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Chamber names Travelers Rest citizen, businesspersons of the year

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – The Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce presented the annual Citizen of the Year and Business Person of the Year awards on Tuesday night at Green Valley Country Club.

Cheryl Lynn Herman was named the Citizen of the Year. The award, sponsored by the Bank of Travelers Rest, is presented to someone who "has gone above and beyond in recent times to improve the quality of life in our community." Herman, who along with her husband owns Travelers Rest-based Copperhead Electric, is a Meals On Wheels volunteer, a Pumpkintown Fire Dept. volunteer, president of the Travelers Rest Lions Club, an elementary school student mentor, a Travelers Rest Christmas Parade volunteer, and a Chamber of Commerce member-at-large.

"It's a blessing for me to be able to give back to the community that we now call home," Herman said, adding that everyone should "pay it forward" if given the opportunity.

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Joyce and Nancy McCarrell, owners of The Cafe at Williams Hardware in downtown Travelers Rest, were named the Businesspersons of the Year. The sisters were pioneers in the Travelers Rest Main Street redevelopment, opening the Cafe along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail in 2008.

"From the rocking chairs out front to the large deck overlooking the trail, the Cafe at Williams Hardware sends the signal that Travelers Rest is a welcoming town," said United Community Bank Vice-president JJ Martin, who presented the award to the McCarrells.

To learn more about the Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce, visit their website here.

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