Monday night was one of high honor at the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner for a fairgrounder and a real-life George Bailey.
William "Charlie" Schob was named the 2014 Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year, and George Broughton took home 2014 Business Leader of the Year honors, joining his father (1990) as the only father-son duo to receive that honor.
In his acceptance speech, Schob called Marietta the "best town in the world," and recounted his experiences in Cleveland and abroad. He said that none of those experiences compared to how much the city of Marietta has meant to his life.
Schob also stated that being named Citizen of the Year was a rewarding experience for "a lifelong fairgrounder."
Broughton claimed it was an honor to be named the area's premier business leader and called the award humbling. "I know people who've won (the award) in the past, and this a great town."
Broughton--described by close friends as a real-life version of the mythical George Bailey--said Marietta gives residents a capacity for accomplishment, and lived up to his catchphrase, "Gotta go, gotta go."
"I'll basically get back to work tomorrow. Gotta keep working."
Other honorees included:
- Charles and Mary Campbell, longtime ag leaders from Waterford/Watertown, Washington County Council of Cooperatives agricultural persons of the year
- Cani Waite, founder of Gospel Mission Food Pantry, Betty Hadler Zonta woman of the year