Cherokee County’s Kathy Marko Selected for Northern Star Award

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Cherokee County’s Kathy Marko Selected for Northern Star Award

Decatur, Ala. – The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) has honored Ms. Kathy Marko with the 2016 Northern Star Award. The award is among 11 that comprise the PEAK Awards that will be presented Thursday, September 22 during the AMLA Annual Meeting at Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Ala.

Representing the highest achievement in North Alabama tourism, the PEAK Awards honor individuals and organizations that have had a major impact on tourism in North Alabama. History tells us that tourism really began by the navigation of the stars. The Northern Star Award is presented to an individual, such as a ranger, guide, and a front line employee, who has gone “above and beyond” expectations.

As director of the Cherokee County Historical Museum, Marko works tirelessly to bring visitors to the museum and Cherokee County while preserving the past of Cherokee County. In addition to maintaining the historical artifacts, photos and folk art on display, she plans and organizes a variety of events including member appreciation movie night, arts and craft classes, and collectors’ shows.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate all winners of the 2016 PEAK Awards,” said Tami Reist, President/CEO of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. “Their efforts to showcase our region as a premier tourist destination have not gone unnoticed and these awards give us an opportunity to publicly thank the recipients for their continuous hard work and contribution to North Alabama’s $2 billion tourism industry.”

The full list of awards and winners is as follows:

  • Organization of the Year – Evelyn Burrow Museum
  • Event of the Year – Downtown Decatur 3rd Friday
  • Attraction of the Year – Jesse Owens Memorial Park
  • Good Neighbor Award – LaRue Kohl, KFC franchise owner
  • Northern Star Award – Kathy Marko
  • Young Professional of the Year Award – Kathryn Balch, Colbert County Tourism and Convention

Bureau

  • Tourism Professional of the Year – Don Dukemineer, Huntsville/Madison County Convention and

Visitors Bureau

  • Lasting Impression Award – Lamar Pendergrass, Alabama State Parks
  • Chairman’s Cup – Ron Presley, author and freelance outdoor writer
  • President’s Award – Dr. Kenji Hamada, retired optometrist and humanitarian, Rep. Johnny Mack

Morrow and Dr. Martha Morrow

  • Legacy Award – 2016 Forrest L. Wood Cup

Note: Photos of award recipients are available upon request by calling AMLA at 800.648.5381 or by sending an email to angie@northalabama.org.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at www.NorthAlabama.org.

 

Family Care Center 6th Annual Golf Tournament

Family Care Center recently held their 6th annual golf tournament at the Cherokee County Country Club, in Centre. The nonprofit organization hosts the tournament every year to raise funds that are needed to stock their food bank. Family Care assists over 500 families every month with food and or clothing needs . They are located at 1470 West Main Street and their Thrift Store, which helps to support the mission, is open to the public Monday Thru Friday 10-4.

   This year the tournament was held on Thursday September 22. The fund raiser was a success- with 59 sponsors and 37 players. All proceeds will be used to purchase food that will be given away to those of this community that have needs.
Family Care Center would like to thank all of our local sponsors which donated funds and the players that came out to be a part of this years tournament.
First place winners received $300. – Eva Trammell,Bill Trammell, Johnny Bentley & Terry Adams.
Second Place Winners received $200. – Glen Brown, Jimmy Kilgore, Freddy Early &
Bob Taylor
Third Place Winners received $100. – Mike Hilton,Frankie Leath, Todd Cothran &Kevin Hollingsworth
           Thank you Cherokee County,for helping us serve others right here in our own community.
( Pictured – Eva Trammell  – and other players)
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Business Workshop

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Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce  
801 Cedar Bluff Road, Bldg A
Centre, AL  35960

Thursday, October 13, 2016
beginning at 9:30 am

Build Your Marketing Toolkit
(Simple marketing strategies for your small business or nonprofit)
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible.  But with so may different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the more important marketing concepts.  This seminar will help you understand why marketing is the most important function of your business.  It is designed to give you tips and strategies you can start today to build and grow your business or nonprofit.

Sponsored by Cherokee County IDA, JSU Small Business Development Center, and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. 

Click here to register

Workshop is FREE

If you have questions, please  contact Thereasa Hulgan, Executive Director Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce    256-927-8455 or thulgan@cherokee-chamber.org

 

Cherokee County Public Library

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 Library Press Release               9/26/2016

New Email Address: ccplincentre@gmail.com

Library Closings:       Columbus Day, Monday, October 10

Visit our interactive card catalog at www.tinyurl.com/mKofyke to ask out about our services, search for a book, and keep up with library events. Or find us on Facebook!

  1. Green Bag Lunch Program Regular programs continue on the third Thursday of the month

Thursday, October 21: “Fire-Safe Planting” with the Alabama Forestry Service’s Matt Woodfin                                                                                      12:00 -1:00 P.M.                     Just bring your lunch: Drinks and dessert will be here!

Next month:

This year’s lineup concludes with “Decorating for the Holidays with Natural Materials”                                                                             by Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges Janice Knight and Gerrie Holbrook Thursday, November 17                   12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

  1. Preschool Storytime Programs

Storytime happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 A.M. Songs, music, crafts, and of course, books!

  1. Trace your family tree with the library’s Genealogy Classes

Taught by Jessie Whittaker and Louise Wright Six-week Monday sessions are held throughout the year.

The next session begins on Monday, March 13. Advanced 9:00-10:00; Beginners 10:00-11:00; Trace Your Roots Online (for advanced users) 11:00-12:00

Sign up and materials fee required; call the library for details on upcoming classes.

  1. Drawing Class Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.          Bring 2 #2 pencils and an 8 X 10 sketchbook.

For more information, drop by the class or call the library at 256-927-5838.

Watercolor Class: Elaine Dawson Henry will teach this class for students with previous experience in watercolor painting. The class meets on the second Thursday of the month from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. October – December and on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month January—March 2017 Startup date is Thursday, October 13. Sign up is recommended.

  1. The Sew Joyful Quilters meet regularly on Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
  1. Reading Around Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:00 P.M.
  1. Remember, the first seven days of every month are fine-free for books returned in good condition.

         

KIDS FUN RUN/WALK

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Centre Fall Festival Kid’s Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, OCTOBER 1 2016      

Ages 3-13

NO CHARGE  to participate

MUST pre-register by Friday SEPTEMBER 23RD

SPONSORED BY CITY OF CENTRE – 256-927-5222

8:30-9:15 am  – CHECK IN FOR ALL pre-registered participants in front of the County Courthouse on Main Street

9:15 am – All runners that have been CHECKED IN  must line up between

Regions Bank and the County Courthouse

9:30 am RACE BEGINS  

AWARDS:   Top 10 boys and top 10 girls in each age category will receive medallions.

T-Shirts are free to the first 200 Children, ages 3-13, that register for event by Sept 23rd and participate in the race.

NO RACE DAY ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Kid’s Fun Run/Walk

kids-fun-run

Centre Fall Festival Kid’s Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, OCTOBER 1 2016      

Ages 3-13

NO CHARGE  to participate

MUST pre-register by Friday Sept 23rd

SPONSORED BY CITY OF CENTRE – 256-927-5222

8:30-9:15 am  – CHECK IN FOR ALL pre-registered participants in front of the County Courthouse on Main Street

9:15 am – All runners that have been CHECKED IN  must line up between

Regions Bank and the County Courthouse

9:30 am RACE BEGINS  

AWARDS:   Top 10 boys and top 10 girls in each age category will receive medallions.

T-Shirts are free to the first 200 Children, ages 3-13, that register for event by Sept 23rd and participate in the race.

NO RACE DAY ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.