With a capacity crowd on hand, the annual Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, April 26 saw 2017 Citizen of Year Lauren Doucet had the 2018 honor to Howard Austin, a well-known and respected community and religious leader in Prescott over the past 50 years

With a capacity crowd on hand, the annual Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, April 26 saw 2017 Citizen of Year Lauren Doucet had the 2018 honor to Howard Austin, a well-known and respected community and religious leader in Prescott over the past 50 years.
Afterwards, Chamber Director Jamie Hillery said, “When the Banquet sold out two weeks prior we were beyond shocked! I was overwhelmed with the amount of support the Chamber of Commerce received this year from our local businesses, civic clubs and residents.”
“Our community really made this a wonderful event. From everyone donating auction items, buying tickets and then being so generous during auction time we were able to raise over $5,000.00 which we plan to put back into our community in the upcoming year,” Hillery said.
In addition to Austin, the annual banquet saw plenty of other awards handed out.
Red McCain was named as Treasurer of Gold, while the 2018 Business of the Year award went to Prescott’s AllCare Pharmacy.  AllCare also has a branch in nearby Hope.
Food Share Arkansas was named as Organization of the Year, while the Hometown Hero award was actually given to a group of heroes, five Nevada County members of the Arkansas Army National Guard, including Blake Hopkins, Chase Carter, Paul Jones, Cole Hillery and Justin Barlow.
As a new 2018 Nevada Farm Family is about to be named, the 2017 Farm Family of the Year, the Gregg & Marcell Wilson family, were honored once more at the Chamber banquet.
The occasion also saw Nevada County’s two school districts, Prescott and Nevada, give out their annual teacher and student of the year awards.
For the Prescott district, Jessica Gutierrez was named as Teacher of the Year, while Prescott High School football quarterback and graduating senior, Cade Haynie, was named as the Prescott Student of the Year.
For the Nevada district, Kathy Grant was named Teacher of the Year, while Class President and graduating senior Jordan Sanders was named as the Nevada Student of the Year.
Hillery said, “We are very excited for all of our award winners this year. Every one of them was so very deserving. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for our community.”