The Business of the Year Award was really "Businesses of the Year." Chamber members decided to honor Salem pharmacies -- Baker's Pharmacy, Guffey's Pharmacy and Salem Drug Company.
Scotty and Bobetta Baker have been chamber members for nearly 40 years, and were recognized for their involvement in programs which help Fulton County foster children.
Mark Guffey and his wife, Cristy, returned to Salem in 2010 to open Guffey's Pharmacy, after years of working for Walmart pharmacies. The Guffey's are also involved in the community, especially youth sports programs, and it was noted they are opening Salem's newest business -- the Salem Auction House, a monthly auction on Highway 62 at Young Road.
Darla York is in her fourteenth year operating Salem Drug Company, with the help of her husband, Ted. In presenting her award, it was noted York is also known for the large gift shop and soda fountain that accompany her pharmacy.
Charlie and Joann Miller, who were also in the pharmacy business in Salem, received the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Millers first opened in 1973 in the Skyvue Shopping Center and, in 1991, moved to the pharmacy connected to Salem First Care. They retired in 2010, selling to the Guffey's. The Miller's have also been chamber members and involved in community betterment for nearly 40 years.
Areawide Media Publisher Janie Flynn was honored as the chamber's Community Volunteer of the Year.
Before her award was presented, Flynn, a long-time chamber member, was described as a team player, who is always willing to take on challenges at moment's notice. An example of that was her last-minute appointment to organize the parade at last summer's Homecoming Festival. She did such a good job, she has been enlisted to organize the chamber's Christmas Parade on the town square in December.
Flynn, who has a demanding job, is also involved in the Hospital Foundation, 4-H and other community betterment activities.
The chamber's Educator of the Year Award went to Ted Kerley, who has been a math teacher at Salem High School for the past 18 years. Kerley was saluted for teaching methods that any child can grasp, and for always being available to help those who need it, whether basic math or Trigonometry.
Chamber President Nick Coleman called Kerley one of the most influential teachers he had in school, and praised him for caring for every student.
Kerley said successful teaching involved teamwork, and that he accepted the award on behalf of all teachers and administrators.
Bryan and Dana Guffey and children were also honored as the Fulton County Farm Family of the Year.