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Chamber Insights: Complete Issue for December 2007

In the December 2007 Insights issue
  • President Darrell Overstreet's message
  • Special thanks to local businesses
  • Commerce and the Christmas Spirit
  • Chamber Membership Listing

Chamber Insights
December 2007

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor: Sue Stivers, Executive Director

Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Vonnie Kolbenschlag
The Purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to Promote and Enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.

Thought for the Month>
"This Year's Success was Last Year's Impossibility"

President's Message

This is my last "President's Message" for the Chamber and it is hard to believe that two years has past so quickly. It has been such an honor and a great privilege to serve as president of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. It has been such an exciting experience to work with so many wonderful people, Board members, Chamber members and Sue Stivers, the Chamber Executive Director.

This is the time, by tradition, when the out going President lists all the accomplishments during the past two years. And it is true that a lot has gone on the past two years and many positive things have taken place. But as I have said before, many of the accomplishments took place by other folks and I was not directly involved.

There are several things that I am very proud of that the Chamber has accomplished the past two years and one is a closer relationship with Lindsey Wilson College. As the result of a great idea of Ron Heath, and the work of other Board members and Chamber members, the past two years of the Wares Fair involved hundreds of Lindsey students and faculty and over 50 local businesses each year. A great way for the college people to see what our community has to offer.

Another item that I am very proud of is the increase in Chamber membership. We have the largest membership ever and we are having the largest attendance at our monthly membership meetings and other events. Sue Stivers has done an excellent job in getting great speakers and the membership committee has worked exceptionally hard in recruiting members. I look forward to this being just a small stepping stone to where we will be in the next two years.

Our Christmas in Columbia has made some changes. Charles Grimsley, for years did most all of the Christmas in Columbia by himself and did an awesome job, but he wanted to get some relief and the Chamber assumed the responsibility for the past two years. Dave Johnston assumed the Chair of that Committee and along with other Board members and a host of volunteers made that event very successful.

The Roadside Park continues to be something that I am very proud of. Richard Phelps and Sue Stivers have done an awesome job in getting grants and donations for walking trails, shelters and play ground equipment. Richard continues to spend a lot time in seeing that the park looks great and provides a nice area for the entire family to enjoy.

We can also talk about "The Folklore of the Old West festival and the Labor Day "Buy, Swap and trade Days that Charles Grimsley has chaired for a number of years. We should be proud to have these events in our community.

The Chamber has welcomed many new businesses to our community by having ribbon cuttings with a lot of our Chamber members participating.This year has been our 50th Anniversary. Richard Phelps did such a wonderful job in preparing the highlights for the past 50 years and presenting those to the Chamber.

I want to thank Lindsey Wilson college for a great Chamber Christmas Party just a couple of weeks ago. Also a special thanks to Patricia Harper, who is the chairperson of that event. I cannot say enough thanks to Dr. Gerald Chafin and the Lindsey Wilson Singers for their performance. And a big thanks to everyone who attended the party.

These events and happenings have been just a few of the things that take place daily at the Chamber. There are so many folks, Board members and general membership, who work for our community and get no or very little credit for what they do. These folks deserve our thanks and appreciation.

I ask everyone to help me welcome, Donna Stotts, as the new Chamber President. Donna has tremendous energy, great ideas and I know will be a great president to lead the Chamber the next two years. Under Donna's leadership and her commitment to the job and most important her commitment to Columbia and Adair County, we will see great things from the Chamber and our community. I look forward to working with her and serving as a Board member under her leadership. "Donna, congratulations and you have our support".

I must thank Sue Stivers, who has put up with me for the past two years. "Sue, I thank you very much for your support and dedication to our community".

Again, let me thank you for allowing me to serve these two years as Chamber president. During these past two years we have seen lots of things take place and I thank God that He has allowed me to be a part of the happenings, not just as President but as part of the community. With all the things taking place in our community now and in the future we can say, "Columbia, KY, A Great Place To Call Home".

A Special Thank You to Local Businesses

Christmas in Columbia was once again an outstanding event. It was a big success and the day's activities came to a close with the Parade "Under the Lights". According to many folks, it was one of the most beautiful parades in recent years.

Without the cooperation of the business community, "Christmas In Columbia" would not be a reality. The Chamber would like to express their appreciation and say a special "Thank You" to the businesses for their financial support of the 17th Annual Christmas In Columbia festival.

