Dr. Keeney Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. I.C. Keeney, a Texas County native who returned home after his graduation from veterinary school more than 50 years ago and whose influence grew among the agricultural community and county during his tenure, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday during the annual Houston Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Keeney, who has served on numerous boards and helped with many community projects, was the recipient of the award. The Houston vet was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers as the surprise announcement was made.

The announcement was the highlight of the annual event at the community building on North U.S. 63. Outgoing Chamber President Ed Hamilton made the presentation. Dr. Kenney’s introduction was made by David, one of three Keeney children who looked on as their father composed himself to thank all those he has worked with during his continuing career. Keeney’s wife, Margaret, sat on the podium with him. [See comments elsewhere in today’s Herald].

TCMH CEO Wes Murray won a Community Volunteer Award. Vera Gladden, Joleen Durham and Elaine Campbell also were recognized for their volunteerism.

The chamber’s new board was sworn in by Houston Mayor Steven Hutcheson. They are: Scott Roberts, Houston Schools, president; Kevin McGowen, Texas County Republicans, first vice president; Steve Drake, Downtown Barber Shop, second vice president; Phyllis Papp, Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, secretary; and Eric Wells, First National Bank, treasurer. Board members are: Gayla Bratton, Infinite Entertainment; Amy Christeson, Forbes’ Pharmacy; Jeff Hunninghake, Century 21 Show-Me Realty; Rick Vermillion, KUNQ; and Travis Rector, Houston Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Outgoing board members are Logan Dale, First National Bank; Joyce Campbell, City of Houston; and Hamilton, retired pastor.

Hamilton is serving as interim director of the organization, which is seeking an executive director.

Members of the Texas County Cattlemen’s Association prepared a barbecue dinner, while the Houston Community Betterment Y.O.U.T.H. acted as servers.

The winner of a table decoration contest was The Animal Shelter of Texas County. Funds generated go toward the purchase of a conference table and chairs for the chamber office.

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