LANCASTER - Five people who have helped Garrard County in business, farming, or through civic contributions were honored Thursday night along with two high school students at the annual Garrard County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Banquet.
Billy C. Doolin, who raises 65 acres of tobacco for nine farms, was named Outstanding Farmer. Doolin's experimentation in raising bedding plants in greenhouses has grown into an operation known as Flatwood Flowers, which includes three greenhouses with bedding plants, vegetable plants, perennials, mixed containers and hanging baskets.
Along with his farming responsibilities, Doolin serves on the Garrard County Water Association, Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation, Garrard County Phase One, Farm Service Agency and Southern States boards. "I enjoy the freedom," Doolin said of his farming lifestyle.
The Outstanding Business of the Year award went to Robert and Vicki Carter of Carter Printing. The husband and wife team started the printing business in Florida 20 years ago then relocated to Lancaster for a more small town, "Mayberry-like" atmosphere. "Their business is very successful and busy, serving over 100 customers," said award presenter Eddie Woods.