Bragging Rights for a Whole Year
Several businesses and people have earned bragging rights for the next year after being chosen the Best of the Best in Lee County during the Leader’s Fourth Annual Reader’s Choice Awards. With several hundred ballots cast, readers of the Leader have let their voices be heard!
The most popular categories, by total number of votes cast, included Best Breakfast, Best Hamburger, Best Veterinarian Clinic, Best Bank, Best Teacher, Best Nurse, Best Volunteer Fire Fighter, Best Coach and Best Realtor.
New on the scene this year was Fourth Street Bakery, which took Best Breakfast and Best Cup of Coffee. Snow’s won handily for having the best barbecue. Granny’s was voted the Best Mexican Food. Elm Creek Café won Best Chicken Fried Steak and Best Seafood.
Herk’s has the Best Hamburger, the Best Sandwich, Best Convenience Store and the Best Liquor Store, according to voters, and Kelly Brown’s Pizza Pro has the Best Pizza.
Lexington Auto Repair and Wrecker Service won in both the Auto Repair and the Wrecker categories. Salon 77 also won in two categories, garnering top spot for Best Hair Salon and Best Nail Salon. Zoch’s Dry Cleaners and Laundry won for Best Dry Cleaners and Solid Rock Day Care Center won for Best Daycare.
Woodson Lumber won the Best Hardware Store, while Lexington Feed and Farm won the Best Farm and Ranch Store.
The Dime Box Veterinarian Clinic won for Best Vet Clinic and Round Top State Bank in Lexington won the Best Bank. Freeman’s Tire and Auto won the Best Tire Store category, while O’Reilly’s won the Best Auto Parts Store.
Bexley Real Estate was chosen the Best Real Estate Company in the County. St. Joseph Family Health Care in Lexington won for the Best Health Care Facility. Pieratt’s Pharmacy won the Best Pharmacy and Kim Dowdy Insurance Agency (Germania) won for the Best Insurance Agency.
Stanley Services won for Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company and Bobby Patschke with Patschke Electric, once again, won for Best Electrical Contractor. Callas Paint and Body won for the Best Collision Repair.
Hildebrandt’s Meat Market won for Best Grocery; Country Greenhouses in Lexington won for Best Garden Center; Dollar General in Lexington won for Best Retail Store and the Dowdy House won for Best Antique Store.
James Medack, in Giddings, won Best CPA (barely beating his partner, Melodi Oltmann!); Dr. John Gres won for Best Dentist and Victoria Brown, who teaches third grade at Lexington Elementary School, won Best Teacher.
Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer was named the Best Peace Officer and Mickey Milburn was overwhelmingly named the Best Volunteer Firefighter. Wanda Adams won Best Postal Worker; Dr. Mark Strain won Best Veterinarian and Robert Mack, with the City of Lexington, won Best City Employee.
Doris Tally, with Prosperity Bank in Lexington, ran away with the Best Teller choice and Lonnie Wade, with Wade’s Small Engine Repair, won for Best Handyman.
Lexington’s Dr. Kristi Burkhart won for Best Doctor and Eddie Nauman – for the fourth straight year – won for Best Waiter/ Waitress.
Lee County Judge Paul Fischer was named the Best Elected Official; Bryer Carter won the Best Hunter; and JC Washington won Best Fisherman.
Phil Brockenbush won Best Cowboy and Charlsey Johnson won Best Cowgirl.
Anna Spencer, from Lexington, won Best Photographer; Monica Eberz won Best School Volunteer; Jeff Warhmund, LISD, won Best School Adminstrator; and Linda Patschke won Best Community Volunteer.
Tim Kleinschmidt was named Best Lawyer; Peggy Leutz, with the St. Joseph Clinic in Lexington, was named Best Nurse; Michael Hess won Best Coach; and Georgeena Arnett easily won the Best Realtor spot in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to all the winners. Most of the categories experienced neck- in- neck competition, with the decision sometimes coming down to just one or two votes.