A Cross Roads Junior High School student won the Henderson County Livestock Show Market Goat competition for the second straight year Wednesday morning.
Tyler Johnson, 15, competed against 97 others to earn the Grand Champion award with his entry. The youth is a member of the Horizon 4-H Club, and is the son of Kevin Johnson, who is employed as Regional Sales Manager for Merck Animal Health. He is also the son of Tracie Johnson, an aid at Cross Roads Elementary. The family lives on about eight acres of land in Athens.
Though he’s had much success to date at the livestock show, Tyler’s future plans do not necessarily include livestock when he graduates from high school.
Tyler plans to apply to attend the University of Arkansas upon graduation from high school. He also plans to later attend medical school. He is not yet sure what type of physician he will choose to be.
He is the youngest of three children, including his sister, Kinlie, 19, and his sister, Kay Lyn, 21. Both the girls have shown animals in livestock show atmospheres, and have from time-to-time been successful.
Tyler said his choice of goats over other types of livestock involves his current lifestyle.
“We are better set up for goats,” he said. “They are a good project to participate in and easy to take care of. They are also easy to find to buy.”
Tyler has also competed in the Fort Worth Livestock Show and the in the East Texas State Fair Livestock Show in Tyler. It was in the last year that his Market Goat won second place.
Mrs. Johnson said her husband was very nervous the night before this year’s competition when he learned that the goat would compete in the heavy-weight class.
“We were all happily surprised that the judge chose the Grand Champion out of the heavyweight class, because they generally are not chosen from that class,” Mr. Johnson said.
Last year’s goat that won was named Snake. This year’s goat that won was named Schmittie.
“They are named that way because many grand champs have names that start with an S,” Mrs. Johnson said.
Johnson’s work pays off with Grand Championship
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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports that a large quantity of fireworks taken from a stand just outside of Athens have been recovered, and arrests are expected in the case.
According to Sheriff Ray Nutt, HCSO learned on Tuesday morning that Jake’s Fireworks Stand on State Highway 19 south had been burglarized.
Chandler to end septic dumping
Several repairs are needed on the lagoon at the Chandler Wastewater Treatment Plant, and as a result, the city council has voted to close the lagoon, effective Jan. 1.
The lagoon is used by several area septic companies for dumping of the sludge from their trucks. Those companies will be notified of the closing.
Brownsboro ISD adding eight courses
House Bill 5 is leading to changes in education across the state, and Brownsboro Independent School District is making sure it is ready.
While all the details of the bill have not been released, Brownsboro ISD approved adding eight courses to its high school curriculum Monday during a regular school board meeting in preparation.
Water authority sues Athens
The Athens Municipal Water Authority filed suit in 173rd District Court on Tuesday concerning bills presented to the AMWA the authority contends were the responsibility of the city.
The AMWA Board voted unanimously to take the action at its meeting Tuesday morning. The suit claims the city had wrongfully charged the AMWA with bills the municipality had been obligated to pay.
School buses collide in Athens
Two Athens Fire Department responders assist students after two buses collided near the bus barn on S. Palestine Street on Wednesday afternoon. The collision sent multiple individuals to East Texas Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Athens Police Department Officer Michael Reynolds said the driver of one of the buses was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. AISD officials said none of the students were thought to be seriously injured, but were being taken to the emergency room for evaluation. Two parked, unoccupied, vehicles received minor damage in the indecent.
Henderson County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez wants to alleviate fears of potential voters who believe they may be disenfranchised if the name on their voting card is not an exact match.
Hernandez said her office has received several inquiries concerning the question, and want’s to assure voters that the changes might cause them to spend a few extra seconds in the election process, but will not curtail their rights at the ballot box.
County discusses appointments
The Henderson County Commissioners discussed the appointment of three members to the Regional Fair Park Board at their Tuesday meeting.
Judge Richard Sanders said three positions were expiring on the park board. The positions are currently being held by Bob Myers, Ken Hayes and Martin Davis. Sanders said Bob Myers of Precinct 4 was the only board member who showed an interest in remaining on the Fair Park Board.
Hazardous materials response
The Athens City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Henderson County for hazardous materials response.
Now that the city has approved the document, it will go to the Henderson County Commissioners Court to be approved and signed.
More than 50 people were at the Cain Center on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Athens' own Sharon McCauley as Miss Texas.
The event was attended by dignitaries such as City Administrator Pam Burton, Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught, Miss Texas Pageant historian Randy Pruett and Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. Many of McCauley's family members also were on-hand for the celebration.
Primary filing complete
Filing for the March 2014 primary elections ended Monday for several key positions across Henderson County.
A total of 25 Republicans filed for a county position, while four Democrats filed.
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