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Salem Chamber Banquet honors locals

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo by Emily McIntosh The Educator of the Year Award went to Jim and Sue Bicker, who have been teaching in the Salem School District for many years. The award was given by Holly Pate.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet was held Oct. 22 at the Hickinbotham-Miller Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The tables were decorated with beautiful fall arrangements from Patty Sanders of After Ours Floral. The evening began with a social hour and silent auction. Karrol and Vicki Fowlkes provided an array of "hors d'oeuvres" for those attending. The hour was spent visiting and looking for bargains from Salem area businesses on the silent auction tables.

The barbecue for the dinner was provided by Representative Curren Everett with sides from White Oak Station and Town & Country Super Market. No Buns BBQ provided the dessert. After the meal, Chamber President Holly Pate presented the 2009 awards.

The business award was presented to Christy Shaver co-owner of Shaver's Plumbing and Hardware. Christy and her brother Billy are third generation owners of the business which was started by their grandfather John Shaver in 1963 in his home on Highway 9 South. Christy and Billy assumed ownership of the store in 1999 after the death of their father. The store carries a wide variety of plumbing and hardware merchandise and is always a supporter of the Salem community.

Photo by Emily McIntosh The Salem Chamber of Commerce annual banquet was held Oct. 22. At the banquet, many chamber members and residents were honored including Jim Short who was given the honor of Community Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was presented by Jerry Estes.
Jim Short, a local attorney and owner of Short Title Co., received the community service award. Jim is also a third generation Salem businessman. He is a supporter of all chamber projects as well as many other community service projects.

Jim and Sue Bicker received the Educators of the Year award. The Bickers have a combined teaching career of 66 years. Jim taught for 30 years before retiring and Sue has taught for 36 years and will soon be joining Jim in retirement. Except for a few years early in their teaching career in Missouri, they have spent their teaching years at Salem High School. Jim taught American History, Geography, World History, Economics, Global Studies, and Civics and Sue teaches English and Spanish. They are both very involved in church and community projects.

Janie Flynn presented an award to the 2009 Farm Family of the Year, the Devin and Janet Smoot family of Mammoth Spring. The Smoots and their daughters Sierra and Shyannia operate a beef cattle farm in the Fryatt community. Part of the farm was owned by Janet's grandfather. In addition to farming Devin serves a safety coordinator for Burlington-Northern Railroad and Janet is employed by Mammoth Spring School. The girls are active in school athletics, 4-H and FFA.

Photo by Emily McIntosh Christi Shaver and Billy Shaver accepted the award of Business of the Year for Shaver Plumbing and Hardware.
Jason Miller from First National Banking Company was introduced as a new Salem Chamber of Commerce board member. Jason will join the board on Jan. 1, 2010. Holly Pate will serve another term as president; Sherry Jackson is vice president; Carolyn Lewis is secretary; and Patricia Watkins is treasurer. Other board members are Vicky Bishop, Malinda Coffman, Dixie Harris, Mary Hughes, and Karen Plumlee.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce board of directors want to thank everyone who helped make the 2009 Awards Banquet so successful. A special thanks goes to those who donated the food and items for the silent auction and to those who purchased items. Funds from the auction will be used for chamber community projects.

Photo by Emily McIntosh The Fulton County Farm Family of the Year Award was presented by Janie Flynn of Areawide Media to Devon Smoot. Smoot said his family was unable to attend the banquet.

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