Originally created 10/06/04

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Today in regional history:

Oct. 6, 1976

AIKEN - Donnie J. Williams is no longer administrator of Aiken County. By a 4-3 vote, he was fired from his position at the conclusion of a public hearing last night.

The same four councilmen who voted a month ago to fire Mr. Williams stood their ground despite numerous citizens speaking out in support of the administrator.

The councilmen cited conflicts with the administrator and questions about some purchases he made in their move to oust him.

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

LECTURE: David H. Connolly Jr. will speak on the Explorers of the Post-Revolutionary South: Northern Migration to an Alien World during the Augusta Museum of History Brown Bag History series at noon. The series is free to members and costs $3 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For information, call 722-8454.

HEALTH FAIR: The Department of Nursing of Augusta State University will offer free health services at the annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christenberry Field House. Flu shots will be available. For information, call 737-1725.

THURSDAY

POLITICAL FORUM: A political forum will be held at 7 p.m. at East View Community Center, 644 Aiken St. The forum will include Don Cheeks, Charles Walker, Harold Jones II, Swain McElmurray and Pete Warren. The forum is sponsored by the East Augusta Neighborhood Association Inc.

BEST OF AUGUSTA BASH: Augusta Magazine's Best of Augusta Bash will be held at 6 p.m. at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery. There will be winning restaurants with food samples, performances by bands voted best in their category in the reader's poll and more. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $17 at the door. The Best of Augusta After Bash show at the Imperial Theatre is free with admission ticket or costs $5 without the ticket. For more information, call 823-3722.

Editor's Note: On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax. Marks Church Road Improvements

ESTIMATED COST: $2.3 millionLOCATION: Marks Church Road from Wrightsboro Road to Wheeler Road, including bridge replacementWHAT IS IT? A project to widen the road to three lanes, replace the existing bridge, and construct a curb, gutter and sidewalksFor more information on the tax projects, visit: www.augustachronicle.com.

TABLE MANNERS

Follow these tips to avoid embarrassment during dinner or in a business setting:

  • Rolls and bread are one of the few foods that can be eaten with your fingers, even at a formal meal. However, it is inappropriate to break the roll in half, butter it and eat it. Instead, break off bite-size pieces, butter and eat them one at a time.

  • Don't use a toothpick. If something is stuck in your teeth, drink some water.

  • Ice cubes are not an edible part of a drink.

  • Men should always wear undershirts under dress shirts. When wearing an open collar, make sure it is buttoned high enough, or wear a V-neck undershirt so that it doesn't show.

  • Women should choose earrings that are simple, yet elegant, and should wear only one pair at a time. Men shouldn't wear earrings.

  • At a social function, name badges should be worn about four inches from the right shoulder. The idea is that people are already reaching for each other's right hand when being introduced, and having the badge on the right makes it easier to spot a person by name.

  • To make a good first impression, follow the Rule of 12: The first 12 words you speak should include some form of thanks; the first 12 steps you take should exude confidence; the first 12 inches from the top of your head down should be impeccably groomed; the last 12 inches, from shoes up, should be well-maintained.
    Sources: Etiquette consultants Ann Marie Sabath and Maria Everding
  • TABLE MANNERS

    Follow these tips to avoid embarrassment during dinner or in a business setting:

  • Rolls and bread are one of the few foods that can be eaten with your fingers, even at a formal meal. However, it is inappropriate to break the roll in half, butter it and eat it. Instead, break off bite-size pieces, butter and eat them one at a time.

  • Don't use a toothpick. If something is stuck in your teeth, drink some water.

  • Ice cubes are not an edible part of a drink.

  • Men should always wear undershirts under dress shirts.

  • Women should choose earrings that are simple and should wear only one pair at a time.