Published May 29, 2014
By Matthew Girard, Associate Editor
The City of Belton and the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce honored the 2013 Beltonian and 2013 Citizen of the Year award recipients in a permanent way last Friday.
During the annual BACC Tree Dedication Ceremony held at Heritage Park, colleagues, friends and family joined Beltonian Award winner former Mayor Jim Covington and Citizen of the Year Award winner Dr. Harold Edwards in the planting of two more trees in the park to go along with the numerous previous winners along the walking trail.
BACC Chairman of the Board and City Councilmember Frank Minosky opened the ceremonies by thanking Covington for his service throughout his years.
“The way Belton reaches out to people in the community, you can’t help but get involved in doing something,” Minosky said.
Covington recently retired from being Mayor after serving the city for 12 years.
“It’s really been a pleasure to be in public service with the City of Belton,” Covington said.
Edwards was also honored during the ceremony and was named this year’s Citizen of the Year for his continued help with providing veterinary services during the annual rodeo.
Edwards said he couldn’t do what he does alone.
“There’s so many more people that are deserving of the award and I’m thankful,” Edwards said. “You can’t do it by yourself and it’s a team effort.”
James Harrison presented Edwards with his tree.