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Outstanding citizens: England, Shelley, Rowe, Smith, Aaron and Treece

Chamber of Commerce Outstanding citizens of the year include these names to remember: Beverly England, J.M. Shelley, Donnie Rowe, Jill Smith, Dr. Phil Aaron and Superintendent Darrell Treece
By Linda Waggener

At Tuesday night's annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Beverly England received the honor of being named Volunteer of the Year, J.M. Shelley the Agriculturist of the Year, Donnie Rowe Employee of the Year, Jill Smith Businesswoman of the Year, Dr. Phil Aaron Businessman of the Year and Superintendent Darrell Treece the Educator of the Year. Awards were presented by Chamber President Darrell Overstreet, Alan Reed and Senator Vernie McGaha.

Dr. William T. Luckey, Jr., President of Lindsey Wilson College, was the guest speaker. He gave an impressive presentation on the college as a vital part of the community's economic base.

He asked the crowd of over 250 people, "What if Columbia could recruit a business with over 300 full or part-time jobs, wouldn't that be great? What if these were good-paying jobs with an average salary of over $30,000 a year? Can you imagine what this would do for the local economy?

"It's already here," he said, "and it's been here for over a hundred years. I'm talking about Lindsey Wilson College." He recalled coming to Lindsey 23 years ago and how he came to choose to stay, in part, because of the kindness and trust from the community. He reported on the turnaround of the college and talked about the partnership between the college and the town and county and how it is growing stronger every year.

The dynamic growth of Lindsey Wilson College continues to merit headlines in the news.

After his speech, Mayor Pat Bell presented Dr. Luckey with a Key to the City of Columbia, and Magistrate Wid Harris, standing in for Judge Vaughan, made Dr. Luckey an official Adair County General.

A highlight of the meeting was the beautiful musical invocation by Tonya Meece and Susan Peck who sang "I've Seen Jesus".

Lee Ann Jessie, Director of Adair County's Janice Holt Giles Memorial Library, spoke and presented the newest graduates of L.E.A.D. ADAIR COUNTY. A new recruiting season for the next group of future leaders will begin now.

Chamber of Commerce Officers: President Darrell Overstreet, Vice-President Stephen Keen, Secretary Monica Rodgers, Treasurer Donna Stotts. Sue C. Stivers is Executive Director.

Board of Directors: Wallace Bowman, Charles Barnes, Dan Franklin, Benton Fudge, Charles Grimsley, Patricia Harper, Ron Heath, Dave Johnsoton, Stephen Keen, Doug McCammish, Darrell Overstreet, Richard Phelps, Monica Rodgers, Donna Stotts and Darrell Treece.

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Dr. Luckey receives key to city and generalship

2006-04-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. DR. WILLIAM T. LUCKEY, JR. was the guest speaker at Tuesday night's Chamber of Commerce banquet. He was given a key to the city by Mayor Pat Bell, left, who said among other complimentary remarks, "he is the leader of our city's biggest utility customer (Lindsey Wilson's paid Columbia Utilities $70,000 for its February, 2006 bill). Dr. Luckey also holds an Adair County General certificate presented to him by Magistrate Wid Harris who stood in for Judge Executive Jerry Vaughan.
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