The Corporate Sponsors were: Adair Progress Bank of Columbia Burton Stone - Central Kentucky Realty & Auction Columbia/Adair Co. Jaycees Community Medical Community Trust Bank Community Voice Duo-County Telephone First National Bank Franklin Motors Gaddie Shamrock Garrison Construction Hi-Temp Graphics Insurance, etc. - Jimmy Reliford Key Mortgage Lewis Transport McDonalds Stotts Construction - United Citizens Bank WAIN WHVE

Sponsors for the Old Fashioned Carriage Rides which added much enjoyment for folks of all ages and as always was a big hit.

The Carriage Ride Sponsors were: Barger Insurance Central Bookkeeping Community Medical Community Voice Durham & Zornes Grimsley Jewelry Harris & Harris, Attorneys Jeffries Hardware Jimmy Reliford Lewis Transport Lynn's Service Station Reed Brother Insurance Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home Walker Realty

Our special thanks and appreciation is extended to Don Franklin Ford-Mercury for providing the beautiful automobiles for many people in the parade and to Dan Franklin for serving as Chairman of the transportation committee. The Franklins have provided the vehicles for the past several years. Thank YouThank You

Our gratitude and appreciation to Ben Arnold for the use of his downtown buildings for the vendors of Arts, Crafts, Baked Goods, etc. Without the use of these buildings, this activity could not be held.

Special thanks to McCammish Manufacturing, IMO Industries, Flavor-Rich and the Little League Park for the use of their parking lots for the parade line-up.

Another activity held during December was the Annual Christmas Party. This is a time for Chamber members to get to know each other, have time to fellowship, enjoy fun and entertainment. Our Special Thanks is extended to Lindsey Wilson College for being the Corporate Sponsor. The food was wonderful and the Lindsey Wilson Singers, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Chafin, was absolutely superb. Absolutely a great evening!!

The Door Prize Sponsors for The Christmas Party: Bank of Columbia Barger Insurance Agency Central Kentucky Realty Community Trust Bank - Dairy Queen Duo-County Telephone Family Home Health First National Bank Flowers 'N Things Hallmark Julia's Flower Garden Kessler Mortgage Key Mortgage Co. Lloyd French McDonalds OK Country Cooking Sheila's Country Junction Shoreline Communications 92.7 The Wave & 99.9 The Big Dawg Sonic United Citizens Bank Wendy's

We truly appreciate our local businesses and wish you a Merry Christmas and that 2008 will be your best year ever. Your continuous support for the Chamber of Commerce and our Community is a great gift.

Commerce and the Christmas Spirit

Shopping days and the countdown to Christmas is often measured in the realm of money spent. Commercial successes are evident and calculated with buying and selling. We live in an age of abundance of products that enhance and shape our physical lives to want these products. Christmas is the time for increased monetary commerce.

But, Christmas has and continues to have another side. It has been and continues to be a spirit filled time when we remember those less fortunate with visits and donations, send cards to friends we seldom see, put extra effort into entertaining, and attend Christmas plays and concerts. We decorate-expressing through art an emotional side, we listen to instrumental music and cantatas, many that were composed years ago but are still inspirational. We feel the spirit that composers felt and wanted to convey through beautiful sounds. We share customs and carols from many parts of the world increasing our feeling for humanity. We view art masterpieces that communicate this spiritual feeling and nourish our souls. Forms of creativity and getting in touch with our spiritual side are apparent at Christmas.

Increasingly, the search for meaning and purpose is a challenge and an opportunity facing commerce that depends only on products and profits. We get a glimpse with the Christmas Spirit that needs to be evident and infused in our lives all year long.

A Salute to the 2007 Chamber Members

Merry Christmas Chamber MembersMay you, your family and your employees have a wonderful Christmas and may 2008 be your best year ever! Thank You for making "An Investment in Your Community" and we look forward to your continued support of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

ABS Voice and Data, LLC
Brian Koenig

A+ Plus Computers
Thomas Wilson

A & R Inspector
Al Schubert

Aaron Medical Center
Dr. Phil Aaron

Above & Beyond Pet Salon
Melissa Magsam / Scott Burton

Access Locksmith Service
Ed Wigal

Adair Automotive Supply
Steven McKinney

Adair Awareness, LLC
Lisa White / Renee Reeves

Adair County Animal Hospital
S. Campbell / S. Rexroat, DVM's

Adair County Jaycees
Adam Roy, Pres.

