Chamber celebrates community

The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce and Pickens Revitalization Association held their annual banquet on Saturday night at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Seneca. In addition to food, drinks and live music from the Jake Bartley Band, among the highlights of the event were the presentation of awards. In addition to Bee Well Honey earning the chamber business of the year honors and Pickens Fire Chief Chris Elrod winning the annual Duke Citizenship Award, other honorees included the kitchen staff at the Pickens Senior Center as the PRA volunteer of the year, Rustic Chic as the PRA’s best interior/exterior award, Bivens Hardware as the PRA community business award winner and Southern Appalachian Outdoors as the PRA’s outstanding new business of the year. Rocky Nimmons/Courier