A trip to Cowtown paid off big for an Athens horse last week.
The yearling filly, Radical Zips Proposal, competed at the American Paint Horse Association World Championships at Will Rogers Arena in Fort Worth. The APHA has held a World Championship for 50 years. Horses come from around the U.S. and other nations.
Known also as Jolene, the Bonnette’s yearling was named Reserve Grand Champion in the long-line class. Radical Zips also won the National Snaffle Bit Association competition at the Fort Worth event.
Jolene is owned by James and Elizabeth Bonnette of Moonstruck. They purchased her the day she was born in hopes of training her into a champion show horse.
“She really came through,” Elizabeth Bonnette said. “It was a really tough competition. This class was the largest number for the division in their history.”
The Bonnette’s purchased Jolene the day she was born from Darla McCain, owner of Platinum. They’ve been impressed with her progress under the training of Doug Baucom of Aubrey. The horse’s mother is a registered quarter horse with some championship blood. The sire is a paint horse that has produced multiple champions. Elizabeth Bonnette believes the horse is the complete package, a mixture of charisma, pedigree and movement that are tough to beat. She said it’s been a joy watching a horse of Jolene’s quality as she progresses.
Baucom already has plans to show the horse in the 2-year-old pleasure class next year. He’s begun saddle-breaking her for a return to Fort Worth in 2013.
Before moving to the big stage, Jolene was shown in smaller competitions, and was the Reserve Grand Champion in the Henderson County Livestock Show Yearling Project in April, winning Reserve Grand, and raising a bid of $1,600 at the premium auction.
Elizabeth Bonnette has a lifelong-love for horses, and has competed in events for many years. James Bonnette is a Corporal with the Criminal Investigations Division for the Athens Police Department.
A trip to Cowtown paid off big for an Athens horse last week.
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Volunteers now needed for Athens Soup Kitchen
Athens resident Terry Mayhall walked through the doors of the Athens Soup Kitchen asking if he could just volunteer. Mayhall now spends his Thursdays cooking soup for people who are hungry.
Athens Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission is to feed those who are hungry. The facility that feeds 30 to 63 people weekly, opened its door in March 2014.
Coston named chamber president
After a diligent search, the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board has named Mike Coston president.
“The chamber board selected a search committee, which consisted of Chamber members, community leaders and business owners,” Ashley Adams McKee, Chairman of the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board, said. “Our committee knew that we wanted to take our time to find the most qualified person to serve as our new president. We had more than 10 applicants and in our first round of interviews we were all equally impressed and excited about Mike's experience and passion for chamber business.”
Update on restaurant projects given
City of Athens officials gave an update on some ongoing projects and financial information at a meeting on Wednesday.
Director of Planning and Development Gary Crecilius said progress on the Cotton Patch Cafe has slowed considerably with the discovery of a possible environmental hazard. The restaurant is being constructed east of the Walmart store on East Tyler Street.
HCPAC announces ‘Mattress’ sales
Why would HCPAC be selling mattresses? Actually, the “mattresses” are tickets to “Once Upon a Mattress,” which opens Thursday, Aug. 7.
The 26th Annual Youth Summer Musical stars 24 very talented area students, ages 10 through college, and tells the “fractured fairy tale” version of the “Princess and the Pea.”
Gearing up for Celebrity Waiter event
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is gearing up for its annual Celebrity Waiter event. The Celebrity Waiter committee met on Thursday to discuss last minute items. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at Athens Country Club. This will be the 18th year the CCL Rotary Club has hosted the fundraiser. For ticket information call Erin Osborn at 903-887-7486.
Paul Harris recognition
Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn presents Rotarian Bill Burnett with his second Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians are given a Paul Harris recognition when a Rotarian donates $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
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