Toni McKinney was recognized for her dedication as the leader of Houston's Community Betterment youth organization. She was honored during a reception last week at the Houston Storm Shelter.

The head of Missouri’s Community Betterment Program spoke Tuesday in Houston to recognize local achievements.

Jan Simon attended a reception, looked at many displays and enjoyed refreshments.

Houston recently won second place in its population category in the state, its youth program took first place and Elaine Campbell, development director for the City of Houston and Downtown Houston Inc., was recognized with an adult leadership award. Toni McKinney, outgoing sponsor of the youth organization, was also recognized.

Houston’s winning entry featured the opening of the Houston Visitors Center, the success of Imagination Library which sends a book monthly to children from ages newborn to 5, an effort to clean up a cemetery for indigent and Houston’s new wastewater treatment plant. The city’s recreation program also was highlighted.

On Tuesday, other recent successes where highlighted, including an $18 million expansion to Texas County Memorial Hospital and 11 statewide awards won by the community’s newspaper, the Houston Herald.

“We have so much positive to report,” said Campbell. “And it all takes us working together to make it happen.”

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Earlier: The top administrator of the Missouri Community Betterment program will speak at a reception planned by the organization to highlight achievements in Houston.

Jan Simon will appear at the Houston Storm Shelter for the reception, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Houston recently won second place in its population category in the state, its youth program took first place and Elaine Campbell, development director for the City of Houston and Downtown Houston Inc., was recognized with an adult leadership award.

Organizers said several businesses and organizations that have won statewide recognition will have displays highlighting their efforts. Campbell said two organizations have been recognized statewide in just the last week: Texas County Memorial Hospital was the only Missouri institution to gain a low-interest federal loan for a major expansion and the Houston Herald won 11 awards in statewide competition among the state’s newspapers. Another event brought about 1,500 visitors from across the state to the community as part of a Civil War reenactment at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

“There have been a lot of good things happening related to our community,” said Campbell.

 

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