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Lipan students show champion heifers

January 14, 2015
Lipan students show champion heifers

Lipan eighth-grader Jacee Halliday led her Limousin heifer to the grand champion title Friday afternoon in the 60th Hood County Junior Livestock Show.

“I had a feeling,” Halliday said about her heifer’s chances of winning.

It was Halliday’s second year to show. She also took pigs into the show ring this year.

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They got their goats

January 14, 2015
They got their goats

Cheylee Lucas’ experience on her school’s livestock judging team paid off.

She loaded up the pickup and drove by herself to an auction in Rockdale to pick out a goat.

She was on the money.

The goat turned out to be grand champion Friday in the 60th Hood County Junior Livestock Show.

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Stock Show scholars

January 14, 2015
Stock Show scholars

A livestock skill-a-thon was a new event added to this year’s Hood County Junior Livestock Show. The test required youngsters to identify meat cuts, feed, etc. and take a written test. Senior grand champion Cheylee Lucas (left) won a $1,000 scholarship, and junior grand champ Kyle Vahlenkamp won a $500 scholarship.

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Moving up in grand style

January 10, 2015
Moving up in grand style

Colton Bison knows a thing or two about chickens.

He has two championships to prove it. He won reserve grand champion honors at last year’s Hood County Junior Livestock Show and won the grand champion title at Wednesday’s chicken show.

“They were a lot smaller than last year’s,” the 17-year-old Granbury senior said.

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Gone nuts

January 10, 2015
Gone nuts

Crews have cleared numerous pecan trees off Plantation Drive in Pecan Plantation in the first phase of developing a residential area called Orchard 12, according to a letter from Pecan Board President Rod Heitschmidt that appeared in the Pecan newsletter. The area is just northwest of the shopping center in Pecan.

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Burdette burned the midnight oil

January 10, 2015
Burdette burned the midnight oil

The clock was striking midnight – literally – for Tolar FFA member Wyatt Burdette.

Burdette, 18, a Tolar High School senior, began building his 18-foot car hauler trailer after Thanksgiving break.

He didn’t have long because the 60th Hood County Livestock Show was only a few weeks away.

“I finished at midnight Tuesday,” Burdette said with a smile.

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Welcome to the winner’s circle

January 10, 2015
Welcome to the winner’s circle

Alexis Smith was all smiles during and after the rabbit show.

The 10-year-old Brawner Intermediate fifth-grader won grand champion honors Wednesday evening in the 60th Hood County Junior Livestock Show.

It was her first title in only two years of showing.

Her Californian rabbit had carried a little extra weight.

“I had to diet him,” said Smith, a member of the Granbury FFA.

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Lipan girl, 9, hops to rabbit title

January 10, 2015
Lipan girl, 9, hops to rabbit title

Neali Overton, 9, of Lipan had a good test for this week’s county rabbit show.

Last week she won the “Hoppy New Year” rabbit show in Mineral Wells.

Wednesday, she claimed grand champion pen of 3 rabbit honors in the 60th Hood County Junior Livestock Show.

It was her first time to show rabbits.

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Brother’s time in the spotlight

January 10, 2015
Brother’s time in the spotlight

Sis, move over.

The latest grand champion lamb show banner belongs to Lipan’s Logan Jackson.

It was his first time to win in the Hood County show.

“My sister won a few times, but it’s my turn to get my name on the board,” the Lipan eighth-grader said with a grin.

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A little title with that whine

January 10, 2015
A little title with that whine

Trivor Beardsley said his show hog’s a whiner, but Beardsley can put up with it.

The 147-pound porker earned Beardsley grand champion hog honors in Thursday evening’s 60th Hood County Junior Livestock Show.

“He’s hard to control a little bit,” the Tolar High School junior said.

The hog got away without a bath.

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