Twenty nine communities and 13 individuals received awards this week during the Missouri Community Betterment Conference.
The 50th annual conference attracted 325 volunteers, community leaders, and youth across the state.
Several northern Missouri communities placed in the top five of their population category. In the smallest towns, Jameson was third, Cainsville fourth, and Allendale fifth. In the next larger size, Novinger was second and Osborn fourth. For the next group, Grant City was second with Salisbury fifth.
Albany finished second within their population category.
A certificate of merit went to Kingston. Novinger received a first place Youth award. Albany residents Zola Steinman received an adult leadership award and Avis Parman was honored with an ambassador award.
The city of Salem won the conferencesâ€ť top award called â€śthe community of the yearâ€ť. Other first place winners, again from the smallest town to the largest entry, were South Iron/Annapolis, Galena, Steelville, Houston, Pleasant Hill.
Missouri Community Betterment is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1963 to help cities enhance their towns through community development, planning, and implementation of a variety of projects.