- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s business community has honored Gov. Nikki Haley with one of its top awards for her leadership of the state during a particularly difficult year.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce on Thursday gave Haley its Public Servant of the Year award at an annual conference on Hilton Head Island.

Former Board chairman Mikee Johnson said Haley has exhibited grace under pressure in 2015 by leading South Carolina through a variety of trying, high-profile situations including the Charleston church shooting, Confederate flag debate and historic flooding.

Haley said she appreciates the honor but was just doing her job as the state’s top official.

Haley told reporters after a convention luncheon that she still isn’t ready to put a price tag on the costs of the flooding.

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