Each year, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama honors “civic giants” that have made an impact on the quality, livability, and economic progress of our community. The Civic Hall of Fame was born during The Chamber’s 100th anniversary year in 2000 and is designed to honor exceptional citizens who have made significant, long-term contributions to the overall development of Tuscaloosa County. With this class, 108 citizens will have been inducted as members of the Hall of Fame.
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.
The Community Foundation of West Alabama will honor its annual community Pillars of West Alabama class this Thursday, June 22 at the Indian Hills Country Club. The meal begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.
“The CFWA was only five years old and looking for some way to help publicize the foundation,” said Glenn Taylor, the organization’s president. “The idea was to have an annual event recognizing people who have meant so much to making West Alabama a great place to live. Dr. John Blackburn came up with the idea, and it has really grown each year.”
Tuscaloosa native Jessica Procter has represented the Tuscaloosa area as Miss West Central Alabama Outstanding Teen, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Tuscaloosa and now the 21-year-old University of Alabama student is Miss Alabama.
Competing as Miss Leeds Area 2017, Procter took home the crown on Saturday, June 10, at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham. For her talent, Procter sang “Over the Rainbow.” Classically trained, Procter comes from an entire family of singers. Her parents both performed as professional opera singers in Europe for many years, before ultimately settling in Tuscaloosa. Doff Procter is the director of The Alabama Choir School; mom Laurel Procter is an administrator and artist in residence there.
Procter is a junior at UA, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology. Her platform, “Step Up to the Plate,” aims to fight hunger, and Procter has been an avid supporter of the West Alabama Food Bank.
As Miss Alabama, Procter will go on to represent the state in the upcoming 97th Miss America pageant, set for September at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Preliminary competitions will be held Sept. 6-8, and the final night of competition on Sept. 10 will be broadcast live on ABC.
The Tuscaloosa Civitan Club will name Jordan Plaster the 2017 Citizen of the Year this Friday, May 12, during a luncheon at Indian Hills Country Club. A Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager with Ameriprise Financial and formerly of Merrill Lynch, Plaster was recognized in 2017 by Barron’s Magazine as one of the top 12 financial advisors in the state of Alabama.
Courtney Poist, open rider for The University of Alabama Equestrian Team, has qualified for The Cacchione Cup and individually in Equitation on the Flat at IHSA Nationals May 3-7, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Coach Ashley Morrison with UA’s Equestrian Program says it’s an exciting time.
“We are looking forward to hunt and western seat competition next year,” she said. “Great things are happening for our program."
For more information, visit equestrian.ua.edu.
Since World War II began, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing. On Friday, a special dedication was held to honor the POW/MIAs: a special Chair of Honor, located on the second floor of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Tuscaloosa. The chair will remain perpetually empty, in memory of all Americans who have gone missing or became prisoners of war while serving their country.
At last week’s Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa meeting, held on Feb. 23, outstanding law enforcement officers from various agencies in the Tuscaloosa region were honored.
By Shane Dorrill
Paul W. Bryant High School has been selected as a 2016 Banner School by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).
The award is given each year to ten schools or programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. For this year’s awards, over 150 schools applied for this prestigious honor.