Giant pumpkins

first_imgGardeners here produce 200- to 350-pound pumpkins each fall. Some of those gardeners are only about one-quarter of the size of their prize pumpkins. This year dozens of Georgia 4-H youths tried their hands at growing mammoth pumpkins and entered them into the 2012 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest”t. Trey Thomas, of White County, won first-place with his 342-pound pumpkin. Tift County’s Jasper Utley took second place with a 281-pound pumpkin and Piper Brown, of Henry County, took third with her 260-pound gourd. “This year’s contest showcased the heaviest crop we have seen since 2008, and Georgia 4-H could not be more proud of each of the participants,” said Jenna B. Daniel, the Georgia 4-H program assistant who manages the contest. “The preparation, research, and patience these 4-H’ers put into their projects is a perfect representation of their commitment to engaging in learning and their mastery of skills essential to successfully harvesting their pumpkin.” The top three 4-H’ers will each receive a cash prize, sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, in recognition of the months they spent tending their plants. 4-H organizers like the pumpkin contest because it teaches students the responsibility needed to complete a long-term project, the self motivation and confidence needed to tackle a project independently and the ability to use problem solving skills to persevere against insects, dry spells and pumpkin diseases. But more importantly for the 4-H members, the payoff is really the chance to wow their friends and neighbors and have people ask if they can take a picture with their pumpkin. To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact Jenna B. Daniel at [email protected] or (706) 542-4444. Every year around this time the national news is filled with stories of monument-sized pumpkins from places like Maine and Michigan, but Georgians are no slouches when it comes to giant produce. last_img read more

Lakers’ LeBron James named All-Star Game captain, will pick teams against Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LOS ANGELES — He can change jerseys. He can change conferences. But some things about LeBron James just don’t change.On Thursday afternoon, James was named an All-Star starter and captain, by virtue of getting the most fan votes of any of his peers. While the Lakers’ 34-year-old forward missed his 15th straight game with injury on Thursday night, the All-Star nod by the NBA’s fans, players and media is a sign that the King’s presence still reigns.James is the only player in NBA history to receive 15 straight berths to the All-Star Game, which will be held Feb. 17 in Charlotte, N.C. With 15 total All-Star selections, he is tied with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O’Neal for the third-most All-Star selections in history behind former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18).James will get to pick his own team for the second straight year against competing captain Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Other starters in the West include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Warriors guard Steph Curry and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGeorge won a tiebreaker over New Orleans’ Anthony Davis for the final West frontcourt starting spot.Joining Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference’s starting five are Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who will get to start on his home court.While some critics count James’ missed games against him this season, Coach Luke Walton defended the selection.“It’s for the fans, it’s an honor for the best players in the league, but at the same time, there are certain players that the fans want to see and what they’ve done in their careers helped change the game,” Walton said.When healthy, James is clearly still one of the best players in the league: He’s averaged 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists for the Lakers this year. Prior to his injury, he was on the short list of MVP candidates. Even since he’s been injured, he still might be: The Lakers lost nine of their first 14 games without him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All-Star reserves, determined by the NBA’s head coaches, will be announced on Jan. 31. The captains’ draft, which will be televised for the first time, will be held on TNT on Feb. 7.James and Curry drafted their teams over the phone last season, which James said was entertaining. While some have wondered if the televised format could reflect poorly on any All-Star picked last, James rejected that notion.“What’s bad about it? It’s All-Star weekend,” he said in November. “You got 24 of the best players in the world that’s going to make the team. It doesn’t matter if you’re first or last, you’re 24 of the best in the world at that point in time. I don’t think it’ll be bad.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Some of the most popular players among fans didn’t get nods: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic was the second-leading vote-getter among Western frontcourt players behind James, and Dwyane Wade was second among East guards in his 16th season, one played mostly off the bench for the Heat.Derrick Rose was the No. 2 voted guard, ahead of reigning MVP Harden. Having an on-court renaissance following years of debilitating injuries (18.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 42 percent 3-point shooting), Rose has been critical to Minnesota staying in the playoff hunt after the team traded Jimmy Butler and fired Coach Tom Thibodeau. Interim coach Ryan Saunders said he was firmly in Rose’s All-Star campaign to make the team as a reserve.“I’ll be the first one to go out and politic for Derrick, in terms of everything he’s fought back from, in terms of injuries, and just how he’s been with our group, with our young guys,” he said. “And he’s also been producing on the court. He should be in Charlotte, and I’m really hoping that everybody sees that.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

David Joe Moffett, 64, Wichita: August 14, 1949 – Feb. 3, 2014

first_imgDavid Joe Moffett, retired Boeing Aircraft electrical engineer, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at his home in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 64.David was born the son of Joseph O. and Lucy Arlene (Hodges) Moffett on Sunday, August 14, 1949 in Manhattan  Kansas.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.Memorial services for David will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Three Angels SDA Church, 4558 North Hydraulic, Wichita, Kansas.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.last_img