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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Chamber honors volunteers

  • The Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday at the Heber Springs Community Center.
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  • The Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday at the Heber Springs Community Center.  The banquet room was packed with community leaders, students, and local volunteers to acknowledge those who give of themselves in service to the community.
     
    Chamber President Joe Sugg kicked off the event with praise for the volunteer spirit in our community as well as prior presidents and incoming president Jayson Jones. 
     
    Chamber Director Melisa Gardner announced Debbie Thompson as the 2013 recipient of the Superhero Award.  Thompson is an employee of ASU-Heber Springs and is well known in the volunteer community for her tireless efforts.
     
    This year’s Director’s Award was awarded to Heber Springs School Board President Gary Redd.  “You’ve got just about every plaque in the world,” said Gardner, “So we’ve awarded you a t-shirt!”
     
    This year’s featured speaker was Tom Brannon, meteorologist for THV.  “You’re dong great work,” said Brannon.  “You’re really helping individuals that need it.”  Brannon, a regular attendee of the Cardboard Boat Races, spoke of his love for the Greers Ferry Lake area.  He also spoke of the changing nature of news, acknowledging that social media is having a direct impact on not only newspapers, but television news as well.  A generation divide was readily apparent in the crowd among those who received their news from more traditional sources, such as papers and TV, and those who received their news from social media and telephones, with the younger members of the crowd predominantly getting their information from the latter.  Brannon also touched on the uncertainty of winter weather this year.  “The models can all tell you one thing,” said Brannon, “but it never hurts to go look at the inside of persimmons and at the people that have been doing this for a long time – The Farmer’s Almanac.”
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