The 98th Annual Banquet of the Newkirk Chamber of Commerce was held on January 16th at the Newkirk Senior Center with a crowd of 126. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Karen Dye as the 2018 Citizen of the Year and Rick Leaming as Business Person of the Year. Karen recently retired as director the Newkirk Main Street Authority and is the only person to have been selected Citizen of the Year twice. Rick is the owner of Leaming Construction, LLC in Newkirk. The meal was catered by Marsha Oakes of Mean Mos BBQ & Catering and the entertainment was provided by vocalist, Tammy Bogle. Added to the event this year was a Silent Auction which turned out to be very successful and will help to fund projects in the community.