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Chamber hosts 68th annual awards dinner

Scott Tiller received the Man of the Year award.

The 68th annual Chamber Awards Dinner was held Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

Debbie Arntz was the master of ceremonies, and Rev. Jean Hurst provided the invocation. The 2018 Harney County Fair Court led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chelsea Harrison, executive director of the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, administered the Chamber Directors Oath and recognized Tod Gahley for his eight years of service on the Harney County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

This year, tables were decorated in a casino theme. The city of Hines won the People’s Choice award, and Gourmet & Gadgets won the Judge’s Choice award.

The dinner was catered by Juniper Cookhouse and served by Sage Valley Mennonite Youth Group. The Narrows provided bar service.

The Burns High School Drama Club entertained the audience throughout the evening with short segments of a play, Dirk Smirk,

Treva Spence was named Woman of the Year.

Secret Agent. Additionally, the Sage Valley Mennonite Youth Group provided a musical performance, and Joyce Moser led the audience in singing God Bless America.

Plaques for award winners were created by Victoria Martinak and Angry Beaver Engraving.

This year’s award winners are as follows: Boss of the Year — Angela Lamborn, Business People of the Year — Ted and Angela Marshall, Business Beautification — Tumbleweed (Julie Beitzel and Anna Iverson), Senior Woman of the Year — Jan Cupernall, Woman of the Year — Treva Spence, Senior Man of the Year — Jim Shepherd, Man of the Year — Scott Tiller, Distinguished Service — Debbie Arntz, Crane Student of the Year — Mary Driskell, Burns Student of the Year — Amelia Hamerlynck, Outstanding Educator — Angelia Sanchez, Outstanding Young Farmer/Rancher — Kody Albrecht, and Grassman and Woman of the Year — Wayne and Midge Smith.


Samantha White
Samantha White was born and raised in Harney County, and she graduated from Burns High School in 2005. After high school, she attended the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in magazine journalism. White was hired as a reporter for the Burns Times-Herald in September 2012.

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