Congratulations to 2019 Citizen of the Year Amanda Nobles, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, and to Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin, the first recipient of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce's Impact Award.

"Thank you so much. I love this community," Nobles said. "It took me in at a time in my life when I really needed a community that would step up and support me and that would allow me to build something for not only the businesses but individuals."

Kilgore's first Main Street manager in the late 1980s, Nobles became the first executive director of KEDC at its inception.

"I just grew a passion for it. It's an amazing community to work with," she said, voice choked with emotion. "When you walk inside any business that has grown or any business that has located here and you see the people in that business working, it makes it worth it.

"It's an amazing town, and you are all very special people. Thank you."

Other awards presented during the chamber's 2019 Star Gala Monday evening in the Devall Student Center included:

Small Business of the year:

4 Star Cinema

Large Business of the Year:
East Texas Salt Water Disposal Company

Educator of the Year:
Mike Northcutt

People's Choice Business of the Year:
Amy Mims Bruyere's In-Step Dance Co.

Find more details from the night in Wednesday's edition of the Kilgore News Herald.

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