Garner: Community

Nominations sought for Stevens Award

Nominations will be accepted for the 2016 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award through July 1.

Anyone who has made substantial, outstanding contributions to the Town of Garner over a significant period of years is eligible for the award, now in its 29th year. Emphasis should be placed on service rendered over an extended period of time rather than just what has been done in the preceding 12 months. Preference will be given to nominees with 20-plus years of service, in keeping with James Stevens’ tradition of service spanning decades.

Non-residents of Garner are eligible if the award committee deems that they meet the necessary criteria. The award also can be awarded posthumously.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that includes town officials, a Garner Chamber of Commerce representative, a Stevens family member or descendant and other members of the community. An award ceremony will be held to honor the 2016 recipient(s) at the Aug. 16 Town Council meeting.

The recipient(s) will receive an engraved plaque, and an engraved plate bearing his or her name will be added to the plaque honoring previous winners.

Nomination forms can be found at Town Hall (914 7th Ave.), on the website under News, at the Garner Chamber of Commerce (and on its website,, at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library, at Garner Performing Arts Center and at other select locations around town.

A form can also be requested by emailing Rebecca Schlichter, deputy town clerk, at or by phoning her at 919-773-4456.