HARKER HEIGHTS — More than 450 people attended the Chamber of Commerce’s 24th Annual Awards Banquet and Celebration Monday night in Killeen during which City Manager Steve Carpenter was named the fifth recipient of the Kern-Cox Founders Award.

Named for city founders Pinckney R. Cox and Harley Cox, the annual award is given to a resident who has made substantial contributions to Harker Heights’ development. A video about Carpenter that was played for banquet guests before the award presentation said he is responsible for more than $70 million in improvements made in the city since he began working there 18 years ago.

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