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Cole recognized as Citizen of the Year

A long-delayed ceremony finally took place recently as Mary Cole was honored as the 2019 Citizen of the Year.

The Smithfield Rotary Club and Smithfield Ruritan Club honored Cole for her outstanding Sundays at Four presentations, club members said.

She was announced as the honoree more than a year ago, but COVID-19 restrictions necessitated delaying the ceremony. On April 24, a small group assembled outdoors at Windsor Castle Park for the recognition. Cole’s friends, Mayor Carter Williams and members of both clubs were in attendance.