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Who will be best of best this year?

Who’s the best of the best in Brookhaven and Lincoln County?

That’s what we want to know, so we need you — our readers — to tell us.

It’s time for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Best of the Best contest in The Daily Leader.

The contest is designed to let readers choose the best businesses and individuals in more than 100 categories.

We want to know who cuts your hair and who cuts your grass. Or who’s the best banker in town? Where do you go for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Who has the absolute, very best dessert around?

If they live in Lincoln County or if it’s a business that operates here, you can cast your vote for them.

We also want your choice for Business of the Year. When voting for the business you consider to be above all the rest, look at their service, the helpfulness of employees and the business history.

That award in 2016 went to Bane Drugs, with Toyota of Brookhaven coming in second.

“What an honor to be chosen business of the year,” said Bunny Bane Lea. “We were wonderfully surprised and excited to learn we had been chosen over all the other great businesses in Brookhaven. We feel both blessed and humbled that so many of our customers voted for us.”

The third annual “Best of Brookhaven” contest will honor all first place winners with a certificate declaring they are the best — as voted on by readers — in their respective categories. Winners will also appear in a special publication that will be included in the newspaper.

But wait, there’s more.

Each completed ballot will also serve as an entry for a $250 cash prize. A ballot is printed in today’s edition and will also be printed on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free ballots are also available at The Daily Leader office at 128 N. Railroad Ave. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Only ballots printed by The Daily Leader will be accepted. No copies of the ballot can be used.

Businesses and individuals nominated have to work and operate within Lincoln County to be counted.

Ballots may be dropped off at the office or mailed to The Daily Leader, P.O. Box 551, Brookhaven, MS 39602.

Entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 6, by 5 p.m. Only one entry per person. Name and address must be completed on ballot to be counted as valid.

Ballots must be at least 50 percent complete to be considered valid for voting.

This year, voting will also available online at dailyleader.com.