Berryville mayor honored by library organization

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Longtime Berryville library director and Friends of the Library board member Carol Ann Engskov (left) and Carla Youngblood present Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney with the Carla Youngblood Spirit Award from the Friends of the Berryville Library.
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Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney is the most recent winner of the Carla Youngblood Spirit Award, presented by the Friends of the Berryville Library in May.

“It is an honor to receive an award like this from people who care so much about our community and the library,” McKinney said. “It means a lot to me.”

Born and raised in Berryville, McKinney has always had a heart and passion for his community. He has been the mayor since 1990 and retired from Entergy after 34 years of service as Carroll County’s sole service technician.

If McKinney is not at City Hall, you can find him volunteering his time at the Berryville Community Center, which was built as a result of his visionary leadership as mayor. He is a member of the Berryville Kiwanis Club and serves as chairman of the Carroll County Solid Waste District Board.

McKinney was instrumental in creating a city-wide recycling program while directing many other improvements to the city’s park system along with the expansion of the Industrial Park. His dedication to the Berryville Volunteer Fire Department and the Berryville Police Department are other examples of his passion and commitment to the highest level of service and protection for Berryville.

McKinney has been especially kind to the Friends of the Library.

In 2018, McKinney announced that the city would donate land across from the city pool to be used for the new library. He has been instrumental in showing his support at events, proclamation signings, press conferences, bake sales and more.

“The Carla Youngblood Spirit Award embodies community spirit and Tim McKinney is a true example of the many serves he does, behind the scenes, to make this a better place to live and work,” said Friends of the Library president Mary Knight.

As a recipient of the award, McKinney will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Friends of the Library along with a certificate.

His name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque which is hung prominently at the library. The Friends of the Library will donate $50 in his honor to the charitable cause of his choice.

For more information on joining the Friends of the Berryville Library, Inc., visit www.BerryvilleLibrary.org/Friends. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Berryville Library Building fund, go to www.BerryvilleLibrary.org/Building.

The library is open seven days a week at 104 Spring St. in Berryville.

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