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Chamber’s banquet gives honors and laughter

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce presented their annual awards last Saturday evening at their banquet with the sparkle of diamonds and the comfort of denim and boots.

At the banquet, the Chamber of Commerce presented four honor awards.

Charles Ruzicka, a volunteer firefighter for the Cooper Fire Department, was awarded the “Fireman of the Year” award.

Local farmer Randy Wright received the “Agriculturist of the Year” Award.

The honor of “Business of the Year” went to Delta Supermarket and owner Max Fletcher. It was accepted by Delta Supermarket manager Don Mulkey.

Family members accepted the “Citizens of the Year” award on behalf Ted and Lyn Alley who were out of town for the banquet but were overwhelmed with the honor.

The audience was expecting Dr. Torance Vandygriff, a Cooper native, to give a speech at the banquet, but instead his alter ego “Abner” performed a comical, heart-warming skit.

He ended his performance with a word-of-wisdom saying,  “Lives of great people all remind us, we can make our lives sublime. And departing leave behind footprints on the sands of time.”

The dinner was provided by Kelly and Dawn Stewart and their staff at The Silver Skillet. For the special occasion, they made a homemade chicken fried steak dinner and cobbler.

Dinner was served by Cooper High School’s National Honors Society.

The board of directors would like to thank all of its supporters and are always looking for more people to support them by serving on the board and volunteering at their events.