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Hard work pays off: Service to community recognized


The White Hall Chamber of Commerce honored eight individuals and a longtime business with community service awards at the organization’s annual banquet March 6.

Mayor Noel Foster presented the awards to:

■ Orion Vick II, a senior at White Hall High School, who received the Bridges-Socia Memorial Award for Youth. An Eagle Scout, he is serving as Student Council president, as battalion commander for the WHHS JROTC program and volunteers with the Red Cross

■ Don and Kim Malone, volunteer coaches for the White Hall High School soccer team for a second year and active volunteers with the White Hall Soccer Association for 10 years, received the Youth Award for their contributions with the city’s youth.

■ Bill Beadle, a volunteer fireman since 1981, was named the Volunteer Fireman of the Year for the second time. He became the department’s fire marshal in 2009, conducting inspections and working with schools on fire drills and emergency preparedness. He became a first responder in 1993 when he became an emergency medical technician.

■ Volunteer Police Officer of the Year honors went to Elizabeth Boyer, part-time officer II, who was cited for the number of volunteer hours she contributed working at school events and on patrol.

■ Dorothy Pollett, a sixth grade reading teacher at Taylor Elementary School, was presented the Clara Burton Education Award for outstanding contributions to her students. Fellow teachers have described her as innovative, noting she has given up her lunch period to meet with book clubs and discussion groups.

■ Mary Lou Mauldin, director of the White Hall Museum, received a second Senior Citizen Award for community service. Foster cited the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies held annually at the museum in making the presentation.

■ Rickey Doucey, retiring operations supervisor for the city was honored with the W.F. “Jack” Moody Award for community service during more than 30 years with municipality, working for five mayors. He served 27 years as a member of the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department, the last 11 as chief.

■ The first James “Jitters” Morgan Small Business Award was accepted by Kathie Horn in behalf of Terry Hardware, established in October 1975. The firm is one of White Hall’s oldest businesses.

Tommy Castleberry, the incoming chamber president, accepted the gavel from Kim Wood, who has headed the organization for the past year. Chamber officers for 2012 include Steve Hood, vice president; Stephanie Moreau, secretary; Wes Carmichael, treasurer; and Wood, immediate past president.

The board of directors includes Jodi Jolly, Terri Ruff, David Doggett, Dan Cook, Kay Lynn Johnston, Lydia Scholebo and Wes Booker.

Dr. Brian Polansky, the keynote speaker, emphasized the contributions by volunteers in their communities.