GRANBY — A longtime business owner and resident of Granby was named the 2017 Old Mining Town Days (OMTD) Honored Citizen on Friday night during the annual three-day event in Granby.

GRANBY — A longtime business owner and resident of Granby was named the 2017 Old Mining Town Days (OMTD) Honored Citizen on Friday night during the annual three-day event in Granby.
Barry Flint - who came to Granby in 1963 - was named the honored citizen, as Granby Mayor Travis Gamble read the proclamation in his honor.
"Barry attended Granby High School after moving to Granby in 1963, graduated in 1968 as a member of the last graduating class of Granby High School," said Gamble. "Barry has served as the project manager for the Granby Murals in conjunction with the Crowder College Art Department, currently serves as chairman of the Granby Economic Development Committee, as well as the Newton County Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Newton County Tourism Board."
He and his wife, Mary, have two children: Tony and Casey, daughter-in-law, Amanda and two grandchildren, Annie and Jonah.
"It is quite an honor to be judged by your fellow citizens, it says a lot for your integrity, what you do for the city, what you done for the city, and it is an honor," said Gamble. "This year's honored citizen, very well deserves this, this person has been involved with Granby for years. Personally, I have had some dealings with him, they have all been very good. This person is soft spoken, low-keyed, but very intelligent and cares a lot about the city."
After the reading of the proclation, Flint said thanks.
"Most all of my adult life has been here in Granby and I don't think there is any place else that I would rather be," said Flint. "Granby it is a good place to be."
Along with the honor, on Saturday, Flint rode in the OMTD parade and the day was named "Barry Flint Day in Granby."