2012 Annual Chamber Awards Dinner
The 2012 Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner was held Tuesday night at the Butler County Education Complex. After the meal which was catered by Gone Fishin,’ Chamber President Jamie Chaney kicked off the awards ceremony. Mayor Linda Keown gave a commemorative thank you to outgoing board members Becky Hankins and Tracy Thornton Cowles. New board members are James Runion and Shirley Allen.
Highlights included Joyce Hammers being named Outstanding Senior Citizen. In outlining her many contributions, presenter Becky Hankins called Hammers “an icon” in the community. Hammers was visiting her great grandchild in Savannah, so her son Clark Hammers humorously accepted the award in Joyce’s behalf. (pictured above)
The three members of the Butler County Incubator Program – Greg Drake, Katheryn Jennings, and Dewayne McKinney – were honored with the Outstanding Community Leader award. The group has coached 12 potential businesses, leading to two businesses and possibly a third business opening in the city and county.
Butler County High School Senior, Jordon Bryant received the Outstanding Youth Achievement award presented by Superintendent Scott Howard.
Shirley Allen presented Earl Hartlerode with the Outstanding Community Volunteer award.
The Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award was given to Woody Moore. Butler County Extension Agent Greg Drake made the presentation.
Members of H.A.U.N.T. accepted the Outstanding Non Profit/Civic Group award on behalf of Haunted Asylum; presenter Wendy Givens said the group has raised $22,000 in 6 years for Shriners' Children Hospital.
Green River Waste was named the Outstanding Small Business of the Year, Shirley Flener accepted the award.
Mark Hood received the Outstanding Community Improvement award for the many improvements made to his properties, enhancing the city's appearance.
Gold Sponsors included: All Ease Chiropractic, Delta Faucet of Morgantown, Morgantown Bank & Trust, Morgantown Prescription Center, Morgantown Utilities, and Warren RECC.
Story by Don Thomason
Photos by Jeremy Hack