Judge Lackey Entertains; Higdon Receives Chamber’s Top Award

By JOEL McNEECE
Judge Henry Lackey entertained with his unique story-telling, Randy Baker accepted the gavel, and Debbie Higdon was presented with the top award to cap the Bruce Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet.


By JOEL McNEECE
Judge Henry Lackey entertained with his unique story-telling, Randy Baker accepted the gavel, and Debbie Higdon was presented with the top award to cap the Bruce Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet Thursday night.
Higdon, pictured with her husband Jessey, was presented with the Citizen of the Year award by the chamber. The award is voted on by the community at large.
higdon37In addition to her leadership within the 20th Century Club of Bruce, Higdon played an instrumental part with the Bruce Improvement Group (BIG) – a new organization established in 2009 concentrating on improving the appearance of the town. The organization is in the process of some major renovation projects on the square, including a complete remodel of the gazebo. Higdon led the fundraising effort to pay for the project.
“This is a great honor,” Higdon said. She paid tribute to Annette Ruth who helped her with the fundraising.
Bro. Rex Wilburn was awarded the Chamber Member of the Year and Bruce Telephone Company was honored with the Business of the Year.
“The chamber wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the great contributions of Bruce Telephone Company,” said Randy Baker, incoming chamber president.
Connie Waller Collins, her son Charlie Allen and husband Paul Collins accepted the award.
2010 will be the second time Baker has served the chamber as president. He is succeeding Billy McCord who has served as president the past two years. Allison McDowell is vice-president for 2010.
The large crowd was entertained Thursday night with the humourous stories of Judge Henry Lackey. He shared tales of his growing up in Calhoun County and told a few on some of the audience members.
Read more about Judge Lackey’s stories and all the festivities at the chamber banquet in next week’s Journal.

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