Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 22, 2014

Business community honors achievements

BLUEFIELD — Members of the local business community gathered to honor the accomplishments of their outstanding peers at the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.

Kevin Sizemore served as the keynote speaker and delivered a speech about his childhood experiences growing up in Princeton, and how his hometown is still an important part of his life, even as he resides in Los Angeles, Ca.

“It is great for me to smile and tell people I am from Princeton, W.Va.,” Sizemore said.

David Kirk, outgoing chairman of the board of Princeton-Mercer Chamber of Commerce, handed the gavel over to incoming chairman Valerie Hendricks.

“The theme for 2014 is building community through business and I know 2014 will be a great year,” Hendricks said.

Much to her surprise, Marie Blackwell was awarded the PMCCC Citizen of the Year Award.

“I am humbled with all the support, so many people deserve this award. Thank you so much,” Blackwell said.

Charlie Mathena presented Terry and Peggy Wells of Princeton with the PMCCC Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Business of the Year Award went to Grant’s Supermarket.

To conclude the evening, Robert Farley, PMCCC president and CEO, presented the 2013 PMCCC Eagle Award of Excellence to Greg Puckett, executive director of Community Connections, and Lori McKinney, Princeton Renaissance Project volunteer.  

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