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Gayle B. Pons and Richard Blalock receive awards

Gayle_Pons_photo_copyLongtime City of Newberry employee Gayle “Mickey” Pons was congratulated by City Manager Keith Ashby for her selection as the Employee of the Year.

NEWBERRY – City commission meetings aren’t always about municipal budgets, property zoning or city ordinances.  Sometimes meetings are used to recognize community members for their accomplishments.  This was the case at Monday’s city commission meeting when two city employees received accolades for their efforts.

Monday night, Newberry’s city clerk of over a decade was awarded Employee of the Year. Gayle B. Pons, who goes by “Mickey,” has worked for the City of Newberry for 23 years.

Pons moved to Newberry from the Alachua and High Springs area in 1965. She said the people in Newberry made her feel right at home.

“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else now,” she said.

As city clerk, Pons works closely with a large range of departments within city government. She handles administrative duties and helps with anything her fellow employees need. “I’m proud to do it,” she said.

Pons also said she is proud of the three “A” schools in Newberry and the churches, but she is most proud of the growth of recreation in the city. “I think it’s a pretty place for recreation and parks,” Pons said.

And it was the city’s parks and recreation director, Richard Blalock, who also received an award Monday night.

At the meeting, Blalock presented an overview of the progress of the City of Newberry Parks and Recreation Department.  He showed that from 2010 to 2011, the Diamond Sports Park generated a profit of over $14,000. He also noted that sports facilities in Newberry drew visitors from both national and international locales.

Blalock was presented with the Bronze Gator Award for his contribution to the sports industry in Newberry and the county.

Pons and Blalock were praised for their outstanding efforts in working on behalf of Newberry.