The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has named Jimmy Scales as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. “Brandy [Slaughter] called me about a week and a half ago and said I had been selected as Citizen of the Year and congratulated me,” said Scales. “I was stunned. It was just out of the blue. It was nothing I was expecting.”

Scales will be honored at the 53rd annual Taste of the Bayou Banquet to be held at 6 p.m., Monday at the Bridge City Community Center.

The Business of the Year will also be named Monday from three nominees: Advanced Dental, Bridge City Bank and KOGT.

Scales has been an associate judge with the Bridge City Municipal Court for the past 17 years. He is a lifelong resident of Bridge City who has devoted much time to the Bridge City community.  He is the son of James and Sybil Scales, a graduate of Bridge City High School and co-owner of Scales Construction and Scales Portable Buildings, a family owned business that has been in the same location since 1969.   Married to Donna for the past 39 years, they have three children: Jackie, James and Jerrid.

Scales has spent countless hours coaching youth baseball, soccer, and basketball for many years. He is a past board member of Bridge City Little League, Bridge City Pony League, and Bridge City Youth Basketball League. “When the kids were little I was involved in all the sports, on all the boards,” he said.

Scales was involved in founding the Bridge City High School Baseball Booster Club and the Bridge City Athletic Booster Club, serving as the first president for both organizations and as a past board member.

“I’m the oldest of eight and we’ve all been on school boards, library boards and park boards,” he said.

Scales has been active with the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 15 years, currently serving as a board member and served as chairman for three years.

“It’s something that is very rewarding. My mother taught Red Cross swimming for 40 something years and when she passed away I decided to carry on the tradition and I’ve done it ever since.” Scales said he hasn’t left town for any disasters but, worked locally during Hurricanes Rita and Ike. He said they also get busy locally as a hub to disburse supplies between New Orleans and Houston. “Eighteen wheelers will bring supplies here, and then we load them into smaller trucks and send them where they need to go” He said they get really busy even though we may not be effected locally during disasters.

Scales was elected to the Orange County Drainage District five years ago and is serving as a director and vice president.

It is said that Jimmy Scales is a man who exhibits a heartfelt kindness that is felt by all who know him.

“Our parents instilled in us to give back to the community. You don’t just take, take, take. You try to give back what you can. That’s what makes small communities work well. If everybody does a little bit, then it’s not a big load on anybody.”

Advanced Dental, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Messer, has been nominated as Business of the Year for its long history and distinguished service to our community.  Originally opened in 1975 upon Dr. Messer’s graduation from Baylor Dental School, Advanced Dental has benefited many residents both young and old.

He began offering much needed free services through the Smiles on Wheels dentistry day at the Bridge City Middle School and the Heart Free Dentistry Day at their office.

Advanced Dental strives to be a technological leader in dentistry utilizing new state of the art equipment and through continuing education for himself and his staff.  Advanced Dental has extended their hours for the convenience of their patients and is open until 7 p.m. two nights per week and has Saturday hours.

In the past year, Advanced Dental has continued to grow adding two dentists and several hygienists, assistants and administrators to their staff.

Bridge City Bank is one of the community’s cornerstone businesses. Originally opened in 1960, Bridge City Bank has served the residents and businesses of Bridge City for the past 53 years delivering the highest level of personal service to their customers.  Bridge City Bank also serves the community through their participation in the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce as board members and ambassadors.  They are staffed with seasoned professionals who are prepared to personally assist each customer in a fast and efficient manner. Bridge City Bank has freely given their time and many talents to chamber events and activities.

KOGT 1600 AM is under the leadership of owner, Gary Stelly. From daily news to high school sports coverage, KOGT has been there for the community since 1948. With the advent of almost 15 years ago, the community has been able to get more information anytime, day or night.

Besides the radio, you can also listen to KOGT on your computer, ipad and smartphone or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

During the hurricane KOGT provided the community with an effective form of communication. Stelly has given his time as master of ceremonies at many chamber events and activities.

Tickets for the banquet are $15. Table sponsorships can be purchased for $125.

The casual attire event is open to the public.

Participating restaurants include: Kirk’s on 87, Novrosky’s, Peggy’s on the Bayou, Hushpuppy Seafood Restaurant, Elements Café and Bakery; Roberts Restaurant, Tico’s Cuban Café; Golf Coast Cajuns; Hunter’s Seasonings; Chicken Express; Market Basket Deli; Domino’s Pizza; Market Basket Bakery and more.

Entertainment will be the Gulf Coast Cajuns.

For more information or to purchase tickets please contact the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, 150 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City, TX 77611 or call 409-735-5671.

The community center is located at 105 Parkside in Bridge City.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.