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October 1, 2014 Edition

The Denton Orator

Tim Loflin Farms 2014 Conservation Farm Family of the Year

By Kelly Bledsoe
Tim Loflin has been farming a long time…in fact his entire life. His father farmed, his uncle farms, he lives in a farming community. His boots are firmly planted in Southern Davidson County soil; but his mind continues to explore and embrace new farming technologies. His willingness to implement new ideas into his farming practice is just one of the reasons Loflin was named the 2014 Conservative Farm Family of the Year by the Davidson County Soil and Water District. Recently he was honored at the Davidson County Soil and Water Awards Banquet attended by a large number of famers, elected officials as well as family and friends. Loflin said, “It was such an honor to be recognized and to have so many people support me. I am thankful for all the people who showed up and really touched by their continued support.”

Davidson County Soil and Water District selects a Conservative Farm Family each year based on an established criteria. The award recognizes farmers and farm families who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost effective conservation techniques and are actively involved in conservation education.  The criteria states that the farm must be a family operation and must incorporate conservative measures on the farm. They must give attention to multiple land uses, share with others why practicing conservation is important, understand who is involved and be involved, present a positive image in the community, and be a leader who is involved in the local community and beyond.

Loflin not only meets that criteria but exceeds many of these expectations. Andy Miller, the director of Davidson County Soil and Water Conservation, highlighted Loflin’s farming practices in a slide show at the annual banquet. Miller and the other board members were impressed by Loflin’s commitment to incorporating conservative practices on his farm and to actively embracing new ideas. New farming technologies not only increase yields while reducing costs, they protect the land. Loflin is fond of saying, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.” He further notes that the only way to take care of the land is to have an open mind and to embrace new ideas. “Sure, trying new methods is scary,” Loflin notes, but “You have to plan ahead. Farming is just as technological as any other business today.”  

Loflin said he was surprised and honored when he received the news that he had been selected as the Conservative Farm Family of the Year. “It’s not a competition,” he said, “The committee looks at what you are trying to accomplish and how you are doing it.” Loflin understands that you can’t farm like you did years ago, and he has been practicing progressive farming for years. He and his father were one of the first farmers to adopt the no-till method, and he was a pioneer in using precision nutrient management systems that utilize GPS tracking and soil samples to identify nutrient needs of smaller sections within the larger planting area. Many of you will remember the first corn maze at the Denton Farm Park. The steam engine maze was created using GPS mapping that led to the precision farming practices used today.

Although farming practices have changed the fundamental values of farming remain the same. Loflin credits his success from working with others, trying new ideas, keeping an open mind, and always trying to do what is right.  


Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


The Hall of Fame Committee would like to thank the community for all of the input on the nominees that were brought before the committee. This year the committee is inducting five former players into the Hall of Fame. The first two inductees are Scottie Garner and Amy Loftis Pierce. The remaining three will be announced in next week’s edition of the Orator.

Barry Scott Garner (Scottie) is a 1980 graduate of Denton High School. He is the son of Harold (Frick) Garner and the late Faydene Garner. He is the youngest of 3 children, is married to Wendy Everhart Garner and has two children, Keegan and Dakota.

Scottie was a 3-sport athlete during his 4 years of high school, excelling at each sport he played. In football, he especially stood out during his senior year and was named Best Lineman, and was named to the All Conference and All County teams. He was one of the players that led the 1980 team to a 5-5 record. In basketball, Scottie was a workhorse and never afraid of contact to get a loose ball. He scored nearly 500 points during his 4 years of basketball. In baseball, Scottie received several awards during his high school career, including Best Attitude and Most Valuable Player. He received All Conference Honorable Mention during his junior year.


However, Scottie’s biggest contributions have been felt since he graduated high school. He chose to remain in Denton and give back to the community. Over the years, he has volunteered his time to many aspects of the athletic world. He was a volunteer coach for football, baseball, and basketball through several little league teams and other organizations. He also became involved in the South Davidson Boosters Club in 1999 and has worked tirelessly in fundraising efforts, putting in many long hours as President on several occasions. The Denton Area Chamber of Commerce recognized his efforts in 2005 when he was chosen as their Citizen of the Year. He has worked hard to ensure that not only have our students had the advantage of top of the line athletic facilities (Briggs Athletic Stadium, Tennis Courts, and Howard F. Hayes Community Fieldhouse), he has also helped to be diligent about keeping the boosters club on track with paying off all financial obligations they have had. Thanks to his efforts (along with others), the Boosters Club is currently debt free!

Thanks Scottie for your diligence and congratulations on being inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame!


The second inductee is Amy Loftis Pierce. She is a 1987 graduate of Denton High School.  She is the daughter of Roger Loftis of Denton and Diann Ball of Lexington. She has a younger brother, Alan, of Salisbury and is a proud mother to twin girls Brittney and Brandi Pierce, who both now attend Wingate University.

In 1978, Amy moved to Denton when she was in the 4th grade. It was then that she began playing basketball. In her 4 years of high school basketball, Amy corralled 1,002 rebounds, led the county in scoring her Junior and Senior years, as well as being chosen for Thomasville Times All Area team both years. At the end of her 4 years, she had accumulated 1,622 points and was the All Time leading scorer at Denton High School when the school was closed and became South Davidson High School. 

However, as impressive as her basketball skills were, softball is the sport she was recruited for in college. In high school, Amy was both a shortstop and a pitcher. Her high school batting average was an impressive .380 and had 51 RBI’s. She was all conference both her Junior and Senior years of high school. She played on a Women’s League Softball team that won both the USSSA State Tournament and the SSBLA World Tournament.  She was named to both the All State and All World tournament teams. Amy earned a full scholarship to Wingate College as a pitcher. Her sophomore year, she led her team to the school’s first conference title. Earlier this year, that team was inducted into Wingate’s Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, Amy, for being selected for induction into the 2014 Hall of Fame!

The inductees will be recognized at the October 17 home football game and the ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 18 in the South Davidson High School commons area. The induction ceremony is open to the public and will be put on by the High School Boosters Club. Rick’s Restaurant will be catering the event and the community is invited. For tickets call SDHS Booster Club president, Jamie Benton at (336) 465-2962 or SDHS at (336) 242-5700. Tickets are $12.00.