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Realtors of the Year named

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The 2005 Realtor of the Year Award is a little different than in previous years.

Normally, the Craig Board of Realtors selects just one Realtor as the best in town. But this year, the board couldn't choose just one.

"It was a tie," said Larona McPherson, the board's secretary and treasurer.

This year's winners were Yvonne Gustin of Country Living Realty and Jane Richmond of American Northwest.

McPherson, who won the award in 2004, said Gustin and Richmond have different styles, but are both great Realtors.

"Yvonne is a real go-getter, and Jane is really meticulous and she always makes sure everything is done properly," McPherson said.

Gustin said she was thrilled to win the award.

She has been a Realtor in Craig for four years, selling everything from commercial to residential to vacant land. She specializes in first-time homebuyers.

"I love getting someone into a home," Gustin said.

Richmond, a Craig native, said she did not expect to win the award. She's lived nearly her whole life here, so she knows the people and the land well. "I think it's easy to sell Craig because I grew up here," Richmond said. "It feels very natural to sell real estate here."

Restaurants raise $2,500 for relief

The employees of Bad to the Bone raised more than $2,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The kitchen and wait staff donated their wages and owner Josh Lawson matched their donations. "I've always tried to help out when something happens," Lawson said.

Casa Loya also chipped in more than $500 for relief.

Lawson said Bad to the Bone also donated to relief efforts after Sept. 11.

"I was born and raised in New York City so that was very personal," Lawson said.

When Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, leaving thousands homeless and without food or water, Lawson said he felt obligated to help out.

"When you are doing well, it is time to give back," Lawson said.

Locals sell homemade salsa, on the side

Brandon and Connie Lyster have turned their culinary abilities into a side job.

The Lysters have been selling and delivering homemade chips and salsa for more than a month. Connie Lyster said she sold her salsa at the chili-cook off during Grand Olde West Days and could have sold more if she had more. The few days before the Labor Day weekend were pretty busy, but Lyster has some restaurant experience so selling salsa hasn't been too stressful.

"That (experience) has made it a lot easier," she said. 

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