Bastrop business community leaders elected officials came together Thursday night at The Bastrop/Morehouse Chamber of Commerce Banquet, where Alan Robertson of the famed “Duck Dynasty,” spoke about “Faith, Family and Ducks.” Robertson, the son of the Duck Commander Phil Robertson and brother to Willy, Jace and Jep, spoke of growing up as the eldest sibling in a home where times were not always as they are today.
“Growing up, Phil got off on the wrong track before God brought him back around,” said Robertson, who also told amusing stories regarding the family.
The show, which airs on the A&E Channel, had its third season premiere this week and according to Entertainment Weekly, it was watched by 8.6 million viewers, making it A&E's most-watched telecast ever and ranks as cable's biggest reality show telecast so far this year.
Before Robertson spoke, 2013 chamber president Jack Scoggins and executive director Dorothy Ford handed out awards for outstanding community and service leaders. Honored from the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office was Inv. Mitchell Jeselink; from the Bastrop Police Office was Officer Eric McCaughan; from the Bastrop Fire Department was District Chief John Hattaway; the outstanding Morehouse Parish teacher was Rebecca Freeland and Chamber Board Member of the Year was Lisa Chafford. The Innovative Leadership Award went to Kennedy Rice Mill and the J.D. Kelley Memorial Award went to Joyce Ford. A special award was presented to Ralph Odom in recognition of his dedication to the community by bringing Santa to the Christmas parade each year.
In the coming weeks, the Enterprise will highlight each of the award winners.