Conservation awards presented

Published 2:28 am Saturday, August 18, 2018

Several local residents were recognized this week in Eufaula at the annual meeting and banquet of the Southeast Alabama Conservation Districts.

The Covington County Conservation District recognized Blaine Wilson as the Area V and state award winner of the Outstanding Conservation Communication Award. He received these awards Tuesday, August 14, at the Lakepoint Resort Lodge in Eufaula.

Wilson is the owner and general manager of WAAO 93.7.

“Blaine is very supportive of the soil and water conservation resources in the county,” his nomination read. “ He has given the district programs positive press coverage and any time we have news releases we pass those onto him and know that he gives it the personal attention that it needs. He is always willing to have anyone from our office drop by the station for an interview and in-depth conversation. Charles Simon, County Extension Agent, does a morning segment every week and often has passed our program information to along to the public. This relationship greatly helps the District get our current conservation issues to the public on a timely basis at no cost.”

Wilson is an Andalusia High School graduate. After high school, he and his father owned and operated Radio Shack/First Choice Electronics until 2001. He graduated from Alabama Law Enforcement Training Academy in Selma in 2002. He also has worked in law enforcement rental investing,

He and his wife, Andrea Beam Wilson, have one son, Brunson Lee Wilson. He enjoys construction work, deer hunting, early morning coffee talk with friends, politics, news and being a father to his son.

Jackson recognizes Troy Henderson.

Also receiving an award was Troy Henderson, son of Cleve and Loy Henderson. Troy is a student at Straughn Elementary and is the Area V winner in the Grade 3-4 division of the annual poster contest. The theme for the poster was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.”

Mike Birge won the Supervisor of the Year Award.