Chamber luncheon Feb. 20

Chamber members are encouraged to mark Wednesday, Feb. 20 on their calendars and plan to attend your business luncheon. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Trotters Sports Bar & Café, 123 North Main St., New Lexington.

Penny Murray, Transition to Work Coordinator, Chuck Byers, Assistant Principal, and Ryan Lewis, Student Advocate, all from New Lexington High School will be our speakers. They will be sharing information about their Workforce Development and their P.A.W.S. (Pathways Access to Work) programs. The possible linkage of business/industry with youth will be a focus.

Reservations are not required, but we would like a tentative head count. Please call the Chamber Office at 740-342-3547 or email us at by 10 a.m. on Feb. 20 with numbers. Both a chicken breast and a pork tenderloin lunch will be offered.

This program is open to the public.

Groundhog Breakfast Follow-Up

Despite Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation (six inches of snow created terrible road conditions), the Chamber’s Fourth Annual Groundhog Breakfast was another huge success!! Approximately 225 brave souls were in attendance and heard Colonel Danny McKnight give a very inspirational, challenging and entertaining speech.

Special thanks to the Northern Local School Administration, staff and students for their tremendous cooperation in hosting this event. Also extra thanks to Tony Davis and the Peoples State Bank for being our cooperate sponsor.

Next year’s event will be Friday, Jan.31. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.

EAGLE Award Recipients

Eight Perry County businesses and industries were presented the Chamber’s EAGLE Award. This newly created recognition for Economic Achievement through Growth, Leadership and Excellence was awarded to:

Clay Valley Pizzeria, Roseville

Fiore Enterprise, New Lexington

Lones Landscaping & Excavating, Somerset

Masterson Veterinary Clinic, New Lexington

Strong & Co Restaurant, Somerset

The Muttly Groom, Junction City

Turning Tails Pet Co, Thornville

Underground Athletics, Crooksville

Please refer to the enclosed/attached flyer for additional information about each recipient. Congratulations to all of them!!

LuAnn Cooperrider is groundhog named Oliver

Judge LuAnn Cooperrider, Perry County Juvenile and Probate Judge, wore the groundhog costume at this year’s breakfast! Nearly 90 percent of the audience that submitted a guess had LuAnn’s name on it. Brad Agriesti, Chief Probation Officer was the first name drawn that identified LuAnn. Clues were: peddler, server, and traveler.

The name Oliver has been given to our groundhog in honor of Oliver Perry.

Perry County was named after this successful Great Lakes American Naval Commander.

2019 Visitor’s Guide/Business Directory

The 2019 publication is available for distribution and personal use. This full-color directory was a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and The Perry County Tribune. Special thanks to the advertisers who helped make this happen.

Contact the office if you can make copies available to your customers.

File Your taxes for FREE

Most individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $65,000 or married filing jointly with an AGI up to $95,000 can file for free by calling 2-1-1 or 800-544-1601 for an appointment.

This is a service provided by the United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties.

“Shop Local” billboard campaign information

Two new billboards are beginning to show up throughout Perry County and beyond. Special thanks to the following businesses for their commitment to this important message to our residents:

12-month six-month

Allwell Behavioral Health Services Community Bank

Dodson’s on Broadway HER Realty, Somerset

Fairfield Medical Center Hill Real Estate, Somerset

Mount Perry Propane New Lex Pro Hardware

Peoples State Bank Perco Industries

Snider-Flautt Lumber Strong & Company

All Star Talent Show, March 3

The PC Calvary Arts Center will be hosting an All Star Talent Show on Sunday, March 3 beginning at 2 p.m. The Arts Center is located at 447 S. Main St., New Lexington.

There are three age categories: eight and under, nine-16 and 17 and older. Prizes are one hundred dollars first place and fifty second place in each category.

Participants are limited to five minutes or less and must be Perry County residents. For more information contact Betsy Martin at or 740-651-5151.

Submitted by John Ulmer, Perry County Chamber of Commerce President

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