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County Received Needed Rain, Escapes Storm Damage

By Steve Cummings

The much-needed rain we have gotten in the last couple of weeks has helped us come closer to overcoming the rainfall deficit we have faced the past several months.  

    Fortunately, Yalobusha County did not receive any weather related damage with these much needed rains as other parts of the state did.  The tornado damage in Mississippi last week was devastating, and I was very concerned about the damage and destruction of the Turnipseed Dairy in Weir, MS.      

    The dairy is owned by Todd and Parker Turnipseed, grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker of Water Valley.  Todd and Parker have attended some of our forestry programs with their grandparents.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Turnipseed families as they work through the damages their dairy farm received.

Upcoming activities that you might want to attend include a “Lunch and Learn” on flower arranging and the district 4-H livestock show.  The lunch and learn program, Mechanics For Fresh Flower Design, will be held on January 24 from noon to 1 pm.  

Bring a sack lunch and learn more about flower arranging.  January 25 and 26 marks the Northwest District 4-H Livestock Show at the Coliseum in Batesville.  

The sheep and goat show begins at 9 a.m. on January 24 with the hog show beginning at 3 p.m.  The junior beef show begins at 9 am on January 26.  All of these activities are free and open to the public.

The Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association banquet was held last Saturday.  Several Coffeeville Saddle Club members received awards.  All four of the High Point Saddlers went to Coffeeville members including: Pony High Point – Casey Moss, 12 and Under High Point – William Tutor, 13 – 17 High Point – Shae Ward, and 18 and over High Point – Candy Tutor.      Other high point winners included: Jessi Lee Rhodes – Pony Speed High Point award, Triston Gill – 12 and under speed high point award, Casey Byford – 13 – 17 Judged High Point Award, Hayden Harbour – 13 – 17 Speed High Point Award, Marty Brown – 18 and over Judged High Point Award, Kim Moss – 18 and over speed high point award, and Shae Ward – Youth Gaited High Point Award.

Coffeeville Saddle Club Member, Haley Smith, received the Cody Byford Memorial Sportsmanship Award.  Many Coffeeville Saddle Club Members received class awards.  

The Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show will be March 7 at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.

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