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Jan. 30, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Livestock win

Riley Kate Rodriguez, a 4-H member from Longview, captured Charolais Reserve Calf Champion Heifer in the Junior Charolais Breeding Heifer Show at the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on January 21. The 2018 Show is hosting junior cattle exhibitors from across Texas competing for awards and $36,210 in premiums.

Of the 33,000 entries at the nation's longest-running livestock show, the livestock exhibited by the more than 11,500 junior exhibitors are among the best market animals in the country. While the livestock are impressive, one of the Show's main objectives is to support the professional and leadership development efforts offered by the 4-H and FFAQ programs in Texas.

"The Stock Show serves as a nurturing point for these future business and civic leaders," said Stock Show President and General Manager Brad Barnes. "This commitment is a founding principle of the Stock Show and we remain humbled with the number of Texas youth who choose to exhibit in the many events at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo."

Dancers recognized

Three area students have received national awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs: Annie Mahaffey of Carthage; Kipton Travis of Carthage; and Molly Windham of Shelbyville.

All three are students of Debbie Rowe and Juliet Townzen, owners of Rowe Performing Arts and Gym in Carthage. The honors, part of the National Federation of Music Club's Agnes Fowler Junior Dance Awards, are adjudicated by a panel of nationally qualified judges.

Annie Mahaffey was awarded first place and $300 in the Junior II Ballet division and second place and $100 in the Junior II Theater Dance category. The Junior II category is for students aged 15 to 18. Annie is the daughter of Steve and Sherrie Mahaffey.

Kipton Travis was awarded first place and $200 in the Junior I Ballet category. The Junior I category is for students ages 11 to 14. Kipton is the daughter of Jeff and Amber Travis.

Molly Windham was awarded second place and $100 in the Junior I Theater Dance category. Molly is the daughter of Micah and Claire Windham.

Debbie Rowe is a member of the Carthage chapter of the Music Club. Music Clubs are dedicated to the purpose of developing and maintaining high standards for music and related arts. The dance division of Music Club offers various competitions to encourage excellence in the art of dance for students ages 11 and above.

ABC Auto scholarship

ABC Auto Parts' new scholarship program, "Get Your Career In Gear," will award two graduating high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship to be used to pursue an automotive vocational career.

Students interested in submitting an application must meet all eligibility requirements and plan to attend a technical or postsecondary vocational school, college or university to major in one of the following fields:

  • Automotive Design

  • Automotive Engineering

  • Automotive Marketing & Management

  • Automotive Restoration

  • Automotive Technology

"ABC Auto is passionate about making a difference in the communities where we do business and positively impacting the lives of young people," said Dereck Pyle, ABC Auto's marketing director. "We look at these scholarships as an investment in the future of our industry that will drive interest in automotive studies."

Students interested in applying must be a resident or attendee of a high school located in one of the following Texas counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood. In Louisiana, students must be a resident or attendee of a high school located in Caddo or Bossier Parish.

Scholarship applications and complete rules may be found online at or at any ABC Auto Parts store location. All completed applications must be mailed to ABC Auto Scholarship, C/O Encore Multimedia, P.O. Box 3812, Longview, TX 75606, and postmarked no later than April 2.

Don't Mess with Texas scholarship

Applications for the 2018 Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship contest are now being accepted. Eligible applicants include any Texas high school senior attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the coming year.

Presented in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship contest will award one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships in June.

The scholarships recognize the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities while working to build awareness for the Don't Mess with Texas initiative.

To apply for the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship, visit

Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. April 20.



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