Keene named Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

Talk of fireworks, the awards presentations, and a review of the successes of the last 12 months were just a few of the highlights of the annual chamber banquet held at S&S Events in Nahunta Thursday evening.

Outgoing president Tim Sawyer took time to congratulate the chamber board and all of the chamber supporters on a year of activities that was unlike any in recent years during the Thursday, June 24 ceremony. He thanked Dr. and Mrs. Wade (Rosemary) Strickland for their continued support over the years and for sponsoring the meal for the evening.

Sawyer recalled several outstanding events from the past year including the November lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, the Centennial Celebration banners that were posed at various places throughout the county, the Centennial fireworks following the Christmas parade and the support received from the Brantley County Commission in helping to sponsor the banners and for providing funding for the fireworks.

“The county commission really stepped up big time and paid for the fireworks, which will add more savings for the membership,” said Sawyer. “We had numerous ribbon-cutting ceremonies welcoming new local small businesses.

More and more businesses are opening and that is exciting.”

Sawyer introduced Derrick Jones, who announced the creation of a new award for young people, the “Create Your Way” scholarship. Parker Bae Allen was named the recipient of the first such scholarship.

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