, including Gwinnett.

Police to get replacements for unsafe vests

LAWRENCEVILLE - The federal government has ponied up thousands of dollars to replace unsafe bulletproof vests for local law enforcement agencies.

The Brainy Bunch

Schools should teach right from thong

OK, so maybe I was wrong. Judging from the response to my recent column, "No uniform solution to crack problem," maybe we do need school uniforms. But not for students. For teachers.

Consider an e-mail from a local Girl Scout volunteer. She wrote to say that when the girls were choosing a topic recently for their essay merit badge, they decided to write about something to which they had all been exposed repeatedly: their elementary school teacher's thong.

Seems the teacher has a fondness for this particular style of undergarment, especially worn in tandem with low-rise jeans. Evidently, she owns them in a variety of colors, too, a piece of information that is readily available to her students each time she bends over. And, according to the Scouts, she bends over a lot.

One teacher's pathology aside, this e-mail raises a much broader question: Before we worry about whether students are dressing appropriately, shouldn't we make sure teachers are setting a good example?

Right now, the Gwinnett County School Board's entire dress code for teachers consists of a single policy statement: "The expectation of the Board is that all staff members dress in a professional manner." In all fairness to the teacher mentioned above, the policy does not specify which profession.

Of course, the problem of young female teachers' dressing and behaving provocatively is an old one indeed, predating Mary Kay Letourneau by at least a hundred years. School board policies from the 1800s, for example, warned young teachers not to display their ankles. I don't believe the word "thong" had been invented yet.

But it's not just young female teachers who should pay closer attention to their attire. Requiring teachers to wear uniforms - something that would cover both the ankles and other, less mentionable body parts - would eliminate a number of sartorial faux pas, such as:

•Polyester coaching shorts. If uniforms for teachers become a reality, no child will ever again have to be exposed to the sight of some middle-aged, paunchy football coach's hairy thighs.

• Festive holiday garments. For a grown man to wear a tie depicting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer should be against the law, or at least a violation of any civilized dress code.

• Stirrup pants. That these have been out of style since 1994, combined with the fact that they never looked good on anyone over 11 years old anyway, should eliminate them from the approved wardrobe.

I know teachers won't exactly be thrilled at the idea of having to wear uniforms, but they must understand that the school board just has their best interests at heart. Besides, once board members have made up their minds, they don't want to hear arguments about personal dignity and individual freedom.

As far as they're concerned, it's just the same old thong and dance.

E-mail Rob Jenkins at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com.

Friendship Road may get wider

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Chris Dunbar moved from Sugar Hill to south Hall County three years ago, he knew the two-lane road in front of his subdivision would be widened.

Voices in business

Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Helping Katrina families become Gwinnett families

It all begins in October when the kids pull out the scarecrows and scary stuff. November brings Thanksgiving with its pumpkins, gourds and nuts. Before we know it, the Christmas ornaments come out and the house turns from spice tones to red and green. When New Year's finally rolls around, I find myself relieved to box up the holidays and store it all away until next year. This past season, however, was different. The IMPACT! Group met many parents over the past few months who were dealing with some of life's greatest stresses. I found myself thinking of them as I packed away the decorations my children had made over the years, and I ached for the parents who no longer had these reminders of days gone by.

At The IMPACT! Group, we regularly work with families striving to make it through major stresses such as family break-ups, job loss, economic hardships, personal disability or illness. These events soon lead to families losing their health care, their homes and their hope that things will get better. For those who come to the IMPACT! HomeOwnership Center after missing only one or two mortgage payments, we have a strong success rate of preventing foreclosure. And for all who come through our doors, we can at least work on recovering their hope for better days.

Fire briefs

Grease fire starts in kitchen

GRAYSON - A grease fire originating on a stove spread throughout the kitchen of a Grayson home until Gwinnett firefighters arrived at the scene Saturday morning.

