Houston Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Wilson, left, congratulates W.T. "Ted" Scheets on his selection as recipient of the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award during a banquet Satruday in Houston.

 A retired Houston businessman was recognized Saturday with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

W.T. “Ted” Scheets, who for many years operated Scheets Hardware and related businesses before his retirement, received the recognition. Scheets, 99, has a long history of civic involvement. (See related profile elsewhere).

Members of the organization’s board of directors for the next year received an oath from Mayor Don Tottingham. They are: Dennis Wilson, president; Laura Crowley, first vice president; Rick Vermillion, second vice president; Eric Wells, treasurer; Gayla Kay Bratton, secretary; and Tammy Cantrell, Stacy Silveus, Joe Stockard and Kevin McGowen, members.

Receiving “Business of the Year” honors was Southern Missouri Investments. Owner Jim Bukowsky accepted the award.

The “People’s Choice for Best Decorated Table” went to Paws N Claws.

“Building Houston on a Strong Foundation” was theme of the gathering. Speakers were: City Administrator Larry Sutton, Mayor Don Tottingham, Texas County Memorial Hospital CEO Wes Murray, Houston School District Superintendent Scott Dill and State Rep. Robert Ross.

Members of the banquet committee were: Shari McCallister, Sheila Walker, Sharon Tyger, Leesa Smith, Laura Crowley, Gayla Bratton and Dennis Wilson.

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