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CofC awards: Corbin, Burton, Bowman, Allen, Peck and Lawson

At the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, awards were given to outstanding local citizens: Barry Corbin, Randall Burton, Kaye Bowman, Tim Allen, Paul Peck and Peggy Lawson. A brief story follows on each of them, provided by the Chamber.
Following the awards stories, details are given of a new marketing campaign which was kicked off at the banquet, along with the incentives being offered.

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize andaward each and every one of these winners:

Barry Corbin, outstanding business/professional man of the year
Barry Corbin is a native of Adair County. He attended Lindsey Wilson College.He also attended the Kentucky Bankers Management Institution, Kentucky Schoolof Banking and the Colorado Graduate School of Banking.

Barry has served onnumerous committees of the Kentucky Bankers Association. His banking careerbegan at First National Bank of Columbia in 1978 where he worked inoperations, as a teller, in loan support, in lending, and as a senior lender. In2000, Barry was named President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenureas President and CEO, the bank experienced tremendous growth in assets aswell as income.

In 2003 Barry left to pursue other interests. He is the anchor in the efforts leadingto Columbias newest and fastest growing bank, United Citizens Bank ofSouthern Kentucky. Barry is currently serving as President of United CitizensFinancial Group where he brokers loans to various banks in the area.

Barry is the Chairman of the Columbia-Adair County Industrial Authority. He isalso actively involved with the pit crew for the State Champion Adair County HighSchool Marching Band.

He is married to the former Cheryl Loy. They have three daughters: BrookeWalker, Kayla and Lindsey Corbin.



Randall Burton, outstanding agriculturist of the year
Randall Burton is an outstanding dairy farmer. He and his wife Judy weremarried in the early 60s. Randall first started out as a tenant dairy farmer,milking cows and managing the dairy herd. He soon earned a reputationthroughout Adair County as being a great dairyman. He then begins having offersfrom other dairy farmers wanting him to come work for them. This he did and forseveral years worked as the dairyman for the Billy Murrell Dairy.

In the 70s Randall and Judy purchased their first farm. You cant talk aboutRandall Burton being an outstanding agriculturist without talking about his entirefamily. Randall and Judy have six children 5 boys and 1 daughter.

After graduating from high school, it was very evident that the boys wanted tofollow in the footsteps of their father and become dairy farmers. Some of themformed a partnership of working with other dairy farmers. As they married theysoon acquired farms of their own.

Today, the Burtons are the largest dairy farmers in Adair County and theCommonwealth of Kentucky. They operated 5 dairies and milk 700 cows.Randall and family have all worked together as a team...dairy farming and raisingtobacco. They all still work together sharing partnerships, their equipment andhelping each other. The wonderful working relationship of this family is anoutstanding characteristic of family life and is very rare in todays society.

Judy prepares one meal every day for all the family. Their sons say that ahighlight of their day is eating mamas cooking. What a compliment to Judy!

Randall and his family have received numerous dairy production awards as wellas other awards throughout the years.

All of the family has excellent management skills and have been very successfulas dairy farmers over the years. It goes to prove when a family works togetherand each carries their share of the load, great success can be accomplished.This the Burtons have done.

You will find Randall and Judy in their beautiful home on Campbellsville Road.They are to be commended as parents, as being one of the most deservingfamilies in Kentucky.



Kaye Bowman, outstanding business/ professional woman of the year
A native of Adair County, Kaye along with her parents and brothers, moved toTexas in the fall of 1961. She briefly attended the University of Texas at Arlingtonbefore traveling to Germany in the mid 1970s. Kaye lived in Germany for 5 yearsperforming civil service. Upon her return to the United States, she enrolled in theUniversity of Texas at San Antonio where she obtained her bachelors degree,and later earned a Masters degree in Human Resources.

Kaye returned to Adair County in 1999. She was employed at ColumbiaPharmacy for a brief period and then went in to business for herself. In 2001,Kaye and business partner Stacey Wilson opened the doors to CommunityMedical Services. In recent months, Kaye has been quite busy with a new facilityon Burkesville Street for Community Medical as well as the establishment ofSK&D Communications.

