Mayor Jim Covington accepted the 2014 Beltonian Award at the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday. Mayor Covington was gracious in his brief acceptance speech, acknowledging the leaders who preceded him and noting that he was honored and blessed by the award.
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Grayson announced the award to those who attended the banquet at the Cathedral Oaks Event Center.
Mayor Covington has been active in the Belton community for decades. He has served four consecutive terms as mayor -- he announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election -- and began serving on the Belton City Council in 1995. In addition, he is a past chairman of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce and former president of Temple Lions Club.