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Movers, shakers lauded at banquet

The annual community awards banquet, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce was held Jan. 23 at the Barnesville Civic Center. (Realtime coverage of award winners was provided from the banquet by Walter Geiger and Kay Pedrotti) ***************************************** Citizen of the Year: Kenny Roberts, Barnesville city manager Businessperson of the Year: Bill and Susan Lindsey, attorney at law Career Woman of the Year: Kelly Hughes, manager, B-LC Library Volunteer of the Year: Rev. Jimmy Fambro, Hope Tree Foundation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Maj. Craig Cooper, BPD Farmer of the Year: Kelly Haddock, poultry producer Firefighter of the Year: Charlie Muise, volunteer firefighter STAR student/teacher: Jesse Waters/ Jewel Filipovich ***************************************** Community volunteers and other standouts were honored at the chamber’s 31st annual Community Awards Banquet at the Barnesville Civic Center Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was presented by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers Organization. Other awards presented were Farmer of the Year by the Barnesville- Lamar County Farm Bureau, Career Woman of the Year by the Barnesville Rotary Club and the Britton Cauthen Firefighter of the Year Award by the Barnesville and Lamar County fire departments. The chamber sponsored two awards, the Outstanding Citizen and Business Person of the Year. The Lions Club presented the Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees for Outstanding Citizen included Leonora Ginn, former council member, historian and lifetime Barnesville resident; Kenny Roberts, Barnesville city manager; Dr. Bill Truby, Lamar County schools superintendent. Nominees for Business Person of the Year were William and Susan Lindsey of the Lindsey law firm, and Maj. Paul Stinson, teacher and JROTC instructor/coordinator for Lamar schools. Nominees from the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year included Maj. Craig Cooper, Barnesville PD; Deputy Adam Rowell; School Resource Officer Joe Sims and Sheriff Brad White.

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