Kaye is an active member of the Columbia Rotary Club, the Chamber ofCommerce, and L.E.A.D. Adair County. She is also involved in the ColumbiaBaptist Church. Kaye has one son, David Shick, who lives in Los Angeles,California. She has two brothers in Columbia, David and Wallace and onebrother in Texas, Johnny. Her father Benton Bowman also resides in Texas.

Through her various business ventures and her dedication to communitydevelopment she is a fine example of leadership in our community.



Tim Allen, outstanding educator of the year
Tim Allen came to Columbia in 1981 to become the band director at Adair CountyHigh School. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville with adegree in Music Education and later received his Masters degree from WesternKentucky University.

Prior to his coming to Adair County, there were no formal Championships in theState. Mr. Allen was on the original Marching Band Board of Controls, to developguidelines, rules, etc. to have a sanctioned contest known as the Kentucky MusicEducators Association. At various times throughout the years he has served onthat Board.

This year at the annual KMEA All-State Band Conference, he was the recipient ofthe prestigious award as the Outstanding Band Master of Kentucky. Presentedby the Kentucky Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the award goes to an exemplary personin the field with a longstanding history of producing excellence in their Band. Weall know that they could have looked all over the nation and could not have founda more deserving person than Mr. Tim Allen. This was the second time that hehad won the award, receiving it in his earlier years as ACHS Band Director.

His record speaks for himself. 15 State Championships out of 19 years. Yes,you heard that right. 15 out of 19. The other 4 years, as the old saying goes, hisband lost only by a hair!

Mr. Allen is highly respected, not only by his Band members, but by every personwho knows him. He has placed Adair County on the map. You can travelthroughout the Commonwealth and when you say you are from Adair County,immediately they know us, by the Adair County High School Band.

Last December, Mr. Allen and the High School Band were chosen by theChamber Board of Directors to serve as Grand Marshalls for the annualChristmas Parade. When asked, he is always willing for the Band to makespecial appearances for activities and events held in our Community.

He and his wife, Mella Dee, have two children. Their daughter Bobbi is a seniorat the University of Kentucky majoring in Education while their son Chris is ajunior at Adair County High.



Paul Peck, outstanding employee of the year
Paul Peck is employed by Lindsey Wilson College as coach of the MensBasketball team. Coach Peck has worked diligently to place Lindsey WilsonCollege in the spotlight. Although he returned to the area only three short yearsago, his presence and impact was seen immediately. Not only has LindseyWilson been most successful while under his direction, but he has also achievedhis personal bests.

Coach Peck returned to Lindsey Wilson in August 2002 to lead the Blue Raidersto a 24-11 record and a trip to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament. Thiswas the schools first trip to the tournament since the 1999-2000 season.

During the 2003-2004 season, Coach Peck led the program to its mostsuccessful season in school history. The team began the season with 22consecutive wins which helped the Blue Raiders earn its first-ever MensBasketball NAIA number 1 ranking. The team ended the season with a programbest 33 games won, as Mid-South Conference Champions, and its firstappearance in the NAIA Mens National Basketball Tournament quarterfinal.

This past season was nothing but successful as the Blue Raiders finished with a30-4 record. This record earned Lindsey Wilson a spot in the NAIA top 5 rankingsthroughout the year. The Blue Raiders also ended the season with sharing theregular season Mid-South Conference crown and winning the Mid-SouthConference Tournament for the second year. The team also made anappearance in the second round of the NAIA Mens National BasketballTournament.

During Coach Pecks three seasons at Lindsey Wilson, he has reachedmilestones and been recognized by his peers. In each of his first two seasons,Coach Peck shared the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year awards withothers. This past season, he was unanimously voted as Coach of the Year byhis peers. Coach Peck also reached his 300th win during the 2004-2005season.

Although Coach Peck strives for his athletes to reach the highest levels on thebasketball court, education is not forgotten. Through hard work and dedication,the student-athletes not only accomplish their athletic goals but receive collegedegrees.

