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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Carolyn Wickwire will star in the one-woman play O’Keeffe! by Lucinda McDermott, presented by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club and the Malakoff Historical Society in partnership with Flower and Bone Productions, directed by Ouida White.
Color run coming to Athens
Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
It’s not every restaurant that you visit, that while you are eating, you are watching the RFD-TV channel known as “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” The huge wall screen keeps eyes going back and forth from where they are cutting their pork chops, to current information about the profit that can be realized from soy-bean growth on that day.
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