Not much of a public speaker, Dr. Dianne Lewis had to read from prepared notes Thursday when thanking all the people who helped her graduate from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Pastoral Education Program.
Luckily, no speech was required after she was named the Augusta area’s resident chaplain of the year.
The first-time award was dedicated to Charlie Norwood, the late congressman for whom the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center was named in 2008.
The Augusta metro area showed a net gain of 600 jobs in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 221,700 jobs in the six-county Augusta area. Gains were seen in health, education and hospitality, offsetting a loss of jobs in professional and business services.
Students went back to school in August, explaining job gains in local government and education and health services sectors.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective immediately.
“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a brief statement he read just outside the clubhouse at the Old Course.
One area haunted house is celebrating its season-opening today, while another is keeping its doors closed for 2014.
The Grovetown-based haunted house Nightmare Plantation released a statement on its Web site saying the attraction is taking the year off but plans to reopen in 2015.
“We closed the haunt due to weather and damage from the (February) ice storm that was worse than we expected,” Chasidy McGill said. “For safety reasons, we decided to not open this year and wait until the damage is fully taken care of.”