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Section A: General News


Cooperative Extension: ‘Extending knowledge, changing lives’ together


Cooperative Extension: ‘Extending knowledge, changing lives’ together
Volunteer of the Year recipient Alene Quinney is congratulated by Wilson County AgriLife Extension Service personnel Jan. 30, including (l-r) Office Manager Julie Autry, Secretary Sandra Martinez, County Extension Agents Bryan Davis (agriculture/natural resources), Joslyn Kotzur (4-H and youth development), and Michelle Alewine (family and consumer sciences), and Wilson County Advisory Board President Eva Martinez.


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FLORESVILLE -- Alene Quinney was recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” during the Wilson County Extension Appreciation Luncheon and annual meeting Jan. 30 in the Floresville Event Center. This honor climaxed the luncheon that included a Texas 4-H Roundup presentation by Adlai Welfel.

Adlai is a member of the Wilson County 4-H and a Texas 4-H Roundup winner in the Safety and Injury Prevention contest for her presentation, “Snake Bit.” Adlai shared her experience of being bitten by a water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth.

Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney gave an overview of the $8.5 million in certificates of obligation that voters approved in November. Funding will allow for the restoration of the Wilson County Courthouse and renovation of the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III.

When completed, the courthouse will house the county judge’s office, commissioners court, and offices for the auditor, treasurer, and county attorney.

The former district courtroom will be used for commissioners court meetings, as well as conducting county court, the judge said.

The former library will be converted to the county clerk’s office, which would allow more space for increased activity, due to the Eagle Ford shale exploration.

Quinney described the courthouse as the “centerpiece of Floresville” and added that the project, once completed, will “keep downtown Floresville revitalized.”

Michelle Alewine, county Extension agent for family and consumer sciences, gave the “Extension Education in Wilson County ... making a Difference 2013” report. She said:

•189 total education programs were conducted

•7,038 participants joined in the educational programs

•A total of 15,975 contact hours via educational programs were accumulated.

Bryan Davis, county Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, closed with a reference to the centennial year of the national Cooperative Extension System, which “evolved nationwide under the 1914 federal Smith-Lever Act, which sought to extend university knowledge and agricultural research findings directly to the people ... .”

 

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