Garrard chamber honors Allison Abrasives, several individuals

October 27, 2004|BOBBIE CURD

LANCASTER - Garrard County Chamber of Commerce honored a company and several individuals Tuesday night at its annual Farm-City Banquet at the high school.

The Outstanding Business Award was given to Allison Abrasives, a local manufacturing company that is said to have brought $40 million to the Garrard County area. On hand to accept the award were James Minteer, CEO and president; Ron Devrick, controller; and Mary Hull, human resources manager.

Ronnie Moberly was named Outstanding Farmer, and Rita Fox was given the Outstanding Community Service Award. Fox publishes a quarterly paper, Paint Lick Reflections, and sits on numerous boards in the community.

Moberly manages a 775-acre farm on Crab Orchard Road, along with owning and running his own farm with his wife. They raise cattle, hay and grain. Moberly also is a member of the National Resource Conservation Board.


Brooke Long and Will Stevens were named Outstanding Students. Both teens are seniors at Garrard County High.

Long is Student Council treasurer, a member of 4-H, a winner in the Royal Essay contest, holds a superior rating for public speaking, and was junior class vice president. She is currently a co-op student and plans to go into medical diagnosting testing.

Stevens is president of Future Business Leaders of America, on the soccer, tennis and cross country teams, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and holds a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend Transylvania University.

Recipients of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, given yearly by the Rotary Club, were John Anderson and Earl Shaw. They received plaques and gold medals, which represent the Rotary's goal of achieving world understanding and peace. There are 726 Paul Harris Fellows in the nation.

Following the banquet and awards ceremony, the crowd moved into the school auditorium to hear "master liar" Bill Lepp.

"I suppose that the Chamber just thought it logical to have someone who works in Frankfort introduce a master liar" said Barry Peel, a chamber director, while warming up the crowd before Lepp hit the stage.

Lepp amused the crowd with his largely exaggerated antics of growing up in rural West Virginia and stories about the infamous "Buck Dog," just to name a few. Lepp intertwined homegrown phrases and antidotes with his unique experiences as a former Methodist preacher and kept the crowd roaring throughout the recital of each preposterous tale.

Judy Clark, chamber vice president, served as chairwoman of the Farm-City Banquet Committee and received recognition for her role in the success of the event.

There are 67 businesses affiliated as members with the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce

Dr. James Rucker, chamber president, served as emcee.

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