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2011-03-03 / General Stories

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Third Annual Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards!


Doris Tally at Prosperity Bank earned the distinction of being the Best Teller this year! Doris Tally at Prosperity Bank earned the distinction of being the Best Teller this year! While we weren’t able to get pictures of every business and every individual who won, we are very proud to have pictures of the ones you will find here, in this special section of the Lexington Leader! A complete list of all the winners can be found on page B4 of today’s paper. If you haven’t shopped with some of these businesses, let us encourage you to do so now. You are guaranteed to find that when our readers speak, it’s well worth listening!

FOOD AND DRINK Best Breakfast MEL’S DINER in Giddings Best Bar-B-Que SNOW’S BBQ in Lexington Best Mexican Food GRANNY’S RESTAURANT in Lexington Best Chicken Fried Steak GIDDINGS DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT in Giddings Best Hamburger HERK’S COUNTRY STORE in Lexington Best Pizza PIZZA PRO in Lexington Best Seafood DONUTS & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT in Giddings Best Sandwich SUBWAY @ PETERSON’S in Lexington Best Margarita LOS PATRONES in Giddings Best Cup of Coffee CEFCO in Lexington


Bexley Real Estate in Lexington earned the top spot for Best Real Estate Company in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Broker Margaret Ann Bexley heads up the company with help from her agents: Georgeena Arnett; Keith, Kerry and Jordan Bexley. Bexley Real Estate in Lexington earned the top spot for Best Real Estate Company in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Broker Margaret Ann Bexley heads up the company with help from her agents: Georgeena Arnett; Keith, Kerry and Jordan Bexley. 
Once again, The Dowdy House in Lexington was voted as the Best Antique Store in Lee County! Jean Dowdy is the owner and welcomes residents and visitors of Lexington to come browse her wonderful selection of antiques, gifts, glassware and jewelry. The Dowdy House is located on the corner of Rockdale Street and Third Street. Once again, The Dowdy House in Lexington was voted as the Best Antique Store in Lee County! Jean Dowdy is the owner and welcomes residents and visitors of Lexington to come browse her wonderful selection of antiques, gifts, glassware and jewelry. The Dowdy House is located on the corner of Rockdale Street and Third Street. GOODS AND SERVICES Best Auto Repair Facility LOPEZ AUTO CLINIC in Giddings Best Hair Salon TANA’S SHOPPE OF BEAUTY in Lexington Best Nail Salon GIDDINGS NAILS in Giddings Best Dry Cleaners LEXINGTON DRY CLEANERS ON THE SQUARE Best Daycare Facility BEBE’S HOUSE in Lexington Best Hardware Store LEE CO. ACE HARDWARE in Giddings Best Farm and Ranch Supply LEXINGTON FEED AND FARM Best Veterinary Clinic LEXINGTON ANIMAL CLINIC Best Bank ROUND TOP STATE BANK in Lexington Best Tire Store & Repair FREEMAN’S AUTO in Lexington Best Auto Parts Store O’REILLY’S in Giddings Best Real Estate Company BEXLEY REAL ESTATE in Lexington Best Health Care Clinic ST. JOSEPH FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC in Lexington Best Pharmacy MEDICINE CHEST PHARMACY in Rockdale Best Insurance Agency KIM DOWDY INSURANCE - GERMANIA in Lexington


