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The ogansville e News THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2001 lkust Has Quarter SouthTrust Corporation (NASDAQ: SOTR) has ]uarter. Earnings were $142.1 or $0.41 per diluted share, for the third quar- of 2001. Earnings and earnings per diluted share up 16.8 percent and 13.9 percent, respectively to the third quarter of 2000. Third-quarter marks the 43rd consecutive quarter of increased "SouthTrust's third quarter performance is very : recent inclusion in Barron's Group' of the 65 companies that produced the consistent and highest earnings growth among all companies during the past 10 years," said Wallace Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of "We continue to feel good about the fourth quar- and about 2002," he noted. Jones W-ms Sweepstakes sales associate with Coldwell Banker Realty's Fayette County office, was a top win- in the Coldwell Banker "Drive Home A Winner" conducted last fall. Ms. Jones, who is a resident of Hogansville, was a winner, marking the second consecutive year Fayette office has had winner in the yearly sweepstakes. W'dl Join in "Ranger Exchange" Nancy Simko has been chosen to represent FDR's White House in a ranger exchange program ini- tiated this year with the National Park Service in Hyde Park, New York. The NPS operates FI)R's home, Eleanor's home, the FI)R Presidential Library and Museum and the Vanderbilt Mansion there. One of their rangers, Diane Boyce, will be working at the Little White House while Nancy is filling her shoes at Hyde Park. Dates of the exchange are Nov. 3-12. Simko She was chosen because of her exten- sive knowledge of the Roosevelts and For the past three years, Ms. Simko has portrayed ;rate Park, at Dowdell's Knob, ; and at Bulloch Hall in Roswell. has indicated that they would like for her to Eleanor at her Hyde Park Home. Opens in Chattanooga J. Smith Lanier & Co., one of the country's oldest largest independent insurance brokerage firms, opened its first office in Chattanooga. The compa- )rovides commercial property and casualty insur- and employee benefi* services to employers. The located in the Krystal building, represents major md claims administrators for employers. The firm also has an office in Manchester. Gary Ivey, Chief Operating Officer of J. Smith & Co., will serve as the Managing Director of Chattanooga office, in addition to the company's office. Headquartered in West Point, the company was in 1868 and now has more than 375 employees. Career Scholarships Offered BUSINESS MATTERS The Rotary Club of Meriwether County is offering }s for West Georgia Technical College to residents. Three scholarships are available for anyone want- to become a licensed practical nurse and one for a g senior in any vocational field. Scholarship applications are available at the schools, Baptist Meriwether Hospital, West Georgia Ce or from any Rotarian. Holds Membership Drive The Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce has new membership drive. For more information on the chamber, contact Jaynie at (706) 655-2558 or e-mail at jaynienes TRANSmON - John Hayes (right), "the Home Builders Association Georgia, received a plaque expressing the appreciation from Eddie Lusher, new of the organization. The new slate of asso- officers was installed at the organization's meeting, held at RCS in Fayetteville. 800 Attend Utilities Meeting Flint Energies held its 64th annual meting October 4 at the Flint Energies Utility Building, across from its headquarters in Reynolds. More than 800 members and guests attended the busi- ness session of the electric cooperative that serves cus- tomers in 16 central Georgia counties. The business session included reports from Vice- Chairman John Neely, President CEO Joe B. Cade, SecretarylTreasurer William Brown, and Billy Jerles, General Counsel. During the election certification process, incumbents Jane Perfect, Elko (Area IV, Post I); David H. Cleveland, Fort Valley (Area VI, Post I); John J. Neely, Butler (Area II, Post I); and Paul E. Hibbits, Warner Robins (Area VII, Post II) were reelected for another three-year term. The event concluded with prize drawings. Grand prize winners were Ivis Bedrick of Warner Robins, from the attendee drawing and Hubert Phillips of Warner Robins, from the mail ballot partici- pants drawing. Both received $1500 worth of Flint Energies gift certificates each for use at Flint Energy Stores or to pay their energy bills for the year. Entertainment was the comedy routine of "Nadine and Mildred," played by Beth Cleveland of Fort Valley and Karen Ray of Perry, the wife of Assistant Secretary of State Bob Ray. Following the meeting, attendees enjoyed a free bar- becue lunch catered by Finchers. Flint Energies, incorpo- rated in 1937, is a customer- owned electric membership cooperative that provides dependable energy services to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in parts of sixteen central Georgia counties. To date, Flint Energies serves more than 200,000 Georgians through more than 64,000 meters, 5,300 miles of distribution line, and seven strategic locations. DYNAMIC - A number of area high schoolers are getting a head start on their post-sec- ondary education this year at Flint River Tech. Helping the pro- gram off to a smooth start are (Seated), Dr. Coy Hodges, Flint River Tech President, left, and Robert Patrick, Talbot County Superintendent; standing, Christopher Hightower, Flint River Tech Prep Coordinator and Kathy Love, Flint River Tech Vice President. 