chamber nightMADISONVILLE, KY (2/28/2014)– The Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards in business, education, and health care during the Chamber Evening of Stars.

The Evening of Stars Friday night allowed a new format moving to a more formal evening event from its traditional luncheon.  “The party is a return to a former tradition when the Chamber’s annual meeting was held at night”, said Chamber President Lee Lingo. “As we began planning this event, we wanted to make it an occasion to celebrate our members. We decided not to hold a daytime event because we don’t want people to have to rush back to work. We want them to have a chance to dress up, network, relax, and enjoy a celebratory atmosphere.”  “I was very fortunate to have a great committee to put this together…it is just a really exciting thing.”  Lingo was pleased with the format where previous winners presented the winners the awards.  “It was a neat way to honor last year’s winners…” Lingo said.

Honored during the awards ceremony:

•    2013 Horizon Award, for a business in operation three years or less – Amanda’s located at 28 Sugg Street.  Check their Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AmandasOnMain
•    2013 Small Business of the Year, for a business with 50 or fewer employees – Rudd Insurance, Rudd Insurance is a multi-generational Hopkins County company.  To see their contacts  go to:  http://www.ruddinsurance.com/kentucky/contact-us/
•    2013 Business of the Year, for a business with more than 50 employees – Madisonville Community College www.madisonville.kctcs.edu
•    Bill Corum Community Service Award – Brother’s Bar-B-Que  - (also winner of Best Bar-B-Que in Kentucky) https://www.facebook.com/brothersbbq
•    2013 Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Keri Langner.  Keri is employed by Hancock Bank and the award was presented by her boss, Steve Cox, president of Hancock Bank.
•    2013 Hopkins County Schools Educator of the Year – John Tichenor
•    2013 Madisonville Community College Educator of the Year – Brad Downall
•    2013 Murray State University–Madisonville Educator of the Year – Dr. Judith Rhoads
•    Loman C. Trover Healthcare Award – awarded posthumously to Dr. Scott Gaines

In an interview with SurfKY News, Lingo said that he is beginning to see the economy turn “I’ve been downtown for almost a year and I’ve seen several businesses pop up since I’ve been there”  He said that I-69 was having a positive impact already with five projects to be completed in two years.  “The big one is the big interchange…that one is 30 million dollars…we will have eight interchanges from I-69.”  He said that he is seeing activities with the Mid-Town Commons and has been talking with the developer, Don Ershig.  “I am seeing opportunities there.”  Lingo told SurfKY News


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Ron Sanders
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