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Whitehead receives Civic Service Award

Sgt. Casey Whitehead of the DeQuincy Police Department was the recipient of the annual Civic Service Award at the 70th annual DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce banquet held Thursday night, Mar. 16, at Bible Baptist Fellowship Hall.

Whitehead was nominated by former Mayor and Police Chief Jerry Bell and his wife, Barbara Bell and cited for working so hard to help rid the city of its drug problem. The presentation was made by Leah Rigmaiden, Chamber president. Judy Moore, Director of the Community Outreach was also nominated by Bernadine Abshire.

Robert Paige, Jr. was the recipient of the Chamber's Distinguished Person award for his many years as an educator, a mentor and church director as well as for his fame as a basketball player with Houston Baptist College and later, when he signed to play with the Harlem Globetrotter team in 1976. He was presented a plaque by Lillian Karr, Chamber manager.

Popeyes of DeQuincy was honored as Business of the Year; Riley Smith presented Ramona Cooley, manager and her staff with a plaque and a banner. The restaurant has been awarded many prestigious awards and recognition as well as named as one of the top performing restaurants in the nation by their company in 2014 when presented the Silver Plate Award.

Josh McNemar, Planning and Special Projects Director for Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office was the guest speaker. He highlighted duties and programs of the Lt. Governor's office as well as gave a video presentation on new tourist videos as well as made an invitation to everyone to join in participating in Lt. Nungesser’s new program, #Only Louisiana Ambassador Program to help promote our own state. Everyone can go to LouisianaTravel.com/Ambassador to post photos and views about their home state, Louis iana, to spread the word on social media about the great state we love.

Amos Jones, founder of Jones Paint & Body Shop was recognized for 40 years of loyal service to the Chamber and presented a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative anniversary pen set.

Jerry Wise, co-publisher of the DeQuincy News was posthumously honored for 50 years of loyal service to the Chamber. Lillian Karr presented the award to Wise's daughter and son-in-law, Jeffra and Douglas DeViney, Sr. Karr said Wise was always a “friend of the Chamber” and helped to mentor her in her position as manager.

Others on the program were: Master of Ceremony, Harry Methvin; Jerry Bell, Pledge of Allegiance; Emily Matheson, singer; Leah Rigmaiden, Lillian Karr and Riley Smith, award presenters; Lauren Cooper, Josh Foster, and Darlene Hooker, door prize presenters. Harry Methvin gave the Invocation and Blessing; Robert Paige, Jr. gave the Benediction.

The Chamber Board Members extended their appreciation to Bible Baptist Church for the use of their facility; the DeQuincy Middle School Beta Club for their assistance as servers; and Charlie Smith with Intercircle Smokers for catering the meal.

Photos highlighting the event are in this week's News on Page 8.

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