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Apr 09, 2014   04:11 PM

Allstate agency owner earns prestigious service designation

Abilene Texas – As a business leader and involved citizen in the Abilene area, Allstate Exclusive Agency Owner Rondall Sanders of Sanders Allstate Insurance Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. This designation is being presented to Allstate Rondall Sanders for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency’s work.

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Apr 03, 2014   03:20 PM
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PAINT ROCK, Texas (DATE) – Local farmer Cody Weishuhn, of Concho, Texas, directed $2,500 to Concho County 4-H through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The donation will go towards yearly enrollment fees, 4-H project supplies, contest fees and community service projects. 
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.
“We would like to take the time to thank Mr. Cody Weishuhn, for nominating the Concho County 4-H Club for this donation,” said Brady Evans, county extension agent. “The support from our community is what keeps this organization going, not only on a local level, but also across the state. The 4-H program offers many opportunities for the youth here in Concho County and donations like this just help make it a little easier.” 
America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. 
America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit

About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign is an advocacy program celebrating U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of modern American agriculture. 
America’s Farmers initiatives include: 
• America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which supports rural communities by offering farmers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organization.
• America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which supports rural education by offering farmers the chance to nominate local school districts, which can compete for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based grant to enhance math and science education.
• America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, which celebrates women in agriculture by offering the chance to win up to $10,000 and the title of “National Farm Mom of the Year”. 
• America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which launches this year in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina, and aims to encourage the next generation to remain involved in agriculture by offering students the chance to apply for a $1,500 scholarship.
To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at 

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at 

Pictured from left to right: Monsanto DSM Jearl Holland, Melissa Wright, Winning Farmer Cody Weishuhn, Kaelyn Clarkson, FFA Extension Officer Brady Evans and Monsanto Chemical Account Manager Byron Hoover.

Apr 01, 2014   03:01 PM

Runnels County and the community of Winters was WELL represented at the District 7 4-H Leaders 4 Life contest on Friday at Grape Creek Baptist Church.  The contest is composed of a mock 4-H meeting which each team must conduct using proper parliamentary procedure, and a series of questions based on their knowledge of parliamentary procedure.  The senior teams must also submit a one page front and page service interpretation piece complete with photos and text featuring a service project of the county's 4-H program for the current year. 

While we have kids participating from across the county, a majority of them are students of the Ballinger ISD. 
Runnels County took a total of six teams to the District 7 Leaders 4 Life contest on Friday (March 28)  There were a total of six teams in the junior division. 
The Junior Division is composed of elementary and junior high ages.
This Junior Team placed third in the contest.  Team members are:
Cole Zentner-Rowena 4-H Club
Ryan Matschek-Rowena 4-H Club
Caitlin Virden-Ballinger 4-H Club
Paul McDaniel-Ballinger 4-H Club
Brandon Teplicek-Ballinger 4-H Club
This Junior Team placed fourth in the contest.  Team members are:
Emma Duke-Ballinger 4-H Club
Katy Duke-Ballinger 4-H Club
Jessica Castleberry-Ballinger 4-H Club
Cammi Teplicek-Ballinger 4-H Club
This Junior Team placed fifth in the contest.  Team members are:
Aiden Busenlehner-Ballinger 4-H Club
Mason Cave-Ballinger 4-H Club
Avery Flanagan-Ballinger 4-H Club
Lane Busenlehner-Ballinger 4-H Club
Marcus Castleberry-Ballinger 4-H Club
This Junior Team placed sixth in the contest.  Team members are:
Ben Flanagan-Ballinger 4-H Club
Cash Drennan-Ballinger 4-H Club
Sage Boatright-Miles 4-H Club
Cade Busenlehner-Ballinger 4-H Club
The Senior teams are composed of high school aged 4-H members in ninth through twelfth grades.  Runnels County fielded two of the six total teams in the senior division.  The top three placing teams qualify to compete in the state Leaders for Life contest in June at Texas 4-H Roundup at Texas A & M University.
This Senior Team placed first in the contest and qualified to compete at Texas 4-H Roundup.  Team members are:
Ethan Bredemeyer-Winters 4-H Club
Rachel Gibbs-Ballinger 4-H Club
Jennifer Castleberry-Ballinger 4-H Club
Brylee Matschek-Rowena 4-H Club
Hannah Pinckney-Ballinger 4-H Club
Alyssa Flanagan-Ballinger 4-H Club
This Senior Team placed third in the contest and qualified to compete at Texas 4-H Roundup.  Team members are:
McKenzie Arrott-Ballinger 4-H Club
Adam Multer-Rowena 4-H Club
Cole Cave-Ballinger 4-H Club
Kolton Looka-Miles 4-H Club
Davis Matschek-Rowena 4-H Club
Sam Woodall-Winters 4-H Club

Apr 01, 2014   03:00 PM

The Z. I. Hale Museum is having a quilt show on Apr. 12th, Call Wanda Brewer at 754.5313 for more information on showing your quilts.

Mar 31, 2014   03:00 PM

Ballinger Head Start is currently holding open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in completing an application for your child to attend Ballinger Head Start please call 325-365-4081 to schedule an application appointment. 

Winters Head Start is currently holding open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in completing an application for your child to attend Winters Head Start please call 325-754-4325.  

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