At the Columbus Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Wednesday night several people were honored.
Marc Eddington and Austin DeVoe were inducted into the Columbus sports hall of fame. According to a release from the chamber, Eddington distinguished himself as an outstanding multi-sport athlete at CHS from 1988-1992. During his school sports career he achieved 1st Team All SEK honors in basketball, football, and baseball. In addition, he was named to the Joplin globe All Area Baseball team in 1992. After high school Marc attended Coffeyville Community College and played baseball where he led the Ravens with a .351 batting average while helping the team with the East Division Championship. Marc continued college sports at Pittsburg State University where he excelled in two sports.Majored in printing while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology from PSU and was a two-sport letterman, he was named Outstanding Senior Male Student in 1997. In 2009, he was inducted into the Pittsburg State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Marc and his wife Kami reside in Nixa, MO.
Devote, distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete at CUHS from 1997-2001.During high school he won multiple state championships in wrestling. Austin was named the Kansas State High School Wrestler of the Year in 2001. after he earned his 3rd consecutive state wrestling tournament. After high school Austin went on to earn four letters at the University of Missouri. Austin majored in Parks and Recreation Management while earning a Bachelor degree. Since leaving Missouri he was instrumental in teaching wrestling to youngsters in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska camps and clinics. Currently he is the assistant coach at the University of Colorado, an NCAA Division I wrestling program.
Kelly Karsten, First Grade Park School, is very loving and patient towards her studentsí works hard so that each student can work to the best of their ability; goes out of her way to inform and involve the parents and won the preschool through sixth grade Golden Apple Award. Dennis Vilela, 6th Grade Central School, also won a Golden Apple. He teaches his students in a fun way and encourages his students to learn and have the right temperament for each situation.
The businesses of the year were Mid West Color Graphics, Farmerís Co-op and Sonic Drive-In.
Midwest is quietly in the background between the railroad tracks and always ready to help with an activity. They do printing for many large companies across the United States, including the color brochures for the chamber.
Farmerís Co-op is the vital link between the farm community and the Columbus community. Farm families have some of the largest investments in machinery and equipment compared to many other businesses.
Sonic is Constantly doing community service or sponsoring an activity† ó youth sports, USO efforts, youth organizations and chamber activities.