Adair County Attorney
Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin

Adair County Bd. of Education
Darrell Treece

Adair County Court Clerk
Sheila Blair

Adair County Ex. Homemakers
Kelli Bonifer

Adair County Farm Bureau
Ernie Rogers South

Adair County Farm Bureau
Michele Lewis North

Adair County Fire Extinguisher
Michael Glasgow

Adair County Fiscal Court
Judge/Executive Ann Melton

Adair County Health Dept.
Jelaine Phillips

Adair County Public Library
Lee Ann Jessee

Adair County P.V.A. Office
William Feese, Jr.

Adair County Substance Abuse
Ellen Zornes

Adair County Water District
Lenny Stone

Adair Progress
Paul Hayes

Adanta Group Clinical Serv.
C. Epperson/ R. Thompson

Jeffrey Humble

Air Evac Lifeteam
Sondra Keltner

All About You Hair Salon
Kathy Grant

Arrow Exterminators, Inc.
Charles Jones


Bank of Columbia
Robert Flowers, Pres./CEO

Barger Insurance Agency
Susan Loy / Stephen Keen

Barnes, Charles & Barbara

Beard, Bea

Bennett's Carpets, Inc.
John Bennett

Best Buy Clothes & More
(Dixieland Productions)
Sue Rowe

Best Western of Columbia
Jay Lad, Manager

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Bob Belknap

Bluegrass Cellular
Lee Ann Chambers

Bonifer, Kelli

Bowman, Wallace

Brock, Louise

Brown, Janella M.D.P.S.C.

Bryant-Hancock, Barbara CPA

Bryant Realty & Auction
Joe Bryant / Rodney Karnes

Buffalo Hills Ranch
Jim Leib

Burton Ace Hardware
Ron & Barbara Burton

Burton Real Estate
Murrell Burton


C & R Framing & Matting
Charles Cole

CAF on the Square
Stephen & Ellen Hingle

Caring Touch Massage Therapy
Sonya Pearson

Casey House Antiques
Marla Shelley

Catfish Plus
Doug & Katie Campbell

Central Bookkeeping Service
June Parson

Central Financial Services
Tammy Morrison

Central KY Realty & Auction
Sandra Rowlett

Central KY Window & Door
Dicky Walker

Century 21-Smith Realty
Shannon & April Smith

CertaCare Discount Pharmacy
Mary Beth Hatcher

Chandler's Office Supplies
Bill Chandler

Church of Christ (Southside)
Hugh Gannon

Circle "R" Restaurant
David & Ingrid Hawkins

City of Columbia
Mayor Pat Bell

Coffey, Joe & Ada

Coffey's Veterinary Center
Dr. Janice Coffey

Collins, Jack & Margie

Columbia-Adair County
Industrial Authority, Inc.

Columbia Dairy Dip
Mila Newton, Mgr.

Columbia Pharmacy
David Bowman

Columbia Landscape & Garden
Jason Stotts

Ed & Linda Waggener

Columbia Music Center
Chris Bennett/Charles Green

Columbia's Pro Massage Center
Joan C. Dulworth

Columbia Rotary Club
Greg Phelps, Pres.

Columbia 7th Day Adventist
Pastor Dwayne Toppenberg

Columbia United Methodist
David Alexander

Columbia Utilities Commission
Jim Williams

Columbia Woman's Club
Yvonne Kolbenschlag, Pres.

Community Medical Services
Kaye & David Bowman

Community Trust Bank
Betty Moyers, Mgr.

CompuTech Resources, Inc.
Richard R. Grant

Coop, Sara F.

Corbin, Jason E.

Country At Heart
Missy Powell

Country Quilters
Kathy Jones, Pres.


D.A.V. Chapter #72
Johnie Parson, Pres.

