Thursday, November 25, 2010
Holly Springs Main Street caps off year with awards
By SUE WATSON
A truly robust crowd of “characters” turned out for the first annual Holly Springs Main Street awards ceremony November 9.
Spirit built all year long for a number of Main Street projects as the implementation of the program got off the ground. Dozens were recognized for their contributions since the inception of the program three years ago when Main Street was organized through a joint effort of Rust College and the City of Holly Springs.
Roots first produced new shoots and this year the shoots put forth many flowers.
Emcee Edward Moses said telling the success story for this year, hopefully, will move others to want to be a part of Main Street activities.
Gary Adams, in offering prayer at the ceremony, asked God that the program “enhance the quality of life...in our efforts to revitalize this historic city.”
In welcoming remarks, David Beckley, chairman of the board of directors, recognized Clencie Cotton of Rust College and former alderman-at-large Tim Liddy for “having the dream” to bring Main Street to the city. The two worked undauntedly until Holly Springs Main Street became a reality.
He reminded those present that Main Street was underwritten initially by a grant from the college and by the Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen. But it is time this fledgling is expected to fly.
“Now it is time for you to get involved in Main Street because as of January 1, it will fly on its own,” Beckley said.
Rust will continue as a member but not underwrite the association, he said.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry echoed Beckley’s remarks and challenged all businesses in town to support the association through membership and involvement and to invite others to join the effort.
Judy Smith, formerly a board member who later volunteered to fill the vacant executive director’s post, said over the year she has come to know why the association chose the motto – “All Kinds of Character.”
The honors and awards followed:
• Class I Certificates
Clencie Cotton and David Beckley (leadership); Bank of Holly Springs (charitable gifts); Thomas LP Gas, Irene Strickland and Betty Burch with Jennie’s Flowers & Gifts (downtown innovation); Harvey Payne (volunteer of the year).
• Class II Certificates
Time, Talent and Resources - Genevieve Conley (interim while there was no director); City of Holly Springs ($20,000 donation).
Landscaping Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building - Phi Beta Sigma Sorority, Inc. (donation); Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (landscaping design); Holly Springs Building and Grounds crew (installation of plants); Lieutenant Jefferies (concrete planters at door).
• Blues Alley - Bikers Night Out: Tyson Drug Company (bottled water); Holly Springs Police Department (traffic control and safety); Holly Springs Fire Department (barricades/traffic flow); Wanda Richmond and Jehovah Jira (hospitality); Hugh Hollowell, portable facilities.
• Community Fall Festival: “Thriller” performed by students with Holy Family School; Orlando Parham (Thriller organizer, music teacher); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (hot dogs, candy, literature); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (games, candy, literature).
• Promotional T-shirts with Main Street branding and “All Kinds of Character” on front and “We are Holly Springs. We are young. We are old. We are rich. We are poor. We are Holly Springs,” and graphics of buildings on back were presented to members of the board of directors and committee members. Board of directors - David Beckley, chair; Steve Gresham, treasurer; Alfred Moore, secretary; Ishmell Edwards, vice-chair; directors Ben Cole, Walter Hubbard, Donald Street, Bill Mobley, Barry Burleson, Bobby Bonds, Andy McMillon, Tim Liddy, C.F. Brittenum, Bob Lomenick; ad hoc directors Andre’ DeBerry, Clencie Cotton, Stephanie McKinney, Rebecca Bourgeois. Committee chairs - Fannie Lampley, promotions; Tim Liddy, economic restructuring; Harvey Payne, organization; Gwendolyn Wyatt, design.
Others who helped with Bikers Night Out - Wayne Fiddis (WURC FM 88.1 sound equipment), Dura Moss (organizing bikers), Sy Oliver and Harold Moncrief (technical assistance and sound system).
• Plaques Awarded - Fannie Lampley (outstanding leadership); Rust College (philanthropy); Court Square Inn (downtown innovation); Holly Springs Tourism Bureau and Stephanie McKinney (promotion of the arts with wall murals); Tracy Reynolds (volunteer of the year).
Outstanding Service Plaques - Frances Underwood (landscaping); Charles Terry (Bikers Night Out); Willie Wilkinson (scheduling “Blues” bands); Ralph Waller and the Tough Street Band; Duwayne Burnside (entertainment); Robert Kimbrough Sr. and Blues Connection; Sue Watson, The South Reporter (media contribution); David Caldwell (electricity and resources); Rust College Mass Communications (sound system).
• David Beckley (chairman’s award); Tim Liddy and Clencie Cotton (founders award); Judy Smith (executive director’s award).
Emmily Hurdle was guest soloist for the awards ceremony.
In a recapitulation of Main Street’s progress this year, Smith made these additional remarks:
“When a pebble is thrown into the water, you see concentric circles,” she said. “In the center of the pool everybody has the same goal. We all should have a goal of improving the city. The slogan, ‘All Kinds of Character’ takes me back to my childhood where we were talked to about values and principles. I equated values with personality - who you want people to think you are. Principles say who you are as a character.
“Main Street is a Holly Springs project. If we could get 100 people to donate $100 we could do a lot. People saw us uptown and we worked. I talked about Main Street and my husband, who goes to Amory to work, said Amory planted flowers downtown. They are a Main Street community.
“We have many things to do - those small things that will make a difference. It’s so simple. A six-pack (of flowers) is $1.68. Look at what we created – Bikers Night Out. People picked up the trash on the streets (after the shows). We did not know them.
“That’s the kind of character we have in this town and that’s what we need to promote. That’s what Main Street is about.”
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