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Chamber awards honor community volunteers


The annual banquet of the White Hall Chamber of Commerce is designed to give recognition to volunteers in the community who have served the city’s citizens without thought of reward, Mayor Noel Foster told the crowd assembled for assembled for the March 5 dinner.

“The residents of White Hall are given an opportunity to nominate someone they believe should be recognized for their service to the community,” Foster said before announcing the award recipients:

Volunteer Firefighter of the Year — Josh Reed, a 2007 graduate of White Hall High School “gives 100 percent at all times,” said Fire Chief Sandy Castleberry. His father described him as the “best son a man could have.”

Volunteer Police Officer of the Year – Richard Davies logged more than 232 hours to the White Hall department last year, Police Chief Richard Wingard noted. He has contributed more than 2,500 hours this past year talking to adults and children on safety education and drug awareness.

W.F. “Jack” Moody Award for service to the community – Kay Lynn Johnson, for promoting and overseeing the Kid’s Fest program, which includes mentoring for youth, community meals and a food pantry.

Clara Burton Education Award – Cherie D. Bridgforth, math teacher at White Hall High School, described as “clean as they come.”

Bridges-Socia Memorial Youth Award — Charlie Parsley, senior high student noted for volunteerism, school and community spirit. In December Parsley persuaded several fellow students to join him in purchasing and erecting a community Christmas tree at White Hall City Hall.

Work With Youth Award – Jackie Mossburg, volunteering with Little League, Founders’ Day activities and keeping the football stadium concession stand running smoothly.

Senior Citizen Award – Brenda Doucey, retired school teacher, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Beta Zeta Teacher Society, White Hall Garden Club, Young at Heart Committee, White Hall Museum Board and volunteer for museum programs.

James “Jitters” Morgan Small Business Award — Chris Cranford and Cranford Funeral Home. The company reaches out to the community it serves, providing tents for community and athletic events.

Well-known Central Arkansas radio personality Bob Robbins of Little Rock’s KSSN 96 FM was the guest speaker at the banquet, and emphasized the importance of volunteerism.