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ICYMI: Washington Resident Receives Hice Headliner Award

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Monroe, GA, August 13, 2020 | comments

L to R:  Hilda Wright, Mary Burt, and Ruth Rogers with Jessica Hayes, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Jody Hice

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Office of Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) presented the Hice Headliner Award to Washington resident Ruth Rogers. This spring, 
Mrs. Rogers led an extraordinary volunteer effort to beautify downtown Washington.  She, along with her sister Mary Burt and friend Hilda Wright, put in countless hours designing, planting, and tending flowerbeds, planter pots, and planter boxes throughout the downtown area.


“Ruth Rogers is a public servant whose dedication to beautification efforts have made Washington a better place in which to live,” said Congressman Hice. “Mrs. Rogers is a retired schoolteacher who utilized an outdoor classroom to instruct her students in engaging, planting projects. An avid and knowledgeable gardener, she previously ran a part-time greenhouse endeavor in the community, and she has dedicated her time to church, school, and retirement groups to share her skills and encourage others. It is heartening to know that there are people like, Mrs. Rogers, who take pride in their community. Thank you, Mrs. Rogers, and to everyone who has enriched the City of Washington with this beautification project.” 


The City of Washington, with the support of Mayor Bill DeGolian, City Administrator Jerry deBin, and Economic Development Director Janet Parker, nominated Mrs. Rogers for this honor. 


“On behalf of the City of Washington, we are grateful for Mrs. Rogers’ time and concern for our town,” said Janet Parker, Main Street Economic Development Director. “Her vision for Washington is to have a downtown area ‘second to none in beauty,’ and through her persistent efforts she continues to make Washington an attractive place for its citizens to live. She truly is a tremendous asset to our community.”  


To nominate an outstanding individual who is making a positive impact in your community, please send an email to



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