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Patty King listens just before her name was called as the Citizen of the Year award winner at the 2018 annual meeting of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Oxford Civic Center. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about a structure’s foundation.

Like flipping the switch and expecting the lights to turn on or adjusting the thermostat and expecting a room’s temperature to change, foundations are things we assume will perform as expected.

Foundations aren’t generally showy, for that matter. We can’t imagine an architect showing off a home’s blueprints and remarking, “Wait until you see the foundation on this baby. It’s going to blow you away.”

That noted, if something goes wrong with a foundation and a structure begins to tilt or, even worse, starts sliding down a hill, then we have a reason to care a great deal about a foundation. At that point we will remember that Sunday school song about a wise man building his house upon the rock.

Thank goodness, those are rare events. Generally, we depend on a foundation to do its important job.

The recipient of The Anniston Star’s 2018 Citizen of the Year is a lot like a foundation of consistent support for our community. Without personal fanfare, our recipient’s good work upholds so much that is right about our home.

We can all admire how this business owner has weathered the hardships of a tough economy and yet maintained the distinctives that build trust among customers.

We can all admire how our recipient shoulders the financial load required to support events that serve local charities and at the same time show the wider world what our community can offer in terms of scenery, activities and good people always willing to help their neighbors.

These are the reasons that our Citizen of the Year is so deserving. With that, we’re proud to announce The Anniston Star’s 2018 Citizen of the Year is Patty King.