As Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle heads toward retirement in June, he’s added another prize to his trophy case.
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce presented Nagle with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization’s banquet Tuesday.
The award follows Nagle’s recent reception of the Bill Barr Leadership Award, the highest honor from the Georgia School Superintendents Association.
“I cannot begin to tell you … what it has meant to be a part of such great things in Columbia County,” Nagle said in accepting the chamber award.
Nagle is the first living recipient of the award in three years. Probate Judge Pat Hardaway received it last year, and developer Jake Ivey received it in 2011.
The chamber also presented Kendrick Paint and Body with its Business of the Year award, for businesses with 20 or more employees, and named Shane’s Rib Shack as Small Business of the Year. The chamber also recognized its volunteers, naming Johnny Harmon, of AT&T, as Ambassador of the Year and Kimberly Tate, of Gold Cross EMS, as Volunteer of the Year.
District 3 County Commissioner Charles Allen was named an honorary ambassador because of his frequent support of chamber functions.
A new award recognizing a Leadership Columbia County alumnus went to Barry Barth, who recently retired as the general manager of Fox television station WFXG (54).
Held at the Legends Club in Augusta, the event originally was scheduled to take place at Fort Gordon’s Gordon Club but moved because of pending renovations at that facility. The event moved outside of Columbia County when it outgrew the county’s largest banquet facility, Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
Not being able to use the Gordon Club this year meant a slightly downsized banquet, said chamber President and CEO Tammy Shepherd, with about 60 fewer seats available.
The chamber is waiting to see Columbia County’s finished Gateway events center before deciding whether the banquet again can be held inside the county, she said.