Entaire renews contract with former astronaut

DULUTH - Entaire Global Companies has announced it has renewed its contract with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin as its

Gwinnettians crowned in holiday pageant

MONROE - As the stage was decorated for Christmas with glistening lights and trees, the contestants took the stage to walk in their evening gowns to face the judges in the Pageants of Georgia's first Miss Christmas Celebration pageant.

The pageant was held Dec. 13 in Monroe, and 23 contestants participated in three age divisions: Junior Miss, Teen Miss and Miss.

Stephanie Garguilo of Snellville was crowned queen in the Teen Miss Division, and Olivia Diedrich of Sugar Hill was named first alternate.

Jessica Bennett of Snellville was crowned queen in the Miss Division, Mazie Smith of Snellville was named first alternate, Brittany Dudek of Snellville was named second alternate and Kaitlyn Jones of Winder was named third alternate. Jones was also named most photogenic.

Pageants of Georgia will host the first Miss Greater Athens pageant on Feb. 21.

For more information, visit www.pageantsofgeorgia.com.

Professor named university's top academic officer

GAINESVILLE - Long-time Brenau University history professor Jim Southerland this week begins his new job as vice president of academic services and dean of the faculty - the institution's top academic role.

Southerland replaces Helen Ray, who retired at the end of 2008 after 15 years at Brenau.

Southerland, who lives in Gainesville with his wife, Regina, previously was chair of humanities in the Brenau College of Fine Arts and Humanities, but for almost four decades has been a member of the Brenau faculty. He won the position on the unanimous recommendation of the university's four academic deans, said Brenau President Ed Schrader.

"Dr. Southerland is an institution on this campus," Schrader said. "People here know him and trust him to look at things dispassionately with the eyes, heart and soul of the scholar that he is. There is no better person to assume the role as the leader of the faculty at this critical juncture of Brenau University's evolution."

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