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Don’t forget to cast your vote

By By Adam Prestridge
This year Atmore residents may go to the poll to elect a new president, but every year the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce needs your vote.
The votes sought are not for political purposes, but rather to acknowledge the citizens that made Atmore what it is today. The Chamber simply wants to recognize those citizens that have gone the extra mile and your nominations for Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient are needed to do so.
The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s deadline for nominating a Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement recipient is this Friday.
Chamber executive director Emilie Mims told the Advance last week that because the banquet is later than usual, people have a little extra time to nominate someone for one of the awards.
The award winners will be announced at the Chamber’s 62nd annual banquet slated for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Atmore Area YMCA &Community Center.
Nominations are due to the Chamber office by Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.
Last year the Citizen of the Year award went to two Atmore residents, Earl Bryant and his wife Marilyn.
According to Mims, the Chamber began the Citizen of the Year award presentation in 1978. The award recognizes the individual who has made contributions to Atmore for the year designated.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Betty Warren at last year’s banquet.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone who has made contributions to the Atmore community over his or her lifetime. The award was established in 1996 when the late Dr. J.B. Thomas was the first recipient.
Nominations for either award should be delivered or mailed to the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 501 South Pensacola Ave. by 4 p.m. Jan. 25.
Who do you believe is fitting for these noteworthy awards? They may be a family member, supervisor, co-worker, neighbor or friend.
So cast your votes today.
Adam Prestridge is publisher of The Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.