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County’s ‘Top Dog’ named for 2019

Chesapeake Middle School fifth grader won auditor’s office essay contest

CHESAPEAKE — Lawrence County’s ‘Top Dog’ was named on Friday at Chesapeake Middle School, where fifth grader McKayla Burriss won the county auditor’s office’s essay contest for writing about her sister’s dog, Tyson “Chicken Nugget” Malone.

Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens presented the “Top Dog” trophy, along with a certificate, to Burriss on Friday at the school after reading her essay in front of all of the fifth graders, before her family surprised her by bringing the dog out. Stephens’ office also holds the No. 1 dog tag for the winning dog.

“My sister has a dog named Tyson. Tyson even has a middle name, so his full name is Tyson ‘Chicken Nugget’ Malone. He is a rescue and the shelter found him,” Burriss wrote in her essay. “…She got him from the Lawrence County pound, and now he lives a happy life. A couple weeks ago, she adopted a dog named ‘Bee’ and now Tyson has a sister and a happy family!”

Stephens said this is the sixth or seventh year that his office has conducted the contest, which is an effort to increase dog licensing in Lawrence County.

The contest was open to all third, fourth and fifth graders in the county to write about their dogs, and why they thought theirs should be named the county’s “Top Dog.”

“This contest is a fun way to increase dog tag sales in Lawrence County, and it also helps kids show pride in their pet by being responsible dog owners,” Stephens said. “I really appreciate the kids who took time to submit an essay. We have some great dogs in Lawrence County, and it is always fun to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

Stephens said that 188 students took part in the essay this year, which is the most participation he has seen since the contest was started.

Those in the auditor’s office then judged all of the submitted essays.

“I didn’t know it was going to be me,” Burriss said of winning the contest. “It feels amazing.”

Dog tags for 2019 are on sale now through the end of January at the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse; the Lawrence County Dog Shelter, located at 1302 Adams Lane, Ironton; Jim’s Gun Shop, located at 300 Front St., Proctorville; Dickess Market, located at 13629 State Route 141, Kitts Hill; Pine Tree Carryout, located at 9147 State Route 93, Pedro; and South Point Storage, located at 602 Solida Road, South Point.

Tags at the auditor’s office are $12 for the year, and $12.75 at the other locations.
Tags may also be purchased online at the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office website, www.lawrencecountyauditor.org, for $14.