Selected as the Best Tire Repair Shop in Lee County was Freeman’s Auto and Tire Repair in Lexington. Pictured in the middle is owner Joe Freeman with Justin Nall on the left and Bubba Clopton on the right. They are located at the corner of Rockdale Street and 4th. Selected as the Best Tire Repair Shop in Lee County was Freeman’s Auto and Tire Repair in Lexington. Pictured in the middle is owner Joe Freeman with Justin Nall on the left and Bubba Clopton on the right. They are located at the corner of Rockdale Street and 4th. 
The St. Joseph Lexington Family Medicine Clinic was named the Best Health Care Clinic, along with Dr. Kristi Burkhart, who was voted as the Best Doctor. And that’s not all! Peggy Leutz, who works at the Lexington Clinic was named the Best Nurse in Lee County by the readers of the Lexington Leader! Pictured are PA Mia Williams, Marina Barrera, Lindsey Grimm, Lisa Brown and Peggy. The St. Joseph Lexington Family Medicine Clinic was named the Best Health Care Clinic, along with Dr. Kristi Burkhart, who was voted as the Best Doctor. And that’s not all! Peggy Leutz, who works at the Lexington Clinic was named the Best Nurse in Lee County by the readers of the Lexington Leader! Pictured are PA Mia Williams, Marina Barrera, Lindsey Grimm, Lisa Brown and Peggy. 
Named the best CPA in Lee County this year was James Medack in Giddings. James, along with this partner Melodi Oltman recently acquired another office in Bastrop. Named the best CPA in Lee County this year was James Medack in Giddings. James, along with this partner Melodi Oltman recently acquired another office in Bastrop. 
And Eddie (Rylander) Nauman was named the Best Waitperson, for the 3rd year in a row, for the Lexington Leader’s Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards. Eddie works at Grannys Restaurant in Lexington. And Eddie (Rylander) Nauman was named the Best Waitperson, for the 3rd year in a row, for the Lexington Leader’s Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards. Eddie works at Grannys Restaurant in Lexington. Best A/C and Heating Company EXNER HVCA in Lexington Best Electrical Contractor ROBERT PATSCHKE in Lexington Best Wrecker Service TILLERY WRECKER SVC. in Giddings Best Collision Repair CALLAS PAINT AND BODY in Lexington Best Liquor Store HERK’S COUNTRY STORE in Lexington Best Convenience Store CEFCO in Lexington Best Grocery Store B & W GROCERY in Giddings Best Garden Center/Nursery COUNTRY GREENHOUSES in Lexington Best Retail Store DOLLAR STORE in Lexington and Giddings Best Antique Store DOWDY HOUSE in Lexington


Bebe’s House in Lexington won the top spot for Best Day Care Facility in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! Bebe (a.k.a. Beverly Wood) is seen standing outside her facility, which she has owned for 14 years! She is a retired school teacher and brought those credentials to her facility, which our readers will tell you, is much more than a day care! Bebe’s House in Lexington won the top spot for Best Day Care Facility in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! Bebe (a.k.a. Beverly Wood) is seen standing outside her facility, which she has owned for 14 years! She is a retired school teacher and brought those credentials to her facility, which our readers will tell you, is much more than a day care! 
Lexington Leader Readers said Cefco located on Hwy. 77 in Lexington ranked the Best of the Best for a nice hot cup of coffee anytime during the day AND as the Best Convenience Store in the County! You can’t beat that! Lexington Leader Readers said Cefco located on Hwy. 77 in Lexington ranked the Best of the Best for a nice hot cup of coffee anytime during the day AND as the Best Convenience Store in the County! You can’t beat that! 
Herk’s Country Store is always a strong contender in the Lee County Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards. This year, they garnered the top spot for Best Hamburger and Best Liquor Store. Pictured with owner Leta Herklotz (far right) are (left to right) James Lee, Lisa Brown, Jennifer Nail, and Casey Hentschel. Herk’s is located at the corner of FM 696 East and Hwy. 77. Just look for the blinking yellow light! Herk’s Country Store is always a strong contender in the Lee County Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards. This year, they garnered the top spot for Best Hamburger and Best Liquor Store. Pictured with owner Leta Herklotz (far right) are (left to right) James Lee, Lisa Brown, Jennifer Nail, and Casey Hentschel. Herk’s is located at the corner of FM 696 East and Hwy. 77. Just look for the blinking yellow light! 
Germania Insurance in Lexington, owned by Kim Dowdy was named the Best Insurance Agency in Lee County for the second year running! Kim is seen here on the right with Sherry Green. Both ladies have lived in Lexington most of their lives and enjoy serving their community. Kim has an office in Round Rock too. Germania Insurance in Lexington, owned by Kim Dowdy was named the Best Insurance Agency in Lee County for the second year running! Kim is seen here on the right with Sherry Green. Both ladies have lived in Lexington most of their lives and enjoy serving their community. Kim has an office in Round Rock too. INDIVIDUALS Best CPA JAMES MEDACK from Giddings Best Dentist JOHN GRES, DDS in Giddings Best Teacher JEANNEANNE HENGST at Lexington High School Best Peace Officer CHARLES KOTHMANN with Lee County Sheriff’s Office Best Volunteer Firefighter DONNIE MILBURN with Lexington Volunteer Fire Department Best Postal Worker CHERYL RICHARDSON with Lexington PO Best Veterinarian DR. DARDEN HERVEY in Dime Box Best City Employee ROBERT MACK with the City of Lexington Best Bank Teller/Where DORIS TALLY with Prosperity Bank in Lexington Best Handyman CHRIS JENNINGS in Lexington Best Doctor KRISTI BURKHART, DDO in Lexington Best Waitperson/Where EDDIE RYLANDER NAUMAN with Granny’s Restaurant in Lexington Best Elected Official RONNY BRADSHAW, Lee County Commissioner Precinct 3 Best Hunter ROBERT TILLER, III of Lexington Best Fisherman J.D. TURNER from Lexington Best Cowboy PHIL BROCKENBUSH from Lexington Best Photographer ANNA SPENCER with Grace Photography in Lexington Best School Volunteer CINDY BEXLEY from Lexington Best School Administrator DR. FRANCES MCARTHUR, LISD Superintendent of Schools Best Community Volunteer NANCY PERRY in Lexington Best Lawyer TIM KLEINSCHMIDT in Lexington/Giddings Best Nurse PEGGY LEUTZ with St. Joseph Clinic in Lexington Best Coach CHRIS HORN with Lexington High School Best Realtor GINGER LINA with Brokers Real Estate in Lexington



