Chamber inducts Scherf into HOF

Published 12:03 am Friday, January 25, 2013

A bevy of awards were handed out at last night’s Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, including a newly-established leadership Hall of Fame.

The first inductee into the HOF is John George Scherf Sr.

Scherf came to Andalusia in the 1920s to the Chamber; organized the Andala and Alatex facilities in the 1920s and more.

“This year, we think it appropriate to honor the leader who provided the history for the Chamber’s new home and its own personal chamber history,” Chamber immediate past president Debbie Marcum said. “ During his 16-year tenure, Andalusia became a more progressive city, finances were stabilized, streets were paved and named, the Clean City Award was received on more than one occasion, industry was encouraged, the library grew and the schools were among the best. The Scherf years left a lasting impact of greatness and pride. His life and his leadership during those difficult times continue to influence our way of life today.”

James William Hamiter Jr., was awarded the Chamber’s President’s Award.

Hamiter was recognized for his services to Andalusia as part of Alatex for many years, and his work in chairing the committee for memorials on the grounds of the Chamber’s new home.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Kim Carter.

Marcum said the award serves as the Chamber’s most sincere appreciation of community service.

“(Carter) serves our community through diverse volunteer work and leadership roles,” Marcum said. “She always presents a professional and competent attitude with unfailing courtesy that sets people at ease immediately. She puts ideas into action and always follows through. She is truly dedicated to making our community a better place to live.”

Straughn senior quarterback Chase Short was presented the T.J. Fleming Award in memory of a 2008 Florala High School graduate who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer, but was inspirational to the county. Short is the son of Michael and Sharron Short.

Each year, the Chamber also awards several businesses of the year and many education awards.

• Mom and Pop Business of the Year: Vickie Wacaster and Comfort Care Hospice;

• Small Business of the Year Award: Jimmy Cox and Carolina Millwork and Truss;

• Large Business of the Year Award: Covington Electric Cooperative;

• Business of the Year Service Award: CCB Community Bank.

• Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Jenifer Earnest, Andalusia Elementary School;

• Middle School Teacher of the Year: Candy Parker, Andalusia Middle School;

• Secondary Teacher of the Year: Perry Dillard, Andalusia High School;

• Student of the Year: Hannah Johnson, Red Level High School.