Congratulations to Jane Lonon, of the Ashe County Arts Council, for receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for her many years of service to Ashe County. She received the award on Monday, January 14th. Friends and family gathered to witness a special, and well deserved, award given to Jane in recognition for all she's done for our community.
Rep. Cullie Tarleton presented the award to Jane Lonon at the Chamber of Commerce. Unknown to Jane, community organizers had arranged a special ceremony to present her with the award, which is the highest honor a civilian can be awarded in North Carolina.
Jane joins the ranks of other notable North Carolinians, including Michael Jordon, Maya Angelou, Dale Earnhardt, Danny Glover, and Charles Kuralt.
Ashe County would certainly be a less colorful place if not for her tireless efforts on behalf of the arts, education, and entertainment, as well as her service on numerous boards and organizations that enhance our lives in this beautiful place we call home. The Ashe County Arts Council could not think of a more deserving person. Thank you Jane Lonon!
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