Gilmer chamber honors volunteers

Gilmer chamber honors volunteers
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POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 10:59am

UPDATED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:00am

At 80, David Jenkins continues to give back to Upshur County with what friends on Thursday night described as a “servant’s spirit.”

Jenkins, a longtime preacher, was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.

Jenkins was a 20-year pastor at First Baptist Church and a five-year pastor of New Hope Baptist.

He has written two books and continues to write Sunday school curriculum for Lifeway Christian Resources.

Each year the banquet honors residents who have left an impact on the Gilmer community and who exemplify the chamber’s primary goal of “building a better quality of life” for the community, according to incoming chamber President Janice Gage.

“This past year, we have had seen wonderful things happen in Gilmer,” Gage said. In the coming year, the city is expected to receive a new apartment complex, a bistro on the county square and a much-anticipated Whataburger.

The chamber’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, Harmony High School English teacher Melinda Green, has done anything and everything in her 33-year career with the district to get her students to learn, including tap dancing on her desk.

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