It is finally time to announce our Times-Journal DeKalb’s Top 20 Leaders of 2019.

We received several nominations from the community, and I wish we could give everyone an award. This is my favorite project to work on but the hardest part is narrowing it down to only 20 people each year.

Over the next few weeks we will be delivering plaques to the winners and posting those on Facebook and other social media. We will also put out a magazine in May that will highlight each recipient.

This is the fifth year for this project, and every year we are able to pick new recipients because our community is so blessed to have so many wonderful people that deserve to be honored. When I go into other cities, I realize how lucky we are to have the kind-hearted and giving people that live in DeKalb County.

Many of these people do not want to be honored because that’s not what they do it for, but they need to be honored because they are role models for the younger generation. We need to instill these qualities into our youth.

Please be involved in your communities, and please let the Times-Journal know what your organizations are doing and let us help you promote that. We want to see our leaders and organizations thrive here in DeKalb County.

— Tricia Dunne is the president and publisher of the Times-Journal. She can be reached at

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