A popular shopping spot in Lexington is the Dollar General, chosen this year as the Best of the Best Retail Store in Lee County! It is located on Highway 77 across from the Lexington Baseball field. A popular shopping spot in Lexington is the Dollar General, chosen this year as the Best of the Best Retail Store in Lee County! It is located on Highway 77 across from the Lexington Baseball field.

Diana and Michael Lerche will tell you they never tire of being chosen as the Best of the Best in Lee County! Once again, their business Lexington Feed and Farm has earned recognition by Lexington Leader Readers as this year’s Best Farm and Ranch Supply in Lee County - for the third straight year! See them for all your livestock and pet nutritional needs, not to mention many other items essential to the local farm and ranch. They are located across from Lexington Middle School on Third Street. Be sure and visit them soon! Diana and Michael Lerche will tell you they never tire of being chosen as the Best of the Best in Lee County! Once again, their business Lexington Feed and Farm has earned recognition by Lexington Leader Readers as this year’s Best Farm and Ranch Supply in Lee County - for the third straight year! See them for all your livestock and pet nutritional needs, not to mention many other items essential to the local farm and ranch. They are located across from Lexington Middle School on Third Street. Be sure and visit them soon!

Los Patrones opened in Giddings a couple of years ago and in that short time, it has received rave reviews for a number of things. But the one thing that stands out to the Lexington Leader readers is their Margaritas! Voted in the Reader’s Choice Awards for having the Best Margarita in the County is Los Patrones, located east of WalMart off Hwy. 290 in Giddings. Los Patrones opened in Giddings a couple of years ago and in that short time, it has received rave reviews for a number of things. But the one thing that stands out to the Lexington Leader readers is their Margaritas! Voted in the Reader’s Choice Awards for having the Best Margarita in the County is Los Patrones, located east of WalMart off Hwy. 290 in Giddings.

The Lexington Animal Clinic won the Best Veterinary Clinic in Lee County again this year! They specialize in livestock and personal pets, helping to keep all man’s furry friends happy and healthy! Pictured above are Dr. Mark Strain and his staff, Rita Owens (left), Phyllis Kleinschmidt (center) and Sabrina Billig. The Lexington Animal Clinic won the Best Veterinary Clinic in Lee County again this year! They specialize in livestock and personal pets, helping to keep all man’s furry friends happy and healthy! Pictured above are Dr. Mark Strain and his staff, Rita Owens (left), Phyllis Kleinschmidt (center) and Sabrina Billig.

