(MITCHELL) - The Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night honored a few area residents for their dedication to the community.
The chamber honored its annual Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year. The awards are selected by the chamber board from nominations it receives.
Board member Teresa Reynolds presented the Volunteer of the Year. She said a volunteer is a person who freely offers to undertake a task. She said this year's recipient has a long history of volunteering in addition to being a life-long resident of Mitchell. He has been a Boy Scout, a softball coach, a blood donor, photographer, repairman and a volunteer firefighter. But most recently, after being a victim of a burglary, he approached newly elected Mayor Gary Pruett about establishing a Neighborhood Watch program in Mitchell. She then introduced a person she knows very well - her best friend and husband, Perry Reynolds as the Volunteer of the Year.
Brian Ferguson had the honor of presenting the Business of the Year. He said this business has roots in Mitchell dating to 1903 and the parent company dates back even further in southwestern Indiana. It stresses customer relations and serving the communities in which it is located. The current staff has more than 232 years in the Mitchell location and 90 percent of its employees have over 25 years of experience. It is deeply rooted and continues to serve its customers and its community through the use of its facility for community functions. The 2013 Business of the Year award was presented to Bloomfield State Bank.
Krystal Shetler then presented the Citizens of the Year award. This year's award went to a duo where one is rarely seen without the other. They serve in their church, in the business community and the veterans of the area through the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary. He is known for his sausage gravy at the Presbyterian Church May Day breakfast and she is alongside doing her part in the kitchen, greeting patrons and with kind words. The 2013 Citizens of the Year are Lee and Eunice Hupp.
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