Damon's CTA
Damon Hicks

Day & Day Feed, LLC
Anthony & Gary Day, Ray Brock

Dixie Cash & Carry, Inc.
Alan & Beth VanArsdale

Dog Gone Classy
Daryl & Trudi VanArsdale

Doll House Day Care
Donna Bryant

Don Franklin Ford-Mercury
Dan Franklin

Downey Eye Clinic
Dr. Max Downey

Dreamland Motel, Inc.
Brenda Williams

Duo-County Telephone/Telecon
Eric West, Dir. Of Marketing

Duncan, Burbridge & Jones Family Reunion Committee
Shirlene Ingram, Pres.

Durham & Zornes, Attorneys
Hunter Durham/J.D. Zornes


Ed's Small Engine Barn, LLC
Edward E. Pipalski, Jr.

Edmonds, Charley

Edward Jones Investments
Jim Flowers

Heather Craft

Family Home Health Care, Inc.
Patricia Harper

Family Medical CenterDr. Eric Loy

Farmland Publications, Inc.
Sharon Burton

Feese, Phillip

Fence Builders
Mark Powell

Fiesta Mexico
Martin Valadez

First National Bank
Rickie Huntsman

First Realty Auction, Inc./Sign America
David Breeding

Flowers 'N Things
Betty Smith

French, Lloyd

Fudge, Melissa


G & G Motors, Inc.
Charles Giles

Gaddie-Shamrock, Inc.
Roy & Doug Beard

Garrison Construction Co.
Lewis Garrison

Giles, Charles S. M.D.

Giles Foundation, Janice Holt
Clara Metzmeier, Pres.

Girl Scouts of America #896
Dana Walker

Glass Mountain
Ted Caldwell

Golden Rule-Wilson Realty
Christopher Wilson

Goodin, Kim

Grant Chiropractic Center
Dr. Anthony Grant

Grayson, Bobby

Shantila Rexroat, DVM

Green River Kruzers Car Club
Terry Farris, Pres.

Grider, Shirley

Grider Properties
Tommy Grider

Grimsley's Jewelry
Charles Grimsley

Grissom Funeral Home
David Martin


H & H Building Contractors
Terry Harvey

H & R Block
Linda Fitzpatrick

Hadley, Tiffany

Hallmark of Columbia
Paula Eubank

Hancock Tire Center
Troy Hancock

Harris & Harris, P.S.C.
Mike & Laura Harris

Harvey-Ellis Motors, Inc.
James Harvey/James Ellis

Heartland Community Church
Robin Smith

Heart's Image
David Waltz

Henderson, Margery M.

