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Baggotts named citizens of year

The Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce announced its Citizen of the Year and Ambassador of the Year honorees on Thursday during its 2013 annual meeting and banquet.

The 2012 Citizen of the Year award was given to Jim and Carolyn Baggott who have lived in North Augusta since 1963.

Jim Baggott has served on the Aiken County Planning & Zoning Commission for 18 years; two terms on the Aiken County Council; and as a state constable for 21 years. He served as president of the North Augusta Jaycees in 1971.

Carolyn Baggott is a charter member of the Old Towne Preservation Association and was involved in the development of the Living History Park. She has served on the North Augusta City Council since 1991.

The Ambassador of the Year award was given to Brett Turner, the manager of Rhodes-Murphy North Augusta.

Turner has served on the chamber’s Ambassador Council since 2005 and on the chamber’s board of directors since 2008. He is a member of the North Augusta Rotary Club and the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.

Seminar planned on workplace law

The Greater Augusta Employer Committee will sponsor a seminar for employers on laws in the workplace.

The seminar for business owners, human resource managers, supervisors and entrepreneurs will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Augusta Career Center, 601 Greene St.

It will focus on various federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and laws regarding social media in the workplace.

The cost of the seminar is $25 per person and $20 for each additional attendee from the same organization. The deadline to register is Feb. 19 at www.gaec2.eventbrite.com.

NTSB: Reassess 787’s batteries

WASHINGTON — The government should reassess its safety approval of the Boeing 787’s lithium ion batteries, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, casting doubt on whether the airliner’s troubles can be remedied quickly.

If Boeing is forced to switch to a different type of battery, it would add weight to the plane – and fuel efficiency is one of the 787’s main selling points.

The aircraft maker did get some good news Thursday: It received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct test flights under limited circumstances with special safeguards. The tests are a critical step toward resolving the plane’s troubles. The airliners have been grounded for the past three weeks.

Boeing needs to test the batteries under flight conditions before a solution can be approved.

– From staff and wire reports


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