Town of White Castle receives Beautification Award

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
The Town of White Castle was one of 20 municipalities across the state to receive the annual Beautification Award at the annual LMA Convention.

The Town of White Castle recently was awarded the Beautification Award at the 80th Annual Louisiana Municipal Association Convention held at the Shreveport Convention Center from July 27-19.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, LED Secretary Don Pierson and National League of Cities President, Matt Zone were among those headlining the state’s largest gathering of municipalities. The opening session on Thursday included an address from Joe Bishop, President of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana and Secretary Schedler gave a spirited keynote address. The Lieutenant Governor was a special guest speaker at Friday morning’s prayer breakfast and Pastor Denny Duron of Shreveport Community Church gave a keynote address that was moving and inspirational.

Nungesser presented the second annual Lieutenant Governor’s Beautification Awards to 20 communities throughout the state, including the Town of White Castle.

The Beautification Awards winners are:

City of Abbeville

Town of Abita Springs

City of Baton Rouge

Village of Fenton

Town of Grand Isle

City of Gretna

Town of Homer

Town of Jean Lafitte

Jefferson Parish

Lafayette Consolidated Government

Town of Lecompte

Village of Loreauville

City of Monroe

Town of Pearl River

City of Pineville

City of Rayne

City of Ruston

City of Tallulah

Town of White Castle

City of Winnfield

Later at the Convention, Grosse Tete Mayor Michael Chauffe was installed as one of 10 District Vice Presidents of the LMA across the state.  The 10 District Vice Presidents are:

District A: Tommy Davis, Mayor, Minden

District B: Eugene Smith, Mayor, Arcadia

District C: Paxton Branch, Tallulah

District D: Rick Allen, Mayor, Leesville

District E: Nathan Martin, Councilman, Pineville

District F: Purvis Morrison, Mayor, Scott

District G: Greg Jones, Mayor, Crowley

District H: Michael Chauffe, Mayor, Grosse Tete

District I: Donald Villere, Mayor, Mandeville

District J: Rodney Grogran, Mayor, Patterson

"This award reminds us that no matter what you must keep pushing despite the obstacles,” White Castle Mayor Gerald Williams said.  “I truly believe that our best is yet to come for White Castle, it makes our citizens proud to know the amount of work it takes to achieve goals and make our community better day by day."

Earlier in the year, Mayor Williams wrote a grant to enhance, gentrify and beautify the Town of White Castle.  This grant awarded $3,300 to the Town through Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

The Beautification Award was not the only recent success found by the White Castle Mayor.  On Aug. 4, Mayor Williams completed his three years of study at the University of Central Arkansas and was among 25 individuals awarded graduation certificates at the 31st annual Community Development Institute.

CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.

Participants in the program move through the curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.  Job well done to Mayor Williams and the Town of White Castle for their recent successes.