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Restoration efforts recognized

Heritage Alliance and Main Street McMinnville held their annual awards ceremony recently to recognize local businesses and individuals.
Heritage Alliance gave awards for restoration and historic events, and Main Street McMinnville’s presented awards for revitalization and new businesses.
Heritage Alliance historic preservation awards:
• Pat and Wally Bigbee, and Mike and Rhonda Galligan  — Continued support of community projects
• Melba Bonner — Preservation of a landmark home
• Robert Eschenbacher — Eagle Scout Riverside Cemetery repairs
• Martin Grissom — Volunteerism and interest in preserving history
• Mathew Hibdon — Lucy Virginia French Civil War Diary Project
• Jean Hobbs — Continued efforts to preserve county archives
• WCMS Interact Club — Volunteer and participation in heritage events
• Charlie Johnson — Media support of community projects and historical events
• C.J. Rogers — Volunteerism and interest in preserving history
• Neil Schultz — Continued historic preservation efforts
• Southern Standard — Back to the ’60s celebration
• Brad Boldin and Chris Terry — Back to the Strip celebration
• Warren County Commission — Financial assistance of Heritage Museum

Main Street McMinnville preservation awards:
• Carol and Mike Neal — Contribution to downtown heritage music, art and culture
• Tom Miner, Pirtle and Little Law offices, Ryan Moore, Steve and Faye Breedlove, Rachel Crouch, Pioneer Pediatrics, and April Stembridge — Contribution to downtown revitalization and restoration
• City of McMinnville — Contribution to downtown revitalization, phase two completion
• Junior and Penny Medley — Contribution to downtown revitalization and perseverance
• Doug Milner, Galligan and Newman Law Offices, Security Federal, and River Park Hospital  — Continued support to Main Street Live.
• Steve Grove — Catering special events for community projects.
• Mick OField — Volunteer Spirit Award
Historic places lost in 2011 were the trees at Pop Sain Place, Swan Mill Bridge, City Drug and Lannom Building on Main Street, City Park maple tree, High Street Cemetery oak tree and historic fence, and continued concern for the Blue Building.
Endangered list 2012 are African American Baptist Church on High Street (1910), store front on Tami Ross office (1890), Bostick House/ John Douglass Home (1890), Marbury RR house on Kid Alley (1880), Villa Street due to commercial encroachment.
The ceremony was held at 214 E. Main Street, which is owned by Steve and Faye Breedlove and home of Oasis Church.


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