ANDERSON — Anderson Speedway and Kim Townsend, director of the Anderson Housing Authority, recently received the Anderson Rotary's 2019 Community Image Awards.

Townsend is an Anderson native and has served in various capacities in the community for over 30 years, including City of Anderson Community Development and the Madison County Community Health Center.

Under her leadership since 2018, the Anderson Housing Authority "has seen a dramatic increase in occupancy, decrease in criminal activity, fraud and waste and has undergone numerous beautification projects," according to a press release from Rotary.

The press release also noted Townsend's collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College "to provide educational opportunities for residents."

Her community involvement includes trustee for the Anderson Campus of Ivy Tech, member of Anderson Area Crime Stoppers, United Way Grants Committee, Madison County Chaplaincy Board, Red Cross, Homeless Task Force, Black Chamber of Commerce and the Crossing Educational Board.

Anderson Speedway was recognized with the Community Image Award for providing 71 years of racing entertainment, including the Pay Less Little 500, renowned as the world's greatest sprint car race.

Rick Dawson, owner of the speedway, accepted the award at a Tuesday luncheon.