Judy Holland, Managing Director of High Socks for Hope, was named Northport Citizen of the Year in a ceremony held Tuesday evening at Five Points Baptist Church.

Holland, who has worked with the non-profit foundation founded by New York Yankees pitcher David Robertson and his wife Erin for more than six years, has spent more than two decades in service to worthy causes in Northport, Tuscaloosa County and beyond.

At the annual Chamber in Session: State of the Community event, local officials focused on their efforts to move the community forward through collaborative efforts.

Speaking in a conversational panel style format moderated by JamisonMoneyFarmer PC’s Carl Jamison, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council, Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum, Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox spoke on the successes that cooperation has allowed the separate entities in West Alabama to achieve.

The Adopt-A-School program welcomed noted child advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley as keynote speaker during its annual kickoff event, held August 4th at the University Church of Christ.

By Amy Materson

“This is one of the best accomplishments we’ve ever achieved for Hale County. Period.”

Osie Pickens doesn’t mince words when discussing the $7 million investment in the Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro. The Hale County Board of Education Superintendent knows the facility will provide students with opportunities never available in the area before.

The Hotel Capstone was packed on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for the 23rd Annual H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony and luncheon, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The awards program honors small business owners and entrepreneurs in our area.

The 2015 winner of the H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneur of the Year award is someone who is no doubt very familiar to anyone who lives in Tuscaloosa. Rod Wilkin, the founder and CEO of Taco Casa, was presented with the award. Wilkin is originally from Wichita, Kansas, and he opened the first Taco Casa Mexican restaurant in Tuscaloosa on August 20, 1974. The rest, as they say, is history.

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