The Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the nominees for their 2018 Recognition Awards. The four awards will be presented at the Corporation’s Annual Recognition Breakfast on May 2.

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a business that has provided years of unselfish service to Cherokee County. The four nominees are: Mercy Hospital Columbus; Mid America Pipe Fabricating & Supply, LLC; Mike Carpino Ford; and Weston’s Café.

The Business Growth Award honors a Cherokee County business that has experienced significant growth. Nominees for the award are: the Jay Hatfield Auto Group and KMT Waterjet.

The Rising Star Award acknowledges a promising young business in Cherokee County. The four nominees for the honor are: the Jolly Beehive Bath & Beauty Boutique; KissTech, LLC; Somewhere in Time Antiquities; and the State Theatre Event Center.

The Community Impact Award recognizes a business, organization, or person that has positively influenced the quality of life in Cherokee County. Nominees are: the Baxter Springs Lions Club; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas; the Galena Volunteer Fire Department; and Jason and Lisa Hulvey.

“The Recognition Awards allow us to draw attention to some outstanding local businesses and organizations,” said Janet Miller, Cherokee County Economic Development Director. “Each of our nominees is deserving of their respective award, and I do not envy the decisions our nomination review committee must make.”

Anyone with an interest in local economic development is welcome to attend the Recognition Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the Baxter Springs Golf and Country Club, 501 Hale Irwin Dr., Baxter Springs. Tickets are $20 each, and a table of eight is available for $120. Please RSVP by April 25, to Janet Miller by calling 620-762-0717 or emailing