Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce presented three scholarships at Leeds High School senior awards night to three Diplomats who excelled in their participation in the chamber Diplomat Program. The 2019 Chamber Diplomat Scholarship Winners are Dalton Cates - $1000 scholarship, Kathryn Rice - $500 scholarship and Camell Looney - $250 scholarship. Each of the eight seniors who participated in the chamber Diplomat program were recognized and presented with a chord in appreciation for their service. These students are Presley Anderson, Nichole Armstrong, Lily Bartee, Emmy Beason, Camell Looney, Kathryn Rice, Shelby Truitt and Dalton Cates.

The Chamber of Commerce also presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Leeds Primary School Counselor, Darlene Bean. The nomination submitted for Darlene read, “Darlene Bean is more than just our counselor! She goes above and beyond to help out in any way she can to make Leeds Primary School a better place. Not only does she meet with our students, but she pours her heart into each of them. She knows all the students by name and can make a personal connection with each of them. She is the head of our Shared Leadership Action Team and a member of our Lighthouse Team. She orchestrated the task of selecting our Student Lighthouse Team this year and led them in coordinating our monthly Leadership Assembly. Darlene is an integral part of our faculty and we are so appreciative of all the work she does!” The award was presented by Brad Pool with Cahawba Financial Services and Immediate Past President of the chamber who sponsored this award along with a $500 gift. Congratulations, Ms. Bean, we truly appreciate the effort you put into the students of LPS.

We would like to say congratulations to all of the Leeds and Moody High School seniors who are graduating this month. Leeds Class of 2019 has been offered over $2.2 million in scholarships and counting. Moody Class of 2019 has been offered over $4 million in scholarships. We wish each student much success in planning the future.

Leeds 25th Annual Creek Bank Festival was a big success on Saturday. The weather was perfect. Being the 25th year of Creek Bank, there were record numbers of arts, crafts and vendor with entertainers all day long on both stages. Other activities included the famous Moon Pie Eating Contest, Hula Hoop Challenge, Dog Pageant and more. Everyone enjoyed the festival and we look forward to the next one scheduled for May 16, 2020.

Leeds Masonic Lodge Community Breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Breakfast is free, but donations would be appreciated which go toward City of Leeds community involvement programs. For info, please contact T. V. Weaver at 205-699-6742.

If you are looking for a night of laughter and entertainment, Debbie Street Childers will be performing at Leeds Arts Council on Saturday, June 1. Her 7 p.m. show is already sold out so reservations are being taken for a 5 p.m. show. Please call 205-699-1892. Debbie grew up in Leeds and has always loved to make people laugh. Plan to attend for some hometown humor from a hometown girl!

Also, Ramey Channell is the Leeds Arts Council featured artist in June. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, June 2 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. to view her beautiful artwork. Admission is free. Ms. Channell’s paintings will be on exhibit through July 4. For more information, please visit www.leedsartscouncil.org.

Many of us have dealt with hurt and bitterness in our lives. You are invited to join Eden Westside Baptist Church River Campus for a special event on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. during the month of June, “From Bitterness to Blessedness,” and break free from the bitterness in your life that keeps you from being the person God wants you to be. This four-week study of the book of Ruth will be presented by a well-known evangelist, Dr. Don Graham. Preschool, children and teen activities will also be available. For more information, please visit www.EdenWestside.org.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Leeds Downtown First Thursday Street Fest scheduled for June 6 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Another afternoon of great entertainment at the gazebo on the corner of 9th Street and Parkway. Plan to bring your family and enjoy street vendors, food trucks, entertainers, car cruise-in, downtown shopping on the Parkway and more. This is a free event so don’t miss it! For info, visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com.

Barber Small Bore Festival is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This festival is dedicated to miniature motorcycles, pit bikes, scooters and their riders. For more info, visit www.barbermuseum.org/events.

Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Leeds High School Auditorium. Miss Leeds Area was founded in 1980 and is an official preliminary to the Miss Alabama Scholarship Competition and the Miss America 2.0 competition. For more information, please visit www.missleedsarea.net.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up this weekend, let’s take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have died in active military services. Without these special men and women, we could not enjoy the freedoms that we have in the best country on planet earth!

Thought for the week: “We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.” ~Unknown

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