Lexington won Best of the Best Cleaners again this year! That’s Walt Carey, hugging his lovely bride, Pat, after hearing they won this year’s award, thanks to the Readers of the Lexington Leader! Lexington won Best of the Best Cleaners again this year! That’s Walt Carey, hugging his lovely bride, Pat, after hearing they won this year’s award, thanks to the Readers of the Lexington Leader!

Lexington’s hometown girl, Kelly Brown, has figured out how to please the masses! With her Pizza Pro Pizza, that’s how! Her business was named the Best Place to Get Pizza in Lee County for the second year in a row! She is located On the Square in Lexington and not only serves pizza, but also has delicious sandwiches. Come down to the Square and enjoy some delicious pizza by Kelly! Lexington’s hometown girl, Kelly Brown, has figured out how to please the masses! With her Pizza Pro Pizza, that’s how! Her business was named the Best Place to Get Pizza in Lee County for the second year in a row! She is located On the Square in Lexington and not only serves pizza, but also has delicious sandwiches. Come down to the Square and enjoy some delicious pizza by Kelly!

Callas Body Shop, located on FM 112 on “the hill” just outside the Lexington City Limits, was named the Best Collision Repair facility again in this year’s Best of the Best contest! Owner Phillip Callas is an expert in making your car look brand new! Callas Body Shop, located on FM 112 on “the hill” just outside the Lexington City Limits, was named the Best Collision Repair facility again in this year’s Best of the Best contest! Owner Phillip Callas is an expert in making your car look brand new!

Plain ol’ home-town hospitality is what one voter wrote on their ballot when they helped to make Round Top State Bank the winner of this year’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards as the Best Bank in Lee County. And if you know these faces, you’ll understand that sentiment. Pictured are (left to right) Krystal McKinley, Mary Riley, Diane Walch, Laura Seal, Charlene Ely, Candice Walch, Margaret Newman and Rodney Exner. Plain ol’ home-town hospitality is what one voter wrote on their ballot when they helped to make Round Top State Bank the winner of this year’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards as the Best Bank in Lee County. And if you know these faces, you’ll understand that sentiment. Pictured are (left to right) Krystal McKinley, Mary Riley, Diane Walch, Laura Seal, Charlene Ely, Candice Walch, Margaret Newman and Rodney Exner.

Texas Monthly and the organizers of the Super Bowl in Dallas aren’t the only ones who know good BBQ when they taste it! Lexington Leader readers named Snow’s BBQ as the Best BBQ place in Lee County! Dah! Pit master-ette Tootsie Tomanetz and owner Kerry Bexley are seen outside their business located on Main Street just off the Square in Lexington. They’re open only on Saturdays, but you can order online by going to www.snowsbbq.com Texas Monthly and the organizers of the Super Bowl in Dallas aren’t the only ones who know good BBQ when they taste it! Lexington Leader readers named Snow’s BBQ as the Best BBQ place in Lee County! Dah! Pit master-ette Tootsie Tomanetz and owner Kerry Bexley are seen outside their business located on Main Street just off the Square in Lexington. They’re open only on Saturdays, but you can order online by going to www.snowsbbq.com

A whole lot of our readers knew who to see about keeping them beautiful! It was Tana Renfroe, owner of Tana’s, selected as this year’s Best Hair Salon in Lee County – AGAIN! Tana has been serving her clientelle at her House of Beauty located on Fourth Street, north of the Post Office in Lexington. A whole lot of our readers knew who to see about keeping them beautiful! It was Tana Renfroe, owner of Tana’s, selected as this year’s Best Hair Salon in Lee County – AGAIN! Tana has been serving her clientelle at her House of Beauty located on Fourth Street, north of the Post Office in Lexington.

Dr. John Gres, DDS in Giddings must have a way with calming the nerves of his patients! He was given the important distinction of being named the Best Dentist in Lee County by the readers of the Lexington Leader in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! Acccording to our readers, Dr. Gres, whose practice is known as Family Dentistry, knows how to make happy smiles every day! He is located on Hempstead Street in Giddings. Dr. John Gres, DDS in Giddings must have a way with calming the nerves of his patients! He was given the important distinction of being named the Best Dentist in Lee County by the readers of the Lexington Leader in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! Acccording to our readers, Dr. Gres, whose practice is known as Family Dentistry, knows how to make happy smiles every day! He is located on Hempstead Street in Giddings.

