By The Banner Staff
A Comanche High School graduate, with family in Duncan, may be one of the top female executives in London.
Heather Dixon, a vice president at American Express, was named one of seven category winners during the Women in the City Celebration in October at the Museum of London.
Dixon, who heads International Financial Reporting at American Express, won the Accountancy category, for her success in communicating financial information.
There was a great deal of competition for the highly coveted awards, with executives from all over London in the running.
“The Women of Achievement Awards reinforce the positive contribution that women make in the business world, so I am honored to achieve such a prestigious accolade,” Dixon said. “I hope this award motivates my peers in the accounting world to strive for success as it has done for me.”
Dixon, who is the daughter of Linda Gray Hayden and the late Brian Hayden of Duncan, was in the running for the overall Woman of Achievement Award, which was announced in November.
All seven categories were promoted by a sponsor. The accountancy category was sponsored by Bluefin and endorsed the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
“Heather impressed and inspired the judging panel with her combination of confidence and self-awareness,” said ICAEW senior talent manager Rhonda Martin, who presented the award. “She was able to confidently articulate her own leadership challenges as real advice for other omen making her a genuine and approachable role model.
“Her ability to combine practical solutions to flexible working with her calm, controlled and measured influencing style set her apart from the other candidates as a real agent for change who understood the need to join the different perspectives of those setting the messages from the top and the real experience of the people on the ground.”
The goal of the Woman of Achievement Award is to highlight and formally recognize those women who, as well as fulfilling a demanding senior level role, are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women in their organization and sector.
By The Banner Staff
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City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system
By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.
Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.
Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies
A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.
Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.
Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.
Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet
The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.
The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.
Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.
Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children
Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.
All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.
“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Duncan school board to discuss possible bond issue
Another bond issue may be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting will explore the possibility of adding a safe/art room at the Duncan High School. This would be contingent on the passage of a bond issue April 2014.
PBK Architect and CMS Willowbrook, both companies involved in the renovation process at the Duncan High School, will be giving a presentation about the DHS safe/art room project to the Duncan Board of Education.
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