The Glen Rose/Somervell Chamber of Commerce celebrated the start of their new campaign, “We love local,” at a dinner and dance Feb. 14.

The campaign is an effort to bring local business into focus and to encourage residents to shop with local retailers.

Steve Schick and the Amos Moses Band mixed up the evening with great country/western/ and some older rock dance music.

During the event, several individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions to the community.

The Chamber honored the Glen Rose Independent School District for their support of local business. Band events, sporting events, UIL events and other school related functions draw crowds from across the state and bring dollars into local shops.

The Somervell History Foundation was recognized for its incredible work on bringing the first and only piece of public art to Somervell County by sculptor Robert Summers. Also, for keeping Barnard’s Mill and Museum up and running and attracting tourist to the downtown area.

Jeannie Lane was honored for restoring the historic Campbell building not just once, but twice. Several new businesses have moved in as a direct result of her restorations of that building. She also owns a bed and breakfast on Barnard Street and has remodeled several other properties in the downtown area.

Lesia Whipps, a volunteer who sold more raffle tickets than many of the chamber members combined, was recognized. Her sales helped support the Chamber Golf Tourney/ fundraiser in October 2008.

Joyce Selby was honored for all she has done to back up Chamber presidents over the past years. She quickly picks up any slack and always with a cheerful attitude.

Rosie Mimms was recognized for her efforts to organize numerous Fourth of July parades and Christmas Parades over the years. She is a great volunteer and the Chamber appreciates her organizational skills.

The Glen Rose Garden Club has quietly watered, weeded and taken care of the downtown planter boxes over the years, keeping the downtown area attractive for residents and tourists alike. The Chamber also recognized their efforts Saturday night.

Karen Richardson, recently named Citizen of the Year, is a landscape architect who designed the landscaping around the Barnard’s Bronze on the Courthouse Square. She has also volunteered countless hours with the City of Glen Rose Preservation Board, the Downtown Merchant’s Association and Christmas on the Square.