City of Athens promotes tourism with new video

The City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips Productions of Dallas, Texas to produce the City’s first tourism video to attract visitors to the home of the original hamburger.

City of Athens press release

In today’s competitive tourism market, video is not an option but a must. With this in mind, the City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips Productions of Dallas, Texas to produce the City’s first tourism video to attract visitors to the City of Athens.

The City of Athens Department of Tourism has been working closely with the staff at Phillips Productions to produce a high quality video that brings to life the experience and ideas of what visitors can see and do here. “Athens has so much to offer visitors and our goal was to produce a video that speaks directly to the visitor and that captures the natural beauty that is Athens,” said Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator Continue reading “City of Athens promotes tourism with new video”

Jody Jackson: 2013 Agriculturist of the Year

Congratulations to the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Award Henderson County Agriculturist of the Year, Jody Jackson (left), shown here with AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)
Congratulations to the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Award Henderson County Agriculturist of the Year, Jody Jackson (left), shown here with AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)

 

Congratulations to Jody Jackson, the 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year. The following is the text of the speech given when he was introduced:

Agriculturist of the Year Presentation

The 2013 Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year is a graduate of Athens High School. His lifelong ambition has been to farm, raise cattle, and enjoy that way of life. He started with a few cattle and a poultry laying operation selling eggs. He now runs a commercial cow/calf operation raising quality Brangus replacement heifers for sale to other ranchers, a feed steer operation growing out approximately 150 steers a year, custom tractor work, baling hay and planting sprigs. That is what you call a full-time farmer.

Our award winner has been active in Henderson County by serving as a trustee for the Murchison School District, Continue reading “Jody Jackson: 2013 Agriculturist of the Year”

Keep Athens Beautiful award winners

Hugh Armstrong

 

Hugh Armstrong is presented the annual Margaret Myers Award, given each year to the top Keep Athens Beautiful volunteer. Presenting the award is Peggy Rhodes.

Hall of fame KAB

 

Selected to the Keep Athens Beautiful Hall of Fame were Jerry Waddell (center) and Victry Roberts (right).

Read Darwin Winfield’s speech from the banquet here.

KAB celebrates 25 years

Darwin Winfield (right) speaks with Margaret Myers at the Keep Athens Beautiful 25th Anniversary celebration Saturday, May 18.
Darwin Winfield (right) speaks with Margaret Myers at the Keep Athens Beautiful 25th Anniversary celebration Saturday, May 18.

 

I could write a story from Keep Athens Beautiful’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday night, but I could never do as well as Darwin Winfield did with his speech … so I’ll let Darwin have the stage one more time … and don’t forget to check out the KAB award winners here. — Michael

Darwin Winfield’s speech at the KAB 25th Anniversary Saturday, May 18 Friday, May 17

Like so many of the things that make this world great, Keep Athens Beautiful started with a great idea and a few really dedicated people.

The result of their vision: a town that is cleaner and prettier where children are taught to recycle and trees are planted every year.

Recently, Carol and Jennifer sat down with the beautiful Margaret Myers, who was an integral part of KAB’s beginning. They also spent time talking to Felecia Cain, the first executive director. They even asked me a few questions. I really had to dig into the upstairs archives to find the answers, but I think I got most of it right.

At this time, I would like to introduce Margaret and Felecia. Will the two of you please stand? Thank you so Continue reading “KAB celebrates 25 years”

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”