'Win-Win Situation' Program Helps Students Get Early Start on Career Training Over 60 high school students from Upson-Lee High School, Taylor County High School, Manchester High School, and Central High School in Talbotton are get- ting a head start on their post-secondary education this year. A Dual Enrollment pro- gram held during the day at the Flint River Techni College campus will enable these high school juniors and seniors to eaxn tech- nical college and high school credit for the courses taken, thus providing a seamless transition from high school to college. Kathy Love, Vice President at Flint River Techni .c01 College said, 'The college is pleased to partner with the K-12 systems in this area to offer state-of-the-art tech- nical training. High school students are given the opportunity to receive occupa- tional training that is otherwise unavail- able at their home high schools, making this type of arrangement a win-win situa- tion for all concerned." Programs of study available through the Dual Enrollment program include: Aircraft Structural, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics Technology, Construction, PC Maintenance and Printing and Graphics. The program supports the state trend of a higher per- centage of students pursuing the Career and Technology high school diploma - even students who are also pursuing a College Prep diploma. National career data reflects that 60-80/@ of the jobs in the nextdecade will require specialized technical training beyond high school but do not require four- year coilege degrees. For more information contact Dr. Karen Hill at 1-800-752-9681 or 706-646-6148. Lanier Ranked 33rd in Nation West Point-based J. Smith Lanier & Co., one of the country's oldest and largest independent insur- ance brokerage firms, was recently named as the 33rd largest publicly held insur- ance broker in the country and 13th among private brokers. The company, with rev- enues of $41.3 million in 2000, moved up from 35th last year in the prestigious Business Insurance maga- zine's Brokerage Rankings by Revenue. Business Insurance is a highly regarded national weekly trade magazine serving business execu- tives in corporate and self- insurance programs. According to D. Gaines Lanier, President and CEO of J. Smith Lanier & Co., "The people of J. Smith Lanier take great pride in being recognized in this national forum. We contin- ue to devote ourselves to building an even better, stronger book of commer- cial and personal lines of insurance, as well as finan- cial and benefits services." Founded in 1868, J. Smith Lanier & Co. is head- quartered in West Point and has offices across the south including Manchester. No Exoxse for Lack of BusLness Etiquette By Loci Canterbury The case can be made that the small business owner is the busiest and most over- burdened person in the busi- ness world, even more so than the fast-paced executive. Therefore, why would he take the time to worry about social skills and proper business eti- quette? Who's watching any- way? The answer is everyone is watching, especially cus- tomers and clients. Good manners matter today just as they did years ago at moth- er's table. When small busi- ness people are looking to close the deal, get the job or impress potential clients, proper business etiquette takes front row, says Deborah Mendenhall, staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Webster's defines eti- quette as "the practices and forms prescribed by social convention or by authority." If this def'mition is too stuffy, try the simpler southern def- inition, which reads, "know- ing how to act right and behave when you're f'min' to take care of business." What it lacks in grammatical accu- racy, the southern definition makes up in practical, old fashioned common sense. The term "business eti- quette" encompasses a wide variety of social behaviors and situations, from dining and proper introductions to the use of cell phones and e- mail. While the more tradi- tional skills are important, the etiquette of proper commu- nication can no longer be ignored. Terri Eager, co-owner of Magnolia and Ivy Tea Room in Columbus and Cuthbert and a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington, said in the last few years she's seen a resur- gence of interest in proper etiquette from the business community. She believes this new interest is a result of the communication and technol- ogy revolution we are expe- riencing. Not only do cell phones and e-mail create etiquette "situations," but consider also the do's and don'ts of video conferencing speaking phones, afiswering machines, vome mail, and pagers. There's no big secret to understanding the rules of behavior for today's commu- nication avenues; it is basi- cally common sense and courtesy. However, for those who still are a little unsure about what to do and what not to do, here are a few point- ers. Turn off or quiet cell phones and pagers when in a meeting or other social func- tion. If necessary, let the host know if an important call is expected, then take the call outside the room when it is received. Keep cell phones out of sight; they do not belong on a table in a meeting or restau- rant. *Sign all e-mails and include contact in, formation. E-mail messages, just like voice mail, should be kept brief and concise and do not automatically invite a first name salutation. .proofread e-mails. Bad grammar and spelling errors portray a less than desirable image to most message recip- ients. Remember - the writ- ten word lasts forever. Do not send an e-m_aft in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This is the equivalent of yelling. *During video conferenc- ing, keep all movements to a minimum. When conducting a con- versation with several indi- viduals via speaker phone, be sure to introduce all parties. *Be prepared to reach the intended party when making a business ca. Do not assume voice marl will pick up. When using voice mail, outgoing messages should be brief and businesslike and recorded in the person's own voice. It is also recommend- ed to make that caller aware of a "shortcut" to skip the actual message if this feature is available. qt's the age of telecom- munications, and we're all dependent upon some form of communication-related technology - cell phones, voice mail, e mail, fax, speak- er-phones, conference calls, and pagers. These provide an expedient and convenient means of keeping in touch with your company and clients from your office, home, or the road. However, it is vital that you learn to hone your technology-relat- ed skills, including etiquette," says author Marjorie Brody. As small businesses go forth in the communications age, it is best not to lose sight of the human connection. Protocols will continue to emerge, but the Golden Rule will always apply: communi- cate unto others as you would have them communicate unto you! (Lori Canterbury is a busi- ness consultant in the Columbus office of the Georgia Small business Development Center (SBDC) Network. To find your local SBDC, call the state offe at (706) 542-6762.