Help us select Tri-State’s Citizen of the Year

March 17, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Each year, The Herald-Dispatch’s Citizen Awards program recognizes citizenship, volunteer efforts and accomplishments in business, athletics and the arts. And it’s time to hear from you about the people who made a difference in 2018 and you think should be considered for Citizen of the Year.

Established in 1987, Citizen of the Year is the oldest of the newspaper’s Citizen Awards. It is given to a Tri-State resident who has made a significant impact on the daily lives of people in our region.

Past winners of the award include A. Michael Perry, Roberta Emerson, Phil Cline, Donna Hall, Betty Barrett, David Todd, Helen Gibbins, Nancy Francis, the Rev. Larry Patterson, Laura Darby, Edward G. “Ned” Boehm Jr., Marshall T. Reynolds, Art Weisberg, Dan Lacy, Tom Jones, the Rev. R.F. Smith Jr., Bernard Bradshaw, Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma, the National Guard’s 2/19th Special Forces Unit, Jim Tweel, Yvonne Jones, Ann Speer, Mark Bugher, David Tyson, Sarah Denman, Margaret Mary Layne,

Terry Deppner-Hardin, Jane and Stephen Kopp, Laura Gilliam, Sylvia Ridgeway, Jeff Hoops, Courtney Proctor Cross, David Glick, Maggie Holton and Christie A. Kinsey.

Special recognition awards have been given to Joan C. Edwards, Ben Hale, Robert B. Hayes, Kermit McGinnis, Dr. Charles McKown, Brent Marsteller, Charlene Farrell, Verna Gibson, Sisters Celeste Lynch and Diane Bushee, David Graley and Mike Sellards.

To make a nomination, just send a letter or email with your suggestion. Nominations are due by March 22, when they will be reviewed by a panel of editors and reporters for the final selections.

The winners will be announced with front-page profiles in The Herald-Dispatch and also will receive a $5,000 grant of promotional space in the newspaper that can be used to promote the charity or nonprofit of their choice.


To make a nomination for any of the Citizen Awards, please send the following:

NOMINEE’S NAME: How we can contact him or her (telephone number and/or email address).

YOUR NAME: How we can contact you (telephone number and/or email address).

NOMINATION: The name of the award the nomination is for and four paragraphs on why this person should be considered.

DEADLINE: Please have your nominations postmarked or emailed by March 22.

MAIL: Citizen Awards, The Herald-Dispatch, 946 5th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701

EMAIL: lessmith@herald-dispatch.com