Chamber honors longtime residents

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Surprise was evident and awards were presented during Saturday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

“I’m speechless,” said Frankye King, as she came forward to receive the Workhorse of the Year award.

King has been involved in many organizations throughout the years, from raising money for Roosevelt General Hospital to volunteering at Chamber events, said Sharon King, the Chamber’s interim executive director.

“If she (Frankye) commits to an organization, she gives it her all,” she said.

Recognized for his support of the community and agriculture industry, longtime Roosevelt County resident Floyd McAlister was presented the Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award.

“I feel honored, I didn’t expect it at all,” said McAlister.

Sharon King said McAlister has worked tirelessly to bring many things to the area. McAlister has conducted research on peanuts for the last 20 years, worked as an agriculture teacher and been the Roosevelt County extension agent for close to 23 years, said King.

“I think it’s great. He’s very deserving of it,” said longtime friend Chester Harth.

Rounding out the evening was Randy Milligan of Carlsbad as Judge Roy Bean, who entertained the audience with tales of his adventures during the 1800s.

Outgoing president John Pugh welcomed the crowd and highlighted the Chamber’s year, expressing joy at the prospect of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base.

“We as a committee can make a difference,” Pugh said, “and the Chamber will be there to support us.”