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Business leaders get taste of Liberty
Sho Nuff BBQ wins best overall
Annette Julian and Jonathon Garrett of Sho Nuff BBQ are all smiles. The barbecue eatery won big at Thursday's Taste of Liberty competition. - photo by By Lawrence Dorsey

Sho-Nuff BBQ won best overall and best main course at the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Liberty event Thursday evening.

The annual banquet was held at Bryant Commons and introduced the 2017 Chamber board and new chairperson.

Food was provided by The Pour House, Sho’Nuff Barbecue, Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits, Smoking Pig, Lady J’s, Southern Sweets, Ardyss Life/KBell, JJ’s Bar and Grill and Chamber workers and volunteers.

While Sho’Nuff took the top two categories, Southern Sweets won for best desserts, JJ’s Bar and Grill took home the local flavor award and the treats provided by Ardyss Life/KBell won for best healthy option.

Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leah Poole recognized outgoing member Felecia Boatwright and introduced 2016 Board Chairman Roger Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, now the immediate past president, thanked everyone for a successful year with the chamber

and introduced 2017 incoming Board Chair Karen Bell. He then had her take the Chamber oath.

Bell briefly addressed the audience and said she was eager to take on the task of being the new chairperson. She introduced the 2017 board and had them take their oath.

Poole announced the annual business award winners:

Self-employed business: Ng Photography

Business with 2-15 employees: Holtzman Realty

Business with 16-35 employees: Yates-Astro

Business with more than 35 employees: The Heritage Bank

Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Charmette Reed

Civic Leader of the Year: Bruce Muncher

Business Leader of the Year: Willa Lewis

The 2017 Chamber Board:

Barbara Martin, GeoVista

Bobby Ryon, Canoochee EMC

Charlene Parlett, Seamless Business Coach

Chip Adams, Speros

Chris Ellison, The Heritage Bank

Dr. Vayla Lee, Liberty County School System

Hasit Patel, LaQuinta Inn and Suites

Jack Standard, South Georgia Bank

Jeff Ashmen, Savannah Technical College

Jimmy Shanken, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors

Joe Ford, South Georgia Bank

Kateland Arroyo, Ameris Bank

Kathy Villafane, AAB Realty

Lee Burkhalter, CenturyLink

Leigh Smiley, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors

Levi Moody, Pedrick and Company

Susan McCorkle, Liberty Regional Medical Center

Derek Rozier, Liberty Regional Medical Center

Mitch Boston, Magnum Pest Control

Jeannie Worthy, ESG

April Burris, VIP Office Furniture and Supply

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