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Chamber discusses county bicentennial

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce met for its regular meeting March 9 at Black River Electric Cooperative and discussed several items.

Fredericktown City Administrator Doug Friend spoke to the chamber about the county’s bicentennial in 2018.

“And my thought, is there’s a great opportunity next year in 2018, to do a county bicentennial celebration,” Friend said. “And I think the city would be willing to do what we can do to make that happen.”

Friend suggested holding a luncheon and inviting service groups in the county which hold events throughout the year and requesting they brand their events in 2018 as bicentennial events. He also suggested the creation of a bicentennial logo to be used for those events, for county vehicles and for letterhead.

“You only get this opportunity once—to celebrate 200 years,” Friend said.

After discussing the upcoming Missouri Whitewater kayak races, the chamber then heard a presentation from Holly Martin-Huffman and Bill Knight of Ozark Regional Library.

Knight, manager of the Fredericktown branch, explained the services and offerings of the library in the community, in addition to loaning books. He described the many reasons that a person might make use of the library, including computer and internet access.

“The library let’s people do what they need to do,” Knight said.

Martin-Huffman, the library system director, spoke about an upcoming tax issue on the ballot in Madison County as well as Iron and Crawford Counties to levy an additional ten cents for the library system.

The chamber also discussed membership progress and the development of its mission statement.

The next meeting of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will be at 8:30 a.m., April 13 at Black River Electric Cooperative.

Fredericktown City Administrator Doug Friend speaks to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce about the possibility of working together to celebrate the bicentennial of Madison County in 2018.

Fredericktown City Administrator Doug Friend speaks to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce about the possibility of working together to celebrate the bicentennial of Madison County in 2018.

Jacob Scott is a reporter for the Democrat News. He can be reached at 573-783-3366 or jscott@democratnewsonline.com

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