The Altonian of the Year awards will be handed out at the next Alton City Council meeting. Created by the city's Community Relations Commission, the awards recognize outstanding dedication and contribution to the Alton community while demonstrating exemplary civic pride and a commitment to social justice. 

Commission chairman Peter Hough tells The Big Z there are awards in four different categories.

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Winners are: Leah Becoat – Citizen of the Year for her work with community youth through her 3 Purple Coats Productions; Karissa Mucket – Youth of the Year for her many hours of community service in Alton; Captain Tim Matifes, Alton Fire Department – Public Servant of the Year for designing, building, re-building and maintaining the landscaping renovation of State House Square; and Granny’s Uniforms Work Fashions & More – Business of the Year.

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