Local Events

Youth preparing for Hill County Fair
With the 2018 Hill County Fair Livestock Division just around the corner, youth across the county continue to prepare their animals for the competition.
The premium auction is set for Saturday, January 27, in the Exhibits Building at the Hill County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.
Exhibitors with winning chickens, rabbits, lambs, goats, hogs and steers will start selling at 12:30 p.m. to cap off the fair.
The Creative Arts and Education Division auction will be held Friday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m.
All market animals are slated to arrive at the fairgrounds Wednesday, January 24, with weigh-in of market entries getting underway at 4 p.m.
Paper checks on breeding animals will also be conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Animals don’t have to be present.
Judging gets underway Thursday morning, January 25, with the market and breeding lambs at 8 a.m.
That will be followed by the market and breeding goat show at 9:30 a.m.
Shop awards will be presented at 2:25 p.m. with the breeding and market hog show to begin at 3 p.m. to wrap up the first day of judging.
Chickens and rabbits must be in place Friday, January 26, no later than 7:30 a.m.
The chicken show will begin at 8 a.m. in the Livestock Barn Arena, with the rabbit show also beginning at 8 a.m. in the Creative Arts Building.
The premiere steer show will take to the show ring at 10 a.m., followed by the heifer show.
The showmanship contest, which is a fund raiser for the Cody Allen Scholarship Fund, will take place between the steer and heifer shows.
Final judging of this year’s fair takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, when horses are on the grounds.
Champion and reserve champion winners in each category receive belt buckles sponsored by local residents and businesses.
Buckles are also presented to top showmanship exhibitors in the lamb, goat, hog, steer, heifer and horse divisions.
The fair will also feature the shop project show. Categories include livestock equipment; farm machinery; farm, home and yard conveniences; barbecue pits and cookers; trailers; gates; woodwork projects; and wildlife.
The blue ribbon winners in each category will be eligible to sell at the auction.
For more information on the livestock division, contact Superintendent Larry Mynarcik at 254-709-5323 or the Hill County AgriLife Extension Office at 254-582-4022.

Bosque County Republicans to meet Jan. 16
The Bosque County Republican Club will kick off the New Year with the first meeting of the year Tuesday, January 16, at the Meridian Civic Center.
The program for the meeting will be a showcase of the candidates for office in Bosque County. Each candidate will be introduced, and those who have contested elections in the primary election will have the opportunity to speak for a few minutes.
After the meeting, all of the candidates will be available to meet and speak with attendees.
The meal, catered by Tres Hermanos Restaurant in Meridian, will include chicken and beef fajitas with beans, rice and all the fajita fixings, dessert and drink. Cost is $12 per person to be paid at the door.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required and can be made by email at BosquegopHQ@gmail.com or by calling the headquarters at 254- 326-1170 and leaving a message.
Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Friday, January 13, to assure there are enough meals for attendees.
All Bosque County Republicans are encouraged to attend and get involved. The club invites all to attend and make reservations as soon as possible.

John Deere Gator contest underway
Hill County 4-H is currently selling tickets for a drawing that will select the winner of a John Deere Gator.
Tickets are being sold for $50 each, and a maximum of 350 tickets will be sold.
The drawing will be held during the Hill County Fair livestock sale Saturday, January 27.
Tickets are available to purchase at the Extension Office or from any participating 4-H member.

Registration continues for Hill College spring semester
Registration is continuing for Hill College’s spring semester. Classes begin January 16, 2018. Hill College’s extensive catalog offers courses in 44 subject areas in four major divisions.
A variety of course options are available for students, including a traditional 16-week session and two eight-week sessions. The 16-week session runs January 16-May 10, the first eight-week session runs January 16-March 9 and the second eight-week session runs March 19-May 10.
Classes are available during the day, evenings and online to provide flexible options for students.
Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as high-demand classes fill up quickly. To view a full list of spring class schedules, visit http://www.hillcollege.edu/schedules.
To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application online at http://www.hillcollege.edu/apply or in person at the Hill County Campus in Hillsboro or the Johnson County Campus in Cleburne.
Those interested in enrolling can contact advising@hillcollege.edu. Current students can register for credit courses in person or online through MyRebel.
Students wishing to register in person can visit the Hill County Campus at 112 Lamar Drive in Hillsboro, the Johnson County Campus at 2112 Mayfield Parkway in Cleburne, or the Burleson Center at 130 East Renfro in Burleson.