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From The News-Courier—
KNOX CITY—Dustin Johnson, who was born and raised in Knox City, was honored with the E. Hob Smith Memorial Most Appreciated Citizen award during the Knox City Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the Knox City Community Center last Thursday night.
Chamber secretary/treasurer Leona Burkham made the announcement and introduction about the award winner and praised Johnson and wife Olivia for all they do for Knox City and the surrounding area.
Johnson aspired to be a care flight pilot and after graduating from Knox City High school in 2005, he decided to be a helicopter pilot, training at Helicopter Experts in Bulverde and received his instrument rating with Kansas Copters in Augusta, KS and finally with EPIC Helicopter in Dallas/Fort Worth where he received his commercial pilot rating.
Johnson has always been a true outdoorsman and respects what hunting does for wildlife management and does his part in aiding farmers and ranchers in the eradication of feral hogs.
His invaluable familiarity of this area of Texas has proven useful as Cedar Ridge Aviation is able to provide plenty of services, including aerial application of chemicals, predator control, cattle work, game surveys, aerial photography, pipeline patrols and aerial hog hunts.
Chamber president Mark Tucker welcomed all the guests to the banquet where different businesses decorated tables for prime rib and a salad donated by Penman’s Services.
Tucker mentioned that one of the goals for the chamber is to get all new uniform street signs in the city. He added that the chamber isn’t ready to disband like the one in Munday, but that new blood is necessary as both he and Burkham need some assistance going forward. Other members of the board of directors include Faby Vasquez, Gail Nunn and Kendra Hunter.
Supt. Colin Howeth, Knox County Hospital director Stephen Kuehler, Police Chief Richard Candelaria and Christie Howeth with the Knox County Welfare all provided updates to the attendees.