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Choplin’s owner receives award for excellence at Cornelius Town Board meeting

Wes Choplin / Photo by Dani Nicole

Jan. 19. Wes Choplin received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence at the Cornelius Town Board meeting last night. The owner of Choplin’s Restaurant was recognized by Mayor Woody Washam for his community service before and during the pandemic.

When the pandemic hit, Choplin’s stayed open and focused on the community.

When schools closed, Choplin’s served more than 700 meals a week to kids stuck at home.

—Wes recognized it wasn’t just about the business surviving, Washam said.

Pandemic pivot

“The pandemic has been hard but we pivoted. and focused on our community. I’m just happy to help and do what we’re supposed to do,” Choplin said, explaining that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve others.

Responding to the award, Choplin quoted his mother. “A life lived for others is a life well-lived,” he said.


7 Responses to “Choplin’s owner receives award for excellence at Cornelius Town Board meeting”

  1. Wes is a blessing to our community! And Choplins is a bonus…great food and atmosphere!!

    Posted by Robin Salzman | January 19, 2022, 1:06 pm
  2. Congratulations Wes! Your service to the community is deeply appreciated! You continue to help make Cornelius a great community in which to live (and dine!)

    Posted by Gail Williams | January 19, 2022, 1:24 pm
  3. Award well deserved Wes !
    Thank you,
    Jeff & Roxanne

    Posted by Roxanne Blake | January 19, 2022, 1:34 pm
  4. Great work by a Great man !

    Posted by Steve Parker Bennett | January 19, 2022, 4:10 pm
  5. Well deserved! I LOVE Choplin’s and everything they stand for!

    Posted by Krishna Moore | January 19, 2022, 8:29 pm
  6. Thank you, Wes, for being so proactive during that time. That says a lot about your character – a lot of GOOD things!
    It sounds like you took to heart the wise words shared by your mother, and put them to good use.

    Posted by Candy La Monica | January 20, 2022, 11:23 am
  7. Well deserved! I helped deliver some of the school meals.

    Posted by Sandie | January 20, 2022, 12:28 pm

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