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Salem Chamber honors various businesses and individuals during its annual Gala

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce presented seven awards during its second annual Gala Celebration Saturday evening at A Fair Barn.

The previously announced Partners in Progress Award was presented to Roy and Beth Landers for their continued business development in Salem that has led to tourism activity. The business started as a towing and body shop and grew into auto repair and development of the Iron Saddle Development, which includes a restaurant, bar, rodeo arena, as well as trailer and apparel sales.

The New Business of the Year Award was presented to Trudie Smith who started Glory to God 618 on West Main Street this past year.

J Lane Boutique, owned by Jillian Wilkins, was named Business of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to John and Vanessa Randolph, the band and art teachers at Salem Community High School.

The Volunteer of the Year is Rob Schnicker, who is involved in several volunteer groups and was instrumental in the formation of Mission Centralia.

The Legacy Award was presented to the Salem Little League for their expansion and growth.

The Chamber Ambassador of the Year is Terri Mearns.

Chamber director Jessiycka Coleman-Nix was pleased with the turnout that filled A Fair Barn to the rafters. At the end of the program, she was thanked by the chamber board and ambassadors for her leadership in organizing the event.

Watch for more stories with commentary from some of the award winners.