Hundreds of citizens, community leaders and area business men and business women gave longtime sportscaster Dallas Huston a standing ovation as he received the Groner Pitts Lifetime of Service Award.

Huston, the “voice of the Brownwood Lions” for more than 50 years, received the award during Thursday night’s annual Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet

“This award is presented to our citizen of year,” Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes said. “He or she made an extraordinary contribution that touched the lives of the people of Brownwood with the selfless spirit of service and giving more to our community than he or she can ever expect to get back. This award is our most highest honor.”

Haynes said Huston became synonymous as the voice of Brownwood High School and Howard Payne University sports – narrating each programs’ greatest moments throughout his decades-long career.

“As a boy, I grew up listening to Dallas each morning,” Haynes said. “… We recorded games on cassette tapes and listened to him throughout the week hoping to get our name called. Hoping to be called a legend because we believed it made sense. He brought us state championships and ushered us through some lean years, unfortunately including mine.”

The chamber also recognized Keith Clark and Kim Bruton as the man and woman of the year.

Clark’s recognition came from years of service for various governing bodies throughout Brownwood and he currently serves as Executive Vice President/Cashier of Citizens National Bank.

Burton was recognized for her efforts volunteering in various community services and activities including the Food for Thought Program through the Good Samaritans, St. John’s Food Pantry and served on various boards in Brownwood. She is also owner of the Runaway Train Café.

The chamber also recognized Vikki Firth as volunteer of the year, and Steve Oines as professional of the year. Other individual award recipients included Lindy Mason, who received the ambassador of the year award, as well as Walter “Dub” Wilson, Tom Allen and Lane and Sheila Dryden, who each received the Stuart Coleman Good Neighbor Award.

Businesses receiving recognition Thursday night were Jacobs Family Pharmacy for small business of the year, Painter & Johnson Financial for medium business of the year and Brownwood Regional Medical Center for large business of the year.

As the chamber honored citizens who moved Brownwood forward in 2017, it also took a moment to look forward to 2018. As has become an annual tradition, 2017 board president Donna Hair introduced incoming president Lynn Day, store manager at United Supermarket.

“I would like to thank you Donna for the leadership you gave us this past year,” Day said. “You did an outstanding job … We appreciate your dedication to the chamber of commerce.”