Local Events

Blum Bobcat victory run, fund raiser set
Blum Independent School District is holding a Bobcat Victory Fund Raiser Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will begin with the Bobcat Victory Fun 5K Race at 10 a.m. Walkers will begin at 10 a.m. and runners at 10:15 a.m. Registration and check in will begin at 9 a.m. the morning of the race.
Pre-registration is available now through March 1. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children under 18. Ticket purchases include the registration fee, t-shirt and sunglasses.
Following the race, a bounce house and brisket concession will open at 11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. Bounce house access is $5 per child. A cornhole and wahoo tournament will also kick off at 11:30 a.m. for $20 per participant. At noon, the Blum ISD bands will begin their performance.
For more information, contact Cooper Thornhill at 325-812-4225 or Cindy Cochran at 817-240-7437.


Cook & Carry class planned in Hillsboro
Texas A&M AgriLife is holding a Cook and Carry program Saturday, February 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 126 South Covington Street in Hillsboro.
The program will provide those interested with hands-on preparation of three freezer-ready main dishes for easy bake-and-eat meals. Dishes will feed a family of at least six.
Registration is $45 and will include recipes, handouts and three freezer-ready meals for a family of six. The deadline to register is Thursday, February 13.
For more information, call 254-582-4022.


Auctions wrap up 2020 Hill County Fair
The 2020 Hill County Fair concluded Saturday, February 1, with the premium livestock auction.
The grand champion steer, shown by Preston Pustejovsky of Abbott FFA, sold for $11,000 to Sykora Family Ford.
Rylie Edens of Covington FFA showed the grand champion market lamb, which was purchased for $4,500 by Hamrick Ranch and Schronk Custom Ag.
The grand champion market goat, shown by Brazos Blue of Aquilla 4-H, was bought by First National Bank of Central Texas, Hillsboro Ford, Poore Family Feed and Jason’s Mobile Service for $5,000.
Jax Miller of Abbott FFA showed the grand champion market swine, which sold for $5,000 to Abbott Ag Boosters, Ag Texas, Farm and Ranch Service, Farmer’s Gin and Grain, United Ag and Turf, All-Tex Utilities, State Rep. Cody Harris, Southwest Stalls, Hill County Farm Bureau and Lone Star Ag Credit.
The grand champion pen of broilers, shown by Carson Woody of Hillsboro FFA, was purchased by Bobcat Contracting for $2,500.
The grand champion market pen of rabbits, shown by Dale Cheek of Hillsboro FFA, sold for $2,000 to Hillsboro Ford.
Jordyn Koonsman of Blum FFA showed the reserve champion market steer, which sold for $7,500 to Stephenville Equine Spirits, Poore Family Feed, Citizens State Bank, All-Tex Utilities, Jason’s Mobile Service, Hillsboro Tire, Blum Ag Boosters, Bobcat Contracting and James and Lori Johnson.
The reserve champion market lamb, shown by Jocelyn Kolar of Abbott FFA, was purchased by Abbott Ag Boosters, Triple H Feed and Kyle Miller for $4,000.
Cassidy Westbrook of Whitney 4-H showed the reserve champion market goat, which brought $2,500 from Jason’s Mobile Service, Sykora Family Ford, Bridge Realty, Community Grocery and D and G Services.
The reserve champion market swine, shown by Chase Miller of Abbott FFA, was purchased for $4,000 from Abbott Ag Boosters, All-Tex Utilities, Farm and Ranch Services, Hill County Farm Bureau, United Ag and Turf, State Representative Cody Harris, Southwest Stalls, Farmer’s Gin and Grain and Lone Star Ag Credit.
Abby Weaver of Itasca FFA showed the reserve champion pen of broilers, which sold to Bowman Environmental for $2,250.