The owner of 445 Flowering Trail evacuated the two-story house because of fire and smoke but was uninjured, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

No one injured in apartment blaze

NORCROSS - Gwinnett firefighters responded to a grease fire at a Norcross apartment Saturday morning.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw light smoke showing from 3911 Elmside Village Lane, but no injuries were reported, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Clothes dryer catches fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - A clothes dryer at a house caught on fire Saturday morning, causing heavy smoke but no injuries.

Firefighters arrived at 931 White Oak Court at 3:09 a.m. and assisted with smoke removal, said Thomas Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Smoke causes store evacuation

SUWANEE - A Best Buy store was evacuated Saturday morning after smoke was detected.

Firefighters arrived at 2780 Horizon Ridge Drive, but did not see the flames and instead had to search for the fire by tracking the smoke odor, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

BURGESS, JACK

Mr. Jack (J.B.) Burgess, age 76, of Auburn, Georgia died January 28, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770-867-1361. *

BUFORD

MITTELMAN, MARTY

Marty Mittelman age 81 of Buford, Ga, died January 27, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100. *

HARTWELL

HOLCOMB, ESSIE

Essie Freeman Holcomb, age 78 of Hartwell, died January 27, 2006. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home in Hartwell, Georgia.*

SUGAR HILL

GARNER, ANIL

Anil Garner age 47 of Sugar Hill died Friday, January 27, 2006. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Karlene Garner; Daughters-Sarah and Anna Garner, of Sugar Hill; Parents-Ord and Dollie Garner, of Norcross; Brother-Kari Garner, of Arcade; Sister-Rene' Eubanks, of Chuluota, FL. Mr. Garner was of the Baptist Faith. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to "The Garner Children Fund" at any branch of Bank of America. The family will receive friends Monday, January 30, 2006 from 6 - 9 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.

REED, CAROL

Carol A. Reed, age 47, of Sugar Hill, Georgia died Friday, January 13, 2006. She is survived by: Daughter: Chelsea A. Jeffers of CA; Brother: Edgar P. Reed of NY; Sisters: Linda R. Tsien of CA, Tracy Reed of NY. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. at Hope and Life Fellowship, Snellville, GA. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel (770) 469-9811.

SUWANEE

MUELLER, KAREN

Karen Lynn Mueller age 52, of Suwanee, GA passed away on January 28, 2006. 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 *

WINDER

LOVIN, ANGIE

Mrs. Angie H. Lovin, age 95, of Winder, Georgia died January 28, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770-867-1361. *

Picking up steam

Glut of bills weighing down eminent domain debate

ATLANTA - The General Assembly's strategy to protect private property rights in Georgia this year started in an orderly manner.

Snellville student county's top speller

HOSCHTON - Kayla Arnold didn't know what sanguine meant when she spelled it to win Gwinnett's countywide spelling bee Saturday. But the Snellville Middle School eighth-grader was certainly sanguine during the competition.

Program changing the lives of Gwinnett residents

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett resident Florina Arroyo no longer worries that her children may not get the nutritional food they need to be healthy. She can now feed her 6-month-old and 4-year-old children milk, eggs, cereal, tuna, cheese and other healthy foods as a participant in the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

American dreams

Two young musicians pave their own path to fame

"How old is she, again?"

Remembering when people mattered more than parties

WASHINGTON

The stench of partisanship is so strong in Washington these days that it is difficult to remember that it was not always the case that Republicans and Democrats were at each other's throats. But, in truth, there was a time when friendship and simple human compassion were far more powerful than any political differences.

Mall of Georgia area getting Buford Auto Sales

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column that appears in the Sunday business section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Douglas Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Bannister's move thwarted on regional board

A year after establishing a new wave of leadership in Gwinnett County, Charles Bannister wanted to take the county's new direction downtown.

Mifsud posts game-winner for Gladiators

The Gwinnett Gladiators overcame a 3-1 second period deficit to knock off the Columbia Inferno 5-4 on Saturday night at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina as Scott Mifsud posted the game winner with a little over five minutes left in the final period.

