Carroll County Chamber Awards

Stewart honored with Chamber
community service award

Valvano entertains crowd
with wit, anecdotes, jokes

By Don Ward

Carrollton, KY (October 2005) – Worthville, Ky., Mayor Melanie Stewart was honored for her community service activities Sept. 15 by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce by being named this year’s recipient of the Raymond Ray Community Service Award at its annual dinner.

Melanie Stewart

Photo by Don Ward

Melanie Stewart accepts
the Community Service Award
from Chamber president Stephen Jones.

Stewart was voted the winner by the chamber membership from a nomination list of candidates that included Lonnie Sundermeyer, Richard Kates and Chris Fuentes.
Nearly 150 attended the dinner, where $1,832 was raised during a silent auction of donated items. All of the proceeds from the silent auction are used for a high school scholarship program.
Guest speaker Bob Valvano entertained the crowd with wit and anecdotes from his 19 years of college basketball coaching and from his job of eight years as an ESPN commentator. Among his college coaching jobs were Bellarmine College in Louisville and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
A native New Yorker, Valvano is the brother of the late Jimmy Valvano, who led N.C. State University to an NCAA basketball title in 1983. Jimmy died of cancer in 1993 and his brother continues to serve on the board of the V Foundation, which is dedicated to raising money for cancer research. In its 11-year existence, the V Foundation has raised more than $46 million, Bob Valvano said. Much of the money was used to build a cancer research center at Duke University.
The chamber used the occasion to present its annual business awards, including the prestigious Community Service Award.
Stewart was one of three nominees and was chosen because she is a great example of someone who strives to make Carroll County a better place to work and live, chamber officials said. Stewart is a Carroll County native who has served as City Commissioner for six years and in addition to her service as Worthville mayor.
She has been involved in community clean up events and community leader work such as the 4-H program. She is a leader in the school system and has initiated parent programs and programs that recognize children for their achievements. She has served as the chairperson for the S.T.A.P.L.E.S. Program (Students, Teachers and Parents Leading Education Successfully.)

Kevin Craig

Photo by Don Ward

Kevin Craig collects
the Small Business Award.

Stewart also is active in athletics. She has served on the Parks and Recreation Board and the Carroll County Health Board. She has coached little league sports for the last eight years and coaches two soccer teams.
Stewart is employed by North American Stainless and is the mother of three boys, Ryan, Brandon and Tyler. She and her husband, Mike, and their children reside in Worthville.
Kevin Craig of Craig’s Do-It Center was named the Small Business of the Year. In 50 years of business, Craig’s has continually strived to make charitable contributions throughout the county and surrounding communities. The business is often available after hours in times of emergency and disaster to assist with equipment needs and supplies, according to the the nomination letter.
Craig’s has contributed to programs such as “Shop with a Cop” and “Relay for Life.” Annual contributions are made to Carroll County athletic programs and Parks and Recreation.
Many of the employees and family members at Craig’s volunteer their time and labor to help these events take place. Family Farm Days, the Family Worship Community Outreach “Family Days,” the Tobacco Festival and numerous other civic clubs receive donations from Craig’s Do-It Center. Craig’s was generous in its donations to the Chamber of Commerce for the construction of the new chamber office. Craig’s Do-It Center began with three employees and has grown to 28 employees. The Big Business/Industry of the Year Award was presented to North American Stainless. This steel processing company not only plays a vital role in the local workforce by employing more than 1,000 people but it also contributes to the needs of most of the organizations in the community.

North American Stainless

Photo by Don Ward

North American Stainless wins
the Industry of the Year Award.
Chamber vice president Lonnie
Sundermeyer and Stephen Jones
presents the award to Michelle
and Mike Stewart and John Brockman.

North American Stainless is a sponsor for the 2003 Chamber of Commerce dinner. The company also contributes to local school systems from athletics to academics. They contribute to local events such as Kentucky Scottish Weekend, Carroll County Fair, Two Rivers Festival, Carroll County Blues to the Point and the Bluegrass Festival.
North American Stainless gives support to various local fire departments, Christmas for those in need, 4-H, Camp Kysoc and many more.
This year’s Beautification Award was presented to BeeHive Homes of Carrollton. This business opened in July 2000 as Carrollton’s first Assisted Living Community. The facility is located at the corner of Sixth and Hawkins streets and is locally owned and operated through affiliation with Dr. Ben Kutnicki, Charles Shontz, Steve Pruitt, Ed Wilson and Bianca Santora. The facility is managed by Chet Mitchell, executive director, and Sherry Kelly, manager.
BeeHive Homes offers an active community to meet their residents’ needs. During the past year, the staff and volunteers have worked to maintain outdoor nature areas for the residents. Wildflowers, such as cornflowers, black eyed susans, tall phlox, and a variety of day-lillies, have been planted to attract butterflies and hummingbirds for the residents to view.

Chet Mitchell

Photo by Don Ward

Chet Mitchell accepts
the Beautification Award.

Birdfeeders and a birdbath have been located around the facility to attract a variety of birds. The staff provides the residents with nature books and bird books to assist them with identifying the various birds at the feeders.
Live plants have also been added to the interior in order to maintain a healthy environment and to bring the “outdoors” indoors during inclement weather.
The residents, visitors, family members and staff have appreciated these beautiful changes to the landscape at BeeHive Homes of Carrollton.
Earlier in the evening, chamber president Stephen Jones reviewed the highlights of this year’s accomplishments. These included moving the chamber office to a new location on Highland Avenue; introducing the new “Shop Carrollton First” chamber gift certificate program; the second annual golf scramble; and an all-time high of 125 chamber members on the roster.

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