A bold project to landscape the Mad Creek drainage channel through Shawnee Park and into Shawnee Springs in mid-town Graham moved another step forward last week when a $130,000 award was presented to the community.

The presentation at the 46th annual Keep Texas Beautiful conference in San Antonio represented first place proceeds for the 2013 Governor's Community Achievement Awards competition. Graham was judged best among communities with populations between 5,001 and 9,000.

Keep Graham Beautiful submitted the community's entry, highlighting beautification efforts in the community throughout 2012. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas.