Opinion

Chamber honors three

Bayles Mack, Kitty Updike and Marshall Doswell are three very different individuals with different interests. But at least one thing they have in common is a devotion to York County and a long history of working to promote its best interests.

All three were honored at the recent York County Regional Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. And all received standing ovations for their decades of contributions to civic and business efforts in the county.

Mack, a former commissioner of the S.C. Department of Transportation, was awarded the chamber's Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Mack also has served as a town magistrate for Fort Mill and as chairman of the York County Election Commission, York County Economic Development Board, York County Regional Chamber board of directors and York County Council.

Updike, former Tega Cay City councilwoman and founder of the Tega Cay Chamber of Commerce, received the Chairman's Award, a special honor that is not awarded every year. Updike also is a charter board member of the Nation Ford Land Trust, a two-time Tega Cay Citizen of the Year and member of many economic and political organizations.

Doswell, former managing editor of The Evening Herald and Springs Industries vice president, was the recipient of the Eddie Black Citizenship and Service Award. Doswell has been active for half a century in York County civic, religious, charitable and business organizations. He documented the history of Springs and continues to serve as a local and national leader for his church.

These three exemplify the diversity of talent, imagination and creative energy that has benefited York County for decades. We are honored that they chose to give so generously of their talents to this county, and we join chamber members and friends and admirers throughout the county in saluting them.

IN SUMMARY

Three longtime York County residents received awards from the Chamber of Commerce.

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