The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 27, 2014

Distinguished Citizen Award making return

TARBORO — After a three year hiatus, the Distinguished Citizen Award is back, but this time additional recognitions will make the event even more festive. As of now, all that is needed are nominees.

Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce (TECC) are soliciting nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award. The award will honor a man or woman who made a significant contribution to the Tarboro-Edgecombe community through 2013. As listed on the nomination form, to be considered for the award the nominee should be someone who enjoys a reputation for continuous community service in areas such as civic involvement, quality of life improvement, support of business, economic development and humanitarian issues.

Nomination forms, which can be obtained from the TECC office at 509 Trade St., must be in by April 1. Anyone can nominate a candidate of their choice.

"There are so many great people in Tarboro and Edgecombe County that I foresee getting lots of nominations," said TECC President Bobbie Martin.

"Winners are determined by points that are recorded by the judges, Martin explained. "This is not a popularity contest."

In an effort to bring more enthusiasm than the past events, this year's event will also award a Law Enforcement officer, Fireman, Emergency Rescue and Young Educator of the Year. Nominations from each category must be submitted by the nominees supervisor. Eligible nominees for The Young Educator of the Year must have one to three years experience in the classroom.

Martin blames the three-year hiatus on the continuing cycle of board members coming and going. During its absence, Martin said citizens asked her, "'When are you going to have The Distinguished Citizen Award.' We are excited to bring it back."

The first recipient of the coveted award was the late Dr. M.A. Ray in 1985. The event was apparently popular as it lasted 25 years without interruption. Some of the notables who earned the award are, former Tarboro Mayor, Donald Morris, 1994; Robert Barnhill Jr. president and CEO of Barnhill Contracting, 2000; Joe and Bernice Pitt, owners of Ace Home Center. Dr. Ed. Connor, the pastor of Cobb Memorial Presbyterian Church, was the last recipient of the award.



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