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All are invited to the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet highlighting the achievements of the county’s local business scene over the past year. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive.

Each year, the banquet’s speakers features talks about a specific theme, and this year’s theme is “Thoughts become things,” Chamber President Paul Allen said.

“We’ll review some of the biggest business successes in the county, like Campbell’s, Kimberly-Clark, Lake Crook and things like that,” Allen said. “All of these are great things we have going on that were once just ideas, and we want to highlight how work can pay off like that.”

The night will feature a look back on the past year, presentations made by speakers and annual awards. The chamber will name the small business of the year, the nonprofit of the year, the industry of the year and the ambassador of the year, Allen said.

Food will be catered by local restaurant Hole in the Wall.

Tickets are $40 per person, or $320 for a table of eight. People can purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time at the chamber, 8 W. Plaza.

“It’s a great time where we celebrate all the successes of our county and the businesses, and also look to the future,” Allen said.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at

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