MONTGOMERY — Nickie Simpson, staff writer at The Reporter, was recently recognized at the Alabama PALS Governor’s Awards Program luncheon Wednesday.
The annual awards program is sponsored by the Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) and recognizes groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the areas of litter control, recycling, local clean-up efforts, environmental education and volunteerism.
Simpson was one of the winners selected in the media category, honoring her efforts in reporting and promoting Marshall County PALS.
“I was very surprised and grateful to be nominated,” Simpson said. “And winning the Governor’s Award is such an honor. I just really stand behind and
appreciate the awesome and selfless work of Marshall County PALS. Writing articles about the organization is a pleasure, and I hope that I can do more for PALS in the future.”
In addition to Simpson, several other Marshall County organizations and individuals were awarded.
Marshall County PALS and President Micky Hunt were recognized for their work throughout the county.
The Marshall County Democratic Club, which is part of the Adopt-A-Mile program, was recognized for having one of the most visible miles in Marshall County — the section of U.S. Highway 431 just in front of County Park No. 1 north of the river bridge.
Federal Mogul in Boaz received the Marshall County PALS Business Pride Award, which goes to a business that goes the extra mile in keeping its property clean. Anthony Allison and Johnny Parris accepted the award.
Sheriff Phil Sims and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office were awarded for its inmate litter patrol. Deputies Steve Guthrie and Matt Cooper accepted the award on Sims’ behalf.
The Advertiser-Gleam also received a media award. The Gleam not only reports on PALS, but under the leadership of general manager Christine Hammers recently adopted the mile of Taylor Street in front of its office to Lurleen Wallace Drive to regularly keep litter free. Managing Editor Anthony Campbell accepted the award.