Thorndale honors top citizens

Chamber president Brian Morton (L) discussed  last year’s accomplishments,   looked to future for local businesses.  Chamber president Brian Morton (L) discussed last year’s accomplishments, looked to future for local businesses. THORNDALE—A “behind the scenes” volunteer and a longtime business owner were among the honorees last Tuesday when the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2010 awards.

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.

Agribusiness

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.”

From left, honorees Trey Felton, Sarah Lincoln, Jordan Heine, Newton Butts, Jerry Biar. (Not pictured are honorees Billy, Darren and Gavin Biar.) From left, honorees Trey Felton, Sarah Lincoln, Jordan Heine, Newton Butts, Jerry Biar. (Not pictured are honorees Billy, Darren and Gavin Biar.) “Anything we do to help the farmers in the Thorndale area we’re here,” Biar said in picking up his award from Becker.

Student, farmers

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.

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ccomplishments

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.


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