Mike McCracken was recently honored by the South Barry County Hospital District Board of Directors at Mercy Hospital Cassville. After 18 years of service to the board and the community, McCracken has made the decision to step down. He served on the board from 1995 until this year. He served as chairman of the board for several years during that time period. During the board meeting on Jan. 22, McCracken was presented with a framed painting and plaque commemorating his years of service. The South Barry County Hospital District Board was organized in October of 1965 with 18 townships represented. The first election of officers was held on Oct. 19, 1965. Pictured above, from left, are: McCracken; and Doug Stroemel, Mercy Hospital West Region president.