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Vote Now for Your Locals Love Us Favorites

Look for the Locals Love Us ballot at or in print in The Picayune each week.

There are a world of things to love about living in the Highland Lakes. And if you’ve ever wanted to have your say on what those things are then we’ve got the perfect thing for you.

The Picayune and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune are holding their annual Locals Love Us awards.

This is a chance for readers and listeners to cast their ballots for their favorites in the Highland Lakes. The ballot, which is available on page 7 in this edition of The Picayune and online at, has a list of categories. All you have to do is write in the name of the person, business, organization, and event you think does the best job in each category.

You don’t have to vote in every category. After all, this isn’t a test.

“Locals Love Us is a way for the community to give a pat on the back or a big ‘well done’ to Highland Lakes businesses and people,” said Mandi Goldsmith, associate publisher of The Picayune. “A lot of times, we want to tell someone how good of job they’re doing or we appreciate their level of service, but we don’t really know how. This is one of those ways.”

The voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 24, both in print and online. You can vote as many times as you want but only once a day online, and we don’t accept copied ballots from the paper. It has to be the actual ballot from an edition of The Picayune.

If you have a business, organization, individual, or event you particularly like, share the online ballot with as many friends and family members as you can and encourage them to vote as well.

Another way to promote your favorites are through social media. Feel free to share the Locals Love Us ballot on your Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and other social media outlets.

For businesses, this is a great opportunity to create buzz about products and services. Put a sign in your place of business to encourage customers to vote for you.

There’s no shame in lobbying on your own behalf. Put a link to the ballot on your website or share it through social media. Have fun with it. Record a Facebook Live or other video talking about your business, services, products or just how darn great your staff is then let folks know it’s time to vote in the annual Locals Love Us.

Every year, this gets bigger and better, which is a testament to the wonderful people, businesses, organizations, and events that make the Highland Lakes so special.

“We love to celebrate our businesses and individuals who make the Highland Lakes the best place in the world to live,” Goldsmith added. “Locals Love Us is a great way to get everyone in on it.”

Locals Love Us ballots will appear in The Picayune through Wednesday, Nov. 14. Online voting ends at midnight Friday, Nov. 16.

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