Officials plan to raise bar for Ga. 324

LAWRENCEVILLE - Higher development standards could be coming to Ga. Highway 324, which starts near the Mall of Georgia and runs through the Hamilton Mill area.

Artists put stamp on their work

The Buford School of Art is sponsoring an unusual art show for teenagers. Students are invited to express themselves by using mail as their canvas.

The school is inviting Gwinnett students to design and send in original postcards and envelopes for their "Mail in Art Show and Sale." They can also use different media like redesigned ads, CDs and collages.

Gwinnett home to largest WIC provider in state

LAWRENCEVILLE

Steering people toward eating nutritional food in a country stocked full of country-fried chicken, cheeseburgers and sugar sprinkled cereals is no easy feat, but that is exactly what the federally funded program for women, infants and children (WIC) aims to do.

Office Max in Lilburn closing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Office Max Inc. is closing its Lilburn store, a spokesman said Friday.

Thompkins scores 1,000th point as Wesleyan rolls past Hebron 62-27

NORCROSS - Talented sophomore Howard Thompkins surpassed 1,000 points for his career as Wesleyan rolled past Hebron Christian Academy 62-27 on Saturday.

County, city differ over annexation

LAWRENCEVILLE - An annexation and rezoning request being considered by the city of Dacula has angered some county officials.

20-year-old idea of commuter rail gaining momentum

ATHENS

Here's an innovative idea to battle the traffic-choked commute from Gwinnett to Atlanta: Build a passenger rail line stretching from the city's downtown to Athens, a railway that could carry 8,000 passengers a day, create high-paying job centers and spark Atlantic Station-like developments along the 72-mile route.

Gwinnett grad makes the big game

He left the University of Georgia as the winningest quarterback in college football history, and the victories haven't stopped for David Greene. In his first season in the NFL, the South Gwinnett graduate has made it to football's biggest stage as the No. 3 quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Drive-through windows get update

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There's a new arms race in the fast-food industry: competing to see who can deliver faster and better service to customers pulling up to the takeout window.

Thumbs up

The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

It's almost time to get ready to Relay for Life in Gwinnett

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Students clean up family cemetery in Lilburn

LILBURN - Of course, Jennifer Taylor knew there would be headstones. After all, she was cleaning a cemetery.

New Recorder's Court building opens Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Traffic court will have a new address, beginning this week.

Road closures

•Bogan Road from Harmony Elementary School to Hamilton Mill Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March for safety improvements to include curb and gutter, sidewalk and a multi-use path.

Wedding Announcements

Sansing - White

Stephanie Leigh Sansing and Frank Henry White were married June 4 at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Scott Allen Sticksel of Amarillo, Texas.

Jones, Black power Collins Hill past Stephenson 57-46

STONE MOUNTAIN - Superstitious by nature, Collins Hill junior guard Jordan Jones got so frustrated with her outside shooting game that she altered her pre-game ritual Saturday night before the Eagles showdown with Stephenson. Now she may have a new pre-game ritual.

Jones tallied 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Shantell Black added 15 points to power top-ranked Collins Hill to a 57-46 victory over second-ranked Stephenson Saturday night in non-region girls basketball action.

Brookwood girls win again; Parkview takes county boys

ATLANTA - The victory margin was smaller than ever, but that didn't matter to the Brookwood girls swimming and diving team on Saturday night.

Tea doubles audience at Aurora

DULUTH - Authentic British tea, bone china tea cups, fairy cakes, blue ribbon biscuits and women with British accents can now be found before every Saturday matinee performance at Aurora Theatre in Duluth.

Filling the void

The ax finally fell on Ford's Hapeville plant.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5: Baseball registration for boys age 3 to 14 at Buford City Park is Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5. The fee is $85. Registration is also available at www.bufordsports.com. Call Wayne Lancaster at 770-560-5376 for more information.