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Possible tornadoes leave destruction after tearing through the Pinedale community Monday, March 19, 2018, removing the roof at a residence located at 27771 Gatlin Road. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)
Ardmore Boys & Girls Club President Tommy Starnes, left, presents Jason Jeans of Sonic of Ardmore, with the prestigious "Doris Daly Helping Hand Award" during the club's Annual Banquet held Thursday, March 15, 2018. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)
Ardmore Boys & Girls Club Annual Dinner
The Ardmore Unit of Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama held their annual fund raising dinner Thursday night, March 15, at First Baptist Church Ardmore raising nearly $20,000 for the local club. The event began at 6:30 p.m. and was catered by Mildred's.
Club member Reighan Ellis started the night with an introduction and welcome. Ardmore Unit Director Ron'derius Reece the welcomed everyone to the dinner and was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by members of the Ardmore Boys & Girls Club. Teen member Ryland Weyant sang the National Anthem and Advisory Board President Ben Whitt gave the Invocation before those who had gathered enjoyed a delicious dinner of a salad, Chicken Cordon blu, green beans, creamed potatoes, rolls and peach cobbler for dessert all catered by Mildred's.
During dinner those present watched a video presentation recognizing Ardmore Boys & Girls Club donors.
Nich Baker, teen member and 2018 Youth of the Year recipient explained just what the Boys & Girls Club has meant to him. Board Member Tommy Starnes then presented the Doris Daly Helping Hand Award to Jason Jeans of Sonic of Ardmore. Sonic Drive In has hosted Cruse Ins which began with an idea of the late Horace Elliott 12 years ago with plans already in the works for the thirteenth year this summer.
Members of the Fowler Auctions team began the fund raising auction which consisted of items donated by local businesses and baked goods prepared by local bakers.
Donated items included a Dallas Cowboys Autographed Football signed by Emmitt Smith, Weekend Travel Trailer Rental donated by Ricky Pack of Bankston Motorhomes, a pair of Alabama vs Louisiana-Layfette football tickets donated by Jeff Hodges, a pair Tennessee Titans tickets (TBD) donated by Daniel Holt, aa pair of Auburn vs Alabama State football tickets donated by FNB Bank and cakes and pies baked by Vickie Camp, Nancy Cook, Ann Hargrove, Dortha Michaels, Nell Powers, Cameron Puckett, Gail Puckett, Nellie Smith, Kathy Cothren and Ellen Clem Johnson.
Ron'derius Reese in his closing remarks said, "I would like to thank the community, businesses and individuals who have helped make my first year in Ardmore a wonderful experience. The support shown for the Ardmore Boys & Girls Club by this community is overwhelming. Of all the fund raising efforts I have been a part of I must say that I have been absolutely astounded by the purchase of an $800.00 cake. A first for me. Thank you all for making this night so special."
Ardmore Advisory Board members are Candice Boldin, Kisha Dollar, Kyler Goins, Tracy Goldsmith, Adrienne Graviet, Daniel Holt, IV, Cameron Puckett, Tommy Starnes and Ben Whitt. Ardmore Staff members are Ron'derius Reese, Unit Director and Chris Gladden, Sarah Graves, Nicola Brown and Jennifer King.
The Boys & Girls Club Code states "I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion. I believe in America and the American way of life, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship. I believe in my Boys & Girls club which stands for these things."
Previous winners of the "Doris Daly Helping Hand Award" include, Mike Magnusson, 2000; John Baker, 2001; James Shannon, 2002; Ruth Hogan, 2003; Clayton Homes, 2005; Horace G. Elliott, 2006; Brenda Morrow, 2007; Mickey Fowler, 2008; David Foster, 2009; Shannon Brothers Tile, 2010; Sandy Hardiman, 2011; Jim Fowler, 2012; Zeke & Cathy Yanez, 2013; Town of Ardmore, Alabama, 2014; First National Bank, 2015; Johnny Bailey, 2016 and Lowes of Athens, AL, 2017.
Stanley Hill has qualified to run for re-election for District 1 Commissioner in the 2018 election. Hill has served as District 1 Commissioner for the past three and one-half years.
Limestone County has been home to Stanley his entire life. He grew up on a family farm where he learned the value of honest work. He graduated from Elkmont High School in 1970 and served six years in the Alabama National Guard.
Stanley and his wife, the former Peggy Patterson, have been married for 47 years and have three children, Jennifer and husband Evan Thornton, Melissa and husband Eric Smith and Justin and wife Allison Hill and eight grandchildren. Their children all graduated from West Limestone High School.
Stanley is involved in his church and attends Elkton Road Baptist Church. Hill coached basketball and softball teams for his children and grandchildren. He also hosts the annual Piney Chapel Antique Tractor Association Show at his residence.
Under Hill's leadership District 1 has paved 30 miles of road and done lots of road maintenance including ripping
up roads to improve their base before resurfacing."We have clipped shoulders of roads, maintained the road sides and replaced bad metal drainage pipes with new concrete pipes," Hill said.
"I've been involved in creating 7,000 new jobs for Limestone County, helped to pass a balanced budget for the County Commission to keep us in the black and I will continue to work diligently to maintain the balanced budget if re-elected," Hill added.
"During my first term as District 1 Commissioner we have helped our veterans improve the Veterans museum, received funding from the State and Federal programs that benefited our local roads, education, and senior centers and helped other organizations within our community," Stanley continued. "I want to thank our local legislators for their help getting these funds. I look forward to serving Limestone County and District 1 for another four years and will do that with honesty, integrity and experience."
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