Late attorney, business owner honored for boosting city

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - The council meeting took a recess to celebrate with cake a punch after former City Manager Jim Hough presented the annual citizenship award to Kathie Jackson and June Lucas, who accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, Jim Lucas.Former Banks City Manager Jim Hough presented his namesake award last Tuesday, Nov. 12, to Kathie Jackson and the late Jim Lucas.

The Jim Hough Citizenship Award is granted to a citizen who shows a dedication to hard work, self-improvement and community service, preserves the tradition and history of Banks, and shares with the community to boost the city’s recognition.

The first citizenship award was given last year to Hough.

June Lucas accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, who served as Banks’ city attorney for more than 15 years and died almost a year ago from cancer.

“He would have appreciated this a lot,” June Lucas said at the ceremony. “We appreciate being recognized for all his volunteer work.”

Jim Lucas “helped guide the city through good times and bad times, and never wavered on his dedication of service to the city,” read the nomination letter. “Jim was instrumental in helping shape the city to where we are today.”

Lucas was involved in 4-H, Rotary, the Banks Chamber of Commerce and Little League, the letter stated, adding that “he was a humble man, and always put others first.”

Jackson received several nominations for her work with the Banks Chamber of Commerce, Banks Historical Society, Boy Scouts and schools.

Jackson and her husband, Steve, started S.C. Jackson Construction in 1977, and have donated money and time to help provide housing for those in need, read one nomination letter.

Jackson thanked the award committee, calling Hough “a person we all appreciate and admire.”

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