Bradley County recognized its top citizens, educators, employee and businesses Tuesday night at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.
Young Citizen of the Year honors went to Justin Hall, a 3-sport athlete at Warren High School who carries a 4.0 GPA. Hall, who will attend West Point in the fall recently received the Paul Eells Award and was the Seark Today Player of the Week during the third week of the football season. He volunteers at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center and the Veteran’s Museum.
Long-time Warren City Alderman Dorothy Henderson was named Citizen of the Year. She is chairman of the city Ways & Means Commission, serves on numerous boards and commission and is active in local state and national organizations.
Business of the Year Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation. The corporation served more than 5,000 people last year through programs such as a child nutrition program, a home energy assistance program, a food bank, among others. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization was director Larry Henderson.
Employee of the Year honors went to Karen Anders, an employee at First State Bank. Anders has been in the banking business for 39 years, the last 20 at First State Bank.
The Chamber also recognized two Bradley County educators. Raynette Wilson, a classroom teacher in the Hermitage School District, was named Hermitage Educator of the Year and Cecilia Whitmore, a math coach at Warren High School, was named Warren Educator of the Year.
Prior to top award presentations, about 40 local businesses representing 50 business categories were recognized in the “People’s Choice” presentations. Several businesses received multiple awards.