Approximately 150 people were in attendance at Thursday night's Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at the Carnegie Library of Ballinger. The evening began with a catered meal, followed by the ceremonies honoring both incoming and outgoing members of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Mackenzie Arrott and Zack Ottmers, both Ballinger High School Seniors, were recognized for their award winning community beautification project. The award was presented to the duo for their improvements and upgrades to Pioneer Plaza.
The highlights of the evening were the presentation of the Business of the Year, the Citizen of the Year, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year awards.
Named as the 2016 Business of the Year was Toliver Brothers, a long time General Motors dealership in Ballinger. Representing Toliver Brothers in receiving the award was owner Joseph Toliver and long time service manager Harvey Esquivel.
Named as the Citizen of the Year for 2016 was the multi-talented and diversified Lynn Smith, owner of Lynn Smith Electrical and Telephone Service, pastor of the First Christian Church of Ballinger, and play by play announcer for KRUN Radio.
Named as the Junior Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year was Mrs. Margo Reeder. Mrs. Reeder served as the advisor and sponsor of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for many years during her tenure as an educator at Ballinger High School. Mrs. Reeder has been enjoying retirement from education since December, 2016.