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Honors are well deserved

Individuals who have made White Hall a better community in which to call home were honored last week as good neighbors. Volunteerism and excellence were cited repeatedly when the White Hall Chamber of Commerce presented community service awards to nine individuals at the organization’s annual awards banquet.

It was obvious that those in the audience often knew the identity of the recipients before the award winners realized Mayor Noel Foster was describing them as he read from the nominations.

Honored were:

– Dorothy Pollett, a sixth grade reading teacher at Taylor Elementary School, the Clara Burton Education Award recipient, was cited for working with her students in and out of the classroom;

– Orion Vick II, a senior at White Hall High School, received the Bridges-Socia Memorial Award for Youth;

– Don and Kim Malone, volunteer coaches for the White Hall High School soccer team and active volunteers with the White Hall Soccer Association, received the Youth Award for their work with youth;

– Bill Beadle, a volunteer fireman since 1981 and the department’s fire marshal, was named the Volunteer Fireman of the Year for the second time;

– Volunteer Police Officer of the Year honors went to Elizabeth Boyer, part-time officer II ;

– Mary Lou Mauldin, director of the White Hall Museum, received her second Senior Citizen Award;

– Rickey Doucey, retiring operations supervisor for the city and former fire chief, received the W.F. “Jack” Moody Award for community service; and

– Kathie Horn received the first James “Jitters” Morgan Small Business Award in behalf of Terry Hardware, a local business established four decades ago.

The recipients are people we see shopping and at local restaurants. We know the honors are real when they go to people who go beyond the responsibilities of a job or what may be expected of them.