Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

October 6, 2013

Smith, Allen awarded chamber’s top 2013 honors

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘No Place Like Home’ at 93rd annual awards banquet

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce members spent Thursday evening celebrating “home.”

The 93rd Annual Chamber Banquet theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” was selected because, in the eyes of Chamber President Tammy Gazzola, there “simply is no place like Weatherford.”

“What makes Weatherford home is going to Downtown Weatherford Café on a Saturday morning and seeing six people that I know,” Gazzola said. “It’s going to the cleaners and having your stuff waiting for you because they know your name.”

A number of individuals and businesses were honored during the evening. Gail Tilley introduced Ambassador of the Year Kim Laws, saying Laws, who moved to the area about 20 years ago from Mesquite, had attended more than 160 ribbon cuttings during the past year.

Laws, who is also a division chair for the United Way and active within the Weatherford Independent School District, admitted that while it took here a while to get here, she was proud to call Weatherford home and to be a part of the area.

Julie Lundy presented the Athena Award, given by the women of the Chamber board to someone who exemplifies leadership, to Debra Smith, president and co-owner of Pulliam Pools. Lundy, a former award recipient herself, said Smith supported a number of organizations, including the Parker County Health Foundation, Meals on Wheels and others, including being a past Chamber board president.

Smith said she is simply trying to train the next generation of leaders by being involved herself.

James H. Doss Award winner Don Allen said winning the award was an honor but admitted he also had a good mentor to live up to, “knowing what Mr. Doss stood for.” Presenters Charlie Gilchrist and Mayor Dennis Hooks said Allen had the qualities of a true community leader, practiced solid business principles and was a giving philanthropist.

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0423 one ribbon cutting main.jpg Almost there

    A ribbon-cutting on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning — attended by more than 135 people — marked the near-finish of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, the centerpiece and largest project of the $80 million Parker County Transportation Bond approved by voters in November of 2008.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Azle couple charged with leaving child in car outside bar

    A couple who, police say, left their 12-year-old son in the car while getting drunk at a Reno bar Friday night were charged with endangering their child. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Burglary suspects caught after stop for unlit license plate

    Three men police believe burglarized a Willow Park convenience store early Monday morning didn’t make it far. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Annetta gets A+ bond rating

    Annetta’s general obligation bond rating has improved significantly, jumping several levels of creditworthiness from the rating the city received last year. 

    April 23, 2014

  • puckett.jpg Q&A: The race for WISD Place 6

    MEET THE CANDIDATES

     

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 6 of the Weatherford ISD school board.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Curtis Elementary 1.jpg Interactive reading program comes to Curtis

    A new reading trend has been sweeping the country — Wandoo Planet, an interactive reading program that allows kids to choose books based on their interests.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Springtown drainage project to cost less

    Parker County commissioners, who recently learned that the first phase of the Springtown Main Street drainage project will cost $400,000 less than engineers have estimated, have voted to revise the total budget from $2.2 million to $1.4 million and adjust the county’s 50 percent cost-share agreement with the City of Springtown so each entity pays $700,000 instead of $1.1 million.

    April 22, 2014

  • WHS student killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Weatherford High School junior involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital. 

    April 21, 2014

  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks