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

Play ball

Thumbs up this week to former Gwinnett baseball stars Blake Wood and Joey Side, who led Georgia Tech and Georgia respectively to this year's College World Series, for signing professional baseball contracts.

Wood signed with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and Side signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Class act

Buford school superintendent Sue Morris retired this past week after 33 years of working for the system.

In her three decades with the school system, Morris has been the principal of three different schools: Buford Academy, Buford Elementary and Buford Middle School.

Now Rachel Adams, Morris's daughter, is the principal of Buford Middle School. Her assistant principal is Julie McBryant, the daughter of Morris's former assistant principal. Even the school's head custodian is the son of the custodian who worked there when Morris was principal.

As superintendent, Morris prided herself on visiting between two to four schools every day. In the evenings, she rarely missed Buford football or basketball games and could be spotted enjoying students' choral and orchestra performances.

She plans to spend the month of July relaxing and traveling. Then Morris will return to the school system, working part-time as a school improvement specialist.

Water, water, nowhere

Thumbs up this week to state officials who called for and residents who adhered to stricter rules regarding outdoor watering.

Georgia's environmental chief Wednesday banned outdoor use of water statewide between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The midday ban was added to outdoor-watering restrictions in place since Georgia suffered through a four-year drought that ended in 2002.

Under the restrictions in place statewide since 2002, homeowners and businesses with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Those with odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.


Down the drain

A faulty gauge caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to unknowingly release billions of gallons of water from Lake Lanier, Gwinnett County's main water source.

As a result, the lake at Gwinnett's northern tip is actually two feet lower than earlier reported by the federal agency in charge of the 38,000-acre impoundment.

Instead of three feet below full pool, the lake is five feet short of being full.

Two weeks ago Georgia officials criticized the Corps of Engineers for not keeping more water in Lake Lanier and warned its water levels could reach record lows this summer and cause water shortages in metro Atlanta.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and others said too much water was being released at Buford Dam to benefit endangered species downstream in Alabama and Florida, when instead it should be stockpiled for the summer dry season.

Georgia sued the Army Corps in federal court this week over those releases, including the some 22 billion gallons of water the agency drained by mistake.