While the combination may sound a little strange, patrons of Fresh Donuts and Seafood Restaurant apparently know good seafood, as they voted this family-owned operation as having the Best Seafood in Lee County for the third year in a row! They are located in Giddings on Hwy. 290 East. If you haven’t tried their fried shrimp and scallops, you’re missing a real treat! This is serious, good, seafood! While the combination may sound a little strange, patrons of Fresh Donuts and Seafood Restaurant apparently know good seafood, as they voted this family-owned operation as having the Best Seafood in Lee County for the third year in a row! They are located in Giddings on Hwy. 290 East. If you haven’t tried their fried shrimp and scallops, you’re missing a real treat! This is serious, good, seafood!

The name says it all. Lee County Ace Hardware is well-known and well-respected among the readers of the Lexington Leader. They were named the Best Hardware Store in Lee County in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. They may be located a little off the beaten path, but once you find them, you will LOVE what they have - and they don’t just have “hardware”. Their home decor selection is out of this world. They are located at 1120 CR 208 in Giddings. The name says it all. Lee County Ace Hardware is well-known and well-respected among the readers of the Lexington Leader. They were named the Best Hardware Store in Lee County in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. They may be located a little off the beaten path, but once you find them, you will LOVE what they have - and they don’t just have “hardware”. Their home decor selection is out of this world. They are located at 1120 CR 208 in Giddings.

People come from every surrounding county to visit Granny’s Restaurant when their appetites say, “Let’s Eat!” Granny’s takes home the Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Award for having the Best Mexican Food in Lee County. They are located just north of the “Y” at Hwy. 77 and Rockdale Street in Lexington. Try more than Mexican food when you’re there. It’s all good! People come from every surrounding county to visit Granny’s Restaurant when their appetites say, “Let’s Eat!” Granny’s takes home the Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Award for having the Best Mexican Food in Lee County. They are located just north of the “Y” at Hwy. 77 and Rockdale Street in Lexington. Try more than Mexican food when you’re there. It’s all good!

O’Reilly Auto Parts was selected as this year’s “favorite” among Lexington Leader Readers for the Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Auto Parts Store! They are located on Hwy. 290 in Giddings. O’Reilly Auto Parts was selected as this year’s “favorite” among Lexington Leader Readers for the Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Auto Parts Store! They are located on Hwy. 290 in Giddings.

Ginger Lina, owner and Broker at Brokers Real Estate in Lexington was selected the Best Realtor by our Readers! Her business in located next to the Clinic on Hwy 77 in Lexington. Ginger Lina, owner and Broker at Brokers Real Estate in Lexington was selected the Best Realtor by our Readers! Her business in located next to the Clinic on Hwy 77 in Lexington.

B & W Food Market was selected as the Best Grocery Store in Lee County this year. They are located on Hwy 290 in Giddings and feature only the freshest of the fresh! B & W Food Market was selected as the Best Grocery Store in Lee County this year. They are located on Hwy 290 in Giddings and feature only the freshest of the fresh!

Subway was chosen as having the Best Sandwich in Lee County for this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! They are located in Peterson’s grocery store on Hwy. 77 in Lexington. Subway was chosen as having the Best Sandwich in Lee County for this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards! They are located in Peterson’s grocery store on Hwy. 77 in Lexington.

Medicine Chest Pharmacy in Rockdale won the Best Pharmacy designation by the Lexington Leader Readers! Owner and Pharmacist Andy Bowen was really tickled when he learned they had been chosen. They deliver to Lexington Monday - Friday at the St. Joseph Clinic from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Medicine Chest Pharmacy in Rockdale won the Best Pharmacy designation by the Lexington Leader Readers! Owner and Pharmacist Andy Bowen was really tickled when he learned they had been chosen. They deliver to Lexington Monday - Friday at the St. Joseph Clinic from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

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