2012-02-16 / Front Page

Wilkes STAR student to be honored at annual Chamber dinner tonight

The Wilkes County STAR Student and teacher will be honored Thursday night at the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

The annual dinner will honor Washington-Wilkes STAR student Joel Fair and his choice as STAR teacher, Eric Holton, Chamber Executive Director Jenny Clarke said, in addition to the chamber’s annual awards for Small Business of the Year, Big Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

Award nominations and voting come from the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including President David Toburen, Treasurer Carol Jackson, Secretary Doug Abramson, and board members Herb Jones, Robbie Ross, Alan Soto, Angie Strother, and Nobie Keener.

At last year’s annual chamber awards ceremony, Holton was honored as Citizen of the Year for his work in and out of the school system, and businessman and school board chairman Ricky Callaway was named the Volunteer of the Year for his efforts to bring the agricultural community into greater involvement in the Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival.

Last year’s Small Business of the Year was Tena’s Jewelry and Gifts, and the chamber’s choice as Big Business of the Year was Rayle EMC. The chamber’s Pioneer Award went to Ashley Barnett, Wilkes County’s first tourism director.

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