He and his wife Andrea have one son, Greg who is an all-state football player.



Peggy Lawson, outstanding volunteer of the year
Peggy Lawson is actively involved in many community activities and events, buther main focus is with the American Cancer Society.

Peggy Lawson is a true life saver on many different levels. She beganvolunteering for the America n Cancer Society as a Relay for Life volunteer. It wasthrough the Income Development staff members that she found out about LookGood, Feel Better, a program offered at no cost by the American Cancer Society tofemale cancer patients undergoing treatment. She was trained as a Look Good,Feel Better facilitator in February 2001. Since that time, she has taken the timeand initiative to learn about all programs and services that the American CancerSociety offers.

As the owner of House of Styles Beauty Salon, she tells her patients that arereferred to her through the Primary Care Center, about Look Good, Feel Better,the one on one sessions, wigs, turbans, self help kits and other programs.She also served as a facilitator of this program in Taylor County when they werewithout a facilitator.

In addition to patient support, Peggy is actively involved in the Kids for Cureprogram. She served for several years on the steering committee and LuminariaChairman for Relay for Life, in addition to being a Team Captain. This year isserving as the overall Chairperson.

Last year Peggy becomes a grassroots volunteer, attended State RelayConferences to learn more about what other areas were doing, and attendedLobby Day in Frankfort. She is a constant ball of energy always thinking of newways to raise money for Relay and the fight against Cancer.

In 2003, the American Cancer Society awarded its Patient Support Volunteer ofthe year Life Saver Award for the State of Kentucky to Peggy Lawson.

She and her husband Stanley have also played an important role in the Folkloreof the Ole West Festival, by providing entertainment from Gun Town Mountainwhich is located in Cave City.


Prizes offered for creativity as new marketing program kicks off
The Chamber's new marketing progam begins now with the kidkoff of a slogan contest for Columbia.

This contest will be about a positive slogan that will be much like the "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit," contest that creates a positive image for Kentucky.

The wining slogan will be used ot promote Columbia in future marketing materials, all Chamber of Commerce printed materials, and will be used in any way it can be to create a positive image of Columbia.

Mr. Phelps announced that prize money in the amount of $1,000 will be divided among the top three slogan creators, then the community will pick its favorite from the top three.

The prize money will be divided as follows:
  • First prize slogan winner will receive $500.00

  • Second prize slogan winner will receive $300.00

  • Third prize slogan winner will receive $200.00
This slogan contest will end on July 15, 2005

Any Adair County resident is eligible to enter.

More information can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce office at 384-6020.
Story courtesy Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce


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Audrey Tayse Haynes spoke at Chamber banquet



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. AUDREY TAYSE HAYNES, left, National Director of the YMCA, was recruited to speak at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet by Executive Director Sue Stivers, at right. Audrey grew up in Columbia and graduated from Adair County High School on her way to national prominence. Her message to hometown folks plus more photos will be added to this story over the weekend.
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Outstanding Businessman of the Year



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. BARRY CORBIN was selected as the Outstanding Businessman of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Lindsey Wilson College. His award is being presented by President Richard Phelps.
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Randall Burton, outstanding agriculturist



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. RANDALL BURTON was selected as the Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Lindsey Wilson College. His award is presented by President Richard Phelps.
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Kaye Bowman is outstanding business/professional woman



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. KAYE BOWMAN was selected as the Outstanding Business/Professional Woman of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Lindsey Wilson College. Her award is presented by President Richard Phelps.
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Tim Allen outstanding educator



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. TIM ALLEN was selected as the Outstanding Educator of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Lindsey Wilson College. His award is presented by President Richard Phelps.
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Coach Paul Peck is employee of the year



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. LINDSEY WILSON COACH PAUL PECK was selected as the Employee of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. His award is presented by President Richard Phelps.
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Peggy Lawson is volunteer of the year



2005-04-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. PEGGY LAWSON was selected as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. Her award is presented by President Richard Phelps.
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