Graham was awarded the coveted $130,000 Governor s Community Achievement Award last week for first place in its population category in a competition administered by Keep Texas Beautiful. The landscaping project prize was presented June 19 at the KTB annual conference in San Antonio. On hand to accept the ceremonial check and engraved plaque were (front row, left to right) Carol Lee Robinson, Anne Schultz, Keep Graham Beautiful Director Ed Hinson, KGB Secretary-Treasurer Eva Hoffman, Susie White and Mayor Barry White; (back row, left to right), KGB President Roy Robinson, KGB Director Jerry Schultz, City Manager Larry Fields, Judy Fields, Susan Hinson, KGB Director Dortheia Henderson, Texas Department of Transportation Travel Information Division Director Margo Richards, Public Works Director David Casteel, Betsy Casteel andTexas Highway Commissioner Fred Underwood. Award proceeds will help fund beautification of the Mad Creek channel in Shawnee Park/Shawnee Springs. (Kevin Stillman, TxDOT)
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.