Bailey Kilgore, of Mt. Sherman, is one of two Newton County Junior Farmers of the year. Bailey is the daughter of Joe and Christy Kilgore, and she will be going into the 11th grade at Jasper High School when classes resume in August.

Newton County Junior Farmer Bailey Kilgore said she is looking forward to this year's county fair livestock show. It will be her second time to take part in the hog show.

Bailey Kilgore can barely get close enough to her young heifer to give it a handful of hay to eat. She has lots of work to do to get the animal ready to show at this year's county fair.

Bailey Kilgore spends part of her time on the family farm. She is always on the go between school, the community garden and extracurricular events.

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Jasper Community Garden President, Christie Poole, is pictured (left) presenting a Certificate of Appreciation and a $200 check to Future Farmer of America member and Jasper High School student Bailey Kilgore (right) on Tuesday, Sept. 25, during a school assembly. Bailey received the awards from the garden board members for her outstanding effort and performance during the summer in planting and maintaining a large plot of vegetables at the Community Garden.

Bailey Kilgore models her FFA jacket which she wore to the recent Washington Leadership Conference where she was able to take in the many sights of the nation's capital as well as meet a diverse group of students from around the country.

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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