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4-H Club Shoot Sounded Like A Battle

If you were around Coffeeville Saturday morning and wondered if a small war or some kind of battle had broken out don’t worry, it was only the 4-H Shooting Sports Club.  The Yalobusha County 4H Shooting Sports hosted their county Postal Shoot at the Coffeeville Gun Range Saturday April 9.  This was a combined event with Tallahatchie County 4-H Shooting Sports.  

I was at the event watching the archery kids shooting and talking to some old 4-H friends who are now 4-H parents and was surprised or maybe even a little spooked at the .22 pistols shooting not 30 yards from me.  

This event is highly organized with retired policeman Tony Carmichael serving as president of the club and a whole host of other qualified volunteers helping.  I counted a total of 125 people at the event on Saturday morning with 70 of those being 4-H shooters.  There are seven disciplines shooting archery, air pistol, air rifle, 22 pistol, 22 rifle, shotgun and muzzleloader.  Some of these disciplines have up to five age groups.  This is the qualifying event for the district shoot that will be held in Charleston on May 7.  

The Coffeeville Saddle Club will host another horse show on April 23 at the Yalobusha County Multipur-pose Building.  This event will be a judged western Horse Show.  The Yalobusha County 4-H Horse Club will provide the Concession Stand.  

Horticulture Tips


  The long range forecast is predicting a wetter than normal spring with temperatures slightly below average at the beginning and slightly above average at the end. This means the temperatures may remain low enough for cool season crops like potatoes, broccoli and greens to persist into early June while warm season things may have a slow start in April but will probably be on track by mid-May.  The additional rainfall reinforces the utility of planting in beds, particularly if your soil is not well drained.

Gardeners should take advantage of plant sales by local organizations. This time of year high school, community college and college horticulture students are selling all sorts of vegetable plants. They frequently have varieties not offered by garden centers. Be weather wise. Make plans to cover frost sensitive plants when predictions are for temperatures below thirty eight degrees. Freshly planted transplants are particularly vulnerable to frost damage.

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