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On the Edges--Ozark

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by Diane Rarick

On Feb. 1, the Ozark Board of Aldermen honored Kerry May, Murfins Market, Donna McQuay and the Ozark Choir Angels with special proclamations.

Kerry May was honored as Citizen of the Year for his leadership contributions to the Ozark Chamber of Commerce and the business community.

Murfins Market was named Business of the Year for 1998 and was honored for its long-time excellence in service and products, and for its recent expansion. The owners are Chuck and Karen Murfin. The Murfins also own and operate a store in Willard.

In September, Murfins added 11,000 square feet to the store, making it just less than 33,000 square feet at 604 E. South St. The Murfins moved to Ozark from Branson in 1979 and will celebrate 20 years in Ozark this year.

Chuck Murfin said his independently owned grocery store stays competitive because of its "good people and because the people in both communities have supported us."

Both Murfins Markets employ 135 people.

The Pace Setter of the Year Award for 1998 was given to Donna McQuay, who is mayor pro-tem/alderman and president of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. She was honored for her tireless work on behalf of the City of Ozark and the chamber.

"She can handle politicians with the best of them. She knows them all by name and therefore knows who to find when a project needs an extra push, and not just a little arm-twisting," according to Mayor Wade Terrell's proclamation.

The Choir Angels from Ozark High School, a group of 25 singers, were recognized for being chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City June 3-7. The group will join other young people from many different countries for the concerts.

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