Chamber recognizes locals

Chamber recognizes locals By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal

For the 55th year, The Winston County Chamber of Commerce awarded its citizens and businesses for contributions to the community.
 For the Life Time Achievement Award, Senator Giles Ward recounted Beverly Coward Wilkes’ efforts to improve her town, county, state, country and the world. Wilkes’ volunteerism for over 30 years in the Pilot Club while running a successful business and raising a family marked her for Winston County’s Life Time Achievement Award.
Another high achiever recognized was Darlene Bane. Bane gained the Woman of the Year Award for her involvement in the community such as her help with the Winston County Homecoming Weekend event, help with the White Hall Annual Bazaar, starting up the Winston County Paparazzi and her love of helping people.
For the Man of the Year, the Chamber recognized a man who helps give a voice to the community, Speedy Calvert. Calvert, an active business owner, received the award for his volunteer activities with the chamber, Ducks Unlimited, the annual fishing rodeo, and his community help through daily “Switch and Swap program.” Calvert while using the program to promote business also actively promotes community events, and the community as a whole through the show.
In the two industry categories, two backbone industries of the community earned the awards. Taylor Machine Works earned the greatest number of new hires with over 230 new jobs added and Choctaw Glove received the highest percentage of new hires by almost doubling its workforce. It increased its workforce by 48 percent.
The Chamber awarded Retailer of the Year to Bullock Toyota who has earned sales awards from State and National groups. Stacy Harrison of WLSM who presented the award noted that Leigh and Terry Bullock have found great success in three short years in Louisville and always promoted the community when promoting their business.
For the Forester of the Year, Mike Skipper of the Winston County Extension Service recognized Davis Fair, III. Skipper also recognized Farmer of the Year Roy and Ann Etheridge.
The Chamber also added a new category this year with its service award. In its first year, the award recognized local media and was presented to – Winston County Journal (www.wwinstoncountyjournal.com); WLSM; Winston Web News.
The banquet was the 55th annual event and aims to recognize those in the community who give back and help grow the community which is also the chambers mission.