The Huntsville Item is accepting nominations for the 2005 Citizen of the Year award. The winner, along with other finalists, will be announced next month and featured in the Item’s 2005 progress edition “Walker County Proud,” which will be published Feb. 26.

The Item put a heavy emphasis on receiving nomination letters last year, and the effort paid off. A total of 13 people were nominated and more than 50 nomination letters were received, which Item publisher David Lyons said was by far the most ever.

“In the few short years since this award was created, it has become one of the most prestigious honors given out in our community,” Item Lyons said. “It has been successful because of the wonderful people in our community and the great work they do, and because people take the time to write and submit nominations.”

Candidates should be considered specifically for the work they have done in a leadership position over the past year, but consideration will also be taken for a person’s continued work over the years.

Nominations should include a detailed letter with information on what a candidate has done to deserve the award, along with any available reference information. Nominations can be submitted by individuals or groups.

“Our Reader Advisory Board members will handle the difficult task of choosing the Citizen of the Year, so the more information they have about each candidate will help them in making a decision,” Lyons said.

Nominations can be sent to The Huntsville Item, P.O. Box 539, Huntsville, Texas, 77342-0539, or can be e-mailed to Item managing editor Brian Lacy at blacy@itemonline.com.