The Ardmore Beautification Council recognizes businesses and individuals “for helping create a more beautiful community!” During the past two days, three businesses and one individual have received Daffodil Awards for their part in this crusade.


The Ardmore Beautification Council recognizes businesses and individuals “for helping create a more beautiful community!” During the past two days, three businesses and one individual have received Daffodil Awards for their part in this crusade.

Although the weather was extremely cold on Monday, Dixie Harper presented a Daffodil Award to Ruth Young Travel Service, 312 E. St. NW, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2009.

She said, “It is always a pleasure to drive down E Street NW and see this business. It is a quaint, well-maintained building that shows special attention has been paid to the landscaping.”

Citizens Bank and Trust Co., 1100 N. Commerce St., received the next award. As bank president and CEO, G. Bridger Cox, was being presented the award.

Harper said, “What an asset it is to Ardmore to have your bank located on the busiest intersection in town. The bank makes a great impression with its wonderful new building renovation and beautiful landscaping. We know visitors to our community, as well as our own citizens, appreciate your efforts.” Bank representatives credited Wilkinson Nursery for the attractive landscaping that features a variety of perennial grasses, seasonal pansies, nandina, knock-out roses and Texas sage.

Tuesday morning, Barbara Jackson, received individual recognition with a Daffodil Award for her continuous cleanup efforts in the alley behind the Ardmore Post Office and the neighborhood south of Stanley between B and D Streets from 1st Avenue SW to 5th Avenue SW. Jackson, who signed up as an Adopt-A-Spot volunteer with the ABC, said she “enjoys doing her part to make Ardmore a pretty town. I get comments from people seeing me pick up the trash and I’d like to think they will also get involved in a similar way.”

Kevin Butler, senior vice president at American National Bank, 1901 N. Commerce, acknowledged the bank’s appreciation of the honor on Tuesday morning.

“We are pleased to be receiving a Daffodil Award,” Butler said. “Every business or individual that does their part to make our community attractive adds to the overall beautification of Ardmore. You can look at North Commerce and see a change over the past few years. More people are improving the appearance of their businesses through landscaping, outdoor sculpture and building renovations. It’s good for economic and community development.”

James Lamey, Ardmore Main St. executive director, nominated the bank, citing the attractive landscaping and building renovations.

Nominations may be made by contacting the council at abc.ardmore@sbcglobal.net or (580) 223-2230.