The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will honor two businesses and two residents for contributions to the county at its Chamber Dinner and Awards.
The dinner will be held Jan. 17 at the Marshall County High School Commons and Performing Arts Center. Hors d’oeuvres will be served in the Commons starting at 5:30 p.m. The awards will be presented in the Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m.
The Marshall County Arts Commission will also conduct a silent auction with proceeds going to its new Children’s Arts Center.
Judge-Executive Mike Miller will be honored by the Chamber’s lifetime achievement award.
“I’m very honored to be selected for the honor,” Miller said. “There are a lot of deserving people out there and I hope I contributed in a small way to moving the county forward.”
Miller said in his 37 years as judge, he is most proud of upgrades to the county road department and construction of the complex of the Marshall County Detention Center, Sheriff’s Office and Judicial Center.
The chamber also awarded Dr. H.W. Ford its citizen of the year award. A chamber press release said the award was given in recognition of Ford’s unfailing and continual dedication to the community.
“He’s retiring after spending 40 years in the health department, including service as the department’s medical director,” Miller said. “We will miss him greatly.”
Miller added Ford would remain a member of the health department’s board of directors.
As business of the year, the chamber recognized the Calvert City Lumber Company.
“We love it,” Calvert City Lumber Company Mark Prince said. “To be business of the year when there are so many fine businesses in the community is a great honor.”
Prince said his company opened in 1951 and now employs 20 people.
“The secret of our success? I think it is our personal service and commitment to our customers,” Prince said.
The title of industry of the year will go to Westlake Chemicals. The chamber press release said Westlake is investing millions of dollars in its Calvert City plant. The plant will be more competitive with other facilities and be able to preserve jobs in Marshall County.
Dave Hansen, spokesman for Westlake was not in his office Friday and unable to comment before the news deadline.
Tickets for the dinner are available through the chamber at 270-527-7665 or at the office on U.S. 68 in Draffenville. The reservation deadline is Jan. 15. Tickets for the event are $25.00 per person.