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City Manager Russell Sights wins DHP ‘Heart of Henderson’ Award

City Manager Russell Sights wins DHP ‘Heart of Henderson’ Award

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

March 22nd, 2018

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HENDERSON, Ky. – The City of Henderson’s City Manager Russell Sights was named the recipient of the Downtown Henderson Partnership’s most prestigious award, the Heart of Henderson Award, at the organization’s 24th-annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday morning, March 22, at Rookies Banquet Room.
The award is intended to honor someone that the selection committee deems has achieved “lifetime achievement status.”
In making the presentation, City Commissioner and DHP Board Member Austin Vowels called Sights “a man of integrity who loves Henderson and who has worked hard for downtown Henderson.”
He also described Sights as the person who has served the longest period of time of anyone ever on the board of Downtown Henderson Partnership.
“I bought into the concept of DHP when it was first proposed (in the mid-1980s),” Sights said, “and I have been involved with it ever since.”
Sights is set to retire as city manager at the end of June. He joins a list of people who have been named “Heart of Henderson” recipients since it was created in 1995.

Past winners are: Herman Alles, Larry Simon, Dean Bobo, Donald Harrison, Hazel Chaney, Bill Hayes, Betty O’Daniel, Ray Preston, Diana Whitmore, Tom Davis, Claud Hays, Paul Jones, Norris/Mary Elizabeth/Nibby Priest, Maurice Galloway, Jerry Bernstein, Joe and Steve Martin, Fred and Ginny Thomas/Rodney and Liz Thomas, Margie Campbell and Campbell’s Jewelers, Ty Rideout, Curt Hamilton, Dr. Tom and Jo Logan, Brent and Carter Wilkerson and Ronnie Marable.

Other awards presented at the breakfast were:

Excellence in Preservation: Chuck and Sonya Mauzey, for their renovation of the historic Mary Towles Sasseen Wilson home on South Main Street.

Excellence in Design: Dr. James Buckmaster, for his new clinic construction at the corner of Second and Green streets.

Downtowner of the Year: Marcos and Janeth Nicolas, for their operation of several family businesses in downtown Henderson, including Tacoholics and Wild Child Boutique.

Volunteers of the Year: Workers from the Henderson County Detention Center, for their perpetual assistance with setting up for downtown events.

Business of the Year: Independence Bank, for many community activities and projects, including the annual Independence Bank Fourth of July Celebration.

Prior to the presentation of awards, the keynote address focused on “The Perch,” the small park now under construction in the 200 block of Second Street.
Henderson County Tourist Commission Executive Director Abby Dixon, Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors Executive Director Missy Vanderpool and City Commissioner Brad Staton provided an overview of the project from start to finish, focusing on the collaborative work that is making the park a reality.

“The Perch,” described as a community gathering place and hub for economic growth, is scheduled to open by early summer.

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