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Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony well attended

Faux storefronts depicting the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, and First Federal of South Carolina FSB.

People walking through the front door of this year’s Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce Business Meeting were treated to an array of realistic-looking local storefronts along its walls. Approximately 225 people attended the meeting Thursday evening at the Walterboro Expo Center at 236 Wichman Street.

The hand-painted storefronts included First Federal of South Carolina, FSB; Bachelor Hill Antiques;  Body Basics by Natalie; Colleton’s Fine Clothing; DIG; Hotel Hammock; Little Bossies; Lowcountry Greenhouses; Outlier Apps; the South Carolina Artisan’s Center; Sweet Dreams, Sewn Seams, and Jelli Beans; and Thurston’s Barber Shop.

David Evans, the overseer of the construction and paintings of the storefronts, said the project took 13 days to complete, which he termed “kind of incredible.” He added that, if it were not for the volunteers who helped with the project, it couldn’t have been completed. Evans added that the completed work proves that the Expo Center can be “so much more than just a room.”    

Roger Crook, recently retired as President of the Bank o Walterboro, received the 2011-2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was cited for his dedication to businesses and community service and the many committees on which he served and the many hours he has spent with businesses, communities, and local leaders in efforts to make the local community thrive.

The Chairperson’s Award was won by Bachelor Hills Antiques for the creation of Walterboro’s “Our Home Town setting” and “for bringing creativity and insight the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.   

Joanne Boone received the Humanitarian Award for her dedication to the local community and for all people. She has been involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Bethel United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, and the Colleton Improvement Collaboration, and has dedicated her life improving the well-being of the community.

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative was the recipient of the Innovation Award. The selection proceedings included a study of the innovations that have aided our county and also to the potential growth in business within our county. The new Palmetto Rural Retail Center has demonstrated that PRTC has a continuing goal to assist the community by providing innovative products and services.

Jean Harrigal received the Community Improvement Award for her dedication to the beautification of our county through the organization of the keep Colleton Beautiful Commission. Through the help of her efforts, the commission sponsored the Great American Clean-up Projects in Walterboro, Cottageville, and Islandton. She has also helped with the establishment of the new Lowcountry Mural on Washington Street and public awareness concerning litter problems within our community and what citizens can do to rectify these problems.

The Community Service Award was won by Bubba Trippe for the service on the many committees of which he is a part. It was noted that Trippe has served as president of the recent Colleton County Rice Festival and that his efforts proved to make this year’s festival very successful.

Louie Catterton of Louie’s Liquor and Fine Wines won the Small Business Entrepreneur Award. The award was in honor of his commitment of service to his business and for his help in aiding non-profit organizations within the community.

Colleton County’s Government, composed of Colleton County Council and the Colleton County Economic Development Board, received the Large Industry Award. The award was given in recognition of efforts to develop industry within the county and to develop and maintain industry through the purchase of the New York Wire building and property.

During the election of new directors on the Chamber of Commerce, Colleton County Treasurer Becky Hill, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative Marketing Manager Chuck Crabtree, and Walterboro Motor Sales General Manager Keith Rizer were chosen.

The meal served was prepared through efforts from the staffs of the following local sponsors:

Carmine’s Trattoria; Castillo’s Pizzeria; Cliff’s Hotdog Station; the Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market; Colleton Medical Center; Duke’s Barbecue; Enterprise Bank; Louis’s Liquor; Old Bank Bakery; Olde House Café; Outsiders of the Lowcountry; and Reids.



Rick Tobin, Editor (436 Posts)