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Apple Crowned Junior Fair Princess

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

The 2006 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 15 year old Rosemary Apple of Smithville, daughter of Nick and Claire Apple.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Junior Fair Princess, Leslie McCollum, the 17 year old daughter of Jennifer and Bobby Simpson of Alexandria.

The first runner-up in the Monday night pageant was Keshia Poss, the 15 year old daughter of Byron and Robin Poss of Smithville.

The second runner-up was Keely Hix, the 12 year old daughter of Elisa and Lee Oliver of Gordonsville.

12 year old Taylor Marie Cantrell of Smithville was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Jeff and Renea Cantrell.

LeAnn Rimes Appears At DeKalb Fair Monday Night For Music Video Shoot

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fair had a special visitor Monday night.

Recording artist LeAnn Rimes and a video crew were on the fair grounds, both during and after the fair, shooting scenes for a new music video to be released soon.

The video production featured Rimes amid fair attractions and on rides while children and other locals were included in some of the scenes.

Rimes has sold more than 37 million records, won two Grammys and received numerous industry awards.

LeAnn's Curb debut, Blue, made her a star at thirteen, racking up a record-setting 123,000 sales in its first week on its way to more than eight million purchases, and earning her two Grammy Awards, including the first Best New Artist distinction ever won by a country artist. Her follow-up, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, made history by releasing at number one in three Billboard categories ? country, pop, and contemporary Christian. Her next three albums topped the country listings too, while her singles made equally deep impressions; one, \"How Do I Live\" (1997), lodged for an unprecedented eight months at number one en route to more than two hundred weeks on the country singles charts.

Rimes' new project called \"Whatever We Wanna\" was released internationally on June 5th and marks her ninth studio album. Among the songs included on this collection of new material is the hit single \"And It Feels Like\" and a stellar duet with Brian McFadden on \"Everybody's Someone\".

Man Injured In Monday Morning Drive By Shooting

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

One person was injured in a drive by shooting around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning at his residence on Jacobs Pillar Road.

Sheriff Lloyd Emmons says the victim, Wayne Hicks, was taken by a private vehicle to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated and released. Emmons says Hicks was nicked in the knee, either by bullet fragment, a piece of shattered glass or some other object, but the wound was non life threatening.

According to Sheriff Emmons, Hicks was outside the residence at the time of the shooting.

The cause is still under investigation, but is believed to have been drug related.

No arrests have been made.

Alexandria Mayor Resigns

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

Almost a year after being elected Alexandria Mayor, Clara Lee Vantrease has called it quits.

She officially submitted her resignation Monday morning, citing personal reasons for the decision.

Vantrease, a former city employee, ran unopposed for mayor in September, 2005.

She told WJLE Monday night that while she loves Alexandria and the people of the town and enjoyed serving them, she felt it was time to step aside and let someone else take over who might do a better job.

Alderman and Vice Mayor David Cripps is now the acting Mayor of Alexandria.

Others on the council are Aldermen Charles Griffith, James Keyes, Eddie Tubbs, and Sarah Walker.

Alderman Roy Scott also resigned on July 18th, citing personal reasons for his decision.

Vaught And Hedge Win Little Mister And Miss Fair Pageants

July 25, 2006
Dwayne Page

Hunter Vaught and Macy Elizabeth Hedge were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Vaught is the 6 year old son of Ronnie and Bethany Vaught of Brush Creek.

Hedge is the 5 year old daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville.

The 2006 winners succeed the retiring Little Mister and Miss, Tanner James Poss and Deering Grace Hendrixson.

Poss is the 5 year old son of Jimmy and J.J. Poss of Smithville and Hendrixson is the 5 year old daughter of Darbie and Tiffany Hendrixson of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Cailin Trapp, the 5 year old daughter of Brad and Kim Trapp of Smithville and Mike and Vanessa Hayes.

Second runner-up was 4 year old Elizabeth Grace Guinn, daughter of Rick and Kendra Guinn of Smithville.

Four year old Madison Hope Gossard, daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Murphy of Smithville, was named Miss Manners.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was Triston Stanley, the 5 year old son of Kim Curtis and Steve Stanley of Smithville. He was also named Mister Manners.

Six year old Austin David Johnson was the second runner-up. He is the son of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown.

DeKalb County Fair Features Baby Show

July 28, 2006
Dwayne Page

Babies from one day to twelve months old were showcased during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Hannah Beth Brooks, daughter of Derrick and Beth Brooks.
Second Place- None

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Vallem Gage Grisham, son of Nathan and Kandra Grisham.
Second Place- Brandon Carson Donnell, son of Brandon and Kalah Donnell

Girls (4-6 months)
First Place- Kyra Michelle Baker, daughter of Matthew and Crystal Baker
Second Place- Ella Grace Pack, daughter of Andy and Jessica Pack

Boys (4-6 months)
First Place- Zackery Wil Farris, son of Nathan and Nena Farris
Second Place- Jordan Evan Stannick, son of Mark and Shannon Stannick

Girls (7-9 months)
First Place- Abigail \"Abbi\" Williams, daughter of Chad and Glenda Williams.
Second Place- Kyra Shallon Kleparek, daughter of Bryan and Elizabeth Kleparek

Boys (7-9 months)
First Place- Hasten Cole Waggoner, son of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner
Second Place- Briz Trapp, son of Brad and Kim Trapp

Girls (10-12 months)
First Place- Jada Gabrielle Maddox, daughter of Amanda Rich and Larry Maddox
Second Place- Alexis Savannah Johnson, daughter of Tamara Oakley and Jeremy Johnson

Boys (10-12 months)
First Place- Thomas Andrew Shields, son of Brenda and Jim Shields.
Second Place- Isaac Lee Lawson, son of Tim and Christie Lawson

There were no twins in the contest

Meanwhile, there has been only one cash winner at the fair this week.

Doyle Curtis won the $1,000 cash giveaway Tuesday night. There was no winner on Monday night, Wednesday night, or Thursday night.

There will be a drawing for a $1,000 cash give away Friday night and at least $3,000 will be given away Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

If there is no cash winner Friday night, the prize will be $4,000 Saturday night.

FSA County Committee Nomination Deadline Approaching

July 26, 2006
Dwayne Page

Donny Green, County Executive Director for the DeKalb County Farm Service Agency, reminds DeKalb County farmers that the deadline to nominate candidates to serve on USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee is Tuesday, August 1.

?Our goal is to have as many eligible candidates nominated to serve on FSA county committees as possible, especially minorities and women,? said Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture.

Committees apply their judgment and knowledge to make decisions on county commodity price-support loan eligibility, establishment of allotments and yields, conservation programs, disaster programs, employment and other farm program-related issues.

Nominees must reside in Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1 which generally covers the central belt of DeKalb County including Blue Springs, New Home, city of Smithville, Holmes Creek, Allen?s Chapel, Cookeville Hwy., Cherry Hill, and portions of Dale Ridge communities. Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, as a candidate. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based and other organizations in the county where the election is being held before the close of the nomination period, especially groups representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Nominations and elections are open to all eligible candidates and voters without regard to race, color, religion, nation origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. The nomination form (FSA-669A) is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/elections.

Producers should keep in mind several important dates regarding the upcoming county committee elections. Producers can request, fill out and submit nomination forms up to August 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by November 3. The deadline to return ballots is December 4.Elected committee members and alternates take office on January 1, 2007.

For more information about FSA county committees, visit the DeKalb County USDA Service Center or call 615-597-8225, extension 2.

Elderly Man Dies In All Terrain Vehicle Accident On His Farm

July 26, 2006
Dwayne Page

An elderly DeKalb County died in an all terrain vehicle accident on his farm in the Alexandria-Temperance Hall area Tuesday.

The body of 79 year old Billy Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria was discovered early Wednesday morning.

Detective Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says Corley left his house on a three wheeler to check on a cow Tuesday afternoon and when he didn't return family members became concerned and began looking for him.

Authorities were later notified and Griffith says people on foot, on four wheelers, in four wheel drive trucks, and by other means took part in the search including family, friends, neighbors, members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, volunteer firefighters, and others. An aerial spotlight search by helicopter was also planned but was canceled because of dense fog. The search continued through the night and into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.

According to Griffith, the search was scheduled to resume after sunrise Wednesday, but word came around 5:50 a.m. that members of the family had found the body.

Detective Griffith says it appears Corley lost control of his three wheeler while trying to negotiate a turn on a steep hillside and overturned. His body was found near the three wheeler. Griffith says the accident occurred on Corley's farm approximately a half mile from his home but the three wheeler and body were difficult to find because of the rolling landscape and tall brush and weeds in that area.

Walker Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 26, 2006
Dwayne Page

The 2006 DeKalb County Fair Miss Sweetheart is 11 year old Kelley Beth Walker.

She was crowned Wednesday night during the annual pageant held at the fair.

Walker is the daughter of Shane and Michelle Walker of Smithville.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Miss Sweetheart, Kristen Smartt, the 12-year-old daughter of Aaron and Paula Taylor and Leslie and Dedra Smartt of Smithville.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Tessa Shawn Thomas, the 12 year old daughter of Troy and Judy Thomas of Smithville.

Kerigan Bess Sanders was the second runner-up. She is the 10 year old daughter of Larry and Melissa Knowles of Smithville.

11 year old Arielle Corinne Davis was named Miss Photogenic. She is the daughter of Eddie and Beth Davis of Brush Creek.

Little Miss Princess Title Goes To Kelsey Sueanna Hedge

July 26, 2006
Dwayne Page

Nine year old Kelsey Sueanna Hedge was crowned Little Miss Princess at the DeKalb County Fair Wednesday night.

Hedge is the daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Little Miss Princess, Haley Marie Hale, the 9 year-old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville.

First runner-up in the pageant was Destiny Danielle Franklin, the 7 seven year old daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Franklin of Smithville. She was also named Miss Photogenic.

Seven year old Tyra Grace Graham was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville.


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