From the Jan. 23, 2002 edition of The Forest-Blade:
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD WINNER
The George’s Flower shop was a popular choice as winner of the chamber of commerce small business of the year. Accepting congratulations were owners Mrs. Betty Peebles, her husband Ray Peebles, along with their daughter and designer Angelia Meadows.
LARGE BUSINESS AWARD WINNER
Don Flanders, owner of Handi-House accepted the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce 2001 large business of the year award. Flanders is pictured with chairman-elect Elizabeth Gilmer.