The annual Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Tuesday, February 22 at the Carnegie Library.The event catered by Beefmaster Steakhouse in Ballinger, was attended by members and citizens from the community and included the presentations of Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year.

The annual Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Tuesday, February 22 at the Carnegie Library.The event catered by Beefmaster Steakhouse in Ballinger, was attended by members and citizens from the community and included the presentations of Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year.

Elaine Paschke was named Citizen of the Year during the banquet. In addition, the Ballinger Memorial Hospital District was named Business of the Year and the award was accepted by CEO and Administrator Rhett Fricke. Members of the BMHD board and staff were on hand for the presentation. Nathan Pruett, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Ballinger was named Junior Citizen of the Year.