Chamber to honor BLOY

By Nicholas Elmes -

The King Chamber of Commerce will honor local volunteers, business leaders and students at its annual awards banquet tonight.

This year the chamber has chosen Mark Hampton as the 2015 Business Leader of the Year.

Chamber Director Cathy Loveday said the Business Leader of the Year is picked through a committee process which allows nominations from all of the chamber membership and then approved by the Chamber Board of Directors.

“We felt like Mark was very involved in the community and he is always there to donate and be there to support different events,” said Loveday. “I know we can always call on him.”

Mary Etta Gentry will be honored as the 2015 Retired Community Leader of the Year.

The 2015 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award will be given to the King of Spades Garden Club.

The Chamber will also honor students from each of the county’s five public schools as well as a student from Calvary Christian School as Future Business Leaders of the Year.

Logan Persinger has been chosen from Calvary Christian School, Justin Inman has been chosen from the Stokes Early College, Brandon Simmons has been chosen from Meadowbrook Academy, Bailey Taylor has been chosen from West Stokes High School, Meredith Smith has been chosen from South Stokes High School and Elijah Childers has been chosen from North Stokes High School.

The annual awards banquet will be held tonight, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Church of Christ. Tickets for the event are no longer for sale. For more information on all of the people recognized as well as pictures from the event, please next week’s edition of The Stokes News.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes

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