The nearly 200 who attended the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation annual banquet at Honey Creek Resort State Park Thursday night, March 27 walked away with a better understanding of the area’s water source.
But, before featured speaker John Glenn, Rathbun Regional Water Association CEO, could talk about RRWA’s beginnings and growth, the winners of three awards were announced.
Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon presented to Jon and Robin Schmidt the 2014 Investing in Appanoose County award.
The Schmidt’s own and operate Tangleberries, Schmidt Family Funeral Home and they rent suites on the Centerville Square.
The Schmidts moved to Centerville in 1994. They have three children: Blair, Avery and Graydon.
“We came to town 20 years ago to truly make Centerville and Appanoose County our home,” Jon Schmidt said.
He then thanked their employees to help get them to where they are now.
“We couldn’t continue to do what we do in the fashion that we do it without those people,” Jon said. “We owe them a gratitude of thanks.”
Centerville attorney Mike Craver announced Mike O’Connor as the 2014 Excellence in Service award recipient.
Craver said O’Connor took over KCOG radio in Centerville in 1974 and would operate the station until 1981. During that time O’Connor would start sister station KMGO.
Craver said the MGO in KMGO stands for Michael Goodwin O’Connor.
O’Connor has been the voice of the Big Reds for 32 years, Craver said, in addition to serving on many boards, volunteering in the community and a strong commitment to family.
“All can learn from the great examples that Mike has set during his life,” Craver said.
O’Connor appeared surprised with the award announcement but in his deep, natural, made-for-radio voice, he offered his thanks.
“It’s certainly humbling when you receive an honor in front of so many distinguished people here that mean so much to Appanoose County,” O’Connor said. “I truly am blessed with the family that I have and with the jobs that I’ve had and certainly the opportunity that I’ve had the last over 27 years with Iowa Trust and Savings Bank.