This originally appeared in the Grayson Journal-Enquirer on Dec. 2, 2015.
Over 20 persons and organizations will be recognized this year with the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards.
Larena Dickerson was selected for the S.U. Pratt Community Service Award for her involvement in this year’s Memory Days.
The award is presented to an individual who has excelled at their work and accomplishments for the Grayson area community over the past year.
Millis Wolfe won the award for Business Person of the Year. He owns and operates Wolfe’s Wrecker Service.
Kerie Steele is receiving the Rodney T. Gross Youth Leadership award for her work in the Carter County Special Olympics.
It goes to individuals 22 or younger who have excelled in leadership and volunteerism.
Deborah Meenach-Combs is receiving the Keystone of Grayson Award. It is the Chamber’s “Hall of Fame” recognition.
The award honors those individuals who have contributed to the civic, educational, business or spiritual life of the Grayson area over a decade or more on a consistent basis.
Medical Professional of the Year award will be presented to Maria Baker Sargent, an advanced nurse practitioner at Bellefonte Primary Care.
Grayson Fire Department Dive Team won the award for First Responder of the Year.
Herbert and Becky Suttles won the Agriculture/Farm Family Award. They grow tobacco, corn and cattle on their farm on KY 1910 near Pactolus.
The agricultural award recognizes the importance of farming in the community.
The R.E. Applegate Memorial Award goes to
James “Jim” H. Fankell, Bethel “Bena” McGlone, Jay Watts “Dub” Newland, Hazel June Porter, Harold Holbrook, Harry Brown, Charles “Brud” Tolliver, Sr., Lawrence Bradley, James “Raymond” Carroll, J.W. Reliford, Jr., Donna Stephens, Jim Clark and Harold Eugene Johnson.
The Applegate Award is posthumous recognition of deceased persons who have contributed in a special way to the life of the community.
These honorees were recognized at a banquet on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in the lodge dining room at Carter Caves State Resort Park.