Man and Woman of the Year Named in Big Spring

by Mike Henry
KBYG - Special to NewsWest9

BIG SPRING - An annual tradition in Howard County is the announcement of the "man and woman of the year" which takes place each year at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, which was held Thursday night at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

Hundreds braved the cold to attend the sold out event. The "man of the year" for 2010 is Russ McEwen, a Big Spring businessman and former mayor who served several terms, and lead the city into a recent era of improvements to downtown and elsewhere.

The Big Spring Chamber's "woman of the year" is Verna Davis, who just recently retired from Alon after four decades of service. Davis is also very active in volunteerism to many areas in the community.

The new Big Spring Chamber of Commerce President for 2011 is local business owner Terri Johansen, who operates Johansen's Nursery along with her husband Carl.