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Cow's dash adds to Buford excitement

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By Robert Howey

The Buford High School Booster Club’s annual Meet the Jackets had a little more excitement than expected last Saturday.When Don Dease’s cow, Jezebel, was in the process of returning to her stall after her “drop,” she had other ideas and bolted into the woods below the school.“There was about a two-foot opening in the fence and the cow went for it,” BHS Booster Club president Monty Craig said.Through Sunday night, the wandering bovine had not been found.“I think Don was taking a trough of feed to the woods area in hopes Jez would come out,” Craig said. “We hope it does and we appreciate Don’s help with this because it’s a major part of our Meet the Jackets.”Prior to the bolt, the big winner was Casey Plyler, who won the $800 prize during the cow patty bingo. Becky Cnesich won the $500 bingo prize and Cathy Sistare took the $200 prize.“It was a good day for us,” Craig said. “Last year, we gave $42,000 to the high school and part of that went to the middle school program to help buy jerseys for the middle school football team as well as uniforms and equipment for the middle school wrestlers.“Our club supports two schools and we appreciate the community and the Buford area businesses, some mom and pop ventures, who give their support out here.“The Meet the Jackets is one of our major fundraisers during the year, so it gives us a good start for the 2008-09 school term,” Craig said.In addition to the bingo, the day included inflatables, which the club purchased for its events.“The inflatables are popular and were busy,” Craig said. “We plan to have them at our home football games this season.”Concessions, season tickets, parking passes and booster club memberships were sold along with T-shirts.A dunking booth, which attracted a host of coaches and BHS principal Jonathan Phipps, was also popular.“They were pretty busy over there, too,” Buford football coach Mike Wells said. “I think all the people who got in there got dunked.”The Jackets varsity, junior varsity and middle school football teams along with the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders and the volleyball team were introduced.“The booster club does a wonderful job of supporting our athletic teams and we appreciate them and what they do,” Wells said. “This is a good, positive way to get the community out and behind these fall sports teams.”BHS fans who missed the event can still purchase season tickets, booster memberships and parking passes for the Jackets’ season.The Buford High School athletic booster club meets Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the high school commons area. For more details, call Craig, Jeff Langley or Cliff West.