Late Mayor Scottie Ernst Named Citizen of the Year


The late Mayor of Stanford, Scottie Ernst, was named 2022 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet held on April 14.

Ernst was recognized for his dedication and love of Stanford. He served 14 years as an alderman for the city of Stanford before being elected mayor. Ernst died in 2020 before the end of his term.

Photo by Abigail Roberts
Scottie Ernst receives a plaque recognizing his 14 years of dedication and commitment to the City of Stanford as a council member.

During his tenure on council and as mayor of the city, Ernst was often seen throughout the city “getting his hands dirty”.

“Scottie (wasn’t) afraid to get ‘dirty’, putting on his work clothes and boots to get out and blow the streets across town…” his candidacy file reads. “But he was also a man who could put on a suit, go to Frankfurt to talk to our reps to see what’s available for all our needs.”

Ernst’s wife, Debbie, received the award on his behalf. It was introduced by John David and Mary Benton Friend.

Photo submitted. Dean Jones receives the “Big Apple Award” at the Chamber Banquet 2022.

Big Apple

The “Big Apple” award was presented to longtime educator Dean Jones for his commitment to the Special Education (Outstanding Child) Program in Lincoln County.

For 22 years, Jones spent her time teaching at Lincoln County Middle School.

“Dean is not just a teacher, but a mentor to so many students past and present,” his application paper states. “His dedication to these children and his determination to see some of the toughest students excel is unparalleled.”

Jones often made house calls to check on students, took them to fun events, and helped feed families during vacations.

“His commitment has not only been in the classroom, but also in the field of sport,” reads the nomination form. “For nearly 15 of his 22 years teaching, he coached college football and baseball and high school basketball, investing in students outside of the classroom.

Jones grew up in Lincoln County and was in the first class of Lincoln County High School.

“Although he was offered positions in other counties, he chose to stay here and invest in the lives of young people in Lincoln County.”

The Big Apple award was presented by Philip Sebastian.

Photo submitted. Coach Jeff Jackson receives the June King Gover Bastin Service Award from Martha Bastin at the 2022 Chamber Banquet.

Bastin service price

June’s King Gover Bastin Service to Community Award went to Coach Jeff Jackson, who led the Lincoln County High School boys’ basketball team to the Boys Sweet 16 tournament this year. The team stood by Jackson as he received the award.

“This year’s recipient has orchestrated his profession by bringing tremendous pride to our community,” said Martha Bastin, who presented Jackson with the award. “It’s not the first time they’ve done this, but this year it seemed like it meant more to all of us.”

Bastin said the past few years have been difficult for basketball fans who have been unable to attend games and had to listen to them on the radio or watch them on Youtube due to the pandemic.

“This team was the talk of the town after the district, then the talk of the region after the region, then after our trip to Rupp Arena, the talk of the state,” Bastin said. “We were all beaming with pride.”

“It is an honor for me to present the June King Bastin Community Service Award to the individual who guided this great group of young men on the journey of a lifetime and a record run at the state tournament, and who brought so much pride to the community,” she said. “We know he didn’t do it alone, but he’s the leader of the pack.”

Photo submitted. Kenny Stamper receives the 2022 Farmer of the Year award.

Farmer of the Year

The operator of one of Lincoln County’s largest and most successful farm operations, Kenny Stamper, has been named 2022 Farmer of the Year.

Stamper served in the Lincoln County Conservation District for 35 years and served as a director of the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association for more than 25 years.

Stamper also served over 15 years as a member of the Lincoln County Agricultural Development Board and a volunteer at the Lincoln County Fair for over 25 years.

For 12 years, Stamper was the chair of the local tractor ride for the Relay For Life fundraiser.

According to his nomination papers, Stamper’s efforts over the years have helped advance agriculture in Lincoln County.

“His efforts include working with Governor Wilkinson to secure funding for rural water expansion at Hubble, Knob Lick, Hwy. 150 and Gochen; he worked with Judge John Sims and Governor Wilkinson to get the Cedar Creek Lake project approved; and served on the Cedar Creek Global Plan Committee.

Dan Grigson presented the award to Stamper at the chamber’s annual banquet.

“Our winner has also maintained a large ongoing farm operation,” he said.

Stamper was the largest tobacco producer in the county and region for many years. He also cultivated 500 to 2,000 acres of grain crops and managed beef cattle herds of 250 to 900 cows.

Stamper is “semi-retired” but still farms 400 acres of grain, owns 200 cows, and does custom grain harvesting and tobacco hauling.

“He’s been a very good farmer and outstanding agricultural and community leadership,” Grigson said.

Photo submitted. Dr. James Allen Turpin receives the Health Service Award at the 2022 Chamber Banquet.

health care service

Dr. James Allen Turpin received the Health Care Service Award for providing health care to Lincoln County for nearly 30 years.

Turpin is a graduate of Lincoln County High School who began his healthcare career as a patient care technician and became a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, then went on to medical school where he became a physician .

“During his career, Dr. Turpin has worked to prevent, improve, and restore the health of Lincoln and surrounding counties,” his candidacy states. “Dr. Turpin has improved the overall health of the community by leading initiatives in the emergency room that have improved patient outcomes for conditions such as massive heart attacks, strokes, trauma, sepsis and a host of other complications.

Turpin helped Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital obtain certificates in stroke, chest pain, trauma, and pediatric readiness. He is also a co-owner of Impact Medical, a company that provides emergency services to Ephraim McDowell Health, and serves on the Lincoln County Ambulance Board.

Dr. Shannon Long presented the award.

Photo submitted. Kendra Mitchell was the recipient of the 2022 Community Impact Award.

Community impact

According to Amanda Coffey, the presenter of the award, the recipient of the Community Impact Award is one who has “a huge heart for home”.

Coffey presented the award to Kendra Mitchell for her impact on so many lives throughout her career in the Lincoln County school system.

Mitchell worked countless hours to make the Winterfest program a success for many years, bringing the joy of Christmas to families going through a difficult season in life. Mitchell used his contacts with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to show them around the children and families, provided a hot meal, gifts for the children, much-needed gas cards, blankets and an extra box of food for Christmas holidays.

“(Mitchell) also participated in a program that helped provide shoes for children in need,” Coffey said. “She has dedicated many hours to the Heart of Kentucky United Way Day of Action program teaching young adults the benefits of giving back to their communities.

Mitchell has also served on other community committees, including Safe Communities, Relay for Life and the Chamber of Commerce.

“This individual has a servant’s heart and has served Lincoln County well,” Coffey said.

Photo submitted. Colby Reik receives the 2022 First Responder of the Year award.

First Responder

In the early hours of August 1, 2019, a 30-inch high-pressure pipeline ruptured, causing a huge explosion and fire that killed one citizen and injured five others. Others could have been killed had it not been for the heroism of this year’s winner of First Responder of the Year, Colby Reik.

Reik was off duty at home when he heard the call on the radio and he immediately responded.

As one of the first responders on the scene, Reik drove through the underworld in search of survivors and raced to the aid of an elderly citizen, carrying him to the cruiser before returning to find the ship’s wife. ‘male.

“Reik left the area as houses burned around him and delivered the couple to paramedics who then drove them to the trauma center,” the appointment filing said. “His professional demeanor and heroic demeanor demonstrate his devotion to duty and his commitment to his fellow officers and citizens of Lincoln County. Colby Reik is a true hero who deserves our deepest appreciation and gratitude.

Donya Saylor presented the award to Reik at the Chamber event.


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