Three stops scheduled for Farm & Ranch Tour

The 50th Annual Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour will be taking off from the Fairpark Complex tomorrow at 9 a.m. … and there are three great stops planned (read about the speakers here):

J1 Ranch

J1 Ranch is a cattle operation begun by Ben and Patsy Johnson in the 1960s. It began by purchasing land in western Henderson County. This land was sold in the early 1980s to purchase the current location, which consists of 1,400 acres in southern Henderson County. J1 Ranch is a family run business with Patsy and Chris, her son, making management decisions.

The livestock include grass finished yearlings and a cow-calf enterprise. The current cow herd is close to 300 pairs with approximately 50 heifers retained as replacements every year. Calves are born in the spring and weaned in the fall. They are retained, finished on grass, and sold at 22 to 28 months of age weighing about 1,100 pounds.

Dal Riata

The Robertson family has been actively involved in the development of ranch properties Continue reading “Three stops scheduled for Farm & Ranch Tour”

Old-school speakers headline Farm and Ranch Tour

The 50th Annual Farm and Ranch Tour, sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, will be held Tuesday, May 21, and for the special day organizers have brought back some special speakers.

The lunch will feature: Wyndel Tackett, Gayle Finch and Rex Holmes.

“We’re going old school on the speakers, because we are bringing back the guys who were here when it started,” AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said. “You’ve got more than 100 years of agriculture in Henderson County speaking.”

Make sure to click the link for more info.

WYNDEL TACKETT

Wyndel Tackett was one of the original men credited with starting the very first Farm and Continue reading “Old-school speakers headline Farm and Ranch Tour”

Henderson County Black Rodeo Association ribbon cutting

Henderson County Black Rodeo Association
(MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN PHOTO)

The Henderson County Black Rodeo Association held a ribbon cutting today with the Athens Chamber of Commerce at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex. The HCBRA will be holding its annual Juneteenth Rodeo on June 15.

For more photos, please see our Facebook photo album.

Kendall Sanders visits Athens Hornets on eve of Regional series

Kendall Sanders hangs out with the Athens Hornets baseball team this week. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Kendall Sanders hangs out with the Athens Hornets baseball team this week. (COURTESY PHOTO)

 

By Kendall Sanders
Henderson County Now

I was so excited that I got the chance to sit this week and chat very briefly with my own “little superstars” called the Athens Hornets baseball team and Head Coach Dallas Robertson.

As you all may know already, they are on the road to the regional quarterfinals. Up next is an opponent that happens to be the defending state champions: Pleasant Grove. After coming off an exciting comeback Saturday afternoon in game 3, Athens sent home the Crandall Pirates in a 13-10 area round series win.

The team will be playing at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant Friday at 7 p.m. Game 2 is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Game 3 is 30 minutes after if needed.

I call them my “lil superstars” simply because they are so young, but they are also so talented as they have shown Continue reading “Kendall Sanders visits Athens Hornets on eve of Regional series”