Thorndale honors top citizens
Sarah Lincoln was named citizen of the year. Presenter Angie Becker praised Lincoln as a “behind the scenes person” but added “tonight we’re bringing her up front.”
Newton Butts, owner of Butts Dry Goods, was named business person of the year.
Butts has owned the 78-yearold business, which was started by his father, since 1954.
Sharing the agribusiness of the year awards were Trey Felton of Rodenbeck’s Farm & Ranch and Jerry Biar of Thorndale Co-Op & Gin.
Felton, who returned to Thorndale and purchased the business from his grandparents after a career in the U. S. Air Force called the decision “the best I ever made.”
More members of the Biar family shared the farmer of the year award.
Becker said Billy, Darren and Gavin Biar shared that honor.
“They have 2,500 acres in crops and run cattle on 800 acres of pasture,” she said
Jordan Heine, a senior at Thorndale High School, was named student of the year. Becker read from a lengthy list of her student accomplishments.
Brian Morton, Chamber president, read a list of accomplishments during the year, including a recent downtown car-motorcycle show which drew large crowds.
Felton, Chamber vice-president, served as master of ceremonies.
Others on the program were Susan Drabek, Chamber Secretary Darleen Tucker and the reigning Miss Thorndale, Lisa Wuensche.
Other 2010 Chamber directors are Brenda Niemtschk (treasurer), Joe Blanton, Lily Dennis, Ray Dennis, Jerry Lecroy and Misty Morton.