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Barrel racing youth world championships in Perry

Young people from countries all around the world including Italy, Hungary and France are competing in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championship.

"A timed event, they go in a clover-leaf pattern, just around three barrels. I mean it's as simple as that. Don't knock a barrel down, because if you do, it is all over," said Executive Director Sherry Fulmer.

Jaime Caballero, 17, made the trek from Panama. "I love horses, I love riding since I was little, so I like it. It's another way to, I don't know, feel wild, feel adrenaline," he said.

The clock is the judge and the faster you go the better. Fulmer said competitors can win more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. "But what they really all wanna walk away with from here is that world championship buckle," she said.

New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

Morrow beat his opponent Sheila Ashley with 57% of votes. Upshaw had a significant lead over his opponent Tannya Duncan, winning 65% of the votes.

Both Morrow and Upshaw celebrated with loved ones late into the evening. We caught up with both of them after the final results came in.

Morrow, owner of Hoke Heating and Air in Perry, Georgia, celebrated at his business headquarters. He said he had mixed emotions after his win.

"Actually, I was excited, but when I figured out we had won when most of the precincts tallied in, I was a little bit nervous because now I got what I asked for. I feel like I've got the tiger by the tail," said Morrow.

Perdue cook plant closes after fire, investigation continues

A fire that happened at the Perdue Chicken Cook Plant in Perry is still under investigation and the facility remains closed.

Perdue Farms spokesperson Judy DeYoung says the cook plant will be at least partially closed Wednesday as well.

That department has 400 employees.

Houston County Fire Department has turned over the investigation to Perdue representatives.

DeYoung also said that investigators with the company were on-site Tuesday evaluating the cause of the fire, but that has not yet been determined.

The processing plant and the distribution center were not involved in the fire and continue to operate.

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

Equipment outside of the Perdue Farms in Perry apparently caused a fire at the plant Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the chicken plant, the building that caught fire is the cooking plant. That building was evacuated and there are no reports of injuries, the news release states.

Houston County fire fighters are still on the scene.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for details and watch Eyewitness News at 6.


Perry man wanted in Tuesday shooting in Houston County

Perry man wanted in Tuesday shooting in Houston County

Houston County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Perry man accused of shooting a woman Tuesday night.

Desmond Demund Ross, 22, is accused of shooting Crystal Samantha Grier, 26, of Elko in a front yard at 3360 Hwy 41 south in Elko, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Witnesses told deputies Ross shot her following an argument. He was last seen driving off in a green, 1994 Toyota Camry with Georgia tag PRA2688.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Lt. Dave Carrick at (478) 542-2080.

Barrel racing comes to Perry

Southern States Triple Crown brings the NBHA Super Show Barrel Race to Perry this weekend.

The event races start Thursday at 10 am and continues on Friday and Saturday. It's free and open to the public.

"It's exciting. These horses are athletes and these people that are riding are good riders. They're good jockeys," says coordinator Mike Dameron.

Dameron enjoys putting on this event every year. For seventeen years, Triple Crown Horse Feed has been sponsoring the Super Show Barrel Race, and those years he's seen generations of riders come up through the sport.

"You've got to start out young. All these kids start out young. You'll see kids in here that start are 4 and five years old. They start out with their ponies," says Dameron.

Ga. Senate candidate Nunn releases tax info

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn has released five years of federal tax returns, as she awaits the winner of a July 22 runoff between Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue for Georgia's open Senate seat.

Perdue has released 10 years of returns, while Kingston has provided access to five years.

The filings, from 2009 to 2013, show Nunn's income as the CEO of the nonprofit Points of Light provided the bulk of the family's income. Nunn's husband, Ron Martin, manages the family's investments, which also provided a steady stream of income.

Last year, the couple's total income was about $191,000, as Nunn took a leave of absence to campaign. That year, they claimed about $68,200 in itemized deductions and paid about $26,000 in taxes, or about 13.6 percent of their total income.