Congrats to Diamond Awards winners

Published 3:20pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The South Shelby Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding business owners and citizens during its annual Diamond Awards Dec. 14.

The annual awards honor those among us who have worked to make Shelby County a better place for businesses, organizations and residents of all ages.

Honorees included the Columbiana Piggly Wiggly, Business of the Year; Hot Dog on Wheels, New Business of the Year; and Kathy Copeland, Citizen of the Year.

Charles Culotta has owned Piggly Wiggly for 34 years and was nominated for his business philosophy to “always be fair and ethical in how you treat both your customers and your employees.”

Hot Dogs on Wheels owner Ruth Hall said the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce and several other local business owners helped make her business a success.

“Without them I would not be where I am today,” she said.

Copeland, who works for White Rock Quarries in Vincent, was nominated for her work as a volunteer at schools in Vincent and for her involvement in community events such as Art in the Park, the Vincent Christmas parade and the Shelby County Barbecue Cook-off.

Copleand said she was honored and humbled to win Citizen of the Year.

I am constantly impressed and inspired by the many people in this county that give tirelessly of themselves,” she said.

Shelby County’s economy is strong because of businesses and individuals like the ones honored at the Diamond Awards. We’d like to congratulate the winners and thank them for the contributions to making sure Shelby County remains a wonderful place to own a business or raise a family in the state of Alabama.

The South Shelby Chamber of Commerce and executive director April Stone also deserve commendation for honoring local business and community leaders with the Diamond Awards.

The editorial is the opinion of the Shelby County Reporter editorial board.

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