Lexington businesses Bella Rose and T.E.M. Electric Co. have been honored with 2009 Pacesetter Awards from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. The Pacesetter Business Recognition Program is an initiative that acknowledges high-performing second-stage businesses that are changing the economic landscape of Kentucky. Other Kentucky companies that were recognized with 2009 Pacesetter Awards include: Chaney's Dairy Barn, Bowling Green; Celerity Automation, Paintsville; Comfort Keepers, Owensboro; Digitech Services, Glasgow; City Wide Maintenance of Cincinnati, Fort Wright; Light's Enterprises, Ashland; Taylor's Concrete Cutting Services, Franklin; and The Combs Group - CBJ Machine & Hydraulics, Pineville.
Berea residents and Berea College alumni Bill Best and Violet "Vi" Johnson Farmer have been honored with Outstanding Alumnus awards from the school. Best is nationally recognized in sustainable agriculture for his preservation and production of heirloom vegetables. Farmer has been a distinguished educator and public servant in Berea for more than 40 years.
William B. Cox has been awarded the professional designation of chartered financial consultant from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The American College awards the designation to those who fulfill educational, experiential and ethical requirements.
Allen Goben, president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College, has been named a Community College Leadership Program Distinguished Graduate. The University of Texas at Austin CCLP is the oldest program of its kind in the country and consistently ranked No. 1 nationally in preparing community college leaders.
Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall has been named Drill Sergeant of the Year for the 95th Training Division. Marshall is a drill sergeant with the Division's 3rd Brigade, 2-397th Battalion in Lexington. Marshall received a trophy and the opportunity to represent the 95th at the training and doctrine level of competition at Fort Monroe, Va. The 95th Division originally was organized in 1918. Today, as a training division, the 95th has drill sergeants in 15 states from Washington to Kentucky.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo