Originally created 10/06/01

Mayors to talk on character



AIKEN - Augusta Mayor Bob Young, along with mayors from across South Carolina, has made plans to come to Aiken on Tuesday.

They will join a forum to discuss what has and hasn't worked since Aiken's Community of Character initiative was established in January 1999.

Each of the 28 invited cities and towns either has started or is interested in starting a Community of Character program.

The first of its kind in South Carolina, the initiative stresses virtues such as honesty and kindness in dealing with others.

The program does not endorse any specific religion, however.

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh said he believes the grass-roots initiative - slowly catching on in other U.S. cities - has shown results in its three years in Aiken.

"Since that time, the Aiken Community of Character movement has seen positive community support in several areas," Mr. Cavanaugh said. "For instance, through the work of 15 local women's clubs, we have recognized almost 700 students of all ages for their good character. The idea has spread in many ways throughout the community in the business, education, faith and government sectors."

Mr. Cavanaugh said he hopes the information-sharing forum becomes an annual event.

Reach Eric Williamson at (803) 648-1395 or scbureau@augustachronicle.com.