Rex Nelson, known as one of the most high-profile writers and speakers in Arkansas, will serve as the guest speaker at the 35th Annual White Hall Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards Banquet set for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at the James “Jitters” Morgan White Hall Community Center, located at 9801 Dollarway Rd.

As senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Nelson writes three columns a week, including essays for the cover of the newspaper’s Sunday Perspective section. He is the author of three books, the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod and a collection of his essays on Arkansas. He is also the author of a popular blog known as Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried and makes regular television and radio appearances.

After serving for nearly a decade as the policy and communications director for Governor Mike Huckabee, Nelson then served for four years in the administration of President George W. Bush as one of the president’s two appointees to the Delta Regional Authority. 

Not only has Nelson been inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, but he was also named as its Rural Advocate of the Year in 2016 for the state of Arkansas by Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.

Tickets for this year’s Community Service Awards Banquet are $20 and are available now. There are a few corporate sponsor tables left as well for $300.

Simply obtain a form from Facebook, the chamber’s newsletters, or at White Hall City Hall. For questions concerning the awards banquet, corporate tables, or obtaining a nomination form call (870) 247-5502.