Two East Texas cities – Carthage and Maud – have each received a monetary award from Ana-Lab Corporation of Kilgore. The Charles H. Whiteside Municipal Grants, named for Ana-Lab’s founder, are $5,000 cash awards given to deserving cities based on a nomination and application process.
Byron Roberts, superintendent over Water and Waste Water operations for the City of Carthage, accepted the award for Carthage on May 12.
“We so appreciate being selected to receive this money,” Roberts said upon being presented the check by Ana-Lab CEO Dr. Weldon McFarland. “We will use it to upgrade our ammonia system, and we also have repairs to do on our waste water security, so we’re going to get those done, too.”
Carthage City Manager Steve Williams was one of several city employees on hand for the Carthage presentation, and he joined Roberts in thanking Ana-Lab. “Y’all know how it is,” he said to the Ana-Lab representatives, “the need for money never ends, and so many things related to this (water) industry are extremely expensive. This grant will definitely be helpful and will be used well for the benefit of Carthage.”
Philip Hollis, a manager at Ana-Lab who has known and worked with Roberts for several years, was pleased with the selection of Carthage for the grant. “Byron is a great guy,” Hollis said. “He and his crew are very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and I’m glad they are getting this money.”
Teresa Embry, Chief Waste Water operator for the City of Maud, was the person who submitted an application for the City of Maud after being nominated by Ana-Lab field scientist Troy White.
“I nominated Teresa because she is top notch in every way,” White said. “She always goes above and beyond, even when I’ve known of personal circumstances that would have kept other people from continuing to work. Her dedication is extremely impressive, and I’m thrilled that she and the City of Maud are getting this grant money.”
Dr. McFarland congratulated Ms. Embry during a grant presentation on May 17.
“Your (Ms. Embry’s) application was very impressive, and I could tell you had put a lot of thought and effort into it,” Dr. McFarland said. “We know how expensive running a water system is, and we thought we’d – as a company -- give back a little bit to help. We trust this grant will be used to keep your system operating efficiently.”
“To me, this is not just a job,” Ms. Embry told Dr. McFarland. “I have children and grandchildren in this town. I know how important clean water is, and I take pride in keeping our water clean.”
“I was honored to be nominated, and even more honored to be chosen,” Ms. Embry said. “We always have needs, and they’re always expensive. This is so much appreciated, I’m really thrilled!”
In addition to their checks, Dr. McFarland presented each recipient with a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.