Garrard chamber honors seven at Farm-City banquet

October 03, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

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.


Two people received the Chamber's Community Service Award. Ed Montgomery and Leonard Smith, who serve as chairmen of the Garrard County Hospital and Long Term Care facility boards, respectively, were honored.

Montgomery, who currently teaches at Centre College, has a biography that includes 28 years service in the Navy.

Smith, a Lancaster native, practiced law in his hometown briefly and also worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority and served as a private attorney in Knoxville before returning home in 2002. Smith also was recognized for his work with the Masonic and Shriner's activities.

Brandon McGlone and Rachel Shannon East were given the Outstanding Student awards. Both are involved in numerous school and civic organizations including Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Academic Team, and the Garrard County High School Marching Band.

McGlone has received previous honors from the National Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Youth Salute, Soil Conservation Essays, American Academy of Academic Achievers, and Governor's Scholars. He also has the highest grade point average in his class.

East also participated in the 2003 Governor's Scholars and received the highest average awards in Honors English, World Civilizations, United States History, and Spanish III courses.

Former CBS news correspondent and author David Dick was the evening's keynote speaker. Dick, who joked afterwards that most people know him now as "( WKYT-TV Channel 27 news anchor) Sam Dick's father," read selections from several of his books including "Rivers of Kentucky" and "Follow the Storm," and spoke mostly of how to deal with life changes and problems.

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