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Apr 13, 2015   03:57 PM

The Bearcats and Lady Bearcats competed in Jim Ned at the District Track Meet on Tuesday, April 7th.  The Lady Bearcats placed 3rd overall as a team with 10 athletes advancing in 10 separate events.  Holly Huston placed 2nd in the 200 and 400 m dash, Gabrielle Hernandez placed 3rd in the 400 m dash, Abby Ocker placed 4th in the 200 m dash and 3rd in high jump, Taryn Kalina placed 2nd in triple jump, Avery Schniers placed 4th in the 3200 m run, McKenzey Sanchez placed 4th in the 800 m run and 1600 m run, the 4X100 m relay placed 4th consisting of Abby Ocker, Hannah Huston, Chelsea Toliver, and Melanie Pena, the 4X200 m relay placed 4th consisting of  Taryn Kalina, Melanie Pena, Abby Ocker, and Gabrielle Hernandez, and the 4X400 m relay placed 2nd consisting of Taryn Kalina, Gabrielle Hernandez, Hannah Huston, and Holly Huston.  These athletes will be competing in the Area Track Meet in Sonora on Friday, April 17th.  

Mar 30, 2015   09:34 AM

Robert Sauceda Competed at the State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene this last Saturday March 28th.  He placed 4th place out of 12 in the Division 3 148lb class with a total of 1,205lbs.  He posted a personal best in the Squat of 500lbs.  This is Robert’s first year with Ballinger Powerlifting and has been a pleasure to have with his unique personality. I wish he would have moved here a year sooner and maybe the results on the platform would have been a State Champion and I say this as a compliment to Robert being a very coachable athlete he seeks to becoming better at whatever he does.  I wish him well as he goes to college and pays football for Hardin Simmons next fall.   He is my first Boy 148lb lifter to squat 500 and break the 1,200lb total for that weight class.  

Mar 23, 2015   12:41 PM

The Lady Cat Powerlifting Team competed in Corpus Christi in State Competition Saturday March 21st.  The Lady Cat came away with the 2nd Place Team Trophy with 17points behind Hebbronville with a team of 7 State Qualifiers.  Congratulations to Angelica Fuentes for winning her 2nd consecutive State Championship with a dominating performance in the 165lb class.  Angelica took home honors of Outstanding Lifter on the heavy platforms and best lifter awards for Squat and Bench as well.  Rebecca Simpson won her first State Championship in the 198lb class with a Dramatic come from behind finish of Deadlifting her best of 420lbs to win the State Title.  Madison Watkins placed 3rd in a very tough and competitive 148lb weight class with her best total of the season of 885lbs.  I am very proud of my girls for their efforts in the weight room and outside of the weight room.  They have truly bought in and believed on the principle of Sowing Great Effort and Reaping Great benefits.  I would like to thank their parents for all of the team meals and trust they put in to me for coaching their children.  Robert Sauceda will compete at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene Texas Saturday March 28th at 9am. Robert will go in to State Competition ranked 4th and will look to compete for the State Title.

Pictures from left to right:

Rebecca Simpson - Squat
Angelica Fuentes - Squat
State Medalists and 2nd Place Team 
State Medalists and 2nd Place Team 
Madison Watkins - Squat
Madison Watkins - Bench Press
Rebecca Simpson - Deadlift
Angelica Fuentes - Deadlift

Mar 16, 2015   03:04 PM

The Ballinger Boys Powerlifting Team traveled to Sundown Texas to compete in Regional Competition.  4 of the 5 member team qualified for Regionals and leading the way with 2nd place in the 148lb Class Robert Sauceda with a 1,165lb total. Robert qualified for State Competition with his 2nd place ranking.  Matthew Gloria posted an 1,100lb total in the 165lb class with 8th place.  Steven Kirk placed 5th in the 181lb class with a 1,205lb total and Rowdy Islas placed 8th place in the 275lb class with a 1,345lb total.  Boys State Powerlifting will be at the Taylor County Convention Center in Abilene Texas March 28th. Lifting will begin at 9am.  Girls State Competition is this Saturday in Corpus Christi with Angelica Fuentes Rebecca Simpson and Madison Watkins competing for State Titles in their respected weight class.

Mar 14, 2015   10:15 PM

BALLINGER, March 10, 2015, -— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Kathy Saunders announces applications for funding opportunities with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at the NRCS offices located at 2000 Hutchings Ave. 

NRCS in Texas has received its EQIP funding for Fiscal Year 2015 and will begin ranking and obligating contracts after April 17, 2015. All agriculture producers interested in submitting a contract application for 2015 should do so before this ranking deadline.

EQIP — one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill — is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations.

"EQIP is a valuable tool to help Runnels County’s agricultural producers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations," says Saunders.

EQIP is a continuous sign-up program that allows landowners or operators to apply for financial and technical assistance for the application of specific conservation practices. The deadline for the first 2015 funding allocation is April 17, 2015. Contracts are offered periodically depending on budgetary allocations. Applications made after the deadline will be considered in the next funding cycle. Higher priority will be given to those applications that address national, state and local priorities and provide higher cost efficiency.

EQIP offers technical and financial help to install or implement structural, vegetative, and management practices that can benefit the soil, water, air, plants, livestock, and wildlife.  Each county in the state is funded yearly to assist producers financially with these land management practices.


Last year, NRCS in Texas funded over 3,400 EQIP contracts with $82 million to accomplish conservation practices such as irrigation efficiency, minimum tillage, brush management and more on 1.8 million acres across the entire state.


In addition to helping our environment, Farm Bill conservation program funds support rural communities. In Texas, it is estimated that each dollar of NRCS and private matching expenditures on NRCS conservation programs generates an additional $2.54 in sales of goods and services locally.


For more information, including eligibility requirements, call the USDA Service Center office in Ballinger at (325) 365-3415 ext3. Service center locations and program information can be found on the Texas NRCS Web site at


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