2016 FALL APPRECIATION BANQUET SET FOR OCTOBER 18
Tickets for the 50th annual Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce Appreciation Banquet are now on sale. The annual affair will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at the Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center (social hour, 5:30; dinner/program, 6:30). Tickets cost $35 and are available at the chamber office at 234 Broadway Street from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday.
Once again, another strong slate of honorees will be singled out for their contributions to the community and surrounding areas.
The Business Of The Year Award goes to Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance. Peoples Bank, long a stalwart in the banking community in eastern Ohio, purchased the First National Bank of Wellston and Jackson. They also purchased McNelly Insurance, Freedom Choice Benefits and Jackson Insurance and incorporated all three into Peoples Insurance. The various entities were then merged into a single, remodeled location on East Main Street which formerly housed the First National Bank offices in Jackson.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year is Higgins Steel Roofing. Since adding their location in Jackson on Acy Avenue, Higgins Steel Roofing has provided a valuable outlet to the construction community as well as the general public. They also have a location in Hillsboro.
The Community Pride Award will be presented to Jennifer Jacobs, the director of the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership. Since returning to Jackson two decades ago, Jacobs has been a leader in economic development in both the chamber of commerce and the economic development office, taking over the directorship seven years ago. She recently was instrumental in having the Gettles Industrial Park site named as one of the top 20 industrial park sites in Ohio.
The Meritorious Service Award will be presented to Rev. David Roach, pastor at the Jackson Christ United Methodist Church, for his contributions to the community since locating here nine years ago. Among his accomplishments has been to establish the Jackson County Homelessness Committee to help those needing immediate shelter, and he is currently working on establishing a medical service to help those who financially can’t afford other medical assistance.
The Welcome To Jackson Award will be given to Speyside Bourbon Cooperage. Jackson’s newest industry started production this year with the making of barrels in the former Merillat Cabinet Factory building on East Main Street and continues to grow in its operation.
Three businesses will receive Beautification Awards. Those are Midway Quick Mart, located at the corner of Huron Street and Burlington Road; OSCO on Athens Street; and Randall R. Adams, CPA. Midway Quick Mart enhanced its beauty with a fountain in front of its business along with other improvements; OSCO removed the former dairy bar on Athens Street and replanted the area with grass seed; and Randall R. Adams, CPA had a mural painted on the side of his building at the corner of Portsmouth and Pearl streets.
All new members who have joined the chamber within the last year will also be singled out while the chamber will honor its members who are celebrating anniversaries in their membership with the chamber this year. New members joining the chamber this year include: Bob and Terry Nicholson (individual membership); KEIBON Technologies, LLC; Southern Ohio Outfitters; Virtualdoctorcalls.com; Farm on the Ridge; Quality Pergolas & More, LLC; The Laurels of Athens; and Aaron’s Business Solutions, Inc.
Those celebrating special anniversary years as Chamber members include: Five Years: Fluor-B&W Portsmouth; JSM Design & Creative Services; and Wastren-Energx Mission Support, LLC. 10 Years: Family Dental Center; Jackson Medical Specialties/KDMC; Mrs. Betty E. R. Martin (individual membership); and Southern Ohio Monument Co. 15 Years: Portland Electric, Inc.; Foster Supply Co.; Lillian Jones Museum; Southern Hills Arts Council; Jackson Co. Agricultural Society; Ponderosa Restaurant; Toro Loco Restaurant; and Coleman Packaging Corp. 20 Years: Fantastic Sams; Miguel Christian Hair Salon & Day Spa; Hope Haven / J-VAC; andKroger Co. 25 Years: A&A Truck Stop; Bellisio Foods; The Days Inn; and Ohio Valley Bank. 30 Years: Cole, Kirby & Associates, LLC, and Warranty Title Agency; Four Winds Community; U-Store-It; and The Filling Station. 35 Years: Mrs. Phyllis Handley (individual membership). 45 Years: Jenkins Care Community. 55 Years: Jerry’s Jamestown Market. 85 Years: Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home. And those receiving special anniversary-year plaques, given in 10-year increments after 50 years, include: 50 Years – OSCO Industries; 70 Years – Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau; 70 Years – Stockmeister’s, Inc.; 80 Years – Jackson Implement Company; 110 Years – Jackson City Library; and 150 Years – PNC Bank.
2015 FALL APPRECIATION BANQUET
These persons accepted major awards at the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Appreciation Banquet Thursday evening, October 22. In the front row (from the left) are: Barbara Summers and Maxine Plummer of the Southern Hills Arts Council, Ron Speakman of the Jackson County Veterans Organization, Jackson County Engineer Melissa Miller, and Jackson-Vinton Community Action Agency Executive Director Cheryl Thiessen. In the second row (from the left) are: Tom McWilliams of the Jackson Monument Co., David Gillum of Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath, AluChem Vice President and General Manager Matt Painter, The Store/Filling Station/Quick Stop/Handy Mart Owner-Operator Jason Holzapfel, and Jackson Area Jaycees President Tom Long. In the third row (from the left) are: Coll Auto Sales owner Dan Morrow, Jackson Apple Festival President Donovan Workman, Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson, former Jackson County Engineer Brian McPherson, and Jackson Rotary Club President Sandy Borden. (Telegram Photos By Pete Wilson)
Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath (left) is obviously surprised and touched as Chamber Board members Rick McNelly (center) and Michele McMillen (right) are about to present him with a special Outstanding Leadership Award.