The reserve champion pen of market rabbits, shown by Kate Pederson of Bynum 4-H, went to Silver Star Concrete and Schneider Farms for $1,950.
Samuel Metcalf of Whitney FFA had the champion born and bred market steer, which sold for $4,500 to Ag Texas, United Ag & Turf, Hill County Farm Bureau, Bobcat Contracting and Silver Star Concrete.
Creative Arts Division
The Creative Arts Division auction was held Friday night, January 31, with grand and reserve champion entries selling to buyers.
In the pre-kindergarten through first grade division, grand champions and buyers included: Kooper Buzbee, Aquilla ISD, cupcakes, sold to Buzbee Feed & Seed for $400; Kylan Urbanovsky, Aquilla ISD, painting, sold to County Judge Justin Lewis, Citizens State Bank, All-Dandy Vending and Ag Texas for $300; Brady Rogers, First Baptist Christian School, still life photography, sold to Western Equipment for $775; Graham Crose, Aquilla ISD, birdhouses, sold for $425 to Pratka Construction.
In the second through fourth grade category, grand champions and buyers were: Hagen Pederson, Bynum ISD, loaf bread, sold for $650 to Schneider Farms; River Hoffman, Whitney ISD, freehand crayon, sold to Mike and Sharon Allen for $475; Jack Bowman, home school, birdhouses, sold to Poor Boys Propane for $350.
For entrants in fifth through eighth grades, grand champion results included: Raley Jo McCurdy, Aquilla ISD, cakes, sold to Citizens State Bank for $375; Shyann Arnold, Malone ISD, scene/landscapes/watercolor/pastels, sold to Bobcat Contracting for $600; Camryn Camp, home school, still life photography, sold for $550 to Mike and Sharon Allen; Mckenley Roden, Aquilla ISD, woodwork (handmade non-furniture), sold to Darlene Robertson for $325; Lillian Jordan, Covington ISD, stuffed articles/pillows, sold to Kaddatz girls for $275.
In the ninth through 12th grade category, grand champions and buyers were: Elizabeth Lewis, Aquilla ISD, cupcakes, sold to Poor Boys Propane for $550; Brylee Tucker, Hillsboro ISD, still life photography, sold for $550 to Hillsboro Ford and Citizens National Bank; Millie Klaus, Abbott ISD, birdhouses, sold for $350 to Alicia Garland; Murphy Madison, Abbott ISD, needlework, sold for $200 to Ratliff Sheep Farm.
In the reserve champion category for pre-kindergarten through first grade, results were: Chaucer Labrenz, home school, loaf, sold for $225 to Hillsboro Ford; Peyton Thompson, Whitney ISD, crayon color page, sold to Citizens State Bank for $300; Dakota Linder, Abbott ISD, photography (nature, scene, landscape), sold to Citizens National Bank and Hillsboro Ford for $400; Bryder Buzbee, Aquilla ISD, models, sold for $375 to Aquilla Creek Creations and Riverview Ranch.
Second through fourth grade reserve champions and buyers were: Halle Craig, Hillsboro ISD, bar, purchased for $475 by Hillsboro Intermediate School teachers; Makennah Landon, Bynum ISD, watercolor, sold for $250 to Bynum ISD staff; Lucy Bowman, Hillsboro ISD, wall hangings/wreaths, sold for $225 to Hillsboro Intermediate School teachers; Hero Labrentz, home school, still life photography, sold for $250 to Phat and Harry Realtors.
Fifth through eighth grade reserve champions were: Lea Soulé, Itasca ISD, scene/landscape/oil/acrylic, sold for $325 to Bowman Environmental; Briar Hykel, Abbott ISD, leather crafts, sold for $250 to Makers Leather Supply; Emma Spigener, Hillsboro ISD, clothing/fabric items, sold for $475 to Darlene Robertson.
In the ninth through 12th grade category, reserve champions were: Gabbie Rodriguez, Bynum ISD, candy, sold for $350 to All-Tex Utilities and Sunoco Energy; Jaedyn Gauer, home school, black and white/sepia, sold for $300 to Will Orr; Maddie Strickling, Whitney ISD, wall hangings/wreaths, sold for $475 to Citizens State Bank.

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