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Three County Residents Honored for Achievements

Three Gloucester County residents have been recognized by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce for a wide range of achievements. The awards and the recipients are:

  • Business Person of the Year --Carlton ‘’Corky’’ Hogge, a building contractor.
  • John Hasty Award --- Sidney C. ``Sid’’ Dixon of Gloucester Point, a retired NASA engineer.
  • Volunteer of the Year --- Chris Clifford of White Marsh, a marine contractor
  • Hogge’s award recognized “strong business and personal ethics, people skills and commitment to fair treatment of his clients and employees.” In addition to developing a successful construction business (Courthouse Construction, Inc.)  , he has been active in his church and community.

    He has served or is serving as Newington Baptist Church’s Sunday School Director, Chairman of Deacons, member of Personnel and Nominating Committees and Sunday School teacher; member of the Pastoral Search, Stewardship and Worship Committees and a long-time member of the choir. He also served as a volunteer missionary to Tanzania in East Africa.

    From 1967 to 1992, he was a member of the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department, 10 years as a training officer. He is a charter member of the Gloucester Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Gloucester Point Rotary Club and is a Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow. He recently volunteered CCI personnel and equipment to the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house.

    Syd DixonDixon’s award was established by the Chamber in 1986 in recognition of outstanding achievement and character appropriate to be considered a community role model.. The award, presented on an irregular basis, was named for its first recipient, John Hasty of Gloucester Point. A retired NASA engineer, Dixon retired in 1988 after 30 years service. He has devoted his time and talents over 36 years to helping others, “especially the poor, the infirmed and the needy.’’ An early member and past president of the Abingdon Rescue Squad, he has also been a member of the Gloucester/Mathews Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and served as secretary in addition to working with construction of houses built by the organization.

    He was one of the organizers and served as president and as treasurer for more than 10 years of the Gloucester Samaritan Group, an organization devoted to helping those in need. He also served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Gloucester Housing Partnership, organized in 1992. A Salvation Army volunteer for many years, he has also served on the Advisory Committee for the past five years. A member of Bethany United Methodist Church for 36 years, he teaches Sunday School, has served as finance chairman and for 16 years served as Assistant Treasurer and then Treasurer. He has also served for a number of years as an Officer of Election in Gloucester County and was an Election Official in the December 20th Recount of votes for the Virginia Attorney General race.

    Chris CliffordChris Clifford, owner of Riverworks, Inc., a marine contractor specializing pier construction and shoreline restoration, was recognized for his contributions to area youth sports, especially soccer in area public schools and Gloucester Parks and Recreation programs. He is president of Baystars Youth Soccer, a competitive/advanced soccer program that works with Gloucester Parks and Recreation programs throughout the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

    Clifford has devoted much personal time, effort and personal funds to building and maintaining playing fields at Bethel Elementary and Peasley Middle Schools. Primarily for year-around soccer, the fields are also available for other sports. He built the parking lot and field hockey fields at Brown Park on Route 14 and has helped with construction projects at the Ark Park and Gloucester High and Page Middle Schools.

    He coaches the Gloucester High School girls soccer team and two Baystars teams and is a soccer official with Parks & Recreation. He is on the Board of Directors of Park Partners, Parks & Recreation’s non-profit support group, and is the recipient of the highest volunteer award given by the department.



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