Hi-Temp Graphics, Inc.
Susan Rarey

Highland Raku Studio
Henrietta & Jeff Scott

Holmes Bend Marina Resort
David Butler

Holmes Bend General Store
Stevie ReRun Cornelison

Hometown Building LLC
Philip & Missy Dunbar

Hoover Law Office
Jeff Hoover/Kevin Shearer

Hot Prints Screen Printing
Daryl & Connie Kemp


Image Analysis, Inc.
Ben Arnold

IMO Pump
Georgina Roy

Insurance, etc.
Michelle Estes


J & B Construction
Jeff Hatcher

J & S Boat Storage
Steve McKinney

Janes Appliance
Ronnie Janes

Janes Heating & Cooling
Chris Janes

Jeffries Hardware
Leon Lewis

Jones, Shirley

Julia's Flower Garden Florist
Julia Bailey


K's Quick Coin Wash
Bill & Carole Karstetter

KRA-Youth Service Program
Linda Cooper

Karnes Dyno-Rev Engines
Mark D. Karnes
Keefe, Carolyn

Keen, Montra

Kentucky Farmworker Program
Ron Ramsey/Mary Hadley

Kentucky Utilities Company
Jan Rose Coleman

Kessler Mortgage
Kevin Kessler

Kessler, Edward & Linda

Key Mortgage Company
Darrell Overstreet

Kolbenschlag, George & Vonnie


Lake Cumberland Real Estate
David Davenport

Lee's Famous Chicken
Rob Westbrook

Lewis Log Homes
Bob Lewis

Lewis Transport, Inc.
Pam Scott

Limelights Salon, Inc.
Amy Keltner & Amy Rowe

Lindsey Wilson College
William Luckey, Jr. President

Long John Silver's
Scotty Thompson
Loy, Dennis

Loy, Lisa Accountant

Loy, Marshall F. Law Office

Lynn's Service Center
Lynn Franklin


M & W Milling
Mark Meyer

Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast
Linda & Carson Lewis

Majestic Yachts, Inc.
Jim E. Hadley

Margie's Custom Cedar Product
Margie & Gary Max

Maria's Sign & Design
Maria Ballou

Markel Equine Insurance Specialist/Equine Photographer
Mary Phelps

May, Mary Francis

McCammish Manufacturing Co.
Doug McCammish

McDonald's of Columbia
Pam Hancock

Medicine Shoppe
David Eubank

Melson Roofing, Inc.
Creon Melson

Mi-Di Inc.
Mike Newton/Dicky Walker

Miller Pest Control
Darrell Miller

Mite-As-Well Shoppe
Charlotte Chandler

MLS Showroom
Lee Stephens

Moore's Pool Room
Charlotte Hare

Movie Warehouse
Daryl & Connie Kemp


Nation's Medicines
Sheila Bryant

Nelson's Farms
Randy Nelson

NEPCO-Northeastern Products
William Kruizenga

New Beginnings Family Service
Anthony Holmes/Sharon Payne

Nissley Equipment, Inc.
Daniel & Kathy Nissley


Odell's Auto Repair
Odell Smith

Old Craftsman Furniture/Cabinet Shop
Greg & Jon Redford

Overstreet, Barbara


P & J Refrigeration
Phillip & Judy McLean

Pathways of Central Kentucky
Karen Gardner, Administrator

Payne, Joe & Marjorie

Pelly, Mary E.

Personal Touch Home Care
T. Carpenter/S. Breeding

Phelps, Evelyn

Phelps, Mary Beth

Pinewood Country Club
Greg Huff

Praise Assembly of God Church
Rev. Timothy W. Cooper

Prestige Gold & Diamonds
Charles J. Blankenship

Pyles Concrete, Inc.
Doug Pyles

Pyles Excavating, Inc.
Joseph Pyles


Quality Personnel
Monica & Bonnie Rodgers


Rademacher, Roy & Chris

Red Barn Barbecue
Markeeta & Gary Dubree

Reed Brothers Insurance
Dan L. Antle

Renaissance Columbia
Benton Fudge

Rex's Cycle Shop
Tammy Coffey

Richerson, Dr. Kevin, D.C. PSC

Robertson Pools & Spas
Patsy Robertson

Robin's Nest Daycare
Robin Franklin

Rogers, Dr. Ronald P. DC

Rooney, Joe & Mildred

Rumors Hair Salon
Keisha Skaggs

Rutherford's Nursery
Tony & Bonnie Rutherford


Sales Connection
Larry Fletcher

Schafer, Robert L.

Sexton & Cox Auto Sales
Garry Cox & Bill Sexton

Sheila's Country Junction
Sheila Hare

Sonic of Columbia
Jay Rowlette

South Central Designs
Benton Fudge

South Central Printing
Ralph & Glinda Waggener

Sparks, Margaret

Staff Management
George Rodgers

State Farm Insurance
Jill W. Smith

Stearman, Debra CPA

Stivers, Sue C.

Stone, Dora Mae

Stotts Construction Co.
Junior & Connie Stotts

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home
Richard Phelps/Louis McQueary

Summit Manor Nursing Home
Brenda Williams


Taylor County RECC
Barry L. Myers

Town Barber Shop
William Harris

Tray's Garden
Peter Cheng

Tumble Towne USABrandi & Doug Waggener

United Citizens Bank
Dave Johnston

United Country Heavenly Hollow Real Estate
Angel & GW Dostal


Vance, Judy D. PSC Attorney


Danny Bragg, Mgr.

WAIN Radio Station
Gary Phelps

WHVE-FM 92.7 The Wave
Alan W. Reed

Waggener, David

Walker, Maxine

Walker Farms
Bryan & Dana Walker

Walker Rentals
Bryan & Dana Walker

Walker Real Estate & Auction
Richard L. Walker

Warner Fertilizer
Samuel M. Dean

Brenda Myers/Randall Lawson

Westlake Regional Hospital
Pauline Davenport/R. Tungate

William Furniture & Bedding
William & Rose Burton

Windstream Communications
Steve Richardson


Xtreme Fitness
Tim Ferrie


Zornes, Ellen

4-Seasons Consignment
Phyllis Goodin

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