Chamber announces three major annual awards

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Joel Ray Sprowls serves as guest speaker at banquet

By The Staff

A civic organization, a federal employee and a local businessman were honored Thursday night as the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual awards banquet at First Baptist Church.

  • The Hodgenville Rotary Club's efforts on behalf of the community were recognized with presentation of the Spirit Award.
  • Sandy Brue, chief of interpretation and resource management at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park, was recognized as outstanding citizen for 2009.

  • James B. Phelps Jr., who owns Phelps Heating and Cooling, was named outstanding business and professional person for 2009.

Nathan Nash, outgoing chamber president, also presented special Presidential Citations to the families of the late Lois Smith and Sherry Shickle in honor of their life of service to the community and the chamber.

Joel Ray Sprowls served as guest speaker for the evening. He entertained the crowd with time-tested humor and tales of his 55 years operating Lincoln Jamboree, which has become a Saturday night institution. Musical entertainment also was provided by Glenn Rice, Ron Benningfield, Camille Turner and Eddie Black.

The banquet also serves as an opportunity to introduce the members of the Chamber of Commerce's board of directors. Joining the board for its 2009-10 term are Teleana Davis of Citizens Union Bank, Lisa DeWitt of LaRue Insurance, Claude Ramey of Pamida, Stefanie Rock of Magnolia Bank and Pam Stephens of Lincoln National Bank.

Nash also handed over the president's role to Kenny Rambo, who offered closing remarks.

A dinner in the fellowship hall, which was catered by Paula's Hot Biscuit, preceded the awards presentation. Table sponsors also competed in a decorating contest. LaRue Insurance won the prize. Other participating sponsonrs were Magnolia Bank, Paula's Hot Biscuit, Lincoln National Bank, Hodgenville Rotary Club, Sunrise Manor Nursing Home and the Bennett-Bertram and Dixon-Rogers funeral homes.

More details about the award winners plus photographs from the festivities will be included in the July 1 print edition of The LaRue County Herald News.