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Cuero man earns top chamber award for second time

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:31 p.m.

Cuero Chamber of Commerce award winners included, from the left, Larry Carter, Community Service Award; Curtis Koenig, Agricultural Achievement; Madeline Simpson, Citizen of Tomorrow;  and Mike Weaver, Kim Weaver, Jacque Schumacher and Kenneth Schumacher with The Venue of Church Street, Business of the Year. Mike Weaver also took home the "coveted" Elvis lamp.

Larry Carter's usual broad smile spread across his face even as tears streamed down his cheeks.

On Tuesday night, Carter, a longtime volunteer in Cuero, was named the winner of the Community Service award by the Cuero Chamber of Commerce.

"It really was a surprise since I had won it before," said Carter, who took home the same honor in 2004. "I am very humbled. It felt great."

Carter has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Lions Club, Gobbler Booster Club, Cuero Education Foundation, among other organizations.

The 1974 graduate of Cuero High School is a cancer survivor who is once again battling the disease.

"If you have been blessed to know (Carter), it is not accolades you remember - it's lessons learned," Bill Matthys, the evening's master of ceremonies said during Carter's introduction.

"He always comes through with a smile on his face, staying positive, moving forward through whatever life threw at him, remembering to always give back."

Carter, who works at Victoria Nursing and Rehab, is scheduled to undergo cancer treatments in Houston beginning Friday.

Other honors handed out during the annual membership social and awards banquet included the Citizen of Tomorrow Award to Madison Simpson. The other finalists were Bill Rodriguez Jr. and Kayla Headley. All are seniors at Cuero High School.

The Agricultural Achievement Award went to Curtis Koenig and Business of the Year to the Venue on Church Street owners Jacque and Kenneth Schumacher and Mike and Kim Weaver.

Mike Weaver also took home the Elvis lamp - the tongue-in-cheek honor that is based on donations to the chamber in name of the recipient. Weaver must display the lamp prominently in his office for a year. It is then donated back to the chamber for next year's award banquet.

Kay Lapp Arndt is the chamber's executive director and Ronii Diaz is the executive assistant.

This year's banquet was at the Venue on Church Street.

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