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HaysFreePmss.com back, Buddy BUDA BITS ome March there | will be a familiar %..d face back in the area. Buddy Johnson has accepted the position of minister at the First Baptist Church in Buda. He grew up in Kyie, graduated from Hay High School and has many friends and relatives in the Buda/Kyle area. His which includes family, wn wife Nancy along with two grown daughters and a high school age son, will be " to Buda moving to in the near fumm.Bis parents are Kyie residents, Moe and Gene Johnson~ O00 Isaac~othy Danyl Warmington was bum Sunda~ January 30, 2011 at 10:44 pan., at Seton-Hays Hospital in Kyie. Proud parents of the seven-pound babyboy are Josh andRob- inWarmington. Delighted 'grandparents are Paulette and Darryl Lindens and Tim:~ad EllieWarmington all of Buda. OO0 Congratulations to Liz Shelton of Buda who was the sixth woman to cross the finish line in the 3M Half Marathon in Austin Sunday morning. Our special birthday wishes go out to Dorothy White wnao will be 103 ~ee~ruOld on Monday, ary 7. Dorothy now resides in San Mamns after moving from Buda several ' : years ago. Happy birthday, i Doroth~ . More birthday wishes for Kara Huesser and Pat Wli- lianas on Feb. 3;Marie Diaz, Tom Gamboa and Loft Hinkiey on Feb; 5; Carol Gordon on Feb. 6; Viola Roach on Feb. 7;Tammy Gray and Dennis Jones on Feb. 9. ~O The North Hays Optimist (NHO) Pony Baseball and Softball has now started registration for the spring season. They offer Kinder- ball for three and four year olds and baseball/softball for ages five- 16. Longthne NHO volunteer and now the new Board President, Amanda Jackson, believes all children should play no matter what their level of experience or what type of hardships they may have. They are able to keep registration fees low with good community sup- port and volunteers, and the facilities are in great shape. Contact Amanda at 512-237-0072 or visit www. nhogators.com for more information or to join in the fun at NHO. Farmers interested in becoming a member of the Buda Farmers Market can contact Jennifer Denton, Market Manager at 512- 773-7128, budamarket- See BUDA BITS, pg. 3C [ BUILDING THE RmJRE Construction continues in Kyle & Buda. February 2, 2011 Page lu PHOTO BY UNCOLN RAMIREZ Champions and reserve champions in the swine competition at the Hays County Livestock Show include (front, left to right) Wesley Sutton (Grand Champion Breed); Cooper Moore; Shelby Bertron (1st Show & Breed Champion); Kenleigh EDen; (back) Cassidy New; Delany Odell; Lucas Snoe; Cortney Johnson; Raney Moore ; Tenley Lehman-Grand Champion Breed i i i . Chase for the top was onat the Hays County stock show BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com SAN MARCOS -- Her wiry black hair had been spritzed and brushed. Her cloven hooves were nice and clean. But Socks didn't care. Socks, in fact, was acting like a pig. Moments away from her grand debut at the Hays County Livestock Show last Friday, Socks insisted on wal- lowing in a bed of wood shav- ings. She kept rooting axound inf.'pen andgetting dirty all over again, heedless of her good grooming. To get Socks' attention, her handler, Victoria Ratliff, a pint-sized girl in the eighth grade at Barton Middle SchcSc ool, started spanking the pig's rump and jowls. After i a few sharp swats the pig squealed in protest and lum- bered back onto her feet. "She didn't want to get up," Victoria said. "She's stubborn." ~ BY UNC0U~ RAMIREZ Victoria's dad, Tommy Melanie Harrington of the Hays High FFA, grooms her pig, Kayla, before judging. , Ratliff, came by and said it was time for Socks to make her in agricultural mechanics. ,r., . - 7 ~ ~ ~r . whereWay to the competition ring,she was to face two When asked why they J ItS l'lO~]UstDara '71)or]~. ~ou~re~soTrle]o~] other pigs in an event called raised animals or participated ~. ~-' -" the Judging ofBreeding Swine. ".m the show, most kid.s said [out of it tbat keeps vourmotivation Victoria let Socks out of the mey diun t know, or mat meir I " ~., z dad wanted them to, or that it I -Kvlo auntie pen and directed her toward the ring, tapping Socks' shoul- was fun. Parents and sponsors i =,'~ ders with a guiding stick. With said the activity taught their children important traits like Durocs are the only breed of three. a tap on her left shoulder, responsibility and dedication of pigs that are red, Talon said. Afterward, Victoria's dad Socks knew to go right. A tap "When the'y graduate, most Talon has been raising pigs told her that he was proud of on the right, she went left. of them won't have jobs in sin, ce he was nine. her. Socks seemed content as They say pigs are among the aoTiculture" said Richard Par- Mv narents wanted me to she lay in her wood shavings smartest of domesticated crea- :~." ' ;f "- .... ,, , nsh, the Hays County exten- dolt, heexplamed. Theyve. ShesareaUygood-!ooking tureS,But secondsocks wasnlYalsot humans.185 sion agent. But, he added, been doing it a ~e. Dad p.!g, but I thi~, ,,she'.s, .s~lU a., tittle [OO smau, Haumsala, pounds of pigheadedness,the life skills they learn will used to do turkeys. . . " adding that he and his daugh serve them well in any field. WhenVictoria caught up to - At the first opportunity she For instance, kids learn about Socks, she guided the pig to ter wo.nld.see about breeding bolted off, waddling between ~oc~ m ume for her lgiets to rows of pens where all the oth- science, such as life cycles and the competition rinR where P er pigs were waiting for their health management and nu- Socks an~d two uther'pigs then compete in next y.ear'sshow; mtion B n ane nas me mating ot a reauy moment in the ring. Victoria " " . udgeting for expe ses modeled before the judge,pod m .... g area, ne sale and her father darted after the teaches economics, and mea- as well as a bleacher full of wayward swine, dodging other suring things teaches math. spectators. Socks was on her THE BANDA BOYS people and pigs as they ran. A crowd of more than 450 kids competed in last week's livestock show, which cul- minated in a live auction on Saturday at the Hays County Civic Center. Members of 4-H Clubs and FFA programs from all around the county showed off their prize goats, pigs, rab- bits, sheep, poultry and cattle, as well as their home skills, arts and crafts, and expertise SOCKS GOES BEFORE THE JUDGE Not far from the spot where Socks ran off, Talon Bartz, a sophomore at Lehman High School, was brushing a red- haired duroc named Pinky. "She kind of looked like a pinky to me," he said. Like the toe? "No, the red color. It just came to me: Pinky. I don't knOW." best behavior now, but she still lost, to a white pig that had black blotches on its face and rump. Of the winner, the judge declared, "She's.got a great back and a huge chest when she comes right at you." The judge said that Socks was the most powerful pig, but a little shorter than the others. Her hair was coarser, too: She came in third place, in a class Outside the civic center's main area, the Banda broth- ers-- Kyle and Kody, both juniors at Hays High School -- were running a shop vac that sucked at the hide of their black breeding heifer. The work was in preparation for the Judging of Breeding Beef coming later in the aftemoon. See UVEffr0CK, pg. 6C Congrats to the youth of ODDS& aelieve it or not, e Hays County uth Livestock Show had beautiful weather for the entire show. I remember several years of "awful" weather. Speaking of the youth show, congratulations to Ranson and Cooper Moore, sons of MLke and Debbie Moore of Kyle (our great- grandsons). Both boys par- ticipated in the Hays County Youth Livestock Show this past weekend and both came out winners. Ranson came home with Reserve Champion of the OPB,(other purebred) class with his Poland Swine and Interme- diate Class Showmanship Champion. Cooper came home with Reserve Cham- pion of the Duroc Class with his swine and Junior Class Showmanship Champion. They both have beautiful belt buckles to show off. Congratulations boys, Opa and Oma axe proud of you! See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 3C at li CHECKIT OUT Got an e-reader? Want more audio books to download? Here's some news for you: the Buda Public Library has signed up with the Central Texas Digital Consortium to offer you more down- loadable materials. Through the OverDrive digital resource platform, you li be able to download e-books, e-audio books, movies and music. You can check if your e-reader/mp3 player/computer is com- patible with this service at http://www.overdrive. com/resources/drc. We're scheduled to start this service on Feb. 28. pc@ Are you getting ready to take a college entrance exam? Be sure to check out ePrep, the library's video- based test prep tool. 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