Kailee Boverhof received her first Farm Service Agency, FSA, Rural Youth Loan in 2014 to purchase livestock. She has won numerous awards at local, district and state competitions with assistance from her youth loan advisor, Wayne Neal. FSA offers Rural Youth between the ages of ten and 20 the opportunity to borrow up to $5,000 at low interest rates and reasonable terms for repayment.
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Boverhof, a member of the ICC School FFA, to purchase livestock and supplies for her FFA project.
She is a member of the ICC Show Team and has excelled in showing her livestock since she first obtained a FSA youth loan. She used her loan funds to purchase “Rose Mary”, a commercial heifer, and a registered Gelbvieh cow with a heifer calf. Along with the livestock she also purchased fencing, gates, and supplies to provide a pen for her livestock on property her parents own. In addition to this acreage where she lives, she also has access to the ICC school pastures, show barn, lab, pens and any needed equipment to assist her with her project.
She began showing livestock in 2013 and has won various awards. Neal said, “She has been a very active member of our livestock team and has attended several North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows along with the Fulton County Fair, Izard County Fair, North Central Arkansas District Fair and the Arkansas State Fair.” Boverhof said she has learned responsibility and loves showing her livestock.
She and Rose Mary achieved the following in 2013: Supreme Commercial Champion at the Izard County Fair, Reserve Grand Champion – Commercial Heifer at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at Izard County Fair, and Fifth in Class for American Commercial Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair.
After purchasing Rose Mary in 2014, she and Rose Mary won the following: Supreme Commercial Heifer at the Izard County Fair, Grand Champion County Bred at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the North Central Arkansas District Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Izard County Fair, and Second in Class for American Commercial at the Arkansas State Fair.
She has purchased a new show heifer for 2015, Oreo, and has won the following to date: Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at the Spring District Show and Thirs in Class for Exotic Commercial at the Spring Arkansas State Show.
Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of three articles to be published on FSA Rural Youth Loan Success Stories. Next week: Seth Stapleton.

by Matt Orf
The Oxford Cats ended the Gainesville, Missouri youth basketball league with a tournament championship. The Cats got behind early, down 14 to 10 in the first half, then their defense kicked in gear as they held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second half. They went on a 28 to 4 run to end game and win 38 to 14. That win made them 11-0 in the league and league tournament.
They beat a team from D

Oxford Cats 11-0

Oxford Cats 11-0

ora, Missouri in the semi final game.
Team members include Chance Jackson, Coby Everett, Noah Everett, Landon McBride, Gunner Gleghorn, Zachary Simmons and Chase Orf. Billy McBride is the coach of the Cats. All players are from Izard County Schools.

by Karen Sherrell

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

A massacre of 20 elementary students, and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday,  December 14, has left the nation and local communities in a state of shock and sadness.
The horrific act of one gunman on these small children, has stunned school officials, parents and students, and sparked an evaluation of safety plans at schools nationwide.
Locally, ICC schools are re-evaluating their crisis plans and doing what they can to help children through this terrible time.
Fred Walker, superintendent of ICC Schools said their administration is reviewing their crisis plan, looking to see if they can do anything different than what is in place, following the shooting in Connecticut. “This is devastating to everyone,” said Walker. “I can’t imagine how those parents are dealing with that.” ICC is the only area school that has a full time resource officer at the Middle School/High School. “I’ve had our resource officer at the elementary school every day this week to make the children feel safer,” said Walker. The officer has split his routine between the elementary and high school. School dismissed for the holiday break on Thursday, December 21 and will resume on January 2.
Parents may be fearful about sending children to school, and children who know about the shootings in Connecticut may also be apprehensive.

See more in this week’